Klarna posts £87m loss in first deficit since launch

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Klarna has posted its first annual loss in its 15-year history despite revenues jumping by almost a third.

The Swedish ‘buy now, pay later’ giant saw its profits plummet from SEK161 million (£12.8 million) in 2018 to a loss of SEK1.1 billion (£87 million) last year.

This was despite seeing a 31 per cent rise in revenues throughout 2019 to SEK7.2 billion (£570 million) and adding 75,000 new merchants to its platform.

During 19 it also reportedly increased the number of users in the US sixfold, while doubling users in the UK.

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It attributed its first loss since it was founded in 2005 to increasing investment into its engineering hub in Berlin alongside a huge push into the US market.

“The ongoing investment phase has and will further enhance the offering towards both merchants and consumers across markets, which provides a platform for driving sustained customer preference and growth in the next years,” it said.

In August a funding round led by Dragoneer Investment Group raised $460 million in equity for Klarna, leading to a post money valuation of $5.5 billion, up dramatically from $3.5 billion in April and $2.5 billion at the start of the year.

It has also partnered with a vast array of leading retailers in the UK over the past year, including Schuh, Asos, River Island, Samsung, H&M, Boohoo and Quiz.

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