The company said on Tuesday it had raised $50 million in a Series F fundraising round, led by Canadian financial services firm IGM Financial. Personal Capital declined to give its valuation but said it was more than $600 million.
Personal Capital, which is headquartered in Redwood City, California, said it will use the new cash to grow its core financial advisory business, establish new partnerships, and pivot into areas beyond digital wealth management, according to CEO Jay Shah.
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“In this year, we’ll use this capital to go deeper into the core business that we built,” said Shah in an interview. “And when I say that, I’m referring to the digital wealth management directed at consumer platform. We’ve seen that this is the direction that the industry is headed and we’re proud to be leading the way. So we want to invest more in that growth.”
Going forward, he said the company is planning to establish more partnerships and launch new financial products. Last April, Personal Capital announced it is partnering with Alight Solutions, a healthcare and retirement benefits manager, and investment manager AB to introduce a platform offering retirement savings plans for employees.
Personal Capital, which competes with companies like Betterment and Wealthfront, offers free services that allow users to connect all their financial accounts and track them in a dashboard. It also sells financial planning and wealth management services to high net-worth investors and pairs them with advisers who can create a custom investment plan that adapts to the investor’s financial goals.
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Personal Capital manages $8.5 billion of assets for customers. About 40% of the assets that it manages are for private clients who have investments of at least $1 million with the company.
Personal Capital last year was looking to hire a manager “responsible for providing technical expertise and support for the SEC filing and compliance related reporting and technical accounting functions for a pre-IPO company,” which hints that the company may be gearing up to go public.
“We’re focused on building a strong business and on our growth, and should we make the decision to go out to the public marketplace, we want to be in a position to be able to do so,” Shah said. “But we’ve never made a commitment or decision” to go public.
The new round brings the company’s total funding to more than $315 million, including a $40 million line of credit.
It’s a hot time for digital wealth management companies to be raising money. Last week, Acorns, an app that invests users’ spare change in exchange-traded funds, announced it raised $105 million in a Series E round that values the company at $860 million.
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