Earlier at the moment, TechCrunch reported that consumer reseller marketplace StockX raised $275 million at a valuation of roughly $2.8 billion.
Promoting a tenth of your organization for north of a quarter-billion could also be considerably widespread amongst late-stage software program startups with great progress, however one recognized for its market share within the sneaker resale area of interest? Don’t snort, the spherical really makes fairly OK sense. And given the expansion that StockX has managed, it may have a path to the general public markets in below a 12 months.
Don’t snort, the spherical really makes fairly OK sense.
In our piece overlaying the funding spherical, Matt Burns wrote that StockX noticed its nondomestic gross sales rise 260% in Q3 in comparison with the year-ago interval, recording half of its 13 million transactions within the final 12 months.
However that wasn’t actually sufficient to get my head across the spherical, so I went looking. Right here’s a grip of different, dated progress metrics that assist us put the brand new funding into correct context:
- In mid-2019, when StockX turned a unicorn after raising $110 million, it reported $100 million or extra in month-to-month gross merchandise quantity. It had round 800 staff on the time.
- As a part of that deal, a former eBay exec and former NYSE government vice chairman of the New York Inventory Trade took over as CEO and took a board seat. The person in query, Scott Cutler, stays the corporate’s chief government.
- StockX claimed greater than $1 billion in gross merchandise quantity in 2019 (the corporate helps streetwear and luxurious resales in addition to sneakers). The corporate closed out 2019 with round 1,000 staff.
- In mid-2020, StockX launched a midyear report — née “company brag sheet” — saying that it had surpassed $2.5 billion in gross merchandise quantity, and 10 million trades, half of which had been recorded within the final 12 months.
To grasp if these numbers are spectacular or not, we’ll must convert gross merchandise consequence into income. So, we’ll want to raised perceive StockX’s charge construction.