Airbnb receives $1 billion investment from Silver Lake, Sixth Street
Private equity companies Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $1 billion to Airbnb on Monday. There were other 20 investors that also approached Airbnb about investing in the company. The debt and equity investment sum up Airbnb’s cash reserves to $4 billion. It will support the finances of the company amid virus outbreak.
Airbnb said it would use the funds to attract more customers for arranging and offering homestays or tourism experiences. The company acts as a broker, receiving commissions from each booking.
“While the current environment is clearly a difficult one for the hospitality industry, the desire to travel and have authentic experiences is fundamental and enduring. Airbnb’s diverse, global, and resilient business model is particularly well suited to prosper as the world inevitably recovers and we all get back out to experience it,” Silver Lake Co-CEO and Managing Partner Egon Durban said in a statement.
According to Morgan Stanley, a financial adviser of Airbnb, the financial details of the deal were not disclosed to public.