Xero raises $140 million to fund US and UK growth

Xero raises $140 million to fund US and UK growth

New Zealand cloud accounting software company Xero has announced a capital raise from American venture capital firms Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management.

Accel has agreed to invest $US100 million at $US15.052 per share through a number of funds it has under management. Existing investor Matrix Capital Management has also agreed to invest an additional $US10.8 million.

Xero will use the capital to fuel continued innovation and growth globally and more specifically in the United States and United Kingdom. The startup has appointed former Dell executive Russell Fujioka as its US president. In addition, Graham Smith, a former chief financial officer at Salesforce, has joined the Xero board as an additional independent, non-executive director.

In a statement Xero founder and chief executive officer Rod Drury welcomed Accel as a strategic investor and thanked Matrix for its continued support.

“Our ability to attract capital and leadership of this calibre is testament to our success and our potential to become the small business SaaS platform of choice for entrepreneurs around the globe,” he says.

Accel partner Andrew Braccia says the firm looks for enduring technologies with global reach and sees both the need and opportunity for millions of small businesses to grow on Xero’s platform.

“We’ve worked with several other leading companies in the region to broaden their global reach and we hope this experience will be valuable as Xero’s strong leadership team looks to expand in the United States.”

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