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Etsy is buying Gen Z-focused fashion resale app Depop for $1.62 billion

A DJ performs at the launch of social shopping app Depop’s 3-month pop-up at Selfridges on August 01, 2019 in London, England.

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E-commerce firm Etsy announced Wednesday that it is buying the second-hand fashion app Depop for $1.62 billion.

Founded in the U.K. in 2011, Depop lets people buy and sell used clothes through its online marketplace. The company has attracted a predominantly younger audience thanks to its social media savvy and messaging on environmental and ethical shopping.

Depop boasts approximately 30 million registered users across 150 countries. Etsy CEO Josh Silverman said the company was “thrilled” to be adding what it believes to be the “resale home for Gen Z consumers” to Etsy.

“Depop is a vibrant, two-sided marketplace with a passionate community, a highly-differentiated offering of unique items, and we believe significant potential to further scale,” Silverman said in a statement Wednesday.

“We see significant opportunities for shared expertise and growth synergies across what will now be a tremendous ‘house of brands’ portfolio of individually distinct, and very special, ecommerce brands.”

Depop’s CEO Maria Raga said in a statement that Depop is “where the next generation comes to explore unique fashion and be part of a community that’s changing the way we shop.”

She added:” Our community is made up of people who are creating a new fashion system by establishing new trends and making new from old. They come to Depop for the clothes, but stay for the culture.”

Etsy said the transaction consisted primarily of cash and was “subject to certain adjustments for Depop’s working capital, transaction expenses, cash and indebtedness, and certain deferred and unvested equity for Depop management and employees.”

Etsy expects to finalize the deal by the third quarter of 2021. Depop will remain headquartered in London, Etsy said, operating as a standalone business run by current management.

The deal marks the biggest acquisition yet for Etsy, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015.

Shares of Etsy have roughly doubled in the last 12 months thanks to an e-commerce boom resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The stock is down 5% year-to-date, however. Etsy shares were down marginally in U.S. premarket trading.

Prior to agreeing a sale to Etsy, Depop had raised a total of $105.6 million from investors including General Atlantic, Creandum, Balderton Capital, Octopus Ventures and Klarna CEO and co-founder Sebastian Siemiatkowski, according to data from Crunchbase.

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