SoftBank's Vision Fund 2, BlackRock lead $640mln funding in tech firm Trax

Trax's technology helps track products in stores and provides shelf management and analytics

  
The company logo and trading information for BlackRock is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 30, 2017.

The company logo and trading information for BlackRock is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 30, 2017.

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Image recognition technology provider Trax said on Wednesday it had raised $640 million in new capital in a funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp's 9984.T Vision Fund 2 and BlackRock Inc .

The funding round, the biggest in Trax's history, also drew new investors such as Canadian pension fund Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and venture capital firm Sony Innovation Fund.

The statement did not provide details on the valuation at which the new funds were raised.

Trax's technology helps track products in stores and provides shelf management and analytics. Customers include Coca-Cola, Nestle, Unilever and Heineken, the company's website showed.

Singapore-based Trax was founded in 2010 and is led by Chief Executive Officer Justin Behar.

Existing backers include private equity firm Warburg Pincus, Boyu Capital, Investec Bank and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Sriraj Kalluvila) ((Niket.Nishant@thomsonreuters.com;))

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