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MONEY transfer business Wise finally edged back above its listing price after strong growth forecasts ended a rocky few months.

Shares in the firm, which floated on the stock market in July, sank as one of its founders became embroiled in a tax dispute and the other sold a chunk of stock at a discount.

But investors’ confidence was rising again as Wise said revenues could be up by as much as 30pc by the end of its financial year in March.

The company had previously guided investors that revenue growth would be 20pc to 25pc. Shares leapt 7.7pc, or 57.8p, to 812.4p – back above the 800p float price, valuing it at £8.1bn.

Wise was founded by Kristo Kaarmann (pictured) and Taavet Hinrikus in 2011 to send money around the world more cheaply and easily.

In the six months to September, revenues were up 33pc on the same time last year, to £256.3m. Customer numbers hit 3.9m, up 23pc on the same time last year.

Kaarmann said the growth was down to improving its technology to speed up payments and cut prices on its currency exchange.

He was fined by the UK tax authoritie­s in September for late payment. Wise’s board has since recommende­d he takes tax advice. Wise was the biggest tech business to ever float in London, when it listed at a value of £8bn.

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