Digital payments alone could become a $100 trillion industry, according to PwC. And that’s just one component of the global Fintech industry. This channel tackles the lenders and buyers, the obstacles and achievements, and the trends and trend makers leading the ongoing technological evolution in global finance.
Wise (LON: WISE), the global payments processor previously known as TransferWise, announced a 2022 expansion plan for its operations in North America given its solid growth in the half year concluded on September 30, 2021.
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Digital neo bank Chime joined in the pyrotechnic valuations surrounding fintechs, garnering a massive $25 billion valuation in a $750 million Series G round that saw investment from SoftBank, Sequoia Capital Global Equities, General Atlantic, Tiger Global, and Dragoneer Investment Group. The current valuation is up from $1.5 billion in early 2019, and from $14.5 billion in October 2020, demonstrating the rocketing valuations in the fintech sector.
Property technology startup Divvy Homes, which helps people who don’t qualify for a mortgage to own homes, raised $200 million in a round co-led by existing investors Tiger Global Management and Caffeinated Capital. Andreessen Horowitz, Singapore’s GIC, GGV Capital, and Moore Specialty Credit also participated in the round.
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank has become the first bank in the UAE to verify a prospective customer’s identity at the time of account opening using the facial recognition verification system from the government’s Ministry of Interior.
UAE citizens and residents can now open a new account remotely and without having to make a physical visit to an ADIB branch. The “instant and highly secure verification” gives them instant access to banking services.
A survey by SaaS cloud banking platform Mambu found that over half (53%) of young Muslims said they would choose Islamic banking – if barriers to entry were removed, and it became more accessible.
South Korean conglomerate SK Group (KRX: 034730) has agreed to invest up to $100 million in BigPay, a unit of the fintech arm of budget Malaysian airline AirAsia. BigPay offers a prepaid debit card, local and international money transfers, micro-insurance, bill payments, and a budgeting tool. Founded in 2017, BigPay has ambitions to become a challenger bank and democratize financial services for Southeast Asian consumers and entrepreneurs.
Zomato (NSE: ZOMATO), the Indian online food delivery service that was recently listed with a blockbuster IPO on Indian bourses, and is backed by the likes of the Ant Group, Fidelity, and Tiger Global, is getting into payments processing.
Bharatpe, the Indian payments startup, enables shop owners to accept payments from any payment app for free. It makes payment acceptance simple by offering merchants a single QR to accept all payment apps such as PayTm, PhonePe, Google Pay, BHIM and 150+ other UPI apps. It announced a raise of $370 million in a Series E round led by Tiger Global Management and including participation by Dragoneer Investment Group and Steadfast Capital.
Mike Cagney-led Figure Technologies announced Tuesday (3 August 2021), its merger deal with Homebridge Financial Services, a mortgage lender which funded more than $25 billion in home loans at the close of 2020. Figure Technologies is on a mission to transform financial services using blockchain technology, particularly the origination, finance, servicing and trade of loans. you know
Fintech-as-a-Service provider Rapyd, which enables ecommerce companies, technology firms, marketplaces, and financial institutions to quickly integrate fintech and payment capabilities into their applications, has raised $300 million.
Jack Dorsey-led Square (NYSE: SQ) announced today (August 2, 2021) its acquisition of Australian fintech and buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) leader Afterpay (ASX: APT) for $29 billion in an all-stock deal. Square will acquire all the outstanding shares of Afterpay at this valuation based on the closing price of Square common stock on July 30, 2021.
Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY) announced Thursday (July 29, 2021) the acquisition of Embark Group, an investment and retirement platform business, for £390 million (US$500 million). Embark will become a wholly subsidiary of Lloyds’ Scottish Widows Group, bringing with it about £35 billion of assets under administration on behalf of 410,000 consumer clients. Jackie Leiper, Managing Director Pensions, Stockbroking & Distribution at Scottish Widows, will become CEO of Embark.
Global card issuer Marqeta (NASDAQ: MQ) has tied up with Google Pay to offer a new virtual payment card that expands its users’ ability to use their mobile wallet for purchases at more merchants, both online and in-store.
New investors joined Figure Technologies’ Series D, taking the round to $200 million. The Series D, originally announced in May, saw new investors joining up, including entities and funds managed and/or advised by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc., Blockchain.com, Rockaway Blockchain, HOF Capital, Endeavour Capital, National Bank Holdings, Goldentree Asset Management and L1 Digital.
Revolut, the UK-based challenger bank, is rolling out new features in its banking app aggressively after its giant fundraise of nearly $800m in a Series E round earlier this month that valued it at $33 billion. The latest new facility for Revolut users is Restaurant Rewards, a cashback feature that rewards them for dining at Revolut-partnered restaurants across the UK.
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An influx of new customers has boosted two-fold PensionBee’s assets under administration as at June 30, 2021. Further, in a landmark year, PensionBee (LON: PBEE) raised £55 million from an IPO in April, putting it on course to achieve profitability by 2023.
The $110 million comprised both debt and equity capital. Zilch, the UK-based BNPL platform has raised an additional $110 million from Goldman Sachs and DMG Ventures. The funding is part of the extended Series B round, first announced by Zilch in April for launching in the USA and Europe. It had then raised $80 million…
Starling today reported numbers for the 16 months ended March 31, 2021. Revenue at British neobank Starling for the 16 months ended March 31, 2021, rose by nearly 600% to £97.6 million from £14 million for the previous period ending 30 November 2019, while loss after tax more than halved to £23.3 million from £52.1…
After its recent $800 million funding, Revolut, the UK-based challenger bank has lost no time in announcing Stays, a travel booking facility in its app. The bank’s Premium and Metal category of users get 10% instant cashback on their bookings, the bank said in a blog, marking its entry into a non-finance-related product.
Guillaume Pousaz, founder, Checkout.com, spoke to CNBC last week on everything fintech. Charting a torrid growth trajectory this year, Checkout.com is one of Europe’s most valuable fintechs. What is not so well known, however, is the fact that the startup bootstrapped it for seven of its initial years under founder Pousaz. Pousaz dwells on a…
Serena Williams has invested an undisclosed amount through her venture capital arm in Esusu, a fintech that automates credit building by reporting a person’s rent payments to credit bureaus, “boosting credit scores one rent payment at a time.”
A Reuters report said Paytm, a leading Indian digital payments processor, has filed for a $2.23 billion IPO.
The proposed IPO would value Paytm at about $25 billion, with the pandemic having fuelled a surge in digital payments in the country. It would potentially mark a lucrative payday for Paytm’s investors, which include the Ant Group (HK: 6688), Softbank (TYO: 9984), and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A).
Bloomberg reports that German fintech and digital bank N26 is in talks to raise funds, likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars, at a tentative valuation of about $10 billion. Bloomberg quoted people familiar with the matter; however, N26 declined to comment.