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.
Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY), Britain’s biggest mortgage provider, will acquire a minority stake in loyalty app Bink, according to a report by Sky News for an undisclosed amount that may run into millions of pounds. It was also not known how much the transaction valued Bink.
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Challenger bank Dave, which is backed by billionaire Mark Cuban and other investors such as Norwest, Section 32, Capital One, The Kraft Group, SV Angel, and The Chernin Group, said today it was going public by merging with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc. (NYSE: VPCC), a so-called Special Purpose Acquisition Company or SPAC.
Shinhan Bank, one of South Korea’s oldest and largest national banks, and a part of the Shinhan Financial Group (KRX: 055550) has integrated Wise Platform from the U.K.-based fintech Wise. Shinhan becomes the first South Korean bank to offer international money transfers without any exchange rate markups.
SaaS cloud banking platform Mambu announced Wednesday that PT Bank Jago Tbk (Bank Jago) (IDX: ARTO) an Indonesia-listed bank, has become its first customer in that country. Bank Jago, which is embarking on a path to become a technology-based bank, will implement Mambu’s SaaS banking platform on the Google Cloud.
Wise has rolled out its foreign remittance services for Indians, offering them transactions that are much faster and cost significantly less compared to legacy banks. Indian citizens can now send money to 44 countries globally, including the UK, US, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, and other countries in the Eurozone. Wise previously did business as TransferWise.
The largest Series C funding globally by an insurtech has been achieved by Berlin-based wefox, the startup announced today. The round, which valued the company at US$3 billion post-money, was led by Target Global. In 2020, wefox reported a profit for its insurance business, wefox insurance, making it the first digital insurance company to become profitable. Furthermore, wefox’s revenue increased to $143M in 2020, doubling its 2019 revenue.
Klarna, the Swedish fintech famous for its Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) offering, suffered a major technical issue with its app on Thursday morning. Several users complained that when they attempted to log into their accounts, they entered other customers’ accounts.
Paytm, the Indian payments giant backed by investors such as Berkshire Hathaway Inc., SoftBank Group Corp., and Ant Group Co., is weighing an IPO worth $3 billion says a Bloomberg report. The firm is targeting a massive valuation of $25 billion to $30 billion.
The L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) gives investors the opportunity to profit from the significant growth potential of digital payment technologies. As a thematic play on this market, the new ETF invests in payment acquirer and card issuers, payment gateways and processors, payment technology providers, and card-less payment service providers.
Dubai-headquartered, Indian fintech startup Zeta has raised $250 million from SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 at a valuation of $1.25 billion. The startup, founded by Bhavin Turakhia and Ramki Gaddipati, creates technology for banks to quickly launch user-friendly digital offerings.
Australian fintech Zip (ASX: Z1P) has bought up the entire remaining capital in a Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) entity each in Europe and the UAE. Zip will pay $140 million for the balance shares in Twisto, which operates in Central Europe, and $21 million for the shares it does not own in Spotii, a BNPL leader in UAE.
Co-founded by Mancunian Nicola Weedall and Hector Macandrew, Manchester-based fintech start-up Hydr (pronounced Hi-der) launched today its proprietary invoice finance platform. It pays out small businesses the value of their invoice within 24 hours, less a fee.
Figure Technologies, a blockchain-based fintech startup, closed a $200 million Series D round at a valuation of $3.2 billion. The round was co-led by 10T Holdings and Morgan Creek Digital. New and existing investors including DCM, Digital Currency Group, HCM Capital, Ribbit Capital, RPM Ventures, the partners at DST Global, and others also participated.
Western Union (NYSE: WU) has brought its remittance services to your neighborhood’s Walmart (NYSE: WMT) store. Customers can send money anywhere in the U.S. and globally to more than 200 countries and territories. The two companies had announced in January that they would work together to make financial services more accessible for Walmart customers.
Chicago-based Amount, a fintech that spun out of digital consumer lending company Avant in 2020, announced Tuesday its Series D round raise of $100 million at a valuation of $1 billion. Amount thus earned its horn as Chicago’s latest unicorn.
Global payments platform Nium has launched its new maritime solution that enables automatic payroll disbursements and remittance for shipping companies, their management, and sailors. The solution has been implemented by Integrated maritime services leader, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM).
Fresh from winning its banking license in December 2020, Recognise Bank is rolling out an innovative banking service for SME’s that would be highly cloud-based, customer-centric, and technologically sophisticated. The bank has gone live on Mambu’s SaaS financial services platform.
PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) which has built its hybrid cloud strategy over the years with Google Cloud as a partner, is now moving more and more of its infrastructure workloads to the Google Public cloud to enable the processing of its data on a massive and global scale.
The pan-European savings marketplace Raisin launched its Raisin Invest ETF platform in Germany in 2018. Raisin Invest has since become one of the market’s biggest robo advisers and now boasts of AUM of €950 million. On Wednesday, Raisin announced the launch of a new hybrid-robo “ETF Configurator” for Raisin Invest, and simultaneously, a new ESG pre-set portfolio within the Configurator that offers more than 30 sustainable equity and bond ETFs to choose from.
On Wednesday, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) ordered challenger bank N26 to implement appropriate internal controls and safeguards and comply with general due diligence requirements to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. It also appointed audit firm Mazars as a special supervisor to monitor N26.
In a bid to help out sellers and small businesses that have launched on its platform, eBay UK will offer them financing through a tie-up with YouLend. As part of the CEBS, YouLend will offer eBay business sellers funding in the range of £500 to £1m.
CloudWalk, the Brazilian payments processor, announced Tuesday its Series B funding of $190 million. The round brought up the firm’s aggregate capital raised to $206 million. Coatue led the round, with participation from DST Global and existing investors such as FIS, The Hive Brazil, and Valor Capital.
A Bloomberg report says Zhang Yiming, the AI genius who built ByteDance into a global behemoth via apps such as TikTok, is already flexing his muscles for the next battle. Not content with queering the pitch for media rivals such as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Zhang this time has e-commerce, and Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), in his sights.
Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) left analysts’ estimates in the dust with its numbers for the first quarter. The payments giant clocked quarterly revenues of $5.1 billion, well above analysts’ consensus of $3.34 billion and last year’s tally of $1.38 billion. It reported adjusted earnings of 41 cents per share, compared to expectations of 17 cents and last year’s loss of 2 cents a share.
Departmental store chain Macy’s (NYSE: M), which operates more than 750 stores nationwide, is partnering with fintech Klarna to offer its Pay in Four service. Macy’s customers can opt to pay for their purchases in four interest-free installments at checkout.