FinTech: Zip Acquires BNPL Providers In Europe And UAE
Zip is reinforcing its position in the global BNPL market.
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. (BusinessWire)
Zip said the transactions represented strategic moves designed to mesh with its expansion plans and a rapidly accelerating global BNPL opportunity.
Zip has been encouraged by the success of its previous acquisition of Quadpay, where the annual volume of transactions jumped 200% after the deal.
- Twisto’s license can be passported to all 27 member states of the EU
- The EU is the world’s second-largest eCommerce market with a $1.1 trillion annual volume
- Advanced product offering lineup
- Annual run-rate of $12 million revenue and $230 million TTV
- Over a million customers have already transacted on the platform
- 14,000 merchants
- Scalable technology and a unique omnichannel credit platform, giving customers full control and freedom to pay over short and longer-term installments.
Zip’s acquisition rationale: Spotii/UAE
- TTV has grown at an average of 90%+ month-on-month since its inception in 2020
- The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing eCommerce regions globally, with online spend increasing by 25% annually
- A large untapped opportunity to bring BNPL to emerging markets where cash on delivery remains a significant merchant challenge
- 650 merchants already integrated into the platform, including flagship regional brands such as Jashanmal and Danube Home
- Over 40,000 customers
- Spotii’s proprietary risk algorithm has allowed the company to grow rapidly while maintaining low loss rates
- Existing working relationship after Zip made an initial investment in December 2020
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