This Week in Fintech (12/19)

Hello Fintech Friends,

As the holidays settle in we finally get a week of respite from no haha just kidding, here are 41 financings and M&A events.

It’s been a pretty wild year (in the world but yes in fintech too). I would be curious to hear people’s most outlandish predictions for where fintech will go in 2021, and with permission, will share the best ones in this newsletter.


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Financings

  • Creditas, a Brazilian lending startup, raised $255 million in new financing.

  • GoCardless, a UK fintech that facilitates direct debit payments, raised $95 million in new capital.

  • Real estate lending platform LendingHome raised a $75 million Series E.

  • Lydia, a French mobile wallet and peer-to-peer payments app, raised an $86 million Series B extension.

  • Social investing app Public raised a $65 million Series C.

  • Vise, a company creating investment advisor tools, raised a $45 million Series B.

  • Consumer lender Self Financial raised $40 million in new capital.

  • Lendeavor, a healthcare lending fintech, rebranded as Provide and raised a $34 million Series A.

  • Ramp, a corporate spend management and card startup, raised $30 million.

  • Zilch, a UK buy-now-pay-later startup, raised $30 million in new funding.

  • Canadian savings startup Neo Financial raised C$25 million in a Series A.

  • Employee lender Salary Finance raised £20 million from backers including Experian.

  • Arya raised $21 million to build financial services for Indian farmers.

  • Wealth management platform Vestrata raised $4 million.

  • Umba raised a $2 million seed to build a digital bank for emerging markets across Africa.

  • Home loan advice and origination platform Homebuyer raised $1.4 million in seed funding.

  • Gr4vy, a cloud orchestration layer for simplifying how businesses add payment systems to checkouts, raised a $1.1 million seed.

  • Nigerian lending startup Indicina raised a six-figure funding round.

  • American Express announced a strategic investment in institutional cryptocurrency startup FalconX.

  • ING invested in UK data security startup eXate.

Exits and M&A

  • Affirm will be postponing its upcoming IPO, valued at up to $10 billion, until 2021 for reasons that are still unclear.

  • Apollo and Blackstone are both in talks to buy Wells Fargo’s $10 billion student loan book, as the bank continues to pare down assets after years of scandals led to a regulator-imposed freeze on asset growth.

  • In a continued wave of regional banking mergers, Huntington Bank agreed to buy TCF for $6 billion.

  • Asset management firm Oaktree Capital Group made a $5 billion for bankrupt Indian shadow lender Dewan Housing Finance.

  • Private equity firms are also eyeing the purchase of Wells Fargo’s asset management arm for $3 billion.

  • Online lender Upstart raised $180 million in its IPO at a market cap of $3.3 billion.

  • Cardtronics agreed to sell itself to Apollo and Hudson for $2.3 billion.

  • Bain Capital bought UK retirement investing service Liverpool Victoria Financial for £530 million.

  • European payments firm Worldline took a controlling interest in Australian bank ANZ’s commercial acquiring business for A$485 million.

  • GoDaddy acquired point-of-sale payments provider Poynt for $320 million in cash and $45 million in earnout.

  • Private equity firm Inflexion will buy Norwegian financial data provider Infront ASA for $171 million.

  • Capita PLC will buy £45 million of ParentPay, an education payments technology, from its parent Montagu.

  • Fiserv will acquire online payment experience, rewards, and loyalty platform Ondot.

  • AnaCap Financial Partners will acquire UK wealth management platform Novia Financial.

  • IBM will acquire Canadian payments-as-a-service fintech Expertus.

  • Private equity firm Corsair Capital acquired a majority stake in credit reporting solution provider IDIQ.

  • Wahed Invest, an Islamic finance fintech company based in the US, acquired Islamic banking app Niyah in the UK.

  • French bank Société Générale acquired online car buying platform Reezocar.

  • Australia’s three leading national payment platforms eftpos, BPAY Group and New Payments Platform Australia will merge to fend off competitive threats from foreign payment providers.

  • Norwegian browser-maker Opera will buy Estonian banking-as-a-service platform Pocosys.

SPAC

  • Katapult, an e-commerce focused fintech that originates point-of-sale purchase options for non-prime consumers, agreed to merge with FinServ Acquisition Corp at an enterprise value of $1 billion.

Source: Fintech Takes