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Who are the three new profitable european fintechs? - (05/06)

TWIF UK & Europe - The latest fintech news across the UK and Europe

Who are the three new profitable european fintechs? - (05/06)

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Funding ๐Ÿ’ธ

Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บPayments platform NomuPay raised $53.6m Series A from Finch Capital, Neuberger Berman Group and Outpost Ventures.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บOpen banking payment solution Fabrick raised โ‚ฌ40m from Mastercard.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ SMB payment solution Klearly raised a โ‚ฌ2.1m pre-seed round led by Global PayTech Ventures and Antler.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งCarbon removal market making platform CUR8 raised a ยฃ5.3m pre-seed round led by Google Ventures.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งCrypto onramp Transak raised a $20m Series A from investors.

๐ŸŒ Rent reporting solution Boom raised a $4.5m seed round led by Starting Line and included Clocktower, Company Ventures, Gilgamesh Ventures and angels.

โ‚ฟ Digital wallet provider Magic raised a $52m round led by PayPal Ventures and included KX, Northzone, Volt Capital, Cherubic and Synchrony.

Challenger Banking ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งSavings and investment app Chip had a profitable month in May on the back of higher interest rates. ย Deposits have reached ยฃ2bn.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง LendInvest co-founder Christian Faes has set up Faes & Co in LA, a firm to focus on building and investing in direct lending businesses alongside a new private credit fund.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Monzo hit profitability early in 2023 as revenue surged 2.3x to ยฃ356m, customers reached 7.4m and deposits topped ยฃ6bn. Loss provisions significantly increased from ยฃ14m to just over ยฃ100m as lending increased from ยฃ500m to ยฃ760m.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Tandem Bank is to report full year profits for 2022 on the back of increased lending. ย Income for 2022 was ยฃ71m with a ยฃ4.5m operating profit as deposits hit ยฃ1.75bn and lending increased 175% to ยฃ1.2bn.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Revolut has hit 30m retail customers worldwide, with 6.8m in the UK. It also mentioned its customers make 400m transactions per month.

๐ŸŒ Google is to upgrade its digital wallet to include health insurance information as well as state identification and corporate passes for buildings.

๐ŸŒ Customers are reporting challenges in withdrawing and transferring money from their Apple savings account according to the WSJ.

๐ŸŒ Brex reported two of its products, Empower and its business accounts, have each hit $100m in ARR.

Digital Assets โ‚ฟ

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บPKO Bank Polski is running a jobs fair in the metaverse to search for new technical talent.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ The ECB has finalised its designs for a digital euro ahead of a decision this year to green light its development.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บBinance has delisted three privacy coins (Monero, Dash and Zcash) in France, Italy, Spain and Poland due to regulatory requirements.

๐ŸŒ Crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group (DCG) is closing its institutional trade execution and prime brokerage business, TradeBlock.

๐ŸŒ Crypto investor Paradigm is broadening its investment focus to include AI and "frontier" technologies.

๐ŸŒ A 30% tax on crypto mining has been blocked by the new US debt ceiling deal.

๐ŸŒ Crypto exchange Bybit is exiting Canada due to incoming regulatory changes. Kraken has been a big beneficiary of other exchanges departing the country. ย Binance is being investigated by the Canadian securities regulator about trying to circumvent local rules.

๐ŸŒ Stablecoin issuer Circle has sold off all US Treasury bonds and moved into repo agreements through The Circle Reserve Fund, managed by BlackRock.

๐ŸŒ Blockchain analytics firm Nansen is laying off 30% of its staff due to the crypto market slowdown.

๐ŸŒ A vulnerability with Tron that put $500m at risk has been resolved.

Traditional Banking ๐Ÿฆ

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บBNY Mellon is investing โ‚ฌ8m into a digital research hub in Dublin focused on AI and data analytics.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง A third of UK banking customers, according to consulting firm Kearney, still prefer a physical interaction for banking purchases. The research found consumers want an "omnichannel" experience.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง SVB UK is no more with HSBC set to rename the group "HSBC Innovation Banking". HSBC is also working with Quantinuum to explore uses of quantum computing in finance.

๐ŸŒ JPMorgan Chase has cut 500 jobs in its technology and operations unit.

๐ŸŒ US banks overdraft revenue fell nearly 50% in Q4 2022 as a number of banks end the fees.

Fintech Infrastructure ๐Ÿšง

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ BIS research has found that a behavioural analysis approach to combining payment data, privacy technology, AI and cooperation is a more effective approach to detecting money laundering than its rules-based approach.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บVisa owned Tink has partnered with Ecolytiq to plug in sustainability services such as consumer tracking of carbon footprints.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Embedded finance provider Weavr is partnering with Visa to accelerate adoption of embedded finance solutions in B2B.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Virtual IBAN provider Monneo has entered special administration and is insolvent.

๐ŸŒ Card issuing platform Marqeta is shutting its Australian operations as part of a broader cost-cutting plan.

๐ŸŒ The Monetary Authority of Singapore is to explore the use of generative AI with Google Cloud.

๐ŸŒ Experian has partnered with IDVerse to improve digital onboarding.

Payments ๐Ÿ’ฐ

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Bank of Lithuania has revoked the EMI licence of Transactive Systems, a Middle Eastern payment firm due to AML infringements. ย Transactive has been fined โ‚ฌ280,000.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Adyen has launched Payout Services, offering its customers a quick solution to payout acquired funds, removing unnecessary delays.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Spend management provider Pleo has partnered with JP Morgan Payments to power its auto-top up feature for business accounts.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Payment orchestrator Numeral has partnered with payment provider BPCE to create the first full-API gateway across all SEPA schemes.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งResearch from Lloyds Bank reported that two thirds of online shopping scams started on Facebook and Instagram with consumers being tricked into paying for goods and services via Faster Payments that don't exist.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งThe UK governments National Savings & Investments (NS&I) organisation is offering open banking payments powered by Ecospend for making deposits.

๐ŸŒ The rule requiring multiple debit networks be available for routing for transactions, including ecommerce, comes into effect on 1st July. ย Executives on all sides suggest that it is a positive for their business.

๐ŸŒ Affirm reported Q1 2023 earnings which saw GMV +18%, active consumers +26% but a massive increase in funding costs of +223%. The BNPL provider also partnered with Worldpay to enable the payment solutions merchants access to its services.

๐ŸŒ US credit card debt is at $1trn as consumer spending continues to rise.

๐ŸŒ Mastercard has agreed to an FTC consent order that it unlawfully forced merchants to route debit payments through its network against the rules of the Durbin Amendment to give merchants the choice of two unaffiliated networks.

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