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Can someone crack the IPO window? (TWIF 4/21)

Can someone crack the IPO window? (TWIF 4/21)

Hello Fintech Friends,

The IPO window may just be slowly reopening in financial services.

💰Ibotta went public this week, raising over $500 million, while the UK's Marex Group and Zopa and Russia's MTS Bank all shared plans for their own IPOs.

📝 Last week, we published our joint whitepaper with Visa, Opportunities for Gen AI in Financial Services. We look into eight main use cases in which fintechs are beginning to leverage Gen AI to build better products:

Please find another week of fintech exits and deep reads below. (👍👎 Have feedback for us? Let us know!)

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📖 Read of the Week

This week in Signals, Sophie Vo dives into how things are going in the world of carbon credits (not great):

Signals: If a tree falls in the forest...
... does it still qualify for a carbon credit?

☯️ Exits
💻 IPOs & SPACs
  • Ibotta, a platform for digital spending-based rewards backed by Walmart, went public today at a valuation of $2.67 billion, raising $577 million. Ibotta was founded in 2011 and previously raised $93 million through its Series D.
  • Marex Group, a UK financial technology provider to banks, hedge funds, asset managers, and broking houses, plans to raise $323 million in a US IPO that could value it at $1.5 billion.
  • UK neobank Zopa announced its first full-year profit of £15.8 million in 2023 and plans to go public soon.
  • Russia’s MTS Bank is planning an IPO this spring that could raise up to $160 million.
  • European private equity firm CVC Capital Partners looks to raise over €1.25 billion in an IPO on the Amsterdam stock exchange at a valuation between between €13 and €15 billion.

🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • TikTok competitor Triller is merging with Agba, a publicly-listed Hong Kong financial services company, to create a $4 billion company focused on social video, content generation, wealth management, and fintech.
  • Bain Capital will sell UK payroll software provider Zellis Group to private equity firm Apax Partners in a deal that values the firm at £1.25 billion.
  • Stock-trading company Public agreed to acquire over 15,000 brokerage accounts from Stocktwits, marking Stocktwits' exit from the stock-brokerage business. The acquisition price was not disclosed, but was reported as "sub $10 million."
  • TabaPay, a provider of instant bank account payment disbursal, acquired the assets and affiliates of banking-as-a-service provider Synapse Financial.
  • Canadian interbank network Interac Corp will acquire the exclusive Canadian rights of Toronto-based Vouchr, an engagement platform which enables users to send and receive personalized multi-media notifications along with their money transfers.
  • Karma Wallet, a sustainable consumer spending app, will acquire DoneGood, a marketplace for sustainable shopping.
  • Cloud tokenisation provider TokenEx will merge with payments orchestration platform Ixopay.
  • Envestnet, a publicly traded financial data and infrastructure provider with a market value of about $3.5 billion, is working with Morgan Stanley to explore options that could include a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from a group of private equity firms including Bain Capital.
  • Fintech digital media and events business Fintech Nexus, one of the originals in the space and the former organizer of Lendit, is pursuing a sale of its assets.

🏦 M&A - Bank and FinServ
  • Private equity firm State Street is exploring a potential acquisition of French bank Société Générale's custody arm for a price around €1 billion.
  • Gen II Fund Services, a private capital fund administrator, today announced its acquisition of Crestbridge, a European provider of private capital fund administration services.

🌎 Fintech Around the World

The Fried Chicken Is in New York. The Cashier Is in the Philippines.

India scrambles to curb PhonePe and Google’s dominance in mobile payments

Brazil: The country of Fintech's Future

A shrub in impoverished Nepal now supplies the raw material for the bank notes used in Asia’s most sophisticated financial system.

Lithuania's fintech sector shows steady growth

Canada set for open banking legislation

MENA’s banking and finance sector embraces the digital tide

📚 Deeper Reads & Features

Financial services is a serious business. In order to innovate effectively, you need to understand that

Investors Circle 'Most Hated' Fintech and E-Commerce Sectors

An Unconventional Look At The Future Of Fintech

Why fintech is the next supply chain frontier

Finternet: the financial system for the future

Minerva*: How This Risk Assessment Platform Is Transforming A $200+ Billion Industry

How Artificial Intelligence Technology Affects Fintech Companies & The Financial Industry

‘Geezer’ dogs party inside sanctuary for elderly, ailing pooches

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