The Hamburg-based Kreditech Group, a leading consumer finance technology group, announced today the completion of a USD 200 million credit facility from Victory Park Capital, an asset management firm focused on middle market debt and equity investments based in the United States. The investment reflects investors’ confidence in its big data credit-scoring technology and its data platform to serve the four billion unbanked and underbanked individuals worldwide. It is the largest credit facility in B2C fintech outside the US to date.
Leader In Consumer Finance Technology
The funding strengthens Kreditech’s position as a leader in the consumer finance technology market. The Group will use the new financing to continue its rapid growth at 60 to 80 percent per quarter. With a focus on the geographic rollout and expansion of its product portfolio, Kreditech expects the financing to deliver scale, lower cost and provide flexibility. The Group’s unique technology uses big data gathered from 20,000 data points to feed its proprietary, self-learning, credit-scoring algorithm.
Successful Scoring By Big Data
“We look forward to helping support the company’s future growth and success in the consumer finance technology space,” said Gordon Watson, principal at Victory Park Capital. “Kreditech’s credit-scoring model is impressive and has the ability to identify target customers in any market, even underbanked customers in emerging markets.”
“This record transaction is our next step toward becoming the market-leading digital consumer lender. It helps us address the growing demand for loans of longer durations at fair prices,” said Rene Griemens, Chief Financial Officer of Kreditech. “Setting the stage for our upcoming Series C financing round, the credit facility will reaccelerate our growth well beyond the 500 percent per year mark.”
Two Million Consumers Served in Nine Countries
Since its launch in February 2012, Kreditech’s innovative technology has served two million consumers in nine countries. It is one of the fastest-growing companies in consumer finance technology in Europe with a lending run rate of USD 130 million. In June 2014, the Group closed a USD 40 million equity investment by Värde Partners at a USD 190 million valuation. Other institutional investors include Blumberg Capital, HPE Growth Capital and Point Nine Capital.
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