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Mount Logan Capital Inc. Announces March 2020 Interim Results; Declares Shareholder Distribution

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – May 11, 2020) – Mount Logan Capital Inc. (NEO: MLC) (“Mount Logan,” “our,” “we,” or the “Company”) announces its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. All amounts are stated in United States dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

First quarter 2020 highlights:

  • Achieved quarterly investment income of $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020

  • As of March 31, 2020, the fair value of the Company’s portfolio was $54.7 million1, consisting of 80.0% in first lien senior secured loans, 5.6% in promissory notes and 14.4% in the Great Lakes Unitranche Joint Venture

  • Adjusted net investment income of $182,000

  • Primarily driven by unrealized losses, net loss and comprehensive loss for the quarter was $2.3 million, or $(0.22) per basic and diluted share

  • Net assets of $31.8 million as of March 31, 2020 and net asset value per share as of March 31, 2020 of USD$3.00

  • Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) of $8.9 million as of March 31, 2020

  • The board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) declared a cash dividend in the amount of CAD$0.02 per common share to be paid on June 26, 2020 to shareholders of record on May 21, 2020

Ted Goldthorpe, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Mount Logan, noted, “We are pleased with our results for the quarter, especially amid the market volatility, and we remain vigilant on the portfolio in this unprecedented environment. We will continue to actively evaluate additional new investments that present an immense opportunity amid the recent market volatility. While we understand and appreciate that the long-term impacts of COVID-19 are uncertain, we believe that Mount Logan’s investment portfolio and balance sheet are positioned defensively and that our management team will continue to take steps to protect stakeholder value and continue to drive value through opportunistically deploying capital in the current environment.”

Results of operations – three months ended March 31, 2020

Total investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1.1 million as compared to $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in investment income is attributable to the growth in the Company’s investment portfolio related to the broadening of the Company’s investment strategy following its plan of arrangement completed in October 2018, the greater capital resources available to the Company from equity financings, and from the Company’s revolving senior loan facility which closed in February 2019.

Total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $1.2 million, including interest and financing expense under the revolving senior loan facility of $0.6 million, as compared to total expenses of $0.5 million in the same period last year.
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1Excludes the Company’s legacy investment in Cline Mining Corporation (“Cline”), which is subject to the contingent value rights issued by the Company to the holders of the common shares of the Company prior to its plan of arrangement completed in October 2018.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

The fair value of our portfolio was $54.7 million as of March 31, 2020 (excluding Cline). The composition of our investment portfolio at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 at fair value (in each case, excluding Cline) was as follows:

March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
Fair value % of total Fair value % of total
First Lien Loan $ 43,721 80.0 % $ 48,013 79.2 %
Promissory Notes and Unsecured Debt 3,068 5.6 % 3,068 5.0 %
Great Lakes Unitranche Joint Venture 7,866 14.4 % 9,532 15.7 %
$ 54,655 100.0 %    $ 60,613 99.9 %

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company recognized $2.3 million in unrealized depreciation on its investment portfolio from decreases in the fair value of some of its portfolio company investments primarily due to the potential adverse economic effects and uncertainty presented by COVID-19 the related re-pricing of credit risk in the broadly syndicated credit market.

On January 22, 2020, Marret Asset Management Inc., the former manager, announced that Cline had entered into a binding agreement for the sale by Cline to Allegiance Coal Limited of all the shares in New Elk Coal Company, LLC. The total acquisition consideration is $55.0 million and completion of the sale is anticipated to occur this year. The net proceeds received by the Company will be distributed to holders of the Company’s contingent value rights.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2020, we had cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) of $8.9 million, total assets of $70.7 million and shareholders’ equity of $31.8 million. Our net asset value per common share was USD$3.00. As of March 31, 2020, we had $34.4 million of borrowings outstanding on our revolving senior loan facility. On January 31, 2020, the revolving senior loan facility was amended to, among other things, extend the maturity date from February 21, 2020 to February 19, 2021.

Subject to prevailing market conditions, we intend to grow our portfolio of assets by raising additional capital, including through the prudent use of leverage available to us and potentially raising additional equity from time to time.

Our interim consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and related management’s discussion and analysis will be available on the Company’s website at www.mountlogancapital.ca and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Dividend Declaration

The Board has declared a cash dividend in the amount of CAD$0.02 per common share to be paid on June 26, 2020 to shareholders of record on May 21, 2020. This dividend is designated by the Company as an eligible dividend for the purpose of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and any similar provincial or territorial legislation. An enhanced dividend tax credit applies to eligible dividends paid to Canadian residents.

The declaration and payment by the Company of any future cash dividends, including the amount thereof, will be at the discretion of the Board and will depend on, among other things, the financial condition, capital requirements and earnings of the Company.

Conference Call

We will hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss our first quarter 2020 financial results. Shareholders, prospective shareholders, and analysts are welcome to listen to the call. To register for the call and access dial-in information please visit https://bit.ly/2yuPBrp. The recording of the conference call will be available on our Company’s website www.mountlogancapital.ca in the Investor Relations section under Events.

About Mount Logan Capital Inc.

Mount Logan Capital Inc. is a Canada-based asset manager created to source and execute on credit investment opportunities in North America. The Company holds and actively manages and monitors a portfolio of loans and other investments with credit-oriented characteristics. The Company intends to actively source, evaluate, underwrite, monitor, and primarily invest in additional loans, debt securities, and other credit-oriented instruments that present attractive risk-adjusted returns and present low risk of principal impairment through the credit cycle.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This news release makes reference to certain non-IFRS financial measures. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement IFRS financial measures by providing further understanding of the Company’s results of operations from management’s perspective. The Company’s definitions of non-IFRS measures used in this news release may not be the same as the definitions for such measures used by other companies in their reporting. Non-IFRS measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s financial information reported under IFRS. The Company has included herein certain non-IFRS supplemental measures of key performance, including, but not limited to, adjusted net investment income, net asset value (“NAV”) per share and comprehensive income. We utilize these measures in managing our business, including performance measurement. We believe that providing these performance measures on a supplemental basis is helpful to investors in assessing the overall performance of the Company’s business. However, these measures are not recognized under IFRS. The definitions and calculations of the non-IFRS measures used in this news release are described in greater detail in the Company’s management discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The Company believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS financial measures in the evaluation of issuers. The Company’s management also uses non- IFRS financial measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period.

Change in Functional Currency
Prior to January 1, 2020, the Company’s functional currency was the Canadian dollar (“CAD”). In accordance with International Auditing Standards 21, The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates (“IAS 21”), an entity’s functional currency should reflect the underlying transactions, events and conditions that are relevant to the entity. Management considered primary and secondary indicators in determining functional currency, including the currency that influences sales prices, labor, purchases and other costs. Other indicators included the currency in which funds from financing activities are generated and the currency in which receipts from operations are usually retained. Beginning in 2018, the Company began shifting its investment focus to the U.S. market and the Company’s economic and currency exposure has shifted from Canada to the United States. At December 31, 2019, over 90.0% of the Company’s investments were fully exposed to the United States dollar (“USD”) and the Company earned a significant amount of its revenue in USD.

Based on these factors, management concluded that effective January 1, 2020, the Company’s functional currency should be USD. The Company has accounted for the change in functional currency prospectively, as provided for under IAS 21 with no impact of this change on prior year comparative information other than in conjunction with the change in presentation currency previously made effective January 1, 2019.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the expressions “seeks”, “expects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “will”, “target” and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the current expectations of the Company regarding future results or events and are based on information currently available to them. Certain material factors and assumptions were applied in providing these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements discussed in this release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the Company’s business strategy, model, approach and future activities, portfolio composition and size, asset management activities and related income, capital raising activities, future credit opportunities of the Company, portfolio realizations, the protection of stakeholder value and the expansion of the Company’s loan portfolio. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions; however, the Company can give no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized by certain specified dates or at all. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under “Risks Factors” in the most recently filed annual information form and management discussion and analysis for the Company. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, a forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances except as required by securities laws. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release.

This press release is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, a prospectus or an advertisement and the communication of this release is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, an offer to sell or an offer to purchase any securities in the Company or in any fund or other investment vehicle.

For additional information, contact:

Ted Gilpin
Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]

(212) 891-5007

Mount Logan Capital Inc.
365 Bay Street, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5H 2V1

MOUNT LOGAN CAPITAL INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(in thousands of United States dollars, except number of shares and per share amounts)

March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
       (unaudited)
Assets
Investments, at fair value $ 58,242 $ 64,489
Cash 668 425
Restricted cash 8,261 6,733
Receivable for investments sold 303
Due from affiliates, net 118 411
Accrued interest and dividend receivable 204 358
Deferred tax asset 2,863 2,863
Prepaid expenses 23 33
Total assets $
70,682 $ 75,312
Liabilities
Credit facility (net of deferred financing costs of $441 and $80, respectively) $ 33,959 $ 34,320
Payable for investments purchased 1,880
Interest payable 490 383
Dividends payable to shareholders 151
Contingent value rights 3,589 3,876
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 728 644
Total liabilities 38,917 41,103
Shareholders’ equity
Share capital 80,988 80,988
Warrants 1,086 1,086
Contributed surplus 7,240 7,240
Deficit (35,691) (33,247)
Cumulative translation adjustment (21,858) (21,858)
Total shareholders’ equity 31,765 34,209
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $
70,682
$ 75,312
Common shares issued and outstanding 10,604,998
10,604,998
Net asset value per share $
3.00
$ 3.23

 

MOUNT LOGAN CAPITAL INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(in thousands of United States dollars, except number of shares and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended March 31,
2020 2019
Investment income
Interest income $ 865 $ 483
Dividend income 215
Total investment income 1,080 483
Operating expenses
Administration fees 148
Arrangement costs 138
Interest and other credit facility expenses 648 90
Professional fees 215 122
Compensation 56 81
Marketing 32
Directors’ fees 21 23
Regulatory and shareholder relations 24 26
Other general and administrative 37 19
Total operating expenses 1,181 499
Net investment income (loss) (101) (16)
Realized and unrealized gain (loss)
Net realized gain (loss) on investments 41 25
Net realized loss on foreign currency 1
Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments (2,266) 10
Net change in unrealized (loss) gain on foreign currency 32 (469
Total net realized and unrealized (loss) gain (2,192) (434
Loss and comprehensive loss before income tax (2,293) (450
Deferred tax recovered 698
Income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) $
(2,293) $
248
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted
10,604,998 10,233,905
Income (loss) per share – basic and diluted $
(0.22) $
0.02

 


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Suspected Digital Fraud Originating from Canada Soars in 2023; Canada with Third Highest Increase in Fraud Rates Among 19 Countries Analyzed by TransUnion

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Key Findings:

  • 39% growth in the rate of suspected digital fraud attempts year-over-year (YoY) for transactions originating from Canada in 2023.
  • 60% of Canadians surveyed said they were recently targeted with fraud, of which 10% fell victim.
  • 93% said having confidence their personal data will not be compromised is important when choosing who to transact with online.
  • 42% said they abandon their online shopping carts due to fraud and/or security concerns.
  • 8.4% of e-commerce transactions in 2023 were targeted by suspected fraud attempts originating from Canada.
  • 202% increase in the volume of suspected digital fraud attempts from Canada between 2019-2023.
  • 258% increase in the rate of suspected digital fraud attempts originating from Canada within telecommunications sector from 2022-2023.

Canada experienced a significant increase in suspected digital fraud attempts in 2023, with more than 5% of all transactions where the consumer was located in Canada being targeted by suspected fraud, revealed a new data analysis from TransUnion (NYSE: TRU). While the rate of suspected digital fraud grew YoY globally by 8% from 2022-2023, Canadian-based fraud significantly outpaced the global rate with a 39% increase in 2023 from 3.6% in 2022. Canada had the fifth highest rate of suspected digital fraud and the third highest rate increase from 2022-2023 out of the 19 countries analyzed.

The pivot to increasingly digital transactions since the beginning of the pandemic means Canadians face a new norm when it comes to the elevated severity and volume of attempted digital fraud rates. At the same time, the number of digital transactions has markedly risen in the last few years, further fuelling the volume of potentially fraudulent activity with a 202% increase in suspected digital fraud attempts originating from Canada from 2019-2023. The rate of suspected fraudulent digital transactions also increased during this same period by 105%.

“Digital fraud attempts from Canada grew dramatically over the past year across most industries. As the world accelerated digital engagement, fuelled by the pandemic, Canadian consumers and businesses face a new norm with significantly elevated fraud risks,” said Patrick Boudreau, head of identity management and fraud solutions at TransUnion Canada. “Canadian businesses and consumers are challenged to remain one step ahead of these increasingly sophisticated and ever evolving fraudsters. Fraudsters continue to prey on organizations that have direct access to money, products or services with easily transferable monetary value. There is no doubt that fraud remediation will continue to be a key priority for organization and businesses.”

Top Industries Targeted by Suspected Digital Fraud from Canada Include Retail, Communities, Video gaming, Gambling and Financial Services.

In 2023, the retail sector experienced the highest rate of suspected digital fraud, with just over 8 in every 100 transactions (8.4%) where the consumer was located in Canada being suspected fraudulent. The rate of suspected digital fraud in 2023 (the number of fraudulent transactions divided by all transactions in that industry) originating from Canada for all industries analyzed were:

  • Retail: 8.4%
  • Communities (online dating, forums, etc.): 6.2%
  • Video gaming: 4.6%
  • Gambling: 4.0%
  • Financial services: 3.1%
  • Telecommunications: 2.7%
  • Insurance: 2.5%
  • Travel and leisure: 0.6%
  • Logistics: 0.4%

Significant Increase in Rate of Suspected Digital Fraud Across Multiple Sectors.

Increased suspected digital fraud rates originating from Canada spanned every industry except one analyzed. The telecommunications industry saw the most significant increase with a 258% jump from 2022-2023; followed by communities at 129%; and financial services at 75%. The only industry without an increase was logistics, which experienced a decline of 34%.

Suspected Digital Fraud Attempts Shift to New Industries Globally vs. Canada

Industry Canada Rate Change from 2022-2023 Global Rate Change from 2022-2023
Telecommunications +258% +111%
Communities (online dating, forums, etc.) +129% +17%
Financial services +75% +3%
Insurance +43% -8%
Gaming +27% +41%
Travel & Leisure +8% +8%
Public sector +9% -1%
Retail +4% +21%
Gambling +4% -30%
Logistics -34% -30%

Fraud Concerns have Strong Influence over Who Canadians Choose to do Business with and make Purchases from.

TransUnion survey data from December 2023 shows that Canadians’ fraud risk and security concerns have significant influence over who they choose to do business with. This includes:

  • 42% of Canadians abandon their online shopping carts due to fraud and/or security concerns.
  • 71% will not return to a website if they have fraud concerns.
  • 93% of Canadians said having confidence their personal data will not be compromised is important when choosing who to transact with online.
  • 34% of Canadians have switched their online transactions to another website due to fraud or security concerns.
  • 46% of Canadians said that security of their personal data was the number one consideration when deciding what online company to do business with.

Canadians Report Being Targeted by a Diverse Mix of Fraudulent Schemes.

In the same December 2023 survey, 60% of Canadians surveyed said they were targeted with online, email, phone call or text messaging fraud in the last three months, of which 10% fell victim. Of those who said they were targeted, Canadians reported a diverse mix of fraudulent schemes including:

  • Phishing (fraudulent emails, websites, social posts, QR codes, etc., to steal data): 50%
  • Smishing (fraudulent text messages intended to trick the victim into revealing data): 43%
  • Vishing (fraudulent phone calls intended to trick the victim into revealing data): 38%
  • Third-party seller scams on legitimate online retail websites: 22%
  • Identity theft (personal information like name, address, phone number or security number was stolen in a company’s data breach): 14%
  • Social engineering scam (solicited to transfer or move illegally acquired money on behalf of someone else): 18%
  • Stolen credit card or fraudulent charges: 14%
  • Money mule scam (solicited transfer or move illegally acquired money on behalf of someone else): 12%
  • Account takeover (online account used without permission): 11%
  • Unemployment fraud: 6%

The Most Suspected Digital Fraud Occurs at Account Creation.

In reviewing the different points in a consumer journey, the data analysis reveals that the highest percentage of digital fraud occurs at account creation.

Globally, the analysis found that 13.9% of all digital account creation activity involved suspected fraud in 2023. For digital transactions where the consumer was in Canada, the suspected fraud rate at account creation was 4.9% last year. In comparison, the rate of suspected digital fraud at account login in Canada was 3.9% in 2023 (2% globally). When money is being exchanged in the transaction for instance for purchases, transfers, deposits and withdrawals, 2.3% of those types of transactions from Canada were suspected fraudulent (3.6% globally).

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Top US Bank, Commerce goes live with loan origination on Temenos banking platform

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Temenos (SIX: TEMN), today announced that Commerce Bank, a top US bank, has gone live with Temenos’ (Infinity) loan origination solution, increasing operational efficiency and delivering a frictionless, hyper-personalized customer experience.

The latest go-live follows the successful modernization of the bank’s core banking system, moving from legacy systems for deposits to Temenos’ modern, agile and open platform tailored for the US market. In 2022, the bank migrated over 2.5 million customers and 6.9 million accounts to the Temenos platform.

Named among America’s Best Banks by Forbes, Commerce operates using a “super community bank” model that brings together sophisticated banking products with high-touch, high-tech delivery to create and build deep relationships.

Temenos (Infinity) Loan Origination offers powerful decisioning, highly customizable applications, dynamic features, and extensive third-party integrations. The solution has been deployed to create a fast, omni-channel origination experience for securities-based loans and lines of credit provided though Commerce Trust – Commerce’s Private Bank.

Commerce previously relied on manual calculations, documentation and collateral gathering to process applications, which was complex to configure and set up. With Temenos (Infinity) Loan Origination, Commerce has been able to automate the process with increased digitization to eliminate paper processes, improve reliability and drive end-to-end product origination process down to 5 minutes or less.

John Handy, President and Chief Executive Officer for Commerce Trust, commented: “Commerce helps high-net-worth individuals simplify their complex financial lives. The Temenos’ loan solution will help us keep ahead of the competition, to take the lending experience to the next level, increasing staff efficiency and customer satisfaction.”

Philip Barnett, President – Americas, Temenos, said: “We are delighted to build on our close relationship with Commerce to modernize its loan origination capability. This latest go live proves the strength of our banking platform, which is tailored for the needs of US banks – from large regional incumbents, and global disruptors to challenger banks. Private banking is an increasingly competitive segment in the US and with Temenos, Commerce can continue to differentiate and meet the rising expectations for personalized, fast and easy banking interactions.”

Temenos was recently named a Leader in IDC MarketScape: North America Lending Decisioning Platforms and is ranked as the #1 best-selling banking software for Digital Banking and Channels by IBS Intelligence.

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Nigerian digital bank FairMoney in talks to buy Umba in $20M all-stock deal, sources say

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FairMoney, a digital bank based in Lagos and headquartered in Paris, is in discussions to acquire Umba, a credit-led digital bank providing payroll and financial services to customers in Nigeria and Kenya, in a $20 million all-stock deal, sources tell TechCrunch.

The move signals FairMoney’s interest in growing its customer base by expanding into more countries, specifically Kenya. But it also underscores the challenges facing fintechs in Africa amid a challenging market for startups globally: a $20 million all-share deal would be roughly equivalent to the amount Umba raised from outside investors.

Acquisition negotiations are still in their early stages, according to the sources, who requested anonymity due to the confidential nature of the details. FairMoney and Umba did not respond to requests for comment ahead of publication.

Umba, founded by Tiernan Kennedy and Barry O’Mahony in San Francisco in 2018, was launched as a credit-led digital bank targeting emerging markets. It provides banking services such as loans, current accounts, savings accounts, fixed deposit accounts and bill payments to customers in Nigeria and Kenya.

To date, the digital bank has secured around $20 million in funding, per PitchBook data. Its investors include Costanoa Ventures, Monzo co-founder Tom Blomfield, Lachy Groom, ACT Ventures, Lux Capital, Palm Drive Capital, Banana Capital and Streamlined Ventures.

Meanwhile, FairMoney has been backed by the likes of Tiger Global, DST, Speedinvest and others and has raised just over $57 million, according to PitchBook. It was last valued at between $400 million and $500 million following a bridge round last year.

FairMoney, best known for its lending services in Nigeria, has been looking for more avenues for expansion. In 2020, FairMoney ambitiously entered India as its second market, but beyond a momentum update in 2021, it has not made any more recent disclosures about how that business is doing.

FairMoney has also been expanding its product. The startup’s eponymous app originally launched as a digital lender in Nigeria six years ago. Since then, it has added other financial services, such as debit cards, transfers and payments. It says that it has over six million retail customers.

FairMoney’s previous acquisitions have included PayForce, a sub-brand of YC-backed Nigerian merchant payment service CrowdForce, which it picked up in a cash-and-stock deal worth $15-20 million.

“We see ourselves as a retail bank, but the line between merchants and retail is often blurry,” FairMoney CEO Laurin Hainy told TechCrunch in an interview last year around the PayForce acquisition. “We’ve thought about the merchant space more and more, and we see a lot of potential synergies between what PayForce and we have built independently.”

Umba also started as a retail-focused digital bank in Nigeria before diversifying its offerings to include merchant financing and business banking products in the West African country as well as Kenya. Google Play indicates over 1 million installs of its app, but the number of registered and active users is not disclosed.

FairMoney’s potential acquisition of Umba may not solely hinge on user numbers or product offerings. For one, Umba launched merchant and business-facing products within the last four months, so it’s improbable to have garnered significant traction and volumes in that time frame. FairMoney could likely be more interested in Umba’s microfinance license, obtained in 2022 through acquiring a majority shareholding in Daraja Microfinance Bank. This license allows Umba to offer banking services in Kenya.

Obtaining a microfinance bank license in Kenya can be challenging. Unlike Nigeria, which has over 600 microfinance bank licenses, Kenya has only 14 such licenses. For the Tiger-backed FairMoney, acquiring Umba could streamline entry into Kenya, bypassing the lengthy licensing process that took Umba three years. As such, an acquisition could see FairMoney leverage Umba’s existing infrastructure or combine both fintech capabilities to launch its services in Kenya.

Sources tell us while Umba wasn’t actively seeking a sale, it may find FairMoney’s offer enticing, particularly given its current financial status. Between January and June 2023, the fintech generated $335,000 in revenue while incurring $1.54 million in expenses, as outlined in an investor pitch deck obtained by TechCrunch.

Additionally, after securing a $15 million Series A funding round at a $60 million valuation in February 2022, Umba sought further funding last December. Ultimately, it raised a $1.55 million bridge round at a valuation of just $25 million which is in line with FairMoney’s offer. The fintech may be considering other options, the sources say.

Amid the fintech boom, digital banks and challenger banks in Africa attracted tens of millions of dollars in venture capital investments, spurring numerous players’ emergence with plans to challenge traditional incumbents.

Now the story is different. VC funding continues to tighten, and many of the big bets are not playing out as forecast, with companies missing growth targets and facing challenging unit economics. That has led to more M&A conversations. Just this month, Nigerian neobank Carbon acquired Vella Finance, an SME-focused banking service provider. And FairMoney’s potential acquisition of Umba, if successful, would mark its second deal in two years.

Source: Techcrunch.com

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