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Evolution Equity Partners Raises $1.1 Billion and Doubles Down on UK and EU Cybersecurity Investment

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The Evolution Technology Fund III LP is the largest dedicated cybersecurity fund raised to date.

Growth and early growth stage investor committed to investing in UK and EU based cybersecurity companies safeguarding the digital world.

LONDON, April 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Evolution Equity Partners announced the final closing of Evolution Technology Fund III, LP on April 16th, 2024, and total capital commitments of $ 1.1 Billion to back visionary entrepreneurs building next generation cybersecurity companies that safeguard the digital world. The fund raise was oversubscribed by existing and new limited partners representing a diversified mix of leading institutions, sovereign investors, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, fund of funds, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. The capital commitment includes funding from British Patient Capital, the UK’s largest domestic investor in venture and venture growth opportunities and a subsidiary of the British Business Bank.

The capital committed gives Evolution Equity Partners a dedicated pool of capital to pursue opportunities for investment ranging from $20 million to $150 million in cybersecurity. The firm’s strategy is to build a well-diversified portfolio across key cybersecurity company building ecosystems in the United States, United Kingdom, the EU and Israel. Significant investments made to date by Evolution in the United Kingdom and EU include: AVG Technologies, Quantexa, Panaseer, DF Labs, Logpoint, CounterCraft, Cognitive Security, Eperi, Cybsafe, Tatum, Elliptic, Arqit, Metomic amongst 60 portfolio companies the firm has backed.

Richard Seewald, Founder and Managing Partner at Evolution Equity Partners, said, ” Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed firsthand the strong cybersecurity entrepreneurial talent pool in the UK and EU. First, while building AVG Technologies, a European based cybersecurity company that our team took public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 and thereafter in numerous European companies we have helped scale. For UK and EU based cybersecurity companies looking to build and grow internationally, Evolution is the ideal partner to equip companies with the knowledge, tools and strategy to drive performance and outcome. The expertise that Evolution has on the ground in Europe is unparalleled in the industry. We look forward to working with best of breed entrepreneurs and building European champions.”

Christine Hockley, Managing Director, Funds at British Patient Capital, said: “Evolution Equity Partners’ cybersecurity specialism coupled with proven investment credentials positions them to successfully support the UK’s leading technology companies as they scale. We are delighted to invest in this fund, which aligns with our objective of supporting promising companies to access the long-term financing they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

Evolution Equity Partners was founded by investor and technology entrepreneurs Richard Seewald and Dennis Smith, who manage and lead the firm, and a specialist team of 30 professionals based out of New York City, Palo Alto, London and Zurich. The team members have been founders, operating executives and investors in leading software companies around the world and are committed to the mission of helping exceptional entrepreneurs develop market leading companies. Evolution Equity Partners’ Centers of

Excellence for Cybersecurity Growth, the firm’s high performance engine, has a clear goal: To provide the ultimate operating playbook on how to effectively take cybersecurity startups from idea to IPO and help equip companies with the knowledge, tools and strategy to drive performance.

About Evolution Equity Partners

Evolution Equity Partners, based in New York City, Palo Alto, London and Zurich, makes investments in rapidly growing cybersecurity software companies that safeguard our digital world. The firm was founded by investor and technology entrepreneurs Richard Seewald and Dennis Smith, who manage and lead the firm and its partners have been involved as founders, investors and as senior operating executives in leading software companies around the world. Evolution currently has over $2 billion of assets under management in a growing portfolio of market leading companies. The Evolution partners include Richard Seewald, Dennis Smith, Taher Elgamal, Aron Khurana, J.R. Smith, Karthik Subramanian, Yuval Ben-Itzhak and Karel Obluk. Learn more at www.evolutionequity.com and follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

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PB Fintech slips 2% after over 8 million shares change hands via block deal

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PB Fintech witnessed a 2% decline in its stock price, reaching Rs 1,313.65 per share, as approximately 8.4 million shares, equivalent to 1.86% of outstanding shares, were exchanged via block deals on the exchanges. By 9:44 AM, the volume surged to 9 million shares collectively on both exchanges, while PB Fintech’s stock price dipped by 0.56% to Rs 1,333 apiece, contrasting with a 0.22% decline in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Executive Share Sales

On May 16, PB Fintech announced that its Chairman and CEO, Yashish Dahiya, alongside Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Alok Bansal, intended to sell partial stakes in the company. Dahiya plans to sell up to 5.4 million equity shares, while Bansal aims to divest up to 2.97 million equity shares. Proceeds from the sale will be allocated primarily towards taxes on current and future ESOP exercises.

Following the sale, Dahiya will retain a 4.83% stake, while Bansal will hold a 1.63% stake in PB Fintech on a fully diluted basis. The company clarified that no further share sales are planned by the duo for at least one year.

Company Profile and Financial Performance

PB Fintech is actively involved in providing integrated online marketing and IT consulting services, primarily for the financial services industry, including insurance. The company operates Policybazaar, India’s largest digital insurance marketplace, and Paisabazaar, which offers lending-related services.

In Q4FY24, PB Fintech reported a net profit of Rs 60.19 crore, marking a significant improvement from the Rs 9.34 crore loss in the corresponding period of the previous year. The company’s revenue from operations surged by 25.4% year-on-year to Rs 1,090 crore in Q4 FY24, compared to Rs 869 crore in Q4 FY23.

For the entire fiscal year, PB Fintech’s net profit stood at Rs 64 crore, contrasting with the Rs 488 crore loss in FY23. The company’s consolidated operating revenue rose by 34% year-on-year to Rs 3,437 crore.

Analyst Perspectives

Analysts at Nuvama Institutional Equities raised their FY25/26 Ebitda estimates significantly to accommodate higher growth and improved profitability. However, they maintained a ‘Reduce’ rating on the stock due to its rich valuation, revising their target price to Rs 1,160.

Keynote Capital downgraded PB Fintech’s stock to ‘Reduce’ from ‘Buy’, citing that most of the positives appear to be priced in. Despite acknowledging the company’s positive momentum and profitability, the brokerage believes that current market expectations may be overly optimistic.

PB Fintech continues to navigate its growth trajectory amidst strategic initiatives and evolving market dynamics, as reflected by varying analyst viewpoints.

Source: business-standard.com

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US fintech Yendo secures $165m in mix of debt financing and equity

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Yendo, a prominent fintech company based in the United States, has successfully secured $165 million in funding through a combination of debt financing and equity investment.

Funding Structure

The funding round comprised a mix of debt financing and equity infusion, highlighting investors’ confidence in Yendo’s growth prospects and business model. This significant financial injection underscores Yendo’s position as a key player in the fintech sector.

Investment Highlights

Yendo’s ability to attract such substantial investment underscores its appeal to investors. The company’s innovative approach and strategic positioning within the fintech landscape have positioned it for accelerated growth and market expansion.

Utilization of Funds

The newly raised capital will likely be deployed to fuel Yendo’s expansion initiatives, including product development, market expansion, and strategic acquisitions. The infusion of funds will provide Yendo with the financial resources needed to capitalize on emerging opportunities and consolidate its market position.

Market Impact

Yendo’s successful funding round is expected to have a positive impact on the broader fintech market, signaling investor confidence in the sector’s growth potential. The influx of capital into Yendo reflects the ongoing trend of significant investment activity within the fintech industry, driven by increasing demand for innovative financial solutions.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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Commerce Bank goes live with instant payment service FedNow through Temenos Payments Hub

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Commerce Bank, headquartered in Kansas City, USA, has recently activated the FedNow instant payments service as part of its ongoing modernization efforts.

Collaboration with Temenos

Commerce Bank has partnered with Temenos, a leading Swiss vendor, to enhance its real-time payment capabilities. This collaboration builds upon Commerce Bank’s previous deployment of Temenos’ core banking platform in 2022 and its adoption of the Infinity loan origination solution earlier this year.

Utilization of Temenos Payments Hub

Commerce Bank has opted for the Temenos Payments Hub to integrate the FedNow service seamlessly. According to Temenos, this choice aims to amalgamate advanced banking products with cutting-edge delivery methods.

Insight from David Roller

David Roller, CIO of Commerce Bank, views this selection as a strategic step in their modernization journey. He emphasizes the bank’s commitment to meeting the evolving expectations of its customers by leveraging the capabilities offered by the Temenos platform.

Features of the Platform

The Temenos Payments Hub, delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), offers a comprehensive suite of payment tools and frameworks. These include features like straight-through processing, automated exception handling, cloud security measures, intelligent routing, and customizable workflows.

Leveraging the US Model Bank

In addition to the Temenos Payments Hub, Commerce Bank has also leveraged Temenos’ US Model Bank. This collection of pre-configured banking processes is tailored to address the specific requirements of the US market, further enhancing Commerce Bank’s operational efficiency and customer service.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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