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FinTech IPO Index Edges Up 1.7% as Katapult Earnings Lead Platforms Higher

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This week was dominated by earnings reports from fintech firms specializing in connecting supply and demand, such as those in lending and modernizing payments between merchants and consumers. Despite ongoing stock volatility, the FinTech IPO Index climbed 1.7%.

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Katapult saw its stock soar by 18.5% this week. The company reported that Katapult Pay gross originations grew over 150% year-over-year to $55.6 million, with 55.9% of these originations in Q1 2024 coming from repeat customers. Total revenue increased by 18.1% to $65.1 million.

Blend Labs experienced a share increase of just over 15%. Their Q1 2024 earnings revealed total company revenue of $34.9 million, comprising $23.8 million from the Blend Platform segment and $11.1 million from the Title segment. Within the Blend Platform, mortgage suite revenue declined by 15% year-over-year to $15.1 million, while consumer banking suite revenue rose by 29% to $6.7 million. Professional services revenue increased by 21% to $2.1 million.

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Paysafe saw a 15.2% rise in its stock. The company’s earnings report indicated an 11% increase in revenue from its Merchant Solutions segment, driven by strong eCommerce performance and SMB client demand. Digital wallet-related revenue increased by 5%, mainly due to growth in the gambling sector. Overall, consolidated revenue rose by 7% to $418 million on a constant currency basis, with total payment volume up 7% to $36.1 billion, and transactions per active user increasing by 14%.

Open Lending shares climbed 7.8% following their partnership with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, which will now provide credit default insurance policies for Open Lending’s Lenders Protection platform.

Robinhood saw a modest increase of 3.4% over the past week. The company exceeded Q1 profit expectations, driven by strong cryptocurrency trading volumes and a 22% rise in net interest revenue to $254 million. Retail traders, optimistic about economic prospects, have reentered the market, resulting in a 59% increase in transaction-based revenue.

Oportun shares rose by 2.7%. The company’s official Q1 report on May 9 confirmed preliminary results, showing aggregate originations of $338 million, down from $408 million last year. The portfolio yield was 32.5%, an increase of 113 basis points from the previous year, and the annualized net charge-off rate improved to 12% from 12.1% a year ago and 12.3% in the previous quarter.

Declines in the Index

dLocal experienced a significant decline, with shares dropping by 27%. Despite a 49% year-over-year increase in total payment volume to $5.3 billion and a 34% rise in revenue to $184.4 million, gross profit margins were pressured by renegotiated terms with a top merchant and higher payout volumes. Consequently, operating income fell by 32% year-over-year.

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Nu Holdings reported the addition of 5.5 million customers in Q1, bringing its global total to 99.3 million by the end of March. The company, now the fourth-largest financial institution in Latin America by customer count, saw monthly average revenue per active customer grow by 30% year-over-year. However, its shares slipped by 0.6%. The NPL ratio for its Brazilian consumer credit portfolio was 5%, consistent with expectations and historical patterns.

Expensify added unlimited virtual cards to its spend management platform. The new Expensify Visa Commercial Card allows businesses to manage expenses across employees and merchants, setting fixed or monthly spending limits for each card. Despite this innovation, the company’s shares fell by 3.4%.

In summary, the fintech sector showcased a range of performances, with several companies delivering strong earnings that boosted the FinTech IPO Index, while others faced challenges that impacted their stock prices.

Source: pymnts.com

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InScope secures $4.3m to revolutionise financial reporting and auditing

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InScope, a newly launched FinTech company, has successfully raised $4.3 million to expand its innovative financial reporting and auditing platform.

According to PYMNTS, the funding round included significant contributions from prominent investors such as Lightspeed and Better Tomorrow Ventures.

InScope is focused on transforming the traditional processes of financial reporting and auditing for private companies. The company leverages advanced technologies, including generative AI and large language models, to automate and streamline the compilation of financial statements—tasks that have historically been prone to errors and required extensive manual effort.

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The new capital will be used to enhance InScope’s platform capabilities. The company aims to shift accountants’ focus from laborious manual tasks to more strategic initiatives, thereby empowering finance professionals with tools to complete reporting and auditing tasks quickly and efficiently.

InScope’s system compiles data from a company’s core systems, such as ERP, along with publicly available information, and transforms these inputs into GAAP-compliant financial and audit documents.

InScope CEO and co-founder Mary Antony stated, “Our technology dramatically reduces the time and effort required for financial reporting and auditing, eliminating the need for outdated manual processes.” Her co-founder and COO, Kelsey Gootnick, also emphasized the transformative potential of InScope, which they conceived out of their own frustrations with existing financial processes.

The company has already begun collaborating with a select group of companies to refine and enhance their financial reporting capabilities. JC Bahr-de Stefano, a venture capital investor at Better Tomorrow Ventures, commented on this partnership: “InScope is already working with a handful of companies to help streamline their financial reporting needs and enable accountants to complete their reporting tasks in minutes instead of months.”

Source: fintech.global

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Citi extends USD Clearing service to Middle East in partnership with Emirates NBD

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Citi has partnered with Dubai-based banking group Emirates NBD to launch its USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

Through this collaboration, Emirates NBD will offer the USD Clearing service, along with its commercial and treasury payment execution capabilities, to corporate and retail clients via its branch networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This service will enable clients to make cross-border USD payments with continuous availability, addressing current payment flow challenges posed by varying transaction cut-off times in the UAE.

“The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays,” said Ahmed Al Qassim, group head of wholesale banking at Emirates NBD.

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Following the initial launch, the service will be extended to all Emirates NBD branches in the Middle East and globally, including partnerships with third-party institutions.

According to its website, Emirates NBD currently operates 853 branches in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Germany, Russia, and Bahrain.

Shahmir Khaliq, Citi’s head of services, described the collaboration as “an important step in our journey to creating a multibank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

“Our 24/7 USD Clearing service is a clear differentiator in the market,” Khaliq continued. “It demonstrates the full value of our globally leading cross-border payments and clearing capabilities, which enable our clients to make payments faster and in a more efficient and transparent manner.”

Source: fintechfutures.com

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New partnership between BIS and MAS targets climate risks in finance

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have recently collaborated on an innovative initiative.

The BIS, an institution dedicated to fostering international monetary and financial cooperation, and the MAS, Singapore’s central bank responsible for monetary policy, financial regulation, and supervision, have teamed up to tackle a pressing global challenge.

Their partnership aims to develop a blueprint for a climate risk platform designed to integrate regulatory and climate data. This platform will enable financial authorities worldwide to better identify, monitor, and manage climate-related risks within the financial system.

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The BIS, through its Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, is addressing financial stability concerns posed by climate change. The MAS adds its regulatory expertise and focus on sustainable finance to the effort. Both institutions recognize the complex challenges posed by climate change, including significant data gaps and the difficulty of assessing associated risks.

Project Viridis, led by the BIS Innovation Hub, outlines the essential features and metrics of the proposed climate risk platform. This platform is designed to provide comprehensive data on financed emissions, exposure to physical risks, and forward-looking assessments under various climate scenarios. As the impact of climate change on global financial markets escalates, adaptive and innovative responses are necessary.

The partnership also leverages advanced technologies such as natural language processing to extract and analyze climate-related data from corporate disclosures. This enables a deeper understanding of financial institutions’ climate-related risks and identifies potential areas requiring more intensive risk assessment.

Maha El Dimachki, head of the BIS Innovation Hub Singapore Centre, stated, “Project Viridis demonstrates how regulatory data can be integrated with climate data, extracted from corporate disclosure documents using natural language processing techniques. This provides authorities with insights into climate-related financial risks, helping them form an initial view of financial institutions’ risk exposures and identify areas that may require deeper risk assessment.”

Source: fintech.global

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