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UK Fintech – Zilch secures a new $125 million dollar deal

Zilch Secures $125 Million Debt Financing to Propel Growth and IPO Aspirations

British fintech company Zilch has secured $125 million in debt financing from Deutsche Bank, marking a significant milestone in its growth trajectory. This strategic move aims to triple Zilch’s sales in the coming years and accelerate its path towards an initial public offering (IPO).

Accelerating Growth with Strategic Financing

The recent financing deal is structured as a securitization, allowing Zilch to bundle multiple loans into a single package. This arrangement provides the company with flexible credit terms, enabling it to draw up to $315 million from various banks. Initially, Zilch sourced its credit from Goldman Sachs’s private credit arm. However, as the company matured, it required more adaptable financial arrangements to support its rapid expansion.

CEO Insights on the Financing Shift

Philip Belamant, Zilch’s CEO and co-founder, highlighted the benefits of the new arrangement with Deutsche Bank. He noted that while the initial terms with Goldman Sachs were advantageous for a burgeoning startup, they became restrictive as Zilch’s capital needs grew. The new financing terms will allow Zilch to scale more effectively and pursue further debt agreements with additional banks in the near future.


The Rising Influence of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL)

Zilch operates in the increasingly competitive buy now, pay later (BNPL) sector, providing customers with interest-free installment plans. This market segment continues to attract substantial investment, even as some larger incumbents retreat. For instance, Apple recently announced the closure of its BNPL program, Pay Later, opting to integrate third-party services instead. Similarly, Goldman Sachs divested its BNPL firm Greensky.

Detailed Insights into Zilch’s Financial Strategy

  1. Expansion Through Securitization: The new $125 million in debt financing from Deutsche Bank will help Zilch generate $3.75 billion in gross sales by 2026. The company projects that each dollar of debt can produce $30 of gross merchandise value (GMV).
  2. Revenue Streams: Zilch’s revenue model includes interchange fees, commission fees from merchants appearing on its app, and an advertising sales network. The firm boasts high conversion rates, up to 55%, significantly outperforming the search industry average.
  3. IPO Timeline: With the additional capital, Zilch is poised to accelerate its IPO timeline, targeting a public listing within the next 12 to 24 months. This strategic move aligns with the company’s broader growth ambitions and market expansion plans.

Market Position and Future Outlook

Zilch has demonstrated impressive growth since its inception in 2018, generating over £2.5 billion in GMV. Despite reporting a loss of £71.7 million in the fiscal year ending March 2023, the company’s revenues have reached £30 million. Zilch’s business model and innovative approach position it well to capture a significant share of the BNPL market.

Belamant also noted the firm’s cautious approach to external market conditions, particularly the upcoming U.K. elections, which could impact their IPO timeline. Nonetheless, the firm remains optimistic about its growth prospects and ability to navigate these challenges.

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