Kabbage Quiet as Rumors Grow Over Potential Orchard Acquisition

Bloomberg and other sources are reporting that small business lender Kabbage will acquire lending platform Orchard. The firm, which boasts the support of former Citigroup and Morgan Stanley bosses Vikram Pandit and John Mack, provides information on the marketplace lending industry to Wall Street companies. No terms have been made available and neither Kabbage nor Orchard Platform Markets have commented on the potential acquisition.

Orchard, which launched in 2013, recently attempted to change its business model to serve as a platform for trading loan securities. The failure of this initiative to gain traction, according to Bloomberg, led to the company’s desire to find a buyer of late. The firm had raised $40 million in funding from investors including Spark Capital and Thrive Capital.

Kabbage and Orchard have a history. The two announced a partnership back in the spring of 2015 that gave institutional investment managers on the Orchard platform the ability to access Kabbage’s consumer loan product, Karrot. The partnership also helped Kabbage add to its consumer lending business thanks to new access to Orchard’s constituency of sophisticated investors.

Kabbage made headlines last year when rumors surfaced that the company was raising money for the specific purpose of acquisitions. At the time, marketplace lender OnDeck was widely believed to be the primary target.

Earlier this month, Kabbage announced a partnership with Ingo Money to accelerate loan payments to small and medium-sized businesses. After finishing 2017 with a new chief operating officer and having reached a new milestone in extending more than $4 billion to more than 130,000 small businesses, Kabbage began 2018 by expanding its line of credit to $250,000 in a bid to serve larger business customers as well as its small business base.

“Giving small businesses the peace of mind and security to focus less on their finances and more on their passions is a key tenet at Kabbage,” the company’s COO Bob Sharpe said when the news was announced. “Increasing our lines of credit to $250,000 significantly enhances our ability to solve financial hurdles for larger and more specialized businesses that may otherwise be unachievable, which we see in the market today.”

Founded in 2009, the Atlanta, Georgia-based fintech has raised $1.6 billion in funding. Kabbage demonstrated its Kabbage Card, part of the company’s broader Kabbage Everywhere product expansion, at FinovateSpring 2015. The Kabbage Card gives business cardholders the ability to take their Kabbage credit line with them wherever they go, immediately deducting transactions amounts from available funds and providing the user with a confirmation by SMS text.

Kabbage and Ingo Money Team Up to Power Faster Loan Payouts to SMEs

Online alternative lender Kabbage has teamed up with push payments innovator Ingo Money to get commercial loan proceeds to small and medium sized businesses that much faster. Kabbage will use Ingo’s Push Platform, with its push-payments-in-a-box technology, to disburse loan payouts to customer accounts securely and in real time.

The partnership between Kabbage and Ingo Money helps close the gap between business loan approval – which can be completed in minutes – and delivery of funds – which can take a day more more. Kabbage sees faster fund delivery as key to helping SMEs have better cash flow management and a compelling opportunity for small business owners. In its statement, the company pointed to a Visa survey that showed that small business owners, 70% of which own a small business debit card, would get a new card if real-time transfers were available.

Ingo Push Platform provides modular components and customer workflows and rules that enable companies to manage their own payment process (or outsource it). The platform allows users to originate disbursements using an API, batch file, or web interface; send branded email and text notifications; securely capture and manage payment preferences and account details, and monitor payment status and access custom reports. Ingo’s technology can push money to more than 4.5 billion customer accounts, including credit and debit cards, online wallets, as well as cash from distribution locations. Ingo Money’s chief product officer Lisa McFarland told PYMNTS.com that bringing push payments to SME lending makes the payout process as seamless as the rest of the digitized, online loan process pioneered by companies like Kabbage.

Also discussing the partnership with PYMNTS, Kabbage president Kathryn Petralia pointed out that the company, which has made its name as an online alternative lender, is at heart a payments company “since we’re constantly moving money to and from our customers as they use our service.” She added that accelerating delivery of funds was also a positive because it brought transparency to the lending process.

Kabbage began the year by expanding its line of credit offering to $250,000. The new product is the largest credit line offering by an online lender and gives Kabbage the ability to serve larger businesses. Last month, the company announced a strategic alliance with New Media to improve outreach to small and medium-sized businesses. Also in March, Kabbage joined with Citigroup and others to form a cybersecurity consortium for fintech. The company earned a spot on Forbes Fintech 50 for a second time in a row this year,

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Kabbage demonstrated its Kabbage Card at FinovateSpring 2015. With more than $1.6 billion in funding, Kabbage powers small business lending for a number of major FIs including ING, Santander, and Scotia Bank, and includes SoftBank Group Corp., BlueRun Ventures, and Mohr Davidow Ventures among its investors.

We interviewed Kabbage’s Petralia during FinovateFall 2017 last September. Check out her conversation with Senior Research Analyst Julie Muhn on How to Make it as a Small Business in Fintech.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Coinbase Launches Coinbase Ventures to Support Early-Stage Crypto Startups.
  • Kabbage and Ingo Money Team Up to Power Faster Loan Payouts to SMBs.

Around the web

  • Carter Bank & Trust ($4.1 billion in assets) partners with Fiserv as part of strategic, digital transformation.
  • Phillips 66 to offer digital payments at the pump courtesy of integration with Mastercard’s Masterpass.
  • Ephesoft unveils latest version of its smart document capture solution, Transact 4.5.
  • BioCatch wins “Best Innovation in Securing Transactions” at Florin Awards.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Finicity Announces Full Integration with BeSmartee.
  • $500 Million Secondary Investment Boosts Credit Karma’s Valuation to $4 Billion.

Around the web

  • Jack Henry’s banking division announces that seven banks will implement its Core Director core processing platform.
  • FlexTrade to integrate Kensho into its FlexTRADER EMS real-time event feed.
  • Finastra hires new Chief Product and Technology Officer, Eli Rosner.
  • iSignthis subsidiary, iSignthis eMoney, forges payment aggregation agreement with American Express Australia.
  • Best of Show winner Trusona joins ForgeRock’s identity management platform.
  • Gartner recognizes BRIDGEi2i with an Honorable Mention in the Magic Quadrant for Data and Analytics Service Providers, Worldwide.
  • Kabbage shows loan growth via the mobile channel, with 17% of all SMB loans and 15% of total dollars accessed via its platform coming through mobile.
  • Find Biometrics interviews Deepak Dutt, president and CEO of Zighra.
  • Payfone on track to authenticate 19 billion transactions for Fortune 100 clients in 2018.
  • Fort Dodge Family Credit Union to implement Larky Engagement Platform.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Nordic Capital Fund Acquires Majority Share of Trustly.

Around the web

  • Coinbase granted e-money license by U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); joins Faster Payments Scheme courtesy of partnership with Barclays Bank.
  • ACI Worldwide announces contract extension with DBS.
  • Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade for Vietnam (Vietcombank) picks trade finance platform from Finastra.
  • nCino and Enforce partner to accelerate cloud adoption for financial institutions.
  • Tradeshift partners with Canon Business Process Services.
  • Pindrop partners with Aeriandi to detect fraudulent calls through cloud platforms.
  • GMO’s Z.com Trade adds Trustly as payment option.
  • Kabbage teams with New Media to advertise to more than five million small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that do business in New Media’s markets.
  • OnDeck appoints Kenneth Brause as CFO.
  • Sandia Area Credit Union hires Insuritas to launch member-owned, digitally-powered insurance agency.
  • Oregon Community CU selects Alkami Technology’s digital banking platform to provide its more than 150,000 members with a modern digital banking offering.
  • Bankjoy selected to compete in Google Demo Day in March.
  • TSYS implements new payment solution, Advanced AuthControl, with Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the U.S.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

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Around the web

  • Two-time Best of Show winner Finn.ai launches Spanish-speaking virtual banking assistant with Nicaragua’s biggest bank, Banpro.
  • Fiserv to offer Mastercard’s anti-fraud solution, Decision Intelligence.
  • Former LinkedIn executive, Emilie Choi, joins Coinbase as VP of Corporate and Business Development.
  • Kabbage and Citi commit to new cybersecurity-based consortium for fintechs and data aggregators established by the World Economic Forum.
  • Onboarding friction and security concerns remain as obstacles to wider mobile banking adoption for consumers across age groups according to joint review by Javelin and identify verification specialist Jumio.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Forbes Names 17 Finovate Alums on the Forbes Fintech 50

Forbes has released the third* Fintech 50 list, which this year features 17 Finovate alums, many of which have made the list for the third time. The Fintech 50 list highlights the top private fintechs that have operations, customers or impact in the U.S. The list excludes public companies and divisions of public companies.

Here are the alums honored in this year’s compilation:

Ayasdi

Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Betterment

The company’s third time making the list.

Blend

Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Blockchain

Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Chain

The company’s third time making the list.

Coinbase

The company’s second time making the list.

Credit Karma

The company’s third time making the list.

Feedzai

Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll)

The company’s second time making the list.

Kabbage

The company’s second time making the list.

Kensho

The company’s third time making the list.

Plaid

The company’s third time making the list.

Qapital

The company’s second time making the list.

Ripple

The company’s third time making the list.

Symbiont

Among 22 newcomers to this year’s list.

Symphony

The company’s second time making the list.

TransferWise

The company’s third time making the list.

In 2016, the list contained 20 Finovate alums, including Betterment, Chain, Coinbase, Credit Karma, Gusto, Kabbage, Kensho, Klarna, Motif, Personal Capital, Plaid, Qapital, Quantopian, Ripple, Signifyd, SoFi, Symphony, TransferWise, TrueAccord, and Xignite.

The list from three years back also contained 20 Finovate alums. Algomi, Betterment, Braintree, Chain, Credit Karma, HelloWallet, Kensho, LearnVest, Motif, Personal Capital, Plaid, Prosper, Quantopian, Ripple, Simple, TransferWise, TrueAccord, Vouch, Wealthfront, and Xignite made the list.


*Forbes skipped this compilation for 2017.

Kabbage to Serve Larger Businesses by Expanding Line of Credit to $250k

Alternative lending startup Kabbage is broadening its focus today. The Atlanta-based company has expanded its line of credit to $250,000 to offer more purchasing power to larger businesses for longer term loans.

This credit increase will not only serve existing Kabbage clients looking to borrow more, but will also add to the company’s customer base to include larger businesses. In a recent survey of 800 small businesses, Kabbage found that more than 73% of businesses expect to increase their revenue by more than 20% this year. Among the top investments businesses plan to make are:

  • Mobile technologies, such as apps, advertising or text automation for customer relationship management
  • Technologies to reduce manual process and paperwork
  • Social advertising
  • Cybersecurity tools and software to protect company and customer data

“Giving small businesses the peace of mind and security to focus less on their finances and more on their passions is a key tenet at Kabbage,” said Bob Sharpe, COO of Kabbage. “Increasing our lines of credit to $250,000 significantly enhances our ability to solve financial hurdles for larger and more specialized businesses that may otherwise be unachievable, which we see in the market today.”

Once they’re approved, businesses can draw on the $250,000 line of credit at any time, without having to reapply for each loan they take. Kabbage is not charging additional fees for the larger amount, has no annual withdrawal requirements, and no origination costs. Businesses can access the funds online, via the Kabbage mobile app, or on the Kabbage Card, which the company launched at FinovateSpring 2015. The Kabbage Card allows users to withdrawal from their line of credit at any point-of-sale where VISA is accepted.

Last month, the company released 2017 growth figures, stating it has extended $4+ billion to more than 130,000 small businesses since it was founded in 2009. In November of 2017, Kabbage made headlines when it brought in a $200 million credit facility. Check out our video interview with Kabbage’s President and Co-Founder Kathryn Petralia at FinovateFall 2017.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Wealthfront Launches Homeownership Planning Tool.
  • Kabbage to Serve Larger Businesses by Expanding Line of Credit to $250k.
  • BlueVine Boosts Invoice Factoring Credit Line to $5 Million.
  • TESOBE’s Open Bank Project Powering Santander’s First Hackathon. Come see TESOBE’s Open Bank Project at FinovateEurope in March.

Around the web

  • Playtech integrates Featurespace’s real-time gameplay fraud detection into IMS.
  • ATB Financial joins SecureKey Concierge Authentication Service.
  • Blackhawk Network partners with Casey’s General Stores to enable ‘cash customers’ with Amazon Cash.
  • TIBCO and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to address skills shortage for SMEs.
  • Finabank selects Temenos for end-to-end technology.
  • Finastra acquires FX e-trading platform, Olfa Soft SA.
  • 4finance Group to deploy AML and KYC compliance solutions from FICO.
  • Best of Show winner Finn.ai hires former Twitter executive Stephen Morse as new head of global strategic accounts.
  • Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) joins AutoGravity platform.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Japanese Telecom NTT to Distribute Trusona Technology in Japan.
  • RealtyMogul Introduces new President, Aaron Halfacre.
  • Tradeshift Launches Innovation Center to Bring the Blockchain to Business Commerce.
  • Payfone Teams Up with U.K. Mobile Network Operator.
  • Expensify Reports More than 1 Million New Users and Double the Partnerships in 2017.

Around the web

  • Auto Finance Excellence talks with AutoGravity CTO Sheng Wang, who discusses the company’s new security features.
  • Sam Maule talks with Kabbage founder Rob Frohwein.
  • F&M Bank selects Geezeo to enhance digital banking.
  • Kantox partners with BELLIN to help support SMEs expanding globally.
  • Mitek and IdentityMind announce integration to enhance their digital ID verification capacities.
  • Zopa re-opens its platform for new customers.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.