Klarna to Power Invoice and Credit-Based Payments for Worldpay Clients

Global payments company Worldpay and online payments innovator Klarna are joining forces this week. Starting today, Worldpay clients in Austria, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the U.K. will be able to use Klarna’s invoice and credit-based payments.

The new capabilities will enable Worldpay’s ecommerce business clients to offer shoppers new payment options that will allow consumers to decide how and when to pay for the goods after they receive them. Consumers can manage the terms of their payment, opting for a 14-day payment by invoice, fixed, or flexible installments, or choosing to spread the cost over several months. The new checkout experience does not request payment credentials at the point of checkout, but rather requests only their email address and postal code. This offers a faster checkout experience and helps retailers improve conversion rates by 20%.

With consumers turning to online shopping to fulfill not only their gadget and clothing needs but also for daily grocery and sundry items, ecommerce is more popular than ever. And with so many players flooding the market, retailers are facing increased competition. Implementing Klarna’s fast and flexible payments options allows ecommerce players to differentiate themselves and compete on more than just free shipping.

Worldpay is one of the first companies piloting Klarna’s new payment technology. The company notes that, because there is no plug-in, the service is easy to integrate and results in faster time-to-market. Additionally, risk management is taken care of. According to Michael Rouse, Klarna’s Chief Commercial Officer, “Klarna assumes responsibility for managing credit and fraud risks, allowing companies to quickly receive payment for orders, and allowing consumers to pay only if they’re happy with their purchase.”

Dave Glaser, Chief Product Officer of Global eCom at Worldpay said that the company is “seeing increased demand from customers wishing to create more reasons to shop with them over their competitors.” Because some merchants consider accepting credit card payments “risky” and “old fashioned,” Glaser noted that “being able to adapt to new and local payment preferences is a way to rectify this.” He added, “We believe that this solution will empower companies to see a real increase in sales.”

Founded in 1989, Worldpay presented at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016 about the payment journey. The company offers payment products and services to a client base of 400,000. Worldpay’s technology can process payments from 146 countries and 126 currencies, enabling customers to accept more than 300 different payment types. Earlier in the fall, the company built an SDK for IoT shopping and this summer Worldpay agreed to merge with U.S. credit card processor Vantiv in a $10 billion deal.

Klarna demonstrated its online payment-processing service at FinovateSpring 2012. In August, the company launched a free P2P payments service called Wavy. Earlier this year, Klarna acquired online payment provider BillPay from Wonga for $75 million.

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KPMG, H2 Ventures Unveil Fintech 100 for 2017

It’s that time of the year once again: KPMG and H2 Ventures have teamed up to introduce their Leading Global Fintech Innovators roster, the Fintech 100 for 2017. The judges for this year’s Fintech 100 included more than 20 professionals from KPMG and other organizations with expertise in IT, data analytics, capital markets, financial services, and more.

This year 11 Finovate/FinDEVr alums made the Leading 50, with another 12 alums making the Emerging 50. New entrants to the KPMG/H2 Ventures roster include SoFi and Revolut among the Leading 50. All 12 the alums on the Emerging 50 are making their first appearance. See the full list.

Some of the highlights from the 2017 Fintech 100 include the observation that five of the roster’s top 10 companies are from China, as are the top three companies on the list: Ant Financial, ZhongAn, and Qudian (Qufenqi). The U.S. has a pair of companies in the top five: Oscar and Avant, and Europe and the U.K. each have one company in the top ten: Kreditech and Atom Bank, respectively.

Speaking of Asia, the Asia-Pacific region has 30 fintech companies in the top 100. The United States has 19 companies – the most from any single country – and the U.K. and EMEA areas have 41 companies in the list. The U.K. and EMEA region are also responsible for the highest number of companies on KPMG/H2 Ventures’ Emerging 50 list with 26.

With regard to sectors within fintech, the Fintech 100 breaks down as follows:

  • 32 lending companies
  • 21 payments companies
  • 14 transaction and capital markets companies
  • 12 insurance/insurtech companies
  • 7 wealth management/wealthtech companies
  • 6 cybersecurity/regtech companies
  • 4 blockchain/digital currency companies
  • 3 data and analytics companies

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Klarna Celebrates Year-Over-Year Sales, Profit Gains

Klarna is having quite a summer.

On Friday the company reported sales and profit results for the first half of 2017 that represented gains of 21% and 138%, respectively. The strong financials come amid a series of headlines that show the Swedish payments company making strides on a number of fronts. This includes rumors that Klarna is partnering with Stripe to better access the U.S. market. Such a partnership would make Klarna the only non-credit card option available on the platform, and enable customers to take advantage of Klarna’s signature “pay after delivery” service. A deal between Klarna and Stripe also would provide what an anonymous source quoted in Nordic Business Insider referred to as “potentially an important piece of the puzzle” of Klarna’s plan for expansion in the U.S.

News of Klarna’s impressive first half finances – more than $254 million in revenue for Q1 and Q2 of 2017 (2.05 billion Swedish crowns), and operating profits of $28 million (228 million Swedish crowns) – caps off an impressive summer for the Swedish fintech. At the beginning of this month, Klarna unveiled its new P2P payment service, Wavy. The free service, available in both iOS and Android, enables Euro transfers between friends and family in more than 30 European markets. In July, Klarna announced receiving an investment valued at between $225 million and $250 million from a group advised by global investment firm, Permira. This followed a major strategic investments from Visa and Brightfolk announced in June. And, just in case you missed it, Klarna is also now a bank, having successfully applied for and won a full banking license from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority earlier this summer.

“Klarna has played a role in disrupting payments services for the better and now as a consumer-oriented, product-driven, and technology-intensive bank, we have the tools to drive change in retail banking,” Klarna CEO and co-founder Sebastian Siemiatkowski said when the announcement was made in June. “We will do this by providing solutions that ensure a smooth customer experience, help people streamline their financial lives and continue to support businesses by solving the complexity of handling payments,” he added.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and founded in 2005, Klarna most recently demoed at FinovateSpring 2012. The company has raised more than $521 million in funding, and has an estimated valuation of $2.55 billion. A member of CBInsights’ Fintech 250, Klarna acquired German rival, BillPay, from Wonga in February, and in January the company partnered with ASOS Partners to bring its “pay after delivery” services to consumers in the Nordic region. Klarna has more than 60 million customers and 70,000 merchants using its technology. Financial Times recently profiled Klarna co-founder Niklas Adalberth in a look at how young “unicorn” founders are turning toward social entrepreneurship.

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Klarna Unveils Free P2P Payment Service, Wavy

Is there a fintech company having a more impressive summer than Klarna? The e-commerce innovator has forged strategic partnerships with and secured investments from Brightfolk, Visa, and Permira in the past two months. In June, the company added a full banking license to its assets, making Klarna “one of Europe’s largest banks” in the words of CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski.

By comparison, today’s unveiling of Wavy, a new, free P2P payments service is a relatively more modest move. Available in iOS and Android as well as online, the free app enables users in more than 30 European markets to transfer Euros between friends and family. Users connect their bank or credit card accounts to Wavy, and make transfers by generating a payment link which can be delivered over social media or to another Wavy account. That said, recipients can receive and redeem payments via their bank accounts without having to sign up for the Wavy service.  Users can pay requests for payment with EU-issued credit cards or SOFORT Überweisung.

Wavy is the product of Klarna’s collaboration with the developers of P2P payment app Cookies, who joined Klarna late last year in the wake of Cookies’ filing for bankruptcy. At the time, Klarna praised the app for its combination of social features and user-friendly interface, and credited Cookies for being both one of the first PFM apps to focus on younger users as well as the first to bring “near-realtime” money transfers to Germany. Lamine Cheloufi, Cookies co-founder and current Product Director at Klarna, called Wavy “the most accessible peer-to-peer payment service in Europe.”

To that end, and taking stock of the crowded market for P2P payment options, TechCrunch’s Romain Dillet suggested that Wavy might get an initial boost from Klarna’s popularity in its native Sweden. But listening to Siemiatkowski, it almost seems as if Europe is just a first stop. “There are no borders in an online context, why should there be in payments?” Siemiatkowski said. “Klarna was founded with the goal to make online payments safe, simple, and smooth. Wavy is another step on that journey.”

Providing single-click purchase experiences that enable direct payments, pay after delivery, installment plans and more, Klarna demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2012. The company was founded in 2005 in Sweden, and is currently headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Klarna’s solutions are used by more than 60 million consumers and more than 70,000 merchants in 18 markets globally.