Identity assurance provider Signicat has been acquired by private equity investor Nordic Capital, which hopes to accelerate the company’s international expansion. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Fredrik Näslund, Partner at the Advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds, said Signicat “has shown consistent high growth since inception, driven both by a rapidly increasing number of customers and strong volume growth among existing customers.” He added that the company’s “highly experienced management team is well positioned to capitalize on enormous growth opportunities across geographies, customer verticals and products, as the digital transformation of the economy continues.”
Nordic Capital acquired Signicat from Secure Identity Holding, Viking Venture III, and other shareholders. Viking will re-invest proceeds from the deal, making it a minority owner.
Signicat’s digital identity solutions make customer onboarding faster, more secure, and compliant with privacy and data protection regulations by replacing paper-based processes. At FinovateEurope 2017, the company showcasedSignicat Assure, a digital identity verification product; and Signicat Sign, an e-signature offering.
Gunnar Nordseth, CEO and Co-Founder of Signicat, referred to Nordic Capital as “the most prominent and experienced investors” in fintech and said that the company is the “perfect partner” to support Signicat’s international expansion strategy.
Founded in 2007, Signicat’s 115 employees across offices in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal serve 500 clients including Klarna, Rabobank, Santander, Société Générale and Western Union, BMW, and Konica Minolta. Prior to today’s announcement, Signicat had raised almost $9 million.
Identity assurance provider Signicat and digital identity verification company Mitekpartnered to improve the onboarding experience for end customers while helping banks comply with new regulations.
The two teamed up to create a solution specifically for European-based financial services providers, who are facing a handful of new and ever-changing regulations, including PSD2, AMLD5, and eIDAS. The new tool, available in Signicat’s Digital Identity Platform, integrates Mitek’s Mobile Verify solution to authenticate identity documents presented during a remote, mobile onboarding process. To comply with AML and KYC regulations, Mitek’s Mobile Verify captures an image of the identity document to ensure its authenticity.
“Partnering with Mitek enables us to jointly offer European financial services institutions a customer on-boarding solution that is 100% online,” said Gunnar Nordseth, CEO at Signicat. “The partnership is designed to remove friction from the customer on-boarding process to ensure financial institutions can effectively compete in the marketplace.”
Nordseth also noted that Signicat clients can now simultaneously benefit from Mitek’s Mobile Verify solution, as well as Signicat’s secure authentication, electronic signing, and sealed document archival. Signicat also offers an eID hub, which consists of a wide variety of third party eID providers covering regions all over the world.
Founded in 2007, Signicat demoedSignicat Assure and Signicat Sign at FinovateEurope 2017. Assure combines national e-identities, commercial e-identities, and multiple other methods that offer a fast way to verify the customer’s identity for onboarding. Sign is a digital signature solution that ensures the origin and integrity of the document while maintaining non-repudiation from the sender. In January of this year, the company closed a $2 million funding round, bringing its total financing to $3.9 million.
Mitek is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker “MITK” with a market cap of $307 million. Mitek was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California. The company most recently demoed its MobileVerify solution at FinovateFall 2017. Last month, Mitek acquired artificial intelligence and image analysis company A2iA for $49.7 million.
Identity Assurance as a Service (IDAaaS) innovator Signicat has won phase two funding from Horizon 2020, the EU framework program for research and innovation. The $2 million grant (€1.6 million) will enable Signicat to continue development of its IDAaaS toolbox for use in Europe, and takes the company’s total funding to $3.9 million.
“A single digital ID market in Europe is vital so that financial service providers can easily offer their services across borders without the customer struggling to assert their identity,” Signicat CEO Gunnar Nordseth said. “Cross-border digital ID creates greater choice and convenience for the customer, and opens up new markets for financial institutions.”
Left to right: Business Development Director Robert Kotlarz and Product Expert Kåre Indrøy demonstrating Signicat Assure and Signicat Sign at FinovateEurope 2017.
The development of a single digital identity market for Europe is a goal for the European Commission by the second half of the decade, Signicat noted in a statement. Signicat’s IDAaaS technology, the first of its kind, will give financial service providers and e-commerce businesses the ability to verify new customer identities using electronic identity (eID) and digital verification of paper ID. IDAaaS also enables them to take advantage of a range of other solutions such as facial recognition.
Signicat secured phase two funds following successful completion of phase one, which was begun and funded by Horizon 2020 at the end of 2016. During phase one, Signicat partnered with Innopay to analyze the demand and potential for digital onboarding solutions in a set of European countries. The study uncovered areas where current European eID protocols were lacking in terms of providing sufficient information for effective digital onboarding, and indicated how Signicat’s IDAaaS technology could fill those gaps.
“While eIDAS is a step in the right direction, it does not yet go far enough,” Nordseth said. “Our vision is to integrate eIDs across Europe, making on-boarding customers simple for financial institutions and their customers, while still meeting KYC regulations.”
Founded in 2007, Signicat demonstrated its Signicat Assure and Signicat Sign identity verification solutions at FinovateEurope 2017. The company, which is based in Trondheim, Norway, earned a spot in the European Fintech 100 last September, and launched its mobile authentication solution, MobileID, last year in May. Also that month, the company partnered with Rabobank to launch a Digital Identity Service Provider (DISP) to provide a variety of online login, identity, and signature solutions. Check out our profile of Signicant from last spring: Signicat Delivers On Demand Digital ID Verification.