Digital identity management innovator identitii is innovating in another way this week. The company joins fellow Finovate alum Kyckr as the second blockchain company to launch an IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Kyckr, which demonstrated its corporate identity blockchain technology at our developers conference, FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, raised $5.2 million in its blockchain IPO in 2016. This week, we learned that identitii will seek to raise $11 million in advance of an ASX listing in September.
The goal of the IPO is to sell 14.6 million shares at 75c. The $11 million raised will be used in part to support further development and marketing of identitii’s Serra solution, which leverages blockchain technology to help FIs better fight money laundering. A comparable amount will be kept as working capital with smaller amounts dedicated to areas such as R&D and IPO expenses.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Sydney, Australia, identitii demonstrated its Serra solution at FinovateFall 2017. Serra combines the best features of distributed ledger technology, and relational and graph databases to enable secure and auditable data exchange between FIs. The technology helps lower compliance costs, accelerate payment processing, and generate potential revenue opportunities for banks. By making rich payment information on each transaction more readily available between parties, Serra helps move FIs from simple, KYC, customer-level data to what identitii calls “Know Your Transaction” information – the unique identity of the transaction.
Named to the Medici Top 21 of RegTech innovators in July, identitii partnered with robot automation specialist Blue Prism in May. Together the companies will develop solutions to help FIs better fight fraud via secure, digitized automated corporate payment and trade transaction processes. Identitii’s SaaS solution went live on the Microsoft Azure cloud last October. Nick Armstrong is co-founder and CEO.