Tandem Bank announced its latest acquisition this week. The U.K.-based bank has purchased Allium Money, an alternative lender that offers consumers financing to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is made possible by Tandem’s $78 million (£60 million) funding round that was led by Qatar Investment Authority and closed last week.
Tandem Bank will use Allium to enhance its existing in-house lending suite, tapping into Allium’s green lending solutions that help homeowners finance everything from insulation to efficient windows to solar panels.
“This is great news for our customers and the team that have worked tirelessly to develop the business focussing on financing improvements for our environment,” said Allium CEO Paul Noble. “The combination of Allium and Tandem will create the ability to rapidly scale a green banking proposition and help more customers access green finance products.” Noble will join Tandem’s executive team.
The partnership comes at a good time. With an increased focus on climate change and awareness of their impact on the environment, consumers have shown heightened interest in green initiatives. Along with home improvements, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing is also gaining interest.
Tandem Bank has raised $175 million (£134.3 million) since it was founded in 2013. The challenger bank’s 700,000 customers have access to Tandem’s accounts that include Autosavings technology, credit card, and, coming soon, cashback rewards.