BNPL Laybuy raises $27m for UK growth drive
Laybuy, a New Zealand-founded buy now, pay later (BNPL) firm, has raised AUD 35 million ($27 million) in an effort to speed up its UK growth.
The round is made up of a share purchase plan to existing eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand. It will take place in two tranches, the second to be held in June 2021.
At AUD 0.50 per share, the first tranche will raise AUD 13.1 million, with the second raising a greater AUD 21.9 million.
Why the UK?
The start-up last raised £80 million of debt financing in late July 2020, led by Victory Park Capital.
Its latest funds will underpin the firm’s technology, marketing, and new hires – with a focus on the UK market.
“The opportunity in the UK market should not be underestimated,” says managing director, Gary Rohloff.
“The UK has a retail market approximately 2.2 times larger than the Australian market in terms of overall spending,” he continues. Australia is often seen as the birthplace for BNPL giants.
Last year, Aussie-founded Afterpay experienced 292.78% growth, achieving a $34.29 billion capitalisation.
“[The UK] is also a market where a higher proportion of retail spending is online, and where BNPL is still in early stages of adoption,” Rohloff adds.
Access to 5,000 new merchants
Laybuy, which launched in the UK market in late 2019, says it’s on track to hit a gross merchandise value (GMV) of NZ 1 million ($718 million).
As for revenue growth, it estimates an increase of between 90% and 100% in the financial year ending 2022.
Rohloff says consumers spent more than £151 million through Laybuy in the past year, up 504% on the previous year.
As well as landing its first pure capital raise, according to Crunchbase, Laybuy is also entering into “strategic partnerships” with Rakuten, AWIN and Sovrn.
The start-up says these links will now free up access to more than 5,000 merchants in the UK, including ASOS, Nike, Marks & Spencer, Amazon and eBay.
This will enable Laybuy’s ‘Tap to Pay’ digital card with these merchants, both in-store and online. Customers can use Laybuy to pay off a purchase over six weekly transactions.
When FinTech Futures last caught up with Rohloff, him and his family had signed a three-year lease in the UK.
The firm also had a far smaller UK customer base, its biggest brands being Alexa Chung, Footasylum and WHSmith’s subsidiary, Funky Pigeon.
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