It looks like Kabbage is buying Orchard

By Ryan Weeks on Friday 13 April 2018

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A Bloomberg report suggests that the acquisition is happening, but both sides have declined to comment.

One of the world’s leading fintech lending and licencing platforms, Kabbage, looks set to acquire Orchard Platform. According to an article in Bloomberg, published yesterday, Kabbage plans to use Orchard’s technology and will bring over a number of its employees.

Neither side has commented, it is unclear how much will be paid and the article notes that the deal could still fall through.

Orchard is a data analytics firm and capital introducer in the marketplace lending space. The company has been through a number of strategic pivots over the years, most recently unveiling an SEC-approved broker dealer network in an attempt to match institutional investors with originators. It has raised $40m to date from a number of big-name backers, including Wall Street heavyweights Vikram Pandit and John Mack, as well as leading venture capital firms Spark Capital and Canaan Partners.

Orchard has history with Kabbage. In 2015, the two firms partnered to allow Kabbage to use Orchard’s marketplace technology to grow its consumer lending business, Karrot, via access to a diverse pool of sophisticated investors.

Last year, after scooping a $250m investment from SoftBank, Kabbage was rumoured to be sizing up the acquisition of rival lender OnDeck, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

We'll be following this story as it develops. In the meantime, you can read Bloomberg's article about the Orchard acquisition here.


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