By Daniel Lanyon on Wednesday 2 September 2020
The German marketplace lender has raised the huge round, one of the largest in the Eurozone.
So far 2020 has been a pivotal one for non-bank lenders. The spectre of a global recession brought on by the pandemic is the industry's first big test.
Germany-based Auxmoney has bucked a mood of scepticism, however, with massive €150m fundraise, the largest fintech funding round in the eurozone in 2020 so far.
The new equity funding comes from a number of investors led by Centerbridge, a private investment management firm based in New York.
Centerbridge is acquiring stakes from existing investors as well as adding new capital to become a majority shareholder.
Existing leading venture capital investors such as Foundation Capital, Index Ventures, and Union Square Ventures remain fully invested
Raffael Johnen, Auxmoney CEO and co‐founder (pictured centre), says the new funding round is a strong signal of confidence, particularly given the pandemic.
“The capital will allow us to further expand our leading market position and capture opportunities that arise in this environment,” he said.
“By providing German consumers and self‐employed with critically needed access to capital, we are making an important contribution to the recovery of the German economy. Centerbridge's deep expertise in credit markets will help us broaden our reach to institutional platform investors who are funding loans via our marketplace,” he added.
“Together we are pursuing the goal to make Auxmoney a leading digital loan provider in Europe", he said.
Maximilian Rinke, Managing Director at Centerbridge says the firm has “closely monitored the players in this market in recent years and concluded that Auxmoney sets itself apart through unique technology.”
“We are convinced that Auxmoney has immense growth potential. The German loan market is still characterised by traditional scoring methods and manual processes. Through automation, Auxmoney is providing more and more people easier access to the credit they deserve. In doing so, Auxmoney sets new standards for its customers and cooperation partners", Rinke said.
Centerbridge's investment in Auxmoney is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.