goeasy invests $34M in Paybright

CPE Media News (9/4/2019) – PayBright, a Canadian fintech lending and payments provider, announced it has raised $34 million in a growth equity financing from goeasy Ltd. (TSX: GSY).

The transaction adds to a recent financing led by the Canadian Business Growth Fund and with participation from PayBright’s existing investors, including iA Financial Group. The total equity raised in the two transactions totals $60 million.

PayBright and goeasy also announced today a partnership in which goeasy’s consumer lending division, easyfinancial, will become the primary provider of non-prime financing within PayBright’s point-of-sale payments platform.

In a separate news release, goeasy disclosed that it will acquire a minority equity interest in PayBright for an aggregate price of $34.3 million.

The investment is expected to be completed by September 30th, 2019. In connection with its investment, goeasy will receive customary shareholder rights as a significant strategic minority investor, including a seat on the company’s Advisory Board.

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News Release

PayBright raises $34 million in growth equity financing from goeasy Ltd.

Toronto-based fintech receives substantial equity investment from goeasy, Canada’s leading provider of financial services for non-prime consumers
Brings total equity raised by PayBright since late 2018 to $60 million
Allows PayBright to further accelerate the expansion of its buy now, pay later solution for e-commerce and in-store purchases
PayBright integrates goeasy into its platform to maximize approvals for shoppers

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2019 /CNW/ – PayBright, a Canadian fintech lending and payments provider, announced today that it has raised $34 million in a growth equity financing from goeasy Ltd. (“goeasy”). The transaction adds to a recent financing led by the Canadian Business Growth Fund and with participation from PayBright’s existing investors, including iA Financial Group. The total equity raised in the two transactions totals $60 million.

PayBright partners with retailers and allows them to offer a fully integrated instant point-of-sale installment payment plan solution to consumers in both e-commerce and in-store environments. After selecting PayBright as a payment method, shoppers can finalize their purchases in a matter of seconds. Retailers receive their funds directly from PayBright the next business day with no credit or fraud risk. Consumers then pay for their purchases in installments over time, with interest rates as low as 0%. Unlike other financing options, PayBright does not require consumers to sign up for a credit card and does not charge revolving interest, hidden fees, or retroactive interest.

“This minority investment by goeasy provides us with additional growth capital to build our merchant and consumer network and to further invest in our technology platform and user experience,” said Wayne Pommen, President & CEO of PayBright. “We are pleased to have goeasy join the high-quality investor group that has supported our rapid growth in Canada over the past few years.”

Recently named one of Canada’s Top 50 Fintech Companies by the Digital Finance Institute, PayBright has a rapidly growing network of over 4,700 merchant partners across Canada and has approved over $1 billion in credit for over 250,000 Canadians. PayBright’s retailer and brand partners include Wayfair, Samsung, eBay, Peloton, Lenovo, Endy, Casper, Alternative Airlines, and Steve Madden. Merchants that partner with PayBright are seeing growth in customer traffic, increases in checkout conversion of 10-30%, and average order values that are as much as 80% higher than non-financed orders.

goeasy is Canada’s leading provider of financial services for non-prime consumers. Throughout goeasy’s history, it has served over one million Canadians and originated over $3.3 billion in consumer loans, with one in three borrowers graduating to prime credit and 60% increasing their credit score within 12 months of borrowing.

PayBright and goeasy also announced today a partnership in which goeasy’s consumer lending division, easyfinancial, will become the primary provider of non-prime financing within PayBright’s point-of-sale payments platform. By integrating easyfinancial’s installment loan product into the PayBright platform, the companies now offer Canada’s leading instant point-of-sale financing solution that serves the entire credit spectrum of Canadian consumers in a single, seamless user experience. Between them, PayBright and goeasy have a combined consumer network of 1.25 million Canadians.

“We are also excited to integrate goeasy into our offering, creating Canada’s most powerful point-of-sale financing solution,” continued Pommen. “Through the PayBright platform, goeasy will be able to instantly approve a large portion of consumers who might not otherwise have been approved by PayBright. This will enhance our overall approval rates for consumers and bring major benefits for our retailer partners. It’s also important to us that goeasy shares our approach to consumer finance. Both companies believe that transparent, fair, and easy-to-understand installment plans are the best way for consumers to buy now and pay later.”

About PayBright:

PayBright is a Canadian lending and payments platform focused on providing consumers with pay-later solutions at their favourite retailers, both online and in-store. By selecting PayBright as a payment method, consumers can spread the cost of purchases over time. PayBright’s installment plans range from 4 bi-weekly payments for smaller purchases up to 60 months for larger purchases, with interest rates as low as 0%. PayBright was the first company to launch instant financing for e-commerce purchases in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, PayBright is partnered with over 4,700 merchants across all 10 provinces of Canada. PayBright has approved over $1 billion in consumer credit for over 250,000 customers since inception and is funded by leading Canadian financial institutions. For more information visit www.paybright.com

SOURCE PayBright

For further information: Courtney Wattie, courtney@paybright.com

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