UKs Newest Bank Cashplus Aims to Raise 69 mln

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LONDON, Feb 17 Reuters Newlylicensed British bank Cashplus has launched a 50 million pound 69 million fundraising to grow the company and meet expected demand for loans from small businesses.

Cashplus, which was launched in 2005, is a financial technology firm that offers digital current accounts and lending to small businesses and consumers.

The company was granted a full banking licence by the Bank of England earlier this month, enabling it to lend its 500 million pounds of amassed deposits for the first time and reduce its cost of funding.

Rich Wagner, CEO of Cashplus, told Reuters the companys board had approved the fundraising plan at the end of last week and he was looking for equity from growth investment firms.

It would mark Cashplus first outside investment, aside from backing from its main shareholder Trident Capital, a Californiabased private equity firm, which has stumped up 20 million pounds to date.

Wagner said the bank was aiming to deliver 1 billion pounds of new lending within five years, after lending 640 million pounds to date.

Cashplus faces an increasingly crowded market, with newer fintech rivals such as Starling and Monzo expanding into business banking, alongside specialists like Tide.

Wagner said Cashplus longer track record would give it a competitive advantage and unlike rivals the firm had made an operating profit for nine straight years, although it made pretax losses in the last two years on higher investment costs.

He said he was…

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