Fintech Unicorn TransferWise Achieves Profitability


WOW! After launching six years ago TransferWise is now “generating cash”. The London-based international money transfer startup (unicorn) seems to have turned the corner and now says its kicking off around $6.5M per month. Still a big valuation, but the big name backers are obviously happy. Hmmmm, so FintekNews has another few years on the TransferWise timetable to see some cash. Sorry Amex.
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“What’s more mythical than a unicorn? A unicorn that is profitable. Six years after launch, TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer startup, which was most recently valued at a reported $1.1 billion, has announced that it has finally reached profitability this calendar year and is “cash-generating”.

Breaking this down a little, the company says it’s currently seeing £8 million per month in revenue, which extrapolates to a £100 million revenue run-rate, and is growing 150 per cent year-on-year and expecting to do the same this year. It also says over £1 billion is being moved every month, saving its customers what it claims to be over £1.5 million per day in foreign exchange fees.

For reference, the most recent regulatory filing for the tax year ending March 2016, shows that TransferWise generated around £27.8 million in revenue and made a pre-tax loss of £17.4 million. It is yet to file its accounts for the year ending March 2017, but based on today’s break-even announcement, we’d expect any pre-tax losses to be considerably smaller.

Meanwhile, the startup has raised around $117 million in total (which is roughly £91 million at today’s exchange rate). Top tier backers include Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Sir Richard Branson, and most recently Baillie Gifford.

“To have hit break-even just six years on from launch shows how strong the foundations of our business are,” says TransferWise co-founder and CEO Taavet Hinrikus in a statement. “This is just the starting point. With the unique platform we’ve built, we’re looking forward to creating a new kind of financial services for the future.”…

Source: TechCrunch