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Ant Plans $17.5 Billion Hong Kong IPO, No Cornerstones

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Bloomberg | Lulu Yilun Chen | Sep 23, 2020

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Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co. is seeking to raise $17.5 billion in its Hong Kong share sale and won’t seek to lock in cornerstone investors, confident there will be plenty of demand for one of the largest equity deals in the financial hub, according to people familiar with the matter.

The fintech giant has assessed investor interest, betting it can pull off the Hong Kong portion of the initial public offering without cornerstone investors that are often needed for large deals, according to the people. Ant is leaning toward inviting these big investors for the Shanghai sale to mitigate price fluctuations, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private.

The Hangzhou-based firm is planning to issue new stock equal to about 11% to 15% of the shares outstanding and split the float evenly between Hong Kong and Shanghai, the people added. Ant is mulling what could be the world’s largest IPO, seeking to raise about $35 billion in the dual listing at a valuation of about $250 billion, people familiar have said.

See:  Exclusive: Ant Financial shifts focus from finance to tech services: sources

Plans are still under discussion and could change. Ant declined to comment in an emailed statement.

Cornerstone investors, more common in Hong Kong than in other markets, are usually large institutions that agree to hold the shares for about six months in exchange for a sizable allocation. While the investments boost confidence in the listing company, they’ve been criticized for draining liquidity from the market. Companies that chose to break with the tradition have been burned in the past, including Budweiser Brewing Co. APAC Ltd.

Ant currently has about 27 billion shares outstanding. It’s also planning to issue about 6% of its shares, on top of the new float, to help redeem stock for early C-round international investors that couldn’t invest directly in the onshore entity, according to its prospectus.

For Ant’s Shanghai sale, five companies have agreed to subscribe to the listing via new mutual funds, Ant said in a filing Tuesday. The funds will seek to raise $1.8 billion each, capping Ant’s shares to 10% of the underlying fund assets.

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MarketWatch | Emily Bary | Sep 24, 2020

Ant Group IPO: Five things to know about the Alibaba affiliate aiming for the largest offering in history

Chinese financial-technology juggernaut, known for its Alipay ‘ ubiquitous super app,’ handles payments, insurance, investments and more

Ant Group could be headed for the largest initial public offering in history, as the Chinese financial-technology juggernaut chases a valuation that would rival the biggest payments companies in the world.

See:  Exclusive: China’s Ant aims for $200 billion price tag in private share sales – sources

The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.–affiliated company controlled by Jack Ma has filed paperwork to list its shares concurrently on the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges. Ant, which runs China’s immensely popular Alipay mobile wallet, is reportedly looking to rake in at least $35 billion through an offering that could value the company at $250 billion, according to Bloomberg.

That would make Ant’s offering larger than that of Saudi Aramco, which brought in more than $25 billion in the biggest IPO to date. A valuation of $250 billion would mean Ant is worth more than Bank of America Corp. BAC ($207 billion) and PayPal Holdings Inc. ($213 billion) but less than JPMorgan Chase & Co. ($287 billion), Mastercard Inc. ($336 billion) and Visa Inc. ($427 billion).

The company is best known for its mobile-payments offering, but it aims to be a one-stop financial hub that also provides access to wealth management, investing and insurance services. Analysts view the payments portion of the business as a gateway that brings users in to Ant’s more complex offerings.

Here are five things to know about Ant as it prepares for a public debut.

A sprawling financial empire

Unlike Western mobile wallets, Ant’s platform touches on nearly all aspects of one’s financial life. Ant goes beyond what PayPal and Apple Inc.’s.   Apple Pay do, offering services for everything from payments to credit to insurance to investments within Alipay, which the company calls a “ubiquitous super app.” Ant counts more than a billion annual active users for the Alipay app and 711 million monthly active users.

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The Alipay app is “synonymous with digital payments in China,” Ant said in its filing. Bernstein analyst Kevin Kwek sees the payments component as a “hook product” for the company that may have limited profit potential but helps the company bring in new users who can then try out more lucrative services.

Tightly linked

Alibaba previously had a profit-sharing arrangement with Ant in which Alibaba received 37.5% of the company’s pretax profits, but Alibaba announced in early 2018 that it would be switching to an equity structure. Now, Alibaba has a 33% stake in Ant through its subsidiaries, a move that analysts thought would help the Chinese e-commerce giant benefit from a potential Ant IPO down the line.

Money machine

Ant generated RMB 120.6 billion ($17.7 billion) in revenue over the course of 2019, up from RMB 85.7 billion a year earlier. The company’s latest annual total consisted of RMB 51.9 billion in digital-payments revenue and RMB 41.9 billion in credit-technology revenue. Ant added RMB 8.9 billion in revenue from insurance technology and RMB 17 billion from investment technology.

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FFCON20 Week 8 Fintech Draft Finals: Congratulations to the Winners! SolidBlock and DivDot

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FFCON20 Week 8 Wrap-Up: Fintech Draft

On August 27, the final week of FFCON20, a total of 8 pitching and demo finalists competed with each other to win the title of 2020 Fintech Draft champion.  Each presenting company delivered a short pitch (max 7mins) followed by answering 5mins of Q&A from prominent investor judges and a crowdvote.  Learn more about the finalists here: https://fintechandfunding.com/fintech-draft-finalists/

Pitching Competition Finalists:             

  • WALO App
  • Trust Anchor Group
  • Sneso.ai
  • SolidBlock
  • FundMore.ai

Demo Competition Finalists:

  • Corl Financial Technologies Inc
  • DivDot
  • CycleBit

 

Congratulations to the Pitching Competition Winner!  SolidBlock

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About SolidBlock

While most other markets have been digitized through modern technological platforms, the real estate market is undergoing a massive transformation. Currently, it lacks the advantage of liquidity and remained tedious, complex, slow-moving and costly. SolidBlock aims to build a new asset class based on real estate, combining the stability of the property market growth and efficiency of blockchain-based financial products.

SolidBlock offers a new platform that allows anybody to invest and benefit in the asset class of real estate and to enable them to protect and grow their wealth. As mentioned in her pitch for SolidBlock, CMO and Co-Founder Yael Tamar believes:

"A big part of why real estate is largely inaccessible to most people is that the field is closed by design.  The nature of the investments are highly illiquid and intensive capital is required that individuals don’t have."

SolidBlock enables investors to buy and sell any property at any time anywhere and aims to function like a NASDAQ for real estate.

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Their ideal scenario is to transform real estate into a tradeable financial product that gives asset owners and investors opportunities through a securitized token offering platform. The SolidBlock platform is fully operational with deals worth over $100 million and extensive pipeline of over $1 billion worth of projects. By using blockchain technology and global network, they've been able to offer a model that lowers capital requirement, attain global reach, and facilitate tradeability and liquidity.

On taxation from transactions, SolidBlock mentions that it is very similar to that of other financial products in which participating investors should expect a similar amount of taxation as typical financial portfolios in real estate. Taxation through the sale of real estate assets would most likely be categorized as capital gains tax, while receiving a dividend on an asset class would most likely be categorized as income tax.

SolidBlock differentiates themselves from competitors by focusing on providing financial solutions and a bridge into the world of DeFi. SolidBlock believes that now is the time to invest in tokenization with blockchain-based securitization providing infrastructure for trade as well as increased demand for liquid products as a result of COVID-19.

Congratulations to the Demo Competition Winner!  DivDot

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About DivDot

Despite a clear transition in the North American payments environment towards electronic payments in the consumer realm, businesses are still heavily reliant on manual, paper-based processes. DivDot is a payment platform that aims to aid in the transition that enables businesses to send and receive no limit payments for a flat fee. It simplifies and automates businesses’ entire payment cycle from payment initiation to reconciliation.

DivDot CEO and Co-Founder Matthew Smith provided data showing that 668 million cheques were processed in Canada and 14.5 billion were processed in the US for 2018, which he believes is crazy in today’s modern digital age. The aim of DivDot is to help digitize business payments by providing a software to power a business’s payment operations. Users would be able to send payment to suppliers, receive payments from customers, move money between accountants, and set-up recurring payments.

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The DivDot product demo showed how a transaction would work, both for walking through how a customer would send their payment to a business on the platform as well as how a business would pay suppliers. Both of these functions take place in a very straightforward and efficient process. The goal is to provide a simple and secure payment network for businesses to exchange funds while integrating with a large array of financial institutions to draw funds from.

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Smith mentions that 70% of businesses today still use checks, partly due to a focus on how accounts want to solve problems rather than the businesses themselves.

Taking feedback from business owners, DivDot believes that business owners have different ideas and want to get paid efficiently and as soon as possible. DivDot is the perfect alternative for its target audience’s needs.


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UK government open banking tender puts focus on payments

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Global Government Forum | Ian Hall | Sep 3, 2020

HMRC open banking tender - UK government open banking tender puts focus on paymentsThe UK’s journey towards implementing open banking to deliver citizen services has taken a significant step forward with the opening of what is believed to be the country’s first government tender specifically for open banking.

In a move that will be greeted by open banking’s advocates as a breakthrough statement of intent, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is running a £3m (US$3.92m) tender for ‘Payment Initiation and Account Information Services’.

HMRC has been working alongside the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) – a company set up by non-ministerial government department the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), and  funded by the UK’s nine largest banks and building societies – on devising the procurement exercise.

The technology behind open banking, application programming interfaces (APIs), enables bank account holders to share information with third parties.

See:  Open Banking – North American Style

HMRC’s tender focuses on ‘Payment Initiation Services’ (PIS), which – its proponents believe – should mean a simpler and more secure payment process for citizens who wish to pay HMRC via bank transfer.

The aim is that citizens making payments will not need to manually input as many details as would have been required through traditional methods. For example, there would be no need to enter details such as a reference number, payment amount and card number when paying a bill. Instead, customers would need to check and authorise a ‘pre-populated’ payment. Any increased use of bank transfer over card payments should mean cost savings for government.

Aiming to reduce payment costs

“Currently, our bank transfer journey is non-automated which can result in a high volume of customer errors that are resource-intensive to rectify,” according to technical details that relate to the HMRC tender notice. “By providing an innovative, well-designed journey that can be populated with our numerous reference formats and HMRC bank accounts, with little effort from our customers, we believe we can encourage card-payers to move to this more cost-effective method and subsequently reduce our payment associated costs significantly.”

The technical note also demands that the appointed service provider needs to be able to cope with HMRC workflow peaks “throughout the year” and “increased volumes during the contract period”.

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The tender also includes ‘Account Information Services’ (AIS), which enable third parties to access customers’ transactional data to deliver tailored financial services. Use cases for AIS in HMRC are understood to be in the development stage but HMRC included AIS in the tender to avoid the cost of a further procurement.

The HMRC contract would start in February 2021 and run initially for two years.

Cross-government exploration

Open banking, which aims to boost competition and promote transparency and innovation in financial services, is being explored – albeit cautiously – by a growing number of governments worldwide. Though examples of it being used by governments remain limited, it is seen to have significant potential in public service delivery.

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New correspondent banking data – the decline continues at a slower pace*

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BIS | CPMI publication | Aug 31, 2020

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  • The number of active correspondent banks worldwide fell by about 3% in 2019 and about 22% between 2011 and 2019.

  • The volume and value of cross-border payments continued to grow over the last eight years, suggesting a higher concentration in payment flows.

Cross-border payments are vital for economic growth, international trade, global development and financial inclusion. Yet they are generally slower, more expensive, less transparent and less accessible than domestic payments. These long-standing issues have been thrown into sharp relief by improvements in domestic payments and by developers of proposals for new payment arrangements. The G20 has made enhancing cross-border payments a priority during the 2020 Saudi Arabian Presidency and has asked the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to coordinate the development of a roadmap to tackle the system's multidimensional problems. To address these issues, in response to a remit from the G20, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) has developed the building blocks of a global roadmap with the aim of making durable improvements in cross-border payments.

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Correspondent banking is a crucial part of any solution that enhances cross-border payments. To settle cross-border payments, most payment service providers rely on the so-called correspondent banking network - a network that is shrinking and becoming more concentrated. Thus, monitoring these trends is of first-order importance for the international community.

See: 

Google and Gates Foundation to help spread digital payments in developing countries

BNY Mellon Report: Global Payments 2020: Transformation and Convergence

How payments can adjust to the coronavirus pandemic—and help the world adapt

Bank of Canada Speech: Money and Payments in the Digital Age

 

To help do so, the CPMI will, for the next three years, publish an annual quantitative review based on payment message data that SWIFT has agreed to provide. The review includes (i) this commentary, highlighting key trends; (ii) a chartpack; and (iii) the underlying data. It builds on similar analyses by the CPMI and FSB.

2019 CPMI quantitative review of correspondent banking data

The 2019 data confirm that correspondent banking relationships continue to contract in number. Despite the worldwide decline, they continue to play a pivotal role for cross-border payments. The statistics cover monthly payment message data for more than 200 countries and jurisdictions from 2011 to 2019. The data set lays out a network of bilateral relationships (either bank-to-bank or country-to-country). From these payment messages, the following measures can be calculated: (i) a cross-border payment message from one country to another identifies a corridor; (ii) a cross-border payment message from one bank to another identifies a correspondent banking relationship; and (iii) the count of active correspondents measures, corridor by corridor, the number of banks abroad that have received messages sent by banks in a given country.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - New correspondent banking data - the decline continues at a slower pace* The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Global News Radio Interview with Michelle Beyo: Alipay – Moving Money Between Countries

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NCFA Canada | Michele Beyo | Aug 19, 2020

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Check out the latest books by a few of our featured FFCON speakers!

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NCFA | Team FFCON20 | July 6, 2020

FFCON speaker author books - Check out the latest books by a few of our featured FFCON speakers!We have great thought leaders and authors that will be speaking at FFCON20 (also some prizes!) Check these out and stay at the forefront of digital change in financial services:

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Banking in today’s day and age has evolved rapidly, especially in the recent decade. With the rise in digital and open banking, new opportunities are sprouting up and disrupting the traditional ways of banking. Prominent banks such as JPMorgan Chase (USA) and ING (Europe) are fully aware of this and have adopted radical new approaches to best adapt and survive the changing environment. Voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand, Chris Skinner provides detailed interviews with 5 banks in Doing Digital and shares his commentary on the secrets to thrive in the new era of finance and technology. Get DOING DIGITAL book now

See Chris Skinner speak at FFCON20 Week 3:  July 23 Sustainable Finance:  Purpose Driven Finance

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The financial services industry has been evolving at unprecedented speeds with increasing competition from both within and outside the industry, notably from entrepreneurial FinTech start-ups and non-financial technology-based companies. Some of these entrants are looking to replace the incumbents with the technological disruption while others look to partner with them. In The Technological Revolution in Financial Services, Michael King and Richard Nesbitt ultimately believe that the increased competition from the technological revolution will benefit customers and lead to a more open and inclusive financial system. Get Technological Revolution in Financial Services book now

See Michael King speak at FFCON20 Week 1:  July 9 Scaling Fintech Funding, Innovation and Competition:  Intangibles Economy and Scaling Fintech in Canada

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According to data, the US economy loses $3 trillion dollars in productivity due to excess bureaucracy, and $4.6 trillion of merchandise is left in abandoned e-commerce shopping carts. Why is the cause of these appalling statistics? Roger Dooley believes it is attributed to the growing presence of ‘friction’, which he defines as the unnecessary expenditure of time, effort, or money in performing a task. In FRICTION - The Untapped Force That Can Be Your Most Powerful Advantage, Dooley combines scientific research with real life examples to illustrate how to spot out areas of friction in an organization and explains the strategies to help eliminate them, creating a more swift and efficient experience for both the business and the customer. Get FRICTION book now

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Blockchain is a growing field that is transforming the financial and technological industries in profound ways. In Financial Services Revolution: How Blockchain is Transforming Money, Markets, and Banking, Co-founder of The Blockchain Research Institute Alex Tapscott shares insights from some of the world’s top thinkers in blockchain in how to survey the coming digital storm. Discussions in the book revolve around global payment networks, tokenization, and innovative financing methods. Get FINANCIAL SERVICES REVOLUTION book now

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Cambridge launches the Global Alternative Finance Industry Benchmark & Covid-19 Rapid Assessment Survey in Partnership with World Bank Group and World Economic Forum

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Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance | Tania Zielgar | Jun 17, 2020

Global Benchmarking and Covid 19 Survey Banner - Cambridge launches the Global Alternative Finance Industry Benchmark & Covid-19 Rapid Assessment Survey in Partnership with World Bank Group and World Economic ForumNCFA Intro:  NCFA is please to provide continued support as a National industry partner of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance research initiatives in Canada.  It's absolutely essential that data and research be collected and anlayzed to help identify trends, inform policy and understand the state of industry during these times of global risk and innovative change.  We strongly advise all fintech firms, research partners and anyone who is able to help this important survey collection initiative by completing the survey and sharing it widely among your network.

Overview of the Global Alternative Finance Industry Benchmark & Covid-19 Rapid Assessment Survey

For the past several years, the CCAF has produced comprehensive industry-focused research on the evolution of alternative finance; documenting and analysing the development of Crowdfunding, P2P/Marketplace Lending and other FinTech markets from across 190 countries.

This year’s benchmarking survey will also include the recently launched The Global Covid-19 Fintech Market Rapid Assessment Study, in partnership with the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum. The empirical data collected will be used to understand Covid-19’s impact on the FinTech markets, how the global FinTech industry has responded and some of the immediate regulatory and policy implications. This research program has resulted in 20 reports, which are disseminated freely to inform policy and raise public awareness of alternative finance. This research has provided unique detail and insight into the changing FinTech landscape, creating a valuable evidence-base for policymakers, regulators, and industry stakeholders to utilize when evaluating the FinTech ecosystem within their local context or from a globally comparative perspective.

The Fintech landscape is changing rapidly as a result of Covid-19. This report, and the historical data on this industry more broadly, provide signposts as to the general development trajectories of firms when faced with this pandemic, and where strengths and weakness may lie.

The survey will hence include two key components:
1.    Time-series data required to continue the CCAF long-standing tradition of benchmarking and scoping the industry (referring to your 2019 activities), and
2.    Covid-19 focused time-sensitive data on a) market performance, b) regulatory needs & policy asks, and c) operational changes & implications.

The long-term impact of Covid-19 is yet to be known. By coupling longitudinal data with this research initiative, we can begin to test the resiliency of this market and provide clear, evidence-based assessments on how the sector will continue to develop.

As with all our reports, the Global Covid-19 Fintech Market Rapid Assessment (anticipated publication Q3) and the Annual Global Alternative Finance Industry Report (Q4) will be made available to the public and actively disseminated to provide key insights to regulators, policymakers and key industry stakeholders.  

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The Covid-19 pandemic presents both serious challenges and potential opportunities for the global FinTech industry to grow and scale, with the long-term effects yet unknown. By coupling the CCAF’s longitudinal data with this exciting research initiative, we can begin to test the resiliency of this market and provide clear, evidence-based assessments on how the sector will continue to develop.

This Study will provide a global assessment of the FinTech ecosystem’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, with particular attention to the industry’s response to challenges and their regulatory and policy concerns.  This survey will result in a jointly published report between the CCAF, World Bank and World Economic Forum, and will be made available online.  You can find further information on the Study in the accompanying press-release.

The survey will close on July 31st. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the CCAF research team directly:  Tania Ziegler (t.ziegler@jbs.cam.ac.uk).

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