Press release

Harmoney Completes AU$42.9M (NZ$47M) Capital Raise

Digital Platform Lender Earmarks Funds for Further Australian Growth

, 30 October 2019

Harmoney, a leading digital platform lender in Australasia, has successfully completed a Series C funding round which has raised AU$22.9 million (NZ$25 million) in capital from two new Australasia-based investors. The company, founded in New Zealand in 2014, has received its latest financial backing from Australian private equity firm Kirwood Capital and a private institutional investor based in New Zealand.

In addition, Harmoney is implementing an AU$20 million (NZ$21.9 million) corporate debt facility with an Australian investment fund to bring the raising to AU$42.9 million (NZ$47 million). The corporate debt facility will be used to expand Harmoney's customer base and debt warehousing programme.

Kirwood Capital is a strategic investor that backs management teams on accelerated growth journeys, with a focus on long-term alignment and sustainable growth. Kirwood is industry-agnostic but focuses on opportunities across financial services, healthcare, education and consumer.

The majority of the funds will be dedicated to the continued growth of Harmoney in the attractive Australian personal lending market and drive ongoing digital innovation. Harmoney is rapidly scaling and profitable with revenue CAGR of 103% since inception in 2014 and has developed a mix of funding channels, including warehouse funding.

Incoming CEO David Stevens says the success of the funding round is a vital vote of confidence for Harmoney’s business model and its vision for future growth. “This investment will allow us to scale up our operations in Australia while maintaining the healthy growth we’ve sustained in New Zealand and further diversifying our funding options.

“Harmoney has just marked its fifth year of operations this year, originating more than NZ$1.4 billion in new loans, predominantly out of New Zealand, a huge achievement for any business. To reach that landmark with this funding behind us is a validation of Australasian-based fintech and positions the company perfectly for exponential growth.

“Our new investment partners have taken an extremely thorough look at the business and where we are headed and liked what they have seen. That gives us a mandate to keep expanding on our market position as an innovator and a leading disruptor of traditional banking services.”

Following its investment, Kirwood Capital takes a newly established seat on the board of Harmoney. Luke Forster, CEO of Kirwood Capital, says, “Access to capital is critical for companies at Harmoney’s stage of growth, and Kirwood’s investment recognises Harmoney’s globally differentiated digital offering, and its attractiveness as a high growth and profitable platform. We are excited to partner with the team to accelerate Harmoney’s sustainable growth journey.”

David Stevens capital raise release2

Harmoney incoming CEO David Stevens

Read more:

Harmoney Raises $47m for Aussie expansion - RNZ

Peer-to-peer lender Harmoney raises $46.9 million to foot Australian expansion - NZ Herald

Online lender Harmoney raises almost $47 mln from Aussie private equity fund - interest.co.nz

Lending firm Harmoney raises $47m - NBR

About Harmoney

Harmoney is the leading marketplace lender in Australasia. The first to receive a P2P lending licence from the Financial Markets Authority and is the largest provider in the New Zealand market. Harmoney Australia is ASIC licensed and regulated. Harmoney was founded in New Zealand in 2014 and launched in Australia in in March 2017.

In just four full years of operation, Harmoney has:

  • In FY15-19, generated 1586% income growth, 103% income CAGR and $94.8m cumulative income, 115 employees;
  • Raised $32m in capital and invested substantially in its marketplace infrastructure;
  • Assessed more than $7.96b in loan applications;
  • Facilitated more than to $1.2 billion in loan volume via 59,000 loans;
  • Paid $165 million in interest to lenders;
  • Awarded best risk-based personal loan product in Australia in the 2019 Finder Awards
  • Has been awarded the Canstar 5-award Outstanding Value (A1 – A5) two years in a row;
  • Created highly skilled and highly paid roles for 115 FTEs in Auckland, Sydney, and Suva;
  • Was a finalist 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.

In New Zealand, Harmoney operates a marketplace where both retail
and institutional lenders can invest their funds. Retail lenders are everyday people lending money in the marketplace, while institutional lenders are financial institutions lending money.

www.harmoney.co.nz

www.harmoney.co.nz/investors/marketplace-statistics