“There’s a lot of government-backed loan programs out there to assist SMEs but there’s been no shortage of articles that the big banks are just not deploying the right amount of capital. So we think that we will have some good success deploying it out to Australian SMEs either that could not get approved for government money or looking for a different solution.”
Capify’s common transaction dimension is between $30,000 and $40,000 and Mr Goldin mentioned the fintech was on track to deploy about $1 million earlier than COVID-19.
“We think demand will start to spike in the next two or three months as businesses spend the government money or are ready to start expanding again as restrictions are loosened,” he mentioned. “I think initially they borrowed to stay afloat. And I think the next phase of this will be to borrow to be able to grow.”
Mr Goldin declined to call Capify’s new buyers as he mentioned they had been non-public people.
Capify will use the funding to enhance its gross sales and advertising in Australia and the United Kingdom and to spend money on new expertise to make the platform extra seamless for customers.
Mr Goldin mentioned he was hopeful the federal government’s plan to axe accountable lending legal guidelines which Treasurer Josh Frydenberg introduced final week would enhance demand for loans.
“The more avenues and the more small business owners can get access to capital, we believe is better for our industry as well, not just for the banks, because it will increase demand, which is ultimately what we’re looking at,” he mentioned. “During this pandemic it’s one thing that we have the supply being the capital, but you also need demand from the SME business owner, and that is going to take time also for confidence to increase.”
The small enterprise lending market has seen an inflow of latest entrants over latest years from the rise of fintechs like Prospa, Tyro and Zip Co and the launch of SME challenger financial institution Judo.
Mr Goldin mentioned not all would survive the coronavirus pandemic and tipped merger and acquisition exercise within the sector with Capify in negotiations with one other fintech.