The UK remains a prime venue for raising Fintech funds, the disruption of Brexit notwithstanding. Our friends at Finextra report on a UK raise for a Continental company in the Fintech sector:
Qonto, the French scaleup offering a business account to European SMEs, has raised €5 million in just 6.5 hours on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.
More than 1,800 customers participated in the campaign, that was launched on April 20 with the goal of raising €1 million.
The new equity comes just four months after Qonto achieved a €4.4 billion valuation on a €486 million Series D funding round.
Founded in 2017 by Steve Anavi and Alexandre Prot, Qonto serves more than 220,000 clients in four countries – France, Germany, Italy and Spain – and employs more than 500 staff in Paris, Berlin, Milan and Barcelona.
The company offers a one-stop shop for SME and freelance business finance, from everyday banking and financing to bookkeeping and spend management.
All these loans can be held, up to £20,000, as Innovative Finance Individual Savings Accounts (IFISAs). IFISAs are explained in more detail below. Here’s the latest from the auction room:
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
That figure is the result of over £24 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders’ capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.
All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income. Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.
So here’s our guide to the process:
The ISA allowance for 2020/21 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We’re assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.
Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying – buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the “loans for sale” market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.
Risk: Security, Access, Yield
Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here’s one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.