Param acquires Czech BNPL supplier Twisto

Turkish fintech firm Param is coming into the European market with the acquisition of Purchase Now, Pay Later (BNPL) supplier Twisto. Setting the scene for wider world enlargement, Param is introducing its expertise and built-in embedded finance services and products to Europe.

One of many first Czech FinTechs, Twisto was acquired from earlier proprietor Zip Co for an undisclosed sum. The transaction reinforces the corporate’s future, offering it with monetary resilience and alternatives for progress because it goals for profitability in 2023.

An FCA-approved digital cash establishment, Param UK at present permits clients to make worldwide and home transfers within the UK. The acquisition will allow it to broaden its footprint throughout Europe, beginning with Twisto’s core markets – Czech Republic and Poland – in addition to Germany and the Netherlands as the subsequent new markets.

Param is backed by main worldwide non-public fairness corporations and funds together with the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Improvement (EBRD), CEECAT, Alpha Associates and RevoCapital. The corporate presents a variety of embedded finance options to SMEs and huge firms. This consists of refined on-line and offline cost options, open banking, buyer loyalty, pockets providers, pay as you go playing cards, collections and its personal BNPL service and SME lending enterprise referred to as Kredim. Its consumer-focussed digital options present user-friendly, safe, and seamless cost experiences.

Mixed, Param and Twisto serve 85,000+ retailers. Param is the popular cost associate of main manufacturers in Turkey, reminiscent of Shell, Michelin, Getir, Panasonic, Burger King, IKEA and others. Twisto’s clients embrace worldwide manufacturers together with Answear, Allegro, KFC and Pizza Hut. The acquisition is not going to affect Twisto’s operations, current partnerships, or administration crew. The main focus might be on offering extra enhanced services and products, and exploring new synergies with Param clients.

Emin Can Yılmaz, Founder and CEO of Param, stated:

“Europe is a core focus for us as we proceed our daring, but wholesome and sustainable, enlargement technique. Our confirmed enterprise mannequin and modern options have already set a gold normal, and we’re excited to introduce our expertise and embedded finance options to eight European markets. Not solely does the acquisition give us the chance to broaden our place within the FinTech ecosystem; but it surely additionally represents a gathering of minds.

Twisto already claims the #1 place in Purchase Now Pay Later (BNPL) providers in Czechia with a robust, recognisable, and top-of-mind model consciousness. Twisto places customers on the core of its enterprise and constantly innovates to ship dependable and value-adding merchandise to its clients. There’s a important overlap between Twisto’s enterprise mannequin, the Founders’ imaginative and prescient and the Group.”

“In Param, we now have discovered a associate that has confirmed time and time once more the energy of its enterprise mannequin, and thirst for funds innovation. We consider that with this know-how Param will make a major contribution to the additional sustainable progress of Twisto, as we get nearer to attaining profitability. Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to search for new high quality progress alternatives in our area and Europe with the knowledge of assist from Param,” Twisto CEO Michal Šmída commented.