ISSUE NO. 81 – September 2020
IN THIS ISSUE
NEW CLO INDUSTRY DATA SHOWS STRONG GROWTH DESPITE PANDEMIC
PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM INVESTS $650 MILLION IN KLARNA
CardLinx member Klarna, a Swedish payments company, boosted by the shift to e-commerce brought on by the pandemic, has raised $650 million from a Silver Lake-led investment group. With presence in Europe, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, Klarna will leverage the investment to continue global expansion and develop new offerings.
Klarna was the first to capitalize on Millennials’ preference to not carry credit card debt and at the same time not expose themselves to risk associated with debit cards. Klarna appeals to these consumers by allowing them to pay in interest-free installments and giving them opportunity to try before they buy. The payments company is compensated by fees paid by 200,000+ member merchants. The uptick in online buying since March sparked growth and investment interest.
WECHAT BAN IN US COULD SHAKE UP PAYMENTS INDUSTRY IN BOTH US AND CHINA
Trump’s attempt to ban WeChat transactions in the US based on concerns about the Chinese government’s ability to collect data from consumers in the US could have major repercussions within the mobile payments industries in both countries.
If the restriction on WeChat Pay’s execution of its cross border strategy goes into effect as anticipated, it will significantly impact the company’s international expansion plans. China is likely to retaliate by limiting US firms’ (i.e. American Express, PayPal and Mastercard) hard-won ability to do business there.
TIFFANY'S $16 BILLION SALE FALLS APART
The parent company of CardLinx member 24S of the LVMH Group, the world’s largest luxury retailer, is ending its planned takeover of Tiffany & Company. The government of France requested the deal be delayed on Aug. 31 because of a threat of U.S. tariffs on French goods, as well as coronavirus concerns.
The souring of this deal is an example not just of trade tensions, but also of the significant impact of the pandemic on in-store luxury retailers. A big part of the value of Tiffany is its empire of posh retail stores in the world’s leading commercial centers. Many of those brick-and-mortar destinations are now shuttered and the Tiffany business model looks more like a liability than an asset. Since the deal was announced, LVMH has made a successful pivot to online shopping experiences with its well-known e-commerce brand 24S.
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