Raiz Invest announces Public Offering

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George Lucas

George Lucas

Raiz Invest Limited (“Raiz” or “the Company”, formerly known as Acorns Grow Australia), Australia’s first mobile-led investing platform, yesterday announced the lodgement of its prospectus for the Company’s public offering  to raise over $15 million from investors.

The offering, which is fully underwritten, will provide current Raiz customers with priority access, while also allowing institutional and retail investors the opportunity to participate.  Shares will be issued at $1.80, valuing the company at approximately $119 million. The offer is expected to close on 1 June 2018 with official listing targeted for 21 June 2018.

Raiz is a first of its kind Australian, mobile-led, financial services business offering customers an easy way to regularly invest either small or large amounts using its micro-investment platform available via the app or the web. Raiz’s model is centred on breaking down the barriers to investing, giving customer’s confidence in their finances and offering products driven by their feedback and needs. Its end-to-end technology platform, including registry, operations, administration, fund management and customer communication, allows Raiz to deliver a superior customer experience and build-out its product portfolio.

Since launching in 2016, Raiz has achieved solid growth, amassing over 440,000 signups, with over 155,000 active monthly customers and over $170 million funds under management. The business most recently changed its name from Acorns Grow Australia to Raiz Invest. It is well known for its ‘Round up’, which allows customers to invest spare change from purchases.

With significant first mover advantage in technology-led financial services and having now established its core micro-investing product feature, together with a loyal and growing customer base, Raiz is well placed to expand its unquie and simple business model both domestically and offshore. Funds from the offer will be used to support the Company’s growth strategy to expand its products and services and also extend its offering offshore, thereby increasing customers.

Managing Director of Raiz, Mr. George Lucas, said, “The public offering of Raiz marks the next step in the growth of the business as we seek to expand our customer base in Australia, offering customer-led innovative products, such as superannuation, and expand into South-East Asia.  Raiz has improved financial literacy,  financial inclusion and broadened capital market participation in Australia and this is an attractive proposition for South-East Asian markets.

“As part of the offering, we are excited to offer current customers the opportunity to invest and participate in the future growth of our business.

“In the more than two years that Raiz has been in operation, it has received overwhelming positive support and feedback from its customers about its affordable service, reflected in the strong growth in active customers and funds under management that we have achieved.

“Through technology, we are breaking down the barriers that have previously prevented many Australian’s from saving and investing. This helps our customers to build confidence in managing their own finances as well as increasing their financial literacy. Our philosophy of investing small amounts regularly has resonated with our customer base.  Raiz makes this happen automatically, in the background of life, reducing some of the stress associated with managing your finances.”

Raiz’s competitive advantage is that it leverages technology to offer and facilitate the provision of affordable financial services and products at a lower cost, with greater efficiency, than a traditional financial services business. The business is able to cost-effectively tap into Australia’s huge appetite for financial services.

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