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FT Partners Advises Upgrade on its $40 million Series D Financing

Overview of Transaction

  • On June 17, 2020, Upgrade announced it has raised $40 million in its Series D financing led by Santander InnoVentures, with participation from existing investors including Union Square Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Vy Capital and Silicon Valley Bank and new investors Ventura Capital and Uncorrelated Ventures
  • The round values the Company at more than $1 billion, which represents a 2x increase over the prior round valuation
  • Upgrade is a neobank that offers affordable and responsible credit to mainstream consumers through cards and personal loans, along with free credit monitoring and education tools that help consumers better understand their finances
  • Since Upgrade launched in 2017, more than 10 million consumers have applied for an Upgrade card or loan and the Company has delivered over $3 billion in credit, growing at a triple digit annual rate
  • Upgrade is cash flow positive with an annual revenue run rate of $100 million
  • Later this year, Upgrade plans to launch the Upgrade Account, an online checking account with generous debit rewards and an easier path to Upgrade’s credit product

Significance of Transaction

  • The investment will fuel the rapid growth of the Upgrade Card, an innovative credit card that brings the low cost of responsible credit of installment lending to millions of retail locations in the U.S.
  • Upgrade will also use the investment for the upcoming launch of Upgrade Account, a mobile banking product offering exceptional value to mainstream consumers

FT Partners' Role

  • FT Partners served as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to Upgrade
  • This transaction highlights FT Partners’ deep domain expertise with neobanks and the direct-to-consumer sector, as well as its successful track record generating highly favorable outcomes for high-growth FinTech companies globally