London, October 1, 2018—IFC, a member
of the World Bank Group, and Demica, one of the world’s largest working-capital
financial technology firms, today announced a new partnership that will
help unlock as much as $9.8 billion in annual financing for suppliers and
distributors in emerging markets—particularly small and medium enterprises.
In addition, IFC participated in Demica’s $25 million second round financing
that will enable the company to further expand internationally, move into
inventory finance and continue to invest in its technology and operations.
Additional investors in this round included Wyelands Capital, a member
of the GFG Alliance, alongside strong involvement from the existing investors:
JRJ Group, TOMS Capital, and 76 West Holdings.
Small and medium enterprises in emerging markets face a finance gap of
$4.5 trillion—and the scarcity of working capital and trade finance accounts
for much of that gap. Demica’s proprietary technology platform enables
suppliers around the world to sell their receivables and optimize their
cashflow simply and at low cost—by connecting them to large corporations
and investors. Demica facilitates more than $90 billion a year in working-capital
financing, connecting more than 150 corporations with suppliers and customers
across more than 130 countries.
“IFC’s investment is an amazing endorsement from one of the world’s
largest multilateral institutions,” said Matt Wreford, Demica’s CEO.
“We have been working closely with them for the past twelve months and
are excited about the deepening relationship. This strategic partnership
will materially enhance our clients’ ability to ensure all of their suppliers
can access low cost liquidity irrespective of jurisdiction.”
By 2022, IFC’s investment in Demica is expected to facilitate $9.8 billion
in annual financing for suppliers and distributors in emerging markets—at
least 40 percent of which will be small and medium enterprises.
“Supply chains are becoming more global, introducing currency and jurisdiction
complexity for investors in working-capital finance,” said Andi Dervishi,
who leads IFC’s fintech investments. “At the same time, those supply
chains want more capital choices and faster capital delivery. Hub-and-spoke,
multi-jurisdiction and multi-currency models like Demica’s provide the
business model and the infrastructure to meet these needs. Such approaches
are key to IFC’s drive to create new markets by changing market architecture
and market participation.”
Demica is a rapidly growing Fintech providing working capital solutions
to large corporates and banks with a broad range of receivables, inventory
and payables finance products. The company focuses on multinational clients
all over the world, across industries and sectors. Over the past three
years, Demica has materially expanded its origination, structuring, implementation
and placement teams to enable it to offer a seamless end-to-end solution
to a wide universe of clients. In parallel, significant investment in its
proprietary technology platform has enabled it to automate complex, high
volume programmes and release billions of dollars of trapped working capital
from supply chains. Today, over $9bn of funding is outstanding on
the platform, provided by a diverse range of banks and institutional investors.
For more information, visit www.demica.com
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more
than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org