London-based Greensill, a provider of working capital finance for companies, has acquired Omni, a Latin American digital lender to SMEs. No financial terms were disclosed. Greensill is backed by SoftBank Vision Fund and General Atlantic.
Greensill, the leading provider of working capital finance for businesses and people globally, has acquired Omni, Latin America’s foremost digital lender to SMEs, in a landmark deal that accelerates its global growth strategy.
Greensill research shows that the market for working capital finance in Latin America is worth $750 billion and the addition of Omni’s leading-edge technology platform and growing portfolio of products and clients will result in a step-change in Greensill’s capabilities in the region.
Omni was founded in 2018 by FinTech pioneers Diego Caicedo and Andrés Abumohor. The company provides digital working capital solutions to SME suppliers of large companies in Chile and Colombia.
In the last three years, Omni has provided $300 million of financial solutions to more than 5,000 clients.
In 2019, Greensill provided $143 billion of finance to more than 8 million customers and suppliers in more than 175 countries. Volumes, year on year, increased by 73% in the first quarter of 2020 as demand continued to rise.
Lex Greensill, founder and CEO of Greensill, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Diego, Andres and their team to Greensill. Latin America is a highly attractive growth market for us and the acquisition of Omni will significantly expand our capabilities in this important region. Together we will ensure that SMEs across Latin America have the fairest access to finance available.”
Diego Caicedo, Omni co-founder, said: “We are delighted to be joining Greensill. Both of our companies were founded with similar business philosophies and ambitions, and this transaction will allow Omni to accelerate our growth plans in the Latin American market, while also benefiting from Greensill’s expertise and global capabilities.
Greensill research has identified a global addressable market for working capital finance valued at $56.3 trillion. Latin America accounts for some $750 billion of this total. World Bank data shows that SMEs across Latin America account for more than 20 percent of the global unbanked market, which means entrepreneurs and suppliers all over the region struggle to find fair finance.
Together, Greensill and Omni are perfectly positioned to address this inequality, opening opportunity for SMEs to access fairer finance all over Latin America.
The Omni acquisition builds upon Greensill’s established Americas team. Chief Country Officer, Americas, Freddy Boom said: “To add such talent, technology and energy to our team is very exciting and means this acquisition will be accretive from day one. In welcoming Omni into the Greensill family we are able to help many more businesses and people across Latin Amertica access the finance they need.”