Banking Circle Acquires SEPAexpress

Banking Circle Acquires SEPAexpress

by April 26, 2022

SEPAexpress, which provides white-labelled account-to-account (A2A) payments for Payments Service Providers (PSPs), merchants and corporates in Europe has been acquired by Banking Circle Group.

Less than five years after bringing its first solution to market, SEPAexpress now processes millions of transactions on a monthly basis. By becoming part of the Banking Circle Group ecosystem SEPAexpress gains immediate access to technology infrastructure and financial resources to accelerate its growth.

As companies digitise their customer and supply-chain interactions, there is a growing need for modern aged financial solutions. With offices worldwide and payment flows of more than EUR 200bn, the Banking Circle Group ecosystem meets that need, serving payment businesses, banks, global markets and online merchants. The addition of SEPAexpress to the Banking Circle Group ecosystem complements its rich set of e-commerce solutions including embedded finance, business payments & card issuing and B2B Buy Now Pay Later.

Franz Guttenberger

Franz Guttenberger

“By joining the Banking Circle Group ecosystem we will be able to capitalise on the established infrastructure and financial resources to realise our vision of extending our services across Europe”,

said Franz Guttenberger, CEO of SEPAexpress.

“Businesses across the region need to be able to focus on their customer propositions and, by utilising our services, they don’t need to worry about the payment process.”

Anders la Cour

Anders la Cour

“The quality and simplicity of the solutions from SEPAexpress are without compare in the industry”,

added Anders la Cour, Chief Executive Officer of Banking Circle Group.

“Its suite of offerings is a natural fit with the Banking Circle ecosystem and we’re excited to have the company on board to serve the ever-growing payment needs of businesses worldwide. We look forward to working closely with SEPAexpress and welcome the entire team to the Group.”

Pushing account-to-account payments to the next level

Launched to the market in 2017, SEPAexpress has rapidly established a reputation for innovation, enabling businesses to process Direct Debits faster, cheaper and with less risk. It now has ambitions to extend further in the account-to-account space with Open Banking, upcoming Request to Pay and embedded risk management services and will be able to leverage the global network of more than 200 Payment businesses, Banks and Marketplaces already connected to the Banking Circle Group ecosystem.

A2A payments are payments that move money directly from the payer’s bank account to the merchant’s or service provider’s bank account through all instant payment networks involved. This type of credit transfer is inexpensive, push-only, and only takes a few seconds to complete. It is predicted that more than 20 percent of e-commerce transactions in Europe will be made by A2A payment options by 2023, accounting for a higher share of payments than debit and credit cards.

Capitalising on being part of the Banking Circle ecosystem, SEPAexpress aims to be at the forefront of this growth, making payments as simple and user-friendly as possible. SEPAexpress will continue to operate autonomously and is aiming for triple digit growth in 2022.