Trustly merges with Silicon Valley-based PayWithMyBank to deliver transatlantic online banking payments coverage
Together, Trustly and PayWithMyBank will enable merchants with a global footprint to accept online banking payments from European and US consumers. The merger addresses the needs of merchants to have an alternative to the card networks and accept online payments directly from consumers’ bank accounts, and for consumers to be able to pay in a fast, simple, and secure way.
In many European markets, consumers are used to paying directly with their bank account and the payment method is now also emerging in the US as a compelling alternative to credit cards. Following the merger, PayWithMyBank founder and CEO, Alexandre Gonthier, will be the US CEO, with overall responsibility for US market development. Gonthier will report to Group CEO, Oscar Berglund.
Oscar Berglund, CEO of Trustly, said: “This transformative merger creates the first and only online banking payments network with transatlantic coverage and accelerates our path towards global coverage. Alex was a co-creator of the online banking payments model in the year 2000 and we are very much looking forward to working with him and the impressive team at PayWithMyBank. Together we’re thrilled to be able to offer merchants and billers a unique alternative to card payments, allowing them to accept payments from 600 million consumers across Europe and the US.”
Alexandre Gonthier, CEO of PayWithMyBank, said: “Our large, US-headquartered customers were all asking us to expand our consumer coverage globally beyond the US. So, joining forces with Trustly, the established leader in our space in Europe, was a natural strategic next step for PayWithMyBank, the emerging leader in the US. We look forward to offering a richer service to our existing customers and partners, and building an unparalleled solution for merchants and billers with global ambitions.”
Trustly, as part of its product offering, holds merchant funds and is a licensed payment institution while PayWithMyBank does not hold any merchant funds. The shareholders of PayWithMyBank are joining the shareholders of Trustly in the merged group. The merged group had revenues in excess of EUR100 million (USD120 million) in the calendar year of 2018.
Founded in 2008, Trustly Group AB is a Swedish FinTech company that makes online banking e-payments fast, simple and secure. The company offers cross-border payments to and from consumer bank accounts at over 3,000 banks in 29 European markets and connects businesses and consumers within e-commerce, travel, gaming and financial services. In 2017 and 2018, the Financial Times ranked Trustly as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe on the FT1000 list and the London Stock Exchange recognized Trustly as one of Europe’s most inspiring, fast-growing companies.
Trustly has 240 employees and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional offices in Finland, Spain, Malta, Germany and the UK. Trustly is a licensed Payment Institution under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, with a license to provide payment services within the EU/EEA since 2010 which subsequently was reauthorized under 2018 under PSD2. Read more at www.trustly.com
PayWithMyBank is the leading online banking verification and payments provider in the U.S., offering a high-UX conversion, high-payment authorization, low-cost and no-chargeback alternative to Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, et al. Our Fortune 500 merchants and billers offer our product as an online payment method available to consumers. We help merchants and billers deliver on a rich consumer payment experience and grow their profits by increasing transaction volumes and shrinking costs. Consumers love our product because it’s simple and safe. They initiate payments on any device by signing into online banking without leaving the merchant’s site or app—no card, bank account or billing information to provide.
Live since 2014, PayWithMyBank is located in Redwood City, California. Read more at www.paywithmybank.com.