Black Banx Continues To Target SMEs Amid MEA Region Growth

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Between the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the drop in valuation of major fintechs like Revolut and Klarna, it is understandable why many investors have generally stepped back on the funding of fintech and even finance as a whole. Fortunately, there have been groups like Black Banx who have not only been able to weather the storms of the past pandemic and the economic downturn that followed, but have been able to sustain (and surpass) its growth trajectory in the last couple of years. In the first nine months of 2023 alone, Black Banx reported a staggering $158 million in profit before tax, coupled with a robust revenue of $1.5 billion. These numbers are nothing short of impressive and mark a significant milestone in the group’s continued expansion into new territories. It serves approximately 2.5m business customers in 82 countries and territories. Its customers range from small enterprises focused primarily on their domestic markets to large companies operating globally. Since its inception in 2015, it has steadily climbed the ladder of success, achieving its highest-ever profit and revenue figures in the first nine months of 2023. Black Banx’s strategic target for 2023 initially aimed at reaching 30 million clients by the end of the year. However, the group’s exceptional performance saw them shattering this goal well ahead of schedule. In late September, it adjusted its plans and boldly set a new forecast to onboard 38 million clients by the end of the year. This ambition is a testament to the group’s confidence in its offerings and its commitment to growth. SME Growth in MEA Region One of the most noteworthy aspects of Black Banx’s journey is its remarkable growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Small and medium enterprise (SME) clients have increased by 21% overall, with an even more impressive 32% growth in the MEA region. This uptick is more than just a statistic; it’s a positive indicator that underscores the value Black Banx brings to business clients in this region. The group’s offerings are evidently beneficial, and the numbers speak for themselves. A Financial Achievement Black Banx’s financial performance in the first nine months of 2023 aligns seamlessly with the group’s ambitious growth plans for the year. Even with the absorption of non-operating costs totaling USD 14 million, It reported a profit before tax of $158 million. Excluding these non-operating costs, the figure would have been even more impressive at $172 million. This remarkable growth, up from $89 million in the prior year, indicates not only financial strength but also a robust financial strategy. Visionary Leadership It’s worth noting that behind these impressive figures are visionary leaders who are driving Black Banx’s success. Michael Gastauer, the Group Chief Executive Officer, expressed his confidence in the group’s growth momentum, emphasizing the diversified business portfolio, underlying earnings power, and balance sheet resilience. “In the first nine months of 2023 we have demonstrated good growth momentum across a diversified business portfolio, underlying earnings power and balance sheet resilience. This puts us on a good track towards our 2023 financial targets. We are determined to continue on this path while accelerating the execution of our global customer acquisition strategy.” Global Reach, Local Convenience Black Banx operates in over 180 countries, offering private and business accounts in 28 FIAT currencies and two cryptocurrencies. This extensive reach makes cross-border transactions as simple and seamless as local transactions. It’s a game-changer for customers who require quick and efficient international money transfers. One of its standout achievements is its transformation of cross-border payments. By leveraging the Black Banx platform, local real-time settlement systems in various countries, especially in the MEA region, have increasingly been able to facilitate quick and cost-effective international money transfers. This sets a new industry standard and simplifies a process that has historically been complex and costly. Promotion of Financial Inclusion It is not just about profits; it’s about creating a positive impact. The group’s commitment to financial inclusion is clear. It aims to provide essential financial tools to the unbanked through fintech solutions. This bridge between traditional banking and the unbanked population holds the promise of increased economic prospects, particularly in areas with limited banking access, the MEA region included. Commitment to Innovation It’s success can be attributed to its unwavering commitment to innovation. The group is continually exploring emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, and machine learning to reshape the financial sector. This forward-thinking approach positions Black Banx as a pioneering force in the fintech industry. Their collective ability to anticipate industry trends sets them apart as a beacon of innovation. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and forming intelligent partnerships, it has managed to eliminate traditional hurdles associated with international financial transactions. This transformation has made international money transfers both quick and affordable for both private account holders and for businesses. Furthermore, its vision to develop a worldwide banking ecosystem with streamlined financial services has made cross-border payments easier and more accessible for consumers and enterprises, whether in the MEA region or any other part of the world. The group’s impressive financial figures, visionary leadership, and focus on innovation has provided it the foundation for extensive expansion into more markets. As the group continues to target small and medium enterprises amid its growth in the Middle East and Africa, the future looks promising and full of opportunities for SMEs in the region. Also read: 4 Tips on How to Grow an Online Small Business

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