Business Finance Solutions Qonto and Penta to Join Forces
  • European business finance solution company Qonto is seeking to acquire its competitor Penta.
  • Together, the two will serve more than 300,000 small business customers across Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
  • Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Two European business finance solution companies have agreed to join forces. In the deal, which is expected to close in the next few weeks, Paris-based Qonto is seeking to purchase Berlin-based Penta. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

“When Steve Anavi and I founded Qonto in 2016, we had the ambitious goal of simplifying everyday banking for SMEs and freelancers across Europe,” said Qonto CEO Alexandre Prot. “Today, we’re already present in four European markets and, while I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved so far, we want to go even further: the natural next step was to join forces with Penta. We are thrilled to welcome the Penta team onboard. Together we’re going to be the finance solution of choice for one million European SMEs and freelancers by 2025!”

Penta launched in 2017 and now serves 50,000 small business customers in Germany. Qonto launched the same year and currently serves more than 250,000 clients across France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The acquisition will combine Qonto’s brand strength, license, and core banking system with Penta’s local expertise.

Qonto is anticipating that Penta’s existing market presence will strengthen its operations in Germany. The combined entity will make Qonto a strong leader in the European digital business finance sector. After the acquisition is complete, the company will have more than 300,000 customers and 900 employees.

“With the combination of increasing customer numbers and rising revenues, we have gained even more substance in the past 18 months,” said Penta CEO Markus Pertlwieser. “We are very excited that we now have the chance to actively shape digital banking for business customers in Europe as a team with Qonto.”