The technology provider Amount has announced it has closed a Series D capital raise, bringing in nearly $100 million of additional primary equity capital from WestCap, a growth equity firm founded by Laurence Tosi, Hanaco Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Invus Opportunities, and Barclays Principal Investments, making Amount an official startup unicorn with a post-money valuation in excess of $1 billion.
Amount, the corporate technology provider joins three other Chicago-based companies who have also reached the coveted $1 billion+ valuation mark in 2021.
The Series D round represents over a 50% increase in valuation from the Goldman Sachs-led $86 million Series C announced in late 2020, bringing Amount’s total capital raised to $243 million since becoming an independent company in January 2020. The capital will continue to fuel Amount’s rapid growth as the preferred partner for banks seeking to deliver seamless and simple customer experiences to compete with fintech rivals.
“The additional capital clearly demonstrates the value our investors see in Amount’s ability to accelerate digital transformation in the banking and ecommerce industries through our robust retail banking suite and buy now, pay later platforms,” said Adam Hughes, CEO of Amount. “We’re thrilled with the confidence that blue chip investors continue to have in our momentum and are excited to join the other Chicago tech unicorns who are helping make our city a hub for technological innovation and progress.”
Amount is the market’s first and only battle-tested enterprise solution built specifically for the banking industry by helping banks and financial institutions upgrade and enhance their digital retail banking experience and compete in the buy now, pay later space by leveraging Amount’s world-class verification and analytics capabilities.
Recent partnerships include Barclays US Consumer Bank, which became one of the first major banks to offer installment point-of-sale options, with the ability for merchants to “white label” POS payments under their own brand – all powered by Amount. Other bank partners include BBVA, HSBC, TD Bank, Regions, Banco Popular and Avant.
“We specifically chose Amount because it’s a market leader with tremendous industry experience and a phenomenal leadership team,” comments Kevin Marcus, partner at WestCap. “We believe that Amount has the right framework in place to help banks modernisƒe and update their infrastructure, which will democratise access to financial products, helping make them more understandable and available to consumers nationwide.”
The Series D capital will be used to accelerate hiring in the company’s product, technology, and sales groups while pursuing accretive merger and acquisition opportunities to add new products and features to the Amount platform.
“Having invested in Amount previously, we’re clearly fans of their exemplary track record, which shows no signs of slowing down,” said Lior Prosor, general partner and co-founder of Hanaco Ventures. “We’re honored to continue to back Amount and the important work they’re doing to help consumers get access to transparent, seamless, and easy-to-understand payment options.”