1/ $V acquiring Currencycloud.

Currencycloud is an API allowing developers to embed cross-border payment services like FX transfer.

They solve complexity of cross-border payments having built a pipe that connects with banks, payment providers and FX liquidity providers etc
2/ Example use cases - Revolut use them as back end for their FX transfer business, instead of spending millions building their own infrastructure.

UK neobroker Freetrade uses them for FX conversion when UK traders are buying US stocks and utilize to earn FX spread.
3/ In Dec 20 they reported doing monthly volume of $3bn currencycloud.com/company/news/c…

From what I understand, they earn SaaS fees with volume on top.

UK filings show revenue of £27mn for 2019

4/ For those that recall, Visa in 2019 acquired Earthport in the UK, which effectively gave them a global bank payout capability and is one of the legs of this multi-rail strategy.

As example, used by money remittance companies for payouts.

So CC is complementary to Earthport
5/ Overall, $V Visa keeps doing nice little deals like this. Clearly after they initially invested in 2020 they saw something they liked.

Currencycloud expands their fintech offering, complements existing deals like Earthpory and supports the bigger multi-rail strategy at Visa.

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