South African digital banking group Tyme Bank has announced today that it will advance with the acquisition of fintech firm Retail Capital, which provides award-winning funding services to SMEs in the country.
Retail Capital would join TymeBank as a division after the acquisition, which is currently pending regulatory approval.
The release stated that the deal would combine TymeBank’s deposit base and operations with Retail Capital’s funding capabilities to service a larger customer base.
TymeBank thinks that the growth of the traditionally underserved small business sector depends on the ability to properly route funds to business owners in South Africa.
“This acquisition will enable TymeBank to expand its offering to entrepreneurs to include working capital finance. Retail Capital has acquired significant risk management experience over the past decade and through different economic cycles,” says TymeBank CEO Coen Jonker.
“Together, we look forward to providing access to innovative solutions to ensure business owners can fuel their growth, drive job creation and contribute to the broader economy,” Jonker added.
A transactional business account that can be started in under five minutes, zero monthly bank fees, free debit card and online purchase transactions, free bulk payments, and other advantages are all included in TymeBank’s current Business Banking offering, which already has over 100,000 customers.
Through a simple, three-step online application process, Retail Capital lowers the obstacles to funding for SMEs. Retail Capital is the largest SME financier of its sort in the market, having given over 43,000 South African business owners over $329 million in working capital in the last ten years.
According to Tyme Group, Retail Capital will be able to expand internationally into new markets thanks to its multi-national digital banking footprint.
“Retail Capital has a long history of supporting SMEs by enabling them to access affordable funding that helps their businesses grow. Now, through this acquisition by TymeBank, we will be able to scale the offering, giving SMEs the opportunity to expand through funding that works on their terms,” says Retail Capital CEO Karl Westvig.
New SME Offerings from Tyme Bank
TymeBank’s business customers stand to benefit from the launch of a new offering, TymePOS, a mobile point-of-sale app that turns an NFC-enabled cellphone into a tap-and-go payment device.
The app is available for download on the Google Play Store, and it will take a TymeBank Business Banking customer just two minutes for app onboarding. Customers will then receive a merchant ID to start processing card payments within 24 hours.
TymeTrybe is a financial community platform that equips business owners with a comprehensive range of business tools, accredited courses and other educational services as well as access to networking opportunities.
The TymeTrybe platform was designed by Tribe Fintech, a global fintech company and Tyme partner that has secured partnerships with several high-profile organisations, including global tech giant Meta, Wits Business School, BrownSense and SMEasy as contributors to the platform.
Tyme Bank E-Commerce
Tyme Bank says that “an innovative web-based e-commerce app” is also in the pipeline that makes it easy for small merchants to sell their wares on Facebook and Instagram.
A delivery service will be included as part of the offering, aptly named ‘SellOnSocial’.
“The small business sector in this country is vital to economic development and job creation and deserves all the help it can get, particularly given the immense hardship of the last few years. We believe our revitalised business banking offering is what small business owners want, need and deserve,” said Jonker.