PayPal Ventures Leads Pliant’s €18+ Million Series A Extension Financing
Company will use the funding to fuel expansion into the UK and other markets outside the EU

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Pliant, a business-to-business (B2B) credit card platform that allows businesses to optimize their payment processes, today announced the closing of more than €18 million in Series A extension financing, led by PayPal Ventures. Existing investors SBI Investment, Motive Ventures, and Alstin Capital also participated in the round. This brings Pliant’s total Series A financing to more than €50 million.

This additional financing comes on the heels of solid performance in 2023, when Pliant more than doubled its annual revenues, with continued strong momentum in 2024. The company has successfully passported its Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license to 25 countries across the European Economic Area (EEA), allowing Pliant to not only issue cards in these countries but also to provide additional financial products and services that serve the unique regional needs of their customers.

Malte Rau, CEO of Pliant, said, “We are excited to welcome PayPal Ventures as a new shareholder, and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow the company as we expand into new markets, starting with the UK.”

Pliant’s cards-as-a-service (CaaS) product allows partner businesses to launch their own credit card programs to serve their customers, adding a new revenue stream and increasing customer retention. The product has seen success with its early partnerships with tech companies like Candis and mobilexpense, as well as with banks. Pliant will look to continue expanding its go-to-market strategy and development with this product in 2024.

Ashish Aggarwal, Partner with PayPal Ventures, commented, “Pliant has emerged as a leading player in B2B payments in continental Europe, thanks to its next-generation, multi-tenant credit card-as-a-service platform that allows easy integration via application programming interfaces or embedded user interfaces. We are proud to be backing the company on their growth path.”

Pliant will now pursue expansion outside the EU for the first time, starting with the UK. To facilitate its expansion, Pliant has developed multi-currency capabilities and can now offer its services in 11 currencies. This will allow customers to be billed in the same currency in which the transaction was paid, which is particularly useful for companies with significant transaction volumes in non-EUR currencies.

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