BBVA Spark backs Twinco Capital with new €50m debt
By Gloria Methri
European Supply chain FinTech Twinco Capital has secured an additional €50 million facility with BBVA Spark to accelerate its growth.
Twinco, one of the few women-led FinTechs in Europe, offers a sustainable supply chain finance solution in the market that covers purchase order funding. The company has provided over $250 million in funding to suppliers in emerging markets.
“We are very pleased to support Sandra and Carmen, two entrepreneurs who, with Twinco, have reinvented the way supply chains are financed on a global scale and who have also incorporated innovative environmental and social criteria into their supplier financing model,” said Roberto Albaladejo, head of BBVA Spark, an initiative that has more than 800 clients and facilitated €250 million in financing in just one year of operation.
Twinco is a venture-backed business, with investors such as Quona Capital, Working Capital Fund, Mundi Ventures, and Finch Capital. On the debt side, BBVA Spark will become one of Twinco’s key financial partners and join EBN Banco de Negocios which has been supporting the company from its inception, and Zubi Capital.
Sandra Nolasco, CEO of Twinco Capital said, “We are thrilled to partner with BBVA Spark to help customers build truly sustainable and competitive global supply chains. It is only by partnering with this caliber of like-minded, financial institutions, that we will be able to address large-scale challenges like the one Twinco has set out to solve: closing the trade finance gap. This facility will support the company’s portfolio growth, expanding both the number of customers and geographies.”
Twinco Capital engages with large corporations—mostly in the retail and apparel sectors—and offers funding to their suppliers worldwide, advancing up to 60% of the purchase order value upfront and paying the remainder upon delivery. The process is designed to be a fully transparent, no-hassle experience that provides the suppliers with funding for their purchase orders within 48 hours.
The key to its success is the use of machine learning to assess the quality and strength of the commercial relationships between these large buyers and their suppliers.
The company is growing rapidly and has already incorporated more than 150 suppliers, located in 13 different countries. Since launching in December 2019, Twinco Capital has grown by multiples of 3, supporting global trade during the pandemic and funding millions of purchase orders.
Carmen Marin, COO of Twinco Capital added, “The value added Twinco is providing to customers stems from the combination of its unique funding solution with business intelligence that provides a holistic overview of supply chain risk. Technology and machine learning provide invaluable data insights on commercial, financial, and ESG suppliers’ performance, giving our customers a state-of-the-art supply chain risk management tool.”
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