Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.'s core banking subsidiary MUFG Bank, Ltd. (MUFG Bank) and Liquidity Capital M.C. Ltd. (Liquidity Capital), an Israeli fintech company, announced today the entry of both parties into a Joint Venture Agreement (the "Agreement") to launch a debt financing business for startup companies mainly in Asia-Pacific.
Based on the Agreement, MUFG Bank and Liquidity Capital will establish a joint venture named Mars Growth Capital Pte. Ltd. (Mars Growth Capital) in Singapore. Mars Growth Capital will establish a debt fund (the "Fund") based on a Limited Partnership Agreement entered between Mars Growth Capital, as a general partner, and MUFG Bank, as a limited partner. The Fund has an initial capital commitment of USD 80 million that will used to provide financing to startups.
The establishment of Mars Growth Capital and the Fund and launch of the financing business are expected to take place in 2020.
1. Background and objectives of the joint venture
In Asia Pacific, the advancement of digitalization and smart technologies in the corporate arena has not only contributed to the rapid growth of startups but also the emergence of a business model within the financial services sector that is increasingly reliant on data analysis and AI technology.
Liquidity Capital, a startup established in 2018, uses a unique credit scoring model based on AI technology and real-time financial and accounting data from client bank accounts, accounting systems and CRM information captured through its API technology to forecast future earnings and cash flow. Liquidity Capital is leveraging these strengths to develop financial solutions for up-and-coming startups which are in the growth stage but may not have ready access to debt financing from financial institutions.
MUFG has earlier invested in Liquidity Capital's digital technology and future growth potential in 2019 through its corporate venture capital Mitsubishi UFJ Innovation Partners Co., Ltd. With MUFG's core strategies being digital transformation and growth in its Asia Pacific franchise, it was keen to partner Liquidity Capital again in its business development to provide advanced financial solutions to support the startups in
this region. This Agreement therefore brings to fruition these positive discussions and realizes the complementary strategic goals of both parties: the expansion of Liquidity Capital's business and market value, and MUFG's commitment to growth in Asia Pacific through leveraging the latest digital technology in the provision of advanced financial services.
- Strategic significance
Combining MUFG's superior network in Asia Pacific and market leading financial expertise with Liquidity Capital's advanced technology enables the Fund to provide promising startups with easy access to funding and unique financing solutions.
In addition to acquiring new client base, MUFG Bank will deepen its understanding of Liquidity Capital's advanced technology and seek opportunities for further collaboration to enhance the transformation of its business model in Japan and elsewhere.
Liquidity Capital will use this joint venture to expand its business and maximize its market value by making MUFG Bank its exclusive partner for business development in the Asia Pacific region.
With the changes in individuals' preference to remote communications accelerated by COVID-19, it is expected that the market for the tech industry will grow, with even more new startups arising. With this joint venture, Liquidity Capital and MUFG Bank will not only promote financial inclusion and innovation in Asia Pacific, but also contribute to the sustainable development of society by helping businesses and communities adapt to and overcome the current crisis.
- Outline of companies to be incorporated
Joint venture company
Name: Mars Growth Capital Pte. Ltd.
Expected date of In 2020 establishment
Location: Republic of Singapore
Planned capital Up to USD 6 million
Main business: Operation and management of debt fund established under the Joint
CEO: Ron Daniel (CEO of Liquidity Capital)
Shareholders: MUFG Bank, Ltd.: 50%, Liquidity Capital M.C. Ltd.: 50%
2. The Fund
Name To be determined Expected date of In 2020 establishment
General partner (GP) Mars Growth Capital Pte. Ltd.
Limited partner (LP) MUFG Bank, Ltd.
Capital commitment USD 80 million by LP.
4. About Liquidity Capital
- Liquidity Capital M.C.Ltd (Liquidity) is a fintech company and leading provider of revenue based trajectory funding. Liquidity has developed and operates the Liquidity Dynamics AI platform for continual underwriting, scoring and forecasting of companies. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel with offices in both New York and Miami, USA. The company was founded in 2018. Liquidity is backed by the Israeli leading institution Meitav Dash. The company aims to be the leader in the sector and has experienced unparalleled growth through both technological advancement, partnerships and close collaborations with "worlds best" institutions. Liquidity always strives to offer its customers the best service, flexibility and speed of service. For more information please visit www.liquidity-capital.com
- Application Programming Interface, a mechanism for sharing software functions.
- "MUFG Innovation Partners invested in Liquidity Capital"
- Meitav Dash Investments Ltd. is a public company listed on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) (Symbol: MTDS) http://www.ip.mufg.jp/post/mufg-innovation-partners-invested-in-liquidity-capital-the-israeli-fintech-and-fund-management
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