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Allica Bank secures additional £55m investment

Rozi Jones -
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14th June 2022
Commercial News
"The new facility from British Business Investments alongside further equity from our existing lead investors will enable Allica Bank to support and scale even more of Britain’s established SMEs"

Allica Bank has secured £55m in additional funding to expand its reach in the SME banking market.

The latest funding builds on Allica’s £110 million Series B funding round in November 2021 – and increases the total funding raised by Allica Bank to £285 million.

Allica has secured a £30 million Tier 2 capital facility from British Business Investments – a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank.

British Business Investments aims to increase the supply and diversity of finance for smaller businesses across the UK by boosting the lending capacity of challenger banks and non-bank lenders. Since it was established in 2014, British Business Investments has committed over £3 billion to providers of finance to UK smaller businesses.

Allica can draw on capital as required, providing additional fuel for the bank’s future growth. The investment could support up to an additional £250 million of lending to UK smaller businesses.

Allica has also received £25 million in equity commitments from existing investors, Atalaya Capital Management and Warwick Capital Partners.

During 2021, Allica grew its SME lending to over £560 million and is forecasting to complete £3 billion of lending to established SMEs in the next three years.

Annual net operating income increased to £7.8 million in 2021, and April year to date net operating income has already exceeded this at £10.1 million, driving the bank towards monthly profitability in 2022.

Richard Davies, CEO of Allica Bank, said: "The new facility from British Business Investments alongside further equity from our existing lead investors will enable Allica Bank to support and scale even more of Britain’s established SMEs and growth companies at a time when SMEs are looking for more tailored support from their bank.

“Allica is fast becoming the SME challenger bank of choice through combining our proprietary technology with experienced local relationship managers to provide great customer experience. Looking ahead, we are hugely excited about our plans to develop Allica’s customer proposition as we continue our mission to reimagine relationship banking for SMEs.”

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