Robinhood to start in Britain with deal to buy crypto app Ziglu

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Robinhood stated Tuesday it has agreed to obtain Ziglu, a London-centered fintech application that allows buyers to trade bitcoin and various other cryptocurrencies. The acquisition will assistance in its enlargement plans in the U.K. and Europe, the company explained.

The announcement will come nearly two a long time following Robinhood halted strategies to start in the U.K. At the time, the corporation claimed it was prioritizing its business enterprise at home above intercontinental growth.

Shares of Robinhood climbed much more than 5% Tuesday.

The offer could supply a important improve to expansion prospective clients for Robinhood, whose overall performance has weakened due to the fact the GameStop investing frenzy last yr.

Robinhood described a drop in month-to-month lively consumers in the fourth quarter of 2021 — to 17.3 million from 18.9 million in the past quarter — and mentioned it expects first-quarter 2022 revenue of fewer than $340 million, down 35% from the 12 months-before time period. The firm has lost about two-thirds of its industry benefit due to the fact debuting on the Nasdaq final summer months.

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood’s CEO and co-founder, mentioned the buy of Ziglu “will aid us accelerate our international enlargement initiatives.”

“Together with the Ziglu team, we will operate to leverage the ideal of both equally companies, discovering new ways to innovate and break down barriers for consumers throughout the Uk and Europe,” Tenev claimed in a blog write-up.

Terms of the acquisition had been not disclosed. The offer is subject matter to regulatory approvals and other customary closing circumstances, Robinhood mentioned.

Launched in 2018, Ziglu enables consumers to make payments, spend in a vary of cryptocurrencies and gain interest on holdings of bitcoin and British kilos sterling.

The company has raised a whole of £17.5 million ($22.8 million) to day, which includes £13.4 million from retail buyers as a result of the equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. It was last valued at £85 million.

It is a person of the several crypto considerations that has managed to sign up with the U.K.’s Financial Perform Authority. Registration is a important necessity for electronic asset companies searching to run in the country.

The regulator recently extended a deadline for corporations to make the lower following quite a few companies withdrew their apps.

Mark Hipperson, Ziglu’s CEO, was formerly a co-founder of British electronic financial institution Starling. Ziglu and Robinhood “share a popular established of plans,” he stated.

“As aspect of Robinhood, we’ll supercharge Robinhood’s enlargement across Europe and bring better entry to crypto and its added benefits to hundreds of thousands much more customers,” Hipperson said.