Allianz X invests 34.5 million euros in Canadian fintech Purpose Financial
- Purpose Financial offers a digital asset management platform for private clients, independent financial advisors, and SME lending
- Allianz and Purpose plan joint development and distribution of retirement and investment products in focus
- Canada is an important growth market for Allianz
Munich, February 8th, 2021 – Allianz X, the digital investment unit of Allianz, has acquired a stake in the Canadian fintech company Purpose Financial. In a dedicated financing round, Allianz X invested in newly issued shares for the equivalent of EUR 34.5 million, making it the second-largest external shareholder. Allianz X will also have a seat on Purpose Financial’s Board of Directors. The transaction is subject to the approval of the regulatory authorities.
Purpose Financial was founded in 2013 and has since established three successful lines of business: Purpose Investments, a digital asset management service for private clients and institutions, currently with approximately CAD 10 billion in assets under management; Purpose Advisor Solutions, a technology and service platform for independent financial advisors, currently servicing approximately CAD 2 billion in assets; and Thinking Capital, a digital lending and fintech platform for SME companies, which has originated over CAD 1 billion in loans in collaboration with major banks and other partners.
Allianz X’s investment will help Purpose Financial build out its infrastructure for further growth and continue to expand its product offering. In addition, the investment is a first step towards a deeper strategic collaboration between Purpose Financial and Allianz.
“Purpose Financial is a disruptor in the Canadian financial services landscape, having established a unique position in its market, particularly with its digital platform for financial advisors. The company is also well positioned for further growth in asset management and SME lending. We see various opportunities to capitalize on joint business opportunities going forward, for example in developing and distributing retirement solutions and investment products”, said Alexander De Kegel, Deal & Project Manager at Allianz X.
Allianz X invested last year in Wealthsimple, a fast-growing robo advisor also based in Canada. The Canadian wealth management market is estimated to be worth CAD 4 trillion dollars. Currently, the market is dominated by banks, but strong growth is emerging from independent financial advisors and other non-bank platforms.
“Given the current macroeconomic challenges and the growing importance of providing joint Life Insurance and Asset Management solutions, this partnership is a significant opportunity for Allianz and Purpose Financial to leverage each other’s expertise in financial services and digital technology,” said Cameron Jovanovic, Global Head of Retirement and Wealth Propositions of Allianz SE. “Retirement is a strategic growth pillar for Allianz, and we recognize the importance of creating holistic, digitally-enabled solutions for our customers. We see the partnership with Purpose Financial as a step forward in developing the innovative capabilities necessary to tackle the broad set of opportunities and challenges in the retirement sector, both in Canada and around the world,” he added.
“We are excited to welcome Allianz X as an investor and partner in our business alongside our existing investors OMERS and TorQuest,” said Som Seif, Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Financial. “Our business has grown exponentially since founding in 2013 and we are still in the early stages of our journey to innovating within the financial services industry. This partnership will provide us with additional resources and expertise to accelerate our growth and continue to drive innovation across the financial services sector on behalf of consumers.”
ABOUT ALLIANZ X
Allianz X is the digital investment unit of the Allianz Group. Allianz X invests in and partners with digital frontrunners in the ecosystems relevant to insurance. Allianz X is one of the pillars of Allianz’s digital transformation strategy, and provides an interface between Allianz entities and the wider digital ecosystem.