BBVA Announces Completion of £85.4 Million Investment in UK-Based Atom Bank

On Friday, BBVA announced it has completed the £85.4 million investment into Atom, which was announced in March of this year. According to the firm, With this transaction, it increases its stake in UK’s first bank built exclusively for smartphone or tablet to 39%. Atom also secured capital from some other shareholders, bringing the total capital raised to £149 million. While sharing more details about the investment, BBVA declared:

“Atom will also be looking to roll out new products and services in the future. Atom has demonstrated its ability to execute on its strategy, having secured a balance sheet of over £1.4bn in deposits and has lent over £1.2bn through residential mortgages and business loans in less than a year. Atom’s strengths –its low operating costs, mobile-only model, high customer satisfaction and disruptive business model– have seen the company lead the disruption that digital banking is bringing to the UK financial services sector. In the future, the bank will be looking at how the positive impact of PSD2 and Open Banking can help it support its customers further in their financial decision making.

At the time of investment’s initial announcement, BBVA CEO, Carlos Torres Vila, stated:

“Atom is progressing extremely well and we continue to support the company”. “We are fully aligned with the vision of banking that Atom is pursuing, and the disruption it is already bringing to the UK financial services sector.”

BBVA added that the new investment will allow Atom to continue its impressive growth, and support the uptake of new clients and build core capabilities. 
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