WebBank Invests $250M in Avant to Support Credit Card Program

WebBank recently announced that it has committed to invest up to $250 million in the obligations of a securitization structure supported by Avant that are “secured by credit card receivables.”

The investment will be used “to meet the continuing demand and growth of the Avant® MasterCard® Credit Card issued by WebBank.” WebBank’s investment will be “applied over a three-year revolving term.”

Jason Lloyd, President & CEO of WebBank, said:

“WebBank and Avant have a longstanding partnership driving access to capital to consumers through multiple innovative credit products including the Avant Credit Card. The Bank is pleased to provide an additional investment in the Avant Credit Card program to provide the necessary capital for long-term growth.”

Matt Bochenek, CEO of Avant, remarked:

“WebBank and Avant have partnered closely over the last almost decade to expand access to affordable, transparent financial products, and together to help move our customers’ financial lives forward. Deepening our partnership through this relationship will allow us to facilitate access to credit cards for hundreds of thousands of additional underserved customers over the next three years.”

As noted in the update, WebBank is a Utah chartered Industrial Bank “headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.”

Since its inception in 1997, WebBank has “originated and funded over $150 billion in consumer and commercial credit products.”

As “The Bank Behind the Brand®”, WebBank is “a national issuer of consumer and small business credit products through Strategic Partner (Brand) platforms, which include retailers, manufacturers, finance companies, software as a service (SaaS) and financial technology (FinTech) companies.”

The Bank claims it is “a leading player in the digital lending space, driving innovation in financial products through embedded finance with Strategic Partner platforms.”

WebBank engages in “a full range of banking activities including consumer and commercial loan products, revolving lines of credit, credit cards, private-label card issuance, auto-refinancing and more.”

The Bank “provides capital in the form of asset-backed lending and other credit facilities to Strategic Partner platforms, credit funds, and other lenders with a targeted focus on specialty finance assets.”

The Bank is also “a provider of commercial insurance premium finance products through its wholly owned subsidiary National Partners.”

As mentioned in the announcement, Avant provides access to “a full suite of digital financial solutions, including personal loans, credit cards, mobile banking, and auto refinance, to everyday American consumers.”

Through a combination of technology, analytics, and superior customer service, Avant “gives underserved consumers access to credit with innovative products that simplify and improve their financial journeys.”

Since 2012, Avant has “connected more than 2 million customers to $8 billion in loans and over 1 million credit cards.”

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