Tuesday, February 4, 2020

"Leaked screenshots show Amazon is partnering with Goldman Sachs and other banks to launch a new lending marketplace for sellers" (AMZN)

From Business Insider:
  • Amazon is testing a new lending marketplace for its third-party merchants, Business Insider has learned.
  • Companies making the loans include Amazon's own lending arm and Goldman Sachs's Marcus group, as well as regional banks like Lendmark and Finbank.
  • It's Amazon's latest move to expand its lending service, which first launched in 2011 but was limited to Amazon offering loans directly to certain merchants.
  • Amazon stopped disclosing its lending amount in 2017, when it said it made a total of $3 billion in merchant loans so far.
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Amazon is partnering with several banks, including Goldman Sachs, for a new online lending marketplace where mercahnts who sell their goods on Amazon's site can take out loans and lines of credit, Business Insider has learned.

The new marketplace shows a list of 3-to-12 month loans for the sellers to choose from, with a max loan size of $1 million for the first time, according to screenshots seen by Business Insider. Companies making the loan offers include Amazon's own lending arm and Goldman Sachs's Marcus division, as well as more regional firms like Lendmark and Finbank, the screenshots show. Amazon started inviting some of its top sellers for a beta test since at least late last year, one seller said.

The menu of loans represents Amazon's latest move to expand its lending business, which began in 2011 but has until now been limited to Amazon offering credit directly to qualified merchants. Moving to a marketplace model could help reduce the financial risk for Amazon, as third-party banks make more loans, and help sellers get easier access to working capital for buying inventory.
"Amazon's primary goal is to drive the ability of their merchants to scale bigger, faster, and better," Schwark Satyavolu, an investor at Trinity Ventures, told Business Insider. "You can get more credit to more merchants in a marketplace model."

Amazon announced in 2017 that it passed $3 billion in merchant loans, but has since stopped disclosing such details about its lending business. In its annual filing last week, Amazon said it had $863 million in outstanding loans as of the end of 2019, up about 21% from the previous year. The Financial Times first reported on the talks of a potential partnership between Amazon and Goldman Sachs on Monday, saying a new service could launch as soon as March....

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