Smartpay raises A$7.5M selling convertible notes to fuel Australian expansion
By Paul McBeth
July 11 (BusinessDesk) - Smartpay Holdings raised A$7.5 million selling sophisticated and professional investors convertible notes, which the listed payment terminal supplier will use to fuel expansion plans across the Tasman.
The Auckland-based company issued 15 notes paying 8 percent annual interest with a term of 27 months at A$500,000 apiece, with the option to convert within the term at a price of 25 Australian cents, it said in a statement. The offer was led by Anacacia Capital's Wattle Fund and was fully subscribed, Smartpay said. The dual-listed shares fell 5 percent to 17.1 cents on the NZX after a trading halt was lifted. That values the company at $29.7 million.
"The proceeds of the raise will primarily be used to accelerate growth in Australia, predominantly in the areas of increased marketing and sales spend, terminal stock and associated costs," managing director Bradley Gerdis said. "This injection of growth capital is the final piece to activate the execution of our Australian expansion strategy."
Smartpay increased annual profit 15 percent to $2.5 million in the March 2018 year even as revenue fell 3 percent to $20.4 million, of which $3.3 million came from Australia. In March, Smartpay signed a deal with Alibaba's Alipay allowing the 25,000 merchants using its terminals across Australasia to offer the payment method, which is exceedingly popular among Chinese nationals.
The notes are expected to be issued on July 17, the company said.