10 November 2020
Equals (AIM:EQLS), the technology-led international payments group providing SMEs with efficient, integrated, payment settlement solutions across spot and forward FX, card payments and Faster Payments, is pleased to announce the commencement of a new
B2B relationship with HomeSend, a global leader in cross-border payments. Under this agreement, the Group will bolster HomeSend activities in the UK, further enabling customers to send money to UK bank accounts in real time and with upfront transparency
of all associated fees.
HomeSend is the first large-scale B2B partner to utilise the Group’s ‘Directly Connected Direct Settling’ participation status with the Faster Payments service to make UK payments at scale. The agreement highlights Equals’ B2B2B/C
capabilities in facilitating other financial institutions needs via its robust, scalable and efficient platform. Combining bank-grade UK clearance capabilities with the FX services and expertise of the Group in the same platform provides Equals a
clear competitive edge in the international payments space.
Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of Equals, said: “During the past two years, we have been investing in building products and connectivity to payments networks in order to support our B2B offering. We are now seeing the tangible results
of that investment both directly to our own customers and by using this infrastructure to address the needs of other financial services businesses. This agreement with HomeSend is the largest manifestation of this to date and will provide significant
incremental scale through our payment systems. We can now offer major corporates, banks and financial institutions, continual access to real-time payments via APIs and bespoke portals, all with the security of having money flowing through our settlement
accounts with the Bank of England. Coupled with our well-established credentials in the Foreign Exchange market, this new service provides a powerful and exciting new B2B revenue stream for the Group.”
Stephen Doyle, CEO of HomeSend, commented: “HomeSend is committed to playing a key role in making cross-border payments simple, secure, and certain. We’re delighted to partner with Equals given that establishing direct connections to real-time clearing systems as they become more prevalent is core to our strategy.”
This announcement contains inside information.
For more information, please contact:
|Equals Group plc|
|Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO|
Richard Cooper, CFO
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7778 9308|
|Cenkos Securities plc (Nominated Advisor / Joint Broker)|
|Max Hartley / Callum Davidson|
Nick Searle (Sales)
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7397 8900|
|Canaccord Genuity (Joint Broker)|
|Bobbie Hilliam / David Tyrell|
Alex Aylen (Sales)
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8150|
|Buchanan (Financial Communications)|
|Henry Harrison-Topham / Steph Watson / Toto Berger|
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000|
Equals Group is a technology-led international payments group augmented by highly personalised service for the payment needs of SMEs whether these be FX, card payments or via Faster Payments. Founded in 2007, the Group listed on AIM in 2014 and currently employs around 250 staff across sites in London and Chester. For more information, please visit www.equalsplc.com.