Joyce Moullakis from The Australian confirms Xinja has kicked off talks with providers of wholesale funding, as it accelerates plans to start offering home loans later this year and take market share from the big banks.
As Xinja pushes ahead with its second equity crowd-funding campaign, chief executive Eric Wilson told The Australian the company would need to capture 0.7 per cent of the $1.7 trillion mortgage market to break even.
“The push to open up this market can only be a good thing. The Hayne royal commission had shown big banks had abused their power for too long” – CEO & Co-founder Eric Wilson
Joyce points out Xinja is targeting as much as a $5m raise from its latest crowd-funding drive, after last year attracting $2.7m from its first round. In total, including a series of funding rounds targeting high net worth investors, Xinja has raised more than $24m.
Joyce confirms Xinja wants to sell 245,099 to 2,382,260 shares at $2.04 apiece, which will deliver the company a post-raising maximum valuation of $94.2m. The initial crowd-funding campaign was pitched at $1.25 per share.
Xinja’s travel and spend cards had occurred “much better and much quicker” than the company’s initial modelling.
Mr Wilson believes the crowd-funding campaign gives Xinja an edge.
It is something that is really important to us that everybody gets the same opportunity – CEO & Co-founder Eric Wilson
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