Statrys, a Hong Kong-based digital payment services platform, has recently accepted a USD $5M funding round to help kick off its newest products to a rapidly growing market. This round was led via a closed-door funding arrangement with an angel investor in the region with the expectation for Statrys to carve out market share in the growing digital payment and remittance space.
The global digital payment and remittance market was valued at USD $2.99 billion in 2019 and is expected to continue growing at a CAGR of 27.6%. According to a recent report by MarketWatch, the global digital payments and remittance market is expected to reach USD $16.79 billion by 2025.
Statrys is an innovative payments solution alternative geared towards SMEs, start-ups, and entrepreneurs who require flexible banking and advanced Forex solutions that can enable them to grow globally. The new funding round is a part of Statrys’ global growth strategy, starting with a big push into Asia to help support SMEs and entrepreneurs with business accounts, Forex needs, and other payments solutions that larger payment processors charge higher fees for, or banks simply won’t provide.
“After a few months of operations, our business has already reached upwards of HKD500m remittance and HKD200m FX dealings. This clearly validates our original assumption that there is a big demand for the services we provide at Statrys. This new financing will help us to accelerate the development of the company both in terms of products, with the addition of local currency accounts, payment card, integration with accounting software, and geographically, as we will target new markets in South-East Asia” said Bertrand Theaud, Founder & CEO of Statrys.
The first project the new funding has been used for was the recent September website overhaul that moved to reinforce Statrys’ branding and deliver a better user experience when it comes to site navigation and usability.
The main value that Statrys will bring to SMEs specifically in Asia is the ease of setting up a business account in the face of traditional Asia-based banks where creating business accounts with bootstrapped funding or light runway can oftentimes end in failure. By offering a payment platform that can operate with the same functions of a traditional bank while not actually being a bank, Statrys can fill gaps for SMEs and start-ups that otherwise couldn’t find themselves with a bank or with a bank that restricts smaller businesses in overall services offered.
Among other platform features, integrations are the next big goal post for Statrys to cross for clients with other tools at the heart of their operations. The Statrys-Xero integration which is currently in development, is one of many other integrations planned for Statrys, that will help synchronise payments to their Xero account, bridging a gap between payments and accounting software that never existed before with traditional banks.
“Flow of business, and therefore flow of payments, between China, Hong Kong and South-East Asia is rapidly growing. We anticipate that this trend will accelerate with the combined effect of the China-US trade war and the changes in global supply chain that will result from the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to position STATRYS to answer the needs of companies present in these regions as they are looking for better solutions to deal with payments and FX.” added Bertrand
Statrys will also be launching its own Statrys Debit Payment MasterCard for Hong Kong so local Hong Kong entrepreneurs can make payments from their Statrys business accounts at all MasterCard participating retailers and vendors, currently in HKD only.
Already quickly becoming an office-name in Hong Kong, Statrys aims to take digital payments and Forex to more SMEs globally with the same price-competitiveness. Compliance is at the heart of every transaction and trade on the Statrys platform, where SMEs can feel safe to make the payments they need around the globe in any currency.