Splitit share price: Implications of the QuickFee partnership

We look at the details behind the Splitit-QuickFee partnership.

Splitit share price rises on QuickFee partnership news

Splitit (ASX: SPT) saw its share price rise on Thursday after announcing it had partnered with QuickFee (ASX: QFE), in a move that would see its installments payment product directly integrated with QuickFee’s payments platform.

Under this partnership, Splitit's installment payments solutions will be available to the more than 1,000 professional services firms currently using QuickFee – available in both Australia and the United States.

Looking at the mechanics of this partnership: after a company has sent a client an invoice through the QuickFee platform, a client would be able to select Splitit as a payment option, providing them with the functionality to pay their invoice over four installments.

According to QuickFee this provides clients with both a low cost and low risk financing solution.

Quantifying the size of the opportunity entailed by this partnership, Splitit noted that QuickFee recorded some US$300 million in payments volume across fiscal 2020.

The Splitit share price rose modestly on this news, up 2.26% as of 11:03 AM – to $1.58 per share.

Management commentary

Commenting on the nature of the partnership, Splitit's CEO, Brad Paterson said:

'QuickFee has a first mover advantage in the US and Australian professional services market, and we are delighted to partner with them to help people pay their professional services invoices conveniently over time.'

Bruce Coombes, the CEO of QuickFee, by comparison said: 'This new interest free product allows QuickFee to capture a significantly greater share of the professional services market by providing payment plans to clients of smaller firms, by far the largest part of the market, that we would not normally service.’

QuickFee, in a separate announcement to the ASX, said that the move into the interest free product space increases the company’s US target market by 2,500% and its Australian target market by 560%.

QuickFee share price in halt pending capital raise

In step with today’s partnership announcement, QuickFee revealed that it would be looking to raise up to $17.5 million – made up of a $15.0 million placement and a $2.5 million share purchase plan (SPP).

The company noted that this raise was aimed at accelerating growth and assisting with the roll-out of the new interest free offering – that is and in part, to cope with the likely expansion of QuickFee’s receivables book.

Bell Potter is acting as the lead manager for the raise.

Though QuickFee's stock is currently in a trading halt pending the completion of the capital raise – the stock last traded at 64 cents.

YTD QuickFee has performed strongly, rising 88% in that period.

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