AnaCap Financial Partners, a specialist mid-market private equity investor in technology enabled financial services, has made a majority investment in WebID, a German digital identification provider.
Tassilo Arnhold, partner at AnaCap, commented, “WebID is a very impressive company and one we have been tracking for some time, given its footing in the high growth digital identification market in Germany. The banking landscape there is witnessing sustained growth from increasing channel shifts of online vs. offline and the penetration of KYC in online processes that we believe will ultimately lead to a fully online customer journey. WebID is extremely well placed to enable, facilitate and capitalise on this trend, particularly for large banks who are keen adopters for security, operational efficiency and cost management purposes. There is also significant further upside potential through the possible deployment of digital identification solutions in additional verticals going forward via the likes of eGov and eHealth, fuelled by actual real use cases and existing favourable legislation. We look forward to supporting management in the next stage of growth for WebID.”
Frank Jorga, Founder of WebID, commented, “We have had numerous inquiries over the past few years and have been pleased with the interest we have received from prestigious investment companies. For us it was important to have a partner matching the founding spirit of WebID. Now with AnaCap, we have found the right investor to consistently expand our leading position in the market and as an industry pioneer and to significantly accelerate our growth, which has so far been organic. After the company’s formative years, 2020 was an exceptional year for WebID. Sales from 2019 of more than 13 million euros rose to 20 million in 2020 and this year we are heading for 30 million. All this confirms our strategy, which is now supported by AnaCap. Products, such as our invention WebID Video Ident, are of interest to numerous, especially regulated, sectors worldwide due to their high level of security. Our IT platform provides a comprehensive global ecosystem for E-KYC and related services. A first-class portfolio for a strong growth trajectory via new business development and international expansion. AnaCap’s experience and success in the fintech space are ideal to further realize our strategy of ambitious growth. Together, we are taking WebID’s success story to the next level.”
For this transaction, AnaCap received corporate finance advice from GCA Altium and legal advice from Proskauer Rose (London) and Norton Rose Fulbright (Munich). The transaction is subject to the usual closing conditions.