- Liquidity Group announced it raised $775 million in capital commitments. These are the details.
Liquidity Group recently announced that it has entered into agreements with respect to approximately $775 million in capital commitments year-to-date in 2022, led by funds and entities managed by affiliates of Apollo. These commitments, which are subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, will include $425 million from Apollo Funds for a credit facility to help Liquidity scale its lending activity for late-stage technology companies, $300 million from MUFG Bank (NYSE: MUFG), for a debt fund JV named Mars Growth Capital, investing in future unicorn companies, as well as a $50 million SAFE note investment by Apollo Funds, MUFG Innovation Partners and Spark Capital.
Launched in 2018, Liquidity Group is a credit-oriented fintech platform that invests, syndicates, and automates growth and middle-market lending for businesses around the world, providing capital mainly to later-stage technology companies. And MUFG’s core banking subsidiary MUFG Bank is a key strategic capital partner to Liquidity, having invested equity venture capital in the business as well as formed multiple joint lending ventures.
For Apollo, these new commitments are consistent with its strategy to serve as a capital partner, enabler, and strategic investor in specialty lending companies with strong credit underwriting and innovative features like Liquidity’s data-driven platform for credit formation, diligence, and monitoring. Apollo Partner, Joshua Black, will also join Liquidity’s Board of Directors.
Liquidity has integrated machine learning and real-time data and performance monitoring across its platform to enhance, automate, and expedite processes across the full credit investment lifecycle. And since inception, Liquidity committed over $1 billion in capital to fast-growing companies, including Etoro, Zetwerk & Homer.
“We’re pleased to form this new capital partnership with Liquidity Group to support their growth while helping our investors access attractive yield with strong credit fundamentals. Ron and his team at Liquidity are connecting technology borrowers and credit investors via an innovative, data-driven ecosystem, and we look forward to working with them as they scale the business.”
— Bret Leas, Apollo Partner and Global Head of Structured Corporate Credit & ABS
“The new capital partnership with Apollo and the continued and successful partnership with MUFG is validation of our founding vision to use artificial intelligence to transform the capital markets. Our patented technology offers unparalleled insight into private growth companies and enables robust predictions about their future. Working with Apollo will allow us to continue our own expansion, fund more companies, and provide reliable returns on investment to our partners. Josh, Jasen and the rest of the Apollo team have proved to be the right partners for this ride with their passion to adopt best of breed solutions.”
— Ron Daniel, Co-Founder and CEO of Liquidity Group
“MUFG is welcoming Apollo’s investment to Liquidity Capital. We are aiming to provide various financial services to start-up companies and to the ecosystem as a whole, together with the investing partners.”
— Fumitaka Nakahama, Group Head, Global Corporate & Investment Banking Business Group, MUFG