Solutions By Text: Compliance-First Messaging And Payments Company Raises $110 Million

By Amit Chowdhry • Jun 10, 2024

Solutions by Text (SBT), a leading platform for compliance-first messaging and payments, announced raising $110 million in new growth financing. Growth equity investment firm Edison Partners co-led the transaction with StepStone Group. Stifel Venture Bank (a division of Stifel Bank) provided a lending facility.

Since Edison Partners’ first investment in November 2021, SBT’s bookings and revenue have grown more than 3 times through compliant messaging and payment solutions built for consumer finance businesses across origination, servicing, marketing, and accounts receivable use cases. And in 2023, SBT’s messaging volume increased 95% from the prior year. This year, SBT is on pace to more than double messaging volume growth.

Text messaging is known as one of the most effective ways to reach
consumers. And 90% of consumers prefer text over other forms of
communication, with the majority of text messages received and read in
under five minutes. But in the face of increasing regulatory complexity and carrier policies, 60% of SBT’s new customers were not using text messaging for fear of violations over the last 12 months.

The challenges of compliance have also forced some customer engagement and messaging providers to exit the financial services sector. Currently, SBT is the only end-to-end enterprise compliance platform for messaging and payment solutions to serve the consumer finance industry.

SBT’s compliant-forward platform also enables its customers to tap into new opportunities such as payments, where the dynamics are ripe for messaging. Nearly 17 billion bills are issued each year in the U.S. at an annual growth rate of 7%, comprising nearly $6 trillion
in spending. Of this, 40% of bills focus on consumer finances.

With this funding round, SBT will continue accelerating growth with
large financial institutions, expand its payments and artificial
intelligence capabilities, and seek inorganic opportunities.


“We are so pleased that Edison Partners and StepStone share our conviction about the vast potential for an enterprise-scale compliance platform to orchestrate text messaging and payments in consumer finance. Consumers want an alternative to endless emails, confusing web portals, and lengthy rounds with call centers when engaging their financial providers. While texting is ubiquitous with consumers, it has not matched up with the rigorous business requirements of finance regulators and carrier networks. We have bridged this divide to drive massive returns for our financial customers and put us on an accelerated upward growth trajectory.”

  • David Baxter, CEO of Solutions By Text

“When Edison first invested in SBT two and a half years ago, we saw a founder-led, capital-efficient business with a competitive moat that went deep on regulatory and carrier compliance and wide on financial industry solutions and third-party technology integrations. Since then, David and his team have consistently overperformed and further cemented unparalleled trust among regulators, carriers and leading financial institutions. It’s been an incredible partnership that we’re thrilled to continue through this next phase of profitable growth.”

  • Kelly Ford, General Partner, Edison Partners