Why American Express Company (AXP) Is Buying Kabbage

By Amit Chowdhry ● August 17, 2020
  • American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced today that it entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of Kabbage. These are the details.

American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced today that it entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of Kabbage — which is a leading financial technology company that provides cash flow management solutions to small businesses in the U.S. The deal to buy Kabbage represents an important step toward American Express’ goal of becoming an essential partner to small businesses through a broad range of payment, cash flow, and financial management tools.

As part of the terms, American Express will acquire Kabbage’s team and its full suite of financial technology products, data platform, and intellectual property built for small businesses. Kabbage’s products include access to flexible lines of credit, online bill payment, cash flow visualization tools, e-gift certificates, and the ability to centralize funds through the company’s recently launched business checking account. This product suite is integrated into a single online platform, which uses real-time data processing to help small businesses better understand, forecast, and manage their cash flow.

Through the addition of Kabbage’s technology, products, and people, American Express plans to offer a broader set of cash flow management tools and working capital products to its millions of small business customers in the U.S.

The acquisition is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions. And Kabbage’s pre-existing loan portfolio is not included in the purchase agreement.

KEY QUOTES:

“At Kabbage, we have always made the success of America’s small businesses our primary objective. We have built a technology and data platform that provides them with the kind of capabilities and insights often reserved for larger businesses. By joining American Express , we can help more small businesses succeed with a fully digital suite of financial products to help them run and grow their companies.”

– Kabbage CEO and co-founder Rob Frohwein

“For several years, American Express has been expanding beyond our industry-leading commercial card products to offer our business customers a growing set of payment and working capital solutions. This acquisition accelerates our plans to offer U.S. small businesses an easy and efficient way to manage their payments and cash flow digitally in one place, which is more critical than ever in today’s environment. By bringing together Kabbage’s innovative technology and talented team with our broad distribution capabilities and over 60 years of experience backing small businesses, we can better help our customers successfully emerge from this challenging period and beyond.”

– Anna Marrs , President of Global Commercial Services at American Express