Should Monzo list on the Stock Market?


#1

Monzo is clearly doing a great job with 370k user base. If it listed early next year this would be great publicity, show potential customers it is a serious and safe business and would snatch the initiative from its rivals.

It would probably secure it 2 million customers by end of 2018 as more people would feel secure using them as a listed bank.

Just my thoughts !!!


#2

I’m not too sure that would be a good idea.

Atom Bank have delayed introducing their current account until 2019 because of looming new legislation:

The possibility of further regulatory restrictions on current account providers create ambiguity and uncertainty for us

How will these new regulations affect Monzo and other Fintech banks?


(Richard) #3

Way too soon for that I think. Showing sustained growth and converting prepay to main current account customers alongside making a success of what is a pretty unique strategy to make money from big data etc will need to be shown as not just the current trendy idea. Also it would totally be selling a company with exceptional potential on the cheap for a a bit of publicity that isn’t needed!


(Simon Porter) #4

Wouldn’t that open them up to a hostile takeover? Not that I know how exactly shares work


#5

So my understanding is that “new” bank, Atom Bank, is actually being headed by someone(s) from legacy bank backgrounds. Sounds like it is doomed to fail in the new fin tech arena before it starts. I wonder how many legacy ideas are already being subconsciously embedded.

In my opinion. They may do well for all I know.


( surohpotsirhC) #6

I think it’s too early myself. Plus, they’re busy enough rolling out an ace current account.


(Jamie 🏳️‍🌈) #7

Atom won the initial PR round, a couple of years ago when fintech was in its infancy. No one else had heard of Tandem, Mondo and Starling, and Atom got a lot of press precisely because it was a couple of guys from First Direct and Metro doing ‘a bank on a smartphone’.

Since then Atom have brought zero innovation to the sector. Yes they launched market-leading savings and mortgages, but their USP on the savings was being able to show you what interest you’d earn until you cashed it in, hardly rocket science with a fixed-term account. Their app is a UI nightmare as everyone knows, and no-one knows what will.i.am brings to the table; if Atom even know they’ve done nothing to tell the rest of the world.

They weren’t prepared for banking innovation regulations they must have know we’re being introduced, and I agree with the poster above when they commented it was probably conceived as a legacy bank through an app, a bit like B Bank.

But they’re great at PR. Woot!


(Jonathan) #8

I think a takeover is going to come sooner rather than later from BBVA if they want to be even closer to Atom Bank, they currently own 29.5% of the bank


#9

Everyone’s an economist, huh.


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