Soldo, the leading European pay and spend automation fintech closes record $180m Series C funding round led by Temasek


Soldo, the leading European pay and spend automation platform, today announces that it has closed a $180m oversubscribed Series C funding round, a European record for the spend management category.

The fundraise was led by Temasek, a leading global investor headquartered in Singapore.

The round includes new investors Sunley House Capital, Advent International’s crossover fund, Citi Ventures and continued backing from Accel, Battery Ventures, Dawn Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank for debt financing. Goldman Sachs acted as the exclusive placement agent to Soldo for the deal.

This investment follows an impressive 4x growth in spend volume across Soldo’s platform since series B, despite the backdrop of the challenging macro-economic environment.

Soldo’s European pay and spend automation platform gives businesses real-time visibility and cost control across all departments. The funding round means Soldo can continue to accelerate product development and market expansion across Europe’s addressable market of $170bn.

Serving more than 26,000 customers from small and mid-market to global enterprise in more than 30 countries, Soldo is best positioned to help businesses to manage their spend. Whether that is across travel and entertainment, online advertising, vendor management, software subscriptions, or anything else. Its customers include Mercedes Benz, GetYourGuide, Gymshark, Bauli, and Brooks Running.

Carlo Gualandri, CEO and Founder of Soldo said: “We are delighted to welcome Temasek as the lead investor. With a track record of investing in category-leading fintechs, Temasek’s insights will be valuable to us as we scale our platform and offering. Managing business spend is costly and challenging, yet Soldo continues to demonstrate its value and ease to customers of every size and across every industry. It’s clear this category will see exponential growth as more businesses realise the benefits and Soldo is well placed to support them.”

Traditionally, corporate payments have had a handful of methods: bank transfers, corporate credit cards. Each of these methods bring a unique set of administrative hassles and security risks. And, of course, once the transactions are complete, there is a haze of receipts, expense reports, classification and reconciliation, budgets, and analysis – none of which is connected. Soldo is the digital solution to this incredibly costly challenge.

Simon Lambert, a director at Sunley House, Advent International’s crossover fund, said: “We are very excited to invest in Soldo. Our experience in software and payments technology gives us deep insight and we are confident Soldo stands at the forefront of finance digitalisation. The company operates in a large and fast-growing market, and we are thrilled to partner with its outstanding management team as they seek to build Europe’s leading pay and spend automation platform.”

Soldo’s spend management platform, built over the last five years, is based on a fully owned technology stack, supported by regulated financial services and payments infrastructure. The platform allows Soldo to innovate faster and integrate with the leading accounting software including NetSuite, QuickBooks, Zucchetti, and Xero, and customers can connect with 50+ expense management platforms including Concur and Expensify via Mastercard Smart Data.

Luis Valdich, Managing Director, Citi Ventures said: “Citi Ventures has been impressed by Soldo’s compelling strategy and market-changing mission to help businesses manage and control spend more efficiently. We look forward to supporting the company as it further expands its platform and transforms the future of business spend.”

Soldo also simplifies the everyday life of employees who regularly deal with painful expense reports, lost receipts and often end up out of pocket. The mobile app facilitates receipt and transaction capture right at the point of purchase.

Mariano Dima, Soldo President said:  “We know senior finance employees and CFOs currently spend more than half of their time on cumbersome tasks, and the biggest reason for this is due to disconnected payment systems and manual, time-consuming processes.

“In a study of CFOs and finance directors, Soldo revealed weak spending controls are costing European businesses 2% of their annual turnover through the pandemic. This is a costly reality that Soldo aims to eradicate – by making employees’ lives easier and businesses more aware of all costs – because only then will they be able to truly control their spending and be prepared to prosper post-pandemic and beyond.”

Soldo closed $61 million in Series B funding in July 2019 and has since significantly increased the size of its business with more than 200 employees across offices in LondonDublinRome, and Milan. The latest funding round will see the company deepen its focus on new markets including Benelux, France and Germany where Soldo sees immense potential for hyper-growth.


Soldo Data Reveals CFOs Caution Cashflow And Overspending Will Challenge Economic Recovery

CFOs across the UK warn that cashflow and overspending are the main barriers to their organisation’s financial recovery. The research, commissioned by Soldo, a European pay and spend automation platform, found that 60% of CFOs are forecasting that their business will not recover to pre-pandemic levels until October 2022. 3% of CFOs that say their business has already recovered, while 2% forecast recovery is still over five years away.

Investment Spending Reduced in The Early Stages Of The Pandemic

60% of UK businesses cut their spending in response to the pandemic, with the average business reducing expenditure by 14% in the last financial year. Economists have modelled this data, suggesting that across the UK, business spending was reduced by £153 billion in 2020/2021.

Soldo’s research found that the average reduction in business spending in the last financial year (20/21) was as follows;

  • Small firms (up to 50 employees) – £417,553
  • Medium sized firms (51 – 500 employees) – £4,011,651
  • Corporates (501+ employees) – £17,251,279

Reductions in inventory and staffing costs (including contractors, reduction of permanent headcount and a freeze in the recruitment of new talent) were the main areas where business reduced their expenditure. Nevertheless, the majority of CFOs (60%) acknowledge that now is the time to re-start business spending to drive recovery as quickly as possible. Finance professionals acknowledge that there are numerous challenges associated with ramping up investment. The following were cited as the top 5 difficulties:

  • Cashflow issues (54%)
  • Managing overspending (51%)
  • Supplier relationships (44%)
  • Inability to forecast (37%)
  • Lack of insight around spending (26%)

Said Paraag Amin, CFO of dotdigital, said:

“The pandemic has focused businesses more than ever on continuing to grow through uncertain times, and digital transformation, including the shift to cloud, is one of the key enablers of this. Having access to real-time information, wherever you are, is of paramount importance. Add to this the scaling of processes, to drive cost efficiency, means that it is very important for CFOs/businesses to continue to reinvest, not just to survive the pandemic, but to thrive.”

Mariano Dima, President of Soldo, said:

“Business leaders are taking a deeper look at spending control and payment models, whether through the pandemic or the new norm. With spend management technology, the average UK business can save 2% of annual revenues and reinvest in market expansion.

“Many CFOs have doubled down on digital transformation and cash displacement. It is crucial to have the ability to forensically examine business spend, whether SaaS, retail or advertising.”

What do CFOs cite as the top challenges threatening recovery and growth?

Managing overspending – CFOs told us that overspending is the number one challenge when it comes to making investments. 50% of CFOs recognise that a digital approach to managing spend can solve overspending. Soldo gives business leaders the ability to set tight budgets and gives real time updates, helping to prevent overspending.

Cashflow issues – Poor visibility of cashflow and working capital acts as a drag on investment. Our research found that 63% of finance teams want better oversight of their working capital. Soldo enables finance teams to track spending against budgets in real time.

Lack of insight around business spending – The inability to analyse investment spending in real-time is a challenge for a significant number of finance leaders. Over a quarter of the CFOs Soldo spoke to said that they wanted more accurate and timely insights around spending. Founders and finance teams want to see spending in real time and see where and how money is being spent.

Soldo’s research found that an incredible amount was wasted across Europe due to ineffective spending controls:

€347 billion across Europe
€62 billion in Germany
€42 billion in France
€43 billion in UK (£37 billion)
€30 billion in Italy

Cloud Benefits – Making the shift to cloud accounting enables CFOs to manage and monitor investment spending more efficiently. Soldo’s research showed that an average sized company could  save more than £2.3m annually. In short, tech-enabled businesses are much more confident in their ability to invest for future growth.