Durham’s Atom bank raises another £75m before IPO

Atom bank CEO Mark Mullen

Durham-based digital lender Atom bank announced it has raised more than £75 million in new equity priced at 70p per share as it continues to grow its profitability and drive to IPO.

The raise will be led by Atom’s big investors BBVA and by Toscafund with co-investors Infinity Investment Partners, and is now being opened to other existing shareholders.

The announcement follows a £40 million raise in April 2021, and the digital lender has now raised more than £115 million in the last 12 months.

“Atom’s focus on lending has really come to fruition in the last nine months, with both mortgage and business loans having grown by 30%,” said the Durham firm.

“In 2021 Atom passed £3bn of mortgage completions, with applications for its multi-award winning digital loans peaking at £315m in Q3.

“Atom’s on-balance sheet lending to small businesses also surpassed £1bn during 2021.

“Fuelled by the quality of its lending and a steady reduction in the bank’s cost of funds, margins and revenues have also continued to grow.

“Year to date, Atom’s interest margin has risen to 1.28% versus 0.51% in FY21.

“The bank delivered its first monthly operating profit during Q2 and has continued to grow its revenues throughout the year while maintaining a tight control on its costs.

“2021 saw total customer deposits grow by 16% to £2.5bn, with £1bn of savings held in Atom’s award-winning Instant Saver.

“With this latest boost from investors Atom will seek to grow deposits by a further £2bn in FY23, bringing more value and competition to a savings market that has taken too long to respond to base rate changes and the needs of savers.”

In November,Atom became the largest company in the UK to introduce a four-day working week, with no loss of pay, for all of its team.

Atom has since seen a 500% increase in job applicants, and substantial increases in staff engagement.

Atom bank CEO Mark Mullen said: “It has been a year of excellent progress for Atom.

“We’ve achieved a number of important financial milestones, maintained our excellent reputation with our customers and with the introduction of our shorter 4-day working week (with no loss of pay), we’re pioneering the future of work.

“Our investors are now backing our continued growth.

“This capital will allow Atom to build on the progress we have made, and to keep offering real competition for people who want to own their own home, grow their own businesses and – at a time of rapidly rising costs – save for the future.

“It is also a fundamental next step on our journey toward IPO.”