Australian BPNL leader Zip is closing Pocketbook to focus on a core business endangered by a faltering economy
Australian provider of the Buy Now Pay Later lending services, Zip, closes its 800,000-user app Pocketbook, per Finextra. The fintech acquired the money management app for A$7.5 million in 2016. Today, as other companies in the BNPL sector, Zip has to adjust its business priorities in the face of rising interest rates and economic decline.
The company’s stock price has fallen from A$14.53 last May to 50 cents today. Earlier this year, Zip agreed to buy its US rival Sezzle for A$491 million. However, Sezzle has seen its share price plummet and slashed 20% of its workforce in North America this year. Speculations arise that the deal could fall through.