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Flywire’s listing with SEC highlights payments opportunities

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The company said that the demand for domestic and cross-border money movement continues to accelerate and global payments present one of the largest market opportunities

Flywire has filed to go public in a deal that would raise up to a reported $300 million. The firm’s S-1 listing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission gives a glimpse into how the company views its markets — and why huge industries such as healthcare are ripe for disruption.

To get a sense of how the tailwinds of cross-border payments and modernizing those payments have been boosting the company, the firm reported first-quarter revenues of $45 million, up 37.6 percent from $32.7 million in the year-ago period. For 2020, the company logged $131.7 million in revenues, up from $94 million in 2019 (operating loss narrowed to $15.8 million from $17.4 million in 2019).

Digging into the filing, Flywire said that it enabled $7.5 billion in total payment volume for the year across 130 currencies and multiple payment types spanning local bank transfers, credit and debit cards, and alternative payment methods (such as Alipay).

At a high level, the company said, the demand for domestic and cross-border money movement continues to accelerate and global payments present one of the largest market opportunities.

The greenfield opportunity is sizable, according to the firm, which noted that the current addressable market is $11.7 trillion, with a focus in the education vertical ($660 billion), healthcare ($500 billion) and travel ($530 billion).

Additionally, our B2B payments offering expands the addressable market for our solutions, which we estimate to be over $10 trillion in addressable B2B payment volume, Flywire said.

Legacy infrastructure has tied clients to paper-based accounts receivable processes, from invoice to end delivery.

But with automation, said Flywire, organizations that process substantially all of their accounts receivable by automated or electronic means report half the accounts receivable processing costs of those that do not.

That might be especially apparent in the B2B payments market, where only about half of invoices are electronic, and, per Mastercard data cited in the filing, more than one-third of B2B/government to business payments have been made by cash or check.

And, the majority of healthcare payments are still made by check. Likewise, in education, budget shortfalls and jobs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with rising tuition costs, have added financial strain and created collections problems, said Flywire.

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