Monzo abandons plan to acquire US banking licence

Monzo abandons plan to acquire US banking licence

Monzo has been forced to abandon its bid to acquire a US banking licence following a fruitless two-year discourse with regulatory authorities.

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Monzo have just published their annual report and inside are some very serious issues.

Monzo have made a record loss – a record they update on an annual basis.

And even worse than that is the fact that their revenues are not growing.

Monzo’s lending business contracted over the last 12 months rather than expand.

And Monzo’s paid products have contributed £2 million in gross profit to the P &L – that’s incredibly low for a company that spent $200 million on costs.

The only revenue stream that is growing is interchange, but it is growing slower than the costs are rising.

Monzo’s Directors acknowledge the issue and have said that there is a significant risk to Monzo’s ability to continue operating.

But the Auditors have made a much stronger statement.

The auditors have stated that “a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern for a period of twelve months.”

The future for Monzo looks bleak based on this report. I really hope they can change their direction, but it certainly isn’t looking promising.


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