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Alternative Financer Behalf Raises $150 Million in Debt Financing

Alternative Financer Behalf Raises $150 Million in Debt Financing

The New York-headquartered company offers businesses instant working capital of up to $50,000

Meir Orbach  :  2018-02-05T15:27:33..

Alternative financing provider Behalf Inc. has raised $150 million in a debt financing round led by a private investment fund managed by Soros Fund Management LLC, the company announced Monday. Viola Credit, the growth and venture lending arm of Israel-based Viola Group, also participated in the round. Both funds also made a private equity investment in Behalf.

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The Soros-affiliated fund committed $120 million while Viola committed $30 million, according to one person familiar who was interviewed by Calcalist on conditions of anonymity. Both funds will also participate in an investment round Behalf intends to hold soon, this person said.

Left to right: two of Behalf’s founders, Benjy and Shai Feinberg. Photo: Tamuz Rachman Left to right: two of Behalf’s founders, Benjy and Shai Feinberg. Photo: Tamuz Rachman Left to right: two of Behalf’s founders, Benjy and Shai Feinberg. Photo: Tamuz Rachman

Established in 2012 and headquartered in New York with offices in Tel Aviv, Behalf offers businesses instant working capital of up to $50,000. The company states its service can be used for business purchases in place of nearly any other payment method, within a customizable payment schedule.

Loan applicants undergo a one-time, hard personal credit inquiry to determine their eligibility. Behalf also performs periodic credit checks to monitor a customer's continuous eligibility.

The funding will allow Behalf to expand its e-commerce B2B business, company co-founder and CEO Benjy Feinberg said in a statement.

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In 2017, Behalf announced a partnership with FinWise Bank, a Utah-chartered bank located in Sandy, Utah. FinWise now funds all of Behalf's accounts, according to Behalf's website.

Behalf has raised $250 million in debt financing and over $60 million in equity funding to date, company co-founder and CEO Benjy Feinberg said in a Monday interview with Calcalist.
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