Cryptocurrency startup Ripple invests additional $20M in MoneyGram in a push to deploy XRP for cross-border money transfers
Back in June, Ripple, a provider of leading enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments, announced a major partnership with MoneyGram. As part of the partnership, Ripple took a $50 million stake in MoneyGram as part of the effort to let the money transfer company use the digital currency XRP as part of its day-to-day operations.
Today, Ripple has made the final $20 million investment in MoneyGram. The $20 million is the final investment that was part of the original $50 million equity investment commitment made earlier this year by Ripple. As part of the deal, Ripple purchased the newly-issued equity from MoneyGram at $4.10 per share, which represents a significant premium to MoneyGram’s current market price. This funding will support MoneyGram’s operations as the company continues to increase volume and use of On-Demand Liquidity, Ripple’s product that leverages the digital asset XRP to send money globally, instantly and reliably for fractions of a penny.
The deal also provides Ripple an unprecedented opportunity to make the case that its product called X-Rapid, which allows for the transfer of XRP, is superior for moving money across borders. RippleNet is currently being used by over 300 financial institutions. Ripple has long said that banks should use XRP as a form of bridge currency, rather than leaving money tied up as collateral in foreign accounts.
“Our partnership with Ripple is transformative for both the traditional money transfer and digital asset industry – for the first time ever, we’re settling currencies in seconds. This initial success encourages us to expedite expanding our use of On-Demand Liquidity,” said Alex Holmes, MoneyGram Chairman and CEO. “Partnerships with companies like Ripple support innovation and allow us to invest in creating better customer experiences. I anticipate furthering our growth into new corridors and exploring new products and services.”
MoneyGram is currently moving approximately 10 percent of its Mexican Peso foreign exchange trading volume through On-Demand Liquidity and has already started transacting in four additional cross-border corridors, including Europe, Australia and the Philippines since the partnership with Ripple was announced in June 2019.
“Last month, we announced that MoneyGram began using On-Demand Liquidity for payments to the Philippines, and we’re excited to support MoneyGram’s further expansion into Europe and Australia. Digital assets and blockchain technology have the potential to make a tremendous impact on cross-border payments – MoneyGram and Ripple is an example of that,” said Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s CEO. “In June, we announced this partnership, and it’s encouraging to see the rapid growth and benefits come to life.”
Earlier this year, Ripple made an initial investment of $30 million in MoneyGram equity at the same time that it signed the commercial agreement with MoneyGram for cross-border settlement using digital assets. After this most recent $20 million investment, Ripple will own 9.95 percent of the outstanding common stock of MoneyGram, and approximately 15 percent on a fully-diluted basis including non-voting warrants held by Ripple.