- Splitit is a fintech company founded by Israeli entrepreneurs Gil Don and Alon Feit in 2009. The platform was initially created to allow consumers to use existing credit to make BNPL purchases.
- Splitit relies on transaction fees to make money, with the exact fee depending on how and when the merchant chooses to be paid.
- Splitit does not charge consumers for late or missed payments. Nor does it charge interest on purchases. Instead, the company relies on transaction value and mass consumer uptake to make money.
Splitit is a fintech company founded by Israeli entrepreneurs Gil Don and Alon Feit in 2009.
Don and Feit used their extensive experience in finance and information technology to create a somewhat unique platform in the buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) space. The pair envisioned Splitit to be a service enabling consumers to use their existing credit to break a purchase into smaller, interest-free purchases.
To that end, they filed a patent for “a system and method for facilitating credit transactions, which may allow for the division of a given purchase or cash-withdrawal transaction amount, into periodical installments by enabling the financing of said transaction.”
After five years of hard graft, Splitit was launched as PayItSimple in the United States in 2015. The launch coincided with the company moving its headquarters from Tel Aviv to New York City. At the time, very few companies in North America were offering similar services.
In May 2015, the company secured a $10 million round of funding. PayItSimple then expanded into the British market and rebranded as Splitit two months later. In 2018, the platform added debit card payments and became integrated with platforms such as Magento and Salesforce. Emulating the path of many other BNPL players, the company held a $12 million IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 2019.
Since 2019, Splitit has expanded rapidly as larger competitors such as PayPal look to establish themselves in the BNPL market. The company secured millions in successive rounds of funding and established additional presences in Japan and the Middle East, among other initiatives.
In March 2021, the company announced that annualized merchant sales volume grew to $345 million – a 180% year-over-year increase.
Splitit revenue generation
Splitit’s primary source of revenue is transaction fees, which are paid by the merchant when a customer selects Splitit as a payment option either online or in-store.
Transactions fees vary according to how quickly the merchant wants to receive their money and the country they operate in.
Generally speaking, there are two transaction fee structures:
- Standard – where the merchant is paid as the consumer pays their monthly installments. The transaction fee is 1.5% plus $1.50 per installment.
- Funded – where the merchant receives the full amount of the purchase up front. Here, the transaction fee is 3% plus $1.00 per installment.
In addition to offering credit as a BNPL option, Splitit differentiates itself from other providers by not charging fees to consumers for late or missed payments. What’s more, Splitit does not charge interest on purchases.
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