bunq sets its eyes on UK as it reports first full year of profitability

bunq reports €53.1 million in net profit in 2023, becoming Europe’s second most profitable neobank.

bunq, the second largest neobank in Europe, reports a net profit of €53.1 million in 2023. A testament to bunq’s sustainable business model proven to yield record profits throughout 2023, the challenger will direct its net profit to propel its global expansion strategy.

In pursuit to step outside the European Union, bunq has now submitted its application for an E-Money Institution (EMI) license in the UK, which will allow bunq to tap into a large market that includes an estimated 2.8 million British digital nomads. Fully licensed in all of the EU and awaiting a banking permit in the US, bunq continues to serve its UK users acquired before Brexit under relevant regimes. It’s now poised to re-plant its flag and once again let its UK users open a local payment account in just 5 minutes.

Ali Niknam, founder and CEO of bunq:

The UK is home to the second-highest number of digital nomads globally, so naturally, we want to be there. We want to truly make their life easy, that’s why we’re excited to reintroduce bunq to the Brits and enable them to bank like a local all across Europe.

Among the first neobanks globally to achieve structural profitability in a highly competitive market, bunq has now reached its first full year of bottom-line profitability. This comes as bunq continues to build momentum globally, with the neobank’s user base reaching 11 million at the end of last year. The challenger’s proven business model, rapidly growing deposits and established technology platform underscore bunq’s belief in its expansion in the UK and across the globe.

In the last quarter of 2023, bunq’s gross fee income grew by 20%, compared to the last quarter of 2022, and user deposits grew almost fourfold, from €1.8 billion to almost €7 billion at the end of 2023. Gross interest income in the last quarter of 2023 grew by 488%, compared to the same period in 2022.

The news follows bunq’s recent announcement on launching Finn, bunq’s Generative AI platform, that since launch already helped bunq users address nearly half a million queries on budgeting, transactions, and more.

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