Latitude and Humm's broken BNPL deal
Latitude Financial, a lending and insurance startup in Australia, agreed to terminate its A$335 million deal to buy Humm Group's buy-now-pay-later business.
Why it matters: The broken tie-up won't be the only example of a deal done in better market conditions that ended up doomed.
Background: Latitude offered to buy Humm's unit in mostly stock back in January. But that was when shares of Latitude and Humm were trading about 30% and 51% higher, respectively.
- Still, Humm's board urged shareholders to take the deal. Humm's business swung to unprofitable in recent months, per the Australian Financial Review.
Of note: Investors have soured on lending businesses in particular, including "buy now, pay later" players. Many worry that, after reaching sky-high valuations last year, lending companies may not be able to live up to the hype in a rising interest rates environment.
Thought bubble: In today's market, BNPL is looking more like it stands for buy-not-pray-lots.