Revolut, the digital banking challenger, has today announced that it has signed up 1m customers across Europe and saved consumers over £120m in hidden fees as the innovative fintech continues to disrupt traditional banking.
Over half of Revolut’s 1m user base currently reside in the UK, with more than 150,000 users based in France, 60,000 in the Baltics and over 50,000 in countries such as Germany and Ireland. Revolut has also revealed that over 42 percent of its users are aged 25-35, a clear indication that traditional banks are no longer meeting the needs of younger, tech savvy generations.
The news underlines Revolut’s astounding success across Europe, despite the claims from many within traditional financial services who claim that fintech is a bubble waiting to burst. Many of the traditional banks are still lumbering under outdated systems that are struggling to compete with innovative, agile and disruptive banking.
More impressively, Revolut has also revealed data showing they have saved their users over £120m in foreign exchange fees to date, with savings primarily coming from card payments abroad, global money transfers and international ATM withdrawals.
Nikolay Storonsky, Founder & CEO of Revolut said:
“Whilst our organic growth has been exceptional, we still have a long way to go. To boost growth across Europe, we have launched local teams across key European markets to enhance our brand awareness and we’re pressing ahead with global expansion, with the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand all planned for early 2018.”
“It’s incredibly positive to see how fast our total transaction volume is growing also. This is a clear indication that many of our users now consider Revolut as their primary current account and daily spending card. It’s equally important to highlight how much money we keep in the pockets of consumers, providing a real alternative to traditional banks and extortionate fees.”
Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures said:
“Traditional banks spend hundreds of dollars to acquire each customer. Revolut has managed to reach one million card holders purely through word of mouth. Revolut’s growth is a reflection of the team’s ability to create a financial product that people want to use every day, because it is easy, instant and free.”
The widespread appeal of features such as device insurance, instant credit, personal IBANs, Premium accounts and Business accounts have boosted growth, while support for cryptocurrencies, Apple Pay, Android Pay, pay-per-day travel insurance and stocks and bonds investments will be available shortly following huge demand from the Revolut community.
The news follows Revolut’s recent application for a European Banking Licence, expected to be in place by early 2018, enabling them to offer credit and deposit services across Europe. Revolut is planning to expand into North America in early 2018, followed by launches in Australia, Asia and the Middle East in the near future, bringing the same great banking experience to even more global users.