MENA’s BNPL platform Tabby raises $58 million to expand its product line and grow operations


MENA’s BNPL platform  Tabby, has raised $58 million in a Series C round from Sequoia Capital India, STV and PayPal Ventures, Mubadala Investment Capital, Arbor Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst, valuing the company at $660 million. The round also marks PayPal’s Ventures first investment in a GCC startup.

The fundraise will be used to expand Tabby’s product line into next-gen consumer financial services and support the company’s growing operations. This round makes Tabby one of the most valuable startups in Mena and the first in the GCC to receive funding from PayPal Ventures.

Hosam Arab, CEO and co-founder of Tabby, said: “With rising interest rates and growing inflation, it has never been more important for people to have access to payment flexibility to stay in control of their finances. Despite downward pressure on fintech valuations, our business continues to sustainably scale as we lead the generational shift towards fair and transparent financial products in Mena.”

He added: “We’re excited to grow with an incredible set of investors who believe in the opportunity to create a healthier relationship with money for consumers in a region that’s ripe for change.”

Founded in 2019 by Hosam Arab, Tabby is a fintech startup that offers users a buy now pay later (BNPL) facility for shopping online and offline.

The company works with over 10,000 brands including 9 out of the 10 largest retail groups in Mena, and more recently launched with noon, the region’s largest e-commerce marketplace. Last year, Tabby crossed three million active shoppers, expanded its operations to Egypt and grew 5x in revenue over the previous year.

GV Ravishankar, MD, Sequoia India, said: “We are excited to see Tabby grow into a leading consumer focused fintech company for the region. Over the next few years, it has the opportunity to offer several innovative products to its consumers to improve access while creating more affordability. The team has done this with continued focus on good credit quality and strong economics.”

Ihsan Jawad, Partner at STV said: “We are pleased to be doubling-down on our partnership with Hosam, Daniil and the team on their growth journey across the region.”

Among its other milestones, the fintech company has issued over 150,000 Tabby Cards only six months after launching its cards programme with in-store sales now making up over 10 per cent of the company’s volumes.