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                        CRIF Signs Agreement to Acquire Strands

                        March 30, 2020

                        BOLOGNA (ITALY) AND BARCELONA (SPAIN) MARCH, 30 2020

                        CRIF signs agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Strands Inc. to create a worldwide digital solutions provider for open banking business

                        CRIF announces an agreement to acquire the total shareholding of Strands, a FinTech company specialized in advanced digital banking solutions. The closing of the deal is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

                        Strands, based in the US, is one of the top global providers of AI-driven Business and Personal Financial Management with offices in Spain, Asia and South America.

                        Experts in Big Data, A.I. and Machine Learning since 2004, Strands creates highly-customizable digital money management software (BFM, PFM and more) for top-tier financial institutions worldwide, and empowers people to be smarter with their money. Moreover, Strands has carried out more than 700 implementations to date globally.

                        Already partners for financial management solutions, both companies have invested in advanced Open Banking and Digital Economy solutions.

                        The combination between Strands and CRIF will create a strong worldwide digital solutions provider in access to account, account aggregation, and AI-powered BFM and PFM solutions, with new synergies in terms of expertise, solutions and offerings. It will allow further development of an ecosystem of innovative and end-to-end open banking solutions for banks and financial institutions, helping them to evolve their offerings and to boost their business through digital channels, with a constant focus on sustainability and customer needs.

                        “Strands is trusted by more than 700 financial institutions and over 100 million banking consumers as a key part of the financial ecosystem, and together with CRIF can support the rapid growth of digital banking services. Strands' mission is to enable banks to anticipate customer needs and proactively suggest next-best-actions, and we are excited about this opportunity to continue delivering on that promise”, said Erik Brieva, CEO of Strands.

                        “We are happy to announce the agreement for the acquisition of Strands that will allow CRIF to create a worldwide digital solutions provider for open banking. Through this deal, CRIF will combine its market knowledge and expertise with an innovative and well positioned Fintech player, creating synergies that will help our global clients to keep on growing and innovating through their digital transformation journey”, commented Carlo Gherardi, Chairman of CRIF.

                         

                        About Strands

                        Strands is a FinTech software company which develops AI-driven solutions for banks and financial institutions to help increase customer engagement and generate new revenue through digital channels.

                        With the mission of improving the bank-client relationship, Strands draws on its more than 15 years’ experience in Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, developing highly-personalized digital money management solutions that empower people and SMEs to better manage their lives and business, and make smarter financial decisions.

                        Founded in Corvallis (Oregon, US) and Barcelona (Spain) in 2004, Strands has a strong presence in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, and has collaborated on more than 700 digital banking implementations worldwide. For more information: www.strands.com

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