Global Merchant Fund has acquired Bibby Financial Services North American (NAM) operation.

The deal advances GMF’s long term growth strategy to expand its specialty finance business through the acquisition of companies and portfolios that fit its growth model. Bibby NAM, which provides invoice discounting through factoring and asset-backed lending, fits well within that strategy.

Since 2017, GMF has completed the acquisition of four specialty lenders, including Gerber Finance (based out of NY), Paragon Financial Group (based out of Florida), Accutrac Capital (based out of Canada) and eCapital (based out of California).

Bibby NAM entered the North American market in 2001, first opening an office in Florida. Today, Bibby NAM has more than 100 employees based across six cities in the U.S. and Canada, supporting 900 small and medium sized businesses.

“Bibby NAM, as is its UK parent, is a well-recognized firm that has been active in the invoice discounting through factoring space for years. We see great synergies between Bibby NAM and our other operating businesses. We intend to capitalize on those synergies. In addition to the industries we serve, the geography we cover, and the services we provide, we share a common interest in building lasting relationships with our clients by providing flexible financing solutions. Bibby NAM’s clients should expect to continue to be served with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. We intend to further improve their experience as we deploy our technology and knowhow post-closing,” said Steve McDonald, GMF president.

“Since first launching in North America in 2001, we have built a strong business with excellent client service levels, and one which provides vital support for small and medium sized companies in the U.S. and Canada. Following a strategic review, we have decided to focus and invest in other markets. The sale of our North American business to GMF represents good value for both parties,” said David Postings, global chief executive of BFS.

Global Merchant offers alternative financial solutions primarily catered towards middle-market companies located in the U.S. and Canada through asset-based lending, factoring and supply chain financing