By Lananh Nguyen and Siddharth Cavale
(Reuters) -One, a fintech company backed by Walmart Inc, will introduce checking accounts to thousands of Walmart employees and a small percentage of its online customers for beta testing in the coming weeks, two people familiar with the matter said.
The fintech aims to make the accounts available to Walmart's 1.6 million employees within a year before rolling out services more broadly, the people said. It also hopes to expand its offerings to loans and investments.
Bloomberg News earlier reported https://bloom.bg/3daW7YG on the plans. Walmart declined to comment.
Omer Ismail, One's chief executive officer, joined the company last year after almost two decades at Goldman Sachs and leading the Wall Street giant's consumer-banking business, Marcus.
One's banking services are underpinned by Coastal Community Bank, which holds its banking charter. One is majority-owned by Walmart, but operates independently of the retail giant.
The fintech startup was formed after an investment from Ribbit Capital in January last year. Now One employs over 200 employees and is capitalized with more than $250 million on its balance sheet to fund future growth, which includes creating an app that will be integrated into Walmart's in-store and digital channels, according to its website https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2022/01/26/hazel-announces-definitive-merger-agreements-with-even-and-one-to-build-a-business-that-empowers-consumers-to-improve-their-financial-lives.Walmart's shares were up 0.7% in morning trading on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru and Siddharth Cavale and Lananh Nguyen in New York; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and David Evans)