ThinkSmart is a specialist digital payments platform business with a shareholding in NYSE-listed Block, Inc (NYSE: SQ) (“Block”) and operations within retail consumer and business finance.


ThinkSmart is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”) of the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) under the ticker TSL.


ThinkSmart has two areas of focus, aimed at delivering significant shareholder value and returns via:

A shareholding within NYSE-listed Block, Inc
ThinkSmart holds 618,750 shares in Block, the NYSE-listed global technology and payments group that, through its subsidiaries, is providing economic empowerment by creating the tools to help expand access to the economy.
ThinkSmart has a rich heritage in delivering value via strategic investments and initiatives:

    • From commencement in July 2017, fully launches Clearpay in March 2018, a new ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ payments proposition and platform which it had developed
    • August 2018: Disposes of a 90% stake in Clearpay to then Australian-listed Afterpay, retaining a 10% shareholding. Put / call options for the remaining 10% holding are built within the Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”)
    • August 2021: Afterpay agrees an all-share transaction by Square, Inc (since re-named to Block, Inc) valuing it at AU$39 billion. Completion of transaction would enable Afterpay to trigger its call option early
    • December 2021: ThinkSmart successfully negotiates for the disposal of its 10% stake in Clearpay to Afterpay in exchange for 1,650,000 shares in Afterpay. This valued ThinkSmart’s holding at £73.4m
    • January 2022: ThinkSmart shareholders overwhelmingly approve the transaction
    • February 2022: Block / Afterpay transaction completes, and ThinkSmart’s Afterpay shareholding is exchanged for 618,750 shares in Block
    • March 2022: as at 7 March 2022, ThinkSmart’s shareholding in Block was valued at £46.1m (based on Block closing share on 7 March 2022 of US$97.51 and 1.31 USD: 1 GBP)

Investment in technology, expertise in UK retail consumer payments and finance
ThinkSmart’s technology-led approach and retail sector expertise has yielded a proprietary, highly robust origination and credit decision engine, SmartCheck, which powered its point-of-sale lease finance payments solutions.
ThinkSmart also operates legacy retail consumer and business finance offerings, which have been in well-documented managed wind-down, together with the provision of an outsourced call centre customer support service for Clearpay. ThinkSmart ceased writing any new business in February 2021 relating to its retail consumer and business finance offerings, and is managing the wind-down by adjusting the cost base accordingly. This continues to yield net positive cash flows and ThinkSmart therefore expects its cash reserves to continue to build.
The Board of ThinkSmart believes that there is significant potential for future value accretion via its holding in Block. ThinkSmart will continue to primarily focus its strategy on the delivery of shareholder value via managing its holding in Block (as it did with Clearpay), while supplementing this with cash generated from the successful execution of the managed wind down of its operational activities and provision of the Clearpay call centre outsourced services.
Background to ThinkSmart
ThinkSmart was founded in Australia in 1996 and commenced operations in the UK in 2003. Following the sale of its Australian and New Zealand operations in early 2014, ThinkSmart’s primary trading operation has been within the UK.
The company is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.