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Citi Uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning In Launch Of Citi® Smart Match

Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions has entered into astrategic partnership with HighRadius Corporation, a software company specializing in cloud-based integrated receivables to launch Citi® Smart Match. This collaboration comes following strategic investment in HighRadius Citi’s venture capital arm Citi Ventures announced in February.

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Leveraging HighRadius’ proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology in combination with Citi’s own proprietary assets, the Citi Smart Match solution will dramatically increase the efficiency and automation of the cash application process of matching open invoices to payments received for Citi’s corporate clients.
 
The Fintech/Banking Trend
The strategic investment from Citi Ventures in February and subsequent collaboration being announced this week reflects a broader a trend and a massive wave of investment in Fintech among US banks today. According to a CB Insights report published this past February, “since 2012, the top 10 US banks by total assets have participated in 81 deals to fintech startups, totaling nearly $4.1B in disclosed funding.” 
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Citi Partners with Fintech HighRadius to Launch Citi® Smart Match

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NEW YORK, NY – Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with HighRadius Corporation, a software company specializing in cloud-based integrated receivables to launch Citi® Smart Match. Leveraging HighRadius’ proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology along with its own proprietary assets, Citi will dramatically increase the efficiency and automation of the cash application process of matching open invoices to payments received for its corporate clients. This partnership follows a strategic investment made by Citi Ventures in HighRadius earlier this year.

“Our partnership with HighRadius demonstrates our continued engagement with fintechs and the commitment to being the best for our clients. By joining forces with fintechs like HighRadius, we can rapidly advance the use of new-age technologies across our global footprint and develop solutions such as Citi® Smart Match, to provide tangible value to our clients’ business”, said Manish Kohli, Global Head of Payments and Receivables, Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions.

Citi® Smart Match can help clients enhance straight-through-reconciliation rates by bringing together disparate pieces of payment data and applying AI and ML enabled business logic to match payments received with expected receipts in a more efficient manner.

Corporations often experience delays in applying cash due to the difficulty in obtaining the remittance information required to reconcile invoices. Cash application can also be hindered by inconsistent payer behavior and payment mechanisms used. Many clients facing these challenges are seeking innovative solutions to:

Automate manually intensive processes thereby reducing costs

Decrease days-sales-outstanding (DSO), optimizing working capital; and

Manage exceptions quickly, increasing operational efficiency

Citi’s investment in its core transaction banking infrastructure coupled with its on-the-ground presence in over 90 countries allows clients to manage their treasury operations from a single point of interaction, with global consistency. The strength of Citi’s network is demonstrated through its extensive solution offering, including Payer ID and Direct Debit capabilities, which both facilitate automated reconciliation. The addition of AI and ML to Citi’s receivables reconciliation solution suite offers a compelling proposition, allowing Citi to better serve its multinational clients across the globe.

“HighRadius is thrilled to have Citi as both a partner and an investor,” said Sashi Narahari, Founder and CEO of HighRadius. “We recently announced an investment from Citi and today we have further extended that relationship. Leveraging Citi’s extensive global network and capabilities, HighRadius will be able to offer an enhanced proposition to multinational corporations.”

Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) enables our clients’ success by providing an integrated suite of innovative and tailored cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations across the globe. Based on the foundation of the industry’s largest proprietary network with banking licenses in over 90 countries and globally integrated technology platforms, TTS continues to lead the way in offering the industry’s most comprehensive range of digitally enabled treasury, trade and liquidity management solutions.