Innoviti Raises Rs. 120 Crores (~US$ 18 Million) to Grow its Payments and Lending Businesses
12 July 2017
- Current round of Series B funding led by the Singapore-based SBI FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund (the ‘SBI-FMO Fund’ jointly setup by SBI Holdings Group of Japan and FMO of Netherlands), Bessemer Venture Partners and existing investor Catamaran
- US$ 5 Million was previously raised in Series A in June 2015. Funds were used for a) rearchitecting the flagship uniPAY payments platform in to a full-fledged enterprise grade product – uniPAY Next and b) extending the platform to offer lending solutions to small businesses under the brand smelending.com
- The new uniPAY Next platform’s superior performance has driven rapid market acceptance with Innoviti today processing more than US$ 3 Billion in B2C transactions across 50,000+ POS terminals. Innoviti grew 100% in transaction processing volumes last year against the national average of 55%. Volume processed per terminal in Innoviti’s portfolio is 1.7X of India’s national average – a demonstration of the superior quality of the solution
- Innoviti’s smelending.com small business lending platform processes more than 150,000+ loans from 30,000+ SMEs every year, with over $500 Million of loans disbursed till date
- The current Series B funding will be used to a) continue the rapid market expansion for the uniPAY Next platform and b) expand the smelending.com product to target payment and lending to more businesses right across the supply chain.
Leading payments company, Innoviti Payment Solutions today announced financing of Rs. 120 Crores (~ USD 18 Million) to further its vision of digitally organizing the flow of money for businesses across the retail supply chain. The current round was led by the SBI-FMO Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners and existing investor Catamaran. Masterkey Holdings, Bangalore were the exclusive investment bankers to the deal.
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Less than 10% of India’s retail payments are currently digital, creating a market opportunity of more than $500 Billion annually. Similarly, the shortfall in supply of funds to SMEs is estimated in excess of $300 Billion and is difficult to solve in the absence of technology-based solutions. Further, the Indian market requires a differentiated approach to product design given the communication infrastructure challenges and low levels of awareness about digital technologies. Innoviti has focused on an experience-centric approach to solving these problems through its uniPAY Next and smelending.com platforms. Deep technology has been used to build solutions that work within existing infrastructure constraints to deliver payment processing reliability of more than 96% vs. the industry average at 80%. Enhanced reliability builds confidence in digital payments with both the consumer and the merchant. Transaction processing time has been brought down to an average of 2 seconds (vs. industry averages at 7 seconds), thus delivering a superior experience to the customer.
Over the past twelve months Innoviti has also been extending the platform to provide lending solutions for small businesses. Branded as smelending.com, this platform extension provides a frictionless process for addressing the short-term working capital requirements of small businesses. Using technology to automate all aspects of the lending process, the platform enables loans as small as Rs. 30,000 (US$500) for periods as short as 15 days. Designed as an asset-light platform, smelending.com connects lenders to small businesses and processes more than 150,000 loans annually for over 30,000 such small businesses.
On the payment processing side, Innoviti has several recent firsts to its credit. These include a) the launch of faster contactless card acceptance for the first time in multiplexes, b) launch of UPI acceptance in offline retail through its UPI@POS solution in collaboration with NPCI, and c) launch of automated acquirer fallback feature to provide greater payment processing reliability to merchants struggling with store and bank network failures.
The current round of funding will be used to a) aggressively market the uniPAY Next experience to acquire customers looking for greater speed and reliability in their payment acceptance, b) rapid expansion of smelending.com platform to provide working capital loans to kirana stores and brand franchisees, and c) expand the product to address payment and lending issues beyond just retail to more businesses across the supply chain.
Innoviti’s payment platforms serve a marquee client base of merchants including Reliance Retail, Titan, Landmark Group, INOX, Indigo, Walmart and several others. Leading banks such as HDFC, ICICI, Axis, SBI, Standard Chartered, Kotak and Citibank use the platform to access customers for processing their payments and distributing to them loans.
“A rapidly growing Indian economy with fledgling infrastructure needs a different approach for the delivery of payment solutions. An approach that first focusses on making every transaction happen, and happen fast. Innoviti with its extensive experience and relationships in the payments space has embarked on the journey of delivering to this simple promise of speed and reliability in payments. The current funding from marquee investors is a huge endorsement of our approach and business plan. We believe that our platform is a game changer and are eager to utilize this round of funding to rapidly scale our presence,” said Mr. Rajeev Agrawal, CEO, Innoviti.
“Catamaran’s choice to partner with Innoviti because of the company’s innovative approach to credit distribution built on top of a robust payments platform continues to yield positive results. Over the years, Rajeev has proven that he is a great custodian of capital and has demonstrated perseverance, commitment, flexibility and drive through an important phase of his business. He is an entrepreneur with a solid reputation across the ecosystem and has leveraged his strengths to build confidence and traction across marquee customers and partners alike. With a strong foundation and a well-capitalized balance sheet, Innoviti is well poised to strengthen its market position in what continues to be a receptive ecosystem for well-designed digital payment and lending solutions,” said Mr. Abishek Laxminarayan, Director, Catamaran.
“We are excited to partner with Innoviti as we jointly build the leading digital payments platform in India. Innoviti is a company focused on developing unique solutions for the Indian payments context and we like companies with the ability to create IP. We believe these solutions will also be valuable to other countries in Asia and we will work with Innoviti to extend our network in this region to them. We also look forward to working with our co-investors Bessemer and Catamaran,” said Mr. Suramya Gupta, Fund Manager, the SBI-FMO Fund
“We like Innoviti’s vision of organizing the flow of money across the supply chain. It is large and very relevant to India as it is emerging now. We believe this vision, coupled with Innoviti’s superior technology, will drive them to leadership in the payment ecosystem,” said Mr. Vishal Gupta, Managing Director, Bessemer Venture Partners.
About Innoviti Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India.
Innoviti Payment Solutions runs a payment platform that has a unique ability to add intelligence to traditional payment channels, enhancing their value. Merchants, brands and financial service providers use these intelligent payment channels to reduce cost and drive sales of their products. Innoviti processes over Rs. 40,000 Cr. of payment transactions, about 6% of all offline merchant payment transactions in India. This also includes Rs. 1.500 Cr. of transactions involving distribution of loans to consumers and small businesses. The most capital efficient company in this space, Innoviti processes more volume for every $ raised than any other payments company. The company is backed by marquee investors such as Catamaran Ventures, SBI Venture Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners.
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About Catamaran, Bangalore, India
Catamaran is an evergreen domestic investment firm with interests in VC/PE, joint venture partnerships and public market investing.
We invest in a few selected talented entrepreneurs and investors each year. Our portfolio spans FMCG, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, education, medical devices, media and other sectors. We are active across stages: seed/angel, expansion, and public market investing. Across all our investments, we are a fundamental long-term oriented investor looking for teams with strong values addressing large opportunities in a differentiated and capital-efficient way. We have a preference for companies that are altering the fundamental fabric of life in India, or earning greater respect for our country overseas.
About the SBI-FMO Fund
The SBI-FMO Fund is a Private Equity fund based in Singapore which invests in FinTech and financial services companies across Emerging Asia. The Fund has been setup by two global institutions – The SBI Holdings Group (http://www.sbigroup.co.jp/english/), a leading Internet-based financial services conglomerate in Japan that was spun-out from SoftBank, and FMO (https://www.fmo.nl/), the Dutch development bank. The SBI Holdings Group is the leading FinTech conglomerate in Japan and one of the best performing Japanese Private Equity/Venture Capital Asset Managers with an AUM in excess of USD 5 Billion. FMO is one of the world’s largest Development Finance Institutions. The SBI-FMO Fund leverages the joint strengths of both its sponsors to help companies benefit from the Fund’s global networks.
About Bessemer Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is a $4B venture capital firm that funds consumer, enterprise and healthcare startups around the world, from seed stage to growth. BVP funded the early stages of Blue Apron, Pinterest, Skype, Bigbasket, Swiggy, Motilal Oswal, Shriram City Union Finance, Home First Finance and Twitch and helped build 117 IPOs including Twilio, Yelp, LinkedIn, Shopify, MindBody and Wix. Follow us @BessemerVP.
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