Fintech venture KreditBee pulls in $80 mn as part of a larger Series D round

 Fintech venture KreditBee pulls in $80 mn as part of a larger Series D round

Fintech startup KreditBee said Friday it has secured $80 million (Rs 652 crore) as part of its ongoing Series D round from existing investors PremjiInvest, Motilal Oswal Alternates, TPG-backed NewQuest Capital Partners and Mirae Asset Ventures with participation from Japan’s MUFG Bank.

The venture, co-founded by Madhusudan Ekambaram, Vivek Veda and Karthikeyan Krishnaswamy, will use the money to diversify its product portfolio and strengthen its tech stack enabling it to cater to more than 400 million users on its platform.

The startup is looking to expand its product portfolio by introducing financial services such as insurance, credit score report, and merchant-side offers. It is also aiming to cross an asset under management of more than $1 billion over the next 2-3 quarters.

The startup runs a tech platform which originates loans for its non-banking company company (NBFC) unit KrazyBee Services Pvt Ltd. The company offers unsecured personal loans to young professionals, with ticket size varying from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3 lakh with average tenure of around five months and average annual percentage rate of around 42%. Prior to FY19, the company offered loans to students with a tenure of up to two years.

The tech platform earns revenue by way of processing fees from borrowers, along with commission income from partner lenders, and gives first loss default guarantee (FLDG) of 5-10% to partner vendors.

Since inception, the group had raised equity of Rs 630.94 crore in primary infusion and an additional over Rs 700 crore in secondary share sale. With the latest infusion, this has got pushed up.

Vivek Sinha

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