This Week in Fintech - Asia | 05th Nov, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 05th Nov, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 05th Nov, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  1. Total spending on credit cards users in-store increased 14% MoM to INR 77,267cr ($ 9.4bn) and online spending increased only 0.7% MoM to INR 45,287cr ($ 5.5bn). Total credit cards in circulation reduced marginally from 77.9mm in Aug, 2022 to 77.7mm in Sep, 2022.
  2. PayU India reported 50% YoY growth in consolidated revenue of INR 2,130cr ($ 26mm) for FY2022 (ended March, 2022) with net profit of INR 126cr ($ 15.2mm).
  3. RBI, India's central bank, announced that it will launch retail CBDC pilot around end of Nov.
  4. Xiaomi India shut down its financial services vertical.
  5. A report by Bain & Co. suggested that India will be a 50% non-cash payment economy by FY26.
  6. Kotak811, the digital banking arm of Kotak Bank, brought in a third of the private lender’s new customers last fiscal.
  7. Large lenders are finding it tough to sell of default retail loan accounts because of a recent guideline by RBI not differentiating between retail and corporate loans and expecting ARC's to have an Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) to decide on default settlement with retail borrowers.
  8. PhonePe claimed to have deployed 1mm SmartSpeakers and processed one billion transactions.
  9. MobiKwik's operating revenue grew 83% YoY to INR 526cr ($ 64mm) in FY22 (ending Mar 2022).
  10. Turtlemint's operating revenue grew 57% YoY to INR 99cr ($ 12mm) in FY22 (ending Mar 2022).
  11. Freecharge's, owned by Axis Bank, operating revenue grew 23% YoY to INR 287cr ($ 35mm) in FY22 (ending Mar 2022).

📝 Regulatory Updates

  1. RBI (central bank): Launched its first CBDC pilot for wholesale use cases.

🚀 Product Launches

  1. Zaggle, an employee benefits startup, launched a contactless RuPay card program.
  2. Happy, a business spend management startup, launched invoice processing and vendor payments.
  3. Chqbook, a small business banking startup, launched digital current account product.
  4. Paymate, a B2B payments startup, launched its product in Sri Lanka and Singapore.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. PayVeda, a rural payments startup, raised $11.5mm.
  2. Decentro, a banking infrastructure startup, raised $4.7mm.
  3. NeoGrowth, a small business lending company, raised $20m in debt.

Note: $1 = INR 82

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  1. Indonesia and Thailand implemented a cross-border QR payment linkage for consumers to scan the QR codes for products and services from either country.
  2. Bank BCA, an Indonesian bank, partnered with Avaloq, a Swiss company, to launch wealth management product.
  3. Igloo, an Indonesian insurance startup, launched a blockchain-based weather index insurance for Vietnamese rice farmers.
  4. Weavr, a London based banking infra startup, expanded to Singapore.
  5. Airwallex partnered with Atome to launch BNPL for Singaporean merchants.
  6. PasarPolis launched TAP Insure, a consumer app for insurance.
  7. Pundi X, a blockchain payments company, launched XPOS Web 3.0, . a point-of-sale machine which supports crypto payments made using third-party blockchain wallets.
  8. Standard Chartered launched a Payouts-as-a-Service offering that will let digital businesses manage one-to-many payments.
  9. Standard Chartered invested in Partior, the distributed ledger payments venture by DBS, Temasek and JPMorgan.

Major Updates from Singapore Fintech Fest

  1. DBS Bank claimed it tested blockchain DeFi protocols for forex, bond transactions.
  2. MAS, Singapore's central bank, committed to investing SGD 150mm over the next three years to develop Singapore's financial sector.
  3. Wise received a Capital Market Services license from MAS to launch investment products.
  4. Circle Internet Financial, the issuer of stablecoins USD Coin and Euro Coin, secured in-principle approval for a major payments institution license from the MAS.
  5. DBS Bank launched Singapore’s first "programmable money" live pilot for government vouchers.
  6. MAS announced integration of insurance policies with the Singaporean FinDex allowing individuals to digitally access and aggregate information on their life, accident and health insurance policies.
  7. Singapore, France and Switzerland are collaborating on launching a wholesale CBDC project along with the Bank for International Settlements.
  8. BigPay, a Malaysian challenger bank owned by AirAsia, launched its crypto top-up feature without any hidden fees.
  9. ANEXT Bank, Singapore’s digital wholesale bank owned by Ant Group, launched an embedded finance platform for SMEs.
  10. StraitsX, Fazz, and Grab announced they will be testing the issuance of Purpose Bound Money (PBM) in the form of commercial digital vouchers.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Arta Finance, a wealth management startup, raised $90mm.
  2. Skuad, an Indonesian HR platform for distributed teams, raised $15mm.
  3. PasarMIKRO, an Indonesian fintech for agri commodities, raised $2.5mm.

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