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LIC is launching a fintech arm; Central Banks in SEA get active | TWIF 02-12-2023

LIC is launching a fintech arm; Central Banks in SEA get active | TWIF 02-12-2023

Hi fintech friends, I'm Osborne, Principal at EMVC!

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🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  1. PayU's payments business reported $ 211mm (+15% YoY) in revenue during the period H1 FY24 (Apr-Sep, 2023). During the same period, it's lending business reported $43mm in revenue with a loan book of $338mm and disbursals of $362mm.
  2. BharatPe announced generating revenue of INR 1,500cr ($183mm) and that it has turned EBITDA profitable in the month of Oct, 2023. It facilitated INR 640cr ($78mm) of loans to its merchants.
  3. Private general insurance companies accounted for 53.6% market share.
  4. LIC is expected to launch a fintech arm under it's new project, Project DIVE (Digital Innovation and Value Enhancement).
  5. According to RBI personal loans growth decelerated to 18.0% (YoY) in October 2023 (20.5% a year ago), due to moderation in credit growth to housing.
  6. XoxoDay, an employee rewards management startup, reported INR 816cr ($100mm) in revenue (+20% YoY).
  7. Clear, a small business accounting startup, reported INR 109cr ($13.3mm) in revenue (+85% YoY).

🚀 Product Launches

  1. PineLabs launched Credit+, a credit issuing infrastructure platform.
  2. BharatPe launched BharatPe Money, a new vertical for small business lending.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. PhiCommerce, a payments startup, raised $10mm.
  2. UC Inclusive Credit, a small business lending company, raised $8mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  1. HSBC launched HSBC Innovation Banking in Hong Kong offering startup banking products.
  2. YouTrip, a Singaporean travel payments startup, is reportedly on track to process $ 10bn in payments in 2023 (+3x YoY).
  3. Seedly, a MoneyHero group company in Singapore, launched a travel insurance product.
  4. According to a report, between 2018 to 2022, Islamic Banking assets grew from $1.8tn to $2.8tn and is expected to grow to $4tn by 2026.
  5. OJK, Indonesia's financial regulator, released a roadmap to improve Islamic Banking in the country.
  6. Standard Chartered Bank partnered with Visa to launch BNPL products in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
  7. MAS, Singapore's central bank, released a notification for Digital Payment Token service providers to cease accepting locally issued credit card payments to purchase cryptocurrencies.
  8. GXBank, Grab's Malaysian digital bank, launched its digital banking account for the general public.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Wind.app, a Singaporean Web3 cross border payments startup, raised $3.8mm.
  2. Drutoloan, a Bangladeshi small business credit startup, raised $125K.
  3. Funding Societies raised $7.5mm in debt.

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