Digital payment platforms found a new footing in the past year with the pandemic cutting off methods of transactions. The influx of new users boosted several new companies and the capital coming in from traditional investors and VC’s. Pine Labs Pvt was the latest company to enjoy this surge, closing a $600 million fundraising with Fidelity Management & Research Company and BlackRock Inc. According to inside sources, the company makes money by charging micro-fees per transaction.
The Indian payment service organization led by chief executive Amrish Rau is currently valued at $3 billion after an investment round advised by Newberger Berman Group LLC, India-based IIFL Finance Ltd and Kotak Funds. Rau claimed that the users appeal Pine generated in its launch countries was inspiration enough to push for global adoption. He added:
“It is a product from India that’s succeeded in Malaysia and Singapore and is entering Indonesia and Thailand. We’ve got a good, Ebitda-positive story as we plan our IPO in the next 18 months. A growing number of merchants in Asia want to create faster and more interesting checkout experiences. They want solutions that help them compete with large online companies.”
Pine Labs offers multiple digital solutions for customers in the realms of transactions and reconciliation. The “pay later” feature covers more than 100 million customers with their finances and holdings. The digital platform’s client list includes Apple, Starbucks Corporation, Temasek, and McDonald’s. Fintech’s impact on the South Asian market has been evident in the last couple of months with regions like India and China taking the lead on developments. India’s fintech market boom was enough to make it grow at a whopping annual rate of 50 percent.
Fintech solutions have been gaining massive traction all over the world and their adoption in countries where digital assets were banned earlier is a good sign. Pine Labs’ foray into the South Asian and later, global market, was enough to let it start looking at more developments. The organization also acquired pay-and-save application Fave in April to build on its transactional foundation.