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BharatPe acquires 51% stake in Trillion Loans
New Delhi, May 04, 2023: BharatPe Group, India’s leading name in fintech, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Trillion Loans, a renowned NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company) based out of Mumbai. The deal was completed in the month of April. This acquisition is in line with BharatPe Group’s vision to be at the forefront of addressing the credit gap for millions of businesses and consumers in the country. BharatPe shared that Ravindra Pandey, Nalin Negi and Sabyasachi Senapati have been appointed on the Board of Trillion Loans.
Trillion Loans will operate as an independent entity with its own team under the supervision of the Board. It will explore partnerships with other fintech firms and other companies to enable credit across a diverse set of businesses and consumers. BharatPe has also infused a substantial amount of investment into Trillion Loans to enable the NBFC to grow its loan book.
Trillion Loans is a fast-growing NBFC that offers a range of secured and unsecured loans to SMEs, including small business loans as well as working capital loans. Additionally, the company also offers a range of products for consumers, such as auto, gold, and education loans.
Commenting on the acquisition, Shashvat Nakrani, Founder and COO, BharatPe said, “We had launched our merchant lending vertical in 2019 and it has grown exponentially over the course of the last 3+ years. Today, we facilitate loans of over Rs. 500 crores every month to our merchant partners. Providing access to credit to our merchant partners is key to our business model, and this acquisition will further propel our growth and accelerate our journey to profitability. Acquiring controlling stake in Trillion Loans is aligned to the BharatPe Group’s larger purpose and will enable us to facilitate access to capital to a wider set of underserved and unbanked businesses as well as customers. Trillion Loans will work independently and will be technology-driven NBFC. It will be open to partner with other fintechs and startups, so as to offer their customers a quick and streamlined experience. BharatPe values its existing partnerships with NBFCs and financial institutions and this acquisition will have no impact on these relationships.”
Added Shashvat, “BharatPe will bring in the product and technology capabilities that will further empower Trillion Loans to launch new and path-breaking digital lending products that will cater to a diverse set of business owners and customers. I believe that there is a huge opportunity for Trillion Loans to further grow and address the close to US$ 380 billion MSME credit gap as well as meet the diverse consumer credit demand in the country that has the largest youth population in the world. I would like to welcome the Trillion Loans team to the BharatPe family.”
Ravindra Pandey is a veteran in the financial services industry. A senior banker, he was superannuated recently after a stellar career spanning 37 years with the State Bank of India. Mr. Pandey has served on the Board of several large and highly reputed organizations. He was Director of the Board at Yes Bank, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), NPCI International, NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd, SBI Payments and C-EDGE Technologies Ltd. In addition, he was a permanent invitee to the Board and other Board level committees of the State Bank of India. Nalin Negi is the CFO and interim CEO of BharatPe. Sabyasachi Senapati is currently a part of the leadership team at BharatPe and heads their banking vertical.