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印度移动支付公司MobiKwik以十亿美元估值寻求融资

近日,印度支付平台MobiKwik宣布将以超过十亿美元估值,寻求超过1亿美元的融资,来对抗由阿里巴巴和软银投资的Paytm。

目前,MobiKwik已发展成为印度第二大移动支付公司,不同于Paytm在电子商务方面的优势,MobiKwik将发展重心更多的放在支付产业上。

联合创始人Upasana Taku表示,本轮融资将在未来数月内结束。按照公司计划,将把本次融资中的4500万美元资金用于用户和商户增长,并将现有的6个办事处扩大到20个以上。Taku认为,公司的支付业务增长疯狂,废钞令使得所有的业务指标都增长了至少3倍。目前,除去商业收购成本,公司已经实现了全面盈利。

即将在今年晚些时候推出的金融服务将会进一步推动发展。Taku表示,这一服务将会与MobiKwik现有的合作业务直接相关,比如贷款、保险和投资。其中一项交易是国有电信运营商BSNL将会通过一个联合品牌的钱包应用向其9500万用户提供金融服务。

目前,这项服务已经创收20亿美元,预计到今年底将会达到100亿美元。虽然数字支付只占据了印度消费市场的15%,但是Taku认为这一数字将会在未来两年内达到60-70%。

自去年印度政府颁布废钞令以来,MobiKwik的注册用户从2500万上升到了5500万,商户也从25万上升到了150万,下载量也上升到了第五名的位置。MobiKwik希望,公司能够维持增长态势,到明年达到1亿用户和1000万商户。

此前,MobiKwik的融资金额已经达到了1.25亿美元,本轮融资也将会让这一数字翻一番。不过即使如此,MobiKwik仍然在竞争中处于下风,Paytm已经上升为印度第二高估值的私人科技公司,仅次于Flipkart。

MobiKwik, the mobile payments startup that is number two to Paytm in India, is quietly confident that it can take advantage of its rival’s focus on e-commerce and recent entry to banking to even the playing field. To strengthen its case, MobiKwik, which is solely focused on payments, is in the process raising its largest financing from investors to date.

Co-founder Upasana Taku confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is in talks to raise $100 million-$150 million in a round that would value the company at more than $1 billion, thereby putting it into the elite club of tech unicorns. Taku declined to name the investors that her company is talking to, saying only that they include one major strategic investor and a number of financial institutions. She expects the round to close in the next couple of months. The plan is to invest as much as $45 million of the capital on growing user and merchant bases, and expand its current base of six offices to more than 20.

Investors aside, that valuation would be notable for MobiKwik, and India’s startup scene itself. The round could double MobiKwik’s funding to date, which stands at just over $125 million. However, it would remain the underdog in its battle. Paytm has risen to become India’s second highest-valued private tech firm — behind only Flipkart — with a valuation of $7 billion following a huge $1.4 billion investment from SoftBank and a $200 million round led by Alibaba.

Paytm and its parent company One97 have raised over $2.5 billion from investors. That’s pushed its business into e-commerce — where the influence of Alibaba is strong — furthered its mobile payment strategy, and seen it branch out into digital banking, via a yet-to-launch project that borrows heavily from China and, again, Alibaba.


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