Mumbai: One97 Communications Limited (OCL) that owns the brand Paytm, India’s leading mobile payments and financial services distribution company, today shared an update and outlook on its loan distribution business. The company announced that it will further expand its business to offer higher ticket personal and merchant loans, which would be targeted at lower risk and high credit worthy customers, in partnership with large banks and NBFCs.
Given the strong portfolio performance and widespread acceptance of loan distribution, the company had started in this direction last quarter and is seeing encouraging early trends.
On the back of recent macro development and regulatory guidance, in consultation with lending partners, in line with its continued focus on driving a healthy portfolio, the company has recalibrated the portfolio origination of less than ₹50,000, which is prominently the postpaid loan product and will now be a smaller part of its loan distribution business going forward.
Merchant loans, which are given to MSME as business loans, will continue to be a focus for Paytm. As these loans are given for business purposes to small merchants, they don’t get impacted by the recent regulatory guidance.
Paytm Spokesperson said, “As the lending distribution business is maturing, we see newer opportunities of expansion to offer high-value personal and merchant loans. We will continue to focus on originating the high portfolio quality for our lending partners, along with strict adherence to risk and compliance. We have seen great scale and acceptance for our loan distribution business, so we believe this expansion will further aid us to grow the business.”
Paytm continues to add banks and NBFCs as its lending partners for its loan distribution business.