Ant Group's e-wallet Dana raises USD 250 mln from Lazada

Thursday 11 August 2022 14:56 CET | News

Digital wallet DANA  has raised USD 250 million from local conglomerate Sinar Mas and Lazada Group to expand in Indonesia.


Dana will use the funds to invest in new tech and roll out more financial services in Indonesia, CEO Vince Iswara told Bloomberg News. Dana is part-owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Group and is planning to offer lending, wealth management and insurance as it expands its portfolio, the CEO said. With this investment, the Indonesian startup also strengthens its ties with Alibaba, which owns 30% of Ant Group.

Founded in 2017 and launched in 2018, Dana’s other shareholders include Ant and Indonesia’s media conglomerate PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi, better know as Emtek. The startup has over 115 million registered users in Indonesia. Dana is used by consumers and merchants to pay bills, transfer money and open a bank account and processes an average of 10 million transactions per day. It was the most downloaded finance app in Indonesia in 2021, according to cited by Bloomberg.

Dana’s digital wallet has been part of the cross-border QR payments linkage between the central banks of Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia that occurred in February 2022. The linkage allowed Malaysian travellers to tap into their e-wallet mobile app or bank to make safe and secure QR payments when visiting Thailand and Indonesia, which makes the countries among the first ASEAN ones to implement cross-border QR APMs (alternative payment methods). Bank Central Asia, Bank Indonesia, Bank Permata, ShopeePay, LinkAja were also part of this project alongside Dana, proving the wallet’s popularity in the region.


Digital wallet Dana has raised USD 250 million from local conglomerate Sinar Mas and Alibaba-owned Lazada Group to expand in Indonesia.

Ant’s push in Southeast Asia

According to Bloomberg, the USD 250 million investment comes as Ant Group is working to expand across Southeast Asia, where it has local partners in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. In June 2022, the company also launched a digital bank in Singapore to provide fintech services to smaller enterprises.

Bank Indonesia data cited by Bloomberg reveals that the value of digital payments in the country has already exceeded both credit and debit card transactions in Indonesia. Digital payments are a pivotal point of entry into Southeast Asia for IT companies, a region of 650 million people where many have limited access to credit cards. Fintechs are trying to bring users into their ecosystem with everyday mobile banking services before expanding to offer higher-margin financial products aimed at helping them move toward profitability. 

As reported in The Paypers’ Payment Methods Report 2022, there is a visible focus on Asia when it comes to the boom in mobile payments, with research indicating that China and Japan are major markets for the APAC sector. Ant Group’s Alipay and WeChat are still ahead of any competition, with an estimated user base of over a billion users each. And with good reason, considering that any seller can build a digital presence within the platform of these super apps and automatically access its database.

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Keywords: e-wallet, funding, investment, mobile payments
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies:, Lazada
Countries: South East Asia
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