PhonePe raises USD 350 mln

Friday 20 January 2023 12:19 CET | News

Digital payments company PhonePe has raised USD 350 million from General Atlantic at a valuation of over USD 12 billion in a first tranche of a USD 1 billion funding round.


As detailed in the announcement, PhonePe is set to use the funds to carry out investments into infrastructure, which also includes the development of data centres. Furthermore, the company aims to invest in new businesses in markets of the likes of insurance, wealth management, and lending, and also plans to focus on UPI lite and credit on UPI.

State of the Indian market

The news of the investment follows the October 2022 reporting from Moneycontrol, where the publication stated that PhonePe has been ‘eyeing’ a funding from General Atlantic at USD 12 billion valuation, and PhonePe’s separation from ecommerce startup Flipkart, announced in December 2022, which completed its transition to being an India-based company.

With this funding, PhonePe has become a decacorn (a startup valued at over USD 10 billion), joining the ranks of Flipkart, acquired by Walmart, Paytm, Byju’s, and Swiggy. Furthermore, as detailed by Moneycontrol, PhonePe’s valuation has exceeded that of digital payments and neobanking firm Razorpay, which was last valued at approximately USD 7.5 billion.

Digital payments company PhonePe has raised USD 350 million from General Atlantic at a valuation of over USD 12 billion in a first tranche of a USD 1 billion funding round.

Additionally, Moneycontrol assessed that PhonePe’s fundraise comes at a time when the company’s closest competitor, Paytm, saw its valuation decrease by more than 60% since it had gone public in November 2021, which prompted public shareholders to question its ability to attain company-level profitability. Despite this, Paytm’s revenue is higher than that of PhonePe, with the company having reported as of FY 2022 a revenue of Rs 3,892.40 crore, as opposed to PhonePe, which had a revenue of Rs 1,646 crore.

What is more, PhonePe’s fundraising comes at a time where India-based fintech companies face challenges, as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been coming down heavily on the sector and companies that violate regulations. Moreover, valuations of financial services and technology companies have significantly dropped throughout 2022 due to a broader correction in global financial markets caused by macroeconomic uncertainties. 

One of the most prominent indicators of stress over fintech valuations in the region was the October 2022 announcement of Prosus, which had backed out of a USD 4.7 billion acquisition deal in BillDesk.

PhonePe offering

Founded in 2015, the fintech has more than 400 million registered users, activating in the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions space, having a 47% market share in terms of monthly UPI volumes. In 2017, the company expanded into financial services, enabling customers to purchase gold, insurance, and mutual funds, in addition to carrying out bill and utility payments.

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Keywords: funding, investment, UPI, payments , digital payments, expansion
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: General Atlantic, PhonePe
Countries: India
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