Walmart-Backed Indian Fintech PhonePe Inches Closer To $1B Capital Goal With Latest Fundraise

  • Walmart Inc WMT backed Indian fintech platform PhonePe raised $200 million in primary capital from the U.S. retailer at a pre-money valuation of $12 billion.
  • This new funding is part of PhonePe’s ongoing fundraising of up to $1 billion in the capital following its domicile shift to India in 2022
  • PhonePe has raised $650 million from several global investors with this tranche. 
  • PhonePe expects further investments. 
  • PhonePe plans to deploy these funds to build and scale new businesses like Insurance, Wealth Management, Lending, Stockbroking, ONDC-based Shopping, and Account Aggregators.
  • The fund will also help PhonePe turbo-charge the next wave of growth for UPI payments in India, including UPI lite and Credit on UPI. 
  • At a $12 billion valuation, PhonePe is India’s most valuable fintech startup that competes with Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL Google Pay, and Paytm
  • PhonePe dominates transactions on UPI, a network built by a coalition of retail banks in India. UPI is the most popular way Indians transact online, TechCrunch reports.
  • Industry experts see PhonePe becoming a bank, which justifies the lofty valuation.
  • PhonePe projects revenue of $325 million for CY22 and $504 million for CY23, according to a valuation report. The startup does not expect to turn EBIDTA positive, a key profitability metric, until CY25.
  • Price Action: WMT shares closed lower by 0.97% at $138.28 on Thursday.
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