12 Sep 2018
Investec India advises Kissht on its $30m Series C fund raise
Investec India advises on one of India's largest consumer Fin-Tech deals. Funding round led by Vertex Ventures & Sistema Asia Fund.
Investec Capital Services (India) Ltd ("Investec India") today announced it acted as an exclusive financial advisor to Kissht to the Series C fund raise by Kissht of $30m. The funding round was led by Vertex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, and Sistema Asia Fund, with participation from existing investors Fosun RZ Capital, VenturEast & Endiya Partners. This is one of India’s largest consumer Fin-Tech deal.
Investec India had also advised Kissht on its Series B led by Fosun in November 2017.
Investec India has built a strong advisory business over the last few years within the Indian Venture Capital ecosystem. Investec India has advised companies across a wide range of sectors on Equity Fundraises at Series B and above, including Kissht, Bizongo, Treebo Hotels, OfBusiness, BigBasket, Pepperfry and Quikr. The firm also advised on the sale of CitrusPay to Naspers– one of India’s largest Fin-Tech M&A, and on the sale of Sokrati to Dentsu – one of India’s largest Digital Media M&A.
Frankie Brown of Investec Capital Services (India) Ltd said: "With our unique position in the Indian market, we believe that Investec India is well placed to advise businesses across the Fin-Tech spectrum. We have a long-term relationship with Kissht, and this partnership has successfully resulted in both the Series B and Series C fundraises. The $30m Series C round will see Kissht perfectly placed to consolidate their market leadership position. Investec is investing significantly in the Fin-Tech space across the both in India and globally."
Vinit Barve of Investec Capital Services (India) Ltd said: "Technology led lending has opened up a huge credit opportunity in India. Kissht has established a leadership position in the consumer Fin Tech segment. With its consistent growth, strong unit economics and enviable NPA record, Kissht has taken the right steps in the direction of building a mighty lending institution. This investment, led by Vertex and Sistema with participation from existing investors, will enable the company to achieve the next level of growth and cement its leadership position in the consumer financing segment."
Founded in 2015 by Krishnan Vishwanathan and Ranvir Singh, Kissht provides product financing andpersonal loans to its customers through a financial technology platform which is integrated withonline and offline merchants. Kissht has developed its own self-learning proprietary algorithm which assesses a customer’s credit profile in a fraction of a second based on 2,000+ digital footprints.
Kissht has demonstrated remarkable growth with impressive record on credit costs. The business had previously raised its Series B round from Fosun RZ Capital, Prophet Capital, VenturEast and Endiya Partners in 2017.
Currently Kissht is present in 50+ Online and 2,000+ Offline points of sale across categories including consumer durables, electronics, health, alternative energy & education, enabling customers to easily access credit for their purchases.
Kissht will use this funding to penetrate its business further into both offline and online merchants, and deeper across categories and further enhance its data and analytics capabilities as it seeks to cement its leadership position in the highly underpenetrated Indian consumer credit market, as well as investing further in technology and building the team.
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About Investec India
Investec India is a leading specialist international financial services company supporting mid-market entrepreneurs, corporates and PE. We also provide exceptional equity analysis, ideas and execution services for investors interested in Indian equities.
Kissht is an EMI payment and digital lending platform. With a variety of EMI payment options, Kissht aims at empowering online as well as offline Merchant stores and online ecommerce platforms to provide easy and quick EMI to customers who wish to purchase mobiles, laptops, cameras, furniture, AC, watches, home & kitchen appliances, travel, health and education services and many more through easy EMI instalments.
Through use of alternate data and proprietary algorithms, our unique EMI payment gateway makes aspiration affordable to new to credit and lower income segments. Kissht offers a hassle-free experience of shopping online as well as offline Merchant stores by offering quick and Easy EMI at Point of Sale. Our EMI Payments Gateway integration uses super simple APIs to go live instantly.
With a wide range of products across various categories and convenient, get set to enjoy a simple, stress-free and smart online as well as offline shopping experience with Kissht. We also provide personal loans to customers via our financial technology platform. Kissht was founded in 2015 by IIT graduates and former McKinsey consultants who have extensively served financial services firms.