Validus has entered into an agreement with Citi to acquire its CitiBusiness loan portfolio in Singapore to bolster its top line revenue, customer base and expand its growing loan book.
This is the first time a fintech in Southeast Asia is acquiring an established bank’s loan portfolio and customer base, and it underscores Validus’ trailblazing fintech leadership. It continues to extend its leadership position as one of the top SME growth financing platforms in Southeast Asia.
Vikas Nahata, co-founder and executive chairman at Validus said, “As we continue our relentless focus on growth, the acquisition marks a new inflection point for us. This opportunity to acquire the CitiBusiness loan portfolio could not have come at a better time for us; it is a complementary fit for our existing business and will enable us to rapidly expand our customer base and loan book”.
Vikas said, “We are confident that there is value creation for the Citi customers who will be transferred to Validus. Through our digital platform, they will be able to access additional financing solutions to grow their business, financial services such as business accounts, cards and money transfers, and tools to manage their business finances in a smarter and more efficient way. We are excited to welcome Citi’s customers and we remain committed to delighting them with innovative products and excellent customer experiences”.
Roy Phua, head of mortgage and CitiBusiness at Citibank Singapore said, “The sale of the Citibusiness loan portfolio in Singapore follows our previous announcement to wind down our small business banking unit after a strategic review. Our priority is to ensure a smooth transition of our customers and loans to Validus, who we believe can continue to serve them and meet their needs”.
Validus’ acquisition of the CitiBusiness loan portfolio comes on top of its several strategic moves recently, including the acquisition of KlearCard, a business payments and expense management technology platform. It has identified several strategic drivers for growth, in addition to strategic acquisitions and investments in technology. It has also been expanding its team rapidly in Southeast Asia, with its team growing by over 25% in the past six months with majority coming in support of new technology and neobank initiatives.
Since its launch in 2015, Validus has disbursed over $1 billion across more than 50,000 loans to small businesses in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. The company is backed by highly reputed VCs including FMO, Vertex Growth, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, AddVentures by SCG, K3 Ventures, Openspace Ventures and VinaCapital Ventures.
Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker