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Airtel claims its payments bank arm is unicorn

Telecom big Bharti Airtel has informed buyers that it believes its subsidiary Airtel Payments Bank (APBL) is a unicorn – a time period used to check with startups with over $1 billion valuation. The payments bank recorded its first full-yr profitability at Rs 9 crore for FY22. Revenues went up by 50% to over Rs 941 crore for the fiscal.

Speaking to TOI, CEO Anubrata Biswas mentioned {that a} key driver of profitability was the flexibility to onboard many purchasers at a comparatively low value in comparison with the banking business. The payments bank has additionally constructed a big price earnings pipeline from B2B (enterprise-to-enterprise) companies, charges on transactions, buyer subscriptions and curiosity unfold. The unicorn declare was made by the bank’s administration in a name with analysts.

“Our dream state is to be one-third bankers, one-third startup and one-third FMCG distributors. If we were to operate fully as a bank, we would not be able to scale up,” mentioned Biswas. The different benefit for the payments bank is the distribution community of Airtel, which the bank has been in a position to onboard as banking correspondents. It now has 5 lakh banking factors.

APBL is one of the six payments banks which can be licensed. Although the RBI had cleared 11 purposes, 5 had wound up. Of the six that maintain the licence, solely three apart from APBL – India Post Payments Bank, Paytm Payments Bank and Fino Payments Bank – have important operations. NSDL Payments Bank commenced operations in October 2018 however is but to scale up. Reliance Industries-Jio Payments Bank is but to launch its operations. Pehal News

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