Indian fintech CredAvenue goes unicorn with new $137m funding
Debt marketplace CredAvenue, which helps businesses and corporations secure debt from lenders, has become the fastest Indian fintech startup to join the unicorn club, it said on Sunday.
The two-year-old startup raised a $137 million Series B funding round led by Insight Partners, B Capital Group and Dragoneer, he said. The round values CredAvenue, which was founded by Vivriti Capital co-founder Gaurav Kumar, at $1.3 billion, up from around $410 million in September last year, he said.
The startup, which counts Sequoia Capital India, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TVS Capital, Lightrock, Vivriti Capital and Indian fintech CRED among its backers, has raised more than $227 million to date.
Companies face many challenges, including the opacity of interest rates and market valuation, when they have to take on debt.
“This is my fourth startup and I’ve spent over 16 years in the lending business,” Kumar said, in an interview with TechCrunch. “Debt market deepening is not happening.”
CredAvenue has built what it says is India’s most comprehensive technology stack to address the full corporate debt cycle, from disbursement to collection.
It operates platforms for providing term loans and working capital solutions to businesses, an origination platform for banks and non-bank financial institutions to partner for co-lending, and a bond platform to help institutional and retail participants issue bonds. In addition, it also offers trade finance, end-to-end securitization, and portfolio buyouts.
“If you are a business and prefer direct funding, you can access our loan stack, our bond stack and our ABS stack. If you have indirect funding needs, you can settle on the co-finishing platform and bring your retail customers in. Our customers are all companies with revenue over $1.3 million,” he said.
“Once a partner – whether it’s a lender-side bank or a borrower – integrates with us on our operating system, you have access to everyone sitting on our network. At the heart of our offering is interoperability. We are paving the way for the Indian debt market to realize its full potential, and we plan to soon become a leading player in global debt markets through to our unique and diverse product suites.
It recently acquired a collection startup called Spocto, which operates in three markets. But the startup overall plans to continue to focus on India, Kumar said. “We have barely scratched the surface.”
CredAvenue has facilitated more than $10.5 billion in loans to date, Kumar said. More than 2,300 companies, 450 businesses and 750 lenders are active on the platform, he said. The startup plans to deploy the new funds to expand its business in India and is also looking to acquire businesses to fuel its growth inorganically.
“We are excited about CredAvenue’s value proposition of bringing investors and borrowers to a one-stop-shop ecosystem to discover, facilitate and track debt products. I have had the privilege of knowing Gaurav for several years, and it is exciting to support the strong team digitizing the Indian debt markets. Debt in India is still under-penetrated as a % of GDP at around 60%. This creates a huge opportunity for a top player like CredAvenue,” Kabir Narang, founding general partner of B Capital Group, said in a statement.
“At $1.9 trillion, India’s debt market is still underserved. CredAvenue helps automate and increase efficiency across the value chain. This is reflected in strong borrower retention and repeated deals with investors. We like their technology-driven approach to solving this problem. . Beyond the business, what’s even more exciting is the mission and impact they have in providing access to debt to unlock human potential.”