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Exclusive: Aye Finance Bags $27 Mn At $224.6 Mn Valuation From LGT Capital, Falcon Edge

Exclusive: Aye Finance Bags $27 Mn At $224.6 Mn Valuation From LGT Capital, Falcon Edge

A91 Emerging Fund, CapitalG and others participated in the round

LGT Capital now owns 17.49% shareholdings in Aye Finance, followed by Falcon Edge with 12.87%

The company had raised INR 180 Cr in debt back in April 2020

Gurugram-based financial services startup Aye Finance has raised INR 210 Cr ($27 Mn) in Series E funding round from existing investors LGT Capital Partners, CapitalG International, Maj Invest Financial Inclusion Fund II, Falcon Edge India and A91 Emerging Fund I at a pre-money valuation of INR 1,700 Cr ($224 Mn).

According to the ministry of corporate affairs filing accessed by Inc42, Aye Finance has allocated 34,09,800 Series E Cumulative Convertible Preference Share (CCPS)  these companies at a face value of INR 10 per share at a price of INR 615.87 which includes a premium of INR 605.87.

As per the filings, LGT Capital invested INR 56.24 Cr in Aye Finance in exchange for 9,13,339 Series E CCPS, CapitalG has invested INR 71.24 Cr for 11,56,897 shares, MAJ Investments Maj Invest Financial Inclusion Fund II  has invested INR 22.49 Cr for 3,65,336 shares, Falcon Edge India has invested INR 29.99 Cr from 4,87,114 shares and A91 Emerging Fund has invested INR 29.99 Cr for 4,87,114 Series E shares.

Sanjay Sharma, managing director at Aye Finance, in a press statement issued after the story was published, said, “This equity investment will further add to liquidity that will enable us to emerge strong from the Covid crisis and continue to benefit millions of micro-enterprises across India.”

With this investment, LGT Capital has 17.49% shareholding in Aye Finance, followed by Falcon Edge India with 13.87%. A91 Emerging Fund, MAJ invest Financial Inclusion and CapitalG hold 10.32%, 7.39% and 2.16% in the company. So far, the company has raised INR 690 Cr across multiple rounds.

Prior to this, Aye Finance had raised INR 180 Cr in debt from several lenders in India and abroad back in April 2020, after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had announced a three-month moratorium on term loans. The company is looking to use this fundraise to support the MSME segment and provide business loans to the underserved business sector during the time of this crisis.

In a subsequent statement, Aye Finance’s managing director, Sanjay Sharma, said, “Our (Aye Finance’s) credibility in repayments and the milestones Aye has achieved has given our debt providers considerable comfort and confidence. Our ability to raise money even in these testing times is a testament to that.”

The company was founded in 2014 by Sharma and Vikram Jetly to offer B2B loans to unbanked micro-enterprises of India. The company is currently offering its services in 14 states and plans to expand into Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Maharashtra in the coming years. The company has over 173 branches and 2,900 employees. So far, the company has disbursed 2 Lakh loans amounting to INR 2,700 Cr to over 196K small scale businesses in the country.

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