Lending App – Payday Advance USCA http://paydayadvanceusca.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:54:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4.png Lending App – Payday Advance USCA http://paydayadvanceusca.com/ 32 32 Loan application scam: cyber probe encounters obstacle in Nepal https://paydayadvanceusca.com/loan-application-scam-cyber-probe-encounters-obstacle-in-nepal/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:53:00 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/loan-application-scam-cyber-probe-encounters-obstacle-in-nepal/ Investigators focus on broadband operator in Kathmandu behind harassment of Indian borrowers; mid-day visiting location, but staff refuse to cooperate Oasis Broadband has its office on the 5th floor of this building in Kathmandu Weeks after this correspondent took out loans from digital lending apps to dig […]]]>

Investigators focus on broadband operator in Kathmandu behind harassment of Indian borrowers; mid-day visiting location, but staff refuse to cooperate


Oasis Broadband has its office on the 5th floor of this building in Kathmandu






Weeks after this correspondent took out loans from digital lending apps to dig deep into their unethical methods, Midday crossed the border – to Kathmandu – to find out more about the calls made to a city girl from Nepal. Two mobile phone numbers linked to the calls had emerged during the investigation into the suicide of the woman being stalked by loan wolves. City cops said there is not much they can do at this point as it involves a different country.

Based on the 5th floor of Tamrakar House in the heart of Nepal’s capital, Oasis Broadband Internet Pvt. ltd. is a popular name locally and provides internet to around 60% of the region. midday spoke to staff with the help of an interpreter. This log shared the IP addresses of WiFi routers used by recovery agents and asked for more details about their owners.

Oasis Broadband staff did not cooperateOasis Broadband staff did not cooperate

Investigations by Mumbai cyber cops showed that loan apps engaged people across India and Nepal to threaten borrowers with coughing up money. The highly invasive apps gain full access to the borrower’s phone, after which their agents transform customers’ personal photos to blackmail them.

Despite much pressure, Oasis Broadband staff refused to release details about router users. Mumbai police said their investigation was at an impasse as the service provider is based in Nepal and they needed the help of the CBI’s Interpol wing to go further. Oasis Broadband first came to the attention of Navghar police after they began investing in the suicide of the woman, a Dongri resident, on March 16.

They filed a complaint against three loan applications and 13 people for harassing the woman. They had threatened her to send obscene photos and videos to her family and relatives. In three suicide notes, the woman recounted her ordeal and shared the recovery worker’s mobile numbers 13-14. His call data record generated two numbers from Nepal.

GRP also finds a connection to Nepal
In a case recorded by the Andheri Government Railway Police, the investigation also revealed calls made over the internet provided by Oasis Broadband. The GRP had made the first breakthrough in the loan application scam by arresting a 19-year-old from Karnataka. This came after Midday released a series of reports exposing the crimes committed by numerous digital lenders.








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FTX considers buying Robinhood: report https://paydayadvanceusca.com/ftx-considers-buying-robinhood-report/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 19:57:01 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/ftx-considers-buying-robinhood-report/ FTX could buy Robinhood. But it depends on who you ask. Several people familiar with the matter have said Bloomberg News today, CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is deliberating internally on how to buy the stock and crypto trading app. According to another anonymous source, Robinhood has yet to be officially approached with an offer, and no […]]]>

FTX could buy Robinhood. But it depends on who you ask.

Several people familiar with the matter have said Bloomberg News today, CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is deliberating internally on how to buy the stock and crypto trading app. According to another anonymous source, Robinhood has yet to be officially approached with an offer, and no final decision has been made at FTX.

Shares of HOOD soared on news of the potential acquisition, up about 14% to $9.12 at the time of this writing. The stock hit an all-time low of $6.89 just a few weeks ago.

However, shortly after the news broke, Bankman-Fried told Decrypt in a statement that while he and FTX are “excitedregarding Robinhood’s business prospects and potential ways we can partner with them”, there is “no active conversation about mergers and acquisitions about Robinhood going on”.

Last month, Bankman-Fried bought 7.6% of Robinhoodclaiming at the time that he had no intention of using his stake in the company to change or influence its direction.

Shares of the popular trading app have steadily fallen since peaking at $55 shortly after its IPO last July. In April, Goldman Sachs HOOD downgraded from “neutral” to “sell”. A few weeks later, the company laid off hundreds of employeesciting a global slowdown in retail investment activity.

But these fortunes can be reversed. While the first quarter of 2022 saw Robinhood’s revenue down at all levels, there was one category that continued to grow: crypto. And just this morning, Goldman Sachs issued a revised stance on HOOD, upgrading its status to “neutral” in light of higher interest rates that the bank says will “help reduce HOOD’s losses to a manageable level.” “.

Friday, a report revealed that FTX was in talks to acquire a stake in beleaguered crypto lending firm BlockFi, which earlier last week secured a $250 million line of credit from Bankman-Fried’s firm. Many understood the loan, which will be contingent on customer funds and repay customers before FTX is repaid, to amount to a “bailout”.

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Fintech investors appear to favor follow-on deals as sector takes a hit, recent data shows – TechCrunch https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fintech-investors-appear-to-favor-follow-on-deals-as-sector-takes-a-hit-recent-data-shows-techcrunch/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 14:17:03 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fintech-investors-appear-to-favor-follow-on-deals-as-sector-takes-a-hit-recent-data-shows-techcrunch/ Welcome to The Exchange! If you received it in your inbox, thank you for subscribing and for your vote of confidence. If you read this as a post on our site, subscribe here so you can receive it directly in the future. Each week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news from the […]]]>

Welcome to The Exchange! If you received it in your inbox, thank you for subscribing and for your vote of confidence. If you read this as a post on our site, subscribe here so you can receive it directly in the future. Each week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news from the previous week. This will include everything from funding rounds and trends to analysis of a particular space and hot shots on a particular company or phenomenon. There’s a lot of fintech news out there and it’s my job to stay up to date – and make sense – so you can stay up to date. Let’s go! — Mary Ann

I was mostly away last week, so this edition of The Interchange might be slightly less dense than normal. A few observations though. We’ve seen fewer layoffs, but also less news related to fintech in general. Things were generally fairly quiet and less contentious than in past weeks. Honestly, we’re really looking forward to this quarter being over so we can dig deeper into the numbers to see how much the funding landscape has changed compared to 2021. Until then, we’ve looked at some recent numbers.

Fewer trades, bigger rounds – but still down

My dear friends and co-hosts on the Equity Podcast, Alex and Natasha, discussed the fintech funding market last week not once, but twice – here and here. Meanwhile, it felt like there was a bump in fintech-related funding announcements. It made me curious enough to reach out to my old friends at Crunchbase for data on how much fintech startups have raised in recent weeks. (Keep in mind that this is preliminary and there is also a lag – so there will most certainly be more bids and dollars reported for the same time periods in the future.) I mostly expected to see an increase in numbers. And I did, sort of. Here’s what the data showed: Globally, funding was up ever so slightly in terms of dollars raised, but deal volume was down significantly last week compared to previous weeks. Specifically, Crunchbase found that fintech startups raised $1.5 billion from June 16-23 across 39 deals, compared to $1.4 billion from 53 deals the previous week and $1.2 billion from 59 deals. 2 weeks ago. This tells us that there were more early-stage deals closed earlier this month, whereas last week we saw significantly fewer deals but larger round sizes.

We saw a similar trend here in the US According to Crunchbase, fintech startups in the US raised $400 million across 10 deals from June 16 to June 23. This compared to $300 million raised from 14 deals the previous week, and $300 million raised from 17 deals 2 weeks prior.

But notably, and perhaps even more surprising, is the difference between these numbers compared to June 2021. Globally, fintech startups raised a total of $8.2 billion across 272 deals from May 1-23. June 2021. That compares to a total of $4.2 billion across 151 deals in the same period this year. Meanwhile, US-based startups raised $1.9 billion across 101 deals from June 1-23, 2021. That compares to a total of $1 billion across 41 deals during the same period this year. Wow. That’s like almost half of the dollars raised both globally and in the United States. While this is just a small glimpse back in time, it still points to what we all know is happening – a global slowdown in funding and proof that fintech is not immune.

For the record, Crunchbase defines fintech as companies that integrate technology into the financial services sector.

Takeaway: Fewer funding deals are closing in the fintech space, and during the month of June at least, investors seemed to be taking more bets on later-stage companies, so dollars raised actually increased as the month progressed. That means it’s likely increasingly difficult for early-stage companies to win over VCs, who would apparently do more due diligence and demand more traction than in the whirlwind of 2021.

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Weekly News

Buy now, Pay Later (BNPL), estimated at $120 billion in 2021, has grown significantly in recent years. But for most of its rise to virtual checkout prominence, BNPL has largely targeted everyday consumer goods like clothing from Urban Outfitters or a Peloton. Now, the credit method goes beyond its e-commerce roots. In recent months, large companies have joined the BNPL market, also hoping to quickly approve consumers for installment loans. Rebecca Szkutak digs here.

Speaking of BNPL, the Swedish Klarna has (finally) launched a new loyalty card feature in its app, which it says allows users to store and access all of their physical loyalty cards as digital versions, eliminating the need to carry physical cards when shopping. of their in-store purchases. The company is clearly striving to increase its user count given that its valuation has reportedly been reduced from $45 billion to $15 billion, a reduction that our own Alex Wilhelm deems “high enough.”

Scoop: Three more top executives of digital mortgage lender Better.com have quit, I reported last week. These three executives are Jillian White, managing director of Better’s affiliated businesses known as Better+, which consists of its title/settlement, insurance and home inspection services; Megan Bellingham, who was senior vice president of sales and operations; and John Moffatt, who served as vice president of sales.

Brex released a mea culpa this week after its shocking announcement last week to stop working with SMEs. Pedro Franceschi, Founder and Co-CEO, addressed the issue in a blog post titled simply “About last week’s announcement”. In the message, Franceschi expressed regret for the “poor job explaining this decision, which eroded some of the precious trust” that Brex had built over the years. He also outlined the criteria a company must meet to qualify to remain a Brex customer.

Speaking of Brex and SMEs, Tillful – a free business credit app built by VC-backed startup Flowcast – announced last week that it is launching a new feature for its users through a direct partnership with Experian in an effort to better inform business credit scoring in SME/SME lending . The startup says it’s a “one-of-a-kind partnership” between a fintech and a major credit reporting agency “with the aim of making credit risk assessment more ‘open'”. Flowcast has developed AI-powered credit models for lenders and is backed by ING Ventures and BitRock Capital. Since launching Tillful, over 50,000 small businesses have signed up to help manage and grow their business credit.

This is where it gets even more interesting in light of the latest Brex news: Flowcast’s latest move, a spokesperson told TechCrunch, reflects its “SME doubling.” Brex, the spokesperson added, was actually one of its partners, but Flowcast hadn’t heard from them “for some time as they stopped engaging” with the company. months ago: “We haven’t received any communication from them either for a long time. Both Brex cardholder and lending partner, but we are leaving their platform and will use our own card instead.

Meanwhile, Mercury – a digital bank for startups – says it has already seen hundreds of new accounts arrive on its platform following the Brex announcement and is “seeing more every day”. , a spokesperson told TechCrunch on June 24.

Brazilian digital real estate broker QuintoAndar launched last week in Mexico City, the first time the startup has expanded outside of its home country. It will operate in the country under the “Benvi” brand, which will be the international name of the proptech. Last August, QuintoAndar announced that it had raised $120 million at a valuation of $5 billion. In April, the company laid off 160 people, or 4% of its staff, making it one of the few highly regarded Brazilian startups to cut jobs.

While we’re talking about LatAm, Brazilian digital bank Neon announced that it has hired a Silicon Valley tech veteran who has held roles at Google, Snap and Coinbase as its new chief technology officer. André Madeira is the former co-founder and CEO of Meemo, which was acquired by Coinbase last year.

Vishal Garg Better.com layoffs, admits he has

Picture credits: Leaked meeting recording/Better.com (TechCrunch)

Financing and M&A

Seen on TechCrunch

Ghanaian fintech Fido raises $30 million to roll out new products and expand in Africa

Neobank Stashfin Raises $270M, Exceeds $700M Valuation

Fintech Kasheesh wants clients in financial difficulty to say ‘goodbye’ to BNPL

SumUp raises $624m at an $8.5bn valuation, with its payments and commerce technology now used by 4m SMBs

And elsewhere

Agent-focused home insurer openly closes $75 million funding round

UK-based B2B fintech BNPL Hokodo raises $40m in Series B funding round

Fintech giving access to earned wages Tapcheck scores $20 million in Series A

Deel launches tender offer to acquire Australia-based payroll company PayGroup

Well, that’s all for this week. Again, thanks for reading – enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you next time. xoxo, Mary Ann

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Concerted action needed to tackle fake digital apps: Sugandh Saxena, CEO of FACE https://paydayadvanceusca.com/concerted-action-needed-to-tackle-fake-digital-apps-sugandh-saxena-ceo-of-face/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:04:00 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/concerted-action-needed-to-tackle-fake-digital-apps-sugandh-saxena-ceo-of-face/ Sugandh Saxena, CEO of the Fintech Association for Consumer Empowerment (FACE). Business Standard has always endeavored to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that matter to you and that have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your constant encouragement and feedback on how to improve our offering has only […]]]>

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How to Blur iPhone Photo Backgrounds https://paydayadvanceusca.com/how-to-blur-iphone-photo-backgrounds/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:01:12 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/how-to-blur-iphone-photo-backgrounds/ Being able to blur the backgrounds of iPhone photos (and unblur them) is a boon for anyone interested in portrait photography. One of the most important aspects of portraiture is achieving separation between the subject of your photo and its background. This is done by blurring the background, isolating the subject against a distraction-free background, […]]]>

Being able to blur the backgrounds of iPhone photos (and unblur them) is a boon for anyone interested in portrait photography. One of the most important aspects of portraiture is achieving separation between the subject of your photo and its background. This is done by blurring the background, isolating the subject against a distraction-free background, allowing the viewer to focus only on the person in the portrait.

That said, blurring isn’t the only technique used in portraiture, and you may not necessarily want it in your photos. Sometimes, for example, a photographer wants to encapsulate a subject in its surroundings, if the background has contextual significance to the photo or to who the subject is as a person. Either way, blur or no blur, what’s important when shooting portraits is having the ability to control what’s happening in the background.

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Fintech lender Uncapped acquires app finance platform Sugar https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fintech-lender-uncapped-acquires-app-finance-platform-sugar/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:53:53 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fintech-lender-uncapped-acquires-app-finance-platform-sugar/ Fintech lender Uncapped has acquired Sugar, a specialist financing provider for makers of digital games and apps. The acquisition gives Uncapped a foothold in the games and apps market, giving it access to more companies that could benefit from funding opportunities on the Uncapped platform. The fintech, which was founded in 2019, is a London-based […]]]>

Fintech lender Uncapped has acquired Sugar, a specialist financing provider for makers of digital games and apps.

The acquisition gives Uncapped a foothold in the games and apps market, giving it access to more companies that could benefit from funding opportunities on the Uncapped platform. The fintech, which was founded in 2019, is a London-based funding provider that gives European startups advances of between £10,000 and £10 million. Instead of taking an equity stake in the businesses it backs, Uncapped charges a fixed fee that is reimbursed from future revenue, meaning entrepreneurs can maintain control of their growing business.

Following the acquisition, Sugar will change its name to “Sugar Powered by Uncapped”. The platform gives game developers and app studios access to fast, automated debt financing – which Uncapped says is “a perfect fit” with its own lending model.

Uncapped attracted by “complementary business model”

Sugar CEO Matt Frenchman says: “Partnering with the Uncapped team makes tremendous strategic sense. We’ve made real progress in the games and apps market to date and we’re very excited to be working with the Uncapped team to fund further large companies.Their approach to technology, financial expertise and wide geographic reach are deeply impressive.

Piotr Pisarz, CEO of Uncapped, adds: “Uncapped exists to help founders win, so we are extremely excited to help more companies access flexible and fast funding through this acquisition. At Sugar, we’ve found a like-minded team with a complementary business model and an equal passion for helping businesses grow.

It’s a next step in the journey of Sugar, which only closed its £1.5m funding round – led by Passion Capital and Velo Partners – in September 2020. The company, which was founded the previous year, is led by Matt Frenchman, who is a former head of European equity sales at Credit Suisse and was also a director of energy technology startup Migrate, which was later acquired by Octopus Energy.

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How to build a loan management system? https://paydayadvanceusca.com/how-to-build-a-loan-management-system/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/how-to-build-a-loan-management-system/ In the financial sector, loan management or lending solutions have been the slowest in terms of digitization adoption. Today, even though credit institutions have migrated from Excel sheets to a digital ledger, they are still far from having a solution that would give a holistic view of the performance of their products, automate loan processing […]]]>

In the financial sector, loan management or lending solutions have been the slowest in terms of digitization adoption.

Today, even though credit institutions have migrated from Excel sheets to a digital ledger, they are still far from having a solution that would give a holistic view of the performance of their products, automate loan processing steps and evaluate return on loan. capabilities of an individual in real time.

To bridge these gaps between a loan provider and full digitization, a loan management system has emerged.

As we progress through the article, we will look at what loan management system software is, the benefits it offers, and the features that make it the answer to a redundant set of management processes. loans. Why should you read it? With the digital transformation developing at lightning speed, the The loan management system software market is witnessing global adoption.

More efficient and faster than old systemit enables lenders to streamline and automate the origination, processing and end-to-end management of loans.

What is a loan management system?

A business loan management system is a digital platform that helps lenders automate loan management processes from loan application to loan closing. It enables credit unions, banks, payday lenders, mortgage lenders and other financial institutions to more quickly collect and verify customer data, offer new loan products, manage current rates, calculate interest rates, measure an individual’s loan repayment capacity, etc.

Moreover, these software comes with tools and sets of technologies that facilitate the process of consumer lending by generating reports with detailed analyzes and obtaining key information much more easily and efficiently for lenders.

Types of Loan Management System

Now that we’ve talked about the benefits of the high-level loan management system, let’s dive into the benefits. Understanding the benefits of the software can help you get to a point where you would be able to meet the expectations of how to create a loan management system.

Benefits of Loan Management System Software

The benefits of a business loan management system come in many facets. Let us dive into them.

1. Elimination of human error

In the lending ecosystem, there are a range of calculations involved. Calculations range from EMI percentage to loan disbursement amount based on individual credentials and loan term. These calculations can be error-prone when performed manually in outdated lending software spreadsheets.

A loan management system design is designed to handle complex calculations and give correct assessments almost in real time.

2. Save time

Managing a loan can be a lengthy process, especially since it involves a number of steps and lengthy due diligence. When you use loan management software, you can convert all manual documents and tasks into a digital setup, which not only automates routine processes, but also helps the team spend their time on other business-oriented activities. the company.

3. Generation of digital reports

Automating reports and moving them to real-time mode is a valuable feature of loan management system design. In the lending industry, reports such as accounting, invoices, and taxes are commonly requested by investors, regulators, and investors. These reports, which generally need to be submitted in less time, must be 100% accurate. Now, what these loan management software do is that they generate reports in the preferred formats very quickly and with the guarantee of high accuracy.

4. Gain competitiveness

Loan processing software is able to help lenders process applications, assign and monitor more loans, and review them comprehensively from loan application stage to processing. All this with the guarantee of an anti-piracy and anti-error system.

With the software that manages these activities, product and IT teams are free to review new lending product launches and improve their customer relationships, giving them room to gain a competitive advantage.

5. Make loans easy

The number of times an individual takes out credit in their lifetime is very limited. So, once they find a lending institute that makes the process easy for them, chances are they will become their loyal customers. Using digitized loan management software, businesses can simplify the application process, automate credibility checking, and automate the loan origination system, all to speed up disbursement.

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These benefits offered by loan management system software are a result of the feature set that comes with the software. Another crucial aspect to be aware of when learning how to build a loan management system.

Loan Management System Features

Lending systems are generally designed to be scalable. This means you can start with simple AI-powered KYC functionality and then scale your software from there to a full-fledged loan management solution. However, when we talk about the minimum viable product (MVP) features of a full-fledged solution that meets all regulatory compliances, it looks like this –

Loan origination

It is the process by which borrowers apply for a loan and the lender processes it. The feature sets that should be part of this process are:

  • Digital KYC
  • loan document software
  • Credit history check
  • Provision of different types of loans
  • Automation of loan application and processing
  • Cloud infrastructure for loan availability and scalability

loan service

Each type of loan is different; they come with different interest rates, payment terms and due diligence measures. Loan management system service features allow lenders to calculate interest, repayment term, taxes, etc. It also includes sending payment reminders, monthly statements, collecting payments and collecting monthly payments.

Debt recovery

Reimbursement collection is a crucial feature for any lending business. The loan management system software must be able to notify when payments are due by the individual borrower, calculate late fees, perform tax calculations on the payment, and send reminders payment to borrowers. You can also add third-party integrations in the software that would automatically debit the payment from the borrowers bank account.

Reports

For a lending business, a reporting and analytics function is needed to create reports based on interactions with other businesses and individuals, examine the profitability of individual products, and the overall direction your business is headed.

The only thing that helps build the reporting features is the cloud integration. Thanks to the cloud, remote sales staff can access reports and share them easily.

Decide on the features of a loan management system can get a little easier when you know what category of business you belong to. Let me explain it a little further.

Startups – For small lending companies providing loans in small amounts, a loan CRM can be useful. It will have a basic level of loan management features like interaction history, borrower management, analytics, team management, customer information management, etc.

Medium-sized companies – They provide complex loans with a range of offers and a dedicated client portal. Through portals, customers can get involved in the process by tracking the loan application process, payments, remaining repayment days, and even interacting with the lending company.

Major Lenders – Institutions like banks and private lenders cater to millions of borrowers. They not only need full-fledged lending software for private lenders or banks, but also to keep security top of mind. Thus, at Appinventiv, when we carry out financial software developmentwe make sure to connect the software with platforms such as LOS (Loan Origination System), Experian Hunter, NetBanking Connect, CIBIL, Perfios, PDF Statement Analyzer, etc.

With that, we’ve covered another key part of how to build an LMS. Based on these features, there are a number of software programs that have come into the market, helping borrowers to be part of an easy loan process. While becoming a name as best loan management software.

loan management software

If you aspire to join the list of these best loan management software, it is imperative that you know the cost to become one, technically.

How much does it cost to build loan management system software?

The cost of partnering with an experienced financial software development company that has expertise in building LMSs can be between $60,000 and $80,000.

Let’s take a look at the tabular view of these cost divisions.

Tasks Completion time (in days)
Design 8
Website 12
Back end development 48
Front end development 52
Deployment 5

The number of days he returns is 125 days. Now if you convert that to 8 typical working hours, that would become 1000 hours.

Now, when you partner with a development company in Australia or the United States, the average cost they will charge will be between $100 and $120. The same will cost $60 to $80 when you partner with an agency in India.

This, in turn, will result in the cost of your loan servicing application anywhere between $60,000 to $80,000.

Get in touch

So here’s everything you need to know about how to create a loan management system. Ultimately, it’s important for lending businesses to know that as the digital lending space grows in popularity and usage, so does the demand for customer satisfaction. What’s important is that loan companies go digital and put the customer first. We can help.

Appinventiv’s fintech developers know how to build lending platforms that empower businesses to make better business decisions and improve customer response time. We help lenders meet the needs of tomorrow’s borrowers, today. Contact us and start your loan digitization journey.


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Why we sold Sidian Bank to a Nigerian lender at a loss https://paydayadvanceusca.com/why-we-sold-sidian-bank-to-a-nigerian-lender-at-a-loss/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:03:55 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/why-we-sold-sidian-bank-to-a-nigerian-lender-at-a-loss/ Companies Why we sold Sidian Bank to a Nigerian lender at a loss Monday, June 13, 2022 Unveiling of the new Sidian Bank brand on April 4, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NMG When Centum bought K-Rep Bank, they had no idea that Kenya would be hit by a series of bank meltdowns, an interest rate […]]]>

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Why we sold Sidian Bank to a Nigerian lender at a loss


Unveiling of the new Sidian Bank brand on April 4, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NMG

When Centum bought K-Rep Bank, they had no idea that Kenya would be hit by a series of bank meltdowns, an interest rate cap law and a new risk-based lending model that would make the market micro-loans they were targeting. not viable.

Centum held a 1.8% stake in K-Rep and exposure to Platinum microfinance and they believed that a bank with strong chama (business club) clients such as K-Rep could offer immense lending potential at the bottom of the market at very attractive rates.

The investment firm’s CEO, James Mworia, said the bank was very profitable at the time with the highest return on equity in the market of 30% and he believed that to scale it and create a brand of niche under the Sidian Bank brand would be very lucrative.

The trader who thinks he’s a structured thinker who takes all the facts into account before placing a bet, admits that there are limits to foreseeing the unforeseen events that have undermined the bank’s potential.

Mr Mworia said the collapse of Imperial and Chase Bank first hit them with liquidity problems and then the rate cap meant they could not lend to risky markets – their niche market .

Eight years later, after constantly draining more money to keep capital ratios just above Central Bank of Kenya requirements, Centum has chosen to exit with a marginal loss by recovering as much of its investment as possible.

ALSO READ: Centum sells Sidian Bank for 4.3 billion shillings to a Nigerian lender

Centum Investment, which bought a majority stake in K-Rep and gradually increased its stake in Sidian through capital injections by investing 4.7 billion shillings in the bank, sold it to Nigeria’s largest lender, Access Bank, for 4.3 billion shillings.

“We initially bought the bank at 2.7 billion shillings and then invested capital, which brought our investments to 4.7 billion shillings. However, every year we revalue the bank and at the point of sale we take it up to 2.5 billion shillings after forecasting revaluation losses on our books,” he said.

Mr Mworia said the decision to exit was rational after years of trying to adapt to changing dynamics in the banking sector.

Just after pouring money into renaming the bank, upgrading systems and hiring a new management team, the banking industry was hit by the collapse of Imperial Bank and Chase Bank.

What that did was that the cost of funding for tier two and tier three banks increased dramatically, and they started having liquidity issues.

Sidian was also very dependent on wholesale deposits because the challenge in the microfinance segment is that they are largely net borrowers, they weren’t savers so now you have to get expensive wholesale deposits from institutions to finance the bank.

Then the interest rate cap came into effect and that meant it was no longer profitable to offer microloans because they couldn’t assess the risk. After all, Sidian was largely doing unsecured lending.

Mr Mworia says when the cap came it took almost 1.3 billion shillings out of revenue and turned the bank into a loss-making institution because it had a fixed cost structure.

He says they found themselves in a tough spot and chose to adapt by moving away from microfinance lending and now becoming a more SME-focused corporate bank.

This meant they needed new leadership and Mr Mworia fell back on data assessing all the smaller banks to see which one was doing well on deposits and unfunded income.

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When they did a ranking, Credit Bank came out on top and that’s how they got Chege Thumbi about five years ago which brought the bank’s resurgence back to profitability.

However, this took time and required additional resources, Centum had to make additional capital investments and equity injections to sustain the growth of the institution and support the systems.

“Once you went to the SME bank, now you’re focused on small business lending, you have to support them with the digital tools and if you look we won the award for the best app on the market, which speaks to the business and the brand we’ve built,” he said.

They increased the balance sheet from 10 billion shillings to around 43 billion shillings and brought the bank back to net profitability of 117 million shillings in the first quarter of this year.

In 2019, the rate cap was removed, but the Central Bank of Kenya wanted to make sure lenders were no longer charging exorbitant prices.

The regulator introduced a new risk-based regime, which meant that a borrower ideally got the same rate whether they borrowed from Sidian or KCB, as pricing is based on customer risk, not cost. form the bank.

Mr Mworia said that in a situation where you cannot pass the cost of being small on to the customer, the smaller you are, the less efficient you are because the cost of people and systems is the same, but the cost of funds is higher for smaller players.

So the only way out is to increase revenue, especially on the unfunded revenue side, be more efficient in your cost structure, or grow the business.

However, banking is a capital intensive business, for you to scale, every shilling backs Sh8 of assets, so for you to scale you need to invest money.

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Mr Mworia said Centum had three options, either stay put and stagnate below its potential, which meant years without dividends and with limited capital that may require additional funds.

They could strive to be tier 2 with over 10 billion shillings in capital, but that would mean investing 800 million shillings a year for three years and keeping all profits in the bank before they could scale up with a return of up to 16% of equity.

The other option was to get a strategic buyer with an established banking network that would need fewer resources to scale.

“Now we had these three choices and imagine this is your pension fund and you are the chairman of the investment committee, which option would you take?”

Mr Mworia said the exit was a rational decision, at a fair price when you look at the market and where the banks are trading, the price to book is around 1.1 and 0.2.

“We said if we can get a price at the top of the market, we’re happy to get out. We therefore exited at 1.1 price-to-book ratio, at the high end of the market. Then that other investor can now come in and take advantage of their synergies and take the institution to the next level,” he said.

Then from their point of view, because stock prices are now very low in the market, with this liquidity they can redeploy buy stakes in blue chips which pay high dividends as well as fixed income in the meantime market conditions improve.

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Fake loan app scam: Odisha EOW arrests two more scammers https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fake-loan-app-scam-odisha-eow-arrests-two-more-scammers/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 11:07:26 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/fake-loan-app-scam-odisha-eow-arrests-two-more-scammers/ Bhubaneshwar: The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Odisha has arrested two more fraudsters for their involvement in the illegal loan application case. According to reports, Rakshith and Sushanth from Udupi district in Karnataka were arrested by EOW Bhubaneswar in EOW PS Case No. 9 dated 21.04.2022 U/s 294/506/507/420/467/ 468/120-B IPC & 66 D of the […]]]>

Bhubaneshwar: The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Odisha has arrested two more fraudsters for their involvement in the illegal loan application case.

According to reports, Rakshith and Sushanth from Udupi district in Karnataka were arrested by EOW Bhubaneswar in EOW PS Case No. 9 dated 21.04.2022 U/s 294/506/507/420/467/ 468/120-B IPC & 66 D of the IT law, 2000.

Both Rakshith and Sushanth are directors of companies – Mudmate Technologies Private Limited, Yellow Tune Technologies Private Limited and Pinkleaf Aryan Communications Private Limited. They will be produced today in the SDJM court in Bhubaneswar.

Rakshith and Sushanth being the directors of the above companies in collusion with others, they were facilitating the illegal loan transaction and the process of recovering the loans given through illegal digital loan apps like KOKO, JOJO and many other apps.

They were doing this in connivance and collaboration with many other shell companies like IWT-India etc. They also ran a Bangalore call center that used to make threatening and humiliating calls and massages to loan victims and their contacts.

Both are said to have leaked a lot of important information that gives clues to a very complex and well-organized racket, the details of which are under investigation.

Earlier accused Md. Javed Saifi the owner of IWT-India and Sri Tarun Kumar Dudeja the owner of Digital Batua and other shady companies/Shell were arrested in this case and an amount of around Rs 6.57 Crore lying in the accounts of M/s Mahagram Payment Pvt. ltd. was frozen.

In addition, a total of 41 post-paid JIO SIM cards in the names of various people to be used in mule accounts were seized from Tarun Kumar Dudeja. As many as 1058 virtual accounts belonging to Mahagram Payments used to run the scam have been frozen.

Also accused Ram Shriram Pathade, managing director of Mahagram Payments Pvt. Ltd, a resident of Sonam Heights in Mumbai was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on May 25, 2022.

Apart from arresting the defendants, Odisha Police demanded Google to remove/remove the illegal lending apps from their Play Store. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also been urged to take strict action against such illegal loan apps.

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Beneficial State Bank closes $218 million financing https://paydayadvanceusca.com/beneficial-state-bank-closes-218-million-financing/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 01:08:07 +0000 https://paydayadvanceusca.com/beneficial-state-bank-closes-218-million-financing/ Beneficial State Bank on Thursday (June 9) closed a $218 million equity offering of the U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP), which will support the expansion of lending to small businesses and low-income customers to moderate. ECIP, announced by Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is investing $8.7 billion in various […]]]>

Beneficial State Bank on Thursday (June 9) closed a $218 million equity offering of the U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP), which will support the expansion of lending to small businesses and low-income customers to moderate.

ECIP, announced by Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is investing $8.7 billion in various community banks, based on their track record of lending to underserved communities.

Beneficial State Bank said the new investment will go towards building capacity to serve marginalized communities. The bank wants to use it to add more products to help with things like “community outreach, minority-owned small business loans, funding for affordable housing projects, loans to non-profit organizations , consumer loans to those who generally do not have access to credit” and more, according to a press release.

“The economic ripple effects of COVID-19 continue, particularly in communities that have long been neglected by the financial industry,” said Randell Leach, CEO of Beneficial State Bank. “This investment will allow us to fund even more small businesses, support non-profit organizations providing essential services to our communities, and help families plan for their future.”

“With this funding, we have the opportunity to triple our impact in the years to come, in pursuit of our vision of a bank that helps restore our planet and expand prosperity for all.”

In other news related to banking aid to underserved communities, DreamStart Labs and free smartphone company KEiPhone are offering new digital banking services in EMEA to provide FinTech-enabled smartphones to unbanked women in this region.

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The phones, distributed by KEIPhone, will come pre-installed with the DreamSave application. Women who receive the phones will be able to see advertisements with content aimed at them, such as mobile money services, to help entrepreneurs improve their businesses and support agricultural innovation.

There will also be ways to access paid solar products. The companies plan to start working with 10,000 women in rural Uganda and later expand to other countries.

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