BusinessZoodPay Acquires Pakistani Consumer Lending Tez Financial Services

ZoodPay Acquires Pakistani Consumer Lending Tez Financial Services

ZoodPay & ZoodMall, Switzerland based, the leading digital lending platform for e-commerce in the Middle East and Central Asia has fully acquired Pakistani consumer lending Tez Financials.

The financial detail of transaction is not disclosed yet but the statement noted that it is the first M&A deal in Pakistan’s young fintech space.

Tez Financial founded in 2016 by Naureen Hyat and Humza Hussain, operating 160+ cities of Pakistan.

Tez offers nano-loans to un-banked and under-banked population across Pakistan through its digital platform (Tez App).

According to its website, it offers personal loans of up to PKR 25,000 that the users can pay back in installments.

Tez Financial Services

Tez has a fixed one-time fee for these loans, ranging between 10 to 20% depending on the loan amount and customer profile.

Tez had become the first licensed Non-Bank Financial Company (NBFC) in Pakistan in 2018, backed by leading investors including Planet N, Flourish Ventures (Omidyar Network), and Accion

It had raised over $1 million till date in financing.

The Karachi-headquartered fintech had also won $100,000 in Visa Everywhere Initiative for Women competition, in 2019.

Commenting on the acquisition, co-founders of Tez Financial said, “We started Tez with an ambition to make access to finance for the masses as easy as access to a mobile phone. We are humbled and thrilled by the confidence shown in our business model by larger regional players and look forward to the next level of development for Tez where our learning in crafting the digital lending journey and managing risk can serve as a foundation for delivering consumer-centric lending solutions at scale, while creating credit histories for the masses.”

ZoodPay is currently operating in Joran, Iraq, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan has raised $50 million from Zain Ventures and Sturgeon Capital. ZoodPay would expand its offerings to Pakistan with the acquisition of Tez,

“The company’s lending strategy is fortified by three integral elements of digital infrastructure including, (i) Acquisition of consumers and merchants via its diverse distribution channels including its own e-commerce marketplace and network of retailers and partners, (ii) Deriving rich transactional data from its internal universe of fintech, e-commerce marketplace and logistics, and (iii) Leveraging its proprietary credit scoring algorithms to assess credit risk and extend credit to both consumers and merchants,” stated the fintech in a statement.

It is not immediately clear if ZoodPay plans to launch its BNPL product in Pakistan.

Michael Khoi, CEO of ZoodPay said, “Pakistan is a market brimming with potential given the number of people seeking access to credit facilities. We’re confident that by combining ZoodPay’s unique ecosystem and experience operating in frontier markets with Tez’s local know-how, strong team and ecosystem partnerships, we’ll be able to positively impact the life of Pakistani people and empower them by giving them access to easy, affordable and reliable digital financial services.”

Nadeem Hussain, Chairman of Tez said, “The Pakistani startup ecosystem has hit its inflection point. In addition to sizable fundraisers, acquisitions of local players by international players are starting to take place. This further validates the global value Pakistani startups are creating. Planet N was one of the first in the market to invest in startups. We are now seeing the first-mover advantage.”

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