Paytm Payments Bank recorded a loss of Rs 30.7 crore between August 2016 and March 31, 2017, according to the documents it submitted to the corporate affairs ministry, reported news agency PTI on Wednesday. The company, which formally began operations in May this year, was one of the 11 that were granted in-principle approval by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up limited banking operations — accepting deposits from individuals and small business of Rs 1 lakh per account. The bank’s first branch was opened in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Paytm Payments Bank logged Rs 2.47 crore as revenue during the same period, its records showed. The company, the market leader in the segment, has at least 250 million electronic payments wallets. Also read: All Paytm wallet accounts automatically migrated to Paytm Payments Bank; here’s how to opt out
Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma maintains 51 per cent share in the banking company, while the rest is held by One97 Communications, which is funded by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba — Alibaba does not have a direct shareholding in the payments bank.
At the time of opening, Paytm had said it “is in the process of expanding footprints in near future, which will be spread across metro, urban, semi-urban and rural areas. Bank has proposed to set up 31 branches, 33 controlling offices and 3,000 access points by March 31, 2018,” reported PTI. The company did not comment on its losses.
RBI recently began allowing payment banks to operate in the country with the objective of deepening financial inclusion. Shekhar, on receiving approval for Paytm Payments Bank, had said the aim of the project is to build a new business model in banking industry, focused on taking financial services to millions of unserved or underserved Indians. Airtel and Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank are among the companies which offer similar services.
Last month, Paytm Payments Bank said it was looking to partner full-service banks to offer more services. “Anything which we cannot offer, we will be partnering with the banks. Whether it’s going to be a loan, or a credit card, or a term deposit, and other services,” said Renu Satti, CEO of Paytm Payments Bank, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
(With inputs from agencies)