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MFI Ujjivan raises Rs.127.9 Crores (USD 25.5 Million) equity
Ujjivan, one of India’s leading urban poor-focused microfinance institutions, raised USD 25.5 Million equity funding. Two new FIIs, FMO (Netherlands Development Finance Company) and Wolfensohn Capital Partners, and existing investors participated.
Speaking on the funding, Mr. Samit Ghosh, managing director, Ujjivan said, “We thank our existing investors who continue to reiterate their commitment to us and welcome our two new investors. This round of equity funding will make Ujjivan one of the best capitalised MFIs in the country”. With this round of equity funding, the last being in 2009, Ujjivan’s capitalisation has more than doubled to Rs.2300 million. Kotak Investment Banking was the advisor and arranger of the transaction.
Mr. Sanjiv Kapur, managing director, Wolfensohn India Advisors Pvt. Ltd. said “This is the first investment for Wolfensohn in the Indian microfinance sector, endorsing our faith in the sector and in Ujjivan’s financial inclusion model”.
Mrs. Sudha Suresh, Ujjivan’s chief financial officer indicated that the additional capital will help increase the loan book from the current Rs.600 Crores to around Rs.1600 Crores given the Reserve Bank of India’s 15% capital adequacy requirement for NBFC-MFIs.
“We are very happy to work with Ujjivan, which is constantly searching for ways to better serve the urban poor. Their firm focus on their mission to alleviate poverty and strong business credentials make Ujjivan a very interesting partner for FMO” said Mr. Keesjan de Kruijf, senior investment officer, FMO .
Ujjivan’s existing investors which participated in the fifth round of funding include Lok Capital, India Financial Inclusion Fund (Caspian Advisors), Sequoia Capital, Mauritius Unitus Corporation and Elevar Equity.
“India continues to be a preferred investment destination for FIIs and it is heartening to see that fundamentally strong organisations in the microfinance sector are a key focus”, added Mr. Mohit Bhatnagar, managing director, Sequoia Capital . It is the largest stakeholder in Ujjivan.
“When we look for large MFIs which are truly client centric, transparent, have good systems, great leadership, and are sincere in its social objectives, Ujjivan is the only MFI which comes to mind. Our investment thesis is built around making it the borrower of choice for the base of the pyramid, across the country”, said Venky Natarajan, managing partner, Lok Capital .
Ujjivan serves over a million clients in 20 states including 49 under-banked districts across the country and does not have a presence in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, Ujjivan received the Microfinance Organisation of the Year award and ranked No.1 in the Microfinance Industry as the Best Company to Work for in India.
Chris Brookfield, Managing Director, Elevar Equity : “Dedicated to providing world class customer service delivered through commercial and community-best practices, Samit Ghosh’s leadership has uniquely positioned Ujjivan as a company built to last”.
Viswanatha Prasad, Fund Manager, India Financial Inclusion Fund (Caspian Advisors) : “Ujjivan is a good example of how responsible microfinance is delivered for the benefit of all stakeholders. Having navigated a difficult year successfully, Ujjivan is poised to be amongst the leaders of Indian microfinance. Caspian Funds is delighted to participate in this round of capital raise alongside existing and new shareholders.”
Investors in fifth round equity funding: Lok Capital: Rs.100 Million | Sequoia Capital: Rs.100 Million | Mauritius Unitus Corporation:
About Ujjivan Financial Services Limited :
Ujjivan Financial Services, a microfinance institution (MFI), started operations in Bangalore in 2005 and is a member of Grameen Network, Bangladesh. Ujjivan serves over 1 million urban and semi-urban poor customers in 20 states across India with 3600 employees at 302 branches. It has disbursed loans of over Rs.28 Billion with a repayment rate above 98%. It has a strong financial literacy program and conducts healthcare, education and vocational training programs for customers in collaboration with sister non-profit organization, Parinaam Foundation. In jointly funded programs with staff, Ujjivan also provides emergency disaster relief to customers and staff across the country. http://www.ujjivan.com