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Updated on: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:58 PM IST

Prosus to acquire Indian digital payments provider BillDesk for $4.7 bn

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M. N. Srinivasu, co-founder of BillDesk, said the company has been a pioneer in driving digital payments in India for well over a decade. | BillDesk website

M. N. Srinivasu, co-founder of BillDesk, said the company has been a pioneer in driving digital payments in India for well over a decade. | BillDesk website

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Global consumer internet group Prosus NV on Tuesday said PayU will acquire Indian digital payments provider BillDesk for $4.7 billion (about Rs 34,376.2 crore).

"...An agreement has been reached between PayU and the shareholders of the Indian digital payments provider BillDesk to acquire BillDesk for $4.7 billion," a statement said.

The proposed acquisition will see PayU, the payments and fintech business of Prosus which operates in more than 20 high-growth markets, become one of the leading online payment providers globally by total payment volume (TPV) - handling a TPV of $147 billion, it added.

He added that the announcement reflects Prosus' desire to build valuable, global consumer internet businesses that provide useful products and services for millions of people in their everyday lives.

"Along with classifieds, food delivery, and education technology, payments and fintech is a core segment for Prosus, and India remains our number one investment destination," he said.

M. N. Srinivasu, co-founder of BillDesk, said the company has been a pioneer in driving digital payments in India for well over a decade.

"This investment by Prosus validates the significant opportunity in India for digital payments that is being propelled by innovation and the progressive regulatory framework put into place by the Reserve Bank of India, India's central bank," Srinivasu said.

PayU India and BillDesk run complementary businesses within India's digital payment industry. Together, the two expect to create a financial ecosystem handling four billion transactions annually - four times PayU's current level in India, the statement said.

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Published on: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:58 PM IST
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