New Delhi: India’s leading mobile payments and financial services distribution company Paytm has announced its October-December quarter earnings showing a strong growth momentum led by higher subscription revenue, improvement in margin, and payments business revenue.
The fintech giant’s revenue in Q3FY24 grew 38 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 2,850 crore while EBITDA before ESOP improved by Rs 188 crore YoY to Rs 219 crore. (Also Read: Get Free Chole Bhature From This Restaurant By Showing Cancel Maldives Trip Ticket)
Led by growth in net payments margin and financial services business, Paytm’s contribution profit jumped 45 percent YoY to Rs 1,520 crore. The company’s profit after tax (PAT) improved by Rs 170 Cr YoY to (Rs 222 Cr) in Q3FY24. (Also Read: New Rules For NPS Withdrawals Coming Into Effect From February 1: Check What Changes It Brings)
Revenue from the payments business jumped 45 percent YoY to Rs 1,730 crore while the net payment margin rose 63 percent YoY to Rs 748 crore. Merchants paying subscriptions for Paytm’s payment devices have crossed a crore mark as it stood at 1.06 crore as of December 2023, increasing 49 Lakh YoY while its merchant payments volume (GMV) grew 47 percent YoY to Rs 5.10 lakh crore.
The company continues to expect strong demand from merchants for its mobile payment acceptance products due to innovative features, superior quality, and a strong distribution and service network.
Paytm’s revenue from financial services and other segments went up 36 percent YoY to Rs 607 crore due to a high proportion of personal loans and merchant loans distribution and increasing revenue from the insurance broking business.
Total number of unique users who took a loan through the Paytm platform increased by 44 Lakh over the last 1 year to 1.25 crore.
“We see a large opportunity in the high-ticket loan business, with over 20mn users already whitelisted. We piloted this product in Q2 FY 2024 and has scaled up this quarter as we distributed USD 490 Cr of loans. We expect it to accelerate further in coming quarters, as we onboard more lending partners. We are currently working with 2 lending partners for high ticket loans and we expect to add at least 3-4 more lending partners by QI FY 2025,” said the company in a stock exchange filing.
In the payments sector, the company aims to reinforce its acquiring leadership through a multi-device strategy. Additionally, it will focus on new use cases such as Credit on UPI and Autopay to drive monetizable incremental customer acquisition.
Within financial services, it is focusing on expanding high-ticket loans by seeking new lending partners. Paytm is diversifying its offerings by expanding embedded insurance and merchant insurance services, along with cross-selling equity trading to the Paytm consumer base.
Paytm’s Average Monthly Transacting Users (MTU) for Q3FY24 grew 18% YoY to 10 Crore as the adoption of mobile payments for consumers in India continues.
The company continues to monetize Paytm app traffic in its Marketing Services segment wherein it provides services to merchants that help them grow their customers.
Revenue from the Marketing Services business grew 22 percent YoY to Rs 514 Crore. In Marketing Services, the company provides merchants with services like Deals, Gift Vouchers, and Loyalty programs, and enables commerce services, including advertising on the Paytm App for various brands and businesses.
Moreover, Paytm is expediting the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable the rapid deployment of features within the core tech and product functions.
Additionally, the company’s board has approved its investment of Rs 100 crore in GIFT City for the development of an AI-driven cross-border remittance solution and to establish an innovation-focused development center.
The company’s board has also approved its joint development agreement with ACE builders to set up a campus in Noida on its pre-allotted land, which will require no expenditure from Paytm.