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BASIX Sub-K raises INR 350 million equity funding from Accion and Nordic Microfinance Initiative

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Capital will be used to deepen their efforts towards financial inclusion in India 

Mumbai, March 21, 2018: BASIX Sub-K iTransactions Ltd, a Hyderabad based company focused on financial inclusion, has raised INR 350 million from global nonprofit and financial inclusion pioneer Accion and Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI), a public-private partnership, owned by among others, the Norwegian and Danish governmental funds for developing countries (Norfund and IFU). Intellecap served as the investment banker for the deal.

Sub-K will use a sizeable amount of the funds for business growth by investing in the expansion of its agent banking network and credit facilitation for micro and small businesses. Some of the amount raised will also be dedicated to strengthening its IT platform that would help the company position itself as a preferred fintech as well as distribution partner for banks and financial institutions.

Sasidhar Thumuluri, MD & CEO of Basix Sub-K says, “We are very excited about this investment. Accion and NMI as well as our early investor Michael & Susan Dell Foundation share our vision of a financially included society. Building upon Basix’s two decades of cutting edge work in financial inclusion, we will be able to continue to invest in innovations and increase our reach multi-fold, thanks to this investment.”

“Sub-K’s understanding of client needs, network of agents, and bank partnerships help address a long-standing challenge of providing rural families in India with the financial services they need to build better lives,” says Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion.

“We are very thrilled and excited to join the Sub-K team. NMI has high expectations for Sub-K, thanks to its strong and customer centric concept, and highly competent management and staff,” says Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of NMI.

“This new capital infusion from Accion and NMI is a testament to Sub-K’s promise as a transformative provider of diversified financial services to low-income families across the country. We are thrilled to be a partner in Sub-K’s evolution and continued growth,” said Santhosh Ramdoss, Director – India Programs, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

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About Basix Sub-K iTransactions Ltd:
Founded in 2010, Basix Sub-K iTransactions Ltd., is an associate company of BASIX Social Enterprise Group. It started with a vision to provide financial access to the unbanked population by leveraging technology. Sub-K serves as a bridge between financial service providers and under-banked customers. As of February, 2018, the company is operational in 23 states of India and manages a loan portfolio of INR 6.66 billion for various banks. Sub-K has deployed as many as 13,000 agents or customer service providers (CSPs) to interface with customers on the ground. The company has partnered with over 14 private and public banks and serves a customer base of 1.8 million with a bouquet of financial services. More at: https://www.subk.co.in/

About Accion:
Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. More at: http://www.accion.org/

About Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI):
NMI invests in microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Asia and Africa, strictly focusing on double bottom line investments, where both financial and social goals are met. NMI is a public-private partnership, owned by the Norwegian and Danish governmental funds for developing countries (Norfund and IFU) and large private sector institutions. Through 10 years of operation, NMI has managed funds of approximately 200 million USD, and currently holds 19 investments. NMI’s headquarter is in Oslo, Norway, with offices in New Delhi, Copenhagen, Denmark and Nairobi, Kenya. More at: nmimicro.no/en

About Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. Headquartered in Austin, TX with offices in New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood wellness, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $1.5 billion to global children's issues and community initiatives to date. More at: www.msdf.org 

About Intellecap:

Intellecap is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions that help build and scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change. Founded in 2002, the Aavishkaar and Intellecap Group now manages assets of over USD 650 Million and have directed over USD 1 Billion of Capital to entrepreneurs working on such challenging problems sustainably through equity funds, venture debt vehicle, microfinance lending or investment banking intermediation. Intellecap provides a broad range of Consulting, Research and Investment Banking Services, to Multilateral Agencies, Development Finance Institutions, Social Enterprises, Corporations, Investors, Policy Makers and Donors. More at: www.intellecap.com

Press Coverage:

The Economic Times -  BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 350 million from Accion and Nordic Microfinance Initiative
Business Standard - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs.350mn towards deepening financial inclusion
The Hindu Business Line - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 35 cr from Accion, Nordic Microfinance
ANI News - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs.350mn towards deepening financial inclusion
Businessworld - BASIX Sub-K Raises Over $5M Equity Funding from Accion and Nordic Microfinance Initiative
Deal Street Asia - India: BASIX Sub-K raises $5.4m from Accion, Nordic Microfinance, others
India Today - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 35 crore from Accion, NMI 
Yourstory - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 350Cr equity funding from Accion, Nordic Microfinance Initiative
India.com - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 35 crore from Accion, NMI
DailyHunt - BASIX Sub-K raises Rs 350Cr equity funding from Accion, Nordic Microfinance Initiative  
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