• 31 August 2022
  • fintech sme financing citi securitisation facility

Press Release: Validus and Citi establish USD 100 million facility to drive SME financing

 

Press Release

  • The securitisation facility is the first-of-its-kind collaboration between a large global bank and a fintech in Southeast Asia, along with participation by a Singapore-based institutional investor.
  • Validus has seen strong growth in loans in spite of the pandemic and current rising interest rate environment. In the last 24 months, it grew its monthly volumes by over 8x and tripled its loan book across the Group.
  • Validus is Southeast Asia’s leading SME growth financing platform and Winner of MAS Fintech Awards 2020 (Singapore Financial Institution), with more than US$1.6 billion in loans disbursed to date.  

 

SINGAPORE, 31 August 2022Validus and Citibank N.A. (“Citi”) today announced the establishment of a USD 100 million securitisation facility, collateralised by SME loans originated by Validus in Singapore.

This collaboration between a large global bank and a fintech is the first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia in terms of deal and structure and was launched in early Q2 this year. The facility is also supported by First Plus Asset Management Pte. Ltd. (“First Plus”), a Singapore-based multi-asset investment manager focused on Asia structured credit and equities.

Since the facility was established in the second quarter, Validus doubled its borrower base in Singapore and grew its loan book by 60% across the Group over the same time period. This tracks similarly stellar growth across Validus Group, which has grown its monthly volumes by over 8x and tripled its loan book over the last 24 months.

Milena Naitoh, Head of Corporate Development at Validus, said, “This collaboration with Citi underscores the quality of our origination, credit portfolio management, strength and resilience of our business, in today’s market environment. With this evolution in our financing strategy, as well as the support of Citi as an established player in the asset-backed securities space, we are now even better positioned to support the growth of SMEs with accessible and effortless business finance.”

Milena added, “As Validus continues to extend its position as a leading all-in-one SME finance platform in Southeast Asia, this securitised lending structure, together with a diversified financing and product strategy, will enable us to grow at a much greater scale. We are honoured that Citi has chosen to collaborate with us on this landmark securitised lending transaction with a fintech start-up in Southeast Asia, and we are looking at replicating this transaction playbook across other markets.”

Lei Tie, Co-founder and Head of Structured Credit at First Plus, said, “We are thrilled to be part of the transaction, which has established a gold standard for non-recourse asset based financing for Southeast Asia, and to be able to support Validus on their next phase of growth.”

Validus is currently raising its Series C equity round for an undisclosed amount. The combination of the securitisation facility and Series C equity funding will further drive Validus’ expansion plans as it starts to introduce its digital business account product and related services in other Southeast Asia markets.

Validus’ proprietary algorithmic credit models and uniquely aggregated alternative underwriting data has driven reliable historical performance in origination, underwriting and collections. Since its launch in 2015, Validus has disbursed over US$1.6 billion across more than 65,000 loans to small businesses in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

The company is backed by highly reputed VCs including FMO, Vertex Growth, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, AddVentures by SCG, K3 Ventures, Openspace Ventures and VinaCapital Ventures.

 

 

About Validus

Founded in 2015 to address the unmet financing needs of SMEs, Validus is Southeast Asia’s leading SME growth financing platform. In 2022, Validus has expanded beyond lending solutions to become ASEAN’s first SME-focused, full-suite financial services provider, with an offering that includes business account, corporate cards, payments and expense management. Validus is headquartered in Singapore and is growing rapidly across its four markets – Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. An award-winning FinTech, Validus uses alternative data and AI-driven data analytics to drive growth financing to the underserved SME sector via funds from individual and institutional investors. Validus holds a Capital Markets Services License by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and is also licensed by Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) in Indonesia and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Thailand. For more information, please visit validus.sg.