Home Credit pioneers joint lending partnerships for unsecured portfolio

Home Credit India (HCIN), a local arm of the international consumer finance provider with operations spanning over Europe and Asia, and committed to drive financial inclusion in India has for the first time tied-up with Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) for joint lending. The recent RBI guidelines has led the industry to explore partnership avenues in the new framework with the aim to reach out to the large unbanked customer base.

With the objective of empowering customers, HCIN is committed towards driving credit penetration and broadening financial inclusion through responsible lending in the country. Keeping in mind the convenience of the customer, under this first of its kind agreement, Home Credit and KVB will disburse the loan as a single amount to the customer. The uniqueness of this partnership is in the end-to-end automated processing by which the customer gets real-time approval and disbursement.

Speaking about the tie-up, Mr. Anirban Majumder, CFO, Home Credit India, said: “Our partnership with Karur Vysya Bank is unique in the unsecured lending space and we are confident that this partnership will prove mutually beneficial for both the organizations. Under this arrangement, Home Credit India will facilitate the sourcing and servicing of the loans originated under this scheme, while, underwriting will be done jointly on real time basis on a fully digitized platform. With this partnership and by leveraging the lower cost of funds of KVB, Home Credit India will be able to reach out to a new segment of customer. Going forward, Joint Lending is a successful and practical way of lending for NBFCs and I am pleased that we have pioneered the same with a strong player like Karur Vysya Bank. I look forward to this partnership successfully serving the underserved segment and broadening Financial Inclusion in India.”

Mr. P.R. Seshadri, Managing Director and CEO, Karur Vysya Bank, said: “Karur Vysya Bank is a key player in the retail lending space. We process loans through an app based end-to-end paperless solution that is unique in the industry. We are delighted to partner with Home Credit. We are sure that their global experience, knowledge and expertise will add great value to our business. This partnership will help us leverage HCIN’s large data base, reach out to a segment which we have not pursued aggressively in the past and we will be able to provide other banking products to these customers, as well.”

Retail lending is seeing robust growth in volumes and transactions across all portfolios due to the rising aspirations of Indian customers. NBFCs are also set to gain in these partnerships as it results in lower costs of funding loans. Therefore, joint lending for unsecured loans is seen as a viable business growth proposition.

Home Credit is a pioneer in the category of providing real time loans to the underserved and unbanked by offering flexible finance options on smartphones and home appliances. These financing options are simple, transparent and accessible to all that can be availed easily as the company has a strong network of around 29,000 points-of-sale (PoS) across 179 cities. Home Credit provide loan options on leading smartphones and consumer durable brands like LG Electronics, Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, Sony, Voltas and others to upgrade to a better lifestyle.