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Exclusive: Lendingkart raises Rs 100 Cr debt from Stride Ventures


Small and medium enterprises focused digital lending platform Lendingkart has secured Rs 100 crore ($12 million) in debt and Rs 8 crore (nearly $1 million) in equity from Stride Ventures. This is the second major debt closure by the Ahmedabad-based firm in the past year.

The board at Lendingkart has passed a board resolution to issue 10,000 non-convertible debentures and 454 Series D5 CCPS to raise Rs 108 crore or $13 million, its regulatory filing accessed from the RoC shows.

As per the filings, the Temasek-backed company has raised Rs 318 crore ($38 million) in debt to date. Lendingkart will receive the debt fund in two tranches of Rs 50 crore ($6 million) each and it will carry a coupon rate of 14% per annum.

According to the startup data intelligence platform TheKredible, the company has been valued at around $690 million post-allotment.

Just last month, LendingKart raised $10 million through external commercial borrowing (ECBs) from a fund managed by BlueOrchard.

As of now, Lendingkart has mopped up Rs 1,050 crore ($126 million) in equity capital from investors like Fullerton, Bertelsmann, Mayfield India, Saama Capital, Sistema Asia and India Quotient.

Lendingkart disburses loans with an average ticket size of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh to MSME business owners. As per its website, it has disbursed over Rs 18,700 crore to over 300,000 businesses present in 4,100 cities.

Lendingkart performed well in FY23 as its revenue from operations grew by 33.4% to Rs 858 crore. Meanwhile, the firm also posted Rs 119 crore profit in the same period. It’s yet to file annual financial results for FY24.

As per a media report, the company is planning for an initial public offering (IPO) by next year. Lendingkart is targeting to cross Rs 10,000 crore in assets under management before going public.

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