Novena Global Lifecare (the “Company”), one of the world’s largest integrated medical healthcare and aesthetic companies with over 100 clinics in 20 cities mainly in the Asia Pacific region, has completed its US$350 million (S$476 million) merger with Xingkeduo, an express haircut business with nearly 100 stores in high foot-traffic prime locations in China’s first- and second-tier cities and a China-wide e-commerce platform.
The merger provides Singapore-owned Novena Global Lifecare with access to Xingkeduo’s internet technology and physical network of nearly 100 stores, which will now be complemented by the Company’s medical aesthetic expertise through its NOVU Aesthetics (NOVU) brand. This merger will also see an accelerated expansion of NOVU and Xingkeduo brands in China, as plans are underway for the creation of a one-of-a-kind hybrid store format offering complementary medtech-based aesthetic and hairdressing solutions driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as generate cross-selling opportunities for both brands.
The new company‘s English name will remain as “Novena Global Lifecare”. Evolve Capital Asia and InsightX Capitalare the financial advisers for Novena Global Lifecare and Xingkeduo, respectively, for this merger funded by cash and shares in Novena Global Lifecare. In addition, the merged entity will manage the expansion of the NOVU and Xingkeduo brands in China and in the Asia Pacific region.
Following the merger, DORR Group and Novena Global Lifecare’s Executive Chairman and co-founder Nelson Loh will serve as Novena Global Lifecare’schairman, while DORR Group and Novena Global Lifecare’s CEO and co-founder Terence Loh and Xingkeduo’s founder Willy Chuangwill be appointed co-CEOs of Novena Global Lifecare.
AI-based Beauty OS platform to drive growth
Founded in Beijing in 2015, Xingkeduo is the first company in China that combines hairdressing with online-to-offline commerce using Internet technology for online order, queue reservations in the cloud, with the actual hairdressing services provided in the shop. To date, Xingkeduo has served more than 3 million customers, with over 6 million sales made online, and maintained a 99.54% positive rating online.
Xingkeduo’s founder Willy Chuang said: “China has the most developed and active e-commerce retail system in the world. With our proprietary AI-based Beauty OS system, Xingkeduo has been able to evolve and scale up from a hair salon offering express haircuts to one offering its own brand of professional scalp care and hair styling products to target customers’ needs, not only in stores but also on e-commerce platforms. With Novena Global Lifecare’s participation, we are confident that we can grow our combined business exponentially in China and beyond.”
Mr Chuang added: “We analysed the prospects of the service industries and the healthcare sector, and we believe that the future unicorns will be multi-brand matrices, and the customer experience will not be limited to the store, but consist of a seamless online-to-offline experience, covering a full range of on-demand products and services, including customised aesthetic and medical solutions.”
As part of the business integration, Xingkeduo plans to implement version 3.0 of its growth plans and expand into the provision of medical care services, such as scalp management and hair transplants. This builds on Xingkeduo’s successful transformation from version 1.0 (purely haircut services) into the current version 2.0, through the integration of offline and online services in a short span of just three years.
Growing footprint in China
Novena Global Lifecare is one of the successful portfolio companies in DORR Group, which is a privately held investment holding company managing over US$4 billion of assets across various industries from consumer, healthcare, technology and media. The DORR Group is also in the process of setting up a new US$150 million Sino-Singapore Healthcare Fund for the tri-party of Novena Global Lifecare, Sinopharm Capital and Cedarlake Capital to invest in a portfolio of companies involved in Southeast Asia’s medical services, biomedical projects, mature drugs and precision medicine sectors.
DORR Group’s Nelson Loh said: “Through this merger, Novena Global Lifecarewill immediately reinforce our leading presence in the aesthetics beauty and wellness industry in Asia Pacific. More significantly, it would further improve our retail and service quality, and disrupt the current industry model and cost structure. We strongly believe that in the future, whether in Singapore, China, or even in Asia and Latin America, we can use this model to empower customers to have more customised products and services.”
“As an investor in the medical industry, and with our experience in operating a global chain of aesthetic healthcare stores, both data and intuitive experience tell me that this industry is a field where consumers need more affordable and convenient services, and has very broad growth prospects. With the experience of Xingkeduo in China’s beauty market, the resources of the company’s shareholders and the Beauty OS system built for the company’s business, we are confident that we will continue to be a trailblazer in China’s medical beauty and medical care markets, bringing more choices for Chinese consumers,” Mr Nelson Loh added.
Moving forward, Novena Global Lifecarewill continue to provide consumers with convenient, efficient and cost-effective products and services, based on both parties’ common vision and consistent development goals for the lifecare and medical industries.
The Company will also accelerate the development of both brands, NOVU and Xingkeduo, and launch the development of multi-stores in China and Asia Pacific, as well as introduce NOVU’s skincare technology to consumers in China and leverage on the Beauty OS system to accelerate the service upgrade of NOVU stores around the world.
DORR Group’s co-founder Terence Loh said, “Asia has become the capital of the world’s beauty industry, with China and Southeast Asia recording the fastest development and the most promising market for Asian beauty and medical care. China is a huge market and we believe we are well positioned to seize opportunities especially in its highly fragmented aesthetic healthcare market. There’s definitely room for a well-run, well-funded integrated practice that provides affordable and accessible healthcare and medical aesthetics services to the mass market.”
SOURCE Novena Global Lifecare
UBS Managing Director Choo Oi Yee To Join iSTOX As Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
iSTOX, the first regulated platform in any major global financial center to offer end-to-end issuance, custody, and trading of digitized securities, is pleased to announce the appointment of Choo Oi Yee as its first Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
Choo has over 20 years of experience in the investment and banking industry, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Singapore Corporate Client Solutions for UBS, where she was responsible for UBS Singapore’s investment banking business. In her new role at iSTOX, Choo will be a key member of iSTOX’s management team responsible for driving the company’s overall business growth by building its network of investors and issuers. She will join the iSTOX team in January of 2020.
“I see some truly fundamental changes on the horizon for capital markets and I believe that Singapore — and the iSTOX team — are uniquely well positioned to take advantage of them,” she said. “I’m very excited to be joining the team and look forward to helping iSTOX grow into the platform of choice for 21st century issuance and investment.”
Choo’s appointment comes at a strategically important period for the company; iSTOX has initiated plans to grow its base of issuers and investors as it works towards graduation from MAS’s Fintech Regulatory Sandbox in early 2020.
“It was clear to us that we needed someone with Oi Yee’s stature, reputation, and experience for our CCO role. Among other requirements, we needed someone with deep securities, issuance, and trading experience at a very senior level; someone with outstanding relationships with major institutional investors, business leaders, family offices, and others; and, most importantly, someone with a deep and instinctual understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing issuers and investors,” said Danny Toe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ICHX.
“We are pleased to welcome Oi Yee to the team as we open up applications for iSTOX investor accounts and plan an exciting issuer pipeline ahead of our projected sandbox graduation early next year,” said Darius Liu, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of iSTOX.
Euromoney TRADEDATA Partners With UK FinTech ipushpull to Create On-demand ‘Data-as-a-service’
Euromoney TRADEDATA is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with ipushpull, a powerful data sharing and workflow platform.
Euromoney TRADEDATA recognises that the on-demand model is the future of data consumption, particularly within community chat and messaging networks, as part of a suite of delivery systems required to service all parts of the market that need futures and options reference data.
Through a single connection to ipushpull, Euromoney TRADEDATA can distribute data into a variety of applications including Symphony, the secure collaboration platform, with nearly half a million connected financial market users. The ipushpull platform provides Euromoney TRADEDATA with new distribution channels for secure, audited, access-controlled data delivery.
Mark Woolfenden, Managing Director of Euromoney TRADEDATA, comments:
“This is a very important integration for Euromoney TRADEDATA, as we begin to experiment with embedded, on-demand workflow functionality and delivery systems for our reference data. We recognise ipushpull as a leading exponent in data sharing workflow technology and we expect further benefits from their connections to other community messaging solutions. Also, as part of the offering, we can now offer a functionally rich Excel plugin for desktop users to access our reference data, which integrates seamlessly within users’ existing workflows. In addition, we look forward to working with ipushpull to develop a clutch of bots, to further enhance our customers’ experience in using our data services.”
Matthew Cheung, CEO of ipushpull, comments:
“We’re excited to offer Euromoney TRADEDATA new avenues to deliver and monetise their data to a variety of desktop and cloud services. We see this innovative approach as the first step towards an on-demand ‘Netflix’-style distribution model for data producers and consumers.”
SOURCE Euromoney TRADEDATA; ipushpull
360 Finance’s LendingAdda Launches Diwali Offers
LendingAdda consumer lending marketplace owned by parent company 360 Finance (NASDAQ: QFIN) announces Diwali offer for credit card holders. On 6th October, SBI announced a bumper Diwali offer for its credit card holder; on 10th October, the State Bank of India approved a ten percent discount for its credit card users; on 14th October, LendingAdda launched the credit card function, and AMEX, SBI, Citi banks’ cards are included.
Due to India’s inefficient banking system, most people do not have a credit history, which leads to lower utilization of credit cards and limited accessible for many.
In this condition, fintech companies empower people’s lives compared with banks. LendingAdda, a digital finance platform, has integrated more diversified financial services. Its innovative data-driven and behavioral risk management models can help overcome barriers that arise from a lack of widespread and robust credit scoring.
Prantik Ray, professor of finance at XLRI-Xavier School of Management at the University of Minnesota, has stated that digital finance can be instrumental in providing credit ratings and potentially be leveraged in other areas. In essence, online finance can help create more possibilities in people’s lives.
LendingAdda evaluates a user’s credit based on big data and selects the most suitable loan and credit card product offers for consumers using intelligent matching. So far, it has offered lending services to more than 4 million Indians, and the number of borrowers is multiplying.
Most importantly, LendingAdda’s products cover almost every part of a user’s daily life: microfinance, credit cards, commercial loans, mortgages, auto loans, medical loans, education loans, etc., and its interest rate is usually lower than banks.
Additionally, LendingAdda has a higher credit line (up to 10 lakhs), which can almost always meet the borrowing needs of consumers, and the money arrival rate is less than 5 minutes, which was much faster than the bank.
With the help of LendingAdda, Moham finally got his wish of buying an iPhone for his girlfriend, which he thinks will help him bring greater happiness to his life.
How does LendingAaad help people accomplish their dreams?
Compared with many other enterprises, LendingAdda has world-class technology that enables it to offer a highly secure lending process with tailored products and services that help serve the daily lives of its users.
SOURCE 360 Finance, Inc.
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