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Aurora Payments launches one-stop payment platform for SMEs




Aurora Payments, a prominent player in the payment solutions landscape, has launched the ARISE Payment Platform, marking a significant advancement in the realm of SMB-focused payment systems.

ARISE is designed to address the unique requirements of SMBs, offering a comprehensive, cloud-based payment solution that streamlines transactions and enhances operational efficiency.

The introduction of this pioneering offering is driven by the longstanding need for a dedicated payment ecosystem catering to the demands of SMBs.

Historically, SMBs have faced challenges in managing multiple payment systems and revenue streams effectively, highlighting the necessity for a unified and user-friendly payment solution.

The ARISE Payment Platform serves as a one-stop payment hub, offering a range of features and benefits aimed at simplifying payment processes for SMBs.

Aurora Payments CEO and founder Brian Goudie, commented, “ARISE is more than a payment service — it’s an all-encompassing financial ecosystem for SMBs that manages all aspects of the payment lifecycle, ensures secure transactions and offers real-time reporting. Our portfolio of over 27,000 merchants has taught us that small businesses need a solution that makes it easy to accept payment from virtually any source. ARISE achieves this while giving merchants unparalleled oversight of their finances; merchants can receive their ARISE Smart Terminal, be up and running, and accept payments in minutes.”

The ARISE Payment Platform is equipped with seamless APIs, enabling Integrated Software Vendor (ISV) application developers to integrate their vertical software directly into the platform.

This integration capability allows ISVs to create a seamless payment ecosystem and offer access to the ARISE Payment Platform as a value-added service to their customers.

The launch of the ARISE Payment Platform underscores Aurora Payments’ commitment to driving innovation in the payments industry and empowering SMBs with tailored, cutting-edge solutions.


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Australia and Thailand partner to promote fintech capability




A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Australia and Thailand to boost fintech capabilities marked the conclusion of a successful week for Australia at Money 20/20 Asia in Bangkok.

Key Agreement Signed

At the event, Chonladet Khemarattana, President of the Thai Fintech Association, and Brian Collins, Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia, signed the MoU. This agreement will see both countries collaborate to enhance their fintech sectors.

The signing was witnessed by key figures from the Australian and Southeast Asian fintech industries, including venture capitalists and corporate innovation and financial services representatives.

Growing Fintech Ecosystem

“Thailand’s fintech sector is one of the fastest growing in Southeast Asia,” stated Dr. Angela Macdonald PSM, Australian Ambassador to Thailand. “Significant investment and regulatory support have spurred innovations in payments, lending, and more. Coupled with Australia’s dynamic fintech landscape, this partnership represents a significant step in digital economy collaboration with Thailand.”

Australian Fintechs Shine at Money 20/20 Asia

Austrade hosted a delegation of 16 Australian fintech companies and nearly 30 Australian fintech leaders at Money 20/20 Asia, the premier fintech event in the region. The delegation explored opportunities and partnerships in Thailand and across Southeast Asia, with companies like EzyRemit and Privasec already collaborating with Austrade on regional projects.

Event Highlights:

  • Aus-Thai Fintech Connect Networking Event: Over 100 guests from across Southeast Asia participated, eager to collaborate with Australian fintechs.
  • Expert Speakers: Thirteen Australian fintech leaders shared their insights and expertise as speakers at the event.
  • Facilitated Meetings: Austrade arranged one-on-one meetings between Australian fintechs and key Southeast Asian banks and financial institutions.

Amelia Walsh, Austrade’s Trade Commissioner in Bangkok, emphasized the importance of the event for strengthening digital economy ties between Australia and Southeast Asia. “Hosting the Aussie fintech pitch at the beginning of the week was a highlight,” she said. “I was impressed by how well our companies articulated their value propositions and aligned with regional ambitions. I look forward to the continued growth of Australian fintechs in Southeast Asia.”

Opportunities in Southeast Asia

The MoU underscores the significant growth opportunities for Australian fintechs in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Brian Collins, Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia, noted the region’s rapid adoption of various fintech solutions. “Many of our members are interested in this part of the world due to the swift adoption of fintech. We look forward to collaborating with the Thai FinTech Association to improve outcomes for both regions.”

Chonladet Khemarattana, President of the Thai Fintech Association, highlighted the potential mutual benefits of the partnership. “With Thailand emerging as a hub for fintech innovation, this collaboration promises to drive mutual benefits and foster cross-border synergies. We are eager to work closely with FinTech Australia to leverage our respective strengths and enhance outcomes for both regions’ fintech ecosystems.”

This partnership represents a strategic move to enhance fintech capabilities and drive innovation in both countries, fostering a robust and collaborative digital economy.


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PB Fintech slips 2% after over 8 million shares change hands via block deal




PB Fintech witnessed a 2% decline in its stock price, reaching Rs 1,313.65 per share, as approximately 8.4 million shares, equivalent to 1.86% of outstanding shares, were exchanged via block deals on the exchanges. By 9:44 AM, the volume surged to 9 million shares collectively on both exchanges, while PB Fintech’s stock price dipped by 0.56% to Rs 1,333 apiece, contrasting with a 0.22% decline in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Executive Share Sales

On May 16, PB Fintech announced that its Chairman and CEO, Yashish Dahiya, alongside Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Alok Bansal, intended to sell partial stakes in the company. Dahiya plans to sell up to 5.4 million equity shares, while Bansal aims to divest up to 2.97 million equity shares. Proceeds from the sale will be allocated primarily towards taxes on current and future ESOP exercises.

Following the sale, Dahiya will retain a 4.83% stake, while Bansal will hold a 1.63% stake in PB Fintech on a fully diluted basis. The company clarified that no further share sales are planned by the duo for at least one year.

Company Profile and Financial Performance

PB Fintech is actively involved in providing integrated online marketing and IT consulting services, primarily for the financial services industry, including insurance. The company operates Policybazaar, India’s largest digital insurance marketplace, and Paisabazaar, which offers lending-related services.

In Q4FY24, PB Fintech reported a net profit of Rs 60.19 crore, marking a significant improvement from the Rs 9.34 crore loss in the corresponding period of the previous year. The company’s revenue from operations surged by 25.4% year-on-year to Rs 1,090 crore in Q4 FY24, compared to Rs 869 crore in Q4 FY23.

For the entire fiscal year, PB Fintech’s net profit stood at Rs 64 crore, contrasting with the Rs 488 crore loss in FY23. The company’s consolidated operating revenue rose by 34% year-on-year to Rs 3,437 crore.

Analyst Perspectives

Analysts at Nuvama Institutional Equities raised their FY25/26 Ebitda estimates significantly to accommodate higher growth and improved profitability. However, they maintained a ‘Reduce’ rating on the stock due to its rich valuation, revising their target price to Rs 1,160.

Keynote Capital downgraded PB Fintech’s stock to ‘Reduce’ from ‘Buy’, citing that most of the positives appear to be priced in. Despite acknowledging the company’s positive momentum and profitability, the brokerage believes that current market expectations may be overly optimistic.

PB Fintech continues to navigate its growth trajectory amidst strategic initiatives and evolving market dynamics, as reflected by varying analyst viewpoints.


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US fintech Yendo secures $165m in mix of debt financing and equity




Yendo, a prominent fintech company based in the United States, has successfully secured $165 million in funding through a combination of debt financing and equity investment.

Funding Structure

The funding round comprised a mix of debt financing and equity infusion, highlighting investors’ confidence in Yendo’s growth prospects and business model. This significant financial injection underscores Yendo’s position as a key player in the fintech sector.

Investment Highlights

Yendo’s ability to attract such substantial investment underscores its appeal to investors. The company’s innovative approach and strategic positioning within the fintech landscape have positioned it for accelerated growth and market expansion.

Utilization of Funds

The newly raised capital will likely be deployed to fuel Yendo’s expansion initiatives, including product development, market expansion, and strategic acquisitions. The infusion of funds will provide Yendo with the financial resources needed to capitalize on emerging opportunities and consolidate its market position.

Market Impact

Yendo’s successful funding round is expected to have a positive impact on the broader fintech market, signaling investor confidence in the sector’s growth potential. The influx of capital into Yendo reflects the ongoing trend of significant investment activity within the fintech industry, driven by increasing demand for innovative financial solutions.


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