Vayana Network eyes to double disbursements to USD 10 billion by March 2022

Mumbai: Supply chain finance start-up Vayana Network is eyeing to double the disbursements through its platform to USD 10 billion by March 2022 having already crossed the USD 5-billion-mark in trade finance to 250 supply chains spanning 25 industries. The Pune-based company is disbursing around Rs 3,000 crore a month now and is confident of increasing the monthly run rate to Rs 5,000 crore by the end of this financial year, founder and Chief Executive Officer Ram Iyer told .

A fifth of the USD 5 billion transactions took place during the seven lockdown months and now, the company is processing around Rs 3,000 crore a month. With this run rate, the firm can easily double its run rate to USD 10 billion by March 2022, Iyer said.

The country’s trade finance market is worth around USD 100 billion a month, of which only USD 45 billion is coming from the formal route, with the rest being funded by money lenders and other informal route, according to him.

Founded in Pune in 2017, Vayana is the Visa or Mastercard in supply chain financing and facilitates payments across 20 countries trans-boarder now. It has a USD 3.5 billion business in the pipeline now.

The company is funded by Chiratae Ventures of Bengaluru, IDG Ventures, and Jungle Ventures of Singapore which have together invested USD 8 million and now own a little over 50 per cent.

Vayana enables credit to its clients from banks and non-bank lenders for up to 90 days for a fee that varies from 20-40 bps of the interest, which is priced at 12-15 per cent.

It does not hold the credit on its books but is responsible for the timely repayment, Iyer said. He added that there has been a single default so far. The fee is paid by the lender and not the client.

Vayana, which in Sanskrit means ‘weaving together’ has tied up with 20 financial institutions – 16 in the country and four in the US – to facilitate loans that have a ticket size of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 500 crore.
On profitability, Iyer, who is a serial entrepreneur said it is near profitable and should be in the green by June next.

Iyer earlier co-founded CashTech Solutions, a leading cash management vendor, and later sold to Nasdaq-listed Fundtech.

Vayana corporates and their trade ecosystems by providing digital and affordable access to credit for their payables and receivables. Since inceptions, it processed over 1.7 million transactions – all free for customers who come from 600 cities across 20 countries. It is also into e-invoicing and e-way billing.

Source: Economic Times