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IFC and IFC Emerging Asia Fund Join Largest-Ever Investment in Philippine Fintech Company


In Manila:
Rachel Nalus Quintos, IFC
Phone: 632-465-2708
E-mail:
rnalus@ifc.org

In Washington, D.C.:
Elizabeth M. Lewis, AMC
Phone: 202-458-4049
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emlewis@ifc.org


Manila, Philippines, December 4, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund are investing $40 million in Voyager Innovations, a Philippine financial-technology company that promotes financial inclusion by expanding the use of digital payments. The equity funding is part of a $215 million package that marks the largest investment in a Philippine tech company.

The investment is expected to increase access to finance in the Philippines for millions of people. Currently, only about one-third of the Filipino adult population has a bank account. With this investment, IFC will support the expansion of Voyager Innovation’s PayMaya mobile wallet, which allows users to carry out cost-efficient and convenient financial transactions through their smartphones. According to a Findex survey, 95 percent of Filipino payers are using cash to settle their bills, with only 25 percent of the adult population having made or received any digital payment in 2017.

PayMaya also operates a merchant business that enables small and medium enterprises to accept a wide range of digital payments. PayMaya’s ability to provide mobile banking to people and a digital payment solution to SMEs is unique in the Philippines. That makes PayMaya ideally suited to improve the digital payment infrastructure in the country.

“Tech companies like Voyager Innovations are increasingly allowing people to perform a variety of financial transactions on their smartphones,” said Marcos Brujis, Chief Executive Officer, IFC Asset Management Company, which manages the IFC Emerging Asia Fund. “This investment will help grow digital infrastructure in the Philippines and provide formal financial services for millions of people and small businesses. This growth should also help generate good financial returns for our investors.”

“Fintech holds great potential to help the Philippines overcome development challenges by making widespread access to financial services at affordable prices,’ said Vivek Pathak, IFC Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “This investment in Voyager Innovations affirms IFC’s interest in supporting technology-driven solutions and innovative business models that will create new markets for accessible and affordable financial products and services that can improve the lives of more Filipinos.”

Voyager Innovations is a subsidiary of PLDT. IFC will join KKR and Tencent as new incoming investors. This combination of shareholders combines local knowledge, global expertise, and a strong understanding of the financial services industry.

The IFC is a prominent investor in fintech in emerging markets with a portfolio of over 35 companies globally. IFC has a long history of promoting new technologies that increase the reach and lower the cost of access to financial services. In fiscal year 2018, IFC invested $376 million in initiatives related to technology, including funds mobilized from other investors—expanding its portfolio in this sector to more than $2.4 billion.

About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

About IFC Asset Management Company
IFC Asset Management Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of IFC, mobilizes and manages capital to invest in businesses in developing and frontier markets. Created in 2009, AMC provides leading institutional investors with unique access to IFC’s emerging markets investment pipeline and investment expertise, while providing positive development impact in the countries in which it invests. AMC funds’ investors include sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and development-finance institutions. It has raised approximately $10 billion across 13 investment funds covering equity, debt, and fund-of-fund products. For more information, visit www.ifcamc.org


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