UK’s CDC Group in all likelihood to invest over Rs100 crore in Veritas Finance

Mumbai: CDC Group Plc, the UK authorities’ development finance group, is in superior talks to invest over Rs100 crore in Veritas Finance Pvt. Ltd, which leads to micro and small establishments, said two humans privy to the improvement.


Chennai-based totally Veritas Finance became registered as a non-banking financial company (NBFC) by means of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in October 2015. In December, Mint suggested that Veritas become in the marketplace to raise price range.

The business enterprise started out with an initial capital of Rs13.60 crore and raised additional fairness of Rs30 crore from Lok Capital and others, along with Caspian Impact Investment Adviser, in a series A spherical of fund-elevating in 2016.

“Veritas has been in talks with CDC Group and the deal is predicted to be closed soon. They are anticipating some approvals,” said one of the humans noted above, asking for anonymity as he isn’t legal to speak with journalists.

The employer will use the price range to boom its mortgage book and its network, he added.



In December, D. Arulmany, coping with a director and chief govt at Veritas informed Mint that the business enterprise becomes trying to close the monetary year 2016-17 with a mortgage e-book of Rs100 crore.

Veritas focuses normally on providing medium-and lengthy-term credit to micro businesses. Its average mortgage length is Rs4 lakh and the standard clients of Veritas–small and micro marketers who run bakeries, eating places and provision stores–have monthly earned starting from Rs25,000 to Rs60,000, with out a previous publicity to formal enterprise finance.

Emails despatched to D. Arulmany, dealing with director and leader government at Veritas did not elicit any reaction. CDC does now not touch upon unique transactions, said Srini Nagarajan, head-south Asia at CDC Group in an electronic mail response.

Delhi-based NBFC Aye Finance Pvt. Ltd, which operates in the same space as Veritas Finance, raised approximately Rs70 crore in November in a Series B round of investment led by means of LGT Impact Ventures. Existing traders SAIF Partners and Accion also participated in the round.

CDC Group has been a lively investor in non-public creditors, specializing in providing financial offerings to bottom-of-the-pyramid customers and to small companies.

In January 2016, CDC invested $50 million (about Rs.330 crore) as tier II capital in microfinance group Janalakshmi Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, an erstwhile microfinance group that is now a small finance bank.

CDC’s different micro finance bets in India consist of the likes of Equitas Holdings Ltd, Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, and Utkarsh Micro Finance Ltd.

It invested $16 million in Chennai-based micro finance employer Equitas Holdings in 2013.

Varanasi-primarily based Utkarsh Micro Finance raised $21 million (Rs135 crore) in a series D round of investment led by using CDC and local impact funding company Lok Capital in 2014.


In 2016, it participated in Ujjivan Financial Services’ Rs600 crore fund-raising in conjunction with different investors which include CX Partners Fund I Ltd, NewQuest Asia Investments II Ltd and Bajaj Holdings and Investment Ltd.

Equitas, Ujjivan, and Utkarsh in September 2015 acquired the Reserve Bank of India’s in-principle approval to transform into small finance banks.