Paytm boosts merchant payments leadership with 79 lakh devices, adds 4 lakh in June alone

Leading payments and financial services company Paytm on Wednesday said it achieved a new milestone in merchant payments with 79 lakh devices deployed while the gross merchandise value (GMV) for the Q1 FY24 stood at Rs 4.05 lakh crore, a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 37 per cent.

Driving payment monetisation, Paytm’s subscription devices, Soundbox and PoS machines, continue to see an increased acceptance by merchants. 

The company continues to remain the market leader in merchant payments. With the number of merchants paying subscription for payment devices has reached 79 lakh. As of June 2023, an increase of 4 lakh devices in the month and 11 lakh devices in the quarter that ended on June 30. 

Consumer engagement on the Paytm Super App remains high with the average monthly. Transacting users (MTU) at 9.2 crore, growth of 23 per cent YoY. 

With an eye on profitability, the company said, “Our focus over the past few quarters continues to be on payment volumes that generate profitability for us, either through net payments margin or from direct upsell potential.”

Paytm’s credit distribution business, in partnership with large lenders, continues to witness robust. Growth with total disbursements for the quarter, surging 167 per cent YoY to Rs 14,845 crore ($1.8 billion) with 1.28 crore loans (51 per cent YoY growth) distributed. 

“Our focus remains on the asset quality by continuously reviewing with our partners cohort data. And tightening credit policy wherever needed proactively. This reflects in the growth of value of loans distributed in the quarter,” said the company.

Paytm currently has seven active lending partners and it aims to onboard 3-4 partners this fiscal. 

It announced its loan distribution partnership with Shriram Finance Limited on June 30. 

The company also said that due to the earlier mentioned system upgrade, the higher disbursals. in June reflects the pent-up demand from April being met in May. 

In the results of the last quarter of FY23, Paytm reported a 51 per cent YoY growth. In revenue from operations to Rs 2,334 crore, driven by growth in payments and loan distribution business. 

The company reported an operating profit for the second straight quarter in Q4FY23. It reported EBITDA before ESOP cost of Rs 234 crore, including the full-year UPI incentive.

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