India’s Paytm Payments Bank Approved for @Paytm UPI Handle by SEBI to Enable Seamless Payment Mandates for IPO Applications

Indian digital payments giant Paytm recently confirmed that its pleased to share that Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) has been given approval for its @Paytm UPI handle from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to “enable fast and seamless payment mandates for IPO application.”

As mentioned in a blog post by Paytm, this move aims to benefit “millions of users” by helping them invest in financial markets via different brokerage platforms (using their @Paytm UPI handle).

Paytm’s management confirms:

“PPBL is the largest UPI beneficiary bank and has one of the best technology infrastructures for processing UPI transactions. As per the latest NPCI report, it registers the lowest technical decline rate of 0.02% as compared to all UPI remitter banks & 0.04% as compared to all UPI beneficiary banks.”

Paytm Payments Bank has teamed up with Paytm Money to “enable payment mandates for IPO applications.” Paytm Money is India’s “growth enabler for wealth products and is on a mission to bring 10 million Indians to equity markets by FY’22.”

Paytm’s management further noted that the platform’s stockbroking offering is focused on helping to bring in more active direct equity investors in an “underpenetrated segment.” It aims to open more than 350,000 demat accounts “by year-end and expects 60% of users to be from small cities.” It is mainly focused on “wealth creation” with investments in various IPOs and has “made the process of IPO application completely digital and simple.”

As mentioned in the announcement, besides Paytm Money, @paytm UPI will “soon be activated across all brokerage platforms.” The update from the Fintech firm further noted that “the ease of making payments seamlessly in a secure manner will help in promoting IPOs as a wealth product and encouraging more new users to begin their journey in building a healthy portfolio.”

Satish Gupta, MD & CEO — Paytm Payments Bank Ltd, stated:

“It has been our constant endeavour to weave the convenience of seamless digital payments to all aspects of the lives of our users. By enabling @paytm UPI to apply for IPO we are giving millions of investors the ease of seamless, secure, and rapid payments to help enhance their financial portfolio.” 

Gupta added that they believe that “every Indian has a right to access capital markets and benefit from the burgeoning list of successful companies which are listing in the stock market.” He also noted that this “presents a big opportunity and we intend to make the process more accessible to our fellow citizens.” He added that this is consistent with their mission “to drive financial inclusion across the country.”

The announcement added that by investing in IPOs, investors “get an edge as they are part of the company’s business journey right from the start, therefore as the business grows so does the investor’s wealth.”

Based on this year’s (2021) IPO data, it can be said that India “represents a huge appetite for IPOs.”

The update continued:

“From FY 2021, the country’s stock exchanges (both NSE and BSE combined) witnessed around 24 IPOs and raised proceeds worth Rs.48,493 crores in total from the capital markets. Some of the most successful IPOs of FY 2021 were Burger King, Happiest Minds, Indigo Paints, and Mrs Bectors Food Specialities which had over 100% listing day gains.” 

Within these, Burger King and Happiest Minds “were oversubscribed by 156.65 times and 150.98 times and have delivered a listing day return of 130.67% and 123.49% respectively as per NSE’s data.” The IPO market is “expecting to have many big names come to the retail market for new offers like Zomato, LIC, Kalyan Jewellers and many more,” the update from Paytm revealed.

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