EPS attracts funding from Apis Partners, a UK based investment firm

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | January 22, 2016 17:00 IST

The sector is growing rapidly thanks to the Indian Government’s recent emphasis on financial inclusion and high growth of card-holders as a result of the new Indian card scheme RuPay. We believe EPS is ideally positioned to deliver exciting growth.

Electronic Payment and Services Private Limited announced a significant investment by Apis Partners, with a minority stake and board representation in EPS. Apis Partners LLP is a private equity asset manager focused on financial services in the growth markets of Africa and Asia.
 
EPS is a leading retailbanking technology and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) servicesprovider for India’s rapidly growing ATM network. The Company’s services include end-to-end ATM operations, outsourcing and managed services for public, regional rural and co-operative banks across 28 states in India. EPS has installed ATMs for 26 banks including State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra and Canara Bank, and has successfully deployed over 5,000 ATMs for management across urban, semi-rural and rural locations throughout the country. 
 
Speaking on this investment, EPS Founder, Mani Mamallan said, “We have developed a highly scalable platform and are working to become the leading ATM outsourcing provider in India, where the number of ATMs is expected to grow from approximately 230,000 today to 550,000 by 2021At the same time, EPS’ market presence and brand equity in the ATM industry and payments industry is growing at an accelerated rate. We have been very impressed by Apis’ expertise and relationships in the sector, both in India and globally, and we are excited to work with Apis on accelerating our expansion”. Mani Mamallan also said, “With this infusion of funds, we will develop EPS’ existing business portfolio and seek to penetrate the untapped potential of semi-urban and rural India under the financial inclusion plan initiated by the Ministry of Finance, whilst providing clients with an omni-channel offering.”
 
“The investment in EPS is a landmark transaction for Apis, and is exactly the type of opportunity that drove us to establish Apis: providing catalytic equity capital to highly entrepreneurial financial infrastructure businesses in growth markets, fostering economic growth and enabling greater financial inclusion” said Matteo Stefanel, Apis Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “We are extremely pleased to be supporting the EPS team, who has an impressive track-record of execution, and we look forward to working together on the next phase of the Company’s growth.”
 
“ATMs represent vital last-mile financial services infrastructure for many in India, especially those living in rural areas; but despite the high dependence on cash, there are currently only 15 ATMs per 100,000 adults in the country, far less than in other growth markets,” said Apis Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Udayan Goyal. “The sector is growing rapidly thanks to the Indian Government’s recent emphasis on financial inclusion and high growth of card-holders as a result of the new Indian card scheme RuPay. We believe EPS is ideally positioned to deliver exciting growth."
 
“The ATM Management industry in India is entering a high-growth phase, backed by strong Governmental push towards financial inclusion, RBI allowing banks to offer all their products and services through their ATM network, and impending rollouts of Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks. We believe that the sector will head towards consolidation, with players expanding their service offering and also entering into new segments in the payment spectrum,” says Meenal Dutia, who leads the financial services practice for Investment Banking atIntellecap which acted as the exclusive advisor to EPS on the fund raise transaction.
 
Earlier Aavishkaar, Aavishkaar GoodWell and FMO (Netherlands based developmental financial institution) invested $20 million in the Company’s first three rounds of funding. “Our investment in EPS was driven by our belief in Mani Mamallan’s leadership and his team and also the vision shared by Mani with us, as EPS at that time was just a concept note.  With the new round of capital infusion EPS is well placed to deliver technology lead Financial Inclusion effectively across India,” said Vineet Rai, Founder and Managing Director of Aavishkaar.
 
Speaking on behalf of FMO, Anneloes Dros said “We supported EPS for their strong leadership and management qualities the team possesses and operating with significant growth potential in a rapidly growing Indian economy. This also supports FMO’s financial inclusion agenda of operating financial services in a semi urban and rural economy.”

 

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