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Paytm to focus on UPI, card processing, EMI for strong payment services growth

New Delhi, May 24, 2024
Payment and financial services company Paytm on Friday said that it is bullish on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) alongside card processing and EMI payments to drive its payment services business.

These business lines are expected to play a key role in Paytm’s strong revival and maintain its position as a payments leader in the country.

The company highlighted that UPI, which previously contributed 70 per cent of the total Gross Merchandise Value (GMV), now accounts for nearly 80-85 per cent, emphasising its pivotal role in the business model.

During an earnings call on Wednesday following the release of the fourth quarter (Q4) FY24 and FY24 results, Paytm also emphasised on recovery of its merchant GMV. In FY24, Paytm’s GMV surged 39 per cent (year-on-year) to Rs 18.3 lakh crore.

Paytm’s revenue stream includes UPI incentives and higher payment processing margins from RuPay credit card transactions, overdrafts, and EMI aggregations.

While UPI merchant payments do not generate a Merchant Discount Rate (MDR), Paytm benefits from subvention payments from the government. In Q4FY24, Paytm received UPI incentives of Rs 288 crore, versus Rs 182 crore received in Q4FY23.

Paytm’s revenue from payment services increased by 26 per cent to Rs 6,235 crore. Additionally, the net payment margin rose by 50 per cent to Rs 2,955 crore.

During its financial results, the company also stated that it’s witnessing a positive growth trend in Payment GMV since April (excluding certain products).

Paytm Soundboxes now brings the power of Rupay Credit Card on UPI, offering zero Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to small merchants for transactions under Rs 2,000. This service allows small businesses to save on transaction fees, expanding their profitability and making it easier to adopt digital payments.

Paytm’s GMV has shown year-on-year growth. It aims to reactivate inactive merchants and add new ones to its platform. As of March 2024, merchant subscriptions came at 1.07 crore, increasing 39 lakh on the year.

“We expect net additions to recover to past trend lines by Q3 FY 2025,” the company said.

Paytm continues to address its merchants’ needs through innovative product launches, which are backed by a large distribution and service network.

It recently launched two more ‘Made in India’ Soundboxes which are customised to the needs of its merchants, with louder speakers and longer battery life.

The company’s strategy includes expanding its device subscriptions. The subscription per device metric, which had decreased, is anticipated to rise again.

Paytm is also launching new ad campaigns to boost user engagement and highlight UPI, Soundbox, Paytm UPI Lite wallet, and other payment instruments, reflecting Paytm’s recovery focus.(Agency)

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