Lending Business Grows Stronger In India – KKR And InCred Join Forces

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Financial services company InCred and American private equity giant KKR have concluded the strategic merger of their lending businesses. This comes almost a year after the merger was first announced.

The combined business of KKR’s non-bank lending business, KKR India Financial Services (KIFS), and InCred’s retail and MSME lending business will operate under the InCred Finance brand name. 

The new entity will take care of a $600 million (around Rs. 4,700 Cr) balance sheet and an equity base of $300 million. 

The duo believes that the merger would create a “leading” NBFC. For the record, KKR India Financial Services is a subsidiary of Reliance Jio’s investor KKR.

KKR and InCred, a non-bank lender, was founded by Bhupinder Singh, former head of investment banking at Deutsche Bank, APAC. 

A Tale Of Two Lenders

KKR India Financial Services is a subsidiary of global investment firm KKR, which is an investor in Reliance’s Jio Platforms, Reliance Retail, Max Healthcare, LivSpace, JB Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, and more. The lending subsidiary is focused on wholesale or corporate loans.

InCred was founded in 2016 to operate across consumer, education, and small business lending. It holds a loan book of $500 million.

Too long? Here’s a one-liner: KKR completes merger of India NBFC with InCred; new entity to be named InCred Finance. 

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