Capital Trust, a digitally enabled non-banking finance company (NBFC), specialising in providing income-generating micro business loans in tier 3-5 regions, Tuesday announced that it had entered into PTC (Pass Through Certificates) transaction with U GRO Capital, a technology focused small business lending platform.
This is the first time U GRO Capital and Capital Trust have come together for a PTC transaction of about INR 280 million, with amortisation of the pool tenure of 20 months. The instrument is rated BBB+ by ICRA. The tie-up will allow Capital Trust to enhance its liquidity and build a strong capital base. The loans underlying the pool will have monthly instalments with an original maturity of up to three years. With this tie-up, the NBFC will be able to expand its credit portfolio of income-generating micro loans among rural India’s underserved population.
Highlighting the development, Yogen Khosla, Chairman and Managing Director, Capital Trust said, “This transaction is in line with Capital Trust’s balance sheet light business growth model and will help the company expand its lending portfolio at a faster pace without additional burden on the books of the company. The arrangement will enable Capital Trust to expand its digital lending footprint to Tier 3-5 regions primarily in northern India. The company will continue to enter into such tie-ups in the near term which will help in building a strong capital base with high liquidity.”
Capital Trust offers income-generating micro loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Merging best practices of fintech and traditional financing, the company focuses on financial inclusion of the underserved in deep interiors of rural India using digital processes and state-of-the-art technology. As on March 31, 2021, the NBFC caters to over 150,000 customers across 63 districts through 229 branches in 10 states in rural India. The company prides itself to be India’s first “Rural Doorstep-Fintech” company.
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