Paytm Payments Bank turns profitable in second year of operation

Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPB)  has posted profit to the tune of Rs 19 crore within second year of its operation in fiscal 2019. The bank had reported  loss of Rs 20.7 crore for the fiscal ended March, 2018,

PPB, which was incorporated in August 2016, formally began its operations in 2017.

Satish Kumar Gupta, MD and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank, said the bank performed “exceptionally well” in the last year. He claimed that PPB was the first payments bank in the country to announce profit, that too within two years of its operations.

As of April 2019, the bank has more than Rs 500 crore deposits in its savings account.

PPB claims to lead mobile banking transactions with over 19 per cent market share as of March 2019. Nearly a third of the total mobile banking transactions in India are powered by PPB and it processes over Rs 3 lakh crore worth of digital transactions on an annualised basis, the company said in a statement.

The majority of PPB earnings accrues from investing in government treasuries and FDs, besides commissions on facilitating payments across its saving bank accounts and its e-wallet holders. The e-wallet, which had a deposit of Rs 1700 crore, was able to generate 6-6.5 per cent interest for the company.

Gupta said that the deposits are expected to rise three-fold by the next financial year end.

Earlier, RBI data on payment banks revealed that Paytm Payments Bank and Airtel Payments Bank together command over 88% of the deposits in payment banks in India in 2018.

In December last year, Paytm witnessed over 240% rise in deposit to Rs 371.4 crore (48% of total deposit) from Rs 107.3 crore in March, added the report. In total, payments banks hold around Rs 780 crore in deposits, including savings and current accounts till the end of last year.

PPB now aims to introduce more products and features on its platform to increase the monthly processing of savings account payments from Rs 24,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore in FY’20.

Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma holds 51 per cent share in Paytm Payments Bank, while the rest is held by One97 Communications.

Besides Paytm, Airtel, Fino and India Posts are the other fully operational payment banks. There has been doubts about the earnings of the payment banks as they cannot generate revenues by lending. Besides the transaction size is always going to be small.

They are hoping to bring more people from the unbanked segment, which stands at 233 million, within their fold to achieve the scale.

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Source: https://entrackr.com/2019/05/paytm-payments-bank-turns-profitable/

Government to make QR code-based payment option compulsory for shops

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To promote digital payment at a wide scale, the Indian government is planning to mandate a quick response (QR) code based payment method option using Unified Payments Interface (UPI) at all shops.

The GST council has already given a go-ahead to the proposal. The govt has for the project roped in NPCI to work on a necessary mechanism to launch it nationally.

The move will also provide GST benefit to both shops and consumers, according to govt official quoted by TOI report.

The prime idea behind the proposal of mandatory QR code-based payment is to make digital payment more popular and bring a behavioral change in the ecosystem. The advantages of QR code payment are, it allows a consumer to buy goods and services without the need to swipe plastic cards.

The process also records necessary information related to the transactions. Data loss and security breach are minimized. The QR code may also be introduced on invoices, added the sources.

In terms of mobile payment in the world, China has emerged as a leader. Chinese payment firms such as Wechat and Alipay widely use this mode payment. In China, it has beenreportedly used while tipping at restaurants, receive cash gifts at weddings and collecting alms by beggars.

This is largely driven by the large adoption of mobile payments. It has changed the social habits of the country. Many countries like Singapore and Myanmar in the world are fastly adopting this mode of digital payment.

The QR code payment is reported to have witnessed exponential growth in consumer adoption in ASEAN countries.

Developed by Denso Wave in Japan, QR code is said to store over 4000 alphanumeric characters. Initially, it was used for tracking components in the automotive industry.

It is cost effective in comparison to POS machine and mPOS machine costs. As per an estimate, it costs about $1 to put up a laminated QR code sign at a shop.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/05/govt-qr-code-based-payment-must/