After much speculation, Flipkart-ownedhas confirmed that it will be moving all of its businesses from Singapore to India.
All PhonePe’s units in Singapore, including its insurance broking and wealth broking businesses, have already migrated to India. There was some market chatter that regulators were not too happy with PhonePe domiciled in Singapore, especially given it is a major UPI platform in the country, holding a nearly 50% market share.
As part of the move, PhonePe said it has approved a new Employee Stock Option Programme plan, and moved existing ESOPs of 3,000+ employees to India under the new plan.
Founders of PhonePe (L to R): Sameer Nigam and Rahul Chari
The Bengaluru-based startup has also migrated the recently acquired indigenous app store Indus OS to India from Singapore.
“PhonePe Group businesses and entities are now wholly owned by and consolidated under PhonePe Pvt Ltd – India,” the company said in a press release.
The move by PhonePe is also largely seen as a precursor to its bid for the Indian stock exchange via an initial public offering, where it is seeking a valuation of $10 billion. The IPO filing could come as soon as next year, according to a source familiar with ongoing IPO talks.
The Walmart and Tiger Global-backed fintech startup has made a spate of acquisitions this year—from OSLabs in July 2022 to WealthDesk and OpenQ in May—as it looks to deepen its penetration in the country by offering a plethora of financial services and products.
PhonePe spun off fromin 2020, raising $700 million in the process of becoming a separate entity. It was founded in 2015 by Sameer Nigam, Rahul Chari, and Burzin Engineer.