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Paytm Q1 results: Net loss widens to ₹644 cr, revenue rises 89%


One 97 Communications, listed as Paytm, has reported a consolidated net loss of 644.4 crore in the quarter ending June 30, 2022 (Q1FY22) period, widening from a loss of 380.2 crore in Q1 of last year. The Q1 net loss, however, narrowed from 761.4 crore of the preceding quarter. Consolidated revenue from operations stood at 1,679.6 crore in Q1FY23 increasing by 88.55% yoy and 9% qoq.

“On a QoQ basis, revenues grew 9%, driven by new device subscriptions, utility bill payments, ticketing, and loan disbursements. We undertook account-level rationalization among online merchants to focus on profitable GMV (revenue impact of 29 crore). It is also worth noting that in the quarter, there were certain offsetting factors: a) we did not record any government incentives on UPI transactions and b) there was pressure on advertising revenues due to macroeconomic factors,” Paytm said in its financial audit report.

In Q1FY23, the company’s GMV stood at 3 lakh crore rising by 101% yoy. The company sustained growth in its monthly transacting users (MTU), which came in at 74.8 million growing by 49% YoY, driven by customer acquisition through UPI and expansion of its registered merchant base which was at 28.3 million (an increase of 6.5 million compared to 21.8 million in Q1 FY 2022).

Paytm said, GMV from MDR-bearing instruments has grown 52% YoY. Government incentives have now also made UPI P2M GMV economically viable. It added, “We are therefore able to monetize transactions through all payment instruments. We also earn platform fee and convenience fee from customers in certain use cases, MDR on card, net banking and wallet transactions from merchants, and subscription revenues on payment devices.”

In Q1FY23, the company’s payment services revenue climbed by 73% yoy and 11% qoq to 519 crore as the company continued to grow the user base on its app for bill payments and other use cases. Paytm’s payment services to consumers include revenues from the use cases such as bill payments and top-ups on the Paytm app. Consumer pays platform fee for select use cases and merchants pay MDR.

Further, in Q1FY23, the company’s revenue from Payment Services to Merchants grew by 67% yoy to 557 crore driven by the strong growth of MDR-bearing instruments GMV, and subscription revenues from its payments devices, with over 2.8 million devices added in the last 12 months taking its total deployed base to 3.8 million by the end of Q1 FY 2023.

“Our revenue contracted marginally by 3% on a QoQ basis, primarily as we undertook account level rationalization among online merchants to focus on profitable GMV (revenue impact of 29 crore). Although government incentives are announced in annual budget, we will record revenues after the final notification has been issued by MEITY. Hence, we recorded nil UPI revenues this quarter,” it added.

In terms of offline payment services, Paytm said, “We continued strong growth in payments device deployment with over 0.9 million devices added in the Q1 FY 2023, despite being conservative about the quality of merchants onboarded. Device merchants accounted for over 75% of merchant loan disbursals.”

Also, in Q1FY23, the revenue from its Financial Services and Others grew 393% YoY to 271 crore and account for 16% of total revenues, up from 6% in Q1 FY 2022. The growth in revenue was primarily driven by 779% YoY growth in the value of loans disbursed. The QoQ growth in revenue was 61%, driven by an increase in Postpaid and Personal Loans disbursements.

During the quarter, the number of loans disbursed through the company’s platform grew to 8.5 million, representing a growth of 492% YoY and 30% QoQ. The value of loans disbursed grew to 5,554 Cr, a growth of 779% YoY and 56% QoQ, thus highlighting the increase in the average value of loans disbursed.

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