Ola, India’s leading mobility platform today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Avail Finance, India’s first neo bank that provides financial services to the blue collared workforce and has over 6 million users.
The acquisition is a key step in Ola’s broader push into the fintech space as it looks to build a mobility focused financial services business under Ola Financial. With this acquisition Ola Financial Services will further strengthen its play in the credit underserved segments that comprises blue collar workers such as Ola’s driver partner ecosystem. The deal is subject to shareholder approval.
Ola will leverage Avail Finance’s products and capabilities which will strengthen Ola’s lending business and help Ola expand into Neo Banking products. Ola’s fintech business will be augmented by Avail Finance’s strong leadership team with experience in the consumer lending industry, along with a strong technical team across tech, product & design, Data Science and Analytics amongst others. With this expansion Ola will be able to cross sell multiple lending products to its large driver partner base; providing them a one stop destination for all their financial needs.
Ola recently invested nearly 800 crores into its financial services business that already is showing strong growth across both its lending and insurance verticals. Ola Postpaid, its BNPL offering is available to 40M customers, its vehicle financing business is growing rapidly in conjunction with Ola Electric as well as Ola Cars, its used cars business. With Insurance, Ola has built a first-of-its-kind embedded motor insurance journey for Ola Electric and Ola Cars, where customers can seamlessly select Insurance; and add ons like roadside assistance or zero depreciation within the buying journey.