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BEIJING: Chinese regulators have approved tech heavyweight Alibaba’s financial arm Ant Group to raise 10.5 billion yuan (US$1.5bil or RM6.6bil) for its consumer finance unit, marking a significant step forward for the revamp of the financial technology company’s lucrative consumer loan business.
Chongqing Ant Consumer Finance Co Ltd had gained approval to increase its registered capital to 18.5 billion yuan (RM11.8bil) from eight billion yuan (RM5.1bil), the Chongqing Office of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a notice.
Under the latest capital expansion plan, Ant will invest 9.25 billion yuan (RM5.9bil) for a 50% stake in its Chongqing consumer finance unit.
The digital technology unit of State-owned investment firm Hangzhou Finance Investment Group, meanwhile, will invest 1.85 billion yuan (RM1.18bil) to become the second-largest shareholder with a 10% stake.
Other investors in the deal include Nanyang Commercial Bank, Sunny Optical Technology Group Co Ltd and Hangzhou-based Transfar Zhilian Co Ltd.
Alibaba shares in Hong Kong jumped 8.74% to close at HK$96.4 (RM54) on Wednesday.
The approval came weeks after the tone-setting Central Economic Work Conference last month stated that platform companies will be supported to “fully display their capabilities” in bolstering economic growth, job creation and global competition.,
Ant is restructuring after its initial public offering plan was halted in late 2020 with regulators citing a change in the regulatory environment to ensure market fairness.
Wang Pengbo, a senior analyst at market consultancy Botong Analysys, said the capital expansion approval for Ant Group has signified that the company’s rectification work has made some achievements to meet regulatory requirements.
He added that the move will help the company to expand its current consumer finance business scale and seek further growth.
Ant officially set up a consumer finance company in Chongqing in June 2021, which offers credit to millions of Chinese consumers through a pair of lending services – Huabei and Jiebei.
In the first three quarters of 2022, revenue of Ant’s consumer finance business stood at 3.21 billion yuan (RM2.05bil), while its net profit stood at 386 million yuan (RM245mil).
Leon Qi, an analyst with Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong Ltd, said in a research note, “We view it as a signal of Ant’s regulatory rectification wrap-up.”
The consumer finance unit will be able to handle 1.1 trillion yuan (RM700bil) in loans once the fundraising is complete, Qi said.
The major revamp of Ant includes disconnecting its payment app Alipay from sister credit products like Huabei and Jiebei, ending its monopoly on information collection, improving managing liquidity risks of important fund products and reducing the balance of its money market fund Yu’ebao.,