Paytm and its CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma will acquire Raheja QBE, a Mumbai-based private sector general insurer, for nearly Rs 568 crore to expand the digital payments company’s financial services.

Raheja QBE is 51 per cent owned by Prism Johnson and 49 per cent by QBE Australia, one of Australia’s largest insurers. Paytm will acquire both stakes to become 100 per cent owner of the company. Raheja QBE employees would continue working in Mumbai and other places, said the company.

According to regulatory filings made by Prism Johnson, which owns 51 per cent stake, Raheja QBE will be sold “to QORQL Private Limited, a technology company with majority shareholding of Vijay Shekhar Sharma and remaining held by Paytm (owned by One97 Communications Limited), for an aggregate consideration of Rs. 289.68 crores”. According to sources, the overall value of the deal is Rs 568 crore.

One97 is the parent company of Paytm. The acquisition is expected to close by March 31, 2021, depending on approvals from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

“It is an important milestone in Paytm’s financial services journey, and we are very excited to welcome Raheja QBE General Insurance into the Paytm family.

Its strong management team will help us accelerate our journey of taking insurance to the large population of India with the aim to create a tech-driven, multi-channel general insurance company with innovative and affordable insurance products,” said Paytm president Amit Nayyar.

As per regulatory filings, Raheja QBE General Insurance had revenue of Rs 189.46 crore and net worth of Rs 154.38 crore as of March 31, 2020.

“We are happy to announce the sale transaction of our entire 51 percent stake in Raheja QBE General Insurance Company Limited. Our decision to sell our stake in Raheja QBE is in line with our mission to create sustainable shareholder value and will enable us to focus our resources on our core businesses. This move will help the insurance business scale up to new heights by leveraging the large customer base and innovative products offered by Paytm,” said Vijay Aggarwal, Managing Director Prism Johnson Ltd.

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