Avanse Financial Services raises Rs 390 crores to strengthen its democratising education in India

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Avanse Financial Services Ltd., India’s new age, technologically advanced, education-focused non-banking financial company (NBFC), today announced that it has raised Rs 390 crores from its existing shareholders, Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, through its affiliate Olive Vine Investment Ltd. and International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank via a rights issue. The contribution percentage of the amount is as per their existing shareholding pattern – 80 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively. With this investment, the net worth of the company stands at ₹1,450 crores.

Avanse Financial Services has been on a growth trajectory by remaining focused on fulfilling the academic aspirations of millions of Indian students and strengthening the education ecosystem of the country. As of March 31, 2022, the AUM of the organisation was ₹4,836 crores, achieving a CAGR of 22 per cent over the last four years. The equity raised will enable Avanse to strengthen its balance sheet and capital adequacy ratio.

“Being an education-focused organisation, we ensure that we eliminate the gap between a student’s academic aspiration and the finances involved so that they can walk on the path leading to upward mobility without depending on anyone,” said Amit Gainda, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Avanse Financial Services. “We will utilise this freshly infused capital to reach out to more education aspirants to fulfil their academic dreams. We will continue to focus on taking Avanse to its next phase of the sustained profitable growth journey. The current round of rights issue validates our strong commitment to democratising education and education financing in India.”

Narendra Ostawal, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus & Non-Executive Director, Avanse Board, said, “Avanse Financial Services has had a remarkable journey in its quest to strengthen the education ecosystem of the country. Since the beginning of our association, we have witnessed a compelling growth story, and we believe that the company is well-poised to build upon the leadership position it has carved out within the industry. The equity infusion by the existing investors will enable Avanse to further leverage its deep domain expertise in the education sector and make credit accessible and affordable for more students to achieve their academic ambitions. Warburg Pincus looks forward to strengthening this relationship and is all set to support the talented management team at Avanse in the next phase of the growth journey.”

Avanse Financial Services has fulfilled the educational dreams of 2.5 lacs academic aspirants across 3,000+ institutes and 22,000+ courses in 50+ countries. The firm has also provided growth and working capital to 1K educational institutes catering to over 5-6 lacs students.

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