Fave, Southeast Asia's fast growing fintech startup acquired by Pine Labs

Press Release

April 13, 2021

Fave, Southeast Asia's fast growing fintech startup acquired by Pine Labs

  • Pine Labs acquires Fave as part of joint growth & expansion plan. Pine Labs is one of Asia’s leading merchant commerce platforms and one of the most valuable fintech company in India

  • Fave smart payment app to launch in India across all Pine Labs merchant network

  • Fave founders will have their roles expanded to lead the overall consumer platform across Asia and hiring over 100 new employees. Fave’s investors will receive an all-cash payout, while founders and key Fave employees will receive both cash and Pine Labs shares

India, Singapore & Malaysia - 13 April 2021 - Fave, Southeast Asia's fast-growing consumer fintech platform, has been acquired today by Pine Labs, one of Asia's leading merchant commerce platforms in a deal valued over $45 million (SG$60 million / RM185 million). Fave has enabled 6 million consumers in SEA to save over US$400 million across 40,000 retailers since 2016. With this acquisition, Indian consumers will be able to use Fave app later this year to save across 500,000 merchant network points powered by Pine Labs across 3,700 cities in India.

The acquisition will help both companies accelerate their growth in the Asia region and unlock massive consumer opportunities across retail, F&B, fashion, and FMCG markets. Joining forces with Pine Labs will reinforce Fave's market position in Southeast Asia.

Fave’s founders will have their roles expanded to lead the overall consumer platform for the group across Asia. Fave will also be hiring over 100 new employees in Southeast Asia and India to accelerate cashless payments and smart savings across the region. Fave will continue to introduce new smart payment features via the Fave platform, unlocking new ways to maximize joy and value in every shopping experience for consumers across Asia. In August 2020, Fave announced a partnership with Singtel and DBS Bank that has enabled over half a million Singaporeans to use their respective Singtel Dash and Paylah! e-wallet app to pay at Fave partner stores.

Commenting on the acquisition, B. Amrish Rau, CEO, Pine Labs, said, "Consumers have tremendous choices in their payment types. They want to be sure that they save on every transaction. Fave helps consumers apply their best rewards, coupons, gift cards and cashbacks on all transactions in a seamless manner. Joel and the Fave team have built a loyal consumer base with their smooth checkout experience. We are excited to partner with them in this journey in South East Asia and India.”

"Really excited to work with Amrish and the Pine Labs team to continue expanding the Fave platform across the Asia region. Pine Labs has been a great partner and investor for us, and it only made sense for us to join our synergies together and work towards our shared vision of building a truly global consumer and merchant platform," said Joel Neoh, Co-Founder and CEO of Fave. He added, "India has the digital advantage with young demography, growing aspirational middle class with rising disposable income and increasing digital savviness. We are confident that the APAC e-payments landscape will continue to achieve exponential growth in the coming decade. Together, we will be stronger, faster and better."

In India, introduction of the Fave app this year comes at an opportune moment, with UPI growing to 2.7 billion transactions in March 2021. Pine Labs also recorded a significant growth of 171% in UPI transactions over the last two quarters. Fave app will be rolled out across all major Indian cities.

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Tonight 9PM (13 April) on Clubhouse: Join founders & investors of Fave as they chat casually about their journey from start to exit and what’s next. Clubhouse: @joelneoh @amrishrau

 

About Fave

Fave is one of Southeast Asia's leading fintech platform; providing a smart payment app for the smart generation of consumers to pay & save. Fave also empowers offline businesses to grow and digitally connect with their customers in a whole new way. Fave is on a mission to maximise joy & value in every shopping experience and accelerate the offline world’s transition to the digital economy.

Fave currently operates in 35 cities across Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Fave will be launching in India in 2021.

For more information, please visit myfave.com and myfave.in


About Pine Labs

One of Asia's leading merchant commerce platforms, Pine Labs serves prominent large, mid-sized and small merchants across Asia and the Middle East. The company's unique cloud-based platform enables it to offer a wide range of payment acceptance and merchant commerce solutions including enterprise automation solutions such as inventory management and customer relationship management. Its stored value platform includes issuing, processing, and distributing digital gift cards for corporate customers around the world. Incorporated in Singapore, Pine Labs' key investors include Actis Capital, Mastercard, PayPal, Sequoia India, and Temasek.

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