Philippines based fintech startup GCash raises $175 mn from Bow Wave

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Globe Fintech Innovations (Mynt), the FinTech arm of Globe Telecom and operator of the country’s mobile wallet, GCash, has attracted fresh capital investment from ASP Philippines LP, a limited partnership fund managed by investment firm Bow Wave Capital Management (Bow Wave), to further shoot the growth of financial presence and the digitization of payments and financial services in the Philippines. Mynt raised over US$175 million in fresh capital from Bow Wave and its existing shareholders in multiple tranches, with post-money valuation of the final tranches at close to US$1 billion.

“This investment from Bow Wave is a validation of both what we have accomplished as well as the potential of GCash in unlocking digital services in the Philippines,” said Martha Sazon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mynt. “The pandemic has acted as a catalyst in highlighting the importance of digital finance in society today and with this investment from Bow Wave, we look forward to further living out our vision of finance for all, enabling democratized access to payment and financial services to every Filipino.”

Across 2020, GCash has been helping Filipinos get through their daily lives by supplying them with digital payment options.

GCash recorded a gross transaction value of over Php 1 trillion in 2020 spurred by services such as online payments, bank cash-in and sending money. So far, GCash has vested over 33 million Filipinos with digital financial tools and services through its innovative mobile wallet. Customers have been able to maximize the use of their mobile wallets to manage physically and online, to purchase airtime load, to open deposit accounts, to save and invest in money market funds, and to obtain insurance products.

Bow Wave is a close-ended private equity fund with a mandate to invest globally in online and mobile payment ecosystem companies. Bow Wave’s investment in Mynt, its first in the Philippines, will translate to a minority equity interest in the Mynt. “Mynt has made great strides in the fintech space in the Philippines. Recognizing this fact and our shared values, Bow Wave supports the vision of Mynt to provide finance for all Filipinos. We are excited for this investment and we hope to add value to Mynt as it realizes its vision,” remarked Itai Lemberger, Founder and CIO of Bow Wave

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