According to a press release on Friday from the Indian multinational conglomerate company Reliance Industries Limited (NSE: RELIANCE ), to complement and expand the conventional credit bureau-based underwriting, company owner, Chairman, and Managing Director (MD) Mukesh Ambani, plans to launch a consumer and merchant lending business based on proprietary data analytics.
The Bank for International Settlements, or BIS, describes a self-reinforcing “DNA loop,” which stands for Data, Network, and Activity, as the foundation of a successful Financial Technology (FinTech) lending platform. Individuals can be connected through their digital footprints on social media and e-commerce platforms, which can then be used to foster borrowing activity and gather more consumer behaviour information.
For Reliance Industries Limited, the DNA loop is in place already. The conglomerate not only owns the largest telecommunications company in India, but it also manages the largest retailer. Additionally, Mukesh Ambani links users with local retailers so they can use WhatsApp Messenger to place online orders for groceries and other necessities.
Mukesh Ambani is forming Jio Financial Services Limited to focus more on the consumer market and revive the stock market. Each Reliance investor will receive 1 share in the new company. If the goal is to beat off rival billionaire Gautam Adani, Jio Financial Services’ IPO may come fairly rapidly. By 2024, Adani Capital, the Non-banking Financial Company (NBFC) division of the Adani Group, plans to go public.
Reliance Industries will rely on its 200 Billion US Dollars in liquid assets and reap the benefits of its lower cost of capital due to being rated way more than the Government of India. Once the group’s financial services division has a presence in everything from insurance and payments to asset management and digital broking, it will ultimately aim to become a conglomerate in and of itself. However, a credit will be the fundamental building block; Jio Financial will start strong by originating competitively priced loans to Reliance’s massive network of customers and businesses.