Validus secures USD 10 million debt financing from Lendable to fuel expansion and support financial inclusion for SMEs in Southeast Asia through innovative financial solutions.

Lendable is excited to announce a US$10 million debt investment in Validus, a leading SME lending platform with operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Validus drives SME financial inclusion across Southeast Asia by leveraging proprietary data to provide supply-chain financing to under-served SMEs, thereby empowering small businesses to grow, with faster, more effortless, and more accessible financial products and services.

Lendable’s investment in Validus aligns with Lendable’s mission of supporting financial inclusion in emerging markets through innovative financial solutions and demonstrates Lendable’s belief in Validus’ capabilities to address the financing gap faced by SMEs in the region.

Hani Ibrahim, Chief Investment Officer at Lendable, comments on the investment, “Lendable is proud to partner with Validus and support their mission-aligned objective of serving underserved SMEs in Southeast Asia. We have been impressed by the quality of the team, focused business model and strong credit underwriting track record serving the SME sector in the region”.

Milena Naitoh, Group Head of Corporate Development & Capital Markets, further emphasizes the significance of this milestone, “Validus’ partnership with Lendable will support our next stage of growth in the region, as we strive to bridge the SME financing gap in Southeast Asia through the usage of alternate data and proprietary technology. Lendable’s strong spirit of collaboration and alignment in their commitment to our vision will be invaluable as we continue to expand our reach in the region.”

About Lendable

Lendable believes in creating a more equitable and sustainable world through data and finance. Lendable is a leading debt finance provider to market leading companies across pre-frontier, frontier and emerging markets that create access to new financial products and services for un- and under-banked populations. Lendable uses its proprietary technology, Maestro, to help investors understand risk and impact in the markets where it operates. Lendable’s team is based across over 12 countries giving an on-the-ground presence. To date, Lendable has disbursed over $450m.

Lendable Group consists of Lendable Inc, Dynolabs Asset Management Ltd, Dyno Labs Limited, Lendable PTE. LTD, Lendable Analytics LLC and Lendable Asset Management LLC.

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About Validus

Validus is the leading all-in-one SME financing platform in Southeast Asia today. Validus drives financial inclusion and prosperity for small businesses by leveraging data and AI to drive growth financing to the under-served SME sector — resulting in faster and effortless one-stop financial solutions that increase our customers’ productivity and cost savings. Validus’ SME-focused, full-suite business finance offering includes loans, business accounts, corporate cards, payments and expense management. To date, Validus has disbursed more than USD 3 billion [1] in loans to small businesses across Southeast Asia. Founded in 2015 to address the unmet financing needs of SMEs, Validus is headquartered in Singapore and is growing rapidly across its four markets — Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

[1] Figures are as of November 30, 2023

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