Fintech unicorn Slice posts Rs 267 Cr loss in FY22

The Tiger Global-backed fintech unicorn clocked a standalone operating income of Rs 182.53 crore, significantly higher than the Rs 37 crore it made the year before, while it was up by over 300% on consolidated basis, at Rs 283 crore

Fintech unicorn Slice posts Rs 267 Cr loss in FY22

Monday March 27, 2023,

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Bengaluru-based fintech unicorn Slice standalone losses spiked 2X to Rs 267 crore in FY22 from Rs 103.87 crore in the previous fiscal. 

On a consolidated basis, which reflects the earnings of the group’s NBFC arm— Quadrillion Finance Private Limited—as well, the losses stood at Rs 253.67 crore, up from Rs 100 crore reported in the previous fiscal. 

Simultaneously, the company clocked an operating income of Rs 182.53 crore, significantly higher than the Rs 37 crore it reported the year before, while it was up by over 300% on a consolidated basis at Rs 283 crore, for the said fiscal. 

With this, the fintech startup’s total consolidated income for FY22 stood at Rs 292.91 crore, 325% higher than Rs 68.85 crore in FY21. 

The digital lending and payments platform's majority revenue came from fee and commission income (including commission from loans, services and internet handling fees), which increased to Rs 148.97 crore from Rs 42.14 crore in FY21.

It also witnessed a 424% increase in revenue generated from interest on loans, which was Rs 134.11 crore in FY22.  

Rise in expenses 

According to the data from the RoC filing, the company’s standalone expenses shot up by almost 240% to Rs 485.23 crore from Rs 143.6 crore in the previous fiscal.  

Consolidated expenses were at Rs 542.5 crore.  

Breaking down the standalone expense, Slice spent Rs 209 crore on advertising promotional activities as against Rs 6 crore the year before.

At the same time, subscription membership fees increased from Rs 5 crore to Rs 20 crore, along with a notable spike in customer onboarding cost and processing charges.  

Overall, the employee benefit expenses, including salaries and wages, for the year also rose from Rs 32.85 crore to Rs 98.93 crore in FY22. 

Recently, the Tiger Global-backed startup acquired a 5% stake in Guwahati-headquartered small finance bank, Indian Bank North East Small Finance, this year. It is yet to be deciphered how the deal would immediately be beneficial to the platform, which was among the worse hit by the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) digital lending norms circular issued last year. 

The regulator had come down heavy on fintechs operating in cards and digital lending space, as it barred Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) instruments, including prepaid cards, from loaded with credit lines. 

Slice, which was offering prepaid cards via a tie-up with State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) India, was among the worst-hit players as it was its core business. 

Following the announcement, the RBI asked the company to stop onboarding new customers while the fintech temporarily suspended its cards in November to make the transition to a new system.

Recently, after receiving in-principal approval for the PPI licence from the RBI, a source cited by the Economic Times, said, “Slice has received the PPI licence from RBI, and its product has gone live with a few select users as well. With this, they are hoping to accept more users who are looking to come to Slice.”  

The fintech company is now reportedly looking to offer PPI accounts with minimum know-your-customer (KYC) requirements to teenagers to expand its user base.

(The copy was updated to reflect the consolidated earnings of the group as well) 

Edited by Suman Singh