本周，非银行金融公司Samunnati Financial宣布获得了一笔2350万美元的C轮融资，投资方为瑞士投资公司responsAbility，此前曾投资过该公司的Elevar Equity和Accel Partners两家风投机构也参与了本轮融资。截至目前，该公司的融资总金额已经达到了4500万美元。
在谈到本次投资交易时，瑞士投资公司responsAbility亚太地区农业和食品业私募股权业务负责人Akshay Dua表示，农业和食品行业是全球责任性最大的一个重点行业，而本次投资Samunnati，也是该风投完成食品和农业私募基金募资之后的首笔投资。而作为本次投资交易的一部分，responsibility投资公司亚太地区农业和食品业私募股权业务负责人Akshay Dua将会加入到Samunnati Financial公司董事会。
Non-banking financial company Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services Pvt. Ltd has raised Rs 150 crore ($23.5 million) in a Series C round of funding from Swiss impact investor responsAbility and existing investors Elevar Equity and Accel Partners.
As part of the investment, Akshay Dua, responsAbility’s Asia Pacific head of private equity for agriculture and food sectors, will join the board of Chennai-based Samunnati.
“Agriculture and food is one of the key focus sectors for responsAbility globally and this is the first investment from our recently closed food and agriculture private equity fund,” Dua said in a press release.
Anil Kumar SG, founder and chief executive officer of Samunnati, said the lender will benefit from responsAbility’s global development finance experience to make agricultural value chains operate at a higher equilibrium.
Incorporated in 2014, Samunnati provides secured and unsecured loans to farmers, farmer producer organisations, community-based organisations and agricultural enterprises. The company began active operations as an NBFC from July 2016.
In a span of two years of full-fledged operations, Samunnati has disbursed over Rs 500 crore in credit, according to the release.
In 2015, Samunnati had raised $1.93 million in a Series A round of funding from Elevar Equity. In February 2017, the company raised $4.4 million in a Series B round of funding led by Accel India and with participation from Elevar Equity and Sify founder Rajasekhar Ramraj, according to VCCEdge, the data research platform of VCCircle.
Investment bank Unitus Capital acted as the exclusive financial adviser for the latest transaction.
Among the recent funding deals in the NBFC space, multi-stage private investment firm Norwest Venture Partners led a $32 million (Rs 200 crore) funding round in Ess Kay Fincorp Ltd and BanyanTree Growth Capital II made an undisclosed equity investment in Chennai-based Mahaveer Finance India.