Monetizing users the next chapter for Cred: Kunal Shah

Fintech unicorn Cred is focusing on greater monetization from its existing users by offering more products as its accumulated losses crossed 1,279.6 crore in FY22, founder Kunal Shah said.

Last fiscal year, the company worked to scale the adoption of its products such as RentPay, Cash, and Pay. It also launched new products such as Mint that allows users to lend to other users.

“(Users) are engaging on all of these products at different scales and it’s only growing every month. They are (also) going and exploring more products,” said Shah. “(This) creates both breadth and also depth in our relationship.”

The startup, last valued at about $6.4 billion, widened its losses 2.4 times to 1,279.6 crore in FY22. However, the Bengaluru-based fintech did not highlight its plans to turn profitable. “We are only four years old. We make a conscious choice to invest in building the brand, building the community and eventually get to the monetization direction,” Shah said.

Comparatively, Cred’s revenue from operations grew 4.4 times to 393.6 crore in FY22.

Cred’s member community grew nearly 50% to 11.2 million users in FY22. In calendar year 2022, the company scaled this number to 16 million. The starttup, which last raised $140 million in a Series F round in June 2022 at over 60% premium, is focused on the top 40 million households in the country. It helps users settle credit card bills, make utility, rent and school fee payments among other things.

The company’s total expenses jumped 2.7x to 1,702.1 crore in FY22. Cred spent more than 975 crore on marketing and business promotion expenses, which accounted for more than 57% of its total expenses.

“Investments on marketing dollars will always have its own reason and rationale,” said Shah, adding that the company will be investing to build and sustain its brand. Cred, through the years, has spent extensively in marketing campaigns including its much-talked about advertisement for the Indian Premier League.

However, for the now four-year old company, “it will be much more reasonable– doesn’t mean we have to stop. We will still keep building our community and brands,” he said.

The company spent 307.6 crore as employee benefit expense, its second largest cost after marketing during the year. It spent 158.7 crore in payment processing charges and 243.3 crore in other expenses, which include software and licensing costs of 104.9 crore. Cred claims to have high engagement and stickiness with over 90% of its members redeeming at least one reward on its app every month.

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