FinTech Firm MC Payment Raises S$6M (US$4.5M) in Series B Round
MC Payment, a financial technology and business solutions provider based in Singapore, has raised S$6 million (US$4.5 million) in a Series B round. The funds will be used to drive market expansion into Australia and in Southeast Asia, as well as enhance its key product offerings, including ‘Xaavan’, its B2B supply chain and e-invoicing platform for merchants and suppliers.
The investment was led by ESW Manage, an Asia-focused private equity firm along with private investment firm, DZW Capital. Other investors include Golden Equator Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Singapore.
Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of MC Payment, Anthony Koh, said, “Businesses today are operating across countries, with consumers using a variety of non-cash payment options. We see an urgent need for platforms that can process a multitude of payment methods; something we have deep experience in. This funding will help us to address that demand by accelerating development of end-to-end payments solutions across industries in the region.”
A key investment priority is ‘Xaavan’, MC Payment’s web-enabled B2B supply chain payment and e-invoicing platform; it is the first MasterCard-certified Level 3 enhanced data processing solution in Asia.
MC Payment also offers payment technology and transaction processing solutions under the product name of ‘MC Payment’. The solution is being used by a number of charities to process online donations, and is being rolled out by e-commerce giant Qoo10. MC Payment is also developing a non-cash payment solution for Singapore’s first vending machine café, Chef in Box VendCafé.
The company also offers a mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution, ‘ffastpay’, used by retailers and merchants, including insurers and telecommunication firms in Hong Kong and Malaysia, to support consumer payments on-the-go. The company also has ‘MatchCab’, a platform built for taxi transport providers that seamlessly integrates into existing booking systems.
MC Payment is looking to capitalise on the strong e-commerce growth in Southeast Asia by expanding into Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines, as well as entering into the Australian market. It currently operates in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
The company is focused on supporting non-cash payments for clients across a variety of industries, including non-profits, insurance, e-commerce and financial institutions. It is able to provide seamless support for multiple payment methods with brand-agnostic solutions that retailers actually need. This is done through technological certification and partnerships with leading payments schemes from around the world, including global card associations such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express, as well as domestic payment networks across Asia, such as NETS in Singapore and MEPS in Malaysia.
Wong Yat Foo, Founder and Chairman at ESW manage, said, “We are leading the investment round as we are most impressed with the founders’ track record of creating niche technology products in a market with high barriers to entry, while solving complex customer problems. With the endorsement and approval of their technology by big players like Visa, MasterCard and many more, the company has huge potential to serve many more merchants and banks and grow their transaction business.”
Daren Tan, Managing Partner at Golden Equator Capital, commented, “MC Payment solves complex payments issues by building a unified payments platform. With growing adoption of new technologies, digital payments has become an integral part of any business. Anthony and team have demonstrated great foresight to meet these market demands within Southeast Asia and beyond.”
Consumers now have access to a rising number of payment options, ranging from mobile wallets, to credit cards and domestic payment methods. According to IDC Financial Insights, consumers across Asia are quick to adopt multiple payment choices for both offline and online transactions, demonstrated by the increasing use of digital wallets – from 9.7 per cent in 2013 to 19.5 per cent in 2015. Complementing this growth is a simultaneous increase in cross-border e-commerce transactions in the region, with online sales in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam estimated to grow by up to 25 per cent annually from 2013.
“Internet penetration, global consumer activities and adoption of electronic payment methods has increased by leaps and bounds; Southeast Asia presents a great opportunity in the payments space. This is where we come in – to provide specialised financial technology services that support the complex and growing payment needs within the region,” added Koh.
-###- Source: IDC Financial Insights – New Payments for New Consumers: How Technology will Transform Payments in Asia/Pacific  Source: Fintech News Singapore – Digital Wallets Increasing in Popularity in APAC, Singapore As Top 3 Adopters  Source: A.T. Kearney – Lifting the Barriers to e-Commerce in ASEAN
About MC Payment
MC Payment is a financial technology and business solutions provider which specialises in supporting non-cash payments across Southeast Asia and Oceania. Its comprehensive suite of products provide solutions for in-store, mobile, online and digital payments across the region, and across a variety of industries including non-profit, insurance, e-commerce and financial institutions.
- Xaavan – B2B web-enabled supply chain payment and e-invoicing platform, and the first MasterCard-certified Level 3 enhanced data processing solution in Asia
- MatchCab – customisable platform for transport providers
- ffastpay – B2C mobile payments solution (mPOS)
- MC Payment – payment technology and transaction processing platform which accepts multiple non-cash payment methods within a single solution
MC Payment has also developed a network of partnerships and accreditations with top banks and leading payments schemes such as First Data, Global Payments, Visa and MasterCard in order to process transactions over a multitude of payment channels. Recognised for its technical expertise, MC Payment has been presented with several prestigious industry awards such as the Smart Awards Asia, Singapore SME 1000 Company and Capital CEO Supreme Brand Award in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: www.sg.mcpayment.com
About ESW Manage
ESW Manage, 中青集团, is a private equity firm focused on investment opportunities particularly in Asia. Since its inception in 2011, it specialises in remodelling traditional businesses to increase business profitability, as well as growing the business of selected ventures across industries such as financials, real estate development, and IT solutions. ESW Manage is handled by a team of directors who have been chosen due to their experience in senior management or ownership positions in various industries including investment banking, logistics and property development. For more information, please visit: www.esw-manage.com
About Golden Equator Capital
Golden Equator Capital (GEC) is a Multi-family Office and Venture Capital firm headquartered in Singapore. Our investment team reviews entire investment lifecycles, taking a hands-on approach working closely with Portfolio Companies to generate strong and sustainable returns for all shareholders. The GEC Technology and Innovation Fund taps into the growth potential of companies with promising new technologies or innovative products in Asia. For more information, please visit: www.goldenequatorcapital.com