GCash IPO delayed as parent firm assesses market conditions

By: Tyrone Jasper C. Piad - @inquirerdotnetINQUIRER.net | February 08,2024 - 09:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines  Investors are waiting for GCash to join the local exchange. However, its parent company said that they are still reviewing the market before deciding to launch an initial public offering (IPO).

The company had initially planned to debut by the second half of 2024, but Tek Olaño, the chief financial officer of GCash’s parent company Mynt, stated during a virtual briefing that no decisions have been made yet.

“There is really no hurry, for one thing, with the IPO. The company is comfortable. We have to do it when it is right for the company,” added Ernest Cu, president of the Globe Group where Mynt is a part of.

Oscar Reyes Jr., president and CEO of G-Xchange Inc., previously shared with the media they were hoping to go public by the second half of this year. G-Xchange Inc., a subsidiary of Mynt, operates GCash.

READ MORE: Mynt buys payment platform from Globe ahead of IPO

For now, Olaño said they were still on the wait-and-see mode, factoring in macroeconomic developments before making a debut.

“We’ve seen some capital market movements as of late both in the region and global markets. While these are improving signs, we continue to monitor global fiscal monetary and geopolitical developments to gauge the more opportune time for an IPO,” Olaño said.

Safe, secure alternative

On Wednesday, GCash also announced it has disbursed P118 billion worth of loans to 3.9 million borrowers via its suite of financing products.

These include Sakto Loans, which allow users to borrow as low as P100 up to P1,000. The small loan product is marketed as a safe and secure alternative to predatory informal lending.

READ MORE: GCash to allow users to borrow as low as P100

It has also sold 16.3 million insurance policies to date. GCash earlier launched an insurance policy to protect users’ fund transfers and payments from potential scams.

Based on latest data, GCash has six million merchants and social sellers in its network.

This quarter, GCash is set to go live in the Middle East as it targets to capture a bigger chunk of the overseas Filipino worker market.

It is estimated there are two million Filipinos across the Middle East and North Africa. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas shows that the top sources of remittances are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The popular e-wallet brand is now available in other countries like Japan, Australia, Italy, Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.

READ MORE: GCash Digital Excellence Awards 2023 honor top Government agency artners


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