First neobank in the Philippines raises Series A led by Sequoia India and Point72 Ventures.
SINGAPORE – 12 JUNE 2020 – Tonik Financial Pte Ltd (“Tonik”) announced today that it closed a $21M round of Series A equity funding. The round was led by blue-chip VC investors Sequoia India and Point72 Ventures, with a significant participation from previous VC investors Insignia and Credence. Tonik will use the funding to launch its digital bank in the Philippines, targeting the start of commercial operations in Q3 2020.
Tonik was recently granted its own bank license by the banking regulator in the Philippines. This makes Tonik the first digital-only neobank in Southeast Asia and one of the very few globally to be operating on the basis of its own bank license. In the company’s estimates, Philippines represents a US$140 billion retail savings market, and a US$100 billion unsecured consumer lending opportunity. Tonik is led by Founder & CEO Greg Krasnov, who had previously incubated four fintech start-ups in the consumer finance space in Asia, as well as founded, built and successfully exited a significant consumer finance bank in emerging Europe.
Greg Krasnov, Founder & CEO of Tonik, said: “COVID-19 is causing consumers all over the globe to save more for emergencies, to care more about the safety of their money as well as about earning a fair interest rate on their deposits while having access to their funds for easy withdrawal and transfer. In the Philippines, where over 70% of the population remains unbanked, we are observing a rapid jump in consumer demand for digital banking and digital transfers since the start of the year. We are preparing to bring a highly differentiated experience to the Filipino consumer to address these needs and are honored to be supported in this by the regulators who have encouraged innovation and welcomed technology solutions to bolster financial inclusion.”
Pete Casella, Head of Fintech Investments at Point72 Ventures, commented: “We believe deeply in Tonik’s vision for a digital bank that is underpinned by the customer protections inherent in being a government-approved bank, and also the flexibility of being a completely digital start up. This unique combination will enable Tonik to provide truly innovative products to its customers while also capturing the benefit of bank economics.”
Tonik is the first digital-only neobank in the Philippines, providing loan, deposit, and payment products to consumers on a highly secure digital banking platform. The neobank operates on the basis of the first digital bank license issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Tonik is led by a team of retail finance veterans who have previously built and scaled multiple retail banks and fintechs across global emerging markets. It is backed by top international investors, including Sequoia India, Point72 Ventures, and Mizuho Bank. Tonik’s tech stack is integrated in partnership with world-class banktech vendors including Mastercard, Finastra, Amazon Web Services, Google, and Daon. Tonik operates out of hubs in Singapore (HQ), Manila, and Chennai.
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