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Thai lender SCB invests $100 million in Indonesia's Akulaku

Thai lender SCB invests $100 million in Indonesia's Akulaku

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks out from a Siam Commercial Bank branch in Bangkok, Thailand, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK : Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank Pcl on Tuesday announced a $100 million investment in Indonesian fintech startup Akulaku, as part the bank's expansion overseas and into technology.

SCB last year announced major restructuring and expansion with a target of 200 million customers by 2025 for its businesses in Southeast Asia, which operate in six of the region's markets.

"Our investment in Akulaku fits within our regional goal of serving an underserved market using digital innovations," SCB President Arak Sutivong said in a statement.

In November, the bank announced a $537 million acquisition of Thai-based digital asset exchange Bitkub.

SCB also operates its own food delivery app, with plans to include travel and other services this year.

Akulaku offers digital banking and brokers insurance and says its mobile banking service has about 13 million users in Indonesia, a nation of about 270 million people.

The startup counts Jack Ma's Ant Group as an investor and plans to expand offerings in Southeast Asia to reach 50 million users by 2025.

(Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Martin Petty)

Source: Reuters

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