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Vistaar Finance raises $30 million from Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO

Originally appeared in The Economic Times on December 1, 2020

Vistaar Finance has announced that it has raised Rs 225 crore ($30 million) External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) from FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, making this amongst the larger such transactions in the MSME segment this year.

Vistaar has now raised over Rs 550 crore of debt financing in just seven months of this financial year. These funds will be deployed to lend to small businesses across the country, especially in this time of need. This is the second line of funding from FMO to Vistaar.

In a statement, Brahmanad Hegde, Executive Vice Chairman said, “This funding helps underline the core objectives of Vistaar and FMO of lending to small businesses to support their sustainable growth. Onward lending of these funds to small businesses contributes directly to initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. This fundraising is a strong endorsement of Vistaar’s sustainable business model, risk management capabilities even during a pandemic, its ability to grow in the curre ..

Vistaar is non-deposit-taking-NBFC focused on lending to small businesses. It has more than 200 branches. Its lender base includes public sector banks, private sector banks, mutual funds, international developmental agencies and large financial institutions.