Ranjan Pai and Axis Bank May Back Gold Loan Startup Rupeek

Claypond Capital, Axis Bank, and new investors intend to invest in Rupeek at a lower valuation.

Investment details are being finalized, and existing investors are considering selling shares.

Claypond Capital, the investment arm of Manipal Group chairman Ranjan Pai, and private sector lender Axis Bank are in negotiations to invest in gold loan startup Rupeek.

According to sources, the valuation of the Accel- and Peak XV Partners-backed startup will most certainly be reduced as a result of the round.

Manipal’s Pai declined to respond. Rupeek’s CEO, Sumit Maniyar, and Axis Bank did not reply to inquiries.

According to RBI data, outstanding gold loans were Rs 1 lakh crore in March, up from Rs 89,382 crore the previous year.