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Wed, 7 Jul 2021 | Livemint
Digit Insurance's value soars to $3.5 bn after fresh funding

Digit Insurance's value soars to $3.5 bn after fresh funding

Insurance technology startup Digit Insurance is raising $200 million from existing and new investors, founder and chairman Kamesh Goyal said. Existing investor Faering Capital, as well as new investors Sequoia Capital India and IIFL Alternate Asset Managers are participating in this fundraise, which is subject to approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irdai).

Once the funding is completed, Digit’s valuation will almost double to $3.5 billion from $1.9 billion previously, Goyal said over phone. The company had raised $18.5 million from existing investors including Faering, A91 Partners, and TVS Capital in January.

The valuation makes Digit India’s third most valuable fintech, surpassing payments provider Razorpay and Pine Labs, which were valued at $3 billion each earlier this year.

The company is raising the funds to maintain solvency, with an equity dilution of 5% undertaken as a part of this fundraise, Goyal said. Digit has so far raised $442 million in equity funding.

The Fairfax-backed company provides insurance in motor, health, corporate, and travel categories. It was founded four years ago with insurance covers for electronic gadgets and mobile phones.

Motor insurance is Digit’s largest category, bringing 75% of gross premiums. Fire-related insurance (13%) and health covers (7%) together contribute 20%. With the impact of covid-19, the share of travel insurance fell below 0.5% last year from 2% previously.

The company clocked ₹3,243 crore in gross premiums in FY21, up 44% from the previous fiscal’s ₹2,252 crore.

Digit said that over the past one year it has provided covid-related insurance to almost 3.6 million employees across 32,000 corporates.

Since its inception, the platform has provided insurance to more than 20 million customers and processed 400,000 claims.

Total policy renewal rates for the platform stand at 60% for private car insurance, 75% for its retail health insurance category, and 90% for insurance covers provided by corporates. Further, 20% of insurance covers sold on the platform are purchased by corporate clients for their employees.

“It was a difficult year for economies the world over but I am glad to see Digit continuing to stick to its mission of simplicity and growing ahead of the industry. Their relevant products, tech-enabled, simple processes, and customer-centric approach sets them apart," Prem Watsa, chairman of Fairfax Financial Holdings, the first investor in Digit Insurance said in a statement.