Goldman Sachs-funded ZestMoney, previously valued at $450M, acquired by DMI in distress sale

“DMI Group Acquires ZestMoney: A Shift in the Fintech Landscape”
In a surprising turn of events, Indian fintech startup ZestMoney, previously backed by Goldman Sachs and valued at $450 million, has been acquired by financial services firm DMI Group. The acquisition, which comes after a tumultuous year for ZestMoney, marks a significant change in the fintech landscape.

While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it is clear that the acquisition is a strategic move for DMI Group to leverage ZestMoney’s talent and brand assets, as well as to integrate its own financial services offerings with ZestMoney’s popular checkout financing platform. The acquisition also grants DMI Group exclusive rights to the use of all Zest brands and makes its NBFC arm, DMI Finance, a preferred lender on the Zest platform.

For ZestMoney, the acquisition follows announcements of the startup’s impending shutdown and the resignation of its founders, signaling a challenging period for the once-promising company. Despite attracting high-profile investors and raising over $130 million in its eight-year journey, ZestMoney struggled to find a sustainable path forward.

With DMI Group’s acquisition, there is hope for a new chapter in ZestMoney’s story. Shivashish Chatterjee, co-founder and joint MD of DMI, expressed optimism about the acquisition, stating that it will be an important step in the company’s journey to provide digital financial inclusion at scale across India.

As the fintech landscape continues to evolve, the acquisition of ZestMoney by DMI Group demonstrates the dynamic nature of the industry and the opportunities for strategic partnerships to drive innovation and growth.

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