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Telecom giant Airtel eyes a stake in Paytm

The two firms have not yet reached a deal yet, and both maintain some reservations, according to one of the people. Airtel did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. In a statement, a Paytm spokesperson said, “While we don’t typically comment on market speculation, we can confirm that we remain fully focused on our strong organic growth journey and are not involved in any such discussions.” Airtel has been engaging with Paytm for several years for potentially offloading the telecom giant’s payments bank business, according to a source familiar with the matter. But Paytm sees a major overlap in its payments bank customers and those of Airtel’s, the source said. But the current climate has made a deal somewhat more enticing for the two firms. Shares of Paytm, which listed in 2021, are down by over 60% since the listing. An equity swap deal would add more weight to the financial firm’s popularity among investors. Airtel’s payments bank has nearly 130 million customers and is a profitable unit, the company disclosed earlier. Telecom giant Airtel eyes a stake in Paytm by Manish Singh originally published on TechCrunch


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