|Home Credit Group|
|Industry||Consumer loans and Personal loans|
|Founded||1997 (as Home Credit a.s.)|
1999 (as Home Credit B.V.)
|Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Asia and United States|
|€ 2.923 billion (2018)|
|€ 213 million (2018)|
|Total assets||€ 22.214 billion (2018)|
|Total equity||€ 1.934 billion (2018)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Home Credit & Finance Bank|
Home Credit B.V. is an international non-bank financial institution founded in 1997 in the Czech Republic and headquartered in Netherlands. The company operates in 10 countries and focuses on lending primarily to people with little or no credit history. As of 2016 the company has served already over 111 million active customers. Major shareholder of company is PPF, a privately held international financial and investment group owned by Petr Kellner, which controls an 88.62% stake.
In 1997, Home Credit a.s. was founded in the Czech Republic and in 1999, the company expanded to Slovakia. In 2000s company started to expand to Commonwealth of Independent States countries - Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. As of 2007 the company was the second largest consumer lender in Russia. In 2010s company expanded to Asia, specifically China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. In 2010 the company was first foreign company to set up as a consumer finance lender in China. In 2015 company launched its operations in the United States of America through a partnership with Sprint Corporation. The group offers loans in 434,232 retail stores and also in digital space.
In 2017 PAG initiated investment of 2 billion RMB into Home Credit Group's Chinese business entity as an interest-bearing convertible loan. The deal was subsequently terminated in 2018 by PAG and Home Credit Group repaid the loan with interest.
In 2018 Home Credit Group initiated sale of its Czech operation consisting of Home Credit Czech and Slovak and Air Bank to Moneta Money Bank. The deal was criticized as one-sided deal that gives Home Credit's subsidiaries unusually high valuation with unusual terms of the deal that would lead to renaming of Moneta Bank to Air Bank. The criticism was strengthen also because of Moneta Chief Executive Tomas Spurny being historically connected to Home Credit Group majority shareholder PPF Group. In February 2019, Moneta based on feedback from its shareholders revised offer with lower valuation. In October 2019, the Home credit India has tied up with The Karur Vysya Bank Ltd, a commercial bank having its head office at Karur, Tamil Nadu, India for joint lending.
In 2019, the company was preparing IPO in Hong Kong, however it was scrapped after investors estimated the value between 5 and 7.5 billion euros, whereas shareholders were targeting market capitalization of 10 billion euros.
Home Credit China
Home Credit entered China in 2007 and applied for a pilot consumer finance license in 2010. Home Credit was asked by Chinese officials to help improve relationship between China and the Czech Republic in order to receive full license. Since 2010, Home Credit's parent company PPF helped swing anti-communist international relations sentiment towards strong China ally. In 2014, PPF helped arrange visit of the Czech president Miloš Zeman to China and subsequently helped pay for private plane for the return trip. The company in 2014 also received nation-wide license for consumer finance lending. In 2016, the company CEO Jiří Šmejc claimed to be proud of the impact on the revival of Czech-Chinese relations. Home Credit funded a newly formed think tank, Sinoskop, to counter a longer-established China-watching body, Sinopsis.
In 2019, it was uncovered that Home Credit paid public relations company to influence public in opinion in Czechia about China. Home Credit did hire an agency called C&B Reputation Management, which did marketing for Home Credit. It was also supposed to improve the Czech view of the Chinese communist regime.
Suspension of Sprint and Visa card services
On March 16, 2020, an email was sent out to Home Credit US cardholders stating that they are shutting down the Sprint and Visa Home Credit card program. "The difficult decision was made to shut down the Sprint® Credit Card, Sprint® Signature Credit Card, and Home Credit Visa® Card portfolios. As of 12:00am CT on March 17, 2020, all Purchases and Cash Advances on all Accounts will be suspended. In the near future, all Accounts will be closed..."
- Home Credit: About us
- Home Credit Group Annual Report 2015
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- FAQs –Notice of Account Suspension and Closure