Hong Kong-based fintech company WeLab has secured a credit facility of $25 million from ING Bank, after the European financial institution participated in a $160 million funding round for the mobile lender earlier this year.
The credit facility will provide WeLab’s Hong Kong operation with lending capital to meet the rapidly growing demand for its loans in this market, it said in a statement. WeLab’s business volume in Hong Kong more than doubled from the first to second quarter of 2016. The fintech firm has attracted over 8 million registered users and processed a total amount of $4.9 billion worth loan applications since its inception in 2013. The company said, it was planning to tap the bank loan market for another $50m in the coming months. “We believe this credit facility is one of the first completed by a major bank to fund the portfolio growth of a fintech company in Asia and are confident that this will open more doors to institutional funding in the near future,” said WeLab founder and CEO Simon Loong.