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Jocata launches ‘SME DNA’ score for banks and NBFCs across India

By Leandra Monteiro

December 05, 2022

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Jocata On the occasion of International Day of Banks, celebrated globally by the banking fraternity on December 4, B2B lending and compliance FinTech Jocata announced the pan-India rollout of SME DNA score, a proprietary AI/ML based risk and business intelligence score.

The SME DNA score will aid underwriters with enhanced ‘Go-No-Go’ decisions within 2 minutes, thereby fast-tracking priority sector lending for banks and financial institutions. With predictive insights, the SME DNA score will also spur credit innovation for banks in the form of contextual and targeted lending solutions aimed at the MSME segment, including embedded lending, GST bridge loans, sachet-loans, BNPL, and cash-flow-based loans, among others.

Jocata, Managing Director and CEO, Prashant Muddu said, ” The outlook for GST-based analytics is very promising and it can significantly reduce the current problems that bankers face in credit decisioning for the priority sector that stem from a heavy reliance on expert judgement leading to longer decisioning times. In addition to spurring credit innovation and in scaling up the priority sector lending for banks, the SME DNA score can kick-start a virtuous cycle by also empowering MSMEs to improve their business performance and get access to credit, build credit history, avail loans on more favourable terms, to unlock their potential in India’s growth story.”

Jocata’s SME DNA score comes at a time when there is a growing demand for GST-based analytics. A strong regulatory push, growing GST filing compliance and the recent announcement of GSTN as a Financial Information Provider (FIP) under the Account Aggregator framework is expected to ease access to large volumes of consent-based GST data and grow the analytics outcomes.

During its beta stage, the SME DNA score aided one of the top 5 private banks in India to build a business model in the small ticket segment of unsecured business loans in the range of INR 2 lakh to 20 lakh, and also secured overdraft of up to INR 2 crores digitally from the ground up.

GSTN filings are considered a goldmine of authentic, reliable, digitally available, dynamic data. By leveraging data science techniques on GSTN filings, SME DNA can empower underwriters with more transparent insights throughout the business cycle of credit seekers and reduce the Time-to-Credit (disbursal) for MSME borrowers from 2-5 days to less than 6 hours.

Muddu added, “Jocata’s data sciences team has analyzed MSMEs’ filing data from GSTN since its advent to develop the score that represents the risk of the MSME business. The score assesses the entity for its propensity to pay tax, checks the health of and (over)dependence on the MSMEs’ buyers and suppliers, among other risk factors. It also helps banks’ underwriters and business teams in improving credit decisioning and monitoring, besides identifying early warning signals at entity and portfolio level, which is especially important at a time when banks and financial institutions are facing pressures due to Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). This is key to easing the trust deficit financial institutions face in lending to MSMEs and giving transparency and information throughout the business cycle.”

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