Wow! Singtel and Grab Join Emtek Enter Fama Bank

            Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja’s technology issuer, PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk (EMTK) announced the entry of a strategic partner to accelerate the company’s digital ecosystem at PT Bank Fama International. Previously, Elang Mahkota Teknologi (EMTK) through its subsidiary, PT Elang Media Visitama (EMV) has acquired the mini bank and is now the largest shareholder with a portion of 99.99% in Fama Bank.

            The two strategic investors who entered were Singtel Alpha Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singtel Telecommunication Limited, and A5-DB Holdings Pte. Ltd. which is a subsidiary of Grab. Elang Mahkota Teknologi (EMTK) Corporate Secretary Titi Maria Rusli said that Grab and Singtel had taken part, each with 2.35 billion new shares of Fama Bank or equivalent to 16.26% of the company’s issued and paid-up capital which had been increased. After the issuance of new shares was completed, EMV’s ownership in Fama Bank became 62.76%. Then, PT Nusantara Berkat Agung with 4.72%, Grab with 16.26%, and finally Singtel with 16.26%. This acquisition is a concrete step from the Singtel-Grab consortium to develop digital financial services in Indonesia.

            For information, at the end of 2020, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it would grant a fully digital bank license to the Grab-Singtel consortium and the technology giant which is Shopee’s parent company, Sea Group. This is the first and is anticipated in the liberalization of the financial industry. Unlike traditional banks, digital bank players will provide services to retail customers such as account opening, deposits, and debit and credit card issuance. However, digital banks will not be physically present and all banking services will be carried out online. This is different from traditional banks, such as DBS, OCBC, and United Overseas Bank which offer several banking services via the internet or mobile applications. Digital banks can also serve corporate customers.

Jan 21, 2022, CNBC Indonesia