Ping An Consumer Finance Launches, Expanding Footprint in Financial Services Sector
HONG KONG and SHANGHAI, April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter "Ping An" or the "Group", HKEx:2318; SSE:601318) announced the launch of Ping An Consumer Finance Co., Ltd. (Ping An Consumer Finance) in Shanghai upon approval from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. It is China's first "finance + technology" consumer finance company, in line with Ping An's "finance + technology" and "finance + ecosystem" strategies.
Ping An Consumer Finance is registered in Shanghai, with registered capital of RMB5 billion (about USD700 million). Ping An contributes the majority of the capital base and has a 30% shareholding.
Unlike traditional consumer finance companies, Ping An Consumer Finance is built on the Group's expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and cloud computing. Its core technology system underpins the entire consumer finance business, including targeted customer acquisition, product innovation, credit review, risk management, post-lending management and customer service. The company is expected to create synergy with other businesses of Ping An and form a closed-loop financial system.
Chen Dongqi, Chairman of Ping An Consumer Finance said, "As China's first consumer finance company with a 'technology + finance' positioning, we will realize digital development by driving our business with advanced technologies such as AI and cloud computing to enhance user experience, and bring more convenience to consumers whose consumption habits are rapidly upgrading."
As a world-leading technology-powered retail financial services group, Ping An is guided by the philosophy of "leading finance with technology and facilitating life with finance". Ping An's "finance + technology" and "finance + ecosystem" strategies include five ecosystems: financial services, health care, auto services, real estate services, and smart city services. The establishment of Ping An Consumer Finance intends to empower the consumer finance industry with advanced technology, offer inclusive finance services, and further develop the Group's license portfolio, thus laying a solid foundation for future business diversification.
Ping An has established a global leading position in research and development (R&D) and innovation capabilities in the field of technology. The Group currently has eight research institutes, 57 laboratories, close to 110,000 technology business employees, 35,000 R&D employees and 2,600 scientists. Recently, Ping An ranked 8th globally with 1,691 patent (679 in AI, 68 in blockchain and 48 in cloud computing) applications in the 2019 Patent Cooperation Treaty international patent applications released by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
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About Ping An Group
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. ("Ping An") is a world-leading technology-powered retail financial services group. With over 204 million retail customers and 534 million Internet users, Ping An is one of the largest financial services companies in the world.
Ping An has two over-arching strategies, "pan financial assets" and "pan health care", which focus on the provision of financial and healthcare services through our integrated financial services platform and our five ecosystems of financial services, health care, auto services, real estate services and smart city services. Our "finance + technology" and "finance + ecosystem" strategies aim to provide customers and internet users with innovative and simple products and services using technology. As China's first joint stock insurance company, Ping An Group is committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate reporting and corporate governance. The Company is listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In 2019, Ping An ranked 7th in the Forbes Global 2000 list and 29th on the Fortune Global 500 list. Ping An also ranked 40th in the 2019 WPP Millward Brown BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list. For more information, please visit www.pingan.cn.
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