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Paytm Shares Hit Upper Circuit for Second Day as Company Secures Axis Bank Partnership

Paytm shares soar on Axis Bank partnership amidst regulatory clarity

The shares of Paytm witnessed a robust surge, climbing 5% and hitting the upper circuit for the second consecutive session on Monday, February 19. This bullish momentum followed a strategic partnership announcement with Axis Bank for merchant payment settlements. Additionally, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) clarifications on the continuation of Paytm QR, Card machine, and Soundbox services beyond March 15 further fueled investor optimism.

Axis Bank Partnership and Positive Regulatory Clarity

In a bid to enhance its operational framework, One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, has transitioned its nodal account to Axis Bank, leveraging an escrow account arrangement. This move signifies a strategic shift aimed at streamlining merchant payment settlements. The stock swiftly reached its upper price band of 5% at ₹358.55 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at the opening bell, reflecting investor confidence in the partnership’s potential.

Analyst Recommendations and Market Sentiment

Despite recent challenges, brokerage firm Bernstein remains bullish on Paytm’s prospects, recommending an outperform rating with a target price of ₹550. Conversely, Citi, while acknowledging the positive impact of new partnerships, maintained a sell call on the stock, albeit suggesting a target of ₹550. Both firms foresee potential growth avenues stemming from Paytm’s collaborations with leading banks, emphasizing the importance of continued market vigilance.

RBI Clarifications and Paytm Payments Bank Updates

The RBI’s FAQs provided much-needed clarity on the regulatory landscape, assuaging concerns regarding the continuity of Paytm’s key services post-March 15. Notably, Paytm Payments Bank has received an extension on various directives, allowing customers to continue withdrawals and balance utilization beyond the initial deadline of February 29. However, deposit and top-up facilities, including wallets and FASTags, will be discontinued post-March 15, underscoring the evolving regulatory environment.

Future Outlook and Investor Confidence

While regulatory challenges persist, Paytm remains resilient, navigating industry dynamics with strategic partnerships and regulatory compliance measures. The Axis Bank collaboration underscores Paytm’s commitment to enhancing its service offerings and strengthening its market position. As the company adapts to evolving regulatory frameworks, investor confidence is expected to stabilize, with a keen focus on sustained growth and operational efficiency.

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