[Global Finance Awards] Woori Card takes deeper tap into Asian market with new subsidiary
Credit Card of the Year / Woori Card
Published : Nov 29, 2022 - 17:39
Updated : Nov 29, 2022 - 17:57
Woori Card chief executive officer Kim Jeong-ki (center) poses with company officials during the opening ceremony for its second global subsidiary on Nov.21 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Woori Card)

Seeking to expand its overseas business portfolio, Woori Card kicked off its global subsidiary Woori Finance Indonesia Tbk, in Jakarta, Indonesia, this month.

The subsidiary is the credit card provider’s second global endeavor, following the launch of Tutu Finance-WCI Myanmar in 2016.

The card company started negotiations with Indonesian finance firm PT Batavia Prosperindo Finance Tbk in 2019 which led to the signing of a share purchase agreement with its major shareholders in March. It became Korean financial company to receive the fastest M&A approval from the Indonesian government in June, according to Woori Card.

The Korean firm bought 82.03 percent shares in August, launching its Indonesian subsidiary. It has currently sent its mandatory tender offer to local financial authorities to purchase minority shareholders’ shares.

The Indonesian firm was established in 1994 and has $92 million worth of total assets, employs over 1,100 people, and has 72 business networks across the nation. It specializes in installment financing and heavy machinery leasing.

“We will design and sell new car installment finance products with competitive interest rates, using the know-hows from our experience in domestic installment financing,” said a Woori Card official.

“We will accelerate growth by using the synergy created with Bank Woori Saudara, which has expanded into Indonesia earlier,” the official added.

By Lee Seung-ku (