Bank of Russia recognises Tinkoff Bank as significant credit institution in payment services

Moscow, Russia — 23 April 2018.
The Bank of Russia has recognised Tinkoff Bank as a significant credit institution in the payment services market and added it to the relevant register now counting 36 financial institutions. More details are available on the regulator’s website and in the Bank of Russia Bulletin.

As at 1 February 2018, Tinkoff Bank was the second largest player in the Russian credit card market, with a market share of 11.7%. In 2017, it attracted 1.8 m new active customers (credit card holders) and issued 2.4 m credit cards. Total credit card transactions grew by 57% y-o-y to RUB 274.6 bn.

Aggregate loan portfolio across TCS Group added 31% to reach RUB 157.8 bn. Total transactions with Tinkoff Bank cards almost doubled and amounted to RUB 837 bn.

In 2017, the number of SME customers increased fivefold on a y-o-y basis, which translated into ca. 300,000 accounts. As Tinkoff Bank continued to ramp up its internet acquiring capacities, the number of merchants at grew to 100,000.

About the Group

TCS Group Holding PLC is an innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. TCS Group includes Tinkoff Bank, mobile virtual operator network Tinkoff Mobile, Tinkoff Insurance, and Tinkoff Software DC, a network of development hubs across Russia.

The Group was founded in 2006 by the Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2013.

With no retail branches, the Group serves its customers remotely via online channels and its call centre, and operates a network of over 2,500 representatives to ensure smooth delivery of its products. The network covers all of Russia and allows next day delivery to most customers.

The Group’s key business is Tinkoff Bank, Russia’s first and only direct bank offering both own brand and partner retail financial services via its platform. The product range includes daily banking (credit and debit cards, payments, money transfers), savings, investments, loyalty programmes, travel services, SME services, mortgage platform, and insurance. With its special focus on mobile business, the bank offers mobile applications both for its customer base (Mobile Bank) and beyond it (Traffic Fines, MoneyTalk, Card 2 Card instant money transfers).

As at 1 February 2018, the bank was the second largest player in the Russian credit card market, with a market share of 11.7%. The 2017 IFRS net income of TCS Group Holding PLC amounted to RUB 19 bn, ROE grew to 52.8%., Russia’s largest financial news portal, named Tinkoff Bank the Bank of the Year 2016. In October 2016 Tinkoff Bank was named the largest independent global direct bank by Frost & Sullivan. In 2015 and 2016, the Global Finance magazine named Tinkoff Bank as the Best Consumer Digital Bank in Russia. In 2016, the bank also won Global Finance’s Best Integrated Consumer Bank Site award and was named the Best Digital Bank in the CEE by Euromoney. The bank’s mobile application was recognised as the best in Russia by Markswebb Rank & Report for three consecutive years in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and by Deloitte for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.

Tinkoff Bank is a General Partner of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2018.