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Paytm parent One97 set to raise over $1.8 billion from SoftBank: report

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An advertisement of Paytm, a digital wallet company, is pictured at a road side stall in Kolkata, India, January 25, 2017.Rupak De Chowdhuri

(Reuters) - One97 Communications, owner of electronics payments provider Paytm, is set to raise more than 120 billion rupees ($1.87 billion) from Japan's SoftBank Group (9984.T), the Economic Times reported on Friday citing sources.

The deal will value Noida-based One97 at about $9 billion and provide a 20 percent stake to SoftBank, the report said. (bit.ly/2pnWH8l)

Moreover, One97 plans to earmark nearly $1 billion to expand its payments business into high growth areas like lending and insurance, the report added.

SoftBank declined to comment. Paytm was not immediately reachable for comment.

Digital payments have assumed great significance in India after the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ban on old high-valued bank notes in November led to a severe cash crunch across the country.

Reporting By Darshana Sankararaman in Bengaluru; Editing by Euan Rocha

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