Late buying activity pushed the IOUpay Ltd (ASX: IOU) share price 18.67% higher to 44.5 cents on Wednesday. The renewed buying interest will come as a welcome relief to shareholders, with IOUpay shares having fallen by around 23% since 2 March.
What’s driving the IOUpay share price?
Continued momentum in BNPL service
Last Tuesday, IOUpay announced it had signed a strategic teaming agreement with Malaysia’s MYP1 to integrate with its Smart POS system.
This agreement will see MYP1 refer its merchants to IOUpay’s services, including buy now, pay later (BNPL). The company has described this opportunity as one which will fast track its market penetration across large numbers of merchants into its BNPL payment services.
Life coming back into the broader BNPL sector
IOUpay isn’t the only ASX-listed BNPL provider notching up some gains lately.
Even the broader S&P/ASX 200 Info Tech Index (ASX: XIJ) has surged 12% so far this month, putting fears over rising bond yield somewhat behind us.
BNPL leaders eyeing Asian expansion
In a ‘Digital Payments in SEA‘ presentation on 16 March, IOUpay described the South East Asia opportunity as follows:
The ‘Sweet Spot’ for BNPL is larger in SEA due to the lack of consumer credit and underbanked populations overlaid with mobile penetration levels and the ever increasing growth in e-payments which facilitate BNPL offerings and adoption rates.
It could be for these reasons that Afterpay and, more recently, Zip have been targeting an expansion into the South East Asian region.
Afterpay announced an early-stage investment into Asia back in late 2020, with an established base in Singapore to drive early development. It could also potentially leverage ties with its substantial shareholder, Tencent Holdings for opportunities.
Similarly, Zip’s quarterly update highlighted the strategic acquisition of leading Philippines BNPL player, TendoPay.
While the billion-dollar-plus market capitalisation BNPL companies have started to take interest in the SEA region, IOUpay is also gaining a foothold in the market and has a market cap of just $245 million.