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Regulator OKs Upping Kakao’s Stake in Internet Bank

Regulator OKs Upping Kakao’s Stake in Internet Bank

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s leading messenger app Kakao Talk, got a nod from the country’s financial regulator Wednesday to raise its stake in the Internet-only bank Kakao Bank. Kakao Bank, the country’s second Internet-only bank, began operations in July 2017 and quickly gained popularity among local [...]

Kakao Bank’s Accounts Surpass 10 mln 2 Years After Launch

Kakao Bank’s Accounts Surpass 10 mln 2 Years After Launch

SEOUL, Jul. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, said Friday it has attracted more than 10 million accounts in about two years since launching operations. Kakao Bank, controlled by Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s dominant messaging app KakaoTalk, started operations on July 27, 2017, quickly gaining popularity among [...]

Two Years On, Internet-only Banks Bring About Changes to Financial Sector

Two Years On, Internet-only Banks Bring About Changes to Financial Sector

SEOUL, Apr. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — In the two years since the launch of the country’s first Internet-only bank, South Korea’s banking sector has moved towards digitalization to better satisfy customers’ growing appetite for convenient and diverse financial experiences. As new Internet-only banks get ready to set sail next year, competition in the industry is [...]

Kakao Bank Logs Rapid Growth in the Year Since its Launch

Kakao Bank Logs Rapid Growth in the Year Since its Launch

SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, has posted rapid growth in its customer base and assets since its launch a year ago to overtake the country’s smallest regional lender, data showed Monday. Kakao Bank, controlled by Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s dominant messaging app KakaoTalk, started [...]

Kakao Bank to Launch 500 Bln Won Rights Offer

Kakao Bank to Launch 500 Bln Won Rights Offer

SEOUL, Mar. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, said Thursday it will launch a rights offering worth 500 billion won (US$467.7 million) by April to beef up its capital. It will be the second time that Kakao Bank, which was launched last July, raised its capital via a rights offer. [...]

Gov’t Lowers Hurdles into Financial Sector for Specialized Firms

Gov’t Lowers Hurdles into Financial Sector for Specialized Firms

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — More than perhaps any other business sector, the phalanx of rules and regulations guarding the gates into financial services for new entrants has been imposing, a reality the government has decided to change in order to encourage the emergence of more specialized actors. Financial Services Commission head Choi Jong-gu [...]

Kakao Bank Posts Net Loss of 66.8 Bln Won by End-September

Kakao Bank Posts Net Loss of 66.8 Bln Won by End-September

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Internet-only Kakao Bank said Thursday it posted a cumulative net loss of 66.8 billion won (US$61.4 million) by the end of September, hit by higher marketing costs. Kakao Bank, which began operations on July 27, reported a cumulative operating profit of 17.3 billion won by the end of September, [...]

Kakao Bank Says Regulations Likely to Delay Innovation in Banking Sector

Kakao Bank Says Regulations Likely to Delay Innovation in Banking Sector

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The head of Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, expressed concern Friday that restrictions on ownership of a financial firm by a non-financial company could undermine innovation in the country’s banking sector. “The pace of innovation could slow down unless the restrictions are eased,” Yun Ho-young, one of [...]