X Financial (NYSE: XYF) (the “Company”), a leading technology-driven personal finance company in China, today announced that it has engaged Citic AIBank Corp. (“AIBank”) as its custodian bank, a significant step in X Financial’s strategy to strengthen trust and security in its platform. AIBank’s custodian services are now fully integrated within Xiaoying Wealth Management’s systems following two months of stringent testing which involved more than 30 teams of over 270 engineers.
AIBank will provide fund custodian services including settlement, accounting, clearing services and safeguarding online lending capital to Xiaoying Wealth Management. To ensure security and remain compliant with recent regulations, all borrower and investor funds will be managed independently by AIBank once the transfer of all custodian funds has been complete and IT systems have been linked. Going forward, each investor and borrower must create a separate custody account with AIBank to ensure that their capital, repayments and interest are managed independently from X Financial.
AIBank was founded as a direct banking joint venture in 2017 by China Citic Bank Corp (601998.SS) and Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) that leverages big data and artificial intelligence to offer services over the internet instead of through physical branches. AIBank was one of the first 25 banks to receive approval and be whitelisted by the National Internet Finance Association as part of the regulatory compliance inspection campaign launched by the government in August 2018.
Mr. Justin Tang, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of X Financial commented, “We are excited to work with AIBank which was founded to focus on providing direct banking services and explore opportunities in China’sburgeoning fintech sector. AIBank is a highly-respected institution that has developed cutting-edge technology and algorithms that will further strengthen trust and security in our online lending platform, provide significant competitive advantages, and improve our overall competitiveness. I look forward to building a long and fruitful relationship with AIBank.”
About X Financial
X Financial (NYSE: XYF) (the “Company”) is a leading technology-driven personal finance company in China focused on meeting the huge demand for credit from individuals and small-to-medium-sized enterprise owners. The Company’s proprietary big data-driven risk control system, WinSAFE, builds risk profiles of prospective borrowers using a variety data-driven credit assessment methodology to accurately evaluate a borrower’s value, payment capability, payment attitude and overall creditworthiness. X Financial has established a strategic partnership with ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. in multiple areas of its business operations to directly complement its cutting-edge risk management and credit assessment capabilities. ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. provides credit insurance on X Financial’s investment products which significantly enhances investor confidence and allows the Company to attract a diversified and low-cost funding base from individuals, enterprises and financial institutions to support its growth. X Financial leverages financial technology to provide convenient, efficient, and secure investment services to a wide range of high-quality borrowers and mass affluent investors which complements traditional financial institutions and helps to promote the development of inclusive finance in China.
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