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Friday, October 16, 2020

Stripe Acquires Nigeria's Fintech Start-up Paystack For $200 Million.

 Paystack acquired by Stripe for a reported $200 million in the biggest fintech acquisition in Nigeria’s history. PayStack, a Nigerian fintech startup, has been acquired by global fintech giant Stripe, in the biggest M&A deal in Nigerian tech and one of the biggest in Nigerian corporate history. Paystack was founded in 2016 by Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade. Customers use Paystack to pay over N10 billion naira ($27.5 million) to Nigerian merchants, every month. 

This was disclosed in a press release seen by Nairametrics. The statement read in part:
“In order to help grow Africa’s online GDP, Stripe has entered into an agreement to acquire Paystack, a technology company based in Lagos that makes it easy for organizations of all sizes to collect payments from around the world.
“Today, more than 60,000 businesses in Nigeria and Ghana use Paystack to securely collect online and offline payments, launch new business models, and deepen customer relationships. 
“Incredibly, Paystack already processes more than half of all online transactions in Nigeria.
Paystack has ambitious plans to expand across the continent and recently started a pilot with businesses in South Africa.
“Stripe and Paystack have been working closely together for some time. In 2018, Stripe led Paystack’s Series. A financing round and has provided ongoing guidance as the company rapidly scaled.”

Following the announcement, TechCrunch on Thursday afternoon reported that Stripe had raised $600 million to invest and acquire payments companies in developing nations. It disclosed that the Nigerian startup had been on Stripe’s bucket list for a while since 2018 when Stripe led an $8 million funding round for PayStack.
In 2016 Paystack raised its initial $1.3 Million Seed Funding from both international and homegrown investors.
Founders Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade were the toast of the tech space when their company became the first Nigerian tech startup to be accepted into the world-famous Y Combinator program, based in Silicon Valley. They obtained an initial $120,000 seed funding and further technical advice at the program.
Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe, told TC that the deal with PayStack is an enormous opportunity, as African e-commerce grows by 30% every year, which would give Stripe an early footing in the region.
“This is an enormous opportunity,” he said.

“In absolute numbers, Africa may be smaller right now than other regions, but online commerce will grow about 30% every year. And even with wider global declines, online shoppers are growing twice as fast.

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Ken Igoni

That amount of transactions per month and sold it for $200mil? That's cheap.
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Prince Nadison

Imagine when SARS jam these guys, they will be called yahoo boys. Abeg #EndSARS joor
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Lekie Gima

Ken Igoni ...I felt so too...very cheap sale

Endy Edeson

Ken Igoni Lekie Gima 

No, I don't think so. 
$200million is equal to N74billion .

For paystack to be doing monthly transaction of over N10billion does not equal profit. In each of the transaction, they charge a percentage or commission. It means they have to multiply their commission to get their profit not the transactions itself. 

They also make money via big companies. They manage payment transactions for companies like MTN, Axa Massad. Etc.
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David Joseph AY

They should rather keep the business than selling it so cheap

Endy Edeson

David Joseph AY Yeah, I think so. I was shocked to hear that Stripe acquired Paystack because Stripe is not a friendly platform for Nigeria. Since the inception of Stripe, they have continousely denied Nigerians of using their payment gateway. Because they see the success Paystack is making, they claim to wanting to penetrate into Nigerian and African market . 

I believe Paystack CEOs will still have a small stack in that company.

Prince Ajibade Temilade

This guy's love money than fame, that's the simple representation of their action. Anyways, all the best

Kelvin Ademeso

Why does this move look do cheap

Victor Divine

This is a good deal
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