MFS Africa targets Africa-China link in US$200m-backed expansion plans
Digital payments network MFS Africa will accelerate its global expansion plans across the continent and in Asia, which includes enabling cross-border digital payments between Africa and China.
MFS Africa detailed its roadmap after announcing it had secured an additional US$100-million in equity and debt funding led by Admaius Capital Partners, taking the total amount raised in the series to US$200-million.
New investors, Vitruvian Partners and AXA IM Alts joined the extension, alongside existing investors, AfricInvest FIVE and CommerzVentures, who re-invested in the extension.
Previous other investors include LUN Partners Group, Goodwell Investments, Allan Gray Ventures, Endeavor Catalyst and Endeavor Harvest, Equator Capital Partners, Ulme B.V., and Vlemeij B.V.
According to a statement released by MFS Africa, the capital will accelerate its integration into the global digital payment ecosystem and assist it in utilising its joint venture with LUN Partners to enable cross-border digital payments between Africa and China, and its ambitious growth plans for the BAXI network of merchants and agents in Nigeria and beyond.
Providers of debt financing included Stanbic IBTC Bank and Symbiotic. Stanbic IBTC Bank will be partnering with MFS Africa to support the growth of the recently acquired BAXI network of merchants and agents in Nigeria.
In its statement MFS Africa explained, “Since the first close of its Series C fundraise back in November 2021, MFS Africa has completed its acquisition of BAXI in Nigeria. BAXI has since received additional licenses from the Central Bank of Nigeria, including PSSP and PTSP licenses. It has also continued to build out its leadership team with the addition of Meghan Taylor - previously Partner at Boston Consulting Group - as Chief of Staff, responsible for business integration across the Group; and most recently, Julian Adkins - previously Africa CFO at Millicom (Tigo) - who has been appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer. Last week, MFS Africa announced its acquisition of Global Technology Partners (GTP) which will accelerate its offering of card connectivity to mobile money users.”
Dare Okoudjou, founder and CEO of MFS Africa, commented, “The strength of our business model is grounded on building a lasting digital infrastructure that unleashes and simplifies economic activities across the continent through any-to-any interoperability. Our multiple initiatives and solutions are providing access to Africans, at home and in the diaspora. We are building MFS Africa into a safe, sound, scalable and high impact pan-African payment infrastructure that will facilitate Africa’s rapidly growing commerce, both now and in the future.”
Marlon Chigwende, Managing Partner of Admaius Capital Partners, said: "What drew us to this deal is the quality of the team that Dare has assembled; it is outstanding. As an Africa-focused private equity house investing in high impact sectors that drive social and economic transformation, our investment in MFS Africa is exactly what our existing investors are looking for, namely well-managed, fast-growing, market leaders empowering financial connectivity and inclusion across the African continent."
Joe O’Mara, Partner of Vitruvian Partners, said: “At Vitruvian Partners, our mission is to support the most ambitious and talented entrepreneurs and high growth companies to achieve their goals. We are delighted to be making our first investment in the continent with MFS Africa, and we believe that Dare and his team have built the foundations for a transformational business with strong long-term growth prospects."
Jonathan Dean, Head of Impact Investing at AXA IM Alts, commented: “We are thrilled to invest in MFS Africa’s mission of accelerating digital financial inclusion, as this directly contributes to our broader impact goals of improving financial connectivity and reducing inequalities globally. Our investment will support the expansion of MFS Africa’s product offering and the creation of economic and societal value.”
FT Partners served as the exclusive financial and strategic advisor to MFS Africa in the Series C raise.