Nigeria: In Expansion Drive, Stripe Acquires Nigeria's Paystack for U.S.$200 Million

Paystack team.
16 October 2020

Stripe, an American financial services and software company has acquired Nigeria's start-up, Paystack in a deal estimated to be about $200 million.

The acquisition is however, subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

The deal comes few months after Stripe announced it had secured another $600 million in funding.

The US-based company explained in a notice on its website that the African internet economy was expanding quickly, with online commerce in the region growing at 21 per cent year-over-year, which was said to be 75 per cent faster than the global average.

Therefore, in order to help increase Africa's online Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Stripe said it entered into an agreement to acquire Paystack, the Lagos-based technology company that makes it easy for organisations 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," Stripe explained.

Stripe's co-founder and CEO, Patrick Collison, said: "In absolute numbers, Africa may be smaller right now than other regions, but online commerce will grow about 30 per cent every year. And even with wider global declines, online shoppers are growing twice as fast. Stripe thinks on a longer time horizon than others because we are an infrastructure company. We are thinking of what the world will look like in 2040-2050."

According to Stripe's Business Lead in EMEA, Matt Henderson, "In just five years, Paystack has done what many companies could not achieve in decades. Their tech-first approach, values, and ambition greatly align with our own.

"This acquisition will give Paystack resources to develop new products, support more businesses and consolidate the hyper-fragmented African payments market. We can't wait to see what they will build next and how their growth can turbocharge the African tech ecosystem."

However, the company pointed out that Paystack would continue to operate independently in order to grow its operations in Africa and add more international payment methods.

But, "over time, Paystack's capabilities will be embedded in Stripe's Global Payments and Treasury Network (GPTN), a programmable platform for global money movement that currently spans 42 countries," it stated.

Commenting on the transaction, the CEO and co-founder of Paystack, Shola Akinlade said: "Paystack is a growth engine for modern businesses in Africa, and we couldn't be more excited to join forces with Stripe, whose mission and values are so aligned with ours, to nurture transformative businesses on the continent.

"We believe deeply that with the right tools, African creators, developers, and entrepreneurs can do incredible things. Leveraging Stripe's resources and deep expertise, we're excited to accelerate our geographic expansion and introduce more payment channels, more value-added services, and deeper integrations with global platforms."

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