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By Adedapo Adesanya

Following, MFS Africa acquisition of Baxi to expand its network into Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and perhaps its most fintech dynamic market, Verdant Capital, which advised on the transaction has further pushed for the partnership to take on the crucial Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Nigeria is also the largest remittance market in Africa representing one-third of intra-Africa remittance flows and is home to the largest number of SMEs.

Verdant Capital views the two businesses as highly complementary. It noted that Baxi simplifies and integrates online and offline payments for SMEs and merchants in Nigeria through its omnichannel distribution network while MFS Africa simplifies cross-border payments, integrating payments via one hub.

Strong agent networks are the crucial interface for fintech to reach Nigeria’s 100 million financially unserved or underserved population.

Verdant noted that it is crucial that the new association supports and nurtures SMEs as it was crucial to Nigeria’s economy with their 50 per cent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provide 76 per cent of jobs.

With its presence in all 36 Nigerian states, Baxi fills a critical gap by providing informal SMEs and other unbanked Nigerians access to financial services. Verdant Capital is proud to support the leading businesses that support SMEs across the Continent.

The transaction further extends Verdant Capital’s track record of advising on transactions shaping the fintech sector in Africa.

The sale of Baxi is Verdant Capital’s fifth successful fintech transaction of the year, which cover West, East and South Africa. They include advising Retail Capital, a leading tech-enabled SME-financier in South Africa on a $10 million capital raise and Zeepay, a leading Pan-African digital remittance and mobile payments business on its $8 million Series-A.

Others include the acquisition of Mangwee in Zambia; and Tugende, a leading tech-enabled SME-financier in East Africa on its $10 million Series-A.

In part because of its successful track record in transactions in the fintech sector, as well as because of its leading private equity franchise, Verdant Capital was named the best independent advisor of the year, Pan-Africa, by Africa Global Funds, for the second year running in October 2021.

Founded in 2014 by Degbola Abudu and Folu Majekodunmi, Baxi is one of Nigeria’s largest independent SME-focused electronic payment networks. It provides a comprehensive range of services to the last mile including cash-in/cash-out, account opening, money transfer and bill payment.

Through its network of more than 90,000 agents, Baxi processed over $1 billion in transactions in the first nine months of 2021.

Following the close of the transaction, MFS Africa plans to build Baxi into a key node on its digital payment network, allowing customers to make regional and global payments to and from Nigeria.

MFS Africa also intends to expand Baxi’s proposition for offline SMEs to select markets within MFS Africa’s footprint of 320 million mobile wallets across more than 35 African countries.





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