DPO Group has announced the finalisation of its acquisition by Network International, a global enabler of digital commerce across Africa and the Middle East. The acquisition is a landmark deal as DPO is one of Africa’s payments provider.
Network International has acquired 100% of DPO Group. However, it will continue to operate under the same brand in its existing territories. All DPO’s companies – PayGate, PayFast, and SiD Secure EFT – will continue to operate as normal in South Africa.
By acquiring DPO Group, which operates in 21 countries on the continent, Network International will increase its presence throughout Africa and new territories, one of the fastest growing payments markets in the world. DPO will soon launch a new, comprehensive payment solution, DPO Pay, for businesses in some of Network International’s territories and across Africa.
Eran Feinstein, CEO of DPO Group, commented: “This deal is a milestone for DPO and good news for the 60,000-plus active merchants using our platform. As part of the Network International group, we can support the business growth of our existing partners, and of new merchants across Africa and the Middle East. Being part of a globally recognised business will help us drive the global payments agenda, delivering cutting edge solutions to businesses and merchants across these markets.”
Nandan Mer, Chief Executive Officer of Network International commented: “I am delighted to welcome DPO Group to the Network family. DPO is a strong strategic fit with our business and the acquisition creates a unique combination of innovative online payments technologies, which will accelerate our growth whilst providing significant new capabilities for our established markets, including our customers and partners in the UAE. We look forward to welcoming DPO’s colleagues into our group and working together to accelerate digital payments across the MEA region.”
Offer Gat, DPO Group Co-Founder and Chairman added: “The successful close of this deal highlights not only the vast opportunity for digital payments in Africa but is also testimony to the dedication and hard work of the DPO Group team who have helped build the business into one of the leading pan-African payments companies. We are looking forward to working alongside Network International to drive similar success in new markets, providing cutting-edge products and services to support the needs of local merchants and global blue-chip businesses alike.”
Udayan Goyal and Matteo Stefanel, Apis Partners Managing Partners and Co-founders commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with Eran, Offer and the team as they have grown DPO into a leading pan-African payment company, increasing coverage across the continent from five to 21 countries and employees from c.60 to over 450 throughout the course of our investment. What has provided us with the greatest pleasure is seeing the positive impact that DPO Group’s growth has made not only to its own employees, but to the tens of thousands of people now able to use the platform, especially during the pandemic where cashless payments have become a necessity. With Network International, a leader in its high growth markets, we are confident that this new phase with DPO will yield great successes.”
Headquartered in Dubai and listed on the London Stock Exchange, Network International is a leading pan-regional provider of digital payment solutions, with a presence across the entire payments value chain, delivering integrated omnichannel payments services to its customers. The acquisition of DPO Group will support Network International’s capabilities in Africa across online, mobile and alternative payments as well as providing merchant and MNO relationships and increasing the cross-selling opportunities to both DPO and Network International’s customers.
A proven high-growth organisation, DPO is expected to begin operations in new markets both in Africa and further afield in the near future. DPO Group’s comprehensive, flexible and secure platform allows businesses and merchants to receive international payments in the currency of their choice – accepting debit and credit cards alongside mobile money and other payment methods. The acquisition will see DPO add new products and services to its offering, supporting existing merchants with even more payment options to simplify their e-commerce operations.
The acquisition will see DPO Group’s shareholders and executives become key stakeholders in Network International while DPO Group will retain its executive team and employees. Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisors to DPO on the deal while ENS Africa were the legal advisors.