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Mastercard has successfully concluded the acquisition of a minority stake in the fintech arm of MTN Group, the continent’s foremost mobile operator. This strategic move, valued at $200 million (R3.8 billion), not only bolsters the valuation of MTN Group Fintech to an impressive $5.2 billion (R99 billion) but also heralds a transformative era for digital finance across the region.

First announced in August 2023 and subject to customary closing conditions, the collaboration between MTN and Mastercard holds the promise of significantly enhancing the scope and efficiency of digital financial services, encompassing mobile money, insurance, and e-commerce. With MTN’s fintech division registering a robust 21.7% revenue growth in the initial half of the year, this partnership is poised to catalyze further the proliferation and accessibility of financial solutions throughout Africa.

The synergy between MTN Group, renowned for its expansive mobile network infrastructure, and Mastercard, a global leader in payments technology, underscores a shared commitment to advancing financial inclusion and economic empowerment across the continent. By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, the two entities aim to democratize access to essential financial services, thereby fostering greater socio-economic resilience and prosperity in Africa.

The acquisition of a stake in MTN Group Fintech represents a strategic maneuver by Mastercard to deepen its footprint in Africa’s burgeoning digital economy. Through this collaboration, Mastercard seeks to harness the immense potential of mobile technology to drive innovation and accelerate the adoption of secure and convenient payment solutions across diverse consumer segments.

As the partnership between MTN and Mastercard enters into fruition, stakeholders across the financial ecosystem anticipate a paradigm shift in the landscape of digital finance in Africa. With a shared vision of leveraging technology to empower individuals and businesses, this collaboration sets the stage for a new era of inclusive growth and opportunity on the continent.

About Mastercard:
Mastercard is a leading global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere. With innovative products and partnerships, we are working to make payments safer, simpler, and more accessible for people, businesses, and communities worldwide.

About MTN Group:
MTN Group is a leading provider of mobile telecommunications services across Africa and the Middle East. With a presence in over 20 countries, we are committed to delivering innovative solutions that enrich the lives of our customers and contribute to the socio-economic development of the regions we serve.
By: Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst
February 8, 2024

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