Stripe has entered into an agreement to acquire Paystack, a technology company based in Lagos that makes it easy for organisations of all sizes to collect payments from around the world. Not only will this aid in Stripes African expansion, but the deal is reported to be worth over $200 million in possibly the largest fintech acquisition in Nigerian history.
The African internet economy is expanding quickly, with online commerce in the region growing 21% year-over-year, 75% faster than the global average. 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. Paystack already processes more than half of all online transactions in Nigeria and has 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.
“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,” said Matt Henderson, Stripe’s business lead in EMEA. “We can’t wait to see what they will build next and how their growth can turbocharge the African tech ecosystem.”
Paystack will continue to operate independently, growing their operations in Africa and adding more international payment methods. 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.
Shola Akinlade, CEO and co-founder of Paystack, 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.”
The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.