Monitise Buys Pozitron
LONDON -- Monitise plc (LSE: MONI.L) (“Monitise”, the “Company” or the “Group”) announces the acquisition of Pozitron Yazilim A.S., a privately-owned mobile technology company based in Turkey, delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions to businesses in its home market, the Middle East and internationally.
The entire issued share capital of Pozitron has been acquired via an all share deal. The initial consideration is to be satisfied by the issue of 35,925,589 new ordinary shares of 1p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares”), valued at £24m, based on the closing share price of 66.5p on Friday 31 January, 2014, with an earn-out consideration of up to £36m payable, in Ordinary Shares or cash at Monitise’s discretion, on the achievement of aggressive performance-related targets over three years. Pozitron, like Monitise, is achieving high revenue growth rates. The Pozitron business, with around 130 employees, is profitable, debt free and has a £2m cash balance on acquisition.
Istanbul-based Pozitron, a leading business in Turkey’s Mobile Money space, powers next generation Mobile Money solutions for more than 30 leading enterprises acrossbanking, telecoms, retail and pharmaceuticals, including Turkish Airlines, eBay, ING,TEB, which is part of BNP Paribas,GlaxoSmithKline and Hepsiburada.com, Turkey’s equivalent to Amazon. Financial services partners in its home market include Türkiye İş Bankası, the largest bank in Turkey, Yapı Kredi, the fourth-largest private bank in Turkey and BKM, the country’s national payments switch. In the Middle East, Pozitron’s customers include ANB, one of the largest 15 banks in the Middle East, and QIB, the largest Islamic bank in Qatar.
The Pozitron business, which has been led by Chief Executive and Turkish entrepreneur Fatih İşbecer, will report into Peter Radcliffe, President, International, Monitise.