This article is sponsored by MICT
Dozy Mmobuosi co-founded Tingo Mobile as a ringtones supplier in 2001. Its parent company, Tingo, Inc., recently sold the operating business to Nasdaq listed MICT, creating a leading technology and device-as-a-service platform, that now has revenues expected to exceed $1bn in 2022.
Darren Mercer, Chief Executive Officer of MICT, commented: “When we embarked in 2021 on our search for value accretive business acquisitions in the fintech sector, which would either provide access to new markets for our current suite of products or with new platforms to introduce into our existing markets, we never dreamt of finding an opportunity as valuable as this and with such a strong synergistic fit. Tingo Mobile not only shares our goal of promoting financial inclusion, it also uses its platforms to tackle one of humanity’s biggest challenges, namely the global food security crisis.
“We firmly believe we have acquired one of the world’s most exciting agri-fintech and fintech businesses. As reported in Tingo’s Q3 results, Tingo Mobile is already highly profitable and growing strongly. Within the past few weeks, Tingo Mobile has delivered a number of major trade deals, which not only are expected to result in a more than tripling of current customer numbers, but also marks the commencement of its global expansion.
“The completion of this acquisition markedly strengthens our balance sheet and makes us immediately significantly profitable. We therefore expect to report substantial earnings for Q4 2022, followed by material quarter over quarter growth in both revenues and profitability in 2023 and beyond.
“With a wealth of considerable new opportunities for MICT as a result of this merger, our focus now is to deliver substantial revenue and earnings growth and maximize shareholder value, including through the dollarization and globalization of the business. The Board believes that this acquisition provides MICT with the opportunity to become a highly profitable global fintech powerhouse.”
Dozy Mmobuosi, Founder of Tingo Mobile, commented: “We are delighted to complete our merger with MICT, fulfilling our longstanding ambitions of achieving a Nasdaq listing for Tingo Mobile.
“Today’s merger is enabling us to accelerate upon our ambitious global expansion strategy, which in turn is already beginning to dollarize our business, a trend that is expected to continue and grow throughout 2023 and beyond. With sizeable new opportunities in both Africa and Southeast Asia already well advanced, being part of the MICT group strengthens the infrastructure and framework to support such rapid global expansion.
“The mutual benefits brought to each party by this transaction are already making material differences to the enlarged group. I remain very excited about the abundance of opportunities we have for Tingo Mobile and MICT, both in our immediate and long-term future.”