afb, a financial services company providing innovative consumer and SME financial products, has signed a US$20m investment deal with GEMCORP, an investment management firm with an emerging markets focus.
Commenting on the deal, afb CEO Karl Westvig said, “I am extremely pleased t hat afb has secured this new investment at an important time for the firm. The strategic investment by GEMCORP will help accelerate our growth strategy into sub-Saharan Africa.”
afb currently operates in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania, and plans to expand into a number of other African countries by 2020, with innovative products and solutions
designed to suit the needs of each market.
According to the World Bank Global Financial Index, there are over 400 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa still outside of the formal financial system. “afb aims to provide
accessible, responsible and inclusive financial products to those who have been
traditionally excluded, and in so doing give them the tools to improve their lives,” added Westvig.
Commenting on the investment, Atanas Bostandjiev, CEO of GEMCORP said: “Financial services is a key sector for our firm and we have been looking at the African market very closely, afb is a great investment opportunity for us. With its focus on driving financial inclusion through technology-based solutions, the company is poised for sustained and accelerated growth driven by the demand for access to credit amongst Africa’s growing middle class.”
“We highly value GEMCORP’s commitment to afb and its confidence in our vision and strategy for the company,” said Westvig. “We look forward to working together on the future development of afb.”