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Comviva Divests its Stake in TerraPay to Prime Ventures, Partech Partners and International Finance Corporation (IFC)

By ET Bureau - March 03, 2020 3 Mins Read

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Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions, has announced its divestment of stake in TerraPay, for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of global investors.

Prime Ventures and Partech Partners are co-investing in TerraPay, along with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. Apart from acquiring Comviva shares, the investors have further invested $9.6 million in TerraPay to fund the company’s expansion.

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TerraPay, a company incubated by Comviva in 2015, provides Payment Infrastructure Services that help people around the world to transfer money quickly, safely, and affordably. The company does this by enabling payment service providers such as banks, mobile money operators, money transfer operators or other payment providers to instantly connect to each other at a low cost. Since its start in 2015, TerraPay has acquired more than 25 licenses to operate in over 60 countries in AfricaAsia, and Europe and is expanding globally.

Ambar Sur, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of TerraPay, said: “We believe in our mission to address financial inclusion by making real-time national, regional and global payments accessible to everyone. We are excited by this validation from our marquee investors, and look forward to growing rapidly and reaching most of the world’s underserved in the coming years.”

The new consortium of investors will enable TerraPay to execute its strategy to scale operations as a hub enabling interoperable, real-time, cross-border transactions between telecom and mobile money operators. This will help TerraPay scale its payment infrastructure services to clear and settle international payments faster, enable instant payments across operators’ interoperable networks, as well as remove a significant barrier for transfers to mobile money accounts. By enabling the electronic low-cost transfer of funds, the project will garner a greater share of formal remittance payments.

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Manoranjan Mohapatra, Chief Executive Officer, Comviva commented, “We are dedicated to incubating new start-up models as a key part of our Corporate business strategy. We are proud to be part of the progress that TerraPay has made over the last five years. The driving philosophy of all our incubations is to create significant value for our customers, community, shareholders, and employees. Through the TerraPay initiative, we have demonstrated our ability to successfully incubate and attract marquee investors. The solutions we invest in should create value within the Comviva enterprise, or grow on their own to achieve their product vision; while generating worthwhile value for the shareholders. TerraPay’s forward path is in alignment with that underlying purpose.”


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