ENP Newswire -
Release date- 07082014 -
Under the terms of the partnership agreement PLDT will invest
Concurrent with the investment, PLDT and Rocket will jointly develop mobile and online
payment technologies and services in emerging markets. The partnership will leverage PLDT's experience and intellectual property in mobile payments and remittance platforms, together with Rocket's global technology platform, to provide products and services for the 'unbanked, uncarded and unconnected' population in emerging markets.
Rocket provides a platform for the rapid creation and scaling of consumer internet businesses outside the U.S. and
PLDT's wireless subsidiary,
Smart's mobile money system handled transactions valued at approximately
PLDT's investment in Rocket will be in new shares issued by the company, of the same class and bearing the same rights as shares held by current investors. As part of the investment, PLDT will hold the right to appoint one member of Rocket's nine person Supervisory Board. PLDT will fund the investment from available cash and new debt, with no significant impact on PLDT's leverage ratios and funding costs. PLDT joins
'We are very excited to embark on this journey with Rocket. Our investment demonstrates our commitment to the global Internet market and our belief in the powerful synergies between e-Commerce and mobile payments, particularly in developing economies. The strategic partnership will allow us to leverage our combined strengths in developing online and mobile payment solutions in emerging markets. Rocket has developed a unique platform for establishing new Internet companies and a proven track record in successfully rolling out these businesses in fast growing markets. We expect the partnership to have a pronounced positive impact on our organization.'
Oliver Samwer, Founder and CEO of Rocket Internet, commented:
'Rocket and PLDT share a vision for the growth opportunity of Internet and mobile business models in emerging markets, as smartphone penetration increases exponentially. We believe in our ability to create significant value together, leveraging the Rocket platform and PLDT's expertise. Strategic partnerships are a core part of Rocket's strategy to provide great services to consumers and rapidly roll out new Internet based business models across diverse geographies. Financial technology is a key focus sector for Rocket and this partnership will allow us to build on PLDT's world-class innovations in mobile money and micro-payments and accelerate the delivery of those solutions around the world. We are very pleased to welcome PLDT into our core shareholder base.'
'This move is in line with PLDT's strategy of providing relevant and value-enhancing services to its customers. This new partnership marks a major step forward in the pursuit of our Live Digital! Vision, bringing us even closer to our clients and enhancing PLDT's innovation capabilities in the digital economy. We will continue to pursue further digital partnerships as one of our key strategic initiatives to drive growth and create value for our stakeholders, whilst leveraging on PLDT's unique combination of assets.'
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