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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Mogo Inc. (TSX:MOGO) (NASDAQ:MOGO) (“Mogo” or the “Company”), a financial technology company focused on empowering consumers with innovative digital financial solutions that help them get in control of their financial health, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire Carta Solutions Holding Corporation, also known as Carta Worldwide (“Carta”), a leader in providing next-gen digital payments solutions, in an all-stock transaction by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Transaction”). The combination creates one of Canada’s largest vertically integrated fintech companies and significantly expands the Company’s addressable market by entering into the $2.5 trillion global digital payments market.
Carta’s modern issuing platform is the engine behind innovative fintech companies and products around the globe, powering over 100 card programs and providing vital processing technology to industry leaders including TransferWise, Sodexo, Payfare, and others. Founded in 2007, Carta’s management team has decades of payments and technology industry experience. Carta is currently operating in Europe, Asia and Canada and recently expanded into the U.S. market. Carta, which has 70 employees, generated approximately $8.5 million of revenue in 2019, over 85% of which was from international markets outside of Canada.
“Carta has created award-winning digital transaction processing technologies for the fast-growing market for next-generation payments programs, and we’re thrilled to add them to the Mogo platform,” said David Feller, Mogo’s Founder and CEO. “By using Carta’s payment processing engine, we expect to enhance Mogo’s digital wallet capabilities which includes the development of our upcoming peer-to-peer payment solution, and – when combined with our digital front-end capabilities – we see great opportunity to power the next generation of platforms globally.”
Peter Kaju, CEO of Carta, commented: “We’re excited to be combining with one of the pioneers in fintech and a leader in Canada. We see tremendous opportunity to accelerate the growth of our respective businesses by combining resources and capabilities.”
Greg Feller, President and CFO of Mogo, added: “This transformational transaction further enhances Mogo’s position as one of Canada’s leading fintech companies, accelerates the growth of our subscription & transaction-based revenue, and expands Mogo’s TAM into the $2.5 trillion global payments business. With the sale earlier this year of our consumer instalment loan portfolio, along with the recent launch of our MogoSpend account, referral partnerships and upcoming launch of our P2P payments platform, the Carta transaction further positions Mogo for accelerating revenue growth in 2021. In addition, as we continue to expand our platform and leadership position, we expect to evaluate additional technology and product acquisition opportunities going forward.”
Transformational deal combines leading Canadian fintech with over 1 million members with next-gen payments technology platform that processed over $4.0 billion in transaction volume in 2019
Adds B2B payments platform addressing the $2.5 trillion global payments market1, with over 85% of Carta revenue generated from International markets outside of Canada
All-stock transaction with no shares distributed to Carta shareholders until the earlier of Mogo’s 10-day vwap on the TSX reaching $7.45 or December 2021
All figures in Canadian $