Welcome!

News Feed Item

Monitise Acquires Turkey's Mobile Money Innovator Pozitron

Deal accelerates Monitise's Mobile Money capabilities in Europe and the Middle East

LONDON, February 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Monitise plc (LSE: MONI.L) ("Monitise", the "Company" or the "Group") announces the acquisition of Pozitron Yazilim A.S., a privately-owned mobile technology company based in Turkey, delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions to businesses in its home market, the Middle East and internationally.

"This acquisition of Pozitron further reinforces our leading position as a global technology enabler at the heart of the Mobile Money ecosystem," said Monitise Group Chief Executive Alastair Lukies. "It comes at a time when we are seeing increasing demand for interoperable Mobile Money services as payments become more digital by the day, not only in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East but also around the world."

The entire issued share capital of Pozitron has been acquired via an all share deal. The initial consideration is to be satisfied by the issue of 35,925,589 new ordinary shares of 1p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares"), valued at £24m, based on the closing share price of 66.5p on Friday 31 January, 2014, with an earn-out consideration of up to £36m payable, in Ordinary Shares or cash at Monitise's discretion, on the achievement of aggressive performance-related targets over three years. Pozitron, like Monitise, is achieving high revenue growth rates. The Pozitron business, with around 130 employees, is profitable, debt free and has a £2m cash balance on acquisition.

Istanbul-based Pozitron, a leading business in Turkey's Mobile Money space, powers next generation Mobile Money solutions for more than 30 leading enterprises across banking, telecoms, retail and pharmaceuticals, including Turkish Airlines, eBay, ING, TEB, which is part of BNP Paribas, GlaxoSmithKline and Hepsiburada.com, Turkey's equivalent to Amazon. Financial services partners in its home market include Türkiye İş Bankası, the largest bank in Turkey, Yapı Kredi, the fourth-largest private bank in Turkey and BKM, the country's national payments switch. In the Middle East, Pozitron's customers include ANB, one of the largest 15 banks in the Middle East, and QIB, the largest Islamic bank in Qatar.

The Pozitron business, which has been led by Chief Executive and Turkish entrepreneur Fatih İşbecer, will report into Peter Radcliffe, President, International, Monitise.  

İşbecer founded the business in 2000, initially as a software development company before evolving it to a mobile-first technology business in 2005. Pozitron, which won the Global Business Plan Contest organised by Harvard Business School in 2008 for an integrated mobile banking product, is a Deloitte Top 10 fastest growing business in Turkey and a Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA winner in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

"When we began putting mobile at the heart of our commercial focus nine years ago, we had a vision for how innovative design and ease-of-use could change how people manage their money on the move," said İşbecer. "Joining Monitise accelerates that vision and gives us access to the Group's unrivalled technologies and expertise. We look forward to being part of the Monitise team as demand grows for Mobile Money solutions."

Commenting on the acquisition, Monitise's Peter Radcliffe said: "Fatih and his team has positioned Pozitron as a leader in its field, delivering best-in-class, easy-to-use mobile engineering and user experience and design capabilities for clients in Turkey, the Middle East and beyond."

Peter Radcliffe added: "Banks, processors, telcos and retailers all need to create secure, interoperable Mobile Money services which defend them against disintermediation, generate new revenue opportunities and enable them to play a wider role in their customers' lives. Monitise and Pozitron have a common vision: to help these businesses navigate their way through the Mobile Money landscape. This deal is an important step in that journey."

Application has been made for the 35,925,589 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares in the Company and it is expected that dealings in these new Ordinary Shares will commence on 4 February 2014.

Following Admission, Monitise will have 1,679,816,170 Ordinary Shares in issue. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

About Monitise

Monitise (LSE: MONI) is a world leader in Mobile Money - banking, paying and buying with a mobile device. Leading banks, payments companies, retailers and mobile networks utilise Monitise's technology platforms and services to securely connect people with their money.

Already 24 million consumers benefit from our patented technology to 'bank anywhere', 'pay anyone' and 'buy anything', accounting for $50bn of payments, purchases and transfers annually. More information is available at http://www.monitise.com.

Monitise plc contacts
Tel: +44(0)203-657-0900
Alastair Lukies, Chief Executive Officer
Lee Cameron, Chief Commercial Officer
Brad Petzer, Chief Financial Officer
Mike Keyworth, Chief Information Officer

Investor Relations
Andrew Griffin, Haya Herbert-Burns
Tel: +44(0)203-657-0366
[email protected]

Media Relations
Gavin Haycock
Tel: +44(0)203-657-0362
[email protected]

Canaccord Genuity
Simon Bridges
Tel: +44(0)20-7523-8000
Cameron Duncan

FTI Consulting
Tel: +44(0)20-7831-3113
Charles Palmer
Jon Snowball

SOURCE Monitise plc

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busi...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Today, we have more data to manage than ever. We also have better algorithms that help us access our data faster. Cloud is the driving force behind many of the data warehouse advancements we have enjoyed in recent years. But what are the best practices for storing data in the cloud for machine learning and data science applications?
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, he has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" is responsible for guiding the technology strategy within Hitachi Vantara for IoT and Analytics. Bill brings a balanced business-technology approach that focuses on business outcomes to drive data, analytics and technology decisions that underpin an organization's digital transformation strategy.
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER gives detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPOalso offers sp...