Silvertree Internet Holdings has acquired Nigeria’s price comparison site TopCheck for an undisclosed amount. TopCheck is Nigeria’s price comparison site for financial services offering free online comparison for insurance products, loans, and broadband internet plans.
The website recorded fast growth in 2016, processing up to 3 billion Naira (US $10 million) in Gross Application Value per month. It was founded by Christian Wiesner Jose Figueiredo and Thomas Pilar in 2014, and headquartered in Lagos and Berlin. The startup, that dubs itself the “Moneysupermarket of Africa”, had raised 1 million Euros in venture capital in 2015.
Silvertree Internet Holding is a Cape Town-based internet holding company which owns and operates internet assets across Africa. TopCheck will join Silvertree’s subsidiary Compare Africa Group (CAG) which has a presence in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, and offers online price comparison of goods and services through various websites. The group owns financial services websites Compareguru, as well as product comparison site PriceCheck, which was recently acquired from Naspers.
Silvertree has been very active in acquiring Nigerian tech firms in the past, having taken over Nigeria’s insured.ng from Spark (2015) and deals site Dealdey (2016) from Kinnevik.
“The TopCheck team is excited to join forces with Compare Africa Group. Together, we are forming Africa’s undisputed leader in price comparison”, said TopCheck founder Thomas Pilar. “While our two companies had been competitors before, our strategies are completely in line: to be the number one online destination to acquire financial services in Africa. With TopCheck’s market position in Nigeria, and Silvertree’s wide reach throughout Africa, we look forward to further accelerating the company’s growth across the continent.”
Manuel Koser, co-founder and MD of Silvertree, explained the enormous potential in the comparison space: “We want to replicate the success of Check24 in the German financial services and insurance comparison space. TopCheck joining our portfolio is another step in building Africa’s largest comparison conglomerate.”
Christian Wiesner and Thomas Pilar will step aside as managing directors, but will continue to work with CAG as advisors. Ryan Marx, CAG’s MD, will be heading TopCheck with immediate effect. “I am very happy that Christian and Thomas will continue to advise Compare Africa Group with their vast expertise in the Nigerian financial sector”, said Marx.
Silvertree Internet is a business incubator, based in South Africa that conceives, launches, supports and invests in startups targeting the South African and Sub-Saharan African markets. The company focuses on industries that are online/mobile with a clear revenue model; B2C e-commerce; and B2B2C sales. Silvertree builds its own ideas, supports entrepreneurs and partners with corporates. The company focuses on execution, using its track record in e-commerce and deep knowledge of Africa. Silvertree likes business models that are simple or proven, with clear revenue streams, that take advantage of the mobile and Internet future, and that target growing markets and industries.
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