Ringier Africa portfolio so far has been limited to publishing and digital marketing in Nigeria. However, with the company’s acquisition of one of Nigeria’s leading e-commerce platforms DealDey, Ringier has made its Silvertree’s first entrance into the e-commerce space in Nigeria.
Ringier Africa Deals Group, a newly-founded joint venture between Swiss Ringier Africa AG and South African Silvertree Internet Holdings (Pty) Ltd. In March 23rd, Ringier announced it has acquired one of Nigeria’s biggest online marketplaces, DealDey.
This acquisition represents Ringier Africa’s portfolio expansion beyond just publishing and digital marketing in Nigeria and the Silvertree’s first e-commerce investment in the country. It sees the two companies invest significantly in Nigeria’s fast-growing multi-billion dollar e-commerce sector as part of their partnership in the Ringier Africa Deals Group.
DealDey, the online deals e-commerce platform, was launched in 2011 by serial entrepreneur Simdul Shagaya together with Investment AB Kinnevik. With over 1 million users, 15,000 active merchants and 20,000 verified listed businesses, DealDey is the largest online deals business in the region. In addition to its core platform, DealDey today also comprises of the couponing platform Promohub and discovery platform Lyf, both forming part of the acquisition.
DealDey Co-CEOs Kehinde Oriola & Etop Ikpe say: “The DealDey team is excited about joining forces with the newly-formed Ringier Africa Deals Group. It offers great opportunities as DealDey brings a wealth of experience in technology, merchant management and consumer behaviour in Nigeria – and we will be leveraging the Ringier Africa portfolio in marketing, classifieds and media as well as Silvertree’s e-commerce expertise towards supporting the sustainable growth of the group.”
Kehinde Oriola will continue as the CEO of DealDey as part of RADG, while Etop Ikpe will be moving on to new ventures. As acting CEO of RADG, Damien Bonnabel, current Head of e-Commerce for Ringier Africa and General Manager of Ringier Kenya, will be working with the management of DealDey and the group’s other companies.
Ringier Africa Deals Group (RADG), the purchasing holding company, has been created by a carve out of the leading Kenyan online deals business Rupu out of Ringier Kenya and of the leading Ghanaian online deals platform Tisu out of Ringer Ghana. The JV’s partners, Ringier Africa and Silvertree, both come with 10+ years’ e-commerce experience. Their mutual aim is to lead the online deals businesses to continued success based on a long-term, joint plan. Key to this is the continued collaboration with local merchants and brands wanting to enter the markets – while satisfying clients’ needs for the best service and product offers online. Silvertree has already expanded its own e-commerce portfolio in South Africa, having acquired PriceCheck from Naspers in November of last year. Ringier Africa’s mother company Ringier AG runs DeinDeal and Geschenkidee, the two biggest online deals and gifting platforms in Switzerland respectively.
Ringier Africa General Manager Leonard Stiegeler says: “Ringier Africa has identified e-commerce as a key area for growth and we are excited by the inclusion of DealDey in the Ringier Africa Deals Group. With the addition of e-commerce-experienced Silvertree as a partner and investor, we are on track to significantly increase our interest in the space, with particular focus on serving the important markets of Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.”
Silvertree Co-Managing Director Paul Cook says: “We are extremely excited to be entering three of Africa’s most exciting e-commerce markets, through our partnership with Ringier and joint investment into DealDey, Rupu and Tisu. Through this deal, we get to build on excellent existing platforms as we look to serve Africa’s emerging middle class.
With Ringier’s deep content expertise and African footprint, we look forward to further accelerating the growth of these exciting businesses. Our focus will be on rapid but sustainable growth, as Africa’s e-commerce industry starts to mature and consumers look for world-class offerings, excellent customer service and great deals.”