- Additional investment increases latest funding round to more than US$65 million
- Provides further flexibility for JUMO to execute on its global strategic initiatives and expansion plans across Africa and Asia
- James Hanbury, Partner at Odey Asset Management, joins the Board of JUMO
- Plans to expand into several new Asian markets in 2019
JUMO, the largest and fastest growing technology platform for operating inclusive mobile financial services marketplaces in emerging markets, today announced a US$12.5 million investment from Odey Asset Management. In addition, James Hanbury, Partner at Odey Asset Management, joins the Board of JUMO.
Odey Asset Management is a leading, London-based investment firm managing global capital for institutional investors, wealth managers, private banks and professional investors. The firm is committed to investments that focus on preserving capital and generating superior returns.
This investment marks the formal close of JUMO’s most recent equity funding round, which had earlier in September, raised US$52 million with Goldman Sachs as the principal lead investor alongside Proparco (the private sector financing arm of the French Development Agency AFD), Finnfund, Vostok Emerging Finance, Gemcorp Capital and LeapFrog Investments.
The additional investment will be used to further develop JUMO’s technology platform, support market expansion and deepen data capabilities, specifically in applied ML and AI innovation to accelerate financial inclusion, across JUMO’s key markets in Africa and Asia. JUMO currently has offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Singapore and South Africa. It set up its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore earlier in the year and has plans to enter several new Asian markets in 2019.
Following the close of the funding round, JUMO has raised in excess of US$103 million, which is testament to JUMO’s track record and investors’ confidence in JUMO’s future growth. Since JUMO’s launch in 2014, more than 10 million people have saved or borrowed on the JUMO platform, with nearly 70% of these being micro and small business owners across Africa and Asia. To date, JUMO has originated almost US$1 billion in loans and maintained savings growth of over 50% month-on-month on its platform, which manages over 45 million customer interactions per month.
JUMO’s strategy and delivery of financial inclusion involves strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations, to facilitate the delivery of innovative financial solutions to segments of the population underserved by traditional financial services. Its partner ecosystem of leading banks and mobile money operators, which has doubled over the past year, leverages JUMO’s platform to offer individuals and small businesses savings, credit and insurance products via mobile devices. Through its existing partnerships, nearly 120 million mobile users are currently able to connect to the JUMO platform.
JUMO recently announced its partnership with Uber through its JUMO Drive product, a unique digital vehicle finance product that eases barriers to car ownership for existing Uber driver-partners. JUMO has plans to expand this offering across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, demonstrating the agility of its platform to activate underserved segments of the economy and to improve their access to income-generating assets. In October, the company was also a new entrant in the 2018 CB Insights Fintech 250 list which tracks the most promising financial technology companies globally.
CEO of JUMO, Andrew Watkins-Ball, commented, “The closure of this latest funding round is a fantastic endorsement of JUMO’s track record in developing inclusive financial infrastructure and information capability. We have a proven business model, evidenced in the strategic partnerships we have built with forward-thinking banks, mobile money operators and partners like Uber. I am pleased to conclude 2018 with yet another milestone achievement for the company. In addition, I am excited to welcome Odey Asset Management as a strategic investor and James Hanbury to the Board, to help us better realise our mission to advance financial inclusion.”
James Hanbury, Partner at Odey Asset Management, commented, “JUMO’s agile and adaptable platform is a force for good which has contributed to greater financial inclusion and advancements in the traditional lending sector, through its fair exchange of value with partners. I am pleased to have joined JUMO as a Non-Executive Director and look forward to working with the executive team to support the attainment of its ambitions.”
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JUMO is a rapidly scaling technology company providing information services, financial infrastructure and products designed to reach the 80% of the world’s population who are excluded or underserved by traditional financial services. JUMO partners with forward-thinking businesses such as banks and mobile networks to reach these customers, operating inclusive marketplaces for digital financial services. In 2018 JUMO entered the global CB Insights Fintech 250 list under the lending and marketplaces category.
Its extensive network of partners includes financial services providers such as Barclays Africa Group, and Telenor Microfinance Bank, as well as Mobile Network Operators such as MTN, Airtel, Telenor, and Tigo. Most recently JUMO has also partnered with Uber to offer a digital vehicle asset financing product JUMO Drive.
JUMO currently has over 300 employees across Africa and Asia, approximately two-thirds of which are specialists in the areas of software engineering, data science, analytics and finance.
About Odey Asset Management
Odey Asset Management is a leading London investment firm managing assets on behalf of institutional investors, private banks, private families and individual investors across Global & European strategies.
The firm was established by Crispin Odey in 1991 to focus on active fund management and today comprises 69 people, nearly half of whom are investment professionals.
In 2008 Odey Wealth Management was launched to deliver a portfolio management service to individual investors. A limited liability partnership, Odey Asset Management is independently owned by 14 partners.
About James Hanbury
Mr. James Hanbury is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Odey Asset Management, and was previously the Head of Research and Co-Head of Research. He joined in October 2008.
Prior to that, James was partner and fund manager at ZA Capital, an equity hedge fund. From 2003 to 2006, James was an equity analyst at Schroders covering the retail and leisure sectors.
James graduated from Edinburgh University in 2003 and has also completed the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.