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PLDT, Rocket Internet to create global firm focused on ‘mobile payment’

Dominant carrier PLDT and e-commerce giant Rocket Internet announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6, an agreement to establish a global joint venture for payment services with a focus on emerging markets, with each partner holding a 50-percent stake.

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The project, envisioned as a global partnership that was kicked off by the pre-IPO investment of PLDT in Rocket in 2014, builds on the complementary strengths of Rocket and PLDT, to drive the massive adoption of online and mobile payment solutions in emerging markets.

PLDT will contribute the intellectual property, platforms, and business operations of its mobile payment platform Smart e-Money Inc. (SMI), a pioneer in mobile banking and mobile wallet services which has handled transactions valued at approximately P182 billion in 2013.

With over 5 million active customers and 300,000 trade accounts, SMI owns and manages the Philippines? biggest ?branchless banking? network, certified at the highest global security and governance standards as a financial service platform.

Rocket will contribute its participations in Paymill Holding and Payleven Holding, two of the leading payment platforms for high growth, small-and-medium-sized e-commerce businesses across Europe.

The combination of PLDT and Rocket assets is expected to create a leader in mobile payments expertise uniquely positioned to capture the global potential of mobile-first payment services especially in emerging markets

Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, the transaction is planned to close in the first quarter of 2015.

Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and CEO of PLDT, said: ?PLDT continues to build on its strategy to become a driving force in the digital economy, and with Rocket, we have a partner who understands the DNA of the global Internet market more than any other company. We look forward to continuing the long-term success story of Smart Money and optimizing the synergies between e-commerce and innovative mobile-first payment solutions.”

Oliver Samwer, founder and CEO of Rocket Internet, added: ?This joint venture is the next logical step of our valuable partnership with PLDT and we are pleased that our shared vision for the growth opportunities of the global payment market has been implemented in such an expedited fashion. Rocket?s network of companies combined with PLDT?s 14 years of experience in the mobile payment industry will allow us to deliver world-class innovations in mobile money and micro-payments around the world.?

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