Following recent announcement of $37million Series A Financing Round, Kuda Bank, the Africa-focused challenger bank, has given early investors an ideal opportunity to exit their investment via a secondary sale.
One of the investors, SM River, the consortium consisting of Raj Kulasingam, Haresh Aswani, Vishal Agarwal and Alwin Magimay, which acted as lead investor of Kuda’s USD1.6m pre-seed round, took the opportunity created by the secondary sale to realise a material return on their early investment.
SM River was the largest investor in Kuda’s pre-seed round and its stake was bought by Kuda’s existing investors.
Commenting on the transaction, Babs Ogundeyi, Kuda Founder & CEO, said, “It was important to give Kuda’s earliest investors an exit opportunity, and we are delighted that we have been able to repay their early backing of the company with a material return on their investment. We are particularly grateful for the foresight shown by SM River in recognising the potential in Kuda during the company’s earliest days. They have been incredible investors and have provided Kuda with so much value beyond money by leveraging their knowledge, reputations and networks to help Kuda scale and grow.”
Commending the investor, Ogundeyi added that “We would like to thank the consortium for their early participation and contribution towards Kuda’s success. In realising their investment in Kuda, SM River will relinquish their seat on the company’s Board.”
Throwing more light on the exit of Raj Kulasingam on behalf of SM River Consortium said “When we met Babs and Musty, we saw the huge opportunity for their vision of the creation of Nigeria’s first digital bank and backed them to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s been an incredible journey of growth and scale and we commend the Kuda team for getting the company to where it is in such a short space of time. As angel investors, who focus on early-stage investments, it’s now time to recycle our capital, find the next Kuda and hand over the baton to institutional VCs to guide the founders to further scale and grow. We will continue to watch with pride as Kuda delivers financial innovation to Africa and the world.”
This exit opportunity is another clear demonstration of the growth of Africa’s Fintech sector and shows how fast-growing technology start-ups in Africa are generating positive returns and multiples for early investors and shareholders.