Autochek acquires Cheki Kenya and Cheki Uganda from ROAM Africa

AutoChek has reached an agreement with ROAM Africa to acquire Cheki Kenya and Cheki Uganda as part of its plans to expand further into the African Market

Autochek acquires Cheki Kenya and Cheki Uganda from ROAM Africa

Almost one year after the acquisition of Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana by Autochek from ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media), the duo have entered into another agreement to acquire Cheki Kenya and Cheki Uganda, as Autochek expands further into the African market.

According to AutoChek, within the following weeks Cheki Kenya and Uganda will be integrated with the wider Autochek operations. Launched in 2020, and backed by notable investors such as  TLcom Capital and 4DX Ventures, Autochek combines technology, underpinned by data analytics to deepen auto finance penetration across the continent. With a presence in  Nigeria and Ghana, the company’s 360-degree automotive solution also provides a strong network of after-sales services that preserve and eases vehicle ownership experience across Africa.

This acquisition is part of AutoChek plans to expand its footprint on its mission to provide seamless access to auto financing across the continent. With Cheki’s 10 years of experience, Autochek is set to introduce additional technology solutions that will integrate the auto ecosystem as well as increase market adoption for auto loan financing. As part of the agreement, ROAM Africa will transfer ownership and operational control to Autochek.

Speaking on the acquisition, Etop Ikpe, Founder and CEO of Autochek, said, “the acquisition of Cheki Kenya and Uganda is an important milestone for us, and we are excited to be working with ROAM Africa once again, building on their achievements over the past years. ROAM Africa has an unrivalled track record of operating and scaling some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most innovative classified marketplaces and we look forward to leveraging on this solid business foundation”

“Autochek’s mandate is to accelerate the ability of African consumers to access better quality and affordable vehicles by providing access to financing, while also derisking the auto lending process for financial institutions. We are long-time admirers and collaborators of the Cheki brand; following today’s news, we intend to provide even more trust and transparency in East Africa’s automotive sector, leveraging the unique networks we are now joining together.” - Etop Ikpe, Founder and CEO of Autochek

Since 2010, Cheki Kenya has built a network of hundreds of dealers, more than 12,000 vehicles listed monthly and 700,000 monthly unique users on its platform with 80% plus year-on-year growth in the last two years.

In a separate remarks, Clemens Weitz, CEO of ROAM Africa, said “across the world, we see a new evolution of digital automotive platforms, requiring deep specialization. Specifically in Africa, we believe that Autochek is the one player with the best team and expertise to truly create a game-changing consumer experience. Our Cheki team has built a unique, market-leading brand and a truly remarkable business. Most importantly I want to thank everyone in the team who contributed to this success. Now we are excited to see that taken to the next level. Whilst this is good news for everyone directly involved, the ultimate benefactor will be African car buyers and sellers.”

Weitz further stated that “this deal is more than a very good transaction: It unleashes even more focus on the strategic playbook for our core businesses. We have a clear strategy that will further strengthen our leading marketplaces and invest in innovative product solutions. The opportunity is now bigger than ever since the pandemic has vastly accelerated digitization across the continent. In the last two years, our businesses recorded unprecedented growth. Thus, our commitment to connect Africans to opportunities remains strong.”

With credit penetration in Kenya at 27.5%, significantly higher than the West African market which stands at 5%, East Africa’s growing market is positioned as a key auto financing hub and Autochek is now strategically positioned to scale as it becomes a pan-African player.

ROAM Africa has expressed its commitment to connecting Africans to opportunities that will focus on strengthening the autonomy of its existing portfolio companies across East and West African countries such as Jobberman in Nigeria and Ghana, Brightermonday, Expat Dakar, BuyRentKenya and others.

Meanwhile, as we earlier stated this is not AutoChek's first acquisition from ROAM Africa, we are curious and interested in finding out more about the relationship between these duo and their commitment to providing ease to the automotive industry on the continent.  

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