26 FEB, 2021


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We made it! It’s Friday and also the last workday in February.
In today's edition:
  • Jumia’s Q4 results
  • Coinbase going public
  • Stitch
  • Is crypto thin air?
  • TC Insights

Jumia’s Q4 results are a mixed bag again

In Q3, Jumia’s results were a mixed bag. One really good point was that the company’s losses reduced although the fact that its Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) also reduced was a big deal. Nevertheless, the thinking from a lot of investors was that e-commerce companies were going to flourish during the pandemic. Jumia didn’t seem to show that promise during Q2 and Q3 2020, but most of that was due to a business mix rebalancing. Basically, Jumia decided to move from promoting high ticket items to selling household items. It’ll lead to a reduction in GMV, but it’s great for their business. This is because it’s making commissions on sales, advertising and logistics, unlike its former model where it tried to sell goods to customers. That’s enough context, here are the metrics that matter:  Revenue for Q4 - 41 million Euros  GMV for the quarter increased to €231.1 million  Operational losses of €40 million for the Q4 Annual active users hit 6.8 million  On the whole, Jumia’s investors are seemingly happy, given that losses are reducing year on year and GMV, which is expected to struggle, is also increasing.  IMPORTANT: This is NOT investment advice! My article on the company’s result is here, get in: Jumia’s losses hit €40 million in Q4 2020 as GMV rises

Coinbase is going public

Yesterday, Coinbase, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, filed to go public via a direct listing. Coinbase will be listed under the symbol COIN. A direct listing? Instead of going through the more expensive initial public offering (IPO) route, Coinbase wants to sell shares directly to the public without getting help from intermediaries who charge a commission for their work. The numbers $3.4 billion. It has made $3.4 billion from its inception till 2020.  Coinbase’s revenue more than doubled last year from 2019. The company reported a net income of $322 million on net revenue of $1.14 billion for 2020, compared to a net loss of $30 million on revenue of $483 million a year earlier. It has 43 million verified users, of which 2.8 million transact on the platform monthly. A majority of its net revenue is derived from transactions in Bitcoin and Ethereum. 

Big picture: Coinbase’s listing is coming at a time where Bitcoin’s value is rising exponentially and crypto currencies are going mainstream. This looks like a perfect time.
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Stitch is getting $4 million backing

This week, I wanted to write an article on open banking; it took a lot more research than I thought and most of that reading was about Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). If I was going to write about how APIs are changing the world, it could be its own newsletter. Let’s rush through it: Stitch, a South African API fintech startup has raised $4 million. Stitch wants to provide full API access to bank accounts across Africa starting from South Africa.  Stitch sounds a lot like Mono and Okra. With the APIs these companies provide, developers can connect apps to financial accounts. This allows users to share their transaction history and balances, confirm their identities and initiate payments. It’s pretty sweet; imagine your digital lender wants to check your transaction history. You wouldn't need to move a finger, these APIs can make it happen.  Read Stitch’s story here; Stitch emerges from stealth with $4M for its API fintech play in Africa
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Is crypto thin air?

Last year, one response from a survey of what you think of the TechCabal Daily told us that once in a while, we get snarky. Sometimes, it’s hard not to. especially when Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor insinuates that cryptocurrency is from “thin air.” The no snark version: The CBN doesn’t trust crypto, a stance it has held since 2017. Although the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is open to regulation, the crypto terrain is uncertain. I’m tempted to tell you about how all the dips I’ve bought this week have dipped but theoretically, we’re all not trading crypto, right?  Shoutout: Sometimes writing a newsletter feels like shouting into a void so I’m happy whenever you email me at muyiwa@bigcabal.com or the whole team at team@techcabal.com Thank you, Excel for sending me an email with your thoughts around why digital lending increased in 2020.  Please share scoops, thoughts, feedback, criticism and what you’re reading with us. Also, tell someone about us on whatever social media platform you use; it helps a LOTTTT.  Here’s to Friday; see you on Monday!

TC Insights: Deal Tracker

This week, African fintechs raised over $116,550,000. South Africa’s digital bank, TymeBank raised $109,000,000 from Apis Growth Fund II and JP Summits Holdings while API-focused fintech, Stitch raised $4,000,000 from First-minute Capital, The Raba Partnership and other investors

Other funding deals include:

  • Imperial acquired 60% of South Africa’s e-commerce startup, Parcelninja

  • Deya secured over $50,000 from local angel investors

  • Diool raised $3,500,000 from Lundin family and existing investors.

That’s it for this week!

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Written by - Olumuyiwa

Edited by - Edwin Madu


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