25 Apr, 2022, 08:00 ET
Volt Lines has more than 110 institutional clients including Mondelez, Axa Insurance, Pirelli, CMA-CGM, MetLife and ICBC
Adds incremental $4.3m annualized revenue forecasted based upon Q1 2022 results and builds on recent acquisitions of controlling stakes in Shotl and Viapool and pending acquisition of door2door
Provides complimentary geographic presence and suite of solutions with forecasted 127% gross revenue CAGR and significant increase in customers since launching in 2018 through the end of 2022
Aligns with Swvl's commitment to providing safe, affordable transportation options, unlocking social, economic, and educational opportunities while reducing emissions
NEW YORK, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Swvl Holdings Corp ("Swvl" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SWVL), a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Volt Lines, a Turkey-based B2B and Transport as a Service mobility business. The acquisition builds on Swvl's recent acquisitions of controlling stakes in Shotl and Viapool, and pending acquisition of door2door. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in Q2 2022.
Founded in 2018, Volt Lines has a strong presence in major Turkish cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The company provides corporate clients with a smart and cost-effective alternative to public transportation or ride hailing for commuters by utilizing a network of smartly routed shared buses. Through its monthly subscription option, Volt Lines facilitates consistent and reliable commutes for the employees of more than 110 companies (including ICBC, Mondelez, Axa Insurance, Pirelli, CMA-CGM, MetLife, and many more), which increases productivity for all stakeholders. Volt Lines Founder and CEO Ali Halabi will continue to lead the Turkish business going forward.
Mostafa Kandil, Swvl Founder and CEO, said, "Volt Lines shares Swvl's commitment to expanding opportunities and reducing emissions through forward-thinking mobility solutions. With this acquisition, we are deepening our presence in Europe, immediately expanding our enterprise client-base and continuing to deliver on our growth objectives. We look forward to welcoming the Volt Lines team to the Swvl family and working together to realize our shared vision of revolutionizing mass transit systems around the world."
The transaction with Volt Lines will strengthen Swvl's position as the leading global provider of tech-enabled mobility solutions:
- Offers complementary suite of TaaS services that can significantly reduce the cost of commuting:
- Expands Swvl's B2B offerings by connecting passengers to drivers through their employers to develop direct routes with flexible departure times.
- Brings an impressive roster of over 110 enterprise customers, including many multinational companies that rely on Volt Lines to enable commuting for thousands of employees every day.
- Volt Lines expects to build a dedicated tech and R&D center to support Swvl's existing global hubs in Spain, Germany, Egypt and Pakistan.
- Brings a strong track record of growth and highly scalable model:
- Volt Lines forecasted to deliver 127% revenue CAGR since launching in 2018 through the end of 2022 and a 714% increase in customers since 2018 through the end of 2021.
- Demonstrated customer stickiness with average net dollar retention of 107% over the past six months.
- Provides opportunity for clear path to expansion into adjacent markets that also require transportation solutions, including schools and factories.
- Aligns with Swvl's mission to provide safe, reliable, and affordable transportation solutions that reduce emissions and congestion:
- Promotes economic empowerment by making it easier for employees to get where they need to be when they need to be there.
- Volt Lines has committed to running 100% of its network on electric buses powered by renewable energy to realize zero-emissions by 2030.
Ali Halabi, Volt Lines Founder and CEO, said, "When we launched Volt Lines four years ago, we set out to deliver a revolutionary transit experience to make commuting more reliable and affordable in Istanbul. With Swvl's global footprint, leading technology platform and proven ability to scale, we believe they are the ideal partner for Volt Lines to accelerate expansion of our platform. We are confident our solutions will meaningfully contribute to the Swvl platform, and together we will be able to deliver superior transportation alternatives for commuters around the world. We're also excited about scaling our R&D center in Istanbul into a global technology hub, giving Swvl a reliable access to Turkey's technical talent."
Youssef Salem, Swvl CFO, said, "The acquisition of Volt Lines expands on Swvl's position as a leader of mobility solutions, with a clear opportunity to scale the platform globally. Volt Lines brings an extensive list of multinational customers that we are excited to continue to grow relationships with as we provide them with the transportation solutions they need. This acquisition marks another decisive step that Swvl has taken to expand its footprint and to diversify our offerings globally. As always, we are evaluating a host of compelling opportunities to further our position as a leading provider of tech-enabled mobility solutions."
Swvl is a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, offering intercity, intracity, B2B and B2G transportation across more than 115 cities across 18 countries and four continents. The Company's platform provides complimentary semi-private alternatives to public transportation for individuals who cannot access or afford private options. Every day, Swvl's parallel mass transit systems are empowering individuals to go where they want, when they want – making mobility safer, more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly. Customers can book their rides on an easy-to-use proprietary app with varied payment options and 24 / 7 access to high-quality private buses and vans.
Swvl was co-founded by Mostafa Kandil, who launched Carmudi in the Philippines, which became the largest car classifieds platform in the country in just six months. He then served as Rocket Internet's Head of Operations. In 2016, Kandil joined Careem, a ride-sharing company and the first unicorn in the Middle East, where he launched services in multiple new markets.
For additional information about Swvl, please visit www.swvl.com.
About Volt Lines
Founded in 2018, Volt Lines is a subscription-based transportation service for employees of corporate companies with a strong presence in Istanbul and the Turkish capital, Ankara. The company provides corporate clients with a smart and cost-effective alternative to public transportation or ride hailing for commuters by utilizing a network of smartly routed shared buses. Through its monthly subscription option, Volt Lines facilitates consistent and reliable commutes for the employees of more than 110 companies, which increases productivity for all stakeholders. Volt Lines was founded by Ali Halabi, who will continue to lead the Turkish business going forward.
For additional information about Volt Lines, please visit www.voltlines.com.
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