FSS Makes Strategic Investment in Africa-based Ecentric Payment Systems

FSS (Financial Software and Systems), a global PayTech company, has announced a strategic investment in Ecentric Payment Systems, a Standard Bank subsidiary and a leading payment processor in South Africa. FSS has acquired a 46% stake in Ecentric through a combination of primary and secondary investments, with a potential to further its stake holding.

FSS, with three decades of experience, has a comprehensive and integrated payments portfolio. FSS offers expertise in Issuance, Omnichannel Acquiring, Digital Banking, Processing and Switching, ATM Managed Services, ATM and POS Monitoring, Reconciliation and Settlement, Digital Security and Payment Analytics.

Headquartered in South Africa, Ecentric, a Standard Bank subsidiary, is a leading payment switching and retail value added services provider. With a customer portfolio comprising 50+ Tier-1 banks and retailers, Ecentric has a strong presence in domestic and other African markets for its payment acceptance solutions. Ecentric processes transactions for a majority of Tier-1 retailers and, small and specialized retail outlets. The product and service offerings include Card Processing, Value Added Services, Remittances, Issuing, Cash Management and Reconciliation.

FSS deep payments technology expertise and knowledge of working in emerging markets across the globe, combined with Ecentrics established market presence creates a formidable proposition for the African payments market. The Ecentric investment will also provide FSS an ideal platform to build a Fintech hub focused on the development of payment solutions tailored to the unique requirements of the African region. Ecentric will leverage FSS proven payments technology expertise and funnel the investment proceeds to fuel its next phase of market growth. As part of the agreement, Ecentric will deploy FSS PoSabIlity, a market-proven integrated POS driving and in-store payment acceptance solution.

Commenting on the announcement, Nagaraj Mylandla, Managing Director, FSS stated, We are pleased to join Ecentric as an institutional investor in the company. We see the investment as an extraordinary opportunity to achieve a leadership position in the African payments space. The partnership will help us leverage mutual synergies to strengthen our presence in Africas largest markets and drive increased growth for FSS payment acquiring and other solutions.

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Speaking on the transaction, Larry McCarthy, Head Strategic Investments and Alliances, Standard Bank Group, said; The introduction of FSS as a Strategic Equity Partner into Ecentric will further cement Ecentrics position as a leading provider of value-added payment services to its clients and accelerate its growth into new products, across new markets in Africa as well as furthering commercial ties between Africa and India.

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Speaking on the association, Hassen Sheik, CEO of Ecentric said; We are very excited to welcome our strategic partner, FSS, a global payments leader, as a new investor. The financial and strategic backing from FSS, will help Ecentric accelerate product innovation and grow the business in its home market as well as expand to more countries. This backing brings us a step closer to achieving our goal of creating a ubiquitous and universal digital payment acceptance market in the continent.

With Rishi Pillay, General Manager Africa, FSS, leading the region, the company will work in collaboration with Ecentric to expand its market presence by leveraging each others strengths to further tap into the fastest-growing market for merchant processing and payment solution in Africa.