Helium Health, the leading healthcare technology provider in Africa, is delighted to announce it has completed the acquisition of Meddy Inc., the GCC- based doctor booking platform, which has operations in Qatar and the U.A.E.
Helium is building the digital infrastructure to power world-class healthcare services, across Africa and the Middle East. The transaction is in line with Helium’s strategy to expand in Africa first – where the company is present in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Kenya, and Uganda and then move into wider emerging markets.
Healthcare in the GCC is set to grow rapidly. Investment in digital infrastructure will account for 30 percent of healthcare investment in the region between 2023 to 2030.
Meddy’s platform and outstanding management team complement Helium’s business model and ideally positions Helium to service the GCC healthcare market. Meddy’s Chief Executive Officer – Haris Aghadi, and Chief Operating Officer – Abed Alkarim Khattab, will join Helium’s leadership team and play integral roles in Helium’s execution of its GCC strategy and operations.
The transaction will see Helium deploy its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technology and healthcare financial solutions across the GCC healthcare market. Whilst the GCC’s healthcare market is more mature than Africa’s and has a higher technology penetration, the technology present in the region is more siloed. All regional stakeholders will benefit from Helium’s robust and interconnected suite of Digital Health products.
These products include healthcare provider management (via Helium EMR), patient-provider and revenue cycle management platforms (via HeliumDoc), and data analytics services.
Adegoke Olubusi, Chief Executive Officer of Helium Health, said: “We are delighted to complete this transaction which is perfect for Helium Health. Our business model has primarily been robust organic growth, but we always remain open to strategic acquisition opportunities. Meddy is an ideal complement to our existing business model; the right company, in the right location, at the right time.
“We will be leading the HealthTech revolution in MEA. In Qatar, UAE and KSA, a great market opportunity exists to work with care providers to improve patient interaction, make healthcare data more interoperable, and to improve revenue cycle management. I am excited to welcome Haris and his team to the Helium Health family and look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration.”
Haris Aghadi, Chief Executive Officer of Meddy Inc., commented:
“Joining Helium is a perfect next chapter for Meddy as it enhances our mission to help patients make informed health decisions. Our goal has always been to provide technology to all the stakeholders across the value chain and joining forces gets us there faster.
“There is a strong synergy between our products, teams and markets. Combining Meddy’s marketing solutions with Helium’s clinical solutions will add tremendous value to our customers and transform healthcare in the Middle East and Africa.”
Founded in 2016, Helium uses proprietary technology and data to empower healthcare providers to make better decisions, operate more efficiently, and improve patient outcomes. Wider healthcare stakeholders also benefit from Helium’s data-driven insights, leading to optimum resource allocation and oversight.
Helium has grown rapidly to date in Africa, solving the continent’s problems of fragmented markets, paper-based systems and unreliable data. It has signed 500+ healthcare facilities, 7,000+ medical professionals and facilitates 300,000+ patient visits each month. Helium’s customers also include the most reputable private & public healthcare institutions in West Africa.
Helium is led by a brilliant and talented management team with many years of combined experience in technology and healthcare. Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Goke Olubusi, formerly of Goldman Sachs, is one of Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs and has received multiple awards from the likes of Chevron, Northrop Grumman, Maryland State, Lockheed Martin and others.
Helium’s co-founders include Dimeji Sofowora – Chief Financial Officer, and formerly of Goldman Sachs, and Tito Ovia – Head of Public Sector Growth, who has assisted organizations such as Orbis and Lagos State AIDS Control Agency to help people access better quality healthcare.
The transaction is not subject to any further regulatory clearances.
United Kingdom Ordered Meta, Formerly Facebook, to Sell Giphy
The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has instructed Meta – formerly known as Facebook – to sell Giphy, the American search engine that allows users search for and share short looping videos which are without sound, that are similar to animated GIF files.
The CMA stated that the merger deal could possibly be harmful to social media users and advertisers in the UK. It also found that the deal would further boost Meta’s already strong market power, as it would limit other platforms’ ability to use Giphy GIFs, which will, in turn, drive more traffic to sites owned by Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook).
According to the CMA, Meta’s sites dominated social media usage time up to around 73 percent, and could eventually outperform social media rivals like TikTok, Twitter and Snapchat by leveraging Giphy. The Authority then added that before the merger, Giphy had launched ”innovative advertising services” which brands like Dunkin’ Donuts and Pepsi which it could possibly have brought to the United Kingdom.
The CMA also stated that at the time the merger was made, Giphy’s advertising services were terminated by Facebook. That move removed a vital part of potential opposition in the market. The CMA was concerned by this move, calling it particularly concerning considering that Facebook is in control of about half of the £7 billion display advertising market in the UK.
Facebook had acquired Giphy for a reported fee of $400 million, with an aim of integrating the service into Instagram. After a month, the CMA started an investigation into the merger and decided in August that Facebook could hinder social media rivals such as TikTok and Snapchat from tapping into Giphy’s GIFs.
Meta had initially stated that the CMA did not have jurisdiction because Giphy was not operational in the United Kingdom, adding later that Giphy’s paid services were not display advertising by the definition of the CMA.
In October, Meta was fined $70 million by the CMA for breaking some rules related to the deal by failing to report necessary information and changing its chief compliance officer on two different occasions without receiving permission.
Seplat Energy to Acquire ExxonMobil’s Nigerian Shallow Water Business
Seplat Energy Plc, Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy company, has confirmed that it is in the process of acquiring ExxonMobil’s Nigerian shallow water business.
ExxonMobil has been selling off its businesses in Europe, Africa, and Asia in recent years to focus on a few mega-projects at home and abroad.
The statement reads, “Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian energy company listed on the Nigerian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, notes the recent press speculation and confirms that Seplat Energy, together with a partner, is in competitive discussions to acquire ExxonMobil’s Nigerian shallow water business.”
According to Seplat, there is no certainty as to the outcome of the ongoing discussions.
“Deliberations are ongoing and accordingly, there can be no certainty as to the outcome. A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate, in line with regulatory requirements,” Seplat stated.
The announcement is coming a few days after Seplat Chairman, ABC Orjiako resigned from his position as the Chairman of the company following a debt scandal with Zenith Bank Plc.
Flour Mills of Nigeria Acquires First Bank of Nigeria Limited’s 5.06 Percent Stake in Honeywell Flour Mills
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s leading flour mill company, has acquired First Bank of Nigeria Limited’s 5.06 percent stake in Honeywell Flour Mills Plc.
The company disclosed in a statement signed by Umolu, Joseph A.O., Company Secretary/Director, Legal Services.
The acquisition was in addition to the 71.6 percent stake of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HFMP) FMN acquired on the same day. Therefore, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc will now hold 76.75 percent equity interest in HFMP.
According to the company, the move will help build a resilient flour mills company that will ensure job continuity, deepen productivity and support national growth.
Commenting on the transaction, Omoboyede Olusanya, Group Managing Director of FMN, said “The proposed transaction is part of our global growth strategy, which is aligned with our vision to not only be an industry leader, but also a national champion for Nigeria in the Food and Agro-allied industries.”
“Given FMN’s parallel negotiations for both stakes culminating in the agreements being signed on the same date, the basis for arriving at key commercial terms including final equity price per share, will be the same. The price payable to FirstBank will be the same with Honeywell Group Limited.”F
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