Autochek acquires large stake in Auto Tager to strengthen African footprint

Olajide Adamolekun, Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder of Autochek
Olajide Adamolekun, Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder of Autochek

Autochek, the automotive technology company making car ownership more accessible and affordable across the continent of Africa, has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Auto Tager, an Egyptian automotive technology company that makes it easier to find and buy cars, to deepen its presence in North Africa and support the company’s ongoing growth.

What is the value of AutoTager in the transaction?

AutoTager is a venture backed startup that is removing friction from the car buying and selling process in Egypt, enabling easier access to vetted vehicles and financing for consumers, connecting dealers with serious buyers and technology solutions to improve their operations.

It was founded in 2021 by Amr Rezk, a serial entrepreneur that has founded and co-founded many successful companies such as Fundseer, a private equity GP/LP coordination platform. Amr has deep experience operating and investing in various geographies across Africa and the Middle East, with a great track record of building and sustaining high growth enterprises.

Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Amr worked with several large institutions and companies including Goldman Sachs, EFG-Hermes and the Qatar Investment Authority where he led the Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds Investments Team. He has an academic background as an economist and holds an MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School.

What does the acquisition mean for Autochek?

The acquisition represents Autochek’s entry into Egypt, which is Africa’s second largest economy and its second largest automotive market. The country’s strategic geographical position, skilled workforce, large domestic market and all the successful reforms undertaken by the country’s government in recent years has enabled dynamic growth and has also made it one of the largest recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa over the past decade.

This acquisition also represents the third for Autochek in less than a year and the sixth in under two years, reflecting its emergence as a successful Pan-African automotive technology company. The company now has active operations in 9 countries across East, West and North Africa, with a great partner-led footprint of more than 2,000 dealers and workshop locations.

This clearly unrivalled footprint enables unparalleled insights into vehicle-related transactions and positions on the continent that helps Autochek and its subsidiaries deliver effective solutions for the needs of a wide range of stakeholders in Africa’s automotive ecosystem.

What are the executive remarks about the acquisition?

Commenting on the acquisition, Olajide Adamolekun, Group Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder of Autochek, said, “Amr’s background and track record is as impressive as it gets, and I am delighted to have him on board. His experience will be invaluable as we enter the Egyptian market and continue on our mission to improve the automotive finance value proposition on the African continent as well as to catalyse more growth across the automotive ecosystem.”

“There are many parallels between Autochek and AutoTager, and we’re looking forward to building on all of them to deliver more growth and success in the months and years to come.”

Amr Rezk, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of AutoTager, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Autochek to pursue several sizable and unique opportunities in the automotive space. Autochek has deep automotive expertise and brings a proven playbook and several all-weather strategies that have been tested and validated within multiple complex high growth markets.”

“It’s track record of concurrently operating various business models in the automotive space is stellar and provides a wide menu of options and cutting-edge tools to offer AutoTager’s customers a truly unique proposition. We have exciting plans and are confident that the global OEM and financing partnerships that Autochek has secured also provide us with differentiated access allowing us to lead in our space also while targeting high quality top decile returns”.


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