To boost digital transactions in the region, Saudi Arabia’s Alhokair family has invested $12.4 million in Egyptian BNPL app valU to become a minority stakeholder. The transaction, which will give almost 5% stakes to the Alhokair family, is still subject to regulatory approvals and is the first such investment for them in Egypt. Earlier this month, valU had also entered a deal with FAS Labs, a firm owned by Alhokair and Arabian Centres Company, to introduce its BNPL services in Saudi Arabia.
The partnership gave valU a significant stake in FAS Finance, a newly formed microfinancing arm of FAS Labs. To ease access to credit for consumers, valU, which serves more than 5,74,000 users in the country through 5000 points of sale locations, also joined hands with global eCommerce giant Amazon.
The partnership with Alhokair allows valU to access a network of 1000 retail stores in Saudi Arabia and monobrand websites, including VogaCloset.