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A Pivotal Moment For Financial Inclusion And Data Services In Africa

Charles Butterworth talks about the acquisition of leading South African companies Compuscan and Scoresharp

Today we announced the completion of our acquisition of Compuscan and Scoresharp in South Africa. This exciting moment creates a single, united Experian organisation that brings together the best of all we offer, not only for South Africa, but the wider African continent.

Compuscan’s agile approach has driven its rapid expansion into six Sub-Saharan African countries, alongside emerging business in Australia and the Philippines. Combining Experian’s proven digital strategy with Compuscan and Scoresharp’s cost-effective operating model gives us an excellent foundation for Experian to expand into Africa. This is a commitment we’re serious about, and we’ve made the public commitment to spending at least R120 million on technological enhancements as part of establishing South Africa as an investment hub.

For our clients and partners, this acquisition will see the combined organisation bringing new innovations to market, faster and at scale, enabled by our shared bureau data. Delivering additional resources for credit bureau information, decision analytics, marketing services, loyalty & rewards, and training. Allowing us to be more agile, more flexible, and to respond faster to the need of all the organisations and the people we serve.

More importantly, this is a chance for us to drive financial inclusion across the region. It’s our intention to use this acquisition to accelerate our financial inclusion goals, bringing many more people into the credit economy and helping us create a better tomorrow for millions.

I am delighted to be welcoming Compuscan and Scoresharp to the Experian family, and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we drive towards our goals of greater financial inclusion and better data management across South Africa and beyond.