SWVL acquires Turkish B2B mobility startup Volt Lines
- Dubai-based mobility startup SWVL, has acquired Turkey-based B2B mobility startup Volt Lines.
- Founded in 2017 by Aly Halabi, Volt Lines provides its corporate clients with mass transit and ride-hailing services utilising a network of smartly routed shared buses.
- The deal values the startup at over $40 million, Bloomberg reported.
- As per the deal, Volt Lines will establish an R&D centre dedicated to supporting SWVL's expansion plans.
- Last month, SWVL announced the acquisition of Germany-based "mobility as a service" MaaS software platform door2door. Last year, it also acquired a couple of global startups: Viapool and Shotl.
- Volt Lines, a Wamda portfolio company, is SWVL's fourth acquisition to date.
Swvl Holdings Corp, a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Volt Lines, a Turkey-based B2B and Transport as a Service mobility business. The acquisition builds on Swvl's recent acquisitions of controlling stakes in Shotl and Viapool, and pending acquisition of door2door. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in Q2 2022.
Founded in 2018, Volt Lines has a strong presence in major Turkish cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The company provides corporate clients with a smart and cost-effective alternative to public transportation or ride hailing for commuters by utilizing a network of smartly routed shared buses. Through its monthly subscription option, Volt Lines facilitates consistent and reliable commutes for the employees of more than 110 companies (including ICBC, Mondelez, Axa Insurance, Pirelli, CMA-CGM, MetLife, and many more), which increases productivity for all stakeholders. Volt Lines Founder and CEO Ali Halabi will continue to lead the Turkish business going forward.
Mostafa Kandil, Swvl Founder and CEO, said, "Volt Lines shares Swvl's commitment to expanding opportunities and reducing emissions through forward-thinking mobility solutions. With this acquisition, we are deepening our presence in Europe, immediately expanding our enterprise client-base and continuing to deliver on our growth objectives. We look forward to welcoming the Volt Lines team to the Swvl family and working together to realizs our shared vision of revolutionizing mass transit systems around the world."
Ali Halabi, Volt Lines Founder and CEO, said, "When we launched Volt Lines four years ago, we set out to deliver a revolutionary transit experience to make commuting more reliable and affordable in Istanbul. With Swvl's global footprint, leading technology platform and proven ability to scale, we believe they are the ideal partner for Volt Lines to accelerate expansion of our platform. We are confident our solutions will meaningfully contribute to the Swvl platform, and together we will be able to deliver superior transportation alternatives for commuters around the world. We're also excited about scaling our R&D center in Istanbul into a global technology hub, giving Swvl a reliable access to Turkey's technical talent."
Youssef Salem, Swvl CFO, said, "The acquisition of Volt Lines expands on Swvl's position as a leader of mobility solutions, with a clear opportunity to scale the platform globally. Volt Lines brings an extensive list of multinational customers that we are excited to continue to grow relationships with as we provide them with the transportation solutions they need. This acquisition marks another decisive step that Swvl has taken to expand its footprint and to diversify our offerings globally. As always, we are evaluating a host of compelling opportunities to further our position as a leading provider of tech-enabled mobility solutions."