planet42is a South African-based automotive subscription company that purchases used vehicles from dealers and rents them to customers through a subscription model.
Through an early-stage investment vehicle, Naspers Naspers Foundry, co-led a $15 million equity round (the SA-based investor also led Planet42’s previous $30 million round in late 2021). The equity round welcomed participation from existing and new shareholders, including: Livonia Road Capital; A Los Angeles-based global alternative asset manager has provided a $75 million line of credit. Planet42 also received his $10 million debt financing from private investors.
According to the company, the new financing, which consists of equity, credit facilities and debt, will rapidly expand the business and provide one million vehicles worldwide to those excluded from traditional auto financing.
Mobility startups founded in Estonia so far Offers car rental subscriptions Purchased over 12,000 vehicles for customers in South Africa and Mexico.As co-founder and CEO Eric Oja Speaking to TechCrunch in a December 2021 interview, Planet42 claimed to have distributed more than 7,000 cars to customers in South Africa. According to a statement issued by the company, I have purchased over 5,000 cars in the African country in the last 12 months.In addition, a mobility startup that has been in business for 6 years started its presence in Mexico last year, delivering 250 vehicles to Mexican customers.
Planet42’s expansion into Mexico Address transport inequalities globally. According to the report, only half of the world’s urban population has adequate access to public transport. united nationsmany of those excluded from access to reliable public transport are emerging market wage earners who, despite having bank accounts and a steady income, are unable to get their cars out of traditional financial institutions. Unable to obtain financing to purchase.
in South Africa, According to the Bank, 70% of vehicle loan applications are rejected by banks. Cars.co.za, Planet42 dealers, which increased from 700 to 1,000 dealers in 2021, report rejection rates of up to 90%. Planet42 is one of the few start-ups such as Moove, Autochek and FlexClub focused on the African market to tackle this inequality through a range of mobility services.
For Planet42, we use a proprietary scoring algorithm to assess the risk of unbanked customer segments. It also uses its algorithms to help customers find their budget and choose new or used vehicles from Planet42’s dealer network. Planet42 then purchases the cars and rents them to customers on a subscription basis. Planet42 claims that his 89% of all customers it has served so far had no other means of accessing a private vehicle. Dealers in Planet42’s South African network have reported an average 26% increase in sales since becoming partners, the company said in a statement.
“Safe and reliable transport is a key driver of social and economic inclusion in emerging economies. , public services, and other opportunities, which are usually all at once.” marten ona, said in a statement. “We are here to make transportation more accessible and we are always working to make Planet42’s car subscription service available to those who have been unfairly ignored by their banks. “
The company is Naspers, Change Ventures, Startup Wise Guys, Martin Villig (Bolt), Ragnar Sass (Pipedrive), Andrew Rolfe.that According to Daniel Zinn, founder and managing partner of Rivonia Road Capital Rolfe, one of Planet42’s newest investors, “Rivonia Road, in partnership with Planet42, will provide the capital needed to address this market inefficiency, helping thousands of underserved consumers around the world gain access to mobility. I am excited to help democratize