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Region: South-East Asia, Malaysia Investment date: 2017 Sector: Private Equity Exit date: Deal type: Status date: Current

GHL Systems Berhad (“GHL”) is a prominent South East Asian payments company, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and listed on Bursa Malaysia (GHLS:MK). GHL provides integrated end-to-end payment services and solutions encompassing physical, internet and mobile payments on a sale, rental or transactional basis. Other than serving the traditional banking and financial sector, the Group also serves major telecommunications companies, retailers and airlines in ASEAN. The Group manages more than 150,000 points of sale in ASEAN that enables credit card, debit card, prepaid contactless payment, loyalty, prepaid top up and bill payment collection services. Its largest markets are Malaysia, the Phillipines and Thailand.

Actis is the largest shareholder in GHL with a 44.4% stake, and has extended a mandatory take-over offer on the remaining GHL shares. Actis is working with management to further scale and enhance GHL’s position as a leading regional payments business.

Investing in market leading businesses in the sectors we understand is a core pillar of Actis’ growth markets investment strategy. GHL follows on from our investments in Emerging Market Payments in Africa and the Middle East, PayCorp in Africa and DLP Payments in Latin America.

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