The remaining stake will be owned by Trace’s co-founder and management team. TPG Growth will invest alongside Evolution Media and Satya Capital.
As part of the transaction, MTG, that invested in Trace in 2014, will sell its stake in the company. The transaction is subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory clearance.
Founded in 2003, Trace is a global multi-platform media and entertainment company that reaches 200 million viewers and listeners across 160 countries. Trace owns and operates 30 digital and mobile services, 21 pay TV channels, and seven FM radio stations. The platform hosts more than 400 concerts, web simulcasts with 360 degree immersive technology, talent search competitions and events across the globe each year.
“By partnering with TPG Growth, a global investor known for its ability to grow and scale businesses, we are well-positioned to build on our success and accelerate our transformation into the leading global afro-urban digital entertainment group. We will leverage our unique assets and TPG Growth’s deep experience with groundbreaking entertainment and technology businesses to launch “Episode 2” of Trace,” said Olivier Laouchez, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Trace.
“The African music and entertainment industry is dynamic and has experienced huge growth in the last decade, driven by the booming youth population and rapid adoption of digital technology,” said Yemi Lalude, Managing Partner at TPG Africa.
“As smartphone penetration on the African continent continues to rise, the way young people consume content is migrating to mobile and digital. We are very excited to help grow the Trace brand not only in Africa but worldwide.”