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WorldRemit Ltd., a U.K. online money transfer company, has agreed to buy Africa-focused, app-based remittance firm Sendwave as the global pandemic intensifies demand for digital banking.
The cash and stock deal is worth more than $500 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The combined company will be valued at more than $1.5 billion, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.
WorldRemit Chief Executive Officer Breon Corcoran said the company is betting that the pandemic-fueled shift to digital banking will become permanent. “What we saw immediately…