The acquisition supports the Public Investment Fund ambitions and STC Groups mission to drive the digital transformation of the MENA region.
Iot squared, a joint venture between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and STC Group, has signed a binding agreement to acquire 100% of Machinestalk, a provider of IoT solutions and applications in Saudi Arabia.
Iot squared delivers industry-leading IoT solutions, which provide real-time insights into Saudi Arabia. Since its establishment in 2022, iot squared has played a significant role in the adoption of IoT technologies in various sectors and has collaborated with industry leaders to advance the IoT ecosystem in the Middle East to revolutionise multiple sectors and advance the local digital transformation plans.
The acquisition represents an important milestone in the collaboration between PIF and STC as this reflects the major investment strategy in the products and services in the ICT industry, including investments in digital Clouds, Cybersecurity, Fintech and digital entertainment. These investments contribute to driving digital transformation and contribute to Saudi Arabias Vision 2023 in leading digitisation in the region.
Machinestalk is one of the largest Saudi companies in the IoT domain, founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of NOMD Holding.
Commenting on the deal, Othman Al Dahash, CEO of iot squared, said: We are pleased to announce signing a binding agreement to acquire 100% of Machinestalk, which steers to an exciting new chapter in our growth story. As we continue to strengthen our position as the national IoT champion, in line with our BOLD strategy, we are eager to play a pivotal role in supporting Saudi Arabias ambitions to lead the regions digital transformation and adoption of emerging technologies. Furthermore, by fully realizing the potential of IoT and unlocking the value of connected things, we are committed to enabling a connected Kingdom and turning the knowledge-based economy from a concept into reality.
The acquisition will augment iot squareds capabilities across the IoT value chain. Machinestalks applications complement iot squareds three key verticals: smart cities, Industry 4.0, and smart mobility and logistics, through which the Company supports governments, enterprises, and SMEs across the MENA region to advance the adoption of smart solutions and IoT technologies, positioning STC Group and Saudi Arabia as a regional hub for IoT in MENA.
Furthermore, the acquisition will unlock value for iot squared through Machinestalks strong field services capabilities, technology, and delivery teams, Proprietary IoT platforms, internal development capabilities, local and international partner and customer relationships, inc. large government entities and a wide range of product offerings. With these capabilities and comprehensive solutions, iot squared will be the local IoT leader in KSA covering a wide range of focus use cases aligned with its commitment ? to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the region whilst enabling the public and private sectors to unlock value.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals from the relevant authorities and fulfilling transaction conditions.