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Thebe makes bid for auction industry

Apr 06 2017 18:17

Cape Town - Thebe Investment Corporation has closed on the acquisition of a majority stake in Clear Asset – a move that creates a black owned online auction house.

Privately held and headquartered in Cape Town, Clear Asset is a fast-growing online auction provider for mining, construction, maritime, agriculture and other heavy duty assets.

The company has sold over R1bn of assets in the last year alone. Approximately 50% of these assets were exported globally with shipments to over 20 countries in 2016.

In addition to most major mining houses, Clear Asset works with a number of leading financial institutions in helping them to dispose of their excess, redundant and distressed assets.

“We are excited by the dynamic management team and the growth in the business driven by Warren and Ariella. We see opportunities to expand the business both across our portfolio and into other targeted areas. We believe the systems, governance and price transparency that Clear Asset provides will continue to be more and more valuable as a mechanism to dispose of redundant or overage assets,” said Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Services.

The acquisition by Thebe Investments was facilitated by the Praxley Group, which were acting in the capacity of Transaction Advisors to Clear Asset on the transaction.

“We are delighted to have Thebe on board as a partner. This a major milestone for Clear Asset and a strong vote of confidence both in our business and the growing potential of South Africa’s online auction market,” commented Warren Schewitz, CEO of Clear Asset.

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