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Monitise rejects sale, Lukies ejected

Former mobile banking darling Monitise has decided not to sell itself, but a strategic review of its “options” has led to its founder and co-CEO Alistair Lukies stepping down from the top job and board.

Mr Lukies will now merely be a “strategic adviser” to Elizabeth Buse, who becomes the

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Monitise rejects sale, Lukies ejected

sole chief executive of the troubled mobile money company – according to the FT.

Monitise at the start of the year hired Moelis, the investment bank, to examine “all options” for the company – including a sale – alongside a strategic review by the board.

The company, whose services enable businesses and consumers to carry out banking and payments on mobile devices, insisted that it had received “a number of expressions of interest from various parties”. But the board decided they were not attractive enough, Monitise continued, despite it tripling its losses in the second half of last year.

“…the Board concluded that none of these indicative and non-binding proposals fully recognised the longer-term value of Monitise. The expressions of interest were also structured in such a way that there was considerable uncertainty over their ultimate deliverability. The Board was also mindful that the Strategic Review should conclude within an acceptable timeframe; such that it did not interfere unduly with ongoing business opportunities, client services and discussions with partners and clients.”

Aside from the ejection of its founder from the c-suite and board, Monitise reiterated its guidance on revenue (£90-£100m) and loss (£40m-£50m) this year, and breaking even in 2016, and revealed its plans to return to health.

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