Etsy acquires Brazilian marketplace Elo7 for $217 million 

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E-commerce company Etsy Inc announced on Monday that it had acquired Elo7 in a $217 million cash transaction. Elo7 is a Brazilian online marketplace, specializing in made-to-order products This is the first move to expand into Latin America.

Elo7 has 1.9m active buyers and 56,000 active sellers. It currently has around 8 million items for sale and the majority of them are made-to-order. Moreover, Elo7 ranks as a top 10 e-commerce site in Brazil.

Significantly, the move comes weeks after Etsy’s acquisition of Depop. Depop is a website for buying and selling second-hand clothing popular among Gen Z consumers.

Like Depop and Reverb, a music marketplace acquired by Etsy in 2019, Elo7 will continue to be run by its current leadership as an independent marketplace once the deal is finalized. It is anticipated to retain its headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition, the companies expect that to happen by the third quarter of 2021.

Brazil has the largest e-commerce market in Latin America based on user numbers

According to Etsy’s chief executive, Josh Silverman, Elo7 is the Etsy of Brazil, with a purpose and business model similar to their own. This transaction will establish a foothold for it in Latin America, where Etsy does not have a meaningful customer base. Silverman added that they are happy to bring another unique marketplace into the Etsy family.

The company quotes data showed e-commerce penetration in Latin America is less than 10%. According to JP Morgan LLC, the country has the largest e-commerce market in Latin America based on user numbers. JPMorgan served as exclusive financial adviser to Etsy for the Elo7 purchase. The Latin American e-commerce market is likely to hit $29 billion this year.

Besides, Elo7 is likely to be revenue-neutral to Etsy in the near term. Etsy stock climbed 1% in Monday premarket trading and is up 3.9% for the year to date. The S&P 500 index has grown 14% for 2021 so far.

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