SWVL plans to put off 32% of its group two months after going public – •

Egypt-born and Dubai-headquartered mobility startup SWVL is planning to put off 32% of its workforce, it mentioned in an announcement at present.

The corporate’s LinkedIn profile exhibits it has over 1,330 staff. Letting go of over 30% of its workforce signifies that round 400 folks will lose their job on the mobility firm.

Tech firms, non-public and public, have confronted a reckoning previously few months with their valuations taking a beating. The impact of an financial downturn has additionally affected their funds main them to chop prices; the highest of the checklist is letting go of staff.

This downsizing from the Dubai-based startup provides to the lengthy checklist of world cross-stage layoffs in what has been a tough month for tech staff. Over 15,000 tech employees have misplaced their jobs within the U.S. alone based on experiences. Firms reminiscent of Klarna, Getir, Gorillas and Bolt have dismissed parts of their workforce whereas the likes of Snap, Twitter and Instacart have slowed down hiring fully.

It’s been a really busy 18 months for SWVL main as much as this information. This March, the corporate went public through a SPAC merger with U.S. women-led clean test firm Queen’s Gambit Progress Capital. It listed at $10 per share and focused a $1.5 billion valuation however has traded between $4 and $8 for probably the most half. Its present valuation hovers round $500-600 million.

The layoffs are coming only a month after SWVL acquired U.Okay.-based mass transit group Zeelo for $100 million based on sources. It’s one in all 5 acquisitions SWVL has made throughout the previous yr; others embody Germany’s door2door, Turkey’s Voltlines (for ~$40 million), Spain’s Shotl and Argentina’s Viapool.

SWVL mentioned that although these acquisitions have contributed to its total development, it might want to make reductions on roles automated by investments in its engineering and product and help capabilities groups.

“The deliberate layoffs will influence groups answerable for capabilities which were automated following funding in engineering, product and help capabilities,” SWVL mentioned in an announcement.

SWVL mentioned it plans to achieve profitability subsequent yr. Dismissing lots of of staff is one technique to get there. Others embody growing its proprietary know-how stack and rising its three fashions — the place it makes $5 million in MRR — throughout present and new markets, it mentioned in an announcement.

SWVL is current in 13 markets globally: the UAE, Egypt, Kenya, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Pakistan. In accordance with a supply, nearly all of the layoffs will come from the corporate’s Dubai and Pakistan workplaces.

Whether or not SWVL will proceed its enlargement into new markets reminiscent of Colombia, Mexico and South Africa, and the U.S. — introduced throughout it’s SPAC merger — is unsure.

“Swvl plans to supply financial, non-monetary and job placement help to assist transition sure of its staff to new roles,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement on the way it plans to help affected staff.

“On account of the portfolio optimization program, Swvl’s administration at the moment expects that the corporate will likely be cash-flow optimistic in 2023.”

CEO Mostafa Kandil despatched out a letter to his staff addressing the layoffs. Right here’s part of it:

Grow to be Free Money Circulate Worthwhile in 2023

– Swvl is implementing a portfolio optimization program to deal with its highest profitability operations, improve effectivity and scale back central prices

– Capitalizes on the very best profitability operations TaaS and SaaS which at the moment have > 500 contracts in > 10 international locations producing > $5m income per 30 days

– B2C enterprise can be anticipated to be contribution margin optimistic earlier than the tip of 2022

– Builds on current acquisitions of TaaS and SaaS companies Viapool, Volt Strains, Shotl and pending acquisition of door2door which enhance profitability margins

– Advantages from a world class engineering and product group and know-how stack which permits for scalability and sustainable development


Irrespective of how huge, sources aren’t infinite; money is supposed to be responsibly utilized. We should be as disciplined as ever, which is why at present, Could 30, 2022, we introduced that our portfolio optimization program to show money move optimistic in 2023.

As a part of that program, now we have thought of varied eventualities that can enable us to display how a lot we worth our workforce. We imagine that Swvl has reached such a degree of success solely due to the group, and we’re additionally certain that Swvl will proceed to get stronger.

What we did:

– Voluntary wage deductions from the highest administration group

– Discount of present workplace areas

– Freezing our present hiring program

– Freezing journey and lodging bills

– Tying expenditures to important enterprise necessities


Efficient at present, Could 30, 2022, we’re optimizing our operations in a few of our markets whereas decreasing our workforce. The discount follows an in depth analysis of group redundancy and the way this enhances our technique. We now have organized for one-to-one communications with the entire impacted teammates. Every member of the lowered workforce will obtain an invite to have a dialog with a related senior chief to obtain readability on the following steps based mostly on every market’s native legal guidelines, severance guidelines, and greatest practices.

To those that will depart, I want to say I’m sorry. And extra importantly, this isn’t your fault. You’ll ceaselessly be a part of Swvl, and our door will all the time be open to you sooner or later. We’re extremely fortunate and grateful to have labored with such exceptional expertise that many firms can be lucky to have. In addition to your work, what is going to stick with us is realizing that we genuinely did rent folks higher than us. I’m certain you’ll proceed to have a big influence wherever you go, as you’ve achieved day in and time out at Swvl.

Easing the transition for impacted staff:

– Severance: All impacted staff to obtain severance based mostly on gross wage and full money payout

– Provident Fund, Gratuity & Go away encashment different authorized funds

– All RSU to be thought of vested

– Expense claims/OPD claims to be cleared

– All Last Settlements to be taxed as per native requirement

– Payout Switch to be full within the subsequent 21 days

Medical Insurance coverage: to be prolonged for all entitled staff

Inventory Choices: all unvested shares for impacted staff to proceed to vest as per schedule

Alumni Listing: an alumni community listing to help our impacted workforce

No interview coverage for Rejoiners

Laptops to be retained by staff topic to knowledge safety necessities

Replace: In an electronic mail to •, CFO Youssef Salem mentioned Swvl just isn’t shutting down operations in any nation whether or not from its present footprint or deliberate expansions however fairly optimizing its community and headcount in every nation.


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