Grupo Elektra

Grupo Elektra is a Mexican financial and retailing corporation established by Hugo Salinas Price. The company has operations in Latin America and is the largest non-bank provider of cash advance services in the United States.[8]

Grupo Elektra S.A.B. de C.V.
TypeSociedad Anónima Bursátil
IndustryRetail, Banking, Finance
Founded1950; 71 years ago (1950)
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
United States
Area served
Mexico, Central America, South America
Key people
Ricardo B. Salinas, (Chairman)[2]
Fabrice Deceliere Márquez, (CEO Elektra Stores)[3]
Alejandro Valenzuela del Río, (CEO Banco Azteca)[3]
Mauro Aguirre Regis, (CFO)[4]
ProductsHome appliance, mobile phone, computers, consumer electronics, furniture, white goods, money transfers, extended warranties, ecommerce, financial services, deposits, personal loans, credit cards, commercial loans, liability insurance, life insurance, pension funds.
RevenueIncrease $ 75,902 million (2015)[5]
Increase $ 9,194 million (2015)[5]
Number of employees
65,346 (2015)[6]
SubsidiariesBanco Azteca, Advance America, Italika, Seguros Azteca, Afore Azteca, Punto Casa de Bolsa[7]

It is listed on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (ELEKTRA*) and on the Spanish Stock Market Latibex (XEKT).

The Group operates more than 7,000 points of contact in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Panama and El Salvador.[6] The company operates through two divisions to satisfy the needs of its customers: commercial and financial.

Commercial DivisionEdit

Grupo Elektra offers appliances, consumer electronics, furniture, motorcycles, mobile phones, computers, as well as electronic money transfer business and extended warranties, among many other products.[9]

Elektra store in Villa Victoria, Edo Mex.

Elektra is the most important store format of the company. It has 1,143 points of sale throughout Mexico and Central and South America, focused to underserved social classes.[10] The groups older Salinas y Rocha store format has 51 stores and its target market is made of the middle class.[10]

Grupo Elektra sells close to 1 of every 4 televisions commercialized in Mexico, 1 of every 5 refrigerators, 7 of every 10 motorcycles, and pays a substantial proportion of the electronic money transfers from the United States into Mexico.[11]

Financial DivisionEdit

It offers its services to sectors that have been underserved by traditional financial institutions through Banco Azteca, Seguros Azteca, Afore Azteca, Advance America and Punto Casa de Bolsa.

Banco AztecaEdit

Banco Azteca operates in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Peru, and is the largest bank in Mexico in geographical coverage with more than 3,500 points of contact.[10] Banco Azteca Mexico has more than 13 million of deposit accounts and a similar numbers of loan accounts.[11]

Entry into the Banco Azteca

Banco Azteca offers consumer and personal loans, credit cards, pawn lending, and group and commercial loans.[12]

On the deposit side, the bank offers a variety of savings products for its target market, with interest-bearing accounts that can be opened with one peso and do not generate commissions.

According to the World Bank, Banco Azteca has a positive impact on the development of numerous communities through micro financing. In the 2014 Global Financial Development Report about Financial Inclusion, the World Bank indicated that after two years from the start of operations of Banco Azteca in 2002, personal income increased 7% in areas where branches were established, and unemployment decreased 1.4%, due to the increased access to credit, with lower interest rates, compared to other local and microfinance loan providers.[13]

Also, World Bank reported the increase in income was due to the strengthening of small businesses as a result of larger access to funding, while the growth of companies generated jobs. As a result, these sources of work beneficiated low-income population segments that are the target market of Banco Azteca, which improved income distribution.

Advance AmericaEdit

Advance America is a payday loan provider in the United States, founded in 1997. As of December 31, 2013, Advance America operated over 2,500 lending centers in 29 states and 18 centers in Canada.[14]

Advance America's current President and CEO is Jim Ovenden. William Webster IV is chairman of the board.[15]

Advance America provides its cash advances in small-denomination, short-term amounts.[14] The advances are due on the customer's next payday.[14]

Advance America does not franchise any of its centers in the United States or Canada and does not provide pawn lending.[14] The company is a member of the Community Financial Services Association of America.[16]


Seguros Azteca offers life and liability microinsurance that can be acquired at affordable prices in Mexico and Latin America. Afore Azteca offers pension fund management with the support of the extensive geographical coverage of Grupo Elektra. Advance America is a short-term non-bank loan provider in the United States[8][17] and, Punto Casa de Bolsa offers financial brokerage services to the middle class of the population.


(Millions of Mexican Pesos)
2014 2015 Growth
Consolidated Revenue $73,629[5] $75,902[5] 3%[5]
EBITDA $9,479[5] $10,734[5] 13%[5]
Consolidated Deposits $93,147[18] $100,573[18] 8%[18]
Consolidated Non-Performing Loans 9%[19] 6.1%[19]


Sol Elektra by Sebastián


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  13. ^ Bank, World (2013). "2014 Global Financial Development Report" (PDF): 43–44, 115. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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  16. ^ Community Financial Services Association of America website. "CFSA Corporate Member Companies." Accessed July 20, 2011. (
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  26. ^ Elektra, Grupo (17 April 2012). "Grupo Elektra anuncia el inicio de operaciones de Punto Casa de Bolsa (Spanish)" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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