Ingenico Group in talks to buy PE-backed GlobalCollect

Ingenico Group is in talks to acquire GlobalCollect from its existing shareholders led by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe for 820 million euros. Based in Amsterdam, GlobalCollect is a provider of payment solutions.

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Ingenico Group, global leader in seamless payment, today announced it entered exclusive negotiations regarding the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of GlobalCollect from its existing shareholders led by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (“WCAS”) for an enterprise value of €820 million.

Based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), GlobalCollect, which employs more than 500 people globally, has developed a recognized payment expertise, notably in cross-border e-commerce, to enable most recognized brands to sell their products on line across the globe. Thanks to its secure, scalable, in-house and robust online platform supported by an experienced management team, GlobalCollect directly provides merchants with a comprehensive, cross-border one-stop-shop payment solution by acting as a hub to multiple other payment providers in 170 countries and providing an access to 150 local payment methods. During fiscal year 2013, GlobalCollect reported gross revenue of €305 million, net revenue of €111 million and adjusted EBITDA1 of €50 million.

This acquisition would represent a significant milestone in the execution of Ingenico Group’s strategy and would:

Rebalance the Group’s geographical footprint towards the North American market across the whole payment value chain, and strengthen access to APAC and LATAM high growth markets

Provide enhanced access to c.600 tier-1 online cross-border merchants with a strong footprint in digital goods and services

Enrich the Group’s value proposition to include electronic cash collection and settlement capabilities while significantly reinforcing its presence in the card not present space

Accelerate business model transformation towards payment services, with pro forma2 revenues from payment services expected to more than double to exceed €500 million

The acquisition of GlobalCollect would enable us to accelerate the implementation of our strategy across all channels, on a global scale, especially in payment services and mobile payment”, said Philippe Lazare, Chief Executive Officer of Ingenico Group. “This is a great opportunity to maintain our time-to-market advantage to rapidly reinforce Ingenico Group’s position as a global leader in seamless payment. As an example, it would be a real game changer in North America where we would provide payment solutions across all sales channels, beyond smart terminals. All in all, combining Ingenico Group and GlobalCollect would create a player with unrivalled geographical coverage, network of acquirers/banks and payment methods. And this would result in substantial value for our employees, customers and shareholders”.

The planned acquisition by Ingenico Group is a perfect fit with GlobalCollect. Combining our global cross-border payment processing with Ingenico Group’s multi-channel services will create great opportunities for our clients, by reducing payment complexity across all channels and providing more payment alternatives to drive new sale opportunities. This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry and an even more exciting opportunity for GlobalCollect to be part of such a world class organization as Ingenico.” said Tom Staudt, Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCollect.

This transaction will provide significant benefits to the employees, customers and shareholders of GlobalCollect and has the full support of our Supervisory Board. We are confident that through this combination, GlobalCollect will benefit from Ingenico Group’s strong support, enhancing its leadership position going forward.” said Sanjay Swani, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and general partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

The acquisition is expected to have an accretive impact in of around 15% on Ingenico Group’s EPS (before Purchase Price Allocation) in 2015. The transaction is expected to be financed with existing cash on balance sheet for €220 million and bank debt of €600 million.

Pro forma for execution of this transaction, the Ingenico Group targets would be expected to increase to pro forma 2016 revenue of over €2.2 billion and an EBITDA ratio in excess of 20%.

Final legal documentation would be signed in Q3 2014. The closing is expected to occur by early Q4 2014, subject to approval from the relevant regulatory and antitrust authorities.

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