PayPal Holdings Inc (Nasdaq: PYPL) has wrapped up its buy of TIO Networks Corp (TSX-V: TNC), a Vancouver multi-channel bill payment processing company. The deal, announced in February, saw PayPal acquire all of the company’s outstanding shares for about $302 million (US$238 million) in cash. TIO will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the leadership of Hamed Shahbazi, TIO’s founder and former chairman and CEO. TIO’s private equity and hedge fund investors included Core Innovation Capital, Napier Park Financial Partners, Edison Partners, Inter-Atlantic Advisors and Inductive Capital.
PayPal Completes Acquisition of TIO Networks
PayPal to Accelerate Entry into the Bill Pay Market with Leading Multi-channel Bill Payment Processor
July 18, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. & VANCOUVER, B.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) and TIO Networks Corp. (TSXV:TNC) today announced that PayPal has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIO Networks. In accordance with the terms of the Arrangement announced on February 14, 2017, PayPal acquired all of the outstanding shares of TIO for $3.35 CDN ($2.64 USD) per share in cash or an approximate $302 million CDN ($238 million USD) equity value.
TIO will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the continued leadership of Hamed Shahbazi, VP of Bill Pay and General Manager, PayPal Canada Bill Pay Services, reporting to John Kunze, VP of PayPal, and Leader of the Consumer Product Organization.
TIO is a leading multi-channel bill payment processor in North America and processed more than $7 billion USD in consumer bill payments in fiscal 2016. TIO serves 16 million consumer bill pay accounts* and offers convenient solutions for expedited bill payment services to financially underserved consumers. The company has more than 10,000 supported billers and numerous direct relationships with billers, which enable TIO to quickly process telecom, wireless, cable and utility bill payments for TIO’s customers.
As complementary organizations, PayPal and TIO are well-positioned to make paying a bill as fast and simple as making a payment with PayPal. Through this acquisition, PayPal will expand its global scale of operations, complement its product portfolio, and accelerate its entry into the bill pay market, enabling millions of customers to improve their financial health through access to TIO’s valuable services. The acquisition enables PayPal and TIO to realize the companies’ shared vision of reimagining money and democratizing financial services so that everyone has affordable ways to manage and move their money.
“In the last two years, PayPal has made significant strides towards realizing our mission to democratize financial services and provide secure, convenient and affordable ways to move and manage money to those who are underserved by the financial system,” said Dan Schulman, President & CEO of PayPal. “Expanding into multi-channel bill payments through the acquisition of TIO furthers this mission and will meaningfully advance our ability to offer digital financial services to tens of millions of underserved customers.”
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* Consumer bill pay accounts represent the total number of accounts between consumers and billers. A consumer may have a relationship with more than one biller and may have more than one account.
Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 203 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal financial information, visit https://investor.paypal-corp.com.
About TIO Networks
TIO is a cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management provider, serving the largest telecom, wireless, cable, and utility bill issuers in North America. TIO integrates with the back office of billing systems to accept, validate, and collect payments via self-service kiosk, retail walk-in, mobile, and web solutions. With approximately 60 million transactions processed in fiscal 2016 and a processing network that serves more than 10,000 billers, TIO symbolizes fast, convenient, and secure access to expedited bill payment services.
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