Paya, which is backed by GTCR, and FinTech Acquisition Corp. III, a blank check company, have agreed to merge. The enterprise value of the combined company is about $1.3 billion. When the deal closes, the newly combined company will operate as Paya and trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “PAYA.” GTCR will remain its largest stockholder. Paya is an integrated payments provider.
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paya, a leading integrated payments and commerce solution provider, and FinTech Acquisition Corp. III (NASDAQ: FTAC) (“FinTech III”), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company (the “Company”) will operate as Paya and will be listed on NASDAQ under the new symbol PAYA. The transaction reflects an implied enterprise value for the Company of approximately $1.3 billion.
The Paya management team, led by CEO Jeff Hack, will continue to execute the growth strategy of the Company. Paya’s existing majority equity holder GTCR, a leading private equity firm, will remain the Company’s largest stockholder. GTCR is a long-time investor in financial technology and has a successful track-record of supporting fast-growing payments companies in the public markets, including previous investments in VeriFone, Syniverse and Transaction Network Services.
Paya is a leading integrated payments provider, processing over $30 billion for over 100,000 customers. Through its proprietary card and ACH platform, Paya Connect, Paya partners with software providers to deliver vertically tailored payments solutions to business customers in attractive end markets such as B2B goods & services, healthcare, non-profit & faith-based, government & utilities, and education. Paya focuses on end markets where electronic payments acceptance is under-penetrated and where Paya has developed differentiated product and software partnerships.
“We are excited to partner with FinTech III to accelerate our path to becoming a public company and greatly appreciate GTCR’s continued investment and support,” said Paya CEO Jeff Hack. “Paya has a long and proven history of creating differentiated value for software integration partners and their end customers. We have reached this milestone thanks to a terrific roster of software partners, as well as our talented and dedicated Paya colleagues. As a publicly listed company, we will continue to invest in the product innovation and support our software partners rely on to meet the needs of their clients, as well as have access to capital for additional strategic acquisitions,” he continued.
Betsy Z. Cohen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of FinTech III, said, “Integrating payment solutions with software is the fastest growing segment of the payments industry, and Paya is perfectly positioned as the partner of choice for sophisticated software providers and middle market business clients across multiple attractive verticals. Jeff and his team have created innovative solutions that anticipate the needs of the market which provides a clear, strategic vision for accelerating growth at Paya.”
Collin Roche, Managing Director at GTCR commented, “This transaction is another great example of our Leaders Strategy™ approach and its ability to transform businesses in industries we know well like payments.” Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR added, “Jeff and the leadership team have made the investments in technology and talent to build a differentiated integrated payments platform of scale in attractive end markets, and we are excited to continue supporting Paya in this next chapter of growth.”
The transaction reflects an implied enterprise value for the Company of approximately $1.3 billion at closing. The cash component of the consideration will be funded by FinTech III’s cash in trust as well as a private placement from various institutional investors, including Franklin Templeton and Wellington Management Company LLP, that will close concurrently with the merger. The balance of the consideration will consist of shares of common stock in the combined company. Existing Paya equity holders have the potential to receive an earnout of additional shares of common stock if certain stock price targets are met as set forth in the definitive merger agreement. Existing Paya equity holders, including GTCR and management, will remain the largest investors by rolling over significant equity into the combined company.
Pursuant to the merger agreement, a newly formed entity, FinTech Acquisition Corp. III Parent Corp., will cause a merger subsidiary to merge with and into FinTech Acquisition Corp. III, resulting in FinTech Acquisition Corp. III Parent Corp. being the new parent company. The seller entities will then contribute and sell certain equity interests to FinTech Acquisition Corp. III Parent Corp. in exchange for the cash and equity consideration described above. Immediately following the closing, FinTech Acquisition Corp. III Parent Corp. will change its name to Paya Holdings Inc.
The merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter, pending FinTech III stockholder and regulatory approval. Additional information about the merger will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K that will contain an investor presentation to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at www.sec.gov. In addition, FinTech Acquisition Corp. III Parent Corp. intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus of FinTech III, and will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC.
Evercore is acting as exclusive capital markets and financial advisor to Paya. William Blair is acting as financial advisor to Paya. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to Paya.
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Northland Capital Markets are acting as capital markets advisors to FinTech III. Ledgewood PC is acting as legal counsel to FinTech III.
Morgan Stanley, Evercore and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. are acting as private placement agents.
Paya is a leading provider of integrated payment and frictionless commerce solutions that help customers accept and make payments, expedite receipt of money, and increase operating efficiencies. The company processes over $30 billion of annual payment volume across credit/debit card, ACH, and check, making it a top 20 provider of payment processing in the US and #6 overall in e-Commerce. Paya serves more than 100,000 customers through over 1,000 key distribution partners focused on targeted, high growth verticals such as healthcare, education, non-profit, government, utilities, manufacturing, and other B2B end markets.
The business has built its foundation on offering robust integrations into front-end CRM and back-end accounting systems to enhance customer experience and workflow. Paya is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with offices in Reston, VA, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Dayton, OH, and Mt. Vernon, OH. For more information about Paya, visit www.paya.com or follow us on Twitter: PayaHQ and LinkedIn: Paya.
About FinTech Acquisition Corp III
FinTech Acquisition Corp. III is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, with a focus on the financial technology industry. The company raised $345,000,000 in its initial public offering in November 2018 and is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol “FTAC”.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, and Growth Business Services industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ – finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $18 billion in over 200 companies. For more information, please visit www.gtcr.com.