MasterCard to Buy Card Management Biz from Travelex

MasterCard will buy the card program management arm of UK-based foreign exchange group Travelex for 290 million pounds ($459 million), Reuters reported. Travelex is majority-owned by private equity firm Apax Partners. The deal is expected to be valued at several hundred million pounds, Reuters said.

(Reuters) – MasterCard Inc is set to buy the card programme management arm of British foreign exchange group Travelex and a deal may be announced on Thursday, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The sources said the deal was expected to be worth several hundred million pounds. Mastercard said it was preparing a statement for 1230 GMT, but declined to say whether it would announce an acquisition.

“This is the part of the business that manufactures the cards that Travelex provides for its customers,” said one source, on condition of anonymity, who added that the deal would provide Travelex with extra cash for its own expansion plans.

The sources said the deal would not change the shareholding structure of Travelex, which is majority-owned by private equity group Apax.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Ben Deighton and Simon Meads)