MDP to acquire MoneyGram for $1.8bn

Madison Dearborn Partners has agreed to acquire MoneyGram International, a provider of digital P2P payments, for $1.8 billion.

Madison Dearborn Partners has agreed to acquire MoneyGram International, a provider of digital P2P payments, for $1.8 billion. According to terms of the deal, MDP will acquire all shares of MoneyGram for $11 per share. BofA Securities Inc is serving as financial advisor to MoneyGram while Goldman Sachs is acting as lead financial advisor to MDP with Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Barclays and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC also serving as financial advisors. The deal is expected to close by the fourth quarter of this year.


DALLAS and CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2022 — MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI) (the “Company”), a global leader in the evolution of digital P2P payments, and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, today announced a definitive agreement under which funds affiliated with MDP will acquire all outstanding shares of MoneyGram for $11.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion. The purchase price represents a meaningful premium of approximately 50% to MoneyGram’s unaffected closing stock price on December 14, 2021, the last trading day prior to media speculation regarding a possible transaction.

“We are excited to enter into this transaction with MDP, which will deliver immediate and compelling value to shareholders and enable us to accelerate the advancement of our digital growth strategy,” said Alex Holmes, MoneyGram Chairman and CEO. “This transaction is the culmination of a thorough process by the MoneyGram Board to enhance shareholder value while positioning our business for continued growth and expansion. MoneyGram has undergone a rapid transformation over the last several years to expand our digital capabilities and adapt to the evolving needs of our customers. By partnering with MDP and becoming a private company, we will have greater opportunities to innovate and transform MoneyGram to lead the industry in cross-border payment technology and deliver a more expansive set of digital offerings, while leveraging our global platform for new customers and use cases. This transaction provides exciting opportunities for our dedicated MoneyGram team and partners, and I’m incredibly excited about the path ahead.”

“MoneyGram is a leader in cross-border payments with one of the strongest brands and reputations in the industry, and we are excited to partner with Alex and his leadership team as they continue to lead MoneyGram’s digital growth strategy,” said Vahe Dombalagian, a Managing Director on MDP’s Financial and Transaction Services team. “We are looking forward to applying our substantial experience growing digital businesses and deep payments knowledge to help MoneyGram further strengthen its market-leading cross-border capabilities and enhance its digital platform. Alex and his team have transformed MoneyGram over the past few years, and we are excited to help them execute the important work ahead to continue evolving and growing MoneyGram’s business.”

Transaction Details
Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the MoneyGram Board of Directors, MoneyGram shareholders will receive $11.00 in cash for each share of MoneyGram common stock they own. In addition, upon the closing of the transaction MDP will be refinancing the Company’s outstanding debt, which was $799 million as of December 31, 2021.

Committed debt financing for the transaction has been provided by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Barclays. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by MoneyGram shareholders and receipt of regulatory approvals, including required approvals in various jurisdictions related to money transmitter licenses. Upon completion of the transaction, MoneyGram will become a private company and MoneyGram shares will no longer be listed on any public market.

The agreement includes a 30-day “go-shop” period expiring on March 16, 2022. During this period, the MoneyGram Board and its advisors are permitted to actively initiate, solicit, encourage and evaluate alternative acquisition proposals, and potentially enter into negotiations with any parties that may offer alternative acquisition proposals. MoneyGram will have the right to terminate the MDP agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of such agreement. There can be no assurance that this “go-shop” process will result in a superior proposal or that any other transaction will be approved or completed. MoneyGram does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the go-shop process unless and until its Board of Directors determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required.

Leadership and Headquarters
Following the close of the transaction, it is expected that MoneyGram will continue to operate under the MoneyGram brand and be led by Alex Holmes and the Company’s existing leadership team. MoneyGram will maintain its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Financial Results
In light of the proposed transaction, MoneyGram has canceled its previously announced conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2021 financial results, which had been scheduled for Friday, February 25, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET.

BofA Securities, Inc is serving as exclusive financial advisor to MoneyGram, Vinson & Elkins LLP is acting as legal counsel and Paul Hastings LLP is acting as financial services regulatory counsel.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to MDP, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Barclays and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as financial advisors to MDP and Latham & Watkins LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Covington & Burling LLP are providing legal counsel.

About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), a global leader in the evolution of digital P2P payments, delivers innovative financial solutions to connect the world’s communities. With a purpose-driven strategy to mobilize the movement of money, a strong culture of fintech innovation, and leading customer-centric capabilities, MoneyGram has grown to serve over 150 million people in the last five years. The Company leverages its modern, mobile, and API-driven platform and collaborates with the world’s top brands to serve consumers through its direct-to-consumer digital channel, global retail network, and embedded finance business for enterprise customers. MoneyGram is also a leader in pioneering cross-border payment innovation and blockchain-enabled settlement. For more information, please visit, follow @MoneyGram on social media, and explore the website and mobile app through

About Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised aggregate capital of over $28 billion and has completed over 150 investments. MDP invests across five dedicated industry verticals, including financial and transaction services; basic industries; business and government software and services; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit