Report: Atos Origin Out of WorldPay Auction

(Reuters) – French software group Atos Origin (ATOS.PA) has pulled out of a bidding race for Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS.L) WorldPay payment-processing arm, French newspaper La Tribune reported on its website on Sunday.

La Tribune did not cite any sources for its report and officials at Atos Origin could not be immediately reached for comment.

People familiar with the matter have told Reuters that parties interested in WorldPay, which is valued at $4 billion, include Clayton; Dubilier & Rice (CD&R); American Express (AXP.N) and Permira [PERM.UL]; Advent International and Bain Capital; Canada’s Moneris Solutions; and TPG [TPG.UL].

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Karen Foster)