First Data to Acquire BluePay for $760M


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement for First Data to acquire BluePay Holdings, Inc.  from current owners, including TA Associates and BluePay management, for $760 million in cash, subject to adjustments. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive in the first full year post-closing, before expected synergies.

BluePay, a provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the U.S. and Canada, is one of First Data’s largest distribution partners with a strong focus on software-enabled payments and Card-Not-Present transactions. BluePay processes approximately $19 billion of annual volume for more than 77,000 merchants and is integrated into more than 450 software platforms. The company has software integration solutions that complement those offered through First Data’s CardConnect business.

“BluePay is a long-standing First Data distribution partner with an excellent track record of innovation and growth. We are pleased to add BluePay’s unique capabilities and its talented team to the First Data family,” said First Data Chairman and CEO, Frank Bisignano. “We believe BluePay’s best-in-class integrated Card-Not-Present solutions, combined with CardConnect’s cutting-edge ISV product suite acquired earlier this year, clearly sets First Data apart from the competition in the high growth integrated payments space.”

“This is an exciting day for BluePay as this transaction presents a great opportunity to join an outstanding global organization like First Data,” said BluePay Executive Chairman, John Rante.

“We believe First Data can accelerate our software-driven payments strategy and provide value to clients and partners through the combination of First Data’s payment facilitation capabilities, global processing expertise, and an unparalleled distribution network,” said BluePay CEO, Bala Janakiraman.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to First Data. Credit Suisse served as financial advisor to BluePay, and Goodwin Procter acted as legal advisor.

About First Data

First Data (NYSE:FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.

About BluePay

BluePay is a leading provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the United States and Canada. Through physical POS, online, and mobile interfaces, as well as CRM and ERP software integrations, BluePay processes business-to-consumer and business-to-business payments while providing real-time settlement, reporting, and reconciliation, along with robust security features such as tokenization and point-to-point encryption. BluePay is headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.

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