Worldline will buy the payments unit of Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group in a $2.75 billion deal, in the latest example of consolidation within the sector, as financial sector companies seek to benefit from the shift towards electronic and online payments.
The French company said its acquisition of SIX Payment Services would largely involve an issue of shares along with a cash component of €0.28 billion ($333.59 million). This gives SIX Payment Services an enterprise value of €2.30 billion, or 2.75 billion Swiss francs ($2.75 billion).
Worldline said the deal would result in SIX Payment Services ending up with a 27 percent stake in the French company, while Atos would retain its majority 51 percent stake in Worldline.
“Through this merger, our company with its intact financial firepower and its unrivalled size on our continent, will be better positioned than ever to continue its strategic endeavour to build, in the heart of Europe, a new global leader of the payment industry,” Worldline Chief Executive Gilles Grapinet said in a statement.
The European payments industry has been consolidating quickly and other recent takeover targets have included Worldpay and Paysafe, while Nets was also taken over last year by US firm Hellman & Friedman.
SIX Group says its unit, which helps process payments and provides debit and credit card terminals to retailers, restaurants and hotels, is the market leader in Switzerland, Austria