Worldline announces the completion of the acquisition of the leading payment processor in the Baltics from First Data Corporation
Bezons, September 27th, 2017 – Worldline [Euronext: WLN], European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, announces today the completion of the agreement with First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) announced on July 25th, 2017, for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of First Data’s fully owned subsidiaries in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia (together “First Data Baltics” or “FDB”) for c.€ 73 million, financed by available cash.
Having generated revenue of c. € 23 million in 2016 and presenting a strong financial profile with OMDA margin materially above Worldline’s OMDA, FDB currently employs c.200 employees and is the leading financial processor in the Baltics, providing to the main Baltic banking groups and also to some banks in the wider Nordic region, a large range of outsourcing services.
Through this acquisition, Worldline gains a unique leading position in the fast-growing Baltic countries and significant development perspectives in the Baltics (n°1 in Latvia & Lithuania, n°2 in Estonia) thanks to structural electronic payments growth. Numerous synergy levers with Worldline portfolio have been identified allowing the acceleration of both revenue and profitability.
FDB will be consolidated in the Financial Services division of Worldline from October 1st, 2017.
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About First Data Corporation
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.