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  • Atos Makes €4.3bn Unsolicited Offer for Gemalto; Another Bold but Challenging Move

    Dec 13, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has made an unsolicited offer for security, SIM cards, and payment cards technology vendor Gemalto. The offer is sizeable at €4.3bn (plus Gemalto’s net debt of €938m at end of H1 2017) financed in cash. It runs until December 15. Gemalto is another major acquisition for Atos: in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, Gemalto generated revenues of ~€3bn, with an EBITD[...]

  • Worldline's Equens Acquisition Set to Change the Face of European Payments Market

    Nov 17, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Payments processor Worldline has agreed to acquire Equens for cash and stock in a multi-part transaction expected to close in Q2 2016, with both parties claiming this to be a transformational deal. Here we take a look at the details of the deal and assess the impact it will have on the European payments market. Criteria for success in payments processing The payment processing industry is a [...]

  • Payment Vendors' Growth Slows As They Face Two-Year Battle to Preserve Market Share

    May 07, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Over the past few weeks the major payment processing vendors have reported first quarter 2015 financial results, and they show a noticeable slowdown n y/y growth from 2014 (refer to NelsonHall Tracking Service articles for detailed analysis of the quarterly results). Summary results for Q1 2015 (in USD unless stated otherwise) are as follows: Card networks: Mastercard: +2.7%&nbs[...]

  • How New Banking Regulations Will Impact Banks, Customers, and Vendors in 2015/2016

    Mar 26, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Banks have been struggling to adapt to changing, expensive regulations, and 2015 and 2016 will see further implementation requirements requiring large investments to achieve compliance. Here is a review of some of the more important ones and a look at the implications for bank operations strategy. Key regulations taking effect over the coming months are: EMV (Chip-based payment cards) for[...]

  • Worldline Outlines its Path to Growth

    Feb 19, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Worldline, which IPOd in May 2014, has announced results for full year 2014 and has presented its views on the payments market, its business roadmap, and its successes to date. The results, below, are subject to adjustment when Worldline files its financial reporting statements in late March: Revenues were €1,149m, up 2.8% y/y  Operating margin be[...]

  • Not All Payments Vendors are Making the Grade: Contrasting Alliance Data and First Data

    Feb 06, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    2013 was a very strong year for financial services BPO providers, especially transaction processors. However, not all vendors have fared well. Let's compare two card processing vendors headquartered in the U.S.: First Data and Alliance Data. First Data:  First Data announced Q4 2013 revenues were up 1% y/y to $2.8bn. Q4 2013 revenues (and y/y revenue gr[...]

  • Another Good Year for TSYS in 2013: Crosses $2Bn in Revenue in a Strong Payments Market

    Jan 28, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    TSYS' full year 2013 revenues (including reimbursables) were $2.1bn, a growth of 14.0%. The underlying fundamentals of the business (number of accounts on file and transaction volumes) grew aggressively in 2013, increasing 13% and 15% respectively.  In 2013 TSYS continued to enjoy strong revenue and earnings growth. Growth in the merchant business is continuing[...]

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