Paysafe (LSE: PAYS.L, “Paysafe” or the “Group”), a leading global provider of payment solutions, announces today that it is expanding its product capabilities by acquiring Income Access Group (“Income Access”), a pioneering affiliate technology business for a cash consideration of CAD$40m (approximately US$30m1).
Income Access is a market-leading brand providing innovative affiliate technology for businesses to manage their performance marketing programmes. In addition, more than 25,000 affiliates use the company’s multi-channel software for their marketing campaigns.
Income Access was founded in 2002 and is based in Montreal with employees in Vancouver, London and Brisbane.
Paysafe President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Leonoff said: “By adding Income Access’s affiliate technology to our product suite alongside our Skrill and NETELLER brands and deepening our merchant relationships, this transaction delivers on Paysafe’s strategic objectives to provide relevant payment solutions that serve the evolving needs of our merchants.
“Income Access is an excellent fit for our business. This acquisition will help to extend our leadership position in niche-orientated payment solutions as we add value for our merchants and redefine the role of a payments provider,” Leonoff said.
Lorenzo Pellegrino, divisional CEO at Paysafe and responsible for the Group’s flagship Skrill and NETELLER brands, said: “We are always looking to enhance the breadth of our product offering. By integrating Income Access’s industry-leading expertise within our business, we both expand our global affiliate network and embed our payment capabilities more deeply into the merchants we work with.”
Commenting on today’s announcement, Income Access Founder and CEO Nicky Senyard said: “Our technology and global affiliate network, combined with Paysafe’s comprehensive payments offering, creates a winning combination for the benefit of our existing and new partners.” Senyard will remain with the business as Managing Director.
Subsidiaries of Paysafe have acquired the Income Access business from EcomAccess, IA Digital Marketing and their shareholders as well as certain software and related intellectual property from Share Results, a company owned by the shareholders of Income Access, for an aggregate consideration of CAD$40m. CAD$28m of the purchase price is payable in cash on completion. The deferred consideration balance of CAD$12m will be payable to the vendors in three equal instalments of CAD$4m over the 18-month period following completion.
The book value of gross assets acquired is approximately CAD$2m. The excess of the purchase price is expected to be allocated to software, customer assets and goodwill. The fair value assessment of the acquired assets has not yet been finalised as of the date of this release. In the last fiscal year to 31 March 2016 of Income Access, the business generated approximately CAD$3.3m of profit before income taxes.
Paysafe was advised by Canaccord Genuity and Stikeman Elliott LLP. Income Access was advised by PWC and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
1 Illustrative exchange rate from Bloomberg as at 4.30pm BST 31 August 2016 = 1.313
Paysafe provides digital payments and transaction-related solutions to businesses and consumers around the world. Paysafe makes transactions easy by enabling fast, convenient and secure ways to pay-before, pay-now and pay-later through its digital wallets, prepaid solution, payment processing and card issuing & acquiring products and services. We believe that every point of every payment should be relevant, simple and secure. With nearly two decades of experience, Paysafe is trusted by merchants and consumers in more than 200 countries and territories, to move and manage money via more than 100 payment types and 40 currencies. Paysafe offers multi-platform products with an emphasis on emerging payment technologies including mobile. Paysafe’s brand portfolio includes NETELLER® and Skrill®, MeritCard, paysafecard®, payolution® and FANS Entertainment. Paysafe Group plc shares trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol (PAYS.L). For more information, visit: www.paysafe.com.
About Income Access
Income Access is a technology and digital marketing business servicing the global gambling and gaming market, including traditional iGaming, social gaming, mobile, land-based and trading (Forex, Binary Options) brands. Through its award-winning software and a partnership-centric approach, Income Access delivers comprehensive data and strategic insight on marketing campaigns across all digital and offline channels. Income Access partners include: Betfred, Gala Interactive, Coral, Sportingbet, Sky Betting & Gaming, PMU, Jackpotjoy, Stan James, Bet Victor, Twin Spires, PKR and Pinnacle.
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