Credit Bureau and fraud prevention services provider TransUnion announced plans to acquire IP geolocation and identity reverse lookup provider Neustar for $3.1 billion in an all cash deal.
Equifax finalized a deal to purchase Kount for $650 million, following suit after TransUnion acquired iovation in 2018 and Experian acquired 41st Parameter in 2013. Kount will maintain their headquarters in Boise, Idaho, as it becomes a part of Equifax’s United States Information Solutions (USIS) company. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter.
Bank account authentication, funds confirmation and KYC provider GIACT will be acquired by Refinitiv, a financial technology and data vendor owned by London Stock Exchange Group. GIACT’s data and technology will complement Refinitiv’s due diligence, risk and compliance services while broadening the company’s digital fraud prevention and identity services.
The acquisition of GIACT both strengthens Refinitiv’s existing service offerings with stronger US data assets and broadens their service offerings and capabilities to additional industries.
Founded in 2000, PayNet provides a range of services and data products for leasing and commercial lending companies to make better credit granting and other decisions by understanding the credit history and risks of small and medium businesses. Equifax announced their acquisition of the company, for an undisclosed amount, on April 24.
PayNet and employees are now part of Equifax’s United States Information Solutions, the credit bureau’s largest business unit.
PayPal completes their fifth acquisition in the past 12 months, this time purchasing machine learning fraud prevention provider Simility for $120 million. PayPal COO Bill Ready says each of these five recent acquisitions are part of the company’s effort to strengthen the services they provide to merchants.
Simility was founded in 2014, they are based in Palo Alto and provide advanced risk analytic and modeling solutions for fraud prevention in the Customer Not Present (CNP) channel. Major clients include eBay/StubHub, Dick’s Sporting Goods and OfferUp. The fraud prevention provider had previously raised $25 million, including PayPal as one of their early investors.
Vantiv, the largest acquirer in the U.S. based on transaction processing volume, is now a significant global competitor as well, following the $9.9 billion dollar acquisition of UK-based WorldPay, who has over 400,000 processing clients across 146 countries.
It was announced on July 5th that Vantiv would acquire global processor WorldPay for $9.9 (£7.7) billion in the form of cash, a converted rate of shares to Vantiv and a cash dividend with total value representing an 18.9 percent premium compared to the closing price for WorldPay on Monday July 3rd.
At the end of May, First Data announced they had reached agreement to acquire another large, publicly traded payment processor, CardConnect, for $750 million. This occurred just two weeks after the privately held North American Bancard Holdings LLC agreed to acquire Total Merchant Services Inc., for an undisclosed amount, to become the 7th largest processor by merchant locations in North America.
At the end of March, MasterCard announced they had entered into an agreement to acquire NuData Security, the behavioral biometric and behavioral monitoring vendor based in Vancouver, Canada, for an undisclosed amount. A pioneer in the behavioral monitoring space, NuData offers MasterCard valuable technology and patents related to performing authentication covertly across all types of devices. This was the third major acquisition of a risk management solution provider by a card association in less than six months, and the second time that has happened in the past six years.
Maybe it’s coincidence, but things tend to come in three’s. After Visa acquired CardinalCommerce and American Express acquired InAuth, each in December, 2016, MasterCard announced a major risk management acquisition before the end of the first quarter. It’s not the first time the three have acquired major risk vendors around the same time. In 2010 Visa acquired CyberSource for $2 billion, MasterCard purchased DataCash for $520 million, and American Express acquired Accertify for $150 million. While terms from each of these acquisitions were public, the financial terms have not been disclosed for the three more recent deals announced by these card associations.
Ant Financial Services Group, the Alibaba Group affiliate formerly known as Alipay, announced the acquisition of major money remittance company Money Gram for $880 million. While already the online payments leader in China, this acquisition would greatly increase Ant’s international and U.S. presence, with the acquisition expected to close in the second half of the year.
Before their 2014 IPO, Alibaba spun Ant Financial Services Group off as a private company that would continue to operate the Alipay service. It has been estimated that more than half of online payments in China go through Alipay. In 2016, Ant held a private funding round that raised $4.5 billion, resulting in a company valuation comparable to American Express. Ant has plans to go public as well, but will likely now wait until after the MoneyGram merger is complete.
Vantiv, one of the largest payment processors in the U.S., will expand their merchant client-base with the acquisition of Moneris USA for $425 million from Moneris Solutions Corporation. This major acquisition comes just over four years after Vantiv acquired Litle & Co. for $361 million.
Working with over 800,000 merchants and 1,400 financial institutions Vantiv is currently the second largest payment processor in the U.S., and seeks to grow further with the acquisition of Moneris Solutions, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Moneris Solutions Corporation, a joint venture between BMO Financial Group and Royal Bank Canada.