USD 750 M DEAL- First Data to Acquire CardConnect

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First Data to Acquire CardConnect

  • CardConnect’s innovative partner management tools help improve merchant retention
  • Capabilities accelerate First Data’s firm-wide ISV initiative
  • Brings First Data immediate capabilities in ERP-integrated payment solutions
  • All CardConnect tools and capabilities will be made available through First Data’s JVs, acquiring partnerships, and other distribution channels
  • Transaction is modestly accretive to adjusted EPS before expected synergies
  • Modest impact on leverage; medium-term deleveraging objective remains intact

Business Wire

NEW YORK & KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- May 29, 2017

First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, and CardConnect Corp. (NASDAQ: CCN), a technology-oriented commerce solutions provider, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for First Data to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect for $15.00 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to First Data’s adjusted EPS in the first full year post-closing, before expected synergies.

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CardConnect is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions and is one of First Data’s largest distribution partners. It processes approximately $26 billion of volume annually from about 67,000 merchant customers which are served by CardConnect’s large base of distribution partners.

“This transaction is consistent with our strategy of integrating and scaling innovative technologies across our distribution footprint to better serve our partners and customers,” said First Data Chairman and CEO, Frank Bisignano. “CardConnect is a long-standing First Data distribution partner and we are excited to incorporate their state-of-the-art solutions across some of our most important strategic initiatives such as partner-centric distribution, integrated payments, and enterprise payments solutions.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity for CardConnect to partner with an organization that has the world class capabilities of First Data,” said CardConnect President and CEO, Jeff Shanahan. “This transaction improves our ability to innovate and deliver leading technology-oriented commerce solutions to our combined customer base. In addition, we believe our growth trajectory improves with First Data’s breadth of products and its powerful distribution network.”

Transaction Terms

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement between the parties, a subsidiary of First Data will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding CardConnect common stock for a purchase price of $15.00 per share in cash, followed by a merger in which each share of CardConnect common stock not tendered will be converted into the right to receive $15.00 per share in cash. The aggregate transaction value is approximately $750 million, including repayment of CardConnect’s outstanding debt and the redemption of CardConnect’s preferred stock. First Data intends to fund the transaction with a combination of cash on hand and funds available under existing credit facilities.

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by CardConnect’s Board of Directors. In addition, CardConnect shareholders holding approximately 40% of CardConnect common stock have entered into tender and support agreements agreeing to tender their shares of common stock into the tender offer and support the transaction. The transaction is subject to the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of CardConnect common stock as well as other customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017.

Allen & Company LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to First Data and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as its legal advisor. Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (collectively, “FT Partners”), served as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to CardConnect, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as CardConnect’s legal advisor.

Conference Call and Webcast

The companies will host a conference call and webcast to review the transaction on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8 a.m. ET. To listen to the call, dial +1 (844) 826-3033 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-5172 (outside the U.S.). The call will also be webcast on the Investor Relations section of the First Data and CardConnect websites at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com, along with a slide presentation to accompany the call.

A replay of the call will be available through July 12, 2017, at +1 (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (outside the U.S.); passcode 10108324, and via webcast at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com.

About First Data

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.

About CardConnect

CardConnect (NASDAQ: CCN) is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions, helping more than 67,000 organizations – from independent coffee shops to iconic global brands – accept billions of dollars in card transactions each year. Since its inception in 2006, CardConnect has developed advanced payment solutions backed by patented, PCI-certified point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization. The company’s small-to-midsize business offering, CardPointe, is a comprehensive platform that includes a powerful reporting and transaction management portal which extends to a native mobile app. CoPilot is a centralized business management tool to help distribution partners manage their business. For enterprise-level organizations, CardSecure integrates omni-channel payment acceptance into several ERP systems – such as Oracle, SAP, JD Edwards and Infor M3 – in a way that minimizes PCI compliance requirements and lowers transaction costs.

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