First Data to Acquire Competing Payment Processor CardConnect for $750m

First Data Corporation announces its biggest acquisition since it went public with its NYSE IPO in 2015.

First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) and CardConnect Corp. (NASDAQ: CCN) have entered into a definitive merger agreement with First Data to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect.

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The total transaction value is approximately $750 million, including repayment of CardConnect’s outstanding debt and the redemption of CardConnect’s preferred stock. First Data also announced that it intends to fund the transaction with a combination of cash on hand and funds available under existing credit facilities.

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“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.”

CardConnect is a provider of payment processing 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.

“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.”

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