Visa Acquires UK Cross-Border Payment Facilitator Earthport
Reuters reported that Visa Inc (V.N) is paying £198 million ($250.6 million) to purchase Earthport Plc (EPO.L), a British company that facilitates international transactions for banks and companies, said the US payment group on Thursday.
Visa International Service Association, a Visa unit, offered 30 pence per share of Earthport, a price four times the Monday closing price of 7.45 pence. Earthport shares increased in early Thursday’s trade and corresponded to the offer price.
The London-based company said that Visa’s proposal was “fair and reasonable” and recommended that its shareholders accept the all-cash offer.
The shares of Earthport, listed on the secondary market of the London Stock Exchange, have fallen by more than 28% this year in the midst of increasing losses and expenditure, forcing the company to state last month that “fundamental” change was required in its strategy.
Earthport says it offers a cheaper alternative to traditional payment systems by allowing banks and money transfer companies to have a single relationship instead of multiple links with different payment channels worldwide.
A growing business for Visas is cross-border payments or transactions involving parties in two or more countries. In the financial year 2018, Visa said in October, the volume of such payments increased by 10%.
Earthport, which has Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Japan Post Bank as its clients, said Visa’s offer was a revised proposal following last month’s indicative offer from the US company. Rothschild & Co advised Earthport on the deal while Visa was advised by Goldman Sachs.