Visa to Acquire Open Banking Platform Tink in €1.8Bn Deal

  • APIs , Open Banking , Payments , Banking
  • 25.06.2021 11:31 am

Visa today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tink, a European open banking platform that enables financial institutions, fintechs and merchants to build tailored financial management tools, products and services for European  consumers and businesses based on their financial data. Visa will pay total financial consideration of 1.8  billion Euros, inclusive of cash and retention incentives, to acquire Tink. 

Through a single API, Tink allows its customers to access aggregated financial data, use smart financial  services such as risk insights and account verification and build personal finance management tools. Tink is integrated with more than 3,400 banks and financial institutions, reaching millions of bank customers  across Europe. Tink will retain its brand and current management team, and its headquarters will remain in  Stockholm, Sweden. 

The combination of Visa’s proven infrastructure and sustained investment in resilience, cybersecurity and  fraud prevention with Tink’s APIs, technology and customer relationships is expected to help accelerate  the adoption of open banking in Europe by ensuring a secure, reliable platform for innovation. As a result, consumers can better control their financial experiences, including managing their money, financial data and financial goals. At the same time, businesses large and small will have a greater and more customized  range of tools to operate digitally and securely, whether reconciling bank statements and accounts or  enabling alternative financing.  

“Visa is committed to doing all we can to foster innovation and empower consumers in support of  Europe’s open banking goals,” said Al Kelly, CEO and Chairman of Visa.By bringing together Visa’s  network of networks and Tink’s open banking capabilities we will deliver increased value to European  consumers and businesses with tools to make their financial lives more simple, reliable and secure.” 

“For the past ten years we have worked relentlessly to build Tink into a leading open banking platform in  Europe, and we are incredibly proud of what the whole team at Tink has created together. We have built  something incredible and at the same time we have only scratched the surface. Joining Visa, we will be  able to move faster and reach further than ever before. Visa is the perfect partner for the next stage of  Tink's journey, and we are incredibly excited about what this will bring to our employees, customers and  for the future of financial services,” said Daniel Kjellén, CEO and Co-founder of Tink. 

Charlotte Hogg, CEO of Visa Europe added, “This acquisition is a sign of our commitment to Europe. In  Tink, we have found a strong partner with whom we can accelerate innovation in open banking for the  benefit of our collective clients and the citizens of the U.K. and the E.U., while investing in high-skill tech  jobs on the continent.” 

European Union law – the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) – mandates that banks enable access  to registered third-party providers on behalf of, and with the consent of, their customers. As a result,  innovators of all kinds, ranging from financial institutions, fintechs, developers, platform players and merchants, are increasingly leveraging open banking solutions to empower consumers with more choice  in how and where they share their financial data. Tink is one of the over 440 third party providers across  Europe that provides open banking services.  

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Visa will fund  the transaction from cash on hand and this transaction will have no impact on Visa’s previously announced stock buyback program or dividend policy.  


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