Senjō Group (“Senjō”), a global payments operator and FinTech investment firm, has entered into an agreement with GVC Holdings PLC to acquire its payments processing business Kalixa Group (“Kalixa”) for a total consideration of €29.0 million payable in cash on completion, subject to a completion accounts adjustment. The total consideration is capped at €35.5 million.
Completion of the transaction (“Completion”) is subject to a number of domestic and international regulatory approvals but is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017.
Kalixa is one of the leading providers of payment services in the world and enables consumers, small business and merchants to make and accept payments. The Company processes transactions worth €11 billion annually for more than 800 merchants and supports 100 of the world’s most popular payment methods. In addition to acquiring and gateway capabilities, Kalixa has innovative wallet and issuing technologies and operations. It has offices in London and Vienna. Kalixa generated revenue in the financial year ended 31 December 2015 of €22.7 million.
Senjō is a privately-held global payments investment company specialising in providing innovative and disruptive solutions in global electronic payments, trade finance and e-commerce. It was established by a team of experienced payments and corporate finance experts bringing together a portfolio of companies with a presence in over 32 countries.
Gavin Lock, Chief Operation Officer, Senjō, noted: “The acquisition of Kalixa fits well within Senjō Group’s strategy of building out a global payments ecosystem. We believe Kalixa will be complementary to our existing portfolio of payments businesses around the world and will create a combined group that leverages the best of both companies. This transaction will provide Senjō with a significant bridgehead in Europe supported by a strong Kalixa management team. In return Senjō Group will provide Kalixa with access to a network in Asia and the benefits of being a part of a global specialist payments operator. We look forward to working with the Kalixa team.”
Kalixa will continue to process payments for GVC and its customers post-Completion.
Daniel Stewart & Company Plc, Linklaters LLP and BTG Financial Consulting are Senjō Group’s advisers for the transaction.