Metavante to acquire Nyce network for $610 million - WSJ

Metavante to acquire Nyce network for $610 million - WSJ

Metavante has reached an agreement to acquire the Nyce electronic-payments network from First Data for $610 million, executives of the two companies told The Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, highly-acquisitive Metavante was one of 30 companies that expressed interest in the Nyce network, which connects 147,000 automated-teller machines and about one million retail debit-card terminals.

First Data was forced to divest its stake in Nyce in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of rival card processor Concord EFS.

Last year, Nyce had net income of $30.7 million on $143 million of revenue. Metavante's net income was $55.6 million on revenue of $729 million.

Under the agreement struck this weekend, reports the Journal, First Data, which owns 64% of Nyce, will keep $389 million of the $610 million price.

The rest will go to Nyce's minority shareholders, which include JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC and Bank of America.

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