Wirecard bids for Worldpay - Bloomberg

Wirecard bids for Worldpay - Bloomberg

German payments giant Wirecard has made a £6 billion bid for British rival Worldpay, according to Bloomberg.

Wirecard faces competition from private equity bidders, including a joint offer from Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman, says Bloomberg, citing sources which also claim a Worldpay IPO is being explored.

No final decision on a sale or IPO has yet been made by Worldpay owners Bain Capital and Advent International, who have been talking to banks about refinancing debt if a float happens.

Bain Capital and Advent International paid around £1.7 billion for Worldpay in 2010 after the payment processor was put up for sale by RBS on the orders of the European competition authorities as a condition for the bank joining the UK government's asset protection scheme.

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Nick Ogden
Nick Ogden - RTGS.global - London 27 August, 2015, 09:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

WirePay? Apparently when Fedex and UPS were exploring a link up they failed the branding merger discussion as "FedUp" didn't seem a good outcome. At least Wirecard and WorldPay both start with a W and have 8 letters so a game of scrabble with a number of players seems inevitable. In 2010 at the start of the regulatory change period, opportunities abounded, as we shared with RBS at the time. Now in 2015 with interchange and retailer pressure there significant challenges. It will be really interesting to hear more of the plans the other players around the table may have, or, to read the market risk section of a possible IPO document?

Nick Ogden