Diebold in talks with Wincor Nixdorf over $2 billion takeover

Diebold in talks with Wincor Nixdorf over $2 billion takeover

US ATM manufacturer Diebdold is in takeover talks with Wincor Nixdorf in a deal that would value the German firm at nearly $2 billion.

In its latest set of interims, Wincor Nixdorf reported a a continued decline in net sales for the first nine months of the year and a significant fall in operating profits. Operating profit (EBITA) after restructuring expenses amounted to €40 million (€92 million), down 57% on the figure posted for the same period a year ago.

The company has allocated €80 million to a restructuring programme this year that aims to boost its software business while drastically reducing its reliance on hardware sales.

For Diedbold, the proposed $59.58 per share offer will provide the US firm with a foothold in the European ATM and eftpos markets - where it has struggled in the past to gain traction.

The companies have gone dark over their plans for a future tie-up while undertaking the necessary due diligence.

In a statement, they say: "There can be no assurance that any binding agreement will be reached at the above mentioned terms, or at all, or that a public tender offer will be launched."

All eyes will now turn to rival ATM outfit NCR, which is also feeling the pressure from industry consolidation. The firm received an approach from venture capital firm Blackstone in the summer, but has yet reach agreement on terms.

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A Finextra member 19 October, 2015, 15:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

With evolment of the worlds banking environment how can you feel comfortable with the ATM industry. This industry has to be re-invented or else it will infortunately end up as part of a musem.

If the ATM industry would just look at the behavior pattern of school age children from all parts of the world this would give them at least a start to come up with new products. The banking industry has a hard time determing what they are going to do to keepr their existing customers and also to obtain new customers.

I will not acknowledge this research is easy but it has to be completed if you want to stay in business. These are difficult solutions to be developed.