Fiserv to acquire Monitise for £70 million

Fiserv to acquire Monitise for £70 million

Fiserv is offering to buy long-struggling UK mobile banking firm Monitise at 2.9 pence per share, valuing the company at £70 million.

With over 400 employees, Monitise reported annual revenues of £67.6 million for the financial year ending 30 June 2016, but it has yet to turn a profit in its 13-year lifespan.

The business has effectively been on the block for over two years following repeated revenue warnings and widening losses as it struggled to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile banking market.

The Fiserv offer represents a premium of approximately 26.1% to the Closing Price of 2.30 pence per Monitise Share on 12 June 2017. The price is a big comedown from the firm's glory days, which saw it reach a valuation of £2 billion amid soaring expectations in the market for mobile banking.

Lee Cameron, chief executive officer, Monitise, says: "Fiserv is well-positioned to carry this business forward given its strength in digital banking and extensive client network. Following the completion of this transaction, we are confident that Monitise clients will be served well by Fiserv and its long-standing commitment to creating value for its clients."

Comments: (2)

Gerard Hergenroeder
Gerard Hergenroeder - Payments Shark - Millersvile 13 June, 2017, 13:09Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Wow! Monetise was at point the next best shiny thing not too long ago. Expectations change fast in this business.

Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 13 June, 2017, 17:15Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

From £2B to £70M, Monitise has gone a long way - downhill, that is. When the bank disruption mantra didn't work out, many fintechs started chanting the bank partnership mantra, which necessarily pits them against traditional suppliers of finserv technology. Now it looks like fintechs may lose that fight as well and get gobbled up by traditional finserv tech providers. Tch tch...