Nets Group's Finnish e-commerce specialist Paytrail has completed the acquisition of Checkout Finland Oy, one of the leading payment service providers in Finland.
With this acquisition, Nets Group further expands its presence in Finland and strengthens its position within e-commerce - a high-growth area across Europe, further fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Checkout Finland, previously part of OP Financial Group, is a fast-growing player in the Finnish payment landscape, serving both e-commerce merchants and physical stores with a wide range of payment options and mobile payment solutions.
Checkout Finland is one of the first companies in the Nordics to operate payments on a cloud-based, scalable platform. The company had around 8,000 e-commerce merchants and reported revenues of almost €12 million for 2020, up from €8.2 million in 2019. Forecasts anticipate this strong growth continuing throughout 2021.
A combination of national know-how and international experience
“Following acquisitions across Europe - especially in fast-growing, underpenetrated regions - Checkout Finland strategically complements our existing offering in Finland very well,” said Robert Hoffmann, CEO of Nets Merchant Services. “Expanding market presence, especially in the fast-growing e-commerce business, is an important building block in achieving Nets Group's ambition of becoming the European PayTech leader.”
Like every country, the Finnish payment scene has its own unique traits, which is why local experience and know-how about specific consumer preferences and contexts in payment transactions are crucial for success. “In Finland, direct transfers are still a very popular payment option in online retail,” added Hoffmann. “Together with Checkout Finland, we are able to provide an expanded set of ecosystem integrations and broad functionality across bank payments, PSD2, cards, wallets, invoices, as well as future innovations to Finnish merchants and service providers that - thanks to Nets Group's broad spectrum and extensive experience across Europe - also enable international business growth.”
Nets entered into a ten-year merchant acquiring partnership with OP Financial Group in 2017 and its acquisition of Checkout Finland take its Finnish e-commerce expertise to the next level. Following the signing of the agreement in January 2021, all authorities have now approved the acquisition. The parties have agreed not to disclose the price of the transaction.
Europe-wide consolidation continues
In recent years, the payments industry across Europe has seen increasing consolidation, in which Nets Group has taken an active role through a comprehensive M&A strategy. In the past three years, the Group has successfully completed several mergers and acquisitions, including the merger with Concardis, one of the leading payment providers in the DACH region, as well as the acquisition of other strategic partners in German-speaking countries and fast-growing regions such as Poland. In September last year, Nets Group announced a merger with the leading Italian PayTech provider Nexi to become the leading PayTech company in Europe. This transaction is expected to close in Q2 2021.