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Paysafe to merge with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp II

By Robin Amlot

December 11, 2020

  • Paysafe
  • UK
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Special purpose acquisition vehicle Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II and payments platform Paysafe Group have announced plans to merge. The newly combined company will operate as Paysafe and plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol PSFE. The transaction reflects an implied pro-forma enterprise value for Paysafe of approximately $9 billion.

Paysafe has a two-sided consumer and merchant network, whose core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers around the world to connect and transact through payment processing, digital wallet, and online cash solutions.

William P. Foley, II, Founder and Chairman of Foley Trasimene, said: “Upon the formation and initial listing of Foley Trasimene, our team initiated a diligent and thorough search process to source an appropriate partner, with the goal to announce a partnership prior to year end.  Thanks to the hard work of our team, we have reached this milestone with Paysafe as our ideal partner.  Philip and the entire management team have positioned Paysafe to be a leading global payments platform.  We believe we can further enhance Paysafe’s growth trajectory through accelerated operational transformation and M&A, enabled by our de-levered balance sheet. Paysafe delivers a unique value proposition in large and high-growth markets, such as gaming and e-commerce, enabling the company to generate strong organic revenue growth and margin expansion. With a proven strategy and an experienced management team and our newly formed partnership, we believe Paysafe has significant long-term growth potential.”

Philip McHugh, CEO of Paysafe, said: “Today’s announcement begins an exciting new chapter in our company’s history and we’re excited about the partnership with Foley Trasimene, Blackstone and CVC. Today, more than ever, businesses and consumers need to connect and seamlessly transact via digital commerce.  This is what Paysafe does best through our industry-leading payment processing, digital wallet, and online cash solutions. This transaction will allow us to accelerate our growth opportunities across the business, particularly in fast growth sectors such as iGaming where we are the payments partner of choice.”

More than 75% of Paysafe’s revenue comes from online and integrated services.  The platform has a highly differentiated B2B and B2C global network with a powerful suite of digital wallet, eCash and integrated processing solutions.

The cash component of the deal will be funded by Foley Trasimene’s cash in trust, $150.0 million in proceeds from the forward purchase agreement with Cannae Holdings, Inc., as well as a $2.0 billion private placement from various institutional and private investors. The $2.0 billion private placement includes a $500 million investment from Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., Chicago Title Insurance Co., Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co. and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Co. and a $350 million investment from Cannae Holdings, Inc. Other institutional investors include Third Point LLC, Suvretta Capital Management, Hedosophia and the Federated Hermes Kaufmann Funds.  The balance of the consideration will consist of equity in the combined company. Existing Paysafe equity holders, including Blackstone, CVC and management, will remain the largest investors in the Company.

The transaction is subject to approval by Foley Trasimene stockholders and regulatory approvals. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2021.

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