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Nets and merchant service provider Concardis to merge


Nets, the instant payments infrastructure provider to Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Hungary and Italy, have announced a merger with German group Concardis.

Both Nets and Concardis were only recently taken over by private equity groups. Nets shareholders struck a $5.3 billion deal with Hellman & Friedman in September last year, while Concardis was valued at EUR700 million in a January transaction with Bain and Advent.

In a marketplace caracterised by a move to industrial scale processing, the merger creates a business with approximately €500 million of Ebitda and €1.3 billion of net revenue.

The deal follows hard on the heels of last month’s takeover of SIX Payment Services by Worldline.

Bo Nilsson, who will lead the combined group as CEO, says: “We want to shape the ongoing consolidation in the European payments industry and further drive our pan-European expansion.

“Germany offers attractive growth potential due to market size, consumer spending and the fact that around 75% of all payment transactions are still cash-based. This merger with Concardis Group enables us to increase our exposure to the German-speaking part of Europe which, in addition to being a high-growth area, is an ideal springboard for the rest of Europe.”

Author: Kate Nelson