Banco de Sabadell, the second-largest merchant acquirer in Spain, has sold its merchant acquiring business to Italy’s Nexi

1 martie 2023

Following completion of the transaction, Nexi will acquire over 380k merchants and approximately 48 €B of transaction volumes as of December 2022. The merchant acquiring business is expected to generate an EBITDA of around 30 €M based on 2023 figures, resulting in an implied EV/EBITDA 2023E of ~11.5x.

Nexi S.p.A. and Banco de Sabadell, S.A. have reached an agreement to establish a long-term partnership in the Spanish market. „Nexi will acquire 80% of Sabadell’s merchant acquiring business, after its carve-out into PayComet, S.L. (“PayComet”), a fully owned Sabadell company and already a licensed payment institution, for 280 €M upfront cash consideration reflecting an Enterprise Value of 350 €M for 100%(1).” – accordingto the press release. Nexi will finance the transaction entirely through available cash resources.

A long-term exclusive distribution partnership is also agreed, with an initial term of 10 years and two potential renewals of five years each.

Sabadell is committed to the payments sector and intends to become a strategic partner of Nexi in Spain, while also being the exclusive distributor for innovative Nexi solutions in the country, unlocking access to superior banking distribution capabilities with around 1,200 branches.

This transaction, which takes place in the context of an increasingly competitive European market, is consistent with the strategic vision of Nexi and will contribute to the strengthening of its presence in Europe, further expanding its merchant acquiring operations, while increasing revenue diversification. Spain is the fourth largest economy in the Euro area, with a positive macro-economic outlook and a sizable payments market with high consumer spending, underpinned by low card penetration at 38% and significant growth potential.

Sabadell is the second-largest merchant acquirer in Spain with a significant market share across the full acquiring value chain. It also has a differentiated and innovative client value proposition and a highly experienced management team, focused primarily on the fast growing and higher margin SME segment.

As a result of the transaction, Sabadell customers will be able to benefit from the technological solutions and the innovative services developed by Nexi, leveraging its distinctive acquiring capabilities to manage digital payments acceptance. Sabadell thus underlines its commitment to continuing to improve its value proposition and customer experience in a key market for the Bank, thanks to the technological capabilities and advanced digital services that Nexi supplies to provide user friendly, faster and safer
solutions to customers.

Paolo Bertoluzzo, CEO of Nexi, said: „With this partnership, we enter Spain from a strong position, a market that we have always considered highly attractive for digital payments with great potential for further profitable and sustainable long-term growth, quite similar to Italy. This initiative, that expands our growth opportunities further, is a very important step ahead in our strategy as leading European PayTech combining at best European scale with market and customer proximity.

The transaction is expected to close by 4Q23, subject to obtaining all applicable corporate
and regulatory approvals and consents.


(1) Subject to customary adjustments as of the date of completion of the transaction

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