Global Payments and TSYS Combine to Form Leading Pure Play Payments Technology Company

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Global Payments (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, and TSYS (NYSE: TSS), a leading global payments provider offering innovative solutions across the issuing, merchant and consumer segments, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.

The transaction creates the premier payments technology company at scale in the largest and most attractive financial technology markets worldwide. Combined, Global Payments and TSYS will provide cutting edge payments and software solutions to approximately 3.5 million predominantly small to mid-sized (SMB) merchant locations and more than 1,300 financial institutions across more than 100 countries. TSYS will also substantially expand Global Payments’ ecommerce and omnichannel solutions presence in the United States and provide further opportunities for meaningful multinational omnichannel market share gains. Finally, Global Payments will have exposure to some of the fastest growing digital payments trends through TSYS’ issuer and consumer solutions businesses.

“The combination of Global Payments and TSYS establishes the leading pure play payments technology company with unparalleled vertical market and payment software capabilities and ecommerce and omnichannel solutions, operating at scale in fast growing markets globally,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. “This transformative partnership accelerates our technology-enabled, software-driven payments strategy and provides exposure into attractive and complementary businesses, while enhancing our financial strength and flexibility.” Sloan continued, “We could not be more excited about the future as we bring together two industry leaders with strong businesses and cultures that will generate significant opportunities for our employees, customers, partners and shareholders worldwide.”

“In this exciting merger of equals, our new company will truly be a payments powerhouse that is perfectly poised to lead the industry in delivering merchant, issuer and consumer payments technology, solutions and service to our customers,” said M. Troy Woods, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TSYS. “Our companies share common values, a strong culture of putting people first, and a relentless commitment to doing the right thing, making this combination the perfect fit. The entire TSYS team is proud to link arms with Global Payments, and we look forward to leading the market as the preeminent payment solutions provider.”

William I Jacobs, Chairman of Global Payments, said "It has been my honor to serve as Lead Director and then Chairman of Global Payments since its IPO in 2001. I am delighted with the agreed partnership with TSYS, which I believe combines the two best payments technology companies worldwide. Their future is very bright, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to their board."

The combined company is expected to have investment grade credit ratings immediately on closing based on its strong financial profile and free cash flow generation. Global Payments will maintain a disciplined, long-term focused capital allocation strategy that balances re-investment in the business and returns to shareholders, while maintaining an investment grade balance sheet and ensuring ample liquidity and financial flexibility.

Compelling Strategic Rationale and Financial Benefits

Diversified Payments Technology Company at Scale: The combination creates a leading provider of distinctive technology-enabled payments solutions and services with significant exposure to the most attractive vertical markets and fastest growth geographies. Upon closing, Global Payments will process in excess of 50 billion transactions annually in 38 countries physically and over 100 countries virtually, and serve nearly 3.5 million predominantly SMB merchant locations globally, with an unmatched salesforce of over 3,500 sales and sales support professionals worldwide.

Targeting the Most Attractive End Markets in Payments: Global Payments and TSYS will have a leading position in integrated payments as TSYS’ exposure to 50 plus vertical markets are highly complementary with OpenEdge’s presence in 70 plus vertical markets today. TSYS’ ecommerce and omnichannel business in the United States will substantially enhance Global Payments’ existing domestic business and provide numerous additional multinational opportunities for cross-sell internationally. The combined company will also benefit from TSYS’ payment facilitation technologies. In addition, Global Payments’ extensive acquiring operations in 31 countries outside the United States will enable significant cross-sell opportunities for TSYS’ issuer solutions business internationally, providing additional access to faster growth markets. Finally, TSYS’ consumer and issuer solutions businesses provide exposure to developing business-to-business as well as person-to-person digital payment trends, two segments in which Global Payments does not currently compete, providing a new avenue for growth.

Extending Leadership in Software: The combination of Global Payments and TSYS will create one of the largest software companies in the United States with an emphasis on payments. Over 6,000 of the company’s employees will be dedicated to developing market leading technologies. Global Payments expects to accelerate TSYS’ modernization efforts and legacy of innovation in card issuing, as TSYS continues to focus on a product driven strategy as it moves increasingly towards more cloud-based functionality.

Combining Similar Cultures: Global Payments and TSYS are very proud of their strong, complementary corporate cultures developed over many years. For each company, our colleagues come first, and our employees are the most important contributors to our success. We will take the best of both of our cultures going forward and preserve and enhance our commitments to the communities in which we live and work. On a combined basis, the company will invest significantly in training and development to provide further opportunities for current and future colleagues.

Enhanced Financial Profile and Flexibility: The combined company is expected to generate approximately $8.6 billion in annual adjusted net revenue plus network fees2 and approximately $3.5 billion in adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis for 2019, inclusive of run-rate revenue and expense synergies.

The pro forma financial profile, including industry leading organic growth and strong free cash flow generation, will provide flexibility to invest in innovation, pursue strategic acquisitions, and return capital to shareholders. Global Payments will be well capitalized with a pro forma leverage ratio of approximately 2.5x at close and is committed to maintaining leverage at this level to support its expected investment grade credit ratings going forward. In addition, the combined company intends to preserve the existing TSYS dividend yield.

Significant Value Creation for Shareholders: The transaction is expected to be mid-single digits accretive to adjusted earnings per share in 2020 and low double digits accretive thereafter on an operating basis. The combination is expected to deliver at least $300 million of annual run-rate cost synergies primarily through combining business operations, aligning go-to-market strategies, streamlining technology infrastructure, eliminating duplicative corporate and operational structures, and scale efficiencies. Additionally, annual run-rate revenue synergies are expected to be at least $100 million, primarily from significant opportunities to cross-sell complementary technology solutions through the combined direct distribution network. These synergies are expected to be realized within three years.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the merger agreement, TSYS shareholders will receive 0.8101 Global Payments shares for each share of TSYS common stock, representing an equity value for TSYS of approximately $21.5 billion.  This reflects a price per share of $119.86 for each share of TSYS common stock, and an approximately 20% premium to TSYS’ unaffected common share price as of the close of business on May 23, 2019.

Upon closing, Global Payments shareholders will own 52% of the combined company, and TSYS shareholders will own 48% on a fully diluted basis. The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by each company's Board of Directors.

Governance and Leadership

Upon closing, the Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of 12 members, 6 of whom will be from the Board of Directors of Global Payments and 6 of whom will be from the Board of Directors of TSYS. Troy Woods will become Chairman of the Board of Directors and Jeff Sloan will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and a Board member. Cameron Bready will become President and Chief Operating Officer of the combined company and Paul Todd will become Chief Financial Officer.

The executive leadership team will be comprised equally of individuals from Global Payments and TSYS with a demonstrated track record of leadership and innovation in payments and significant expertise in driving value creation.

The combined company will be named Global Payments and will have dual headquarters in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. Global Payments will conduct its issuer solutions business under the TSYS name, and NetSpend will continue to be the go-to-market name for the consumer solutions business.

Timing and Approvals

The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, is subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and the approval of shareholders of both companies. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.


BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are serving as financial advisors to Global Payments and have provided committed financing. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal advisor to Global Payments.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC and Greenhill & Co. are serving as financial advisors to TSYS. King & Spalding LLP is serving as legal advisor to TSYS.