VeriFone buys Point International for new payments infrastructure

Summary:VeriFone is getting bigger as it acquires Northern Europe’s largest payment and gateway services solution provider for retailers.

VeriFone is buying Point International from Nordic Capital for the purpose of producing a new and alternative payments infrastructure.

As Northern Europe's largest payments and gateway services processing 10 million transactions per day, Point International offers retailers a large suite of services and solutions, including point-of-sale technology and support, gateway services, card encryption services, and multi-channel e-commerce processing.

Essentially, VeriFone's plan with this purchase is to offer retailers a managed service that will accept all existing payment types -- including alternative and mobile payment methods being offered by Google, PayPal, Isis, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

VeriFone is paying approximately €600 million ($818 million) for Point International, and VeriFone will also retire Point's existing debt, worth roughly €170 million ($232 million), at closing.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2011.

VeriFone has big expectations from this deal as well. During the first 12 months, VeriFone expects the acquisition to add approximately $260 million in sales.

The electronic payments solutions provider is also predicting total services revenue to exceed 30 percent of sales in fiscal year 2012, and 50 percent of revenue by fiscal year 2015.

With this latest acquisition, it looks like VeriFone is on a shopping spree of its own. Earlier this month, VeriFone bought up Global Bay and its suite of next-generation mobile retail solutions, which will be coupled with VeriFone’s secure mobile payment technology.


Topics: Banking, Enterprise Software


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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