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(Reuters) – A blank-check acquisition firm backed by veteran investor Bill Foley said on Monday it had agreed to merge with Paysafe Group Holdings Ltd, valuing the payments platform at around $9 billion, including debt.
Paysafe's merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp II will result in the London-based company listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PSFE".
The appeal of financial technology companies as acquisition targets has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people shop online and make more of their payments digitally.
The deal marks a return to the stock market for Paysafe, which was taken private by Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) Inc and CVC Capital Partners in 2017 for $4.7 billion, inclusive of debt.
Part of the financing for the deal will come from a so-called private investment in public equity (PIPE) worth $2 billion, which would make it one of the largest such instruments ever raised.
Paysafe's current owners Blackstone and CVC will remain the largest investors in the company.
A SPAC raises money in an initial public offering to merge with another company, typically within two years. Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp II secured $1.3 billion from investors in August.Leave a comment