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Atlanta Spotlight | Michael D. Hayford

NCR Corporation has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Allentown, Pa.-based JetPay, a provider of end-to-end payment processing and Human Capital Management solutions.

“The acquisition of JetPay is a key, strategic initiative that will enable NCR to create a full, end-to-end integrated payments offering for its enterprise-wide POS customers,” said NCR President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael D. Hayford. “Enabling payments as part of our transactions is part of our long-term strategy to create integrated value for our clients.”

The transaction will be a cash tender offer of $5.05 per JetPay share, which represents a multiple of 2.9 times 2018 consensus revenue forecast of $63.4 million. The purchase price is approximately $184 million and will be financed with a combination of cash on hand and existing capacity under NCR’s revolving credit facility. The offer has been approved by each company’s board of directors.

This acquisition will enable NCR to integrate a cloud-based payments platform into its enterprise point-of-sale (POS) solutions for retail and hospitality industries. It also accelerates NCR’s strategy of increasing recurring revenue growth and expanding margins by enhancing its mix of software and services.

“JetPay has always focused on taking great care of our customers, creating value for our stockholders, delivering innovative solutions, and expanding our market reach,” said Diane Faro, Chief Executive Officer, JetPay. “This combination dramatically accelerates our capabilities across these initiatives. NCR’s global footprint, brand recognition and track record of innovation will help us accelerate our strategic objectives and create even more value for our customers.”

“NCR’s acquisition of JetPay reflects an important trend in consolidation in the payments ecosystem. This acquisition allows NCR to couple stickier, feature-rich POS and payment acceptance applications with payment processing,” said Rivka Gewirtz Little, Research Director, Worldwide Payment Strategies, IDC. “Additionally, both NCR and JetPay have provided services to the SMB market where retailers are likely to be open for the adoption of a unified POS and payments processing offering. This consolidated offering means maintaining simpler relationships with fewer vendors without compromising on features.”

The transaction is anticipated to close by year-end, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. The two companies anticipate a smooth transition for customers, channel partners and employees.

Two of JetPay’s major stockholders, Flexpoint Ford, a private equity investment firm that specializes in the financial services and healthcare industries, and Larry Stone, a longstanding executive in the payment processing industry, have agreed to tender their shares in support of the transaction.

Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC acted as the financial and strategic advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of JetPay and Dechert LLP acted as legal advisors.

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as the financial and strategic advisor to the Board of Directors of NCR Corporation in connection with the transaction.



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On December 19th, Holland & Knight Attorney Jake Evans was elected to chair the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission, a quasi-judicial body with statewide jurisdiction over ethics issues involving public officials, lobbyists and state vendors.

Mr. Evans previously served as a member on the commission, after being appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal two years ago. The commission, which consists of five members, is charged with enforcing the Georgia Transparency and Campaign Finance Act, setting campaign finance contribution limits and dispensing penalties for violations.

Mr. Evans, who a rising star in Georgia's government and legal communities, is a member of Holland & Knight's Geo [ ... ]

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