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In Omnichannel Push PayPal Makes its Largest Startup Acquisition at $2.2B

Acquisition of Swedish fintech iZettle advances PayPal’s goal to thrive in the global digital economy and offline retail environment

PayPal Holdings, Inc. has agreed to acquire iZettle, the leading small business commerce platform in Europe and Latin America, for $2.2 billion. The acquisition of iZettle significantly expands PayPal’s in-store presence, strengthening PayPal’s platform to help millions of small businesses around the world grow and thrive in an omnichannel retail environment.

“Small businesses are the engine of the global economy and we are continuing to expand our platform to help them compete and win online, in-store and via mobile,” said PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman. “iZettle and PayPal are a strategic fit, with a shared mission, values and culture—and complementary product offerings and geographies. In today's digital world, consumers want to be able to buy when, where and how they want. With nearly half a million merchants on their platform, Jacob de Geer and his team add best-in-class capabilities and talent that will expand PayPal’s market opportunity to be a global one-stop solution for omnichannel commerce.”

This combination brings together iZettle’s in-store expertise, recognized brand and digital marketing strength with PayPal’s global scale, mobile and online payments leadership, and trusted brand reputation.

Upon closing, PayPal gains in-store capabilities in the following 11 markets: Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. PayPal also gains near-term in-store expansion opportunities into other existing PayPal markets, and acceleration of omnichannel commerce solutions in Australia, U.K. and U.S.

“Combining our assets and expertise with a global industry leader like PayPal allows us to deliver even more value to small businesses to help them succeed in a world of giants,” said iZettle CEO Jacob de Geer. “The combination of iZettle and PayPal will provide tremendous benefits to our merchants who will have access to an even wider range of tools to help them get paid, sell smarter and grow.”

Founded in Stockholm in 2010, the financial technology company revolutionized mobile payments with the world’s first mini chip card reader and software for mobile devices. iZettle’s current largest shareholders are Zouk Capital, Index Ventures and 83North. iZettle expects to generate gross revenues of approximately $165 million in 2018, with approximately $6 billion of total payment volume (TPV) expected to be processed on its platform. The company has grown its revenues at a CAGR of approximately 60 percent from 2015 to 2017. iZettle expects to reach EBITDA profitability by 2020 on a standalone basis.

Once the acquisition closes, Jacob de Geer will continue to lead iZettle, which will operate as an integral part of PayPal’s merchant services offering, reporting to PayPal’s Chief Operating Officer Bill Ready. Upon closing, iZettle will become the European center of excellence for PayPal’s in-store product and services offerings.

The transaction is expected to be approximately $0.01 dilutive to PayPal’s previously communicated full year 2018 non-GAAP EPS. 


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