MILAN (Reuters) – Italian payments group Nexi has agreed to buy the shop payments business of BPER Banca and Banco Di Sardegna in a deal worth up to 384 million euro ($412 million) that brings in a network of more than 110,000 retailers.
Nexi, one of Europe’s leading payments company, has been steadily expanding its operations serving merchants through similar acquisitions, including a landmark 1 billion euro deal with Italy’s top bank Intesa Sanpaolo in 2019.
The deal values the businesses at up to 384 million euros, including a 66 million euro delayed component to be paid when set targets are met.
Italy’s fifth-largest bank said the long-term strategic partnership it had struck with Nexi as part of the sale would allow to keep “significant exposure” to the business for the duration of the accord.
The closing of the deal is expected in the second half of the year.
By 0917 GMT shares in Nexi rose 1.3% and BPER gained 2%, both outperforming a 0.2% rise in Italy’s blue-chip index.
Milan-based broker Equita SIM estimated the business sold could have been valued at around 10 times its expected 2022 core profit in terms of enterprise value, meaning it would boost Nexi’s earnings per share by around 2% without any significant impact on the debt leverage ratio.
Rothschild advised Nexi. Deutsche Bank was BPER’s sole financial adviser on the deal, with Gianni & Origoni acting as legal adviser and Deloitte supporting the financial due diligence activity. ($1 = 0.9325 euros)
(Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Keith Weir)