Strategic acquisition of Payment Solutions

Keyware is now strengthening its division with a strategic acquisition in Belgium that will greatly expand its portfolio. Keyware announced the acquisition of Payment Solutions, a Belgium player active in the electronic payment solutions market.

Keyware has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of Payment Solutions’s shares. The company will continue to operate as before: no reshuffling of employees and management, as Keyware did with EasyOrder and Magellan. The arrival of the CEO of Payment solutions in the management of Keyware would therefore not be a surprise.

After focusing on the development of its software business, the company is returning to its roots with the intention to expand its customer base in the payment terminals and authorization segments. The operation will expand its existing portfolio by c. 2,500 contracts, representing growth of c.15% in the Keyware customer base. The clientele is mainly located in Flanders and Brussels.

Keyware sees major synergies (optimization of the terminal and acquiring offer), and contributions from this acquisition of k€2,300 to FY22 consolidated revenue and k€440 to FY22 EBITDA.

We will integrate the expected contributions to the revenue and EBITDA. Keyware didn’t communicate about the acquisition’s price but looking at the TSS’ valorisation (Terminal services and Solutions), c.€2.5bn for €1.2bn of sales, we estimate the multiple for the Keyware transaction at about 2x, implying an acquisition price of c. k€4,600. The company plans to communicate more about this acquisition at the time of its annual results, when we should also have more information about its financing, allowing us to integrate this into our model.

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