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Visa Inc. acquires Visa Europe

Last month, Visa Inc. and Visa Europe Ltd. announced a definitive agreement for Visa Inc. to acquire Visa Europe, creating a single global payments company. The transaction consists of €16.5 billion with the potential for an additional earn-out of up to €4.7 billion payable following the fourth anniversary of closing. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016.

Nicolas Huss, CEO Visa Europe: "Integrating into one global business will ensure we have the financial strength and operational scale necessary to accelerate the next generation of payments throughout Europe. This will enable us to deliver world class solutions to our clients and open up exciting professional opportunities for our employees."

Access to Visa Inc.’s investments in innovative technology

As a result of the combination, European clients will have greater access to Visa Inc.’s scale and resources and global clients will have a more seamless experience. Additionally, European clients will benefit from direct access to Visa Inc.’s investments in innovative technology and differentiated products and services.

Visa Europe

Visa Europe, an association owned and operated by member banks and other payment service providers, is the payments leader in Europe. At the end of fiscal full-year 2015, there are more than 500 million Visa cards issued across Europe. The association is responsible for more than €1.5 trillion in payments volumes, processes over 18 billion transactions annually, and partners with approximately 3,000 financial institutions in 38 countries.

Significant growth opportunity

The transaction will position the combined business to take advantage of a significant growth opportunity. In Europe an estimated 37 percent, or USD $3.3 trillion, of personal consumption expenditure is still done via cash and check. Europe has also been an early adopter of mobile payments, which analysts predict will see strong growth in the future given the widespread availability of Near Field Communication technology.

Visa Inc. has aggressively launched new mobile payment partnerships, platforms and products that will enable faster growth and adoption of mobile payments in Europe. This includes new tokenization services, support for digital wallets and wearables, strategic investments in other enabling technologies, ecommerce and P2P payment capabilities, as well as the opening of several global innovation centers.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. Visa Inc operates one of the world's most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products. 

About Visa Europe

Visa Europe is a payments technology business owned and operated by member banks and other payment service providers from 38 countries. Its members are responsible for issuing cards, signing up retailers and deciding cardholder and retailer fees. Visa Europe is the largest transaction processor in Europe, responsible for processing more than 18 billion transactions annually.

There are more than 500 million Visa cards in Europe, and €1 in every €6 spent in Europe is on a Visa card. Since 2004, Visa Europe has been operating independently of Visa Inc. and incorporated in the UK, with an exclusive, irrevocable and perpetual license in Europe. Both companies work in partnership to enable global Visa payments in more than 200 countries and territories.

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