Repay Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: RPAY) (“REPAY”), a leading provider of vertically-integrated payment solutions, today announced the acquisition of APS Payments (“APS”) for $60 million, of which $30 million was paid at closing. The remaining $30 million may become payable upon the achievement of performance growth targets. The closing of the acquisition was financed with a combination of cash on hand and proceeds from borrowings under REPAY’s existing credit facility.
APS, founded in 2008 and headquartered in Mesa, AZ, is an integrated payments provider focused on the B2B vertical. APS goes to market in the B2B vertical through key integrations with leading ERP platforms.
“APS fits our M&A strategy of acquiring high growth businesses with attractive margins, a strong existing distribution model, and technology enhancement opportunities – operating in large, fast growing addressable markets. In addition, APS provides us with end market diversification and organic growth opportunities, which we believe will help drive shareholder value,” said John Morris, CEO of REPAY. “We are thrilled to welcome the APS team into the REPAY family and look forward to working together to grow B2B electronic payments, as businesses continue to implement new payment technology.”
“Our mission has been to create highly robust, yet easy to use, payment solutions for our clients. We believe joining the REPAY team will enable us to advance that mission and capitalize on the on-going growth in B2B electronic payments, as businesses continue to implement new payment technology and move away from issuing and accepting paper checks,” said David Ford, CEO of APS.
REPAY acquired APS for $60 million
- $30 million was paid at closing
- Up to $30 million may be payable through performance based earn outs, based on APS’ performance for the 12-month periods ending December 2019, June 2020, and December 2020
APS’ estimated full year 2019 metrics
- Payment Card Volume – approximately $2 billion
- Gross Profit – approximately $11 million
- Adjusted EBITDA – approximately $6.5 million (includes $0.5 million of pro forma transaction processing cost synergies)
- The closing of the acquisition was financed with a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under REPAY’s existing credit facility
- Combined net leverage is expected to approximate 3.5x on a post-transaction basis1
Organic Growth Opportunities
- New vertical expansion and diversification into the +trillion dollar B2B market
- APS is capitalizing on the on-going growth in B2B electronic payments, as businesses continue to move away from issuing and accepting paper checks
- Large merchants, high volumes, large average ticket sizes, and low attrition rates characterize the B2B space, relative to most payment end markets
Opportunity to Leverage REPAY’s Technology Capabilities
- APS’ technology infrastructure closely resembles that of businesses REPAY has acquired in the past; we understand how to successfully integrate and enhance these types of assets
- Migration to REPAY’s technology platform and acceleration of ERP software integrations expected to result in substantial end market expansion
Shareholder Value Creation
- The acquisition is immediately accretive to earnings
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REPAY provides integrated payment processing solutions to verticals that have specific transaction processing and technology needs. REPAY’s proprietary, integrated payment technology platform reduces the complexity and enhances the experience of electronic payments.
1 Calculated based on the estimated twelve months ending December 31, 2019 pro forma Adjusted EBITDA of REPAY, TriSource, and APS on a combined basis, after giving effect to new borrowings under the existing credit facility and assuming that all cash and cash equivalents, on a combined basis, offset REPAY’s post-transaction indebtedness.