Repay Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: RPAY) (“REPAY”), a leading provider of vertically-integrated payment solutions, today announced the acquisition of Ventanex for up to $50 million, of which $36 million was paid at closing. The remaining $14 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 new borrowings under REPAY’s existing credit facility. As part of the financing for the transaction, REPAY has entered into an agreement with Truist Bank (formerly SunTrust Bank) and other members of its existing bank group to amend and upsize its existing credit facility by $115 million to provide additional capacity for growth.
Ventanex, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Dallas, TX, is an integrated payments solutions provider to the consumer finance and B2B healthcare verticals. Ventanex’s technology platform offers inbound and outbound omnichannel payment solutions and complex rules-based processing. Ventanex enables its clients to send and receive funds across numerous payment types, including but not limited to, ACH, debit card, credit card, virtual card, and check. The Ventanex solution is deeply integrated into its clients’ workflow via connectivity with their primary enterprise software solutions.
“The acquisition of Ventanex advances REPAY’s overarching strategy of being the preferred payments provider to high-growth verticals where our technology and payment capabilities serve as differentiators. The consumer finance and B2B healthcare markets will provide significant growth opportunities, as these verticals are in the early stages of a secular shift from legacy payment mediums to the more innovative and varied payment solutions in which we specialize. Additionally, Ventanex’s consumer finance and B2B focus aligns well with our existing client base, allowing us to provide both customer sets with more robust offerings,” said John Morris, CEO of REPAY. “We are eager to welcome the Ventanex team into the REPAY family and look forward to working together to grow our consumer finance and B2B healthcare businesses.”
“We are thrilled to partner with REPAY to accelerate our growth in the consumer finance and B2B healthcare verticals, as both markets are large and present numerous value creation opportunities. We expect the combination of our product suite and REPAY’s distribution capabilities to drive meaningful growth in our core markets,” said Chris Sanders, CEO of Ventanex.
REPAY acquired Ventanex for $50 million
- $36 million was paid at closing
- Up to $14 million may become payable through two separate earnouts, which are dependent upon Ventanex’s performance for the 12-month periods ending December 31, 2020 and 2021
- The acquisition was financed with a combination of cash on hand and new borrowings under REPAY’s existing credit facility
As part of the financing for the transaction, REPAY has entered into an agreement with Truist Bank and other members of its existing bank group to amend and upsize its current $230 million credit facility to $345 million
- Approximately $255 million was outstanding under the credit facility at the closing of the Ventanex transaction
- Combined net leverage is expected to approximate 3.7x on a post-transaction basis
- In 2019, Ventanex is expected to generate approximate revenue, gross profit, and adjusted EBITDA of $12.00 million, $6.50 million, and $4.25 million, respectively
New, Attractive, High-growth Markets
- The consumer finance and B2B healthcare markets have large addressable markets and provide numerous technology-centered value creation opportunities
- Ventanex’s mortgage loan servicer focus materially expands REPAY’s addressable market by approximately $500 billion. Ventanex’s solution is integrated with the largest mortgage loan servicing platforms, including Black Knight and Fiserv
- Ventanex’s foothold in the B2B healthcare vertical will allow REPAY to pursue the high-growth, $170 billion market for outbound healthcare payments
Cross Sell Opportunities
- Similar client bases largely comprised of companies that service loans
- Ventanex’s products are highly complementary to those of REPAY; therefore, bi-directional cross sell opportunities exist
- REPAY believes that its distribution, technology, and processing capabilities will accelerate new client wins
- Additionally, REPAY expects continued professionalization and infrastructure investments to enable Ventanex to scale and move up-market on the customer dimension
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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.