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PayPal agrees to buy iZettle for Dollars 2.2 bn

18 May 2018

PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) is in advanced talks to buy iZettle AB (IPO-IZET.ST) in a deal that could value the Swedish fintech at around $2.2 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Paypal's acquisition of iZettle has also come at a time when the latter has already filed for an IPO in the Stockholm stock market for raising almost $227 million.

The deal expands PayPal's in-store expansion opportunities in its current markets and help the company push omnichannel commerce services in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.

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PayPal is typically strong in the online arena, particularly on eBay (which used to own the company), and the deal with iZettle will strengthen its presence in bricks-and-mortar establishments, particularly in Europe. Today, small-business owners around the world use iZettle's powerfully simple services to improve the speed and ease of payments at checkout, business management, sales analytics, customer engagement, and funding.

The acquisition "significantly expands PayPal's in-store presence, strengthening PayPal's platform to help millions of small businesses around the world grow", CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement.

Schulman described the merging of iZettle and PayPal as a "strategic fit" combining shared values and culture with complementary product offerings and geographies. "Upon closing, we will gain in-store capabilities in 11 markets, near-term in-store expansion opportunities into other existing PayPal markets, and the acceleration of omnichannel commerce solutions in Australia, U.K. and U.S". The acquisition sets up direct competition between PayPal and Square.

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Buying iZettle will expand PayPal's reach into shops in Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. It will also gain near-term in-store expansion opportunities into other existing PayPal markets, and acceleration of omnichannel commerce solutions in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.

The Stockholm-based startup founded in 2010 expected to handle about $6 billion in transactions this year, taking in gross revenue of approximately $165 million in the process.

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PayPal agrees to buy iZettle for Dollars 2.2 bn