Brookfield, Wis., and Norcross, Ga. — Fiserv Inc., a technology solutions provider, and CheckFree Corp., a financial e-commerce services and products provider, entered into a definitive agreement whereby Fiserv will acquire CheckFree in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion. Under terms of the agreement, CheckFree shareholders will receive $48 in cash for each share of common stock.
CheckFree, which does business in online banking, electronic payments, and infrastructure and services, and Fiserv, which provides information management services to the financial and insurance industries, have complementary technology, services and business models. Fiserv anticipates the combined organization will deliver a wider range of product and service offerings for customers, as well as provide opportunities for improved growth and enhanced efficiency, including the ability to bring new solutions to market faster.
"CheckFree's industry-leading payment and Internet banking capabilities will significantly accelerate our strategic transformation, extending our service platform to the largest financial institutions," says Jeffery Yabuki, president and CEO of Fiserv. "This combination allows us to deliver the best available solutions to all of our clients to enhance growth today, and into the future. An important objective of the transaction is to tightly integrate electronic bill payment and settlement capabilities with our core account processing and risk management solutions to create a unique value proposition unrivaled in the marketplace today."
Fiserv expects to realize more than $100 million in annualized cost savings and more than $125 million in annualized revenue synergies. For 2008, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Fiserv's underlying cash earnings per share.
The transaction is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by the CheckFree shareholders and customary closing conditions. After closing, the combined company will have pro-forma revenue of about $6 billion, employ more than 27,000 associates worldwide and be the leading provider of technology processing solutions to banks and financial institutions.
Sources: Fiserv Inc. and CheckFree Corp.
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