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ACI Worldwide to merge UP Bill Pay platform with Speedpay

US electronic banking and payment solutions specialist ACI Worldwide has acquired Western Union's US bill pay business Speedpay in a $750 million all-cash transaction.

Following the deal, ACI says it intends to merge its own UP Bill Pay platform with Speedpay creating a unified solution capable of supporting billions of transactions

With more than 15 billion transactions in 2018, the US bill pay market continues to grow at steady mid-single digit rates, driven by increased consumer adoption of digital and mobile payments, the move to real-time payments and digital subscription billing.

Western Union’s priorities

The transaction, the largest in ACI Worlwide’s history, is expected to close by the end of June.

The combined business created by the acquisition will serve more than 4,000 customers across the US, bringing expanded reach in existing and complementary segments such as consumer finance, insurance, healthcare, higher education, utilities, government and mortgages.

Speedpay generated more than $350 million in revenue and $90 million in adjusted Ebidta in 2018.

Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of Western Union, said: “Divesting the Speedpay business allows us to concentrate our resources on our cross-border money movement strategies and monetise a non-core asset for our shareholders.

“Our strategy remains focused on expanding our digital services, leveraging our platform to unlock new cross-border, cross-currency payments opportunities, and generating additional operating efficiencies.”

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