FIS sells stake in merchant business, fetching $11.7 bn

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), the payments processor, is selling a majority stake in its merchant business to private equity firm GTCR in a deal that will fetch $11.7 billion.
FISThe deal valued the unit that processes transactions for companies at $18.5 billion, including $1 billion contingent on GTCR’s returns exceeding certain targets.

FIS said it will retain 45 percent of the unit that accounted for about 30 percent of its overall revenue.

The company built its merchant business through a $43-billion purchase of Worldpay in 2019. But new financial technology startups ate into its market share, forcing FIS to consider a spin-off in February after taking a $17.6 billion write-down.

The deal with GTCR, the largest in the history of the private equity firm, will help FIS to undo its soured acquisition of Worldpay.

The breakup would leave FIS with a core processing systems business, enabling transactions among banks and other financial institutions, as well as its capital markets unit that serves investment firms.

FIS’s banking technology arm accounts for about 46 percent of revenue and capital markets the rest.

As part of the deal, the private equity has committed an additional investment of up to $1.25 billion in Worldpay.

Charles Drucker, former CEO of Worldpay, will lead the merchant business after the spinoff, FIS said.