I’ve Secured Growth Capital for My Payments Company – How Do I Optimize Investment to Maximize Value?

Merchant acquirers have always caught the attention of investors looking to put capital to work. Recurring, predictable revenue will capture the eye of any sharp investor, and for well over a decade now, investor interest has in no uncertain terms taken root in the merchant processing space. Consequentially, this has presented a rather steady flow of opportunities for ISO owners, third party processors, agent offices, and merchant level salespersons (“MLSs”).

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Exposing the Power Play between Integrated Software Vendors and Payments Processors for Ownership of the End-user Relationship

Valuations for ISV platforms with payments integration, and payments processing companies which have vertically integrated high margin, high growth software platforms with measurable EBITDA contribution, are on the rise. The level of M&A activity for both is striking. But beneath this synergistic rapture and its intoxicating boon to valuations lies a fascinating phenomenon which bespeaks a calculating power play between ISVs and payments processors for the keystone to their shared windfall: the end-user relationship.

 

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