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Payments Technology

Payments – Are Cross Border Payments A Benefactor In The Pandemic Affected World?

October 2020

Dear Clients and Friends,

Marlin & Associates (M&A) is pleased to share our latest report on m&a values and trends in the Payments Technology sector.

As you will see in the report, after a few slow months, m&a activity and values in this sector have come back strong – driven in part by (i) significant shifts to online spending during a never-ending pandemic that has accelerated trends across the B2B, B2C and P2P spaces that were already in place well before the coronavirus upended daily life; (ii) customer demand for ever more speed and transparency for these transactions; (iii) regulations that are driving more banks to partner with payment tech companies to facilitate transactions; and (iv) small and medium sized businesses (“SMEs”) increasingly seeking cross border opportunities due to access to more efficient (and less expensive) cross border payment solutions. Our own client pipeline largely mimics these trends.

As you also will see in this report, market values for publicly traded firms have continued to remain robust. Several notable deals have been announced including Stripe acquiring Nigeria’s Paystack for $200mm to expand to the African continent, Italy’s Nexi SpA agreed to buy SIA SpA to in an all-share deal that values closely-held SIA at EUR 4.56 billion ($5.3 billion), and U.K. based online money transfer company, World Remit, is buying Africa-focused, app-based remittance ​​​​​​​​firm Sendwave in a cash and stock deal worth more than $500mm. 

​​Marlin & Associates is one of the most active investment banking and strategic advisory firms, providing trusted counsel to middle market companies worldwide that offer enterprise and vertical application software, services, data and analytics including firms across the FinTech ecosystem (Payments, Real Estate Tech, Payments, BankTech, WealthTech, InsurTech, LegalTech, GRC, Capital Markets Tech, Digital Tech, Business Intelligence, and Market Intelligence).

Over the course of 18+ years Marlin & Associates has advised more than 200 fintech, data and analytic companies on m&a transactions in 27 countries. We enjoy helping CEOs and their shareholders achieve their most important strategic objectives.

Please reach out to me ( with any questions or to discuss this in further detail. We are keen to hear from you and happy to share what we are witnessing in the markets and how that could relate to your company.

Kind regards,


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