Flywire Acquires OnPlan Holdings

Global payment and receivables solutions company Flywire announced today it has acquired OnPlanU and OnPlan Health, both subsidiaries of OnPlan Holdings. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

OnPlan Health is a web portal and payment solution that offers providers an automated way to settle patient balances. OnPlanU is a student billing and payment solution that enables universities to automate account setup and payments and set up tailored payment schedules for students.

Flywire said that clients have been pushing the company to offer the ability to manage payments and receivables from a single platform. CEO Mike Massaro said that the acquisition “brings a tremendous amount of technical capability and domain expertise to address it. In a short period of time, [OnPlan has] built a very strong product.”

The acquisition not only furthers Flywire’s reach into the healthcare payments space, it also adds more depth to the company’s education payments offerings. Adding OnPlan’s capabilities makes Flywire’s solutions more holistic, covering a range of globally-available services, including:

  • Invoicing
  • Secure payment processing
  • Consumer engagement
  • Recurring payments
  • Automated payment plans
  • Payment tracking
  • Reconciliation
  • Past due payments

OnPlan’s CEO John Talaga and CTO David King will join Flywire’s leadership team, bringing their expertise in healthcare. Talaga will lead Flywire’s healthcare segment, while King will lead the company’s product and development teams focused on education and healthcare. The rest of the OnPlan team will merge into Flywire, working from OnPlan’s Chicago-based office.

Talaga said that Flywire and OnPlan solve “distinct, but related problems, both taking cost and friction out of the payment and receivables process.” He continued, “While we complement their platform in several important ways, Flywire offers OnPlan tremendous scale with supportive and engaged investors, capital for growth, access to new markets, and a global customer support infrastructure.”

Discussing the deal in a press release, managing director of Bain Capital and Flywire board member Matt Harris said, “Both firms share a culture that is all about how to make life better for their clients. That, combined with their complementary capabilities, makes this a perfect fit and will add tremendous value for their customers.”

Flywire, which originally launched as peerTransfer in 2011, facilitates international payments for healthcare, education, and business. The company is headquartered in Boston with operations in the U.K., China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Spain. The company’s platform processes billions of dollars in payments every year in over 120 different local currencies, connecting more than 1,400 businesses and universities with their customers.

At FinovateSpring 2011, the company presented its original tuition payment platform. Last August, Flywire expanded its operations to Japan and formed a partnership with Volvo to help international student lease vehicles. Flywire has raised a total of $43.2 million.

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Flywire Expands Operations in Japan, Forms Partnership with Volvo

Cross-border payments and receivables platform Flywire (formerly peerTransfer) is marking international growth today. Less than a year-and-a-half after entering the Japanese market, the Massachusetts-based company has moved $60 million on behalf of Japanese schools and students.

Flywire has also signed on 90 schools in Japan, including Yamanashi Gakuin University, Globis University Graduate School of Management, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Chuo College of Technology, eight YMCA Vocational Schools, Kyoshin Group Schools, Meiko Network Group Schools, Sendagaya Japanese Language School, Arc Academy, and Akamonkai Japanese Language Schools.

“International education is thriving in Japan, and it’s one of the key countries in our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Mike Massaro, CEO at Flywire. “We have an outstanding team in place focused on serving the needs of both educational institutions and students to make the cross-border payment and receivable process easy, efficient and transparent for all involved.”

Earlier this month, Flywire announced an agreement with Volvo to support the vehicle manufacturer’s new program that helps international students lease a Volvo car while they attend school overseas. With a single payment upfront, students can borrow a new Volvo vehicle for their term at school, with maintenance and insurance included. At the end of the school term, the student returns the vehicle to the dealer. Through the agreement, Flywire will not only facilitate payment tracking and reconciliation with Volvo Car Financial Services, it will also enable the borrower– the student– to pay in their preferred currency.

Since it was founded in 2011, Flywire has processed $5 billion in educational payments. The company is partnered with more than 1,300 organizations across 18 countries and the service works in 220 different countries and territories with 120 different currencies. Earlier this summer, Flywire partnered with PayPal to offer clients a new channel through which to send and receive money. The company presented its original tuition payment platform at FinovateSpring 2011. Flywire has raised a total of $43.2 million.

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It may be money that makes the world go ’round but that only works if money goes ’round the world. Cross-border payment and receivables solution, Flywire (formerly peerTransfer) is seeking to facilitate that movement. Now, the Boston, Massachusetts-based company announced it has teamed up with PayPal to offer clients a new avenue for sending and receiving international payments.

The PayPal payment method is available to Flywire clients in the European Union, the U.K., the U.S., and Canada. Flywire anticipates the new development will help clients “streamline the management and tracking of international receivables.” Ryan Frere, Vice President of Global Payments for Flywire, said the new payment option “furthers our objective of taking the friction out of international payments and making them every bit as familiar, easy and convenient as domestic payments.”

Flywire was founded in 2009 when it was originally known as peerTransfer. In 2015, the company added offices in Spain and expanded its focus beyond international student tuition payments to include cross-border payment offerings for heath care and businesses– a move the company announced in March of this year. Flywire presented its original tuition payment platform at FinovateSpring 2011. The company has raised a total of $43.2 million. Mike Massaro is CEO.