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ACI Worldwide Buys Speedway in $750 Million Deal

ACI Worldwide has signed an agreement to acquire Speedpay, Western Union’s U.S. bill pay business, for $750 million in an all-cash transaction, reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

This news follows ACI’s acquisition of technology assets from RevChip and TranSend, both developers of terminal payment apps and management platforms.

The ACI and Speedpay bill pay solutions aim to serve more than 4,000 customers across the US, and targets such sectors as consumer finance, insurance, healthcare, higher education, utilities, government and mortgages.

ACI will bring together the Speedpay and UP Bill Payment platforms into a unified bill payment platform.

“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,” said Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of Western Union. “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.”

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

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2019.

In separate news, ACI has released its results from the year closing on 31 December 2018. To sum up, the year’s new bookings are up 22% from 2017, the total bookings are up 15% from 2017, and its cash flow from operations are up 26% from 2017. Good times.

ACI Worldwide demonstrated its technology at FinovateFall 2011, partnering with mShift to offer ACI’s Enterprise Banker solution via mobile. The company is also an alum of our developers conference, presenting Simple, Global, and Secure eCommerce Payments with ACI Worldwide’s Next Generation API at FinDEVrSiliconValley 2016.