MILAN: Nexi on priced shares in its initial public offering at between 8.5 and 10.35 euros each, valuing the Italian payments group at up to 6.4 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in what is set to be one of Europe’s biggest bourse listings this year.
Once a backwater of banking, the payment processing sector is now seen as one of the most lucrative and fast-growing businesses in the financial sector. According to McKinsey, global payments are set to reach $3 trillion a year in revenue by 2023 as more people switch from cash to digital payments.
Earlier this month Fidelity National Information Services Inc agreed to buy Worldpay for about $35 billion in the biggest deal to date in the fast-growing electronic payments industry.
Nexi’s private equity owners – Bain Capital, Advent and Clessidra – are looking to sell part of their current combined 93.2 percent holding in the offer which values Nexi at up to 8.1 billion euros including debt.
A stake of around 6.8 percent is held by a series of Italian banks including Banco BPM, Creval, Popolare di Sondrio and BPER Banca.
The fund owners, which acquired major control in 2015, are also aiming to raise up to 700 million euros in fresh cash for the group by issuing new shares.
According to sources familiar with the process, Nexi’s main shareholders are aiming to list up to 35 percent of the company, above the minimum of 25 percent required to be listed.