Fidelity National Information Services Inc. is set to purchase Worldpay for about $35 billion. “Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said FIS Chief Executive Officer Gary Norcross, who will lead the combined company.
The FIS deal, valuing Worldpay at about $43 billion including debt, comes a little more than a year after U.S. firm Vantiv paid $10.63 billion for the payments firm, which was set up in Britain and spun off from Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010. FIS and Worldpay combined will have annual revenue of about $12 billion and adjusted core earnings of about $5 billion. Worldpay is a player in card payments, mainly in Britain, while FIS, produces software for banks and asset managers.