Shares of Bottomline Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: EPAY) are up roughly 15% on Friday after Thoma Bravo said it will buy the payments company for $2.6 billion.
The all-cash deal to close in Q2 of 2022
The private equity firm will pay $57 per share to Bottomline stockholders that represents a nearly 20% premium on the price at which EPAY closed on Thursday. The all-cash deal is expected to close next year in the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
According to CEO Rob Eberle, the acquisition will help Bottomline expand its footprint in the fintech space via continued investments in innovation. He added:
The transaction will also allow Bottomline to benefit from the operating capabilities, capital resources and sector expertise of one of the most experienced and successful software and financial technology investors.
Bottomline has picked Deutsche Bank Securities as its exclusive financial advisor for the deal.
The agreement was unanimously approved
Headquartered in New Hampshire and listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, Bottomline helps businesses with accounts-payable automation, digital banking technology, and other services. Thoma Bravo plans on taking it private once the transaction is complete.
The agreement was unanimously approved by the fintech company’s Board of Directors. In the press release, Bottomline’s chairman Joe Mullen said:
We are confident that this transaction with Thoma Bravo provides a compelling opportunity to deliver immediate and certain cash value at a meaningful premium to Bottomline shareholders, as well as significant long-term benefits for customers, channel partners and employees.
Thoma Bravo has picked BofA Securities as its exclusive financial advisor for the deal.
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