Belfast Telegraph

Visa trumps Mastercard with fresh offer for Earthport

The British payments firm is the subject of a bidding war between the two credit card titans.

Visa has increased its offer for British payments firm Earthport as its takeover tussle with rival Mastercard continues.

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Visa has now tabled a 37p per share bid, valuing the cross-border payments firm at £247 million.

It is an advance on its previous offer of 30p per share and follows a January bid from Mastercard of 33p.

The new figure is 12% above Mastercard’s offer and 23% higher than the original Visa bid.

Earthport’s interim chair Sunil Sabharwal said: “The board of Earthport is pleased to recommend Bidco’s (Visa’s) cash offer for Earthport which is at a 12% premium to the Mastercard proposal.

“This revised cash offer provides our shareholders with even greater value in cash for their shares.”

Visa said it has the backing of around 17% of Earthport shareholders for its offer.

Mastercard said it is now considering its options, urging Earthport shareholders to take no action on Visa’s bid. It said it will make a further announcement in “due course”.

The deal war comes after a difficult year for Earthport in which it lost a major customer, saw reduced transaction volumes and underwent a management shake-up.

Earthport shares closed flat on Thursday at 38.8p apiece.

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