Nuvei Corporation (“Nuvei” or the “Company”) (TSX: NVEI and NVEI.U), the global payment technology partner of thriving brands, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mazooma Technical Services Inc. (“Mazooma”), a U.S. focused gaming and sports wagering payment technology provider for approximately $56 million plus additional consideration subject to the achievement of specific performance criteria (over a maximum 3-year period from the closing date) of up to a total maximum consideration of approximately $315 million. Approximately 24% of the consideration is expected to be paid via the issuance of subordinate voting shares with the remainder to be paid in cash. The transaction is subject to the prior approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
Mazooma is a leading account-to-account payments provider in U.S. online gaming and sports betting and is a registered vendor in 9 states, with permission in 12 states, and holds money transmitter licenses and exemptions in a total of 47 states. Mazooma’s Instant Bank Transfer payment solution features same-day Automated Clearing House (ACH) for pay-ins and payouts; and through a partnership with Plaid, is connected to 11,000 financial institutions in the U.S. Mazooma is integrated with the majority of U.S. gaming platforms and online gaming and sports betting operators and is expected to process more than $2 billion of ACH total volume* in 2021.
“Mazooma will enhance and expand Nuvei’s portfolio of alternative payment methods with a leading ACH platform with both pay-in and pay-out functionality, developed and used exclusively for online gaming in the U.S.,” said Philip Fayer, Nuvei’s chair and CEO. “Because of low credit card acceptance rates, ACH is a must-have capability and solution in payments for online gaming and sports betting operators today. Additionally, this acquisition will not only give Nuvei the necessary product functionality, but also the vendor registration, compliance, and operational infrastructure to address merchant’s requirements in any regulated U.S. state. This acquisition will truly solidify our commitment to and presence in the U.S. online gaming and sports betting industry.”
*Total volume does not represent revenue earned by Mazooma, but rather the total dollar value of transactions processed by merchants under contractual agreement with Mazooma. Total volume is explained in further detail in the Company’s most recent Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.