Takeovers and Buyouts
The latest deal news from across the alternative investment space.
GoParrot is an all-in-one digital ordering and marketing platform for restaurants. In a Wednesday blog post, Square, which is part of global fintech Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ), announced its acquisition of GoParrot, a digital ordering and marketing platform. GoParrot’s advanced marketing software and platform enable restaurants to easily connect and interact with their customers. However,…
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Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) announced Thursday its agreement to acquire Deliverr, a logistics network and provider of fulfilment technology, for $2.1 billion. The startup, which was founded in 2017, currently delivers over a million orders per month across the US.
Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) has acquired Long Game, a mobile savings gamification app that change how users engage with their bank by using prize-linked savings and casual gaming to motivate smart financial behavior, driving account growth and client retention. The result of a 2019 merger between BB&T and SunTrust, Truist is the sixth-largest bank in the US and has $488 billion of assets. Long Game, founded in 2015, is fintech startup with a team of 12 persons.
In AI deal-making news, Gupshup, India’s San Francisco -headquartered conversational AI platform made yet another acquisition. It acquired AskSid, a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) provider for eCommerce and retail brands, for an undisclosed amount. Separately, space solutions provider Maxar Technologies made a strategic investment in Blackshark.ai, an AI-powered geospatial analytics services specialist.
Brex, a startup focusing on startups, has acquired Pry Financials, a financial planning platform that replaces Excel for founders, helping them plan and manage budgets, create hiring plans, build financial models, predict cash runway, and more, for $90 million.
Here are two interesting deals in AI – one, in tactical decisionmaking, the other in AI-assisted video surveillance. Booz Allen invests in Reveal Technology; Motorola acquires Calipsa
Ziglu, a U.K.-based electronic money institution and cryptoasset firm, allows customers to buy and sell eleven cryptocurrencies, pay using a debit card, and remit money abroad without fees. Robinhood (NASDAQ: HOOD), itself a major cryptocurrency-friendly stock trading app, has acquired Ziglu for an undisclosed sum with the objective of expanding its crypto business internationally, particularly UK and Europe.
Bolt Financial Inc will acquire Wyre Payments Inc in a transaction valued about $1.5 billion, according to Bloomberg, which quoted the WSJ for the deal amount. Both firms announced the takeover today citing the growing adoption of crypto for purchases of goods and services, as well as Web3.
AXS Investments, a leading asset management firm providing investment opportunities in the alternatives space, has acquired a suite of ETFs from Tuttle Capital Management. The six ETFs together have assets under management of $417 million and include the $334 million Tuttle Capital Short Innovation ETF (NASDAQ: SARK), the inverse bet against Cathie Wood’s flagship ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEARCA: ARKK).
Crypto mining company Prime Blockchain, which has over 110 megawatts of installed data center capacity across 12 facilities in North America, has been valued at $1.25 billion for its merger with 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: VCXA), announced Friday. 10X Capital Venture is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by 10X Capital, focused on identifying high growth technology and tech-enabled businesses domestically and abroad.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) Asset Management has acquired Next Capital, a technology enabled advisor of retirement solutions offered in partnership with financial services firms that provide a brand-specific user experience, advice delivery and system integration. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT) announced today its acquisition of Truebill, the personal finance app, for $1.275 billion in cash. The deal will bring Truebill’s 2.5 million members as potential clients to the Rocket platform, and add $100 million in annual recurring revenue to Rocket’s $1.3 billion of annualized servicing fee income.
Zurich Insurance Group has acquired Estonia-based company AlphaChat, which provides conversational artificial intelligence (AI) technology for customer service automation. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The Latin American fintech industry saw two acquisitions this week, one each in Chile and Brazil. Santiago, Chile-based Mercado Libre (NASDAQ: MELI), a POS market player in Latin America, acquired Redelcom. In Brazil, Sao Paulo-based, Advent-backed Ebanx acquired Brazil-based international money transfer firm Remessa Online for $229 million.
London-based fintech Twig describes itself as “the next generation banking, powering the circular economy,” that enables you “to turn your things into cash, instantly.” In a strategic move designed to broaden its offerings, Twig announced Friday its acquisition of Loopster, a marketplace that pays upfront for clean, unwanted clothes. Like Twig, Loopster encourages customers to join the circular economy and close the loop between use and reuse of clothes.
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) is making another advance into high technology cardiac diagnostics with its acquisition of Cardiologs, A France-based medical technology company that uses AI and cloud technology for cardiac diagnostics. Philips said the acquisition, the terms of which were not disclosed, was an excellent fit with its existing cardiac care portfolio.
Klarna, the BNPL that is valued as a quadradecacorn, announced today its acquisition of price comparison site PriceRunner to enhance the Klarna app via new features including product reviews, rich product discovery and price comparisons.
Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) has agreed to acquire all of South African fintech Connect Group for US$242 million in a bid to expand its market and acquire scale as the biggest fintech platform in the country.
Fintech: Pawn Store Operator FirstCash Acquires BNPL And POS Fintech American First Finance For $1.17B
FirstCash, Inc (NASDAQ: FCFS) operates more than 2,800 retail pawn stores in the U.S. and Latin America and is a retailer and provider of financial services to underserved customers. It announced Thursday its $1.17 billion acquisition of American First Finance (AFF), a financial technology firm, in a bid to enter the buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) business.
PayPal Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) sounded out Pinterest (NYSE: PINS) recently on a takeover, Bloomberg reported. The two companies are said to have considered a potential price of $70 per listed Class A share.
JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) has acquired Frank, a very popular college financial planning platform for undisclosed terms. Frank enables students to locate, apply and obtain financial aid, find scholarships, and enroll in online courses. According to CNBC, JPMorgan bought up the fintech to enhance relationships with students and their parents.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) announced Wednesday its all-stock acquisition of GreenSky (NASDAQ: GSKY), a fintech lender specializing in BNPL home improvement loans, for $2.24 billion. Goldman Sachs said the transaction would help accelerate its efforts to “create the consumer banking platform of the future.”
Three college students launched sweetgreen to offer a solution to a very unpalatable dilemma – eat food that was slow, expensive, and fresh—or fast, cheap, and unhealthy. The result was a fast casual salad chain that used fresh, organic produce and has grown to over 130 restaurants. Sweetgreen announced Tuesday its acquisition of Spyce, a startup with a similar vision for serving healthy and fresh food – only more automated.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has agreed to buy all of NN Investment Partners, a Netherlands-based asset manager with $355 billion in assets under management and about $70 billion in assets under advisement. NN Investment Partners is the money management arm of Dutch insurer NN Group NV (AEX: NN) and 75% of its assets under supervision are ESG integrated.
SwoopTalent, an AI-powered platform that combines, analyzes and trains data from disparate human resource (HR) systems and workflows, has been acquired by SAP (NYSE: SAP), the German multinational software maker known for its ERP system. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.