Takeovers and Buyouts
The latest deal news from across the alternative investment space.
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.
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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.
Mike Cagney-led Figure Technologies announced Tuesday (3 August 2021), its merger deal with Homebridge Financial Services, a mortgage lender which funded more than $25 billion in home loans at the close of 2020. Figure Technologies is on a mission to transform financial services using blockchain technology, particularly the origination, finance, servicing and trade of loans. you know
Jack Dorsey-led Square (NYSE: SQ) announced today (August 2, 2021) its acquisition of Australian fintech and buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) leader Afterpay (ASX: APT) for $29 billion in an all-stock deal. Square will acquire all the outstanding shares of Afterpay at this valuation based on the closing price of Square common stock on July 30, 2021.
Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY) announced Thursday (July 29, 2021) the acquisition of Embark Group, an investment and retirement platform business, for £390 million (US$500 million). Embark will become a wholly subsidiary of Lloyds’ Scottish Widows Group, bringing with it about £35 billion of assets under administration on behalf of 410,000 consumer clients. Jackie Leiper, Managing Director Pensions, Stockbroking & Distribution at Scottish Widows, will become CEO of Embark.
Visa (NYSE: V) announced Thursday its deal to acquire European open banking platform Tink for €1.8 billion ($2.2 billion) as it moves to take advantage of European Union law – the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) – which facilitates open banking. The law requires banks to allow access to customer data by registered third-party providers to boost competition.
According to Entrepreneur, Credijusto, the Mexican fintech and lending platform acquired Banco Finterra for about $50 million, in the process bagging a banking license. Banco Finterra specializes in financing solutions for the agri-food sector.
Exscientia, which uses AI to design and create drug candidate molecules satisfying complex therapeutic requirements with revolutionary efficiency, has acquired Allcyte, the Austrian company that uses AI for cancer screening. Exscientia will pay 50 million euros ($60.6 million) in a combination of cash and shares for the acquisition.
Artificial Intelligence: Eye Tracking Company Smart Eye Acquires Emotion Detection Software Firm Affectiva
Affectiva says 9 people are killed every day and 1,000 are injured due to distracted driving. 6,000 people are killed annually due to drowsy driving. Its Affectiva Automotive AI is an In-Cabin Sensing software that measures in real-time the state of the cabin, and that of the driver and occupants in it. Swedish company Smart Eye will acquire Affectiva to gain global leadership in automotive-grade Interior Sensing AI.
Australian fintech Zip (ASX: Z1P) has bought up the entire remaining capital in a Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) entity each in Europe and the UAE. Zip will pay $140 million for the balance shares in Twisto, which operates in Central Europe, and $21 million for the shares it does not own in Spotii, a BNPL leader in UAE.
Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd (TSE: GLXY), founded by Michael Novogratz has inked a deal to acquire BitGo Inc for $1.2 billion in cash and stock.
Boden said at the event that Starling now had the wherewithal to buy out another lender. Further, responding to the U.K. Government’s newly-announced fast-track “scale up” visas proposal, she said there was no need for these because home-grown talent was available in plenty within the U.K.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) may buy Nuance Communication (NASDAQ: NUAN) at a valuation of $56 per share, according to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed people who were familiar with the matter. The price represents a premium of 23% over the Friday closing of Nuance of $45.58.
AppHarvest, Inc (NASDAQ: APPH), an indoor and sustainable farming company, announced today its acquisition of Root AI, a startup that develops AI-powered robots for use in indoor farming and harvesting. The deal includes Root AI’s signature robotic harvester dubbed Virgo. AppHarvest will pay about $60 million for the acquisition, comprising $10 million in cash and the rest in shares.
Greenidge Generation, an 84-year old mothballed coal-fired power station located in the New York Finger Lake Region, pivoted to natural gas-based generation and crypto mining in the past few years after its purchase in 2014 by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC, the private equity fund. Greenidge announced today a merger agreement with Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT) that is expected to close in Q3 of 2021.
Blade Urban Air Mobility, the helicopter company known for short-haul trips from airports to city centers, is going public by merging with Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC), a public entity affiliated with KSL Capital Partners. The short hop to listing will make Blade the only publicly traded global urban mobility company.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, or MassMutual, announced Monday that it agreed to acquire Flourish, a fintech platform, from Stone Ridge Holdings Group. Flourish is a digital platform that provides various products and services to more than 350 RIAs that manage more than $ 600 billion of assets. Flourish Cash is the only cash management platform developed specifically for financial advisors and their clients.
Global technology company Nasdaq (NASDAQ: NDAQ) announced today its acquisition of Canada-based Verafin for $2.75 billion payable in cash. Verafin’s cloud-based software platform serves customers with fraud detection, money laundering protection, and high-risk customer management. The 2003-founded firm counts more than 2,000 financial organizations as its customers.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced Wednesday its acquisition of German software company Instana for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help businesses better manage the complexity of modern applications, considering they span the hybrid cloud landscape and use AI extensively.
Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), a company that makes software for the engineering and design industries, has acquired Spacemaker, a startup developing cloud-based AI software, empowering users to collaborate, analyze and design real estate sites, and urban planners to envision cities.
C3.ai, the software company launched by former Oracle executive Tom Siebel, filed papers for an IPO sized $100 million. The company intends to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AI. Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) acquired Israeli voice assistant solutions startup Voca.ai for about $70 million.