EML Payments — Bringing Sentenial into the fold

EML Payments (ASX: EML)

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EML Payments — Bringing Sentenial into the fold

EML Payments closed the acquisition of Sentenial today, in line with its target to complete by the end of Q122. This marks a crucial step in the group’s evolution from a gift card company to a provider of a wide range of payment services, including reloadable cards, digital payments, open banking and account-to-account payments.

Katherine Thompson

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Katherine Thompson



EML Payments

Bringing Sentenial into the fold

Completion of acquisition

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30 September 2021



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EML Payments is a payment solutions company specialising in the prepaid stored value market, with mobile, physical and virtual card offerings. It provides solutions for payouts, gifts, incentives, rewards and supplier payments, managing thousands of programmes across 27 countries in Europe, North America and Australia.


Katherine Thompson

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EML Payments closed the acquisition of Sentenial today, in line with its target to complete by the end of Q122. This marks a crucial step in the group’s evolution from a gift card company to a provider of a wide range of payment services, including reloadable cards, digital payments, open banking and account-to-account payments.

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EML Payments announced plans to acquire Sentenial in April (see our update note, Open sesame). The deal required the approval of two regulators: the FCA in the UK, which was received in June, and the ACPR in France, just received. EML is paying a total of up to €110m/A$177.1m, consisting of upfront cash of €38.9m/A$62.6m, 9.6m shares (worth €31.1m/A$50.1m at the fixed price of A$5.01 per share) and an earnout of up to €40m/A$64.4m dependent on achieving incremental open banking revenues of €27m in CY23. €2.5m/A$3.9m of the upfront cash will be held in escrow for 12 months to cover any warranty or indemnity claims. Completion of this deal brings open banking technology and a blue-chip customer base to the group, giving EML access to the high-growth European open banking market. The two companies have already started working together on a go-to-market strategy that encompasses sales, marketing, product and technology.

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