Paysafe Group Ltd., the online payments firm backed by Blackstone Group Inc. and CVC Capital Partners, agreed to go public by merging with a blank-check firm led by billionaire Bill Foley.
The deal with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II values Paysafe at about $9 billion including debt, the companies said in a statement. The special purpose acquisition company will raise $2 billion in a private placement to help fund the transaction.
Bloomberg News first reported last month that talks about a deal were underway. At $9 billion, it is among the largest blank-check mergers this year, behind MultiPlan Inc.’s $11 billion merger with Churchill Capital Corp. III and United Wholesale Mortgage’s pending $16 billion merger with Gores Holdings IV Inc.
Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., Dan Loeb’s Third Point LLC, Suvretta Capital Management and Hedosophia are among investors that have agreed to participate in the private placement by Foley’s vehicle, according to Monday’s statement. Existing Paysafe shareholders, including its private equity backers and management, will remain the largest investors in the combined company.
London-based Paysafe — which Blackstone and CVC bought for about 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) in 2017 — offers payment processing services that enable companies to accept credit cards, cash and direct-debit transfers online. It also offers prepaid cards and digital wallets. The company operates through brands including Income Access, Paysafecard, Skrill and Ne teller.
Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II raised $1.47 billion in an IPO in August. Its shares closed Friday at $10.62, giving it a market value of $1.95 billion.
Foley has a track record of SPAC mergers in the financial services sector. One of his prior vehicles teamed with Blackstone to buy the insurer Fidelity & Guaranty Life for $1.84 billion in 2017.
He has another SPAC that also went public this year called Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp., which isn’t involved in the Paysafe talks.