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FT Partners Advises on US$370,000,000 Cash Sale of Custom House

Overview of Transaction
  • On May 7, 2009 Custom House, Ltd. ("Custom House") announced its sale to Western Union (NYSE: WU) for US$370 million in cash
  • Represents 3.7x run rate revenues of about $100 mm
  • Custom House is the largest independent, international B2B payments provider in the world
  • Custom House is backed by Great Hill Partners, one of the leading private equity firms across the financial technology sector
  • The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2009
  • Western Union will finance this transaction with existing B/S cash
Significance of Transaction
  • Transaction represents the largest, independent private equity-backed payments transaction in 2009
  • This acquisition will allow Custom House to leverage its extensive online and offline international B2B payments solutions with Western Union's global footprint, strong brand and balance sheet to rapidly build market share and penetrate new opportunities around the globe
  • Custom House is expected to provide a strong, diversified growth engine for Western Union outside of its core remittance business and will strengthen Western Union's presence in the SME segment globally
  • The acquisition of Custom House supports Western Union's strategic plan by entering a new growth market and diversifying its product portfolio
FT Partners' Role
  • FT Partners served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Custom House and its Board of Directors
  • Transaction highlights FT Partners' strength in working with private equity-backed companies, as well as cross-border transactions
  • Demonstrates FT Partners' ability to consummate transactions with strong valuations, despite an incredibly challenging economic environment