NCR Acquires Cardtronics in $2.5 Billion Deal

Cardtronics found itself at the center of a bidding war this past month, with NCR Corporation submitting the winning bid this week.

This comes after investment firms Apollo Global Management and Hudson Executive Capital initially agreed to buy the ATM operator last month. NCR agreed to a $2.5 billion deal, agreeing to purchase Cardtronics for $39 a share. This beat the bid from Apollo and Hudson, which totaled $2.3 billion at $35 per share. NCR was required to pay a termination fee of $32.6 million.

Cardronics CEO Edward H. West said that the deal is “a testament to the strength and value of Cardtronics, our talented team and customer base, and the complementary nature of our two businesses.”

NCR anticipates that Cardtronics’ Allpoint ATM network will complement its own payments platform and that combined they will connect retail and banking customers.

“This transaction accelerates the NCR-as-a-Service strategy we laid out at Investor Day in December, further shifts NCR’s revenue mix to software, services and recurring revenue, and adds value for our customers,” said NCR President and CEO Michael D. Hayford. “We have had a long-standing relationship with Cardtronics and its outstanding team… Simply put, we are better together.”

The deal, which has been approved by both companies’ Boards of Directors but is still subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions, is expected to close in mid-2021. Once the deal is finalized, Cardtronics will become a privately held company.

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