|Public limited company|
|Traded as||LSE: WPY|
FTSE 100 Component NYSE: WP
|Industry||Electronic Payment Services|
|Founded||1989 (as Streamline)|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Sir Michael Rake|
|Services||Payment Services, Payment gateway|
|Revenue||£4.5408 billion (2016)|
|£389.2 million (2016)|
|£131.5 million (2016)|
|Owners||Advent International and Bain Capital|
Number of employees
In 1995 the Streamline system was reabsorbed into the bank when the trading name and payroll service of Centre-file ltd were sold to Ceridian. NatWest was acquired in 2002 by Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) which renamed the business RBS WorldPay. RBS expanded the business significantly by acquiring and merging a number of payment solutions companies from different countries. Over the next five years it was combined with seven leading retail payment solutions brands: Streamline, Streamline International, PaymentTrust, Netherlands based Bibit, RiskGuardian and US-based Lynk.
As a condition in the European Commission's clearance in December 2009 of state aid to RBS, Worldpay was to be sold as part of a plan to divest selected businesses from the group. On 6 August 2010, Advent International and Bain Capital agreed to acquire Worldpay for £2.025bn including a £200m contingent consideration. The RBS Group retained a 20% stake in the newly independent business with Advent International and Bain Capital owning 40% each. The sale completed on 1 December 2010. RBS WorldPay was renamed Worldpay as part of the deal.
On 21 December 2010, almost immediately following on from the sale, Worldpay acquired Cardsave, one of the UK's leading independent sales organisations distributing credit and debit card processing services to small retailers. In May 2011 Worldpay acquired Envoy Services Limited, a leading provider of alternative payment solutions to eCommerce merchants worldwide, for an undisclosed amount.
In June 2013, Worldpay launched Worldpay Zinc, a mobile card processing terminal which connects to smart phones. In September 2013 Worldpay revealed it had acquired US payment processing company Century Payments. Then in November 2013, Royal Bank of Scotland said it had sold its remaining stake of about 20 percent in Worldpay to the payment processing firm's majority shareholders, private equity firms Advent International and Bain Capital. The company listed on the London Stock Exchange through an initial public offering (IPO) in October 2015.
In July 2017, Vantiv announced its intention to acquire Worldpay for $10.4 billion. Subsequent announcements have indicated that the combined entity will be named "Worldpay," headquartered and listed in the United States, but internal operations will be based in the U.K. In August 2017, Vantiv announced that it would acquire Worldpay. The transaction was completed on 16 January 2018.
The company provided payment services for mail order and Internet retailers, as well as point of sale transactions. Customers are a mix of multinational, multichannel retailers, with the majority being small business merchants. It also provided loans to small businesses.
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