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International Game Technology PLC today announced that it’s wholly-owned subsidiary IGT Lottery S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Italian proximity payment business to PostePay S.p.A. – Patrimonio Destinato IMEL for €700 million (£484 million/$784 million).
Under the agreement, IGT will be selling LIS Holding S.p.A. and indirectly LISPAY S.p.A. These two subsidiaries conduct IGT’s proximity payment business, which has been the leader in the Italian proximity payments market, offering services through a fully owned advanced payment technology platform and a network of 54,000 points of sale. Services offered range from payments services including bill payments and prepaid payment cards to commercial services providing telco and e-vouchers top up and technological solutions including merchant and enterprise services.
“This transaction provides us with an opportunity to monetize IGT’s market leadership in the Italian proximity payment business at an attractive value as we continue to execute our long-term strategy,” said Vince Sadusky, IGT CEO. “Streamlining our products and solutions portfolio enables us to focus our efforts and resources on our core and strategic assets, as we position IGT for industry leadership and increased shareholder value.”
The sale price represents an enterprise value of €630 million and approximately €70 million of net unrestricted cash. The business being sold generated about €228 million in gross revenues and approximately €40 million in EBITDA in 2021, reflecting a valuation multiple in line with the most recent Italian transactions in the proximity payments sector. IGT will use net proceeds from the transaction primarily to reduce debt.
The IGT Board of Directors has approved the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2022.
UBS AG is acting as lead financial advisor and fairness opinion provider to IGT, UniCredit S.p.A. is acting as financial advisor to IGT. Advant-Nctm is acting as legal advisor to IGT and KPMG is acting as financial due diligence and tax advisor to IGT.