Mercator Advisory Group Releases Payments Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Report for the 4th Quarter, 2005

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Mergers and acquisitions continued at full speed during the fourth quarter of 2005, making 2005 a landmark year for the payments industry.

A new research report was issued by the Mercator Advisory Group, the Payments Industry Mergers and Acquisitions for the 4th Quarter, 2005.

Mergers and acquisitions continued at full speed during the fourth quarter of 2005, making 2005 a landmark year for the payments industry. Highlights of this quarter included:

  • The merger of the world's two largest smart card manufacturers, Gemplus and Axalto
  • U.S. third-party card processors continued international expansion efforts
  • Pay By Touch Solutions serial acquisitions

Deal highlights include:

VENDORS (Sample list)

Link2Gov acquired by Metavante

Brasfield Corporation acquired by Metavante

Payment Gateway/VeriSign acquired by PayPal

CardSystems Solutions acquired by PayByTouch

Retail Solutions Inc. acquired by Verisign

Mellennia acquired by Valutec

AdminiSource Corp. acquired by Metavante

Capture Resource acquired by Pay By Touch

Cyota acquired by RSA Security

BioPay, LLC acquired by PayByTouch

Axalto -- Gemplus acquired by Gemalto

PriceGrabber.com acquired by Experian

7th Street Software acquired by PayByTouch

Convena acquired by PayByTouch

mPowerInc. acquired by Wipro, Ltd.

FastFunds-Chex Svcs.,Inc. acquired by Certegy

Also Included are Credit Card Issuer, Processor and Acquirer acquisitions.

The Payments Industry M&A Report - Q4 2005 provides comments and analysis on major deals announced within the fourth quarter of 2005. It also includes summary information on the payments industry related M&A deals, contact person(s) related to each deal, and an M&A activity table that summarizes the highlights of each deal.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group have access to this report as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access and other membership benefits. Please visit us online at http://www.mercatoradvisorygroup.com.

For more information call Mercator Advisory Group's main line: 781-419-1700.

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