Finablr Accepts Buyout Bid from Prism Advance SolutionsOctober 6, 2020
Finablr has received a takeover offer from technology and software solutions firm Prism Advance Solutions for its UK-listed business, the payments group announced on Tuesday.
The offer was made for purchasing 100 percent share capital of Finablr Limited and its subsidiaries. The London Stock Exchange (LSE) filing detailed that Prism wants to restructure and settle debts of the group and will shuffle its board.
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Furthermore, the offer includes the provisions of providing working capital for Finablr and its subsidiaries.
“After months of hard work under very trying liquidity conditions compounded by the impact of the Coronavirus on our operations, I am excited to now go forward with Prism,” Bhairav Trivedi, Group CEO at Finablr, said.
Finablr’s board has already approved the offer, and now it will continue negotiating a share purchase agreement with Prism. To seal the deal, the payment group has to seek approval from its shareholders and regulators as well.
Both parties are aiming to close the deal within the next four weeks.
Deepening of Troubles
The London-listed company’s troubles began as its debts soared to around $1.3 billion. The impact went deeper as the global foreign exchange (forex) business of the company was impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Finablr operates Travelex, a major British forex company.
These resulted in the exit of the company’s top executives, including its CEO and CFO. The group’s billionaire founder BR Shetty also stepped down as the co-chairman in August.
“We are delighted with the Finablr deal, representing as it is the first major UAE-Israeli commercial transaction,” Guy Rothschild, Prism’s co-founder and director, said. “Finablr offers a huge opportunity in the digital payments space across multiple emerging markets and its assets and proprietary technology positions it for further global growth.”
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