US PayPal completes acquisition of Canadian TIO Networks

PayPal Holdings Inc and TIO Networks Corp have announced that PayPal has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIO Networks. In accordance with the terms of the Arrangement announced on February 14, 2017, PayPal acquired all of the outstanding shares of TIO for $3.35 CDN ($2.64 USD) per share in cash or an approximate $302 million CDN ($238 million USD) equity value.
TIO will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the continued leadership of Hamed Shahbazi, VP of Bill Pay and General Manager, PayPal Canada Bill Pay Services, reporting to John Kunze, VP of PayPal, and Leader of the Consumer Product Organization.
TIO is a leading multi-channel bill payment processor in North America and processed more than $7 billion USD in consumer bill payments in fiscal 2016. TIO serves 16 million consumer bill pay accounts* and offers convenient solutions for expedited bill payment services to financially underserved consumers. The company has more than 10,000 supported billers and numerous direct relationships with billers, which enable TIO to quickly process telecom, wireless, cable and utility bill payments for TIO’s customers.
As complementary organizations, PayPal and TIO are well-positioned to make paying a bill as fast and simple as making a payment with PayPal. Through this acquisition, PayPal will expand its global scale of operations, complement its product portfolio, and accelerate its entry into the bill pay market, enabling millions of customers to improve their financial health through access to TIO’s valuable services. The acquisition enables PayPal and TIO to realize the companies’ shared vision of reimagining money and democratizing financial services so that everyone has affordable ways to manage and move their money.
“In the last two years, PayPal has made significant strides towards realizing our mission to democratize financial services and provide secure, convenient and affordable ways to move and manage money to those who are underserved by the financial system,” said Dan Schulman, President & CEO of PayPal. “Expanding into multi-channel bill payments through the acquisition of TIO furthers this mission and will meaningfully advance our ability to offer digital financial services to tens of millions of underserved customers.”