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VNTV

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$65.06

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Vantiv, Worldpay announce recommended merger, to close in early 2018

The boards of directors of Vantiv and Worldpay Group announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended merger of Worldpay with Vantiv and Vantiv UK Limited. Under the terms of the merger, which have been further detailed today in an announcement issued under Rule 2.7 of the UK Takeover Code, Worldpay shareholders will be entitled to receive GBP0.55 cash for each Worldpay share held and 0.0672 of a New Vantiv share. Worldpay shareholders will also be entitled to elect to vary these proportions under a mix and match facility. Vantiv and Worldpay shareholders are expected to own approximately 57% and 43%, respectively, of the combined company's shares upon closing. In addition, Worldpay shareholders will be entitled to receive an interim dividend of 0.8 pence per Worldpay share, and a special dividend of 4.2 pence per Worldpay share, which is conditional on completion of the merger. The transaction will create a company with an enterprise value of GBP 22.2 billion or $28.8B. It contemplates a premium of approximately 34% to Worldpay's six-month volume weighted average price, and ascribes Worldpay an enterprise value of approximately GBP 9.3 billion or $12B. Following completion of the merger, Cincinnati, Ohio, will become the combined company's global and corporate headquarters and London, UK, will become its international headquarters. The combined company will be named "Worldpay". The combined company will be led by Charles Drucker as Executive Chairman and Co-CEO. Reporting to Mr. Drucker will be Philip Jansen as Co-CEO, and Stephanie Ferris as CFO. Additional members of the combined company's executive team reporting to Mr. Drucker and Mr. Jansen will be announced at a later date. The board of the combined company will consist of five Worldpay directors and eight Vantiv directors. Sir Michael Rake will serve as lead director and Jeffrey Stiefler will continue to serve on the board of the combined company in a non-executive capacity. The merger is expected to close in early 2018, subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approval and approval by shareholders of both Vantiv and Worldpay. New Vantiv shares will be authorized for primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange subject to official notice of issuance. In addition, Vantiv will seek a secondary standard listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in relation to the New Vantiv shares following completion of the merger.

VNTV Symbol changed to WP
$65.06

0.21 (0.32%)

07/13/17
KEYB
07/13/17
UPGRADE
Target $70
KEYB
Overweight
Vantiv upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Josh Beck upgraded Vantiv to Overweight with a $70 price target. A deep dive analysis into the acquisition of Wordpay indicates a $300M synergy opportunity with $3B-plus value creation, Beck tells investors in a research note. He believes year two of the deal could offer a middle- to high-single-digit percentage earnings accretion. The analyst has a $100 bull case for Vantiv shares.
07/17/17
GUGG
07/17/17
UPGRADE
Target $73
GUGG
Buy
Vantiv upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
Guggenheim analyst Jeff Cantwell upgraded Vantiv to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $73 from $66.
07/17/17
RHCO
07/17/17
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Hold
Vantiv should be held amid pricing concerns, says SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Andrew Jeffrey recommends holding shares of Vantiv (VNTV) on any weakness surrounding a negative report highlighting the company's pricing practices. The analyst recommends adding to positions in Global Payments (GPN) and First Data (FDC). Vantiv and its Mercury unit have been aggressive on pricing, but the practices are tied to value-added technology, not an effort to confuse merchants, Jeffrey tells investors in a research note. The analyst also feels the accusations are "impossible to substantiate." He adds that Global Payments and First Data have not pursued pricing practices similar to Vantiv/Mercury. Jeffrey has a Hold rating on Vantiv. The shares are down 3% to $63.21 after Capitol Forum questioned the company's "deceptive" billings practices.
07/18/17
BARD
07/18/17
NO CHANGE
Target $72
BARD
Outperform
Vantiv shares viewed as good value at Baird
Baird analyst David Koning noted Vantiv responded to yesterday's negative report on pricing and still views the shares as a good value. He admitted pricing comparisons are difficult to assess as client size could be bigger and products could be better. The analyst has also stated in the past that pricing is a mild long-term industry risk, but noted it has been quite stable over the past 10 years. Koning reiterated his Outperform rating and $72 price target on Vantiv shares.

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