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Bain and Advent in exclusive talks to buy card payment firm Nets

Bain and Advent in exclusive talks to buy card payment firm Nets

Private equity firms Advent International and Bain Capital have entered exclusive talks to buy Danish card payment services company Nets Holding for more than €2 billion

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Advent and Bain in talks to buy Nordic payments firm Nets

($2.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said.

Advent and Bain, which jointly own British payment processing company WorldPay and have teamed up for the Nets bid with Danish state-owned pension fund ATP, beat three other bidders in the final round of the auction, the sources said – according to reports from Reuters.

The three other bidders were private equity fund Permira in partnership with Canada Pension Plan, French IT services company Atos and a consortium led by Swedish private equity firm Nordic Capital.

Nets Holding, which is privately owned by shareholders including Nordic banks Nordea, DNB and Danske Bank, was put up for sale last year when JP Morgan was hired to advise on the auction.

The buyout is likely to be backed with a debt-financing package totalling between six and seven times Nets’ approximate 183 million euro earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), denominated in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish crowns, as well as euros or dollars, banking sources have said.

Nets and Advent declined to comment. Bain could not immediately be reached for comment – according to Reuters.

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