PayPal to Acquire Simility to Expand Global Fraud Prevention and Risk Management Capabilities for Merchants
PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Simility, a leading fraud prevention and risk management platform, for a purchase price of $120 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition of Simility will enhance PayPal’s ability to deliver fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants globally.
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PayPal to Acquire Simility to Expand Global Fraud Prevention and Risk Management Capabilities for Merchants (Graphic: Business Wire)
"Digital commerce has exploded, and fraudsters have taken note, adapting and developing new methods to carry out their crimes,” said Bill Ready, chief operating officer, PayPal. "PayPal has been at the forefront of developing innovative fraud prevention and risk management solutions for nearly 20 years, and now, merchants will be able to configure those solutions to manage the unique complexities of their businesses. Together with Simility, we will be able to put more control in the hands of our merchants to fight fraud while helping make commerce experiences faster and more secure.”
Following the close of the transaction, merchants on the PayPal platform will gain access to best-in-class fraud tools that can be customized to reflect the nuances of their businesses through their existing account management dashboard. These machine learning-powered tools, which dynamically adapt and evolve with each transaction, will enhance payment experiences for merchants and their customers by helping to reduce fraudulent payment activity and, in some cases, verifying transactions that may have otherwise failed.
"Our vision for Simility was to create an adaptive risk management platform that empowers organizations operating in a digital world to manage an evolving fraud and risk landscape,” said Rahul Pangam, co-founder and CEO, Simility. "We are excited to enter the next phase of our growth with PayPal and are thrilled to join them to help drive the next generation of payment and commerce solutions while scaling our business together.”
Subject to customary closing conditions, this transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.
Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal's 237 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit www.paypal.com/about or follow us at @PayPalNews. For PayPal Holdings, Inc. financial information, visit investor.paypal-corp.com.
Simility offers real-time risk and fraud decisioning solutions to protect global digital businesses. Simility’s offerings are underpinned by the Adaptive Decisioning Platform built with a data-first approach to deliver continuous risk assurance. By combining artificial intelligence and big data analytics, Simility helps businesses orchestrate complex decisions to reduce friction, improve trust and solve complex fraud problems. Built by industry veterans, Similty is trusted by some of the world’s leading consumer brands across financial services, payment processors and commerce merchants. For more information on Simility, visit simility.com.
This announcement contains "forward-looking” statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information relate to future events and future performance and reflect PayPal’s expectations regarding the impact of this transaction on PayPal’s and Simility’s financial and operating results and business, the operation and management of Simility after the acquisition, and the timing of the closing of the acquisition. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "seek”, "believe”, "plan”, "estimate”, "anticipate”, expect”, "intend”, and statements that an event or result "may”, "will”, "should”, "could”, or "might” occur or be achieved and any other similar expressions.
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