PayPal's $2.2 Billion Payments Acquisition Is Its Latest Swipe at Square

PayPal buys Swedish start-up iZettle for $2.2bn in its biggest ever deal

PayPal in talks to buy Swedish small-business platform iZettle for $2.2 billion

PayPal has agreed to buy Swedish payments group iZettle for $2.2bn, in a deal that will "significantly" expand its in-store presence.

The all-cash deal is PayPal's biggest-ever acquisition following its divorce from former parent company eBay in 2015, and comes just weeks after iZettle, which now operates in 12 countries around the world, filed for an IPO as it looked to expand.

iZettle, best known for offering small payment machines to small merchants, ranks among the rivals of Square, founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Today, small-business owners around the world use iZettle's powerfully simple services to improve the speed and ease of payments at checkout, business management, sales analytics, customer engagement, and funding. PayPal also gains near-term in-store expansion opportunities into other existing PayPal markets, and acceleration of omnichannel commerce solutions in Australia, U.K. and U.S.

Being the biggest ever acquisition for Paypal, the payment giant is obviously taking a huge bet by acquiring the Stockholm headquarter startup. "Together, we will help small businesses around the world grow and thrive in the global digital economy".

"When we think about the combinations and capabilities of PayPal and iZettle", Schulman added, they "set us apart from anyone else".

Stockholm-based iZettle is present in 11 countries.

"By joining the PayPal family we'll become iZettle with superpowers and jump on a fast track to realise our vision". Today, the company's commerce solutions empower almost half a million merchants across 12 countries and two continents to get paid, sell smarter and grow their businesses. The company forecast reaching EBITDA profitability by 2020 on a standalone basis.

The transaction is expected to be approximately $0.01 dilutive to PayPal's previously communicated full year 2018 non-GAAP EPS.

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