SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – October 19, 2015 – WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC (“EFS”) for a total consideration of approximately $1.1 billion in cash and 4.0 million shares of common stock to be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted net income.
“We are very excited about the prospect of combining these two great companies, which have a strong customer orientation, aligned strategy and a complementary footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe this acquisition strengthens our value proposition to customers with a portfolio of best-in-class offerings that will better meet their evolving needs. Additionally, we have the opportunity to draw on the strengths of both companies to drive further scale across the organization, enhance our existing over-the-road business, better serve the needs of mixed fleets and improve the functionality and service we provide to our customers. We look forward to welcoming EFS to WEX and are confident that this combination will deliver long-term value for our shareholders.”
EFS’ strong track record and broad customer acceptance in mid- and large-sized over-the-road (“OTR”) fleet segments is an ideal complement to WEX. The combined company would serve the needs of all sizes and types of fleets by drawing on strengths from both companies’ offerings to provide a more efficient, more comprehensive and better-integrated solution to all customers.
Scott Phillips, president and chief executive officer of EFS, stated, “We are very pleased to be joining forces with a great organization like WEX, which shares our focus on continued product innovation, superior service and maintaining long-term customer relationships. I look forward to joining the WEX organization, as this combination represents a great match and a win-win for the employees and customers of both companies.”