MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, announced that it has completed its previously-announced all-cash acquisition of LML Payment Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: LMLP). Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, LML Payment Systems is a leading provider of electronic payment processing, risk management and authentication services. Digital River announced the definitive agreement to acquire LML Payment Systems on Sept. 24, 2012.
The acquisition joins two complementary card-not-present payments businesses, positioning Digital River to further capitalize on its global success in online payment processing. Collectively, the companies will handle more than $20 billion in global online transactions for tens of thousands of companies across a broad range of industries, including software, consumer electronics, government, utilities, event registration and mobile payments. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Digital River’s earnings in its 2013 fiscal year.
“For more than 15 years, some of the world’s leading brands have relied on Digital River to handle their online payments on a global basis,” said Tom Donnelly, Digital River’s president and COO. “The completion of this acquisition is another affirmation of our ongoing commitment to expand our payment services. We fully intend to leverage this acquisition to offer our combined client bases new capabilities and more revenue opportunities across a broader range of vertical and geographic markets.”
“We believe this acquisition will drive value for Digital River’s stockholders and the customers of our newly combined companies,” added Souheil Badran, senior vice president and general manager for Digital River World Payments. “With the addition of LML Payment Systems, our World Payments solution is in an even stronger position to lead in our industry.”
The acquisition was approved at a meeting of LML Payment Systems shareholders on Jan. 7, 2013, and was formally completed on Jan. 10, 2013, following satisfaction of applicable regulatory requirements. As a result of the acquisition, Digital River acquired indirect ownership of 28,246,684 common shares of LML Payment Systems, representing 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares of LML Payment Systems. Concurrently with the completion of this acquisition, LML Payment Systems was amalgamated with a Digital River subsidiary and the amalgamated company will continue operating under the name “LML Payment Systems Inc.” As a result of the completion of the acquisition, trading in shares of LML Payment Systems has been permanently discontinued. LML Payment Systems shareholders will receive U.S. $3.45 per share in cash for their shares.
About LML Payment Systems Inc.
LML Payment Systems Inc., through its Canadian subsidiary Beanstream Internet Commerce Inc., and US subsidiaries Beanstream Internet Commerce Corp. and LML Payment Systems Corp., is a leading provider of financial payment processing solutions for e-commerce and traditional businesses. The company provides credit card processing, online debit, electronic funds transfer, automated clearinghouse payment processing and authentication services, along with routing of selected transactions to third party processors and banks for authorization and settlement. For more details about LML Payment Systems, visit www.lmlpayment.com.
About Digital River, Inc.
Digital River, Inc., the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, builds and manages online businesses for software and game publishers, consumer electronics manufacturers, distributors, online retailers and affiliates. Its multi-channel commerce solution, which supports both direct and indirect sales, is designed to help companies of all sizes maximize online revenues as well as reduce the costs and risks of running a global commerce operation. The company’s comprehensive platform offers site development and hosting, order management, global payments, cloud-based billing, fraud management, export controls, tax management, physical and digital product fulfillment, multi-lingual customer service, advanced reporting and strategic marketing services.
Founded in 1994, Digital River is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. For more details about Digital River, visit its corporate website, follow the company on Twitter or call +1 952-253-1234.
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