ACI Worldwide to Acquire Western Union’s Speedpay U.S. Domestic Bill Pay Business

NAPLES, Fla. & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ACI
Worldwide
(NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic
payment and banking solutions
, and The Western Union
Company (NYSE: WU), a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency
money movement, today announced they have entered into a definitive
agreement for ACI to acquire Speedpay, Western Union’s United States
bill pay business, for $750 million in an all-cash transaction. This
acquisition brings together two leading bill pay portfolios in the
rapidly-evolving U.S. electronic bill pay and presentment (EBPP) market.


Together, the ACI and Speedpay bill pay solutions will serve more than
4,000 customers across the U.S., bringing expanded reach in existing and
complementary segments such as consumer finance, insurance, healthcare,
higher education, utilities, government and mortgage. This will enable
the combined business to more effectively serve a rapidly-evolving
category as well as pursue additional vertical segments.

The acquisition of Speedpay will increase the scale of ACI’s On Demand
platform business and will accelerate platform innovation through
increased R&D spend and investments in ACI On Demand’s platform
infrastructure. ACI will bring together the Speedpay and UP Bill Payment
platforms into a unified bill payment platform that will support
billions of transactions. Moreover, the combined ACI and Speedpay team
of bill payments experts will bring together decades of vertical
experience and payments thought leadership, developing and delivering
end-to-end solutions that more efficiently address specific business
needs and add more value to customers and partners.

This acquisition reinforces ACI’s “any payment, every possibility”
vision and accelerates our ability to capitalize on the growing global
payment transaction opportunity over the next five years. It presents a
great opportunity for ACI to strengthen and add scale to our On Demand
business, and provides fuel for growth and increased R&D investment
which will benefit both ACI and Speedpay customers,” said Phil Heasley,
president and CEO, ACI Worldwide. “We are excited to welcome the
talented Speedpay team into the ACI family. With decades of proven
success, the ACI and Speedpay teams have a deep understanding of bill
payments, and the combination of our portfolios delivers an unmatched
value proposition.”

With more than 15 billion transactions in 2018, the U.S. bill pay market
continues to grow at steady mid-single digit rates. This growth is
driven by factors such as increased consumer adoption of digital and
mobile payments, the move to real-time payments and digital subscription
billing.

Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of Western Union, stated, “Divesting the
Speedpay business allows us to concentrate our resources on our
cross-border money movement strategies and monetize a non-core asset for
our shareholders. Our strategy remains focused on expanding our digital
services, leveraging our platform to unlock new cross-border,
cross-currency payments opportunities, and generating additional
operating efficiencies.”

The addition of the Speedpay business, generating more than $350 million
in revenue and $90 million in adjusted EBITDA in 2018, provides
compelling financial benefit to ACI and is expected to materially
improve net adjusted EBITDA margin in ACI’s On Demand segment. The
transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory
approvals and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of
2019.

Centerview Partners LLC is acting as financial advisor to Western Union
and BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor to ACI.
Sidley Austin LLP is Western Union’s counsel and Jones Day is advising
ACI.

In a separate press release issued today, ACI announced fourth quarter
and full year 2018 financial results. The press release is available in
the Investor Relations section of ACI’s website www.aciworldwide.com/.

ACI will host a conference call at 8:30 am EST today to discuss the
transaction as well as fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial
results. Interested persons may access a real-time audio broadcast of
the teleconference at http://investor.aciworldwide.com/
or use the following numbers for dial-in participation: US/Canada: (866)
914-7436, International/Local: +1 (817) 385-9117. Please provide your
name, the conference name ACI Worldwide, Inc. and conference ID code
5556709.

There will be a replay available for two weeks on (855) 859-2056 for
US/Canada and +1 (404) 537-3406 for International/Local dial-In
participants.

About ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, the Universal
Payments
 (UP) company, powers electronic
payments
 for more than 5,100 organizations around the world. More
than 1,000 of the largest financial institutions and intermediaries, as
well as thousands of global merchants, rely on ACI to execute $14
trillion each day in payments and securities. In addition, myriad
organizations utilize our electronic
bill presentment and payment
 services. Through our comprehensive
suite of software solutions delivered on customers’ premises or through
ACI’s private
cloud
, we provide real-time, immediate
payments
 capabilities and enable the industry’s most complete omni-channel
payments
 experience. To learn more about ACI, please visit www.aciworldwide.com.
You can also find us on Twitter @ACI_Worldwide.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a global leader in cross-border,
cross-currency money movement. Our omnichannel platform connects the
digital and physical worlds and makes it possible for consumers and
businesses to send and receive money and make payments with speed, ease,
and reliability. As of December 31, 2018, our network included over
550,000 retail agent locations offering Western Union, Vigo or Orlandi
Valuta branded services in more than 200 countries and territories, with
the capability to send money to billions of accounts. Additionally, westernunion.com,
our fastest growing channel in 2018, is available in more than 60
countries, plus additional territories, to move money around the world.
In 2018, we moved over $300 billion in principal in nearly 130
currencies and processed 34 transactions every second across all our
services. With our global reach, Western Union moves money for
better, connecting family, friends and businesses to enable financial
inclusion and support economic growth. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

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Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not
limited to, statements regarding: (i) expectations that the acquisition
will increase the scale of ACI’s On Demand platform business and will
accelerate platform innovation through increased R&D spend and
investments in ACI On Demand’s platform infrastructure; (ii)
expectations that the acquisition accelerates our ability to capitalize
on the growing global payment transaction opportunity over the next five
years, expectations regarding the opportunity for ACI to strengthen and
add scale to our On Demand business, and expectations that the
combination will provide fuel for growth and increased R&D investment
which will benefit both ACI and Speedpay customers; (iii) expectations
that the U.S. bill pay market continues to grow at steady mid-single
digit rates and that this growth is driven by consumer adoption of
digital and mobile payments, real-time payments growth and digital
subscription billing; (iv) expectations that the acquisition provides
compelling financial benefit to ACI and is expected to materially
improve net adjusted EBITDA margin in ACI’s On Demand segment; and (v)
expectations that the transaction will close by the end of the second
quarter of 2019.

All of the foregoing forward-looking statements are expressly qualified
by the risk factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Such factors include, but are not limited to,
increased competition, the success of our Universal Payments strategy,
demand for our products, restrictions and other financial covenants in
our debt agreement, consolidations and failures in the financial
services industry, customer reluctance to switch to a new vendor, the
accuracy of management’s backlog estimates, the maturity of certain
products, failure to obtain renewals of customer contracts or to obtain
such renewals on favorable terms, delay or cancellation of customer
projects or inaccurate project completion estimates, volatility and
disruption of the capital and credit markets and adverse changes in the
global economy, our existing levels of debt, impairment of our goodwill
or intangible assets, litigation, future acquisitions, strategic
partnerships and investments, the complexity of our products and
services and the risk that they may contain hidden defects or be
subjected to security breaches or viruses, compliance of our products
with applicable legislation, governmental regulations and industry
standards, our ability to protect customer information from security
breaches or attacks, our compliance with privacy regulations, our
ability to adequately defend our intellectual property, exposure to
credit or operating risks arising from certain payment funding methods,
the cyclical nature of our revenue and earnings and the accuracy of
forecasts due to the concentration of revenue-generating activity during
the final weeks of each quarter, business interruptions or failure of
our information technology and communication systems, our offshore
software development activities, risks from operating internationally,
including fluctuations in currency exchange rates, exposure to unknown
tax liabilities, volatility in our stock price, and potential claims
associated with our sale and transition of our CFS assets and
liabilities. For a detailed discussion of these risk factors, parties
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statement.

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in the regions and industries in which we operate, including global
economic downturns and trade disruptions, or significantly slower growth
or declines in the money transfer, payment service, and other markets in
which we operate, including downturns or declines related to
interruptions in migration patterns, or non-performance by our banks,
lenders, insurers, or other financial services providers; failure to
compete effectively in the money transfer and payment service industry,
including among other things, with respect to price, with global and
niche or corridor money transfer providers, banks and other money
transfer and payment service providers, including electronic, mobile and
Internet-based services, card associations, and card-based payment
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retain qualified key employees and to manage our workforce successfully;
material changes in the market value or liquidity of securities that we
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to our regulatory and litigation environment, such as: liabilities or
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Agreements”), and those associated with the January 4, 2018 consent
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from litigation, including class-action lawsuits and similar matters,
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evolving industry standards regarding consumer privacy and data use and
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Regulation (“GDPR”) approved by the European Union (“EU”); failure to
comply with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection
Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), as well as regulations issued pursuant to it
and the actions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and
similar legislation and regulations enacted by other governmental
authorities in the United States and abroad related to consumer
protection and derivative transactions; effects of unclaimed property
laws or their interpretation or the enforcement thereof; failure to
maintain sufficient amounts or types of regulatory capital or other
restrictions on the use of our working capital to meet the changing
requirements of our regulators worldwide; changes in accounting
standards, rules and interpretations or industry standards affecting our
business; and (iii) other events, such as: catastrophic events; and
management’s ability to identify and manage these and other risks.

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Contacts

ACI Media Relations:
Dan Ring
+1 (781) 370-3600
dan.ring@aciworldwide.com

ACI Investor Relations:
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John.kraft@aciworldwide.com

Western Union Media Relations:
Claire Treacy
+1 (720)
332-0652
claire.treacy@westernunion.com

Western Union Investor Relations:
Mike Salop
+1(720)
332-8276
mike.salop@westernunion.com

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