Cardtronics to acquire Welch ATM

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Cardtronics has announced a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Welch ATM for USD160 million.

The combination of Cardtronics and Welch ATM will bring together two retail ATM services providers, with complementary customer bases and sales capabilities. Cardtronics has demonstrated success placing ATMs with national chain retailers and forming ATM branding relationships with national and international financial institutions. Welch ATM has established its core strength around delivering ATM services to mid-market retailers and ATM branding to mid-tier banks and credit unions. The combined business will be positioned to accelerate revenue growth, achieve cost synergies, create additional value for its retailer and financial institution customers, and drive shareholder value.

Cardtronics Chief Executive Officer Steve Rathgaber said: “We believe this acquisition creates great value for all of our stakeholders. As a combined company, we can offer an expanded product set for customers and consumers, plus improved operational efficiencies. For our shareholders, by combining Cardtronics and Welch ATM, we will broaden our client mix and further our customer diversification. In doing so, we expect to drive higher earnings per share within the next 12 months.”

Welch ATM Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hewitt said: “The combination of Cardtronics and Welch ATM will create a larger, more diverse customer base, as well as offer a comprehensive range of ATM services across every market segment in the United States. And that means compelling new opportunities to expand our product sets, including ATM branding and retailer traffic-driving solutions, to deliver more value to our customers.”

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