Finance Finance News US digital payments giant Square to buy Afterpay in multibillion-dollar deal

US digital payments giant Square to buy Afterpay in multibillion-dollar deal

Afterpay shares became hot property among retail traders during the pandemic. Photo: Getty
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Australian buy-now-pay-later group Afterpay will merge with US digital payments giant Square in a deal worth $39 billion.

The pair have entered into a scheme implementation deed under which Square will acquire all of the issued shares in Afterpay.

The transaction – which has been unanimously recommended by the Afterpay board barring no other superior offer emerging – is valued at $A39 billion ($US29 billion) and will be paid in Square stock.

“Square and Afterpay have a shared purpose,” Square CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey said on Monday.

“Together we can better connect our Cash App and Seller ecosystems to deliver even more compelling products and services for merchants and consumers, putting the power back in their hands.”

Square said Afterpay would be integrated into its existing Seller and Cash App units, allowing merchants to offer BNPL options to customers at checkout.

Afterpay customers will be able to manage their instalment payments directly in Square’s Cash App and Cash App customers will be able to look up merchants and BNPL options within the app.

Under the deal, Afterpay shareholders will get 0.375 Square shares for each Afterpay share held.

Based on Square’s US closing price of $US247.26 per share on July 30, Afterpay shares have an implied value of $126.21 each – a premium of about 30 per cent to Friday’s close.

The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of calendar 2022, pending court approval of a scheme of arrangement.

Afterpay’s co-founders and co-CEOs – Anthony Eisen and Mick Molnar – will join Square once that’s done.