In a significant deal for the buy now pay later sector, Square has confirmed the acquisition of Australian firm Afterpay.
The deal has seen the pair enter into a Scheme Implementation Deed under which Square has agreed to acquire all of the issued shares in Afterpay by way of a recommended court-approved Scheme of Arrangement.
“Square and Afterpay have a shared purpose. We built our business to make the financial system more fair, accessible, and inclusive, and Afterpay has built a trusted brand aligned with those principles,” commented Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Square.
“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.”
It has been reported that the acquisition is worth around US$29 billion, based on the closing price of Square common stock on July 30, 2021, and is expected to be paid in all stock.
Alyssa Henry, Lead of Square’s Seller business also stated on the deal: “Buy now, pay later has been a powerful growth tool for sellers globally. We are thrilled to not only add this product to our Seller ecosystem, but to do it with a trusted and innovative team.”
“The addition of Afterpay to Cash App will strengthen our growing networks of consumers around the world, while supporting consumers with flexible, responsible payment options,” added Brian Grassadonia, Lead of Square’s Cash App business.
“Afterpay will help deepen and reinforce the connections between our Cash App and Seller ecosystems, and accelerate our ability to offer a rich suite of commerce capabilities to Cash App customers.”
As part of the collaboration, Afterpay’s global merchant base will look to accelerate Square’s growth with larger sellers and expansion into new geographies, while helping to drive further acquisition of new Square sellers.
“By combining with Square, we will further accelerate our growth in the U.S. and globally, offer access to a new category of in-person merchants, and provide a broader platform of new and valuable capabilities and services to our merchants and consumers,” concluded Anthony Eisen and Nick Molnar, Afterpay Co-Founders and Co-CEOs.
“We are fully aligned with Square’s purpose and, together, we hope to continue redefining financial wellness and responsible spending for our customers.”
“The transaction marks an important recognition of the Australian technology sector as homegrown innovation continues to be shared more broadly throughout the world. It also provides our shareholders with the opportunity to be a part of future growth of an innovative company aligned with our vision.”