- €575 million placed and €2.16 billion in market capitalisation -
Paris – 27 June 2014 – Euronext today congratulated Worldline, the European leader in online payments and transactional services, on its listing in Compartment A on Euronext Paris.
Drawing on 40 years of experience, Worldline holds a unique position in the online payment and transactional services market. As European leader and a major global contender, Worldline operates across the extended payment services value chain, offering a full range of services covering all aspects of online transactions and payments. Its activities are organized around three axes: Merchant Services and Terminals, Mobility and e-Transactional Services, Financial Processing Services and Software Licensing.The group is present in 17 countries and has 7,200 employees.
Worldline (ticker code: WLN) was listed through the admission to trading of the 131,766,830 shares making up its equity, with 35,040,793 shares allocated to the offering including 15,548,780 new shares issued in a Global Offering, and 19,492,013 existing shares, before potential exercise of the over-allotment option.
The admission and issue price of Worldline shares was set at €16.40 per share. Market capitalisation was around €2.16 billion on the day of listing. The placement totalled €575 million.
“We want to congratulate Worldline, a French company that leads the field in Europe and a key player in the international arena, on the resounding success of today’s IPO. Listing will open a larger pool of liquidity and help finance Worldline’s growth projects, while raising its profile, particularly on international markets. It confirms a genuine and lasting reopening of our markets, enthusiasm from investors and the return of large-scale listings in Paris,” said Anthony Attia, Chairman and CEO of Euronext Paris.
“We are delighted with Worldline’s successful IPO, rewarding a company whose relentless innovation and cutting-edge technology has won markets in France and around the world. This is an historic day as we welcome three major listings on two of our markets—Paris and Amsterdam. These placed almost €2 billion altogether — the largest single-day total since 2007— and an excellent illustration of Euronext’s drive to consolidate its position as a major financial centre in Europe,”added Marc Lefèvre, Euronext’s Head of Business Development and Client Coverage, Listings.
Worldline CEO Gilles Grapinet added: “We are very proud of Worldline’s successful listing on Euronext in Paris and I want to share this moment with our employees who work hard every day to expand our reach. Listing opens a new page in our company’s history, along with a host of new opportunities for our group, our clients and our staff. As an innovative, technology-driven company and one of the premier contenders in electronic payments in Europe, we will be in a position to make best use of consolidation and scope for future development of the sector, and to strengthen our presence on international markets.”
To celebrate, Worldline rang the opening bell for trading on financial markets, accompanied by its advisers and Euronext staff.