Marking a year of significant transformation under its new management team, First Data Corporation today announced that First Data Holdings Inc., the direct parent company of First Data, has received commitments to purchase approximately $3.5 billion of its common equity in a private placement. The net proceeds from the private placement will be used to strengthen the company’s balance sheet through repaying portions of its debt, allowing the company to focus additional capital on accelerating its transformation to a solutions and innovation company that helps First Data clients grow their businesses.
The $3.5 billion comprising the private placement announced today includes $1.5 billion from existing investors and $2.0 billion from new investors, including a diverse group of pension funds, mutual funds, asset managers and wealthy individuals. KKR provided approximately $1.2 billion, including $500 million from its 2006 Fund and $700 million from its balance sheet. Upon close of the transaction, KKR's balance sheet will have approximately $1.0 billion invested in First Data’s equity, through general partner and limited partner interests.
“We have taken full advantage of the last 12 months to strengthen our company through a total focus on serving our clients and bringing them new innovations that help them grow their business,” said Frank Bisignano. “The enthusiastic response to our strategic vision and the resulting $3.5 billion investment in the future of First Data, demonstrates confidence in the strategy on which we’ve embarked and validates the outstanding work of our 23,000 employee-shareholders. The new investment will unlock $375 million per year to help us accelerate our transformation,” Bisignano added.
The private placement follows the first year of leadership under Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano, during which the management team of First Data has implemented a comprehensive shift in the company’s vision for the future, corporate culture and client focus, transforming it from a payments processor to a collaborative solutions provider that partners with clients of all sizes. Clients that partner with First Data to help grow their businesses include thousands of financial institutions and millions of small-, medium- and large-sized businesses, from Main Street shops to the world’s largest corporations.