On January 30, 2023, Marqeta, the world's leading modern card issuing platform, announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Power Finance, Inc. ('Power'), a provider of software for managing credit card programs. The transaction is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions.
Simon Khalaf, the newly-appointed CEO at Marqeta, expressed, "We're thrilled to welcome the Power team and product to Marqeta. We already see considerable demand for differentiated credit products from companies looking to innovate in this space who are held back by the constraints of legacy technology." He added, "We thoroughly examined possible acquisitions to more quickly establish Marqeta's leadership in the modern credit space. It became clear to us that Power would strengthen Marqeta's platform with a best-in-class tech stack for credit card program management."
(Source – Business Wire)
Meanwhile, Randy Fernando, CEO of Power Finance, will now oversee the product management of Marqeta's credit card platform as part of this deal.
The merging of Marqeta and Power platforms will enable the former's customers to create customized credit solutions that meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses. Both organizations were founded on these product ideas to meet developers' current and scalable needs. This arrangement allows Marqeta customers to introduce many credit products and structures, including Power's data science toolbox and Marqeta's rewards innovations. The company intends to swiftly improve its credit offering after acquiring Power.
Randy Fernando, Co-Founder and CEO at Power Finance, stated, "Companies like ours were made possible because of the path Marqeta blazed in modern card issuing, demonstrating the possibilities in payments with flexible and modern payment infrastructure." He added, "At Power, we built a full-stack, cloud-native credit card issuance platform, and by becoming a part of Marqeta we have the ability now to bring this innovation to a much larger market at global scale."
(Source – Business Wire)
Subject to customary adjustments, the purchase price comprises $223 million in cash, of which about one-third is due over two years, subject to certain conditions, while $52 million is subject to a 12-month milestone.
With the first open API platform, Marqeta makes issuing cards and processing payments lightning-fast and efficient. The company's platform was designed to facilitate a novel payment experience across a wide range of apps and services that are used regularly. Currently, it employs more than 800 people in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, and Asia-Pacific. Its products are used by industry leaders in digital banking, lending, e-commerce, on-demand services, and more. The company has broad agreements with banks and card networks like Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.