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Advent International agrees investment in Planet to accelerate growth in global integrated payments

  • Existing investor, Eurazeo, to share co-control with Advent, providing stability and accelerated growth for Planet
  • Investment will accelerate Planet’s global leadership in payments
  • Advent brings proven track record in payments and software

LONDON, May 28, 2021 – Planet, a global integrated payments leader, will accelerate its growth strategy with a new investment from Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. Advent has agreed to co-ownership with Eurazeo, a leading global investment company.

Planet provides integrated digital payment services on a unique single platform that offers acquiring, processing, digital wallets, VAT refund and currency conversion services to merchants in the Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Parking and Financial sectors. By partnering with Planet, merchants enhance their customers’ omnichannel experience, while generating additional revenue from value added payments services.

Advent and Eurazeo share a common vision for the business – to accelerate Planet’s existing strategy, deliver new innovations to customers faster, and further develop Planet’s position as a global leader in integrated payments.

Marc Frappier, Eurazeo Managing Partner and Board member, said: “Six years ago, we saw the potential in Planet to become a world-class payments business delivering innovative products and digital services across multiple vertical sectors. Since then, we have been delighted with Planet’s strategic direction and growth trajectory.”

Jeff Paduch, Managing Partner of Advent, said: “In today’s vertical payments landscape, it is rare to find a business with such a unique proposition and diversified product suite. Together with Eurazeo, we are excited to help Planet realise its full potential and accelerate its ambitious growth strategy.”

Patrick Waldron, CEO of Planet, said: “This new investment will accelerate the rate at which we develop and roll-out new innovations. It will ensure we are able to offer our customers and partners a world-leading range of payments solutions in keeping with consumers’ ever changing needs and expectations.”

Advent has an unparalleled track record in accelerating the growth of businesses across the payments and software industries. Worldwide since 2008, Advent has invested ~$4 billion in eight payments companies and has supported over 40 add-on acquisitions made by these companies.

About Planet

Planet is a provider of integrated digital payment services on a unique single platform that offers acquiring, processing, digital wallets, VAT refund and currency conversion services. Planet helps businesses meet the needs of their customers by simplifying complex payments, helping people
spend freely. Planet serves 600,000 Merchants and 100 partner banks across more than 70 markets on five continents. Planet is part of the Eurazeo portfolio of growth companies. Planet acquired 3C Payment in August 2020.

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About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 375 private equity investments across 42 countries, and as of December 31, 2020, had €62 billion ($72 billion)in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 240 private equity investment
professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; health care; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. After 35 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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About Eurazeo

Eurazeo is a leading global investment group, with a diversified portfolio of €21.8 billion in Assets Under Management, including €15.0 billion from third parties, invested in 450 companies. With its considerable private equity, private debt and real assets expertise, Eurazeo accompanies companies of all sizes, supporting their development through the commitment of its nearly 300 professionals and by offering deep sector expertise, a gateway to global markets, and a responsible and stable foothold for transformational growth. Its solid institutional and family shareholder base, robust financial structure free of structural debt, and flexible investment horizon enable Eurazeo to support its
companies over the long term.

Eurazeo has offices in Paris, New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Madrid.

Eurazeo is listed on Euronext Paris.

ISIN: FR0000121121 – Bloomberg: RF FP – Reuters: EURA.PA


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