Payoneer set to become publicly-traded company


Payoneer Inc., the global payment and commerce-enabling platform which powers growth for millions of digital businesses worldwide, and FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, announced a definitive agreement and plan of reorganization.

Upon closing of the reorganization, the newly created holding company will be renamed Payoneer Global Inc. and the combined company will operate as Payoneer, a U.S. publicly listed entity. The company is expected to have an implied estimated enterprise value of $3.3 billion at closing, based on current assumptions.

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Payoneer’s management team will continue to lead the company.  Payoneer has been backed by investments from TCV, Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE), Viola Ventures, Wellington Management, Nyca Partners, Temasek and more.

Payoneer’s digital platform streamlines global commerce for millions of small businesses, marketplaces and enterprises from over 190 countries and territories. Leveraging its robust technology, compliance, operations and banking infrastructure, Payoneer delivers a suite of services that includes cross-border payments, working capital, tax solutions, risk management and payment orchestration for merchants. 

Payoneer’s mission is to democratize access to financial services and drive growth for digital businesses of all sizes from around the world.  It was founded on the basis that technology and the internet were transforming commerce and making it possible for anyone anywhere to build and grow a digital business. 

Over the past 15 years, Payoneer has built a broad ecosystem that connects marketplaces, sellers, freelancers, gig workers, manufacturers, banks, suppliers, buyers and more into an integrated global platform.  Payoneer’s secure, regulated platform offers a global, multi-currency account to businesses of any size around the world, enabling them to pay and get paid globally as easily as they do locally.

Building upon its meaningful brand, recognized and trusted by businesses all over the world, Payoneer has expanded its services to empower businesses to grow globally.  Payoneer services include Marketplace Payments; B2B Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable; Merchant Services; Working Capital; and Risk and Compliance Services. 

“Technology is transforming commerce globally, bringing down borders and making it possible for entrepreneurs from all over the world to build a digital business,” said Scott Galit, chief executive of Payoneer. 

“This new way of doing business requires a global financial platform built for the digital age.  Payoneer’s purpose-built platform provides global connectivity with localized capabilities, layered on top of a robust and scalable compliance, risk and regulatory infrastructure.  We are incredibly excited about the opportunity ahead and believe that our leading global platform, brand, product suite, and network create significant and sustainable competitive advantages, and that our multi-pronged growth strategy will deliver strong growth for years to come.  We are thrilled to partner with Betsy Cohen and the FTOC team and are confident that we will benefit from their significant industry expertise as we embark on our journey as a public company,” he said.

Betsy Cohen, chairman of the board of directors of FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp., said, “Payoneer is at the forefront of the rapid, global shift to digital commerce across all sectors.  Its innovative and unique high-tech, high-touch platform positions Payoneer at the epicenter of some of the most powerful and enduring trends driving global commerce today”. 

“Its proven ability to facilitate the overall growth of e-commerce through capabilities such as B2B payment digitization, global risk and compliance infrastructure, and the enablement for SMBs to rapidly grow and scale sets Payoneer apart.  I couldn’t be more excited about this transaction which will allow this talented team to accelerate their growth strategy and continue to democratize access to global commerce,” said Cohen.

Following the reorganization, the company is expected to have up to $563 million in cash, offering significant capital flexibility for continued organic and inorganic growth.

Existing Payoneer equity holders have the potential to receive an earnout of additional shares of common stock if certain stock price targets are met as set forth in the reorganization agreement, and they will remain the largest investors by rolling over significant equity into the Company.

The Reorganization has been unanimously approved by the boards of both Payoneer and FTOC. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021, subject to approval by the stockholders of FTOC, the effectiveness of a registration statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the transaction, the completion of any required regulatory procedures, including any required approvals under applicable money transmitter laws, and other customary closing conditions.

Financial Technology Partners is the exclusive financial and capital markets advisor to Payoneer.  Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is the legal counsel to Payoneer and Paul Hastings is serving as regulatory counsel to Payoneer.  PwC serves as Payoneer’s auditors.   

Citi and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial and capital markets advisors to FTOC, Cantor Fitzgerald is serving as capital markets advisor to FTOC, and Morgan Lewis is serving as legal counsel to FTOC.  Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Citi are placement agents on the PIPE.

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