Citing security concerns, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. made it clear it will not approve the purchase of money network operator MoneyGram by Jack Ma’s Ant Financial. This deal planned to provide Ant with new inroads in the U.S. and provide MoneyGram with cash and a technology partner. Bloomberg News reported:
The Chinese financial services giant controlled by Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma abandoned a plan to buy MoneyGram International Inc. after failing to win approval for the deal from a key government panel. China’s largest online wealth management and payments service may now have to throttle back plans to expand in the world’s largest financial market as it begins preparations to go public in the next year or so.
So what happens next? It will be interesting to see if Euronet resurfaces to make a bid for MoneyGram. They had made a competitive offer to buy MoneyGram in early 2017, but Ant Financial out bid them. Ant and MoneyGram say that despite the failed merger, they will develop a strategic partnership to work on mutually beneficial growth opportunities:
Technology companies understand the situation and are evolving in their approach. They are doing more things organically, they are doing more strategic alliances,” Jeremy Choy, head of M&A for China Renaissance, told Bloomberg Television. “We don’t think this is the start of a trend where people just won’t do things in the U.S. A lot of technology companies are becoming increasingly global, so they have to go to the U.S. But in terms of the approach, it will be less direct than finding a target and buying 100 percent.”
Overview by Sarah Grotta, Director, Debit and Alternitive Products Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group
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