Boston, MA
January 2006

Payments Industry M&A Report – Q4, 2005


Mergers and acquisitions continued at full speed during the fourth quarter of 2005, making 2005 a landmark year for the payments industry.  Highlights of this quarter included:

*  The merger of the world’s two largest smart card manufacturers, Gemplus and Axalto

*  U.S. third-party card processors continued international expansion efforts

*  Pay By Touch Solutions serial acquisitions

The Payments Industry M&A Report – Q4 2005 provides comments and analysis on major deals announced within the fourth quarter of 2005.  It also includes summary information on the payments industry related M&A deals, contact person(s) related to each deal, and an M&A activity table that summarizes the highlights of each deal.  

The report contains 45 pages and 3 exhibits.

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