Jack Henry & Associates to Acquire Payrailz

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Payrailz, “adding the company’s next-generation digital payment capabilities, including real-time person-to-person (P2P) payments, to Jack Henry’s payments ecosystem.”

Based in Glastonbury, Conn., Payrailz provides cloud-native, API-first, AI-enabled consumer and commercial digital payment solutions and experiences that “enable money to be moved in the moment of need, and banks and credit unions to successfully compete with industry disruptors.”

Greg Adelson, President and COO of Jack Henry, said:

“We are excited about the opportunity to add these next-generation solutions to our payments capabilities.Our company is engaged in technology modernization that is supporting banks and credit unions with innovative solutions that enable them to respond to business opportunities and challenges, and to improve the financial health of their accountholders. Considering the importance of modern digital and payments strategies to financial institutions, we plan to acquire Payrailz as a strategic addition to our payments ecosystem, which enables our clients to simplify the complexity of payments, modernize their existing payment channels, and remain at the center of their account holders’ payment experiences.”

Acquiring Payrailz “supports Jack Henry’s next-generation technology strategy that helps banks and credit unions innovate faster and meet the evolving needs of consumer and commercial accountholders.”

This acquisition also “reinforces the company’s mission to strengthen connections between people and financial institutions through technology and services that reduce the barriers to financial health.”

This acquisition “enhances Jack Henry’s payments-as-a-service (PaaS) strategy, which is a natural extension of its commitment to open banking and the ability to enable embedded finance and embedded fintech.”

Jack Henry supports “the growing demand for PaaS with a virtual payments hub that consolidates money-moving solutions and supports numerous payment channels and types.”

Payrailz strategically “complements this hub with next-generation capabilities for consumer and commercial bill pay, real-time person-to-person (P2P), account-to-account (A2A), business-to-customer (B2C) payments, and more.”

Fran Duggan, Payrailz CEO and Founder, said:

“We are confident joining Jack Henry is in the best interest of our clients and our associates. As part of Jack Henry, we have the opportunity to leverage its financial strength and stability, extensive operational infrastructure, and industry, payments, and security expertise. Joining Jack Henry also enables us to build on our market reputation and accelerate our vision of providing smarter payment experiences. This acquisition provides significant growth opportunities with frictionless access to Jack Henry’s existing clients and offers our clients peace-of-mind that Jack Henry has a long-term commitment to investing in the Payrailz platform and shares our service culture and standards. We are sincerely excited to join one of the industry’s most respected and successful fintechs.”

Financial details and terms of the definitive purchase agreement “were not disclosed.” The acquisition is “expected to close August 31, 2022.”

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