Global Payments

Global Payments Inc. is an American company providing financial technology services globally.[3] Headquartered in Atlanta, its stock is a component of the S&P 500 stock market index.


Global Payments provides payment processing services to merchants, allowing them to accept credit and debit cards, along with other payment types (this role is known as a merchant acquirer). In return, they receive a percentage of the transaction value (usually about 1-2% for credit cards). They provide these services both directly to merchants, and indirectly through other financial organizations. Global Payments also provides other supporting (“vertical”) services and analytics (“omnichannel”) to customers of its main payment processing services.

As of 2017, 40% of revenue was derived from vertical and omnichannel services.[4] As of 2016, 75% of Global Payments revenue was from North America, 18% was from Europe, and 7% was from Asia-Pacific.[5] Global Payments processes approximately 6 billion transactions per year for 1 million merchant locations.[6] Global Payments has 8500 employees.

It is a Fortune 1000 company.[7]


Global Payments was founded in 2000 and spun off from National Data Corporation, its former parent company, in 2001.[8] Global Payments has been an independent, publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange having the ticker symbol “GPN” since its spin off.

In 2009, it paid $75 million for United Card Service, Russia’s leading credit card processing company.[9]

In 2011, Global Payments’s United Card Service bought Alfa-Bank’s credit card processing unit.[9]

In October 2012, it acquired the smaller Accelerated Payment Technologies for $413 million.[10]

In October 2014, it purchased Australian payment processing company Ezidebit for $305 million.[11]

In January 2015, it bought Payment Processing (also known as PayPros), a California company, for $420 million.[12]

In March 2015 Global Payments bought Realex Payments, an Irish based payments gateway services company for €115 million. [13]

On April 25, 2016, Global Payments completed the acquisition of Heartland Payment Systems[9] for $4.3 billion.[14] Both Global Payments and its subsidiary Heartland Payment Systems were among the leading credit card processing companies in 2016, according to Business Insider.[15] Its headquarters moved from Sandy Springs, Georgia to Atlanta, Georgia in 2016.[16]

In 2017, Global Payments initiated acquiring divisions of Active Networks.[17]

In 2018, Global Payments completed acquisition of AdvancedMD.[18]

In 2018, Global Payments completed acquisition of Sentral Education.[19]

On May 28, 2019, Global Payments announced a $21.5 billion merger with TSYS. The merger is expected to trigger a Federal Trade Commission investigation.[20]

Its largest deal to date would have been the reported merger with FIS_(company), estimated around US$70 billion, but which fell apart at the last minute in December 2020. However, it is expected to be revisited in 2021.[21]


In 2012, a data breach at Global Payments affected 1.5 million credit and debit card numbers.[22][23] This breach eventually cost the company around $100 million.[24] In 2015, a technical fault with Global Payments’s systems led to thousands of British businesses being unable to accept credit card payments on Valentine’s Day weekend.[25]


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  8. ^“Global Payments Timeline”. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  9. ^ Jump up to:ab c Dexter Filkins. “Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers”. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^CNBC (2012-10-02). “Global Payments closes on APT acquisition”. CNBC. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  11. ^Passmore, Daryl (2014-10-10). “Easy way to becoming a multimillionaire”. The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  12. ^Whiteman, Lou (2014-01-24). “Global Payments Swipes Smaller Rival”. TheStreet. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  13. ^“Global Payments Acquires Realex Payments”.
  14. ^Merced, Michael J. de la (2015-12-15). “Global Payments to Buy Heartland Payment for $4.3 Billion”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  15. ^Meola, Andrew. “These are the leading credit card processing companies”. Business Insider. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  16. ^Ibata, David (2016-07-06). “Global Payments moving HQ to Atlanta from Sandy Springs”. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  17. ^Jones, Donovan (2017-08-10). “Global Payments To Acquire ACTIVE Network Divisions From Vista Equity Partners”. Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  18. ^“Global Payments Completes Acquisition of AdvancedMD”. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  19. ^“Private Equity Hotshots and Deals”. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  20. ^“Global Payment Merger with Total System”.
  21. ^“FIS, Global Payments Held Unsuccessful Talks to Merge”. 20 December 2020.
  22. ^Pepitone, Julianne. “1.5 million card numbers at risk from hack”. CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  23. ^Sidel, Robin; Johnson, Andrew R. (2012-03-30). “Data Breach Sparks Worry”. Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  24. ^“The 10 Biggest Bank Card Hacks”. WIRED. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  25. ^Brooks-Pollock, Tom. “Global Payments: Thousands of firms left fuming after card payment glitch hits business on Valentine’s Day weekend”. The Mirror. Retrieved 18 November 2017.


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