The following is a transcript of a CNBC interview with Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments Inc. A video of the interview was made available on Global Payment Inc.s website on May 30, 2019.
Joining us now here at Post 9, first on CNBC, Global Payments CEO Jeff Sloan, nice to have you here
Thanks for having me.
As we were in break, you said this was years potentially in the making, but now the timing was right. Why now?
Theres probably never been a period, David, where theres been more innovation in payments than weve seen in last several years. So Ali pay in Asia Pacific, contactless now coming to the United States here in New York with OMNY in the subway. As a result, its really a scale business. Scale has never been more important to invest in those new technologies than it is today. So I think thats whats driving many of the mergers weve had this year.
And you are the third, weve talked obviously about Fiserv and First Data, Fidelity National and Worldpay. Scale, what does it allow you to do are you going to be able to buy more software companies? Specifically, what is it that this scale is going to let you do?
So, were going to be combined the largest pure pay payments technology company in the world. Hands down. That allows us to do a few things: first, continue to invest in the software and vertical markets that we at Global Payments have been investing in for a long time. So, as a result of this transaction, David, well be the largest provider, 900 million of revenue in integrated payments in the world, the largest provider of e-commerce and omnichannel payments, also at 900 million in the world, with physical presence in 38 countries and virtual presence in 100. So that allows us, with scale, to continue to make the investments we need to make to stay ahead of the curve.
Is there an expectation amongst you and some of your merging competitors that there will be new entrants in this field that you want to prepare for? Is it possible we could see an Apple or Amazon consider trying to get in on this game?
I think its less likely, David, that youd have someone like that because to be honest, Amazon with Amazon Pay, Apple with Apple Pay is already in our business. Now theyre partners of ours in many cases and were beneficiaries of their investment and their growth. But certainly, David, youve seen Stripe, youve seen Square come into our business, youve seen Paypal with iZettle. So Theres plenty of examples of technology companies making inroads into our business today, which is why its critical to have mass and scale and make the investments were continuing to make.
Who are your clients and who are they going to be in five years?
So today Sara, we have 3.5 million merchant locations around the world using our services. Those are really our clients. Of those, about a million-eight are in the United States. Primarily SMBs, or small to mid-sized businesses, which is a key point of differentiation for us. Increasingly we take those folks online, domestically as well as cross border. So I think the answer to your question is more and more technology companies. We sell our software directly to merchants. But we also partner with software companies and embed our payments in those software companies. So It will continue to be a mix of merchants today, merchants in the future, software companies and other technology companies.
Sometimes the word merger of equals makes viewers ears perk up - split board, split executive team. Is there any liability or potential confusion that comes out of that management structure?
You know I dont think so here, Carl, this is really a partnership. So these two companies are 100 miles away in Georgia, with similar cultures. Weve all known each other at the board level and at the management level for many, many years, in fact, before I came to the company about ten years ago when I was a banker at Goldman, TSYS was my client, as a banker. So Im embarrassed to say this, especially in front of Sara, we actually go back 25 years, in terms of knowledge of what these guys do. So I would tell you this is one of those situations where we all know each other very well and I think its going to work out as a fantastic partnership.
Now six months ago you potentially could have had your choice of dance partners or vice versa. Why is this the right one in terms of the combination?
Because David this best positions the combined company for success. So unlike some of the deals that have been announced, where payments is a small part of what those companies are doing, this is all the combined company does at scale, globally. So really the last pure play company at scale in payments rather than providing mortgages, providing loans, those may be very good businesses, but thats not what were experts in.
We were talking earlier this morning about tech innovation in the space. What does the tip of the spear look like in the tech evolution- is it sort of tableside payment or is there something else Im not thinking about?
So I think its like QR codes, Carl, in Asia-Pacific. The ability to use your phone, to load your phone directly from your bank account, the ability to wave your phone and accept a code is a very important thing in our business. In general, thats in Asia-Pacific and its come to the United States and Canada and the United Kingdom west to east, but I think increasingly youre going to see innovations like pay with your face, pay at the table, pay via QR code, pay via contactless, which as I said before is coming to subways next month here in the United States, those are the kinds of innovations youre going to continue to see.
They started to actually put it in at some of the turnstiles here in New York as a test. $300 million in annualized run rate cost synergies is what youre talking about and basically most of that because of areas of overlap. What are those areas?
So I would say, David, the way to think about this is in the merchant business, we really are direct overlap. And thats the way to think about it. So, were not going to need two authorization platforms, were not going to need two settlement platforms, were not going to need two chargeback platforms. So really from a platform point of view, its picking the best one of each of us and will take the best of each. I also think there are duplicative offices, duplicative go-to-market strategies. So I would say technology, operations, real estate, that kind of thing is where I think the expense savings are.
Not really head count, then?
No, I think at the end of the day to the extent that its sales and most of our businesses are sales-led, we want all those salespeople. The combined company is gonna have 3500 sales and sales professionals globally, by far the largest payments sales force in the world. From self-select all the way up through physical
You know all these mergers and this growth in this industry has happened at a time of very strong consumer and strong economic growth. What happens to your industry and how do you think about the risk factors on payments and credit card payments when we do hit a downturn?
So we chase GDP around the world. So Its very important there be a healthy consumer, that GDP be large and growing. But if you back up for a second, we become much more resilient at Global Payments, and also at TSYS, but for these purposes at Global Payments, what does that mean? We have every Burger King in North America, every Tim Hortons in Canada, 40,000 k-12 schools, a third of the universities in the United States. Youre going to send your child to school, by and large, regardless of the economy -- by the way, thats public schools as well as private schools. About 40% of the revenue of Global Payments today is really not tied to the economic environment. Of course, we all like a healthy consumer, but at the end of the day were going to be just fine in any real kind of economic climate
You mentioned Goldman a moment ago. And I hate to ask Do you have thoughts on their foray with Apple into cards?
Well I think thats great news for us, I mean the more innovation that goes, its kind of like Saras question, the more innovation that goes into the card-based business, so new issuers, new rewards, new loyalty schemes, the better for our business. We provide value-added solutions to merchants. The more solutions, the more value
Do you think some players are underestimating the complexity?
Its a complicated business. But its not like Apple doesnt .[unintelligible] a lot of technology people, its not like Goldman doesnt know how to do financial services. So at the end of the day its a complicated business thats why we and TSYS have been winning for a very long period of time, but youre talking about large, sophisticated companies, theyll be just fine.
And finally to come back kind of where you started in terms of why now and the advantage of sort of taking advantage of the disruption in the marketplace, what will be the first thing that investors should look at as a successful taking advantage of disruption from this combined company?
So I think you need to see continued accelerated revenue growth at the combined company, David. The way we generally measure our acquisitions and partnerships, is years later, is revenue growing at a faster rate than when we got in in the first place? I think given our position in integrated payments and e-commerce and faster growth geographies, thats exactly what youre gonna see in a combined Global Payments and Total Systems.
Well Jeff, we appreciate you taking some time, thank you. Congrats on the deal this morning.
Thank you, guys. for having me.
Jeff Sloan, CEO of Global Payments, and of course... Youre calling it Global Payments, right? The combined company?
Nobody upset at Total Systems?
Youd have to ask them but I think theyre all pretty happy.
Thats a mouthful, I think you went with the right name.
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