Italian payments supplier nexi has offered to get danish rival nets in a 7.2bn all-share price that marks the latest exemplory case of european groups racing to consolidate the disconnected electronic sector.

The two sides stated on monday that they had entered into 10 days of unique negotiations over a potential tie-up, which would come simply days after nexi agreed to match italian competing sia in a 15bn offer.

If effective, the purchase of both nets and sia would change nexi into one of europes biggest repayments operators with an industry capitalisation greater than 22bn.

Milan-listed nexi rose 0.8 percent to 13.30 on todays costs, the offer would appreciate nets at 5.4bn before the addition of 1.8bn in web debt.

United states exclusive equity team hellman & friedman was indeed exploring a-sale of nets recently with us-based international repayments viewed as the frontrunner to buy the repayments company for money, based on several people included.

Speaks between nexi and hellman & friedman accelerated within the week-end after global payments unexpectedly pulled out from the race, saying it might no longer be following purchases outside the us, the individuals said. anyone near hellman & friedman insisted that nets picked to follow the offer with nexi over global payments.

If agreed, the offer would develop a road for hellman & friedman to eventually totally exit its assets after agreeing purchase nets for $5.3bn in 2017.

Shareholders in nets will end up the largest shareholders in the connected team with about 40 per cent of the company, someone active in the bargain stated, incorporating that the deal is anticipated to complete prior to the sia merger.

After the sia bargain closes, nets investors would possess about 30 percent of this merged companies.

In a statement, nexi stated nets investors including hellman & friedman could be anticipated to make lasting lock-up commitments which believed synergies of a deal amounted to 150m. in 2019 nets and nexi each produced incomes around 1bn.

Since its buy of nets, hellman & friedman features needed to grow the business enterprise through some bolt-on purchases of smaller repayments groups, including german group concardis. additionally cashed in on element of its investment by offloading the real time payments product of nets to us team mastercard in a $3.2bn offer a year ago.

The offer would need to be vetted by italian and european regulators. final month the european commission accepted worldlines takeover of regional french competing ingenico for 7.8bn, subject to the divestment of particular repayments activities in austria, luxembourg and belgium.