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Ebix to acquire Remittance Business from Transcorp International for $7.4 M

Tarush Bhalla
6th Jan 2018
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On Friday, insurance software solutions, Ebix had announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the money remittance business of Transcorp International Limited, for approximately $7.4 million, through one of its Indian subsidiaries, EbixCash, in an all-cash deal.

According to the company, Transcorp International Inward Remittance Exchange encompasses processes close to 1.7 million transactions every year.

(L to R): Bhavik Vasa and Ravi Singh of EbixCash

Further, the company stated that Transcorp International was one of the top five largest international remittance (MTSS) players in India.

The addition of this international capability significantly expands upon Ebix’s overall participation in India’s remittance channels, and will allow Ebix’s financial exchange to remit money sent from abroad through multiple partners.

Additionally, this is Ebix’s fourth remittance-related acquisition in the last five months and intends to consolidate all these acquisitions into its Indian entity EbixCash Financial Exchange operations bringing significant synergies and redundancies to the combined operation.

Although approved by the Transcorp International Board, the agreement is subject to its shareholders and other regulatory orcommercial approvals, taking almost 45 to 60 days. Further, the acquisition once approved, is expected to be accretive to Ebix earnings immediately.

The company stated that the addition of Transcorp International MTSS assets following its acquisition of travel exchange Via.com, will increase the EbixCash Financial Exchange expanse to 231,500 physical distribution outlets, with an omnichannel online digital platform in money remittance (domestic and international), travel, pre-paid and gift cards, utility payments, etc.

Recently, Ebix announced a joint venture initiative with Bombay Stock Exchange to strengthen its position in India’s insurance sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Transcorp International Limited Chairman and Managing Director Ashok Aggarwal, said,

EbixCash has established a dominant customer-friendly international remittance business in India with a reach that is many times larger than any other MTSS player in the marketplace. We genuinely believe that EbixCash is a logical home for Transcorp MTSS assets, as it complements EbixCash’s financial exchange portfolio perfectly, opening up tremendous cross-selling opportunities on both sides. We are excited about the possibilities this offers for our partners and customers both.

Further, Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina, said,

Following up on other MTSS assets acquisitions in the last few months, the acquisition of Transcorp International MTSS assets is a logical step forward in our efforts to expand our presence in the Financial Exchange markets in India. It will help establish EbixCash as an undisputed market leader, by leaps and bounds, in the inward international remittance exchange business. Also, the consolidation of Transcorp MTSS assets into our existing Financial Exchange infrastructure will further enhance our operating margins.

Facilitating domestic remittance volumes of $100 million per month, EbixCash processes close to 600,000 transactions per day and approximately $2 billion in annual payment volume.

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