The Strawhecker Group, an Omaha, Neb.-based payments-advisory firm, says it has performed “hundreds” of valuations in the past five years. Payments companies remain attractive to investors for multiple reasons. “Payments is [a] growth industry,” says Mike Strawhecker, principal at the firm.
“Payments feed off of organic economic growth and increased consumer usage,” Strawhecker says. He adds that the industry provides services beyond payments to merchants, and has a plethora of salespeople.
Another factor is the fragmentation of the industry, which could favor an investor with a rollup strategy, Strawhecker says.