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Tink in an easy way out

Sunday CET 27 June 2021

Tink was acquired by Visa for 2.2 billion. Would they have been capable of executing and become a 40-50 billion company with huge upside like Klarna is now, for example, or is this the type of business that rather gets acquired for strategic reasons?

It looks like we have that answer.




Tink in an easy way out

This week it was announced that Tink was acquired by Visa for $2.2 billion, a deal that was somewhat predictable since DOJ denied Visa the acquisition of the US-based Tink equivalent, Plaid, just 18 months ago.

Just like in the US, this is subject to the regulatory approvals. If the deal gets through, it is an easy way out for both investors, who got a nice return (Tink was acquired at 3X since just 6 months ago), and founders, who will become part of a bigger picture with less risk involved.

Tink seems like one of the many businesses that could have become a big European corporation, as EU is aspiring to have in its backyard, and which ended up annexed as a division to an American corporation. 

And this makes you wonder where would Tink have gone if they would have gone at it alone. Europe is a more fragmented and regulated ecosystem than the US, so it is likely that growing the business it would have meant looking at adjacent markets with a bigger TAM. Would they have been capable of executing and become a 40-50 billion company with huge upside like Klarna is now, for example, or is this the type of business that rather gets acquired for strategic reasons? It looks like we have that answer.

Looking at the Plaid deal can give you more clues about Visa's direction and their rationale:
Visa's plans with Plaid
four strategic scenarios of the Visa/Plaid deal.



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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Santander has set its sights on becoming a major force in European investment banking.

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The number of people who are in a new size is pretty staggering. Some people gained weight during the pandemic, and many people lost weight. But both on the men’s side of the business and women’s side. More than 25% of consumers have a new size today. 

โœ‰๏ธ Between 5% and 10% of Gmail-based subscribers never see the newsletters sent out to them.

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