- Follows Nov. 26, 2018 CMA concerns over takeover Paypal/iZettle.
- In phase 2 probe the CMA has provisionally cleared Paypal's completed takeover.
- Both companies provide mobile point of sale (mPOS) devices enabling businesses
to take offline payments through a card reader connected to a smartphone/tablet.
- Both companies are active in emerging market for omni-channel payment services, through which businesses can take offline/online payments through single provider.
Some Phase 1 Concerns
- Paypal’s purchase of rival might reduce competition in UK supply of mPOS devices.
- iZettle’s clients, mostly SMEs, would pay higher prices or get lower quality service.
- Potential impact, omni-channel payment services where PayPal has strong position.
Phase 2 Findings
- Takeover does not raise competition concerns and while iZettle/Paypal are 2 of the largest mPOS device suppliers, customers could switch to traditional POS devices.
- The 2 largest suppliers of payment services to smaller merchants, Worldpay and
Barclaycard, almost 60% of market, likely continue to constrain merged company.
- Merged company will also face significant competition by other mPOS-only players, such as Square and SumUp, which have both grown significantly in recent years.
- In omni-channel services iZettle would have been able to develop offering slowly.