Published date 27 July 2023

Visa to acquire Pismo

Visa announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Pismo, a cloud-native core banking and card issuing platform, for $1 billion.

Visa has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pismo, a cloud-native issuer processing and core banking platform with operations in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe, for $1 billion in cash.

By acquiring Pismo, Visa will be positioned to provide core banking and issuer processing capabilities across debit, prepaid, credit and commercial cards for clients via cloud-native APIs. Pismo’s platform will also enable Visa to provide support and connectivity for emerging payment rails, like Pix in Brazil, for financial institution clients.

Jack Forestell, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Visa said “Through the acquisition of Pismo, Visa can better serve our financial institution and fintech clients with more differentiated core banking and issuer solutions they can offer their customers.”

Ricardo Josua, Co-Founder and CEO at Pismo said “At Pismo, we aim to enable our clients to launch cutting-edge payments and banking products within a single cloud-native platform – regardless of rails, geography or currency. Visa provides us unrivalled support to expand our footprint globally and help shape a new era for banking and payments.”

Pismo will retain its current management team. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2023.

Invest Bristol & Bath are delighted for Pismo and the acquisition by VISA, granting them unicorn status. They have gone from strength-to-strength since opening their European headquarters in Bristol in Summer 2021, and are a fantastic addition to the West of England’s thriving tech ecosystem.

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