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Canadian payments processor Nuvei being pursued by private equity firm Advent International

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Private equity firm Advent International is in advanced talks to buy Nuvei, a Canadian payments technology company that has received financial backing from actor Ryan Reynolds, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

A deal could be announced soon, said the source, who asked not to be named because the discussions are confidential.

However, talks could still fall apart, the source added. The source did not reveal proposed terms of the deal.

Advent’s buyout of Nuvei Nuvei, which has a market capitalization of more than US$3-billion, would make it one of the more sizable take-private deals at a time when private equity deal-making has slowed.

The Wall Street Journal first reported about Advent’s talks with Nuvei on Saturday.

Advent declined to comment, and Nuvei did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

The buyout deal, if completed successfully, would mark the second deal in the past 12 months for a company backed by the Canadian Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds.

Last year in March, T-Mobile bought Ka’ena Corp, owner of the Deadpool actor’s budget wireless provider Mint Mobile. The deal was valued at about US$1.35-billion.

Both Toronto- and Nasdaq-listed shares of Nuvei have fallen since the company acquired Paya Holdings for US$1.3 billion last year. In April last year, short seller Spruce Point Capital Management LLC unveiled a short position in Nuvei, alleging the acquisition was dragging its business because Paya had been losing market share before the takeover.

Two months later, Spruce Point said it was no longer holding a short position after Nuvei’s stock price had fallen to its target range.

Nuvei, which provides technology services to help businesses process transactions, went public in September 2020 and raised US$700 million, the largest-ever technology company offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange at the time.

According to its website, it processes payments for General Motors, Microsoft, Shein, and others, and operates across 200 markets.

Deal-making in the financial services sector has witnessed an uptick in recent months. In February, Capital One agreed to acquire Discover Financial in a deal worth US$35.3 billion.

Shift4, a payments processor with a market value of over US$6-billion, is currently in talks to be acquired by potential buyers including Fiserv, Reuters reported last month.

Payments processors like Shift4 and Nuvei thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic as customers turned to digital payment methods, but some have since struggled to maintain growth as competition mounted and inflation took off.

Nuvei’s Toronto-listed shares have fallen far from its all-time high of C$170 (US$125.54) in 2021. On Friday, the company’s shares closed at just over C$29 while its New York-listed shares closed at US$21.76.

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