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MoneyGram Mum On Takeover Talk; Touts Q2 Digital Growth

Global money transfer firm MoneyGram posted second-quarter results with total revenue of $329.3 million, a sign that its digital-first efforts paid off as online transactions led the way in most parts of the world.

MoneyGram CEO and Chairman Alex Holmes said on an earnings call on Friday (July 30) that its boost in digital — accounting for 33 percent of all money transfers — got a leg up from the lockdowns, but was also part of a planned pivot the company had already been implementing.

Cross-border transfer volume surged 41 percent as consumers’ habits adopted over the pandemic continue to remain part of daily life in a world that had been increasingly moving toward digital-first even before COVID-19 became a worldwide threat. MoneyGram’s digital-first focus helped boost total revenue 18 percent, with a 20 percent increase in both money transfer revenues and transactions.

“MoneyGram online delivered record highs for customers, transactions, volume and revenue,” Holmes told analysts and investors on the company’s conference call. “In the second quarter, digital partnerships also continued to accelerate, and transactions received digitally reached record highs [and] now account for 33 percent of all money transfer transactions,” up from 31 percent in Q1 and just 13 percent in 2019, Holmes added.

When asked for his insight concerning reports that the company might be acquired by Stellar Development, Holmes was evasive. “I don’t really feel like shopping the company or taking it private right now is really the right thing to do,” he said, adding that there is always something new happening at MoneyGram and that the company has created a tremendous amount of value in a very short period of time. 

The takeover interest from Stellar Development Foundation and private equity firm Advent International last week gave an 11 percent boost to MoneyGram’s share price, extending a 12-month rally of more than 250 percent.

This is not the first time MoneyGram has been the subject of takeover talk, as similar approaches were reported by China’s Ant Group in 2017 as well as by Western Union last year.

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