Global private equity firm Advent International has led a E100m buyout at Multinational Automated Clearing House (MACH), a Luxembourg-based mobile and roaming clearing house and subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular.
MACH, the largest clearing house of its kind worldwide, provides outsourced roaming clearing services and billing-related outsourced services to over 240 of the 400 or so mobile operators worldwide. In addition to its Luxembourg operations, MACH also has clearing facilities in India, the US and Asia.
Advent had been looking at opportunities in the mobile roaming and clearing sector for the past two years and had developed links with many of the main players. “We had already been in contact with MACH when it was announced that Lazard was conducting an auction of the business this year,” said James Brocklebank, a principal at the firm’s London office. “This allowed us to be quite aggressive with our offer because we were already aware of the company’s niche operation.”
Financing for the acquisition has been provided by a consortium of three banks comprising Societe Generale, WestLB and Bank of Ireland.