Focused on the crossroads of insurance,
healthcare services, investment services,
and the technologies that serve those sectors.
Transaction Value: $400,000,000
was acquired by
Financial advisor to Santa Barbara Tax Products Group* September 2014
Transaction Contact:
Alain Nono
Alain Nono


Santa Barbara Tax Products Group acquired by Green Dot
Industry: Technology
Type: Sell-Side M&A

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Santa Barbara Tax Products Group (“TPG”) for approximately $320 million in cash and stock plus potential additional contingent consideration. Green Dot Corporation ("Green Dot or the "Company") and its wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Green Dot Bank, are focused exclusively on serving Low and Moderate Income (LMI) American families with modern, fair and feature-rich financial products and services, including prepaid cards, checking accounts and cash processing services distributed through a network of some 95,000 retail stores, neighborhood financial service centers, and via digital channels. Following the closing, by adding tax refund processing services for millions of tax filers through distribution partnerships with many of America’s largest and best known tax preparation companies and thousands of independent tax preparers.

“We believe TPG is a great acquisition for our investors and the customers and business partners of both entities”said Steve Streit, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Corporation. “From a financial perspective, we expect the transaction to generate mid-teens percentage accretion to 2015 non-GAAP earnings per share1. Furthermore, the transaction is expected to expand Green Dot’s margins thereby enabling Green Dot to generate higher and more diversified earnings. Additionally, TPG’s robust cash flow model is expected to augment Green Dot’s already strong annual cash flows.”
Mr. Streit continued, “In addition to the expected economic benefits, we believe this acquisition is strategically compelling. The segment of consumers who utilize TPG’s services are highly correlated to Green Dot’s customer segment of LMI American families. As a point of reference, more than 50% of all tax refunds loaded to Green Dot’s prepaid cards in the most recent tax season were processed by TPG. Furthermore, in the same period, we believe the majority of tax refund dollars loaded to all prepaid cards industry-wide were processed through TPG. Given the strong correlation between customer segments, we believe that, over time, there is a significant revenue opportunity in bundling Green Dot’s award winning prepaid cards and checking accounts along with TPG’s industry leading consumer tax refund processing services.”
“TPG is known for treating its partners, customers and industry stakeholders with dedication, transparency, integrity and a mission to provide highly valuable and highly trusted processing and settlement services to the tax industry. Green Dot is the perfect match for our business since it too shares a mission of dedication and integrity towards its customers and business partners. Furthermore, we believe Green Dot’s industry-leading product suite, its award-winning technology capabilities, its strong financial resources, and its well-known and trusted national brand name will likely provide meaningful growth and long-term sustainability for our partners and for our business,” said Rich Turner, Founder and Executive Chairman, TPG.
*Transaction completed by WHA professional while at previous firm.