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Adyen N.V.
Company typeNaamloze vennootschap
ISINUS00783V1044 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryPayment processor, technology, e-commerce, point of sale
Founded2006; 18 years ago (2006)
Key people
  • Pieter van der Does (CEO)
ServicesPayment service provider, gateway, risk management, local acquiring, point of sale, issuing
RevenueIncrease 1.19 billion (2022)[1]: 129 
Increase €649 million (2022)[1]: 129 
Increase €564 million (2022)[1]: 129 
Total assetsIncrease €7.09 billion (2022)[1]: 130 
Total equityIncrease €2.41 billion (2022)[1]: 130 
Number of employees
3,883[2] (2023)
Footnotes / references

Adyen is a Dutch payment company with the status of an acquiring bank that allows businesses to accept e-commerce, mobile, and point-of-sale payments. It is listed on the stock exchange Euronext Amsterdam.[3]

Adyen offers merchants online services to accept electronic payments using payment methods including credit cards, debit cards, wire transfers, and real-time bank transfers based on online banking. It connects merchants to different payment methods, including international credit cards, local cash-based methods, and mobile payment methods. The technology platform acts as a payment gateway and a payment service provider.[4]


Adyen was founded in 2006 by Pieter van der Does and Arnout Schuijff, now the CEO and CTO, respectively.[5] Headquartered in Amsterdam, the company employs around 2,000 people in offices in twenty-three countries.[4]

The name Adyen means 'start again' in Sranan Tongo.[6] This is a reference to this being the second project of the founders after Bibit.[7]

In 2012, Adyen started to expand globally, opening its offices in San Francisco, Paris, and London. In the same year, it obtained its pan-European acquiring a license.[8]

In 2015, Adyen achieved a valuation of $2.3 billion, making it the sixth-largest European unicorn.[9]

In 2016, it obtained an acquiring license in Brazil through a BIN sponsorship.[8] In the same year, Adyen was ranked #10 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list.[10]

In April 2017, the company was granted a European banking license, which gives it the status of an acquiring bank.[11] It also obtained acquiring licenses in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.[12][13]

On 24 May 2018, the company announced that it would be making the company public by listing shares publicly in Amsterdam.[14] The IPO took place on 13 June 2018.[15]

In 2019, Adyen opened new offices in Tokyo and Mumbai, and expanded its payment offering in Africa.[16] In the same year, it launched Adyen Issuing, a virtual and physical card-issuing business to complement payments services to merchants.[17]

In 2020, the company benefited from an accelerated digitalization of global ecommerce in the online retail segment, which compensated for the declining travel volumes in enterprises due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It launched mobile Android POS devices worldwide in the second half of the year.[18] In addition, it opened a new office in Dubai, expanding its offering in the Middle East.[19]


The company has been profitable since 2011.[20] Its earnings grew from $46 million in 2015 to $87 million in 2016.[20] Its gross revenue grew 99 percent in 2016 to $727 million.[21][22][20]

In December 2014, the company announced a funding round of $250 million led by growth equity firm General Atlantic, joined by existing investors Temasek Holdings, Index Ventures, and Felicis Ventures.[23][24]

In 2016, the company saw transaction volume increase to $90 billion, up from $50 billion in 2015.[25]

In 2017, Adyen surpassed €100 billion in processed volume.[8]

On January 31, 2018, eBay announced that it had signed an agreement with Adyen to become its primary payments processing partner. eBay began intermediation on a small scale in North America starting in the second half of 2018, expanding in 2019 under the terms of the operating agreement with PayPal. In 2021, eBay transitioned a majority of its marketplace customers to Adyen.[26]

In 2020, Adyen had a net revenue of €684 million, a 28% increase year-on-year.[27]

In 2021, net revenue hit €1 billion.[28]

In 2022, the company exceeded €1.3 billion in revenue.[29]


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  21. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (12 April 2017). "Adyen, the $2.3 billion firm that processes payments for Uber and Netflix, saw 2016 revenues rise 99%". CNBC. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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  23. ^ Chapman, Lizette. "Payment Startup Adyen Raises $250 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Adyen Raises $250 Million in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform". General Atlantic website. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  25. ^ Choudhury, Saheli Roy (8 February 2017). "Company behind Facebook, Uber and Netflix payments reveals huge transaction growth". CNBC. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  26. ^ "EBay Rises to Record High on Shift to Adyen; PayPal Tumbles". Bloomberg. 31 January 2018 – via www.bloomberg.com.
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