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Ingenico Group S.A.
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1980; 43 years ago (1980)
  • Jean-Jacques Poutrel
  • Michel Malhouitre
HeadquartersSuresnes, France
Key people
Laurent Blanchard(CEO)
ProductsPayment terminals, SaaS
Revenue3.37 billion (2019)[1]
OwnerApollo Global Management
Number of employees
Ingenico iCT250
IndustryFinancial services
Payment service provider
Electronic commerce
FoundedBrussels, Belgium (1996)
FateAcquired by Ingenico and renamed Ingenico Payment Services
France Edit this on Wikidata
Key people
Harold Mechelynck, founder
Thierry Pierson, founder
ServicesPayment services
Electronic payment
The Ingenico iPP350 is a common card terminal in the United Kingdom.

Ingenico is a merchant services technology company based in France, that facilitates secure electronic transactions. The company expanded as a manufacturer of point of sale (POS) payment terminals to also include complete merchant payment SaaS and related services.


Ingenico Elite 510 terminal and separate keypad

Ingenico was founded in France by Jean-Jacques Poutrel and Michel Malhouitre in 1980. It is headquartered in Bezons.

In 2008, after the merger resulting in The Ingenium Group, Ingenico closed its R&D centre in Barcelona. This centre developed Ingenico's suite of EFTPOS (Electronic funds transfer at point of sale). In 2008, Ingenico acquired 55% of Fujian Landi, a Chinese EFTPOS vendor.[2]

In 2009, Ingenico partnered with its two largest competitors, Hypercom and VeriFone, to found the Secure POS Vendor Alliance, a non-profit organization whose goal is to increase awareness of and improve payment industry security.[3] Ingenico acquired German payment processor Easycash in 2009 for €290 million.

In 2011, Ingenico integrated Pennies, the electronic charity box, into one of their mobile Chip and PIN payment terminals, allowing retailers to use the Pennies technology so that customers can add a micro-donation (1p-99p) to their bill when paying electronically.

In July 2017, Ingenico bought Swedish payments group Bambora for €1.5bn[4] in order to facilitate the development of its retail division through a direct-to-SMB channel in Nordic countries and to expand into other new markets.[5]

In October 2017, Ingenico expanded its direct-to-retail channel in Spain with the acquisition of IECISA Electronic Payment System.[6]

In December 2017, Ingenico acquired Airlink to expand its Asian reach.[7]

In August 2019, Ingenico Group partnered with IKEA to facilitate digital payments on the retailer's ecommerce platform in India.[8]

In February 2020, financial services company Worldline announced it was acquiring Ingenico for €7.8 billion.[9][10]

On 21 February 2022, it was announced that Worldline had entered exclusive talks with Apollo Global Management for the sale of its Terminals, Solutions & Services business line (including Ingenico) for a consideration of € 2.3 billion,[11] with the transaction closing on 3 October 2022.[12]


Ogone was a Belgium-based online payment service provider and payment risk management company that has been part of Ingenico since 2013.[13] After the acquisition, Ingenico renamed the business Ingenico Payment Services. Ogone managed and secured online payments for card-not-present transactions (e-commerce, m-commerce, mail/telephone order, batch payments) and provided fraud prevention services. Ogone, was connected through certified links with more than 200 banks and acquirers and provided international, alternative and local payment methods in over 80 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and in 2014 had 77,000 clients. The company was headquartered in Belgium and had operations in India and regional offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, United Arab Emirates and the US.[14][unreliable source?]

Ogone was founded as Abssys Consulting in 1996 by Harold Mechelynck and Thierry Pierson. In 2003 Ogone was Europe's first payment service provider to develop, integrate and certify a "3-D secure MPI module" (Merchant Plugin Interface), enabling remote payment.

In May 2010 the company received an undisclosed majority investment from US-based growth equity firm Summit Partners.[15] The purchase of EBS (E-Billing Solutions) in September 2011, at the time the second largest payment provider in India after CC-Avenues, was Ogone's first acquisition and its first move outside the European market.[16] With the addition of the EBS customer-base, Ogone became one of the world's "largest" payment services.

On 29 January 2013, Ingenico announced an agreement for the acquisition of Ogone.[17] A share purchase agreement for the acquisition was executed two months later for 360 million euro.[18][19]

Ingenico Payment Services[edit]

On 4 June 2014 Ogone announced that Ogone was becoming Ingenico Payment Services, the Ingenico Group's flagship brand for digital payment services.[20] All activities were to be structured around three major brands: Ingenico Smart Terminals, Ingenico Mobile Solutions and Ingenico Payment Services. Ingenico Payment Services groups the activities of acquisitions made by Ingenico over the past years, including Ogone, TUNZ, easycash, easycash Loyalty Solutions and AXIS (not to be confused with India's AxisBank).

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  1. ^ Ingenico Group 2019 Results (PDF) (Report). ingenico. 25 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Ingenico takes stake in Chinese eftpos vendor Fujian Landi". Finextra. 26 June 2008.
  3. ^ John Roach (15 June 2009), "New Non-Profit To Take On Retailers' Payment Security Woes", Retail Solutions Online
  4. ^ Espinoza, Javier (20 July 2017). "Ingenico buys Swedish payments group Bambora for €1.5bn". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ingenico Group announces the closing of Bambora's acquisition". Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ 4-traders. "Ingenico Group : expands its Direct-to-retail channel in Spain with the acquisition of IECISA Electronic Payment System | 4-Traders". Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Ingenico acquires Airlink to expand its Asian reach". PaymentsSource. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Ingenico Group ties up with IKEA India to enable digital payments". The Economic Times. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Worldline to buy Ingenico for $8.6B in major payments consolidation play". TechCrunch. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Worldline to buy Ingenico for €7.8bn as sector dealmaking intensifies". Financial Times. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  11. ^ "Worldline | Sale of TSS activities to Apollo Funds". Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  12. ^ SA, WORLDLINE (3 October 2022). "Worldline successfully completes the sale of TSS activities to Apollo Funds". GlobeNewswire News Room (Press release). Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  13. ^ "Ingenico announces an agreement for the acquisition of Ogone". Ingenico. 29 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Ogone sets sights on the US". The Paypers. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Summit Partners acquires majority stake in e-payment services firm Ogone". TechCrunch. 17 May 2010.
  16. ^ "Ogone Payment Services enters Indian market via EBS acquisition". The Paypers. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  17. ^ Mawad, Marie; Rahn, Cornelius (29 January 2013). "Ingenico to Buy Ogone for $484 Million in E-Payment Push". Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Ingenico announces the execution of the Share Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of Ogone". Ingenico. 4 March 2013. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Ingenico". Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Ingenico restructures operations for online and mobile commerce". Finextra. 4 June 2014.

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