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Accel Partners leads USD50m investment in YapStone

Venture capital firm Accel Partners has led a USD50m minority investment in YapStone, a provider of Electronic Payments as a Service (ePaaS) for property management and other vertical market segments.

The new capital will be used to support the Company’s rapid growth, specifically for continued investment in its core technology platform to serve current and new vertical markets. The capital will also be used to support international expansion and fund opportunistic acquisitions. Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (together "FT Partners") served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to YapStone and its Board of Directors in this transaction.

YapStone, founded in 1999, has built a complete, end-to-end, payment services platform for property managers to easily accept credit cards and e-Checks for rent and other recurring payments. The Company has leveraged its unique, hosted approach in providing industry-specific payment solutions to become the largest platform for apartment and vacation rent payments in the U.S. In addition, YapStone is aggressively leveraging its core technology platform to service new, historically offline, industries which can benefit from the massive efficiency and cost-reduction of converting from paper checks to ePayments. The Company’s recent selection as the integrated payment solution for multiple, industry-leading software and Internet franchises such as HomeAway/VRBO demonstrates the market demand for outsourced payment services like YapStone provides.

Tom Villante, Chairman and Co-Founder of YapStone, says: "Accel Partners has been instrumental in identifying and helping to build industry leading technology companies and together we will work hard to be their next great success story. We had a number of financing options available to us but we were attracted to the value we believed Accel would bring through its strategic perspective, access to its existing portfolio, and global reach."

Todd MacLean (pictured), a partner at Accel who will join YapStone’s board as part of the firm’s investment, says: "While we have certainly built a franchise within the consumer internet and social media spaces, our investment in YapStone represents a continued focus for Accel within the alternative payment and financial products space. Within the broadly-defined payments universe, we believe there are still significant opportunities to utilise technology to connect underserved customer segments to the traditional ecosystem.

"Like our investment in OzForex, which provides foreign exchange remittance solutions to individuals and SMBs, and Wonga, which provides online, short-term financing options to the under-banked, we believe YapStone’s value proposition reinforces this thesis, leveraging technology to digitize what is today a significant volume of paper-based transactions. In the end, however, we are in the talent business and one of the most compelling factors for us was the opportunity to partner with entrepreneurs like Tom and Matt who have demonstrated remarkable ability and tenacity in bootstrapping their company to market leadership. We are excited to help them build YapStone through the next chapter of their growth."

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