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Edenred : acquires Benefit Online, a Romanian employee engagement platform

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07/30/2019 | 06:40am EDT

Press release

July 30, 2019

EDENRED ACQUIRES BENEFIT ONLINE, A ROMANIAN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM

Edenred, the global leader in payment solutions for the working world, has acquired Benefit Online, a pioneer in developing employee engagement platforms in Romania, thereby strengthening its leadership position in the Romanian employee benefits market. With this flexible benefits platform, Edenred is addressing the increasing demand from companies that want to improve their employees' loyalty, motivation and purchasing power by offering them a wide range of benefits via simple and flexible digital solutions.

Edenred Romania, the leading player in the Romanian employee benefits market, is expanding its offering with the acquisition of Benefit Online. Created in 2013, Benefit Online was the first company to locally develop an employee engagement platform, and today has more than 100,000 active users. Companies use the digital platform to give their employees the possibility to make an individualized selection of the employee benefits that they would like to receive, notably in the areas of food, leisure and healthcare. As well as these flexible benefits programs customizable to their needs, users also enjoy promotional offers from a network of partner merchants via the same portal. Thanks to this solution, corporate clients across Romania can make their human resources policies more effective and boost their attractiveness in a highly competitive job market.

The transaction is part of the Group's broader acquisitions strategy, which notably consists in seizing opportunities in the still largely untapped and rapidly expanding markets adjacent to its Employee Benefits business. To grow in the employee engagement platform market, the Group intends to capitalize on the agility and efficiency of its global technology platform, its unique expertise and its capacity to carry out targeted investments that create value. Edenred already operates solutions of this kind in France, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, and has strengthened its positions since the beginning of 2019 with the acquisition of Easy Welfare in Italy, and Merits & Benefits and Ekivita in Belgium.

"Building on our positioning in the Romanian market and our experience in developing employee engagement platforms, the acquisition of Benefit Online is a unique opportunity to expand our local offering with innovative, flexible solutions that are in line with businesses' new needs and the high demand from their employees. We intend to market this range to our existing clients and continue expanding it in Romania, where the segment is still in its infancy," said Arnaud Erulin, Edenred's Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The transaction, which remains subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities, will be accretive to net profit, Group share from 2019.

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Edenred, the global leader in payment solutions for the working world, connects 830,000 corporate clients, 47 million employee users and 1.7 million partner merchants across 46 countries. Thanks to its global technology platform, the Group managed 2.5 billion transactions in 2018, primarily carried out via mobile applications, online platforms and cards, and representing more than €28 billion in business volume.

Edenred's 8,500 staff are driven by a commitment to improving employees' quality of life, increasing companies' efficiency and boosting merchants' revenues. They achieve this through three business lines:

  • Employee Benefits (food, meals, well-being, leisure, culture and human services)
  • Fleet & Mobility Solutions (fuel, tolls, maintenance and business travel)
  • Complementary Solutions, including Corporate Payment Services (virtual payment cards, identified wire

transfers and supplier payments), Incentives & Rewards (gift cards and platforms, and incentive programs), and Public Social Programs.

Edenred is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and included in the following indices: CAC Next 20, FTSE4Good, DJSI Europe and MSCI Europe.

For more information: www.edenred.com

The logos and other trademarks mentioned and featured in this press release are registered trademarks of Edenred S.A., its subsidiaries or third parties. They may not be used for commercial purposes without prior written consent from their owners.

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Solène Zammito

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anne-sophie.sergent@edenred.com

solene.zammito@edenred.com

Matthieu Santalucia

Loïc Da Silva

+33 (0)1 74 31 87 42

+33 (0)1 74 31 87 09

matthieu.santalucia@edenred.com

loic.dasilva@edenred.com

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Edenred SA published this content on 30 July 2019 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 30 July 2019 10:39:08 UTC

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