Cardtronics / DirectCash Payments merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Cardtronics Holdings Limited of DirectCash Payments Inc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
3 May 2017 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
3 March 2017 Launch of merger inquiry
13 February to 27 February 2017 Invitation to comment
6 January 2017 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Launch of merger inquiry

3 March 2017: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

13 February 2017: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Initial enforcement order

6 January 2017: The CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Cardtronics Plc, Cardtronics Holdings Limited, and DirectCash Payments Inc. in relation to the completed acquisition by Cardtronics Holdings Limited of DirectCash Payments Inc.

Amendments/consents granted


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Karina Kucaidze
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

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