It's the biggest deal ever in the fast-growing fast-consolidating industry of electronic payments. Fidelity National Information Services is buying Worldpay for about $35 billion. That's more than triple what the seller, credit card processor Vantiv, paid to acquire Worldpay a year and a half ago. Combined, they'll boast revenue of $12 billion.
Worldpay is a major player in card payments, a hot area as more people opt to pay digitally instead of doling out cash. It's especially big in Britain where it originated 30 years ago. FIS is an acquisitive fintech firm based in Florida specializing in retail and institutional banking.
Fidelity shares inched higher Monday. Worldpay shares rose more than 10 percent.