News: PTL International acquires payments leader APCO

PTL International, the technology subsidiary of Hili Ventures, has acquired APCO Limited, the Malta-based market leader in automation products and payment solutions.

This is PTL International’s second key acquisition this quarter, following the announcement on July 1 of its purchase of SAD, Poland’s largest retail network of Apple products.

With APCO under its umbrella, PTL International now boasts a knowledge base of more than 400 people, mostly IT professionals, based in seven territories: Malta, Poland, Latvia, Libya and Dubai, and in Hungary and Romania through a joint venture with VJ Salomone. PTL International’s annual turnover will now exceed €100 million.

“APCO represents a significant opportunity for PTL International,” PTL International Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Spiteri said. “It fits our ambition to grow in the value added services field, and also adds payments – a strategic capability – to our overall portfolio. Following the acquisition of SAD, the purchase of APCO is another major step towards consolidating PTL International among Malta’s most diversified IT groups.”

APCO’s major clients include local and international banking organisations, retail operations and internet merchants. Established in 1987 by the Pellicano family, APCO enjoys the expertise of more than a dozen professionals, with a highly specialized skills set. Ian and Robert Pellicano, who steered APCO through significant growth, stay on to lead the team.

APCO’s strategic partners include top names like HSBC, PostBank, B+S Card Services, Verifone Inc., Bank of Valletta, Gemalto SA, Hess Cashsystems GmbH, Wincor Nixdorf International, and Thales e-Security. Its reach extends to the US and South America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and the Far East.

APCO’s structure has two key divisions. APCO Ltd is engaged in equipment sales, maintenance and other services, and provisioning of payment gateway services. APCO Systems Ltd is involved in software development, operational support, and an internal data center operation.

Over the years, APCO has established itself as the go-to provider of payment solutions, offering systems with payment processing for debit, credit cards and other payment platforms, including processing for mail and telephone order. Its hardware and automation solutions offering features ATMs, 24-hour deposit machines, 24-hour currency exchanges, EPOS terminals, plastic cards, and cash-handling equipment.                                      

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About PTL International

PTL International is the technology division of Hili Ventures Ltd, the diversified Malta-headquartered group with an entrepreneurial heritage dating to 1923.

Established earlier in 2014 to bring together all Hili Ventures’ diversified technology activities into one business cluster, PTL International prides itself on a critical mass of specialised capabilities, knowledge, and experience. It encompasses four main arms: Retail, Business Solutions, Borderless Value Added Services, and Communications.

PTL International draws together:

PTL Malta
PTL Middle East
PTL Libya
SAD Poland (Apple Premium Reseller iSpot and Apple B2B solutions provider SAD Corporate)
Apple Premium Reseller chain iCentre in Hungary and Romania (a joint venture with Malta group VJ Salomone)
PTL Baltics
and a shareholding in Smart Technologies operating in Malta.

Across its activities in various industries and markets, PTL International enjoys high-level technological, operational, and management expertise, resulting in multi-level synergies.

As a subsidiary of Hili Ventures Ltd, PTL International is able to tap into the commercial expertise and experience of a group present in more than 12 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with a team of 3,500 people.

Hili Ventures is a proud partner of McDonald’s, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Lenovo, CMA CGM, Allison Transmissions, Hoffmann, Terberg, and many other trusted brands.