Wal-Mart�s Barter Deal With Green Dot Worth $86 Million
When you�ve got it, use it! That�s the bottomline message in the
Wal-Mart and Green Dot business arrangement. A few years ago, when
Green Dot was trying to get established, they worked out an
agreement with giant distributor Wal-Mart, naming Green Dot the
exclusive provider of the reloadable prepaid debit-card sold at
Wal-Mart since its MoneyCard program was initiated in 2007.
In exchange for the exclusive business agreement, Green Dot granted
Wal-Mart 2,208,552 shares of it�s stock (5.5% of the outstanding
shares) which recently went public July 22. Green Dot (NYSE:GDOT)
closed at $43 making the valuation of Wal-Mart�s shares worth around
Green Dot retains a right to repurchase (less 37,000 shares per
month) if the commercial agreement between the two is terminated ...
or until May 2015, when no shares will be left to repurchase.
In Green Dot�s most recent quarter, sales at Wal-Mart represented
63% of Green Dot�s� total operating revenue.