BUSINESS TREND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  AvidXchange, the leading provider of accounts payable and payment automation solutions for the middle market, will acquire Columbus, Mississippi-based BankTEL Systems, a provider of accounting solutions to more than 20 percent of banks across the U.S.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Through this acquisition, AvidXchange becomes the dominant provider of invoice-to-payment solutions for midmarket customers in the banking and financial services sector. As an AvidXchange Company, BankTEL will be able to offer its clients access to the AvidPay Network to complete the AP process with electronic payments, while AvidXchange’s financial services customers will benefit from enhanced accounting offerings through BankTEL’s product suite.

“This is the fifth acquisition we’ve made in 10 years and it’s unique because of BankTEL’s strength in the financial services market,” said Michael Praeger, CEO and Co-Founder of AvidXchange. “I know first-hand what it takes to build a successful company from scratch, and the niche BankTEL has been able to carve out with middle market banks is the perfect complement to what we’ve worked to create over the last 19 years at AvidXchange.”

“Since BankTEL’s founding by Boyce Adams Sr. in 1992, focusing on the financial services market has allowed us to develop a deep understanding of our customers’ businesses and what their needs are,” said Boyce Adams Jr., President and CEO of BankTEL. “Joining the AvidXchange family gives us the opportunity to provide those customers with something we’ve never offered them before – a fully integrated payment solution.”

Integrating AvidPay into BankTEL’s ASCEND solution gives AvidXchange customers more industry-specific capabilities for AP, fixed assets, and prepaid and accruals. Critical functionality, including tracking dividend payments to shareholders and risk assessments, is directly incorporated into AP and payment processes, helping banks and credit unions to automate manual operations while maintaining regulatory compliance.

Existing BankTEL customers will also gain  an automated payment solution with  AvidPay and access to  the AvidPay Network of more than 500,000 suppliers. According to the company, the network helps suppliers transition to e-payment options like virtual card, increasing security and control over payments while eliminating the need to print and mail paper checks. AvidXchange’s dedicated supplier services team removes the burden of manual payment taks from internal AP functions, taking on the responsibility of payment fulfillment so employees can focus on more strategic  initiatives.

Founded in 2000, AvidXchange processed 9.5 million payments last year across its network of more than 500,000 suppliers. It has more than 1,300 employees in seven office locations in the U.S.