Vantiv Inc.'s mid-2014 purchase of Mercury Payment Systems proved the company was ahead of the curve on two payments trends – opening its network to third-party app developers and integrating other business features and tools with payments at the point of sale.

The $1.65 billion acquisition of Mercury, now called Vantiv Integrated Payments, helped Vantiv deliver strong financial reports throughout 2015, catapulting its merchant services division revenue to a 25% increase at $1.3 million. The move has also been validated by the many high-priced acquisitions that followed, helping more processors build their capabilities for omnichannel and integrated payments.

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