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H&R Block buys Toronto accounting software firm Wave Financial for $537M

The acquisition expands the H&R Block's product and client portfolio and enhances its position in the small business sector


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TORONTO – Tax company H&R Block has struck a $537-million deal to acquire Toronto-based accounting software firm Wave Financial.

Wave provides accounting, invoicing, payroll and payments software on its platform used by more than 400,000 small businesses each month.

H&R Block says the acquisition expands the its product and client portfolio and enhances its position in the small business sector.

Under the terms of the agreement, it will acquire all outstanding shares of Wave for US$405 million or roughly C$537 million in cash.

The Kansas City-based company says the transaction is expected to close within the next few months, subject to regulatory approval.

After the deal is complete, Wave will maintain its leadership team and will operate independently within H&R Block from its headquarters in Toronto.

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