NCR acquires Cardtronics

There have been some exciting new developments at Spark ATM Systems recently, and we would like to share them with you.

Spark ATM Systems was established in 2005 and, over the course of 16 years, became the leading independent ATM deployer in South Africa. In January 2017, Cardtronics plc (Nasdaq: CATM) acquired Spark ATM, marking Cardtronics’ entry into the South African market.

Cardtronics is the world’s largest ATM deployer, with over 285,000 ATMs across 10 countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. In 2018, we changed the Spark ATM Systems corporate identity to include the wording “Powered by Cardtronics”.

Fast forward to August 2021 and the exciting news that we would like to share with you. Cardtronics was acquired by NCR, a leading software- and services-led enterprise provider in the financial, retail, and hospitality industries. NCR (NYSE: NCR) is the #1 global POS software provider for retail and hospitality and the #1 provider of multi-vendor ATM software. NCR is a leading ATM manufacturer, and a large portion of the global Cardtronics network is comprised of NCR devices. It was, therefore, a very easy fit in terms of company culture. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and has 36,000 employees globally.

For further information on NCR, please click here to learn more about this iconic brand.

What does this all mean for you, our business partner?

Essentially, it’s business-as-usual for the team at Spark ATM Systems. We will continue to be the leading ATM deployer in South Africa, continue to deliver excellence in the deployment, installation, maintenance, and monitoring services, but most importantly, Spark ATM will continue to serve you our valued business partner with excellence in customer service.

For further information on the acquisition by NCR please click here to read the letter issued by Ed West, CEO of Cardtronics.

If you have any questions and or queries in terms of the business combination, please feel free to contact us via email at

These are exciting times ahead for all at Spark ATM Systems. We are looking forward to a successful integration with NCR and delivering on our brand values of Passion, Integrity, and Excellence.