Shift4 Payments


Shift4 Payments
IndustryPayment processing
Founded1999; 22 years ago (1999) (as United Bank Card)
FoundersJared Isaacman
Area served
United States, Canada
Key people
Jared Isaacman
RevenueIncrease US$731.4 million (2019)
Increase US$37.6 million (2019)
Increase US$58.1 million (2019)
Total assetsIncrease US$788 million (2019)
Total equityIncrease US$14.1 million (2019)
Number of employees

Shift4 Payments is a payment processing company publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange and based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[2][3] The company, founded in 1999 by the then 16-year-old Jared Isaacman, processes payments for over 200,000 businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure and restaurant industries.[2][4] Shift4 specializes in commerce solutions such as mobile payment software and hardware.[5][6] When the company went public in 2020, Isaacman was still the CEO.[7]


While working as an employee of a payment processing company, the 16-year-old Isaacman (who had already earned his GED and gone to work full-time) identified what he saw as inefficiencies in the industry. In response, he launched United Bank Card in his parents' basement in Far Hills, New Jersey.[5][8] At the time, it generally took merchants about one month to set up a payment system and merchants had to pay for their credit card readers and sign a lengthy application. As an alternative, Isaacman's new company cut the set-up time to one day, gave merchants free credit card readers and only required merchants sign a two-page application.[5]

In 2012, United Bank Card rebranded as Harbortouch to better reflect its point-of-sale and payment technology.[5]

Between 2014 and 2017, the company expanded by acquiring multiple payment processing and point-of-sale companies, including Merchant Services Inc. (the same company Isaacman worked for as a teen).[5]

The company rebranded once again in 2017 as Lighthouse Network, with Harbortouch becoming a subsidiary.[9][10]

In 2017, the company - then operating as the Lighthouse Network - acquired payment gateway provider Shift4 Corporation and rebranded itself as Shift4 Payments.[10]

Shift4 Payments went public on the NYSE in June 2020, raising $345 million through its IPO.[4][3] The company is one of the few companies to go public in the months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company completed its "roadshow" for investors entirely online.[7] The company was the first to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange after the trading floor was reopened following its shutdown because of the pandemic.[4]

In November 2020, Shift4 Payments announced the acquisition of 3dcart,[11] an E-commerce platform. In January 2021, Shift4 rebranded this solution as Shift4Shop.[12]

In March 2021, the company announced the acquisition of VenueNext, a provider of point-of-sale and payment solutions for stadiums, arena, and other entertainment venues.[13]


The company's business model involves integrating payment processing services into various hardware and software products as well as the gathering of business intelligence.[14][15]

It works primarily in the restaurant, hospitality, retail and e-commerce industries.[7][16] Shift4 also offers cloud-based reporting and analytic software.[6] In 2019, the company processed approximately 3.5 billion transactions.[17]


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  4. ^ a b c Bary, Emily (5 June 2020). "Shift4 Payments stock surges after IPO in vote of confidence for economic recovery". MarketWatch. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e Segran, Elizabeth (13 April 2015). "Meet The Fighter-Jet-Flying 32-Year-Old On Top Of The Payments Industry". Fast Company. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Shift4Payments, Inc". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
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  8. ^ Nivedita, C; Manikandan, Abhishek; Hussain, Noor Zainab; Franklin, Joshua (5 June 2020). "Shift4, Legend Biotech surge in banner week for U.S. IPOs". Reuters. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ Salamone, Anthony (22 March 2018). "Lehigh Valley credit card processing company won't relocate headquarters". The Morning Call. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  10. ^ a b Nariyanuri, Sampath Sharma (17 January 2018). "Lighthouse Network buys payment processing company Shift4". S&P Global Market Intelligence. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Shift4 Payments Acquires 3dcart Ecommerce Platform". 2020-11-05.
  12. ^ "Shift4 Payments Rebrands 3dcart, Launches eCommerce Platform Shift4Shop". 2021-01-27.
  13. ^ "Shift4's acquisition of VenueNext paves way for payments in sports, entertainment". 2021-03-10.
  14. ^ "Shift4 Payments Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Class A Common Stock". Yahoo Finance. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Payment Methods Shift4 Introduces Contactless QR Pay Tech". 24 June 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  16. ^ Kudo, Hikaru (29 July 2020). "Raiders Thinking Ahead with Shift4 Payments Partnership". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  17. ^ Salamone, Anthony (2020-06-05). "Lehigh Valley's Shift4 Payments files to go public with initial price offering". The Morning Call. Retrieved 3 July 2020.