[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UL is pleased to announce that the Collis Brand Test Tool is confirmed by Visa to simulate the newest test cards included in the Contactless Device Evaluation Toolkit (CDET). The newest Visa CDET test cards (version 2.1) are now simulated by the Collis Brand Test Tool (version 4.6.2). Also the associated…
FreedomPay announced the addition of payments industry veteran Brian Voigt to its executive team as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Bringing nearly 25 years of payments industry experience, Voigt has proven success in building relationships and product innovation that bring key partners and customers to the table. He will be responsible for engaging, recruiting and establishing product-complementary and revenue-generating relationships with global partners engaged in the commerce ecosystem. Voigt joins FreedomPay after serving 18 years in strategic executive roles at Bank of America Merchant Services (BAMS), with a focus on defining mobile Point of Sale (“POS”) and mobile commerce strategies. He has also held executive positions with First Data and Chase Paymentech.
ACI Worldwide announced Genesis Financial Solutions implemented its Bill Payment Solution electronic bill payment system for customer loan payments. Genesis Financial Solutions, a leading U.S. consumer finance company, was using multiple legacy systems across different lines of business and funding sources. As its business grew, the complexity of managing multiple systems increased. The company needed a more efficient and integrated way to manage its bill payment processing across multiple payment channels. Genesis Financial Solutions selected ACI’s Bill Payment Engine to power its mobile, web, IVR (interactive voice response), call center and eLockbox (consolidated remittances) payment options.
OTI cashless payment solutions announced its PetroSmart, its wholly owned subsidiary and a global Value Added Reseller (VAR) of petroleum equipment, has introduced an innovative new smart vehicle ‘Moon Tag’ that expands the use of its ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system to the consumer market. OTI’s petroleum payment solutions have already been deployed in 43 countries, more than 1,600 gas stations and over 100,000 commercial vehicles. EasyFuel Plus provides Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) services with its contactless smart read-write tag mounted around the fuel inlet of the vehicle. When a fuel nozzle fitted with the OTI contactless reader is inserted into the vehicle’s fuel inlet, contactless communication is established automatically. Once the vehicle’s payment card details are verified, fuel can be dispensed. The ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system served commercial fleet owners by automating the fuel payment process, saving time and preventing fraud. This next evolution of the system expands into the private sector so consumers can settle payment automatically without swiping their credit card or paying in a convenience store. Additionally, loyalty points can be awarded automatically per each refueling. The Moon tag also incorporates a mechanism to tune the reading range between the RF nozzle unit (RFN) and the tag to ensure that fuel can be dispensed only to the specific vehicle’s fuel tank and to avoid any option for a fraudulent ‘side fueling.’
In this year-end card industry trend report, R.K. Hammer cites the current card industry Pre-tax ROA, compared to prior periods. Company Founder and Chairman Bob Hammer notes, “It has been a difficult past five years since 2008, when average ROA was calculated at 4.25% pre-tax. Since then changes have occurred, from the dramatic drop to 1.50% ROA in 2009 (the lowest card ROA return in over three decades), then up to 2.10% ROA in 2010, to 3.00% in 2011, 3.30% for 2012, and now 3.50% for 2013.”
Citi this morning launched its redesigned Citi Mobile® app for iPhone® and Android™ devices to provide U.S. banking and credit card customers with new and enhanced mobile account management capabilities. New features, a cleaner, sleeker design, intuitive navigation and alerts on-the-go have been added to make it faster and simpler for customers to check balances, transfer money and make deposits and payments. Over time, the new application will go live to Citi customers around the world. The U.S. launch includes a limited beta test of Citi Mobile® Snapshot, a new opt-in feature that enables customers to check deposit and credit card balances and recent transactions without having to log into their accounts.
Ingo Money announced the addition of Lisa McFarland as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, she will lead product strategy and marketing for the company’s Ingo Money Network and Ingo Enterprise Solutions business lines. McFarland brings nearly two decades of expertise in product development, marketing and strategic sales support for B2B and B2C payment card programs. Most recently at Visa, McFarland served as head of Consumer Prepaid Products, where she conceived and executed the company’s product, channel and network development strategies for its consumer prepaid group.
IHS announced Eric J. Boyer joined the company as Vice President of Investor Relations. Boyer comes to IHS from Wells Fargo Securities in Baltimore, MD, where he most recently served as vice president and senior equity analyst within their Equity Research Division responsible for the information and business services sector, which includes IHS. His decade-plus experience has also involved work within the Equity Research Division of Deutsche Bank and as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard posted 4Q/13 net income of $684 million, up 13% from the year-ago period. Including the special item, a $61 million after-tax charge related to the opt-outs in the U.S. merchant litigations, the company reported net income of $623 million. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $2.1 billion,…
While credit card charge-offs among the top U.S. issuers have fallen to seven year lows in 2013, there are some scattered clouds on the horizon as early stage delinquency (30+ days) headed north in the second half of 2013 by six basis points. However, late stage delinquency (90+ days) was down three basis points from 2Q/2013 but up three basis points sequentially in Q4/2013. Historically, delinquency rates are slightly depressed in the fourth quarter due to the higher level of outstandings, driven by holiday spending.
Heartland Payment filed a federal lawsuit against Mercury Payment Systems for false advertising, unfair competition, intentional interference with contractual relations, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. The suit alleges that Mercury is illegally competing against Heartland with deceptive trade practices and that Mercury is effectively misleading merchant customers by deceptively hiding its excess profits in the interchange fees charged by credit card networks and their issuing banks, in violation of the Lanham Act.
The suit seeks to stop Mercury’s routine deceptive pricing practices to secure new retail customers and maintain their existing merchants. The suit also seeks to recover full value for each merchant and prospect Mercury has wrongfully taken from Heartland by deceptively falsifying pass-through interchange costs and other illegal methods. Heartland explains that the fees charged by credit and debit card issuers – the issuing banks plus card brands such as Visa and MasterCard – are collectively known as network, or interchange, fees. Interchange fees are set by the card brands, and are typically adjusted twice a year. The complaint also alleges that Mercury imposes significant costs and barriers for changing providers, falsely informs merchants that they are the only processor that supports their point-of-sale card swiping equipment, and falsely represents their company in commercial advertising and promotions as guaranteeing the best rate, among other charges.
Visa plans to provide companies a simplified way to pay by Visa through their Visa Commercial issuer using the SAP Financial Services Network. The new payment solution is expected to help corporations more easily automate and process their invoice payments without the need for significant investment in custom software, and is planned to be available summer 2014. The new solution is expected to help corporations who want to move toward electronic business-to-business payments. This new offering will be designed to allow corporate clients of participating Visa Commercial issuers to route payment instructions to Visa via the SAP Financial Services Network. For more information on Visa Commercial Solutions, visit visa.com/commercial.