Los Angeles-based Direct Response Financial Services says it is now receiving revenue from credit card processing through its Direct Card Services subsidiary, a registered ISO and merchant service provider for J.P. Morgan Chase.
Trintech Group announced it remains committed to implementing its
previously announced program to buy-back up to $5 million of its shares and
will do so following approval of the Irish Takeover Panel. The company says
it is in the process of securing approval from the Panel to engage in a
buy-back of shares on the open market without triggering the requirement
for the largest shareholders to make a mandatory bid for the Company. One
such rule is that if the percentage ownership of a group of investors
acting in concert owning more than 30% of the share capital increases, the
connected investors may be required to make a mandatory bid for the
Company. John and Cyril McGuire, being brothers, are considered technically
to be acting in concert under the Takeover Panel rules and their relative
percentage ownership would increase as the Company bought back its own shares.
CA-based eConnect, developer of the “eCashPad” terminal and a company dogged by investor lawsuits and SEC problems, announced Thursday that Chairman/CEO Thomas Hughes has resigned and has no further connection to the company and has been replaced by Christopher Jensen as Acting CEO. eConnect Inc. is focused on delivering next-generation e-payment solutions. The Company develops proprietary hardware, software and transaction-processing services and believes that hardware-originated transactions are the future of Internet commerce and will benefit both the customer and the merchant.
Premiums paid on credit card portfolios settled in a 19.34% for the third quarter, a slight decrease from 3Q/01’s 19.43%, but significantly above 2Q/02’s 17.30% average premium. During the third quarter more than $4.8 billion traded hands compared to $9.4 billion in the second quarter. However more than $3.0 billion in deals are pending according to Thousand Oaks, CA-based R. K. Hammer Investment Bankers. The average cost-per-acquired-account hit $180 in 3Q/02, compared to $193 in 3Q/01. Hammer says the average earnings-multiple premium for the third quarter was 4.46x compared to 4.5x during 2001. (CF Library 1/4/02; 4/9/02; and 7/2/02)
PORTFOLIO SALES STATS
3Q/02 2Q/02 1Q/02 3Q/01
$ DEALS $4.83b $9.4b $9.4b $329m
PREM 19.34% 17.30% 17.05% 19.43%
ACCT COST $180 $158 $157 $193
EARN MULTIPLE 4.46x 4.3x 4.3x 4.5x
BUYER ROA 4.05% 4.10% 4.10% 4.00%
BUYER ROE 31.5% 27.5% 22.1% 20.5%
Source: R.K. Hammer Investment Bankers
Hong King’s Dah Sing Bank has launched a “MasterCard Corporate Card” and a “MasterCard Corporate Purchasing Card.” As part of the product launch, Dah Sing has signed an agreement with the corporate card unit of GE Consumer Finance under which multinational customers of “GE Corporate Card,” including 10 GE businesses with operations in Hong Kong, will be the first organizations to use the new Dah Sing business card products. Dah Sing also announced its alliance with GE Corporate Card. whereby Dah Sing Bank will issue Hong Kong Dollar-denominated corporate cards to GE’s subsidiaries and clients in the territory. This arrangement will allow GE to serve its clients with operations in Hong Kong without the complexities of running a credit card center here and for multinational clients it will minimize payment of high exchange rates.
Belgrade-based VIDRA Info, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Arius Group
has signed a deal to become VeriFone’s channel partner in Yugoslavia. The
first contract from the partnership resulted in the first shipment of 1,000
“Omni 3750” terminals to the Komercijalna Bank of Yugoslavia. The “Omni
3750” has proved to be the fastest selling model in VeriFone’s history
reaching a milestone of 70,000 terminals shipped in the eight months since
its launch in January of this year. VIDRA info’s parent company, Arius
designs and produces software for the implementation of specific
information systems and has recently formed a joint venture with
Komercijalna Banka and Euronet to set up and run a processing center for
POS and ATM transactions in Yugoslavia. Komercijalna banka is a Europay
principal member, a VISA associate member, an exclusive American Express
agent and YUBA card issuer.
First Data reported 13% revenue growth in the third quarter, and a doubling of earnings per share compared to last year. However the company said yesterday it is paying very close attention to consumer behavior at the point of sale during the fourth quarter and its potential impact on revenue. The Payment Services unit produced $821 million in 3Q/02 revenue, a 19% gain and a 21% gain in profits compared with 2001 pro forma profits. The Card Issuing Services division produced operating profits of $97 million, a 4% from 2001 pro forma results. However, CIS revenue was down 3% to $485 million. The Merchant Services unit, comprised primarily of First Data Merchant Services and TeleCheck, generated $703 million in revenue, a 21% gain. Profits rose 10% on a pro forma basis to $196 million. Merchant processing transactions grew 18% for the third quarter to 2.6 billion. Emerging Payments, First Data’s eONE Global business, which accounts for 2% of First Data revenue, reported $38 million in revenue for the quarter. For complete details on FDC’s third quarter results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Alberta-based Wildcard Wireless Solutions has received Vital Processing Services “Class B” platform certification for both its restaurant and retail software applications in the USA. Vital is the commerce connection between acquirers and merchants, processing one out of every four authorized payment transactions in North America.
Mondopolitan has undertaken construction of a new transaction processing
facility in Hong Kong with a sub-facility in Nassau. Mondopolitan, through
its majority owned subsidiary MondoCard and global banking partners,
provides MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus and other private network based global
debit and credit cards to emerging markets. The firm specializes in stored
value virtual accounts. Its products are held in U.S. dollar denominated
Isracard has selected Cyota to provide “Verified by VISA” and “MasterCard SecureCode” to its cardholders. Isracard, one of the first issuers to announce a “MasterCard SecureCode” service worldwide, will launch the new services to its cardholders this quarter. Isracard previously launched “SecureClick”, Cyota’s surrogate number solution two years ago. Isracard is owned by Bank Hapoalim and issues the local “Isracard” credit card, as well as MasterCard, AmEx and VISA. It has over 1.5 million cardholders.
Isracard has selected Cyota to provide “Verified by VISA” and
“MasterCard SecureCode” to its cardholders. Isracard, one of the first
issuers to announce a “MasterCard SecureCode” service worldwide, will
launch the new services to its cardholders this quarter. Isracard
previously launched “SecureClick”, Cyota’s surrogate number solution two
years ago. Isracard is owned by Bank Hapoalim and issues the local
“Isracard” credit card, as well as MasterCard, AmEx and VISA. It has over
1.5 million cardholders.
American Express has joined the gift card bandwagon. The new American Express Gift Card features a card embossed with the recipient’s name and good at all retailers that accept the AmEx cards. The new card is available in amounts from $25 to $500 and can be purchased through the American Express Web site. The new “Gift Card” is the latest addition to the AmEx prepaid services portfolio which includes the Travelers Cheque, Cheques for Two, Gift Cheques, the Be My Guest dining card, as well as a range of corporate incentive prepaid products, through American Express Incentive Services. Last month, VISA U.S.A. formally announced its gift card. VISA estimates the overall market for gift cards to be nearly $300 billion, which corresponds to approximately $174 billion for consumer gift cards and another $124 billion for commercial applications.(CF Library 9/25/02).