Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Green Dot Rebounds Nicely from 2015 MoneyPak Suspension

Green Dot Rebounds Nicely from 2015 MoneyPak Suspension

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CA-based prepaid card specialist Green Dot reported flat revenues and a weak profit for the first quarter (1Q/16). However, 1Q/16 was the first quarterly sequential growth in active cards in a year. Additionally, gross dollar volume (GDV) was up year-on-year (YOY) and purchase dollar volume was steady YOY for 1Q/16. Gross…

Western Union C2C Transactions +3% YOY; Mobile Hot

Western Union C2C Transactions +3% YOY; Mobile Hot

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union (WU) first quarter (1Q/16) GAAP revenues, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), declined 3.8% year-on-year (YOY), while GAAP net income slipped 8.9% YOY. WU consumer-to-consumer (C2C) GAAP revenues FX declined 4.8% YOY, while consumer-to-business (C2B) GAAP revenues FX declined 7.9% YOY WU reported total GAAP Revenues FX of $1355.1…

Despite Unfavorable Macro-Environment FLT 1Q Strong

Despite Unfavorable Macro-Environment FLT 1Q Strong

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] GA-based FleetCor Technologies (FLT), a major provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses, reported first quarter (1Q/16) profits jumped 17% year-on-year (YOY) as domestic and international transactions also posted double-digit YOY gains in 1Q/16. FleetCor says its fundamentals were strong, organic revenue growth was approximately 9% in the…

GPN 1Q Steady Ahead of its Big 2Q Merger with HPS

GPN 1Q Steady Ahead of its Big 2Q Merger with HPS

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Atlanta-based Global Payments (GPN) reported first calendar quarter (1Q/16) [fiscal third quarter] gross revenues grew 2.2% year-on-year (YOY), while net income rose 10.4% YOY. Revenues for North America increased 1.1% YOY. GPN is gearing up for its merger with Heartland Payments Systems (HPS) in the second quarter. GPN will acquire HPS…

DataCap TranCloud Engineered Specifically for mobile/browser POS

DataCap TranCloud Engineered Specifically for mobile/browser POS

Datacap Systems has unveiled a new EMV-enabled payments solution for mobile and browser-based Point of Sale (POS) providers. The new TranCloud is engineered specifically for mobile/browser POS. Datacap’s unique cloud approach with small footprint hardware allows POS systems to process transactions through a variety of payment processors while simultaneously driving a range of PIN pad…

AmEx Surviving Cobrand Losses as US CIF +6.4% YOY

AmEx Surviving Cobrand Losses as US CIF +6.4% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The impact of the loss of the U.S. Costco and JetBlue programs is manifesting itself in the American Express (AmEx) U.S. Card Services (USCS) unit during the first quarter (1Q/16). However, AmEx continues to open new accounts at a record clip. Revenue and income were up slightly year-on-year (YOY) as outstandings…

Sezzle to Get Some Sizzle at FinovateSpring Next Week

Sezzle to Get Some Sizzle at FinovateSpring Next Week

Sezzle’s bank-to-bank payments technology will breakthrough next week at the FinovateSpring 2016 event in San Jose. Sezzle’s technology allows for an alternative low-cost payment method at checkout – effectively halving the cost of traditional credit and debit card merchant processing – all via bank to bank payment technology. At checkout, Sezzle allows consumers to link…