Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

USAT Reaches 1Q Inflection Point But Profits Allude

USAT Reaches 1Q Inflection Point But Profits Allude

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USA Technologies (USAT), the king of unattended self-serve small-ticket payments (vending), has reached an inflection point. For the first quarter (1Q/16) revenues soared 32% year-on-year (YOY) and transaction volume spiked nearly 55% YOY. USAT posted $20.4 million in first quarter gross revenue, up a stunning 32.5% YOY, compared to $18.5 million…

Business Cards Drive AXP Intl Card Growth; LACC Stressed

Business Cards Drive AXP Intl Card Growth; LACC Stressed

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The American Express (AXP) International Consumer and Network Services (ICNS) unit posted nominal year-on-year (YOY) declines in revenue and income for the first quarter (1Q/16), but on a currency adjusted basis (FX), gross dollar volume (GDV) rose 100 basis points (bps), quarter-to-quarter (QTQ) and YOY, driven by international business card volume,…

CPI Sees Lower EMV Shipments; 1Q Impressive But Mixed

CPI Sees Lower EMV Shipments; 1Q Impressive But Mixed

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] EMV (chip cards) continue to drive CPI Card Group (CPI) top line performance, with shipments up 66% year-on-year (YOY) and up 6.6% quarter-to-quarter (QTQ) to 41.4 million, but the company expected better. Meanwhile, CPI’s prepaid business reported a 29% decline in revenue and a 49% slide in profits in the first…

Aussies Cautious on Credit Card Usage for 9th Straight Month

Aussies Cautious on Credit Card Usage for 9th Straight Month

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card outstandings edged up by 1.8% year-on-year (YOY) in March. Credit card credit limits increased 3.3% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.6% YOY. The average balance per account in March declined 1.8% YOY to AU$3155, compared to AU$3155 for February, and AU$3158 for January 2016.

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Analytics Services to Drive Global M-Payments 36% CAGR

Analytics Services to Drive Global M-Payments 36% CAGR

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] A new report projects the global mobile payments market will grow at a CAGR of 36.26% by 2020. Asia-Pacific will lead the way forward. NOVONOUS says the industry is emerging as one of the most diverse, competitive and technologically complex market in the recent years. Currently the Global Mobile Payments market…

Digital Money the Emerging Driver for MoneyGram

Digital Money the Emerging Driver for MoneyGram

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MoneyGram continues to recover from the loss of the Walmart account and posted a strong first quarter (1Q/16). Digital money transfer transactions increased 23% year-on-year (YOY) and digital money transfer revenue grew 31% YOY. MoneyGram 1Q/16 gross revenues climbed 8.4% year-on-year (YOY) to $358.4 million, compared to $376.7 million for 4Q/15…

UnionPay Inks Bangkok Bank in Issuing the First TPN Card

UnionPay Inks Bangkok Bank in Issuing the First TPN Card

UnionPay International announced its cooperation with Bangkok Bank in issuing the first local UnionPay-TPN card. This is also Thailand’s the first domestic brand debit card. This February, Thailand’s local switching system Thai Payment Network (TPN), which was joint-ventured and constructed by UnionPay International and 4 local mainstream banks (including Bangkok Bank) in accordance with UnionPay’s…

Briefs: THREATMETRIX; NAB; INTELLICHECK; and LENDINGTREE

In Other News: THREATMETRIX (OS); NAB (Adelo); INTELLICHECK (1Q); and LENDINGTREE (CTO). THREATMETRIX – ThreatMetrix has unveiled ThreatMetrix Open Intel, a new capability to incorporate third-party intelligence signals into the ThreatMetrix platform to orchestrate fraud prevention and authentication across the enterprise. Through Open Intel, ThreatMetrix customers can preserve their legacy and future investments in third-party…

Strong US EMV Sales Push Gemalto Payments Business North

Strong US EMV Sales Push Gemalto Payments Business North

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gemalto’s Payment business grew by +23% in 2015. The Americas posted the largest growth, with revenue almost doubling compared to previous year on strong sales of EMV payment cards and rapid expansion of issuance services in the U.S.  ARTICLE: Gemalto’s Payment business grew by +23% in 2015. The Americas posted the…