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

FleetCor North American Transactions Rock-n-Rolling

FleetCor North American Transactions Rock-n-Rolling

[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 total revenues increased 14.3% year-on-year (YOY) for the fourth quarter (4Q/15) as net income declined sharply by -51.8% YOY, due to two one-off expenses. North America transactions soared 57.7% YOY while international transactions declined…

Big 6 Issuers Struggle with Stimulating Inactive Accounts

Big 6 Issuers Struggle with Stimulating Inactive Accounts

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. bank credit card active accounts (AAC) (accounts with sales activity), among the top six U.S. issuers, slipped 2.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). Capital One was the only issuer to post a positive YOY AAC gain in 4Q/15. Citibank had the sharpest decline. There were 157.5 million active…

Western Union Slips a Tad; U.S. Outbound Remains Strong

Western Union Slips a Tad; U.S. Outbound Remains Strong

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union (WU) fourth quarter (4Q/15) GAAP revenues, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), declined 1.3% year-on-year (YOY), while GAAP net income slipped 4.2% YOY. WU consumer-to-consumer (C2C) GAAP revenues FX declined 1.7% YOY, while consumer-to-business (C2B) GAAP revenues FX declined 5.8% YOY WU reported total GAAP Revenues FX of $1453.9…

BRIEFS – FAPS; WALTZ; MERCATOR; and MASTERCARD

In Other News: FAPS (ASTREX); WALTZ (investors); MERCATOR (report); and MASTERCARD (China). FAPS – First American Payment Systems and UL Transaction Security have partnered together to offer ASTREX, a real-time payments simulator, to reduce development time and streamline EMV validation for ISVs and VARs. Paired with First American’s semi-integrated EMV solution, the testing environment will…

Seamless Revenues Up 39% YOY; Struggling with SEQR

Seamless Revenues Up 39% YOY; Struggling with SEQR

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Sweden-based Seamless posted fourth quarter (4Q/15) net revenue of SEK 78.9 million, an increase of 39.2% year-on-year (YOY). Net revenues for SEQR business division rose 7.3% YOY to SEK 2.05 million. The Seamless operating loss declined from SEK 50.8 million in 4Q/14 to SEK 32.8 million for 4Q/15. The SEQR operating…

MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

TX-based Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), a/k/a Delta Card Services has ankled Robin Laskowski for the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. MCPS also announced the opening of their new 30,000 square foot operations center. Before joining Merchants’ Choice, Ms. Laswkowski held the position of Client Solutions Director & Sales for SmartDog…

Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force (CIF) among the Top 4 issuers edged up by a mere 1.0% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the fourth quarter (4Q/15) to a largely estimated 232.9 million cards.  
Capital One blew the other three top issuers away in the fourth quarter, as the only issuer with positive…

Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic has been integrated with Revel Systems’ iPad Point of Sale (POS) to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants. By seamlessly integrating with Verifone Point Classic, Revel allows its clients the choice to have their payment systems managed by Verifone. Combining world-class hardware and services into a flexible and robust managed…