In today’s CardFlash News Que: STASH (APS); ACI (Ovum); GAMESTOP (rewards); and RADIOSHACK (iTunes Pass).
Citibank’s average yield for its U.S. retail credit card portfolio rose 5 basis points (bps) in the third quarter, compared to one-year ago, but down 6 bps sequentially. The net interest revenue (NIR), which includes some fees, also jumped by 30 bps year-on-year (YOY) for Q3/15, and up sharply by 37 bps from the prior quarter.
Synchrony Financial intends to file a Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the SEC in connection with the proposed exchange offer announced by General Electric Company. In the offer, GE shareholders will have the opportunity to exchange some or all of their shares of GE common stock for shares of Synchrony Financial common stock.
Giesecke & Devrient and Ericsson have partnered to deliver a commercial end-to-end subscription management solution. Via a highly secure process, the system will enable the remote provisioning and management of mobile operator SIM profiles and policies.
Beijing-based Alibaba Group disclosed its omni-channel retailing plans for the 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. This year, more than 1,000 retail brands, with 180,000 stores in 330 cities across China, will participate in this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. In Beijing alone, more than 8,000 stores will join the 11.11 festival.
ME-based WEX has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Electronic Funds Source for $1.1 billion in cash and 4.0 million shares of common stock to be issued to investment funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, EFS’ current owner. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted net income.
About 77% Americans are frightened of having their identity stolen including 23% who are very frightened. About half of Americans (46%) have either been a victim of identity theft or know someone who was, up 12 percentage points from 2008.
Merchant acquirer and payments technology and services provider for SMBs, TransFirst, owned by buyout firm Vista Equity Partners, has filed for an IPO. Shares to be listed on the Nasdaq under the symbol “TF” with an IPO size of $100 million.
Citi has launched Citi Payment Exchange, its integrated and highly flexible institutional payment-processing solution, in Canada. This follows the successful launch of the service in the U.S. in 2012. Unlike other bank offerings available in the Canadian market, clients can utilize Citi Payment Exchange to migrate from paper-based instruments to electronic payments.
MasterCard says it will integrate a fully tokenized checkout experience within MasterPass, leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES). MasterPass enables issuers to deliver digital payments across channels and devices around the world, seamlessly extending the trusted relationships consumers have with their banks.
pcipolicyportal.com has launched an aggressive expansion of services that now includes PCI compliance consulting and PCI policies and procedures for UK merchants and service providers.
Bluefin Payment Systems has joined the Applied Systems’ Partner Program as a Solutions Partner and will provide Bluefin’s integrated PayConex payment processing to U.S. independent insurance agencies using Applied CSR24.