The four major global payment card networks: Visa (VS), MasterCard (MC), American Express (AX) and Discover (DS), (excluding Visa Europe, CUP and JCB), were flat year-on-year (Y/Y) in Spending Per Card (SPC) during the first quarter of 2014 (Q1/14), according to CardData.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced a new designation for consumer reloadable prepaid products in the US, aimed at simplifying fees, improving consumer protections and creating opportunities for cardholders to improve their financial health. The designation was developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and The Pew Charitable…
Sam’s Club today announced a credit card cash back program that gives members the opportunity to earn 5 percent cash back on fuel, 3 percent cash back on dining and travel, and 1 percent cash back on all other purchases, up to $5,000 annually. The new Sam’s Club MasterCard comes with enhanced credit card safety, a top concern for today’s shoppers. Sam’s Club is the first mass retailer to actively implement chip-enabled technology. Each credit card has an embedded chip that makes the card more difficult to duplicate, which provides enhanced security from fraudulent activity.
Citi, American Airlines and MasterCard partnered to deliver a special performance by Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Justin Timberlake for their cardmembers. Timberlake will bring cardmembers a truly priceless experience through the Citi® / AAdvantage® & MasterCard Priceless Access with a Justin Timberlake™ performance that is reflective of the exclusivity, benefits and access cardmembers are provided. Cardmembers also have an opportunity to enter a social sweepstakes by using #PricelessAccess for a chance to win a flyaway package to attend the NYC show. Click here for the rules and how to enter. In addition, beginning today, Citi® / AAdvantage® members can visit www.aadvantageauction.com to bid on a flyaway package to the event using miles. The Citi® / AAdvantage® MasterCard also provides cardmembers special access to over 10,000 events annually through Citi Private Pass.
Ingo Money announced the addition of Dickson Chu as executive vice president, Corporate Development and chief product officer. In this role, he will lead the company’s strategic corporate development efforts and oversee the evolution and development of Ingo Money’s product roadmap and user experience. Chu brings over 25 years of leadership experience in financial services technology, digital payments and marketplace innovation. An accomplished general manager and innovator, Chu most recently served as investor and active advisor to a number of emerging companies. Previously, Chu served as senior vice president, Merchant Solutions at LivingSocial, evolving the company’s strategy to create a new merchant-focused business line. He also spent nearly two years at Citi as managing director, Digital Networks in the Global Enterprise Payments business unit, where he was responsible for the development of global e-commerce and m-commerce capabilities, as well as the development and launch of Citi’s Google Wallet platform. Before joining Citi, Chu spent six years at PayPal, most recently serving as vice president and head of Global Products and Experience. In this role he led product strategy, development and user experience design for millions of consumers and merchant customers, having previously served as global general manager for PayPal’s Global Merchant Services business, which he helped grow from $60 million to more than $1 billion.
On Track Innovations NFC and cashless payment solutions introduced its standards-certified Trio modular reader three-in-one payment solution. oti’s Trio, an innovative modular reader for the cashless payment industry, provides multiple payment options in unattended market segments, such as vending machines, self-service laundromats and car washes. The reader works with magnetic stripe cards, contactless payment solutions and secure credit/debit/prepaid cards with built-in EMV smart chip compatibility. The multiple payment solution evolved from oti’s field-proven Saturn 6500, a panel mount reader designed for indoor and outdoor installations. The oti Trio is an innovative, cost effective reader that can be purchased and installed using a modular approach, allowing self-service operators a variety of configuration options. Each target market for the Trio currently has millions of legacy coin-operated machines that eventually will be upgraded to solutions that allow for cashless payment solutions.
PrestaShop has expanded its partnership with Authorize.Net, a premier payment provider to over 400,000 small to medium sized merchants globally. This collaboration now allows PrestaShop merchants with an Authorize.Net account to process payments in multiple currencies. With Authorize.Net’s ability to process multiple currencies, PrestaShop merchants with operations in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and across Europe can accept payments in local currencies. By providing its merchants with the ability to process transactions in their local currency, PrestaShop offers more choices for securely accepting payments in these new markets.
ChannelAdvisor cloud-based e-commerce solutions announced CEO Scot Wingo will host the Amazon & Me Workshop at the 2014 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE). The daylong workshop will cover best practices for selling on Amazon and strategies that online retailers can use to improve their performance on the marketplace. The Amazon & Me Workshop will consist of eight sessions presented mainly by analysts and retailers. In addition to hosting the entire workshop, Wingo will present the welcome and introduction at and participate in the Q&A session at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Furthermore, Gina DeFrank, ChannelAdvisor product manager for marketplaces, will present “Writing for Amazon: Make It Clear and Concise” at the workshop at 10:15 a.m. CDT. DeFrank will provide strategies for writing titles and product descriptions to compete on Amazon and meet the marketplace’s standards.
USA Technologies issued a letter to its shareholders, disclosed below:
As we approach our Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 18, I wanted to share some highlights with you of our encouraging progress on several important fronts.
Your board of directors’ and management team’s top priority has been to drive USA Technologies to profitability, and deliver increased customer and shareholder value. We have executed on a vision that has delivered enhanced governance, market leadership in self-serve retail, and an unmatched and ever-expanding product and service portfolio. Most importantly, however, we believe that we have delivered a significant financial turnaround to our shareholders, and taken steps that we believe position USA Technologies to achieve our target over the next three to four years of $100 million in revenues and double digit operating margins as we continue to drive connections to our ePort Connect™ service.
We achieved profitability for the first time starting with our quarter ended December 31, 2012, and additionally, we have delivered six consecutive quarters of non-GAAP net income through our latest fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014. By way of comparison, during our quarter ended September 30, 2011, the quarter ended prior to my taking the role as Chairman and CEO, we had a non-GAAP net loss of ($1,800,000) and for our most recent quarter ended March 31, 2014, we had non-GAAP net income of $321,526, a $2.1 million quarterly increase.
We achieved GAAP net income for the first time during our 2013 fiscal year of $854,123 as well as GAAP net income for our nine months ended March 31, 2014. In comparison, during our fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, we had a GAAP net loss of ($5,200,000), or a $6.1 million improvement in one year.
Due to earnings generated in our fiscal year 2013, and earnings continuing during the nine months of our fiscal year 2014, and what we believe to be the sustainable nature of our recurring revenue service model, in our March 31, 2014 quarter we recognized $26.7 million of deferred tax assets as it became likely that we would utilize these assets as the result of generating future taxable income.
Our business has now achieved what we anticipate will be sustainable cash flows from operations. For our fiscal year 2012, we generated just $78,000 of cash flow from operating activities, however, for fiscal year 2013 and for the nine months of fiscal year 2014, we generated $6.0 million and $4.8 million, respectively.
USA Technologies and its current board have created significant shareholder value. For example, on March 6, 2012, our shares closed at $.94, and recently, on May 29, 2014, our shares closed at $2.01, representing a 112% increase, a substantial increase in market capitalization”from approximately $30.6 million, to approximately $71.5 million.
Our strategy for growth has been straightforward and consistent”to continue to increase the number of new connections to our ePort Connect™ service”and, to continue to create more value for every connection to our service, for both customers and shareholders. Strategies in place to achieve these goals have resulted in a host of additions to our comprehensive solutions suite and to a record number of new connections in the first nine months of fiscal 2014.
Having achieved these important goals for profitability, in fiscal 2014 we set our sights on building momentum in important areas of the self-serve retail market based on our view of how those markets would continue to evolve. Our progress included:
Increasing the number of connections to our service, from 129,000 as of September 30, 2011, to 244,000 as of March 31, 2014, representing an increase of 89%;
Generating the largest portion of our connections from our existing customer base”a base that we believe manages over 2 million potential machines yet to transition to cashless payment;
Leveraging USA Technologies’ early start in mobile-based payment services with over 75,000 locations enabled for the Isis mobile payment and “Fifth Purchase Free” program, one of the nation’s largest implementations of a payment and loyalty program utilizing smartphone technologies;
New consumer engagement services such as our MORE loyalty program, including the recent introduction of a MORE consumer mobile app utilizing eBeacon™ mobile payment technology powered by Bluetooth Low Energy;
Evolution of our ePort Connect™ service to extend our service capabilities across the vending spectrum. New Integrated Payment Services expands USA Technologies’ growth potential beyond the vending machine level”to micro-markets, dining services and other business segments managed by our vending customers;
Important new sales and distribution relationships that allow us to extend our service to other similar markets with ease. For example, in commercial laundry, in fiscal year 2013, we became the exclusive service provider to Setomatic Systems, a relationship that has yielded over 7,500 new connections to our service since that time; and
In taxi and transportation, new agreements with systems integrators in this market have extended the reach of our sales and marketing efforts. For example, within just a few months of introducing ePort GO™ for taxi and transportation businesses, our work with the Verizon Wireless’ business to business team has already resulted in an encouraging number of new customers and connections to our service. We are pleased to report that, during the current fiscal year, our direct sales efforts and that of partners like Verizon have yielded over 12,000 achieved or contracted connections in this important new market.
Our innovation on behalf of our customers continues to earn recognition for USA Technologies. Recently, USA Technologies was honored with the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Customer Value Leadership Award in Financial Services and Retail M2M Communications, an award presented to a company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers. We also earned the top award for the vending category at the 2013 Connected World Value Chain Awards, featuring our value chain partners, Verizon Wireless and Telit Wireless Solutions.
In closing, strong connections, a solid pipeline and a growing list of partners and customers leave us very encouraged about the business. Consumer preferences continue to shift toward cashless and mobile payment trends are already providing added stimulus. As a leader in the cashless movement, we believe that USA Technologies has the experience, the knowledge, the people and the vision to take advantage of these opportunities and build on our momentum.
Your board and management cordially invite you to attend our June 18 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting in person, we strongly encourage you to vote your shares. If you have questions about USA Technologies’ business or the Annual Meeting, please contact investor relations at 1-800-633-0340, or send an email to email@example.com .
I want to thank you for your support and hope you share the excitement that I feel for the future of USA Technologies.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Stephen P. Herbert
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer”
ROAM, an Ingenico company and the leading mobile commerce platform provider, will provide a mPOS solution for the non-profit Direct Selling Education Foundation’s (DSEF) fundraising effort during the upcoming DSA 2014 Annual Meeting, taking place June 1-3, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. ROAM’s participation in the event is the latest example of the company’s growth within the non-profit fundraising segment. ROAM has partnered with key non-profit service providers such as Blackbaud, to help provide its clients with a secure, efficient way to accept card payments at events and through peer-to-peer solicitation. According to Blackbaud, non-profits are projected to double their investment in mobile technologies this year.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Roger Hochschild, president and chief operating officer of Discover, will present at the William Blair Growth Stock Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 4:10 p.m. Central time. About Discover Discover Financial Services DFS +0.77% is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized…
The four major global payment card networks (excluding Visa Europe, CUP and JCB) produced an 8.3% year-on-year (Y/Y) gain in Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) during the first quarter of 2014 (Q1/14). Visa (VS), MasterCard (MC), American Express (AX) and Discover (DS) produced $2124 billion in global PDV, compared to $1961 billion in the year ago quarter.