UnionPay International and Ethiopian Airlines inked a deal to enable payment by UnionPay cards for buying tickets online. UnionPay cardholders not only can enjoy 5% off currently for booking air tickets on the airline company’s website but also can receive extra mileage of 1,000 km from today to May 20, 2015.
Global Payments entered a definitive agreement to acquire Ezi Holdings Pty Ltd (Ezidebit) for AU$305 million, an integrated payments company focused on recurring payments verticals and markets its products through a network of integrated software vendors and direct channels to numerous vertical markets. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of Global Payments’ 2015 fiscal year, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals in Australia and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Global Payments expects the transaction to contribute approximately US$25 million in revenues and to be slightly additive to total company cash operating margins. Additionally, it is anticipated that the transaction will be modestly accretive on a cash earnings basis for fiscal 2015 and dilutive to fiscal 2015 GAAP earnings per share.
Banco Ficohsa completed the purchase of Banco Citibank de Honduras, S.A and Cititarjetas de Honduras, S.A., after receiving the required regulatory approvals. The acquisition is the largest transaction of its kind undertaken by a Honduran bank. Ficohsa now becomes the largest bank in Honduras and one of the top 10 banks in Central America. The deal included an US$ 80-million capital contribution, which brings Ficohsa’s total net worth to approximately US$ 350 million, which represents 21% of Honduras’ total financial system’s net worth. The contribution is comprised of tier 1 and tier 2 capital. The combined entity will have a loan portfolio of US$2 billion, a deposit base of over US$1.6 billion and US$ 2.7 billion in assets, which represent 20% of the total assets of the Honduran financial system (using pro forma figures of the companies combined as of March 31, 2014.)
NCR and its relationship with Easynet is transforming Europe’s Campofrio Food Group by signing a three-year global contract. NCR and Easynet partnership is a highly successful with a global footprint of 13,000 service professionals in more than 180 countries around the world, NCR is well positioned to partner with Easynet virtually anywhere their customers wish. NCR Corporation enables more than 485 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business.
MasterCard today announced enhancements to its industry leading security efforts, providing U.S. cardholders with greater protection from fraud and identity theft. All MasterCard credit, debit, prepaid and small business cards issued in the U.S. will now carry Identity Theft Resolution assistance. The program provides help in canceling missing cards and alerting credit reporting agencies, as well as targeting searches to detect if stolen personal and confidential data appears online.
Javelin Strategy & Research released 2014 Retail Point of Sale Payment Forecast: The Mobile Payment Square-Effect and Prepaid Card Popularity Drive Cash Down by 10% report which evaluates the forecast changes in the retail POS market, tracking payments mix data from 2012 through the forecast year of 2019. Cash and paper checks dominated consumers’ wallets, with consumers using cash for smaller dollar-value transactions and selecting checks for big-ticket items. This trend has taken a dramatic turn, as consumers increasingly abandoned their traditional paper-based payments for card payments. From 2012 to 2013, cash dropped by 10% of volume of transactions, a total of $86B and is forecasted to drop further over the next six years. Cash is still the most commonly used payment option for in-store purchases, with 65% of all consumers using cash to make a purchase in the past seven days. The report details Javelin’s forecasts for total retail POS payments volume and analyzes share and transaction growth at the POS for credit cards, debit cards, cash, paper checks, prepaid cards, gift cards, and mobile proximity payments.
MoneyGram teamed iinternational department store Debenhams to offer money transfer services to its customers. Debenhams’ customers will now be able to send and receive funds around the globe while doing their shopping at the 200-year old retailer in the UK. MoneyGram services are currently offered at 44 Debenhams locations across the UK via its Travel Money bureaus, with further store expansion planned in the coming months. It is anticipated that the new service will be used by thousands of new customers who will enjoy sending from such locations. For a leading retailer like Debenhams, offering the MoneyGram service to millions of customers wanting to send money to family and friends abroad creates a useful one-stop-shop on the high street.
Computop PSP made available its Computop Paygate 6.0. This latest version of the company’s multichannel global payment platform offers new features and functionality that make it even easier and faster for merchants to conduct business both domestically and internationally, and is fully SEPA enabled in preparation for the pan-European payment harmonization initiative due to go live in February and August 2014. The release of Computop Paygate 6.0 extends yet further the choice of international and domestic alternative payment and processing methods available to support consumer preferences. Paygate 6.0 sees Computop significantly extend its local market presence in a number of key global territories.
Kobil IT security solutions for the financial industry added a completely new dimension to its deep-rooted cooperation with Yapi Kredi, which is one of the oldest Turkish banks. The Innovative and modular platform technology “Application Security Technology (AST)”, which will be integrated into Yapi Kredi’s IT infrastructure within the scope of cooperation, will allow Yapi Kredi ‘s customers to perform their banking operations in a more secure environment than ever before. Furthermore the Bank will provide its customers with KOBIL mIDentity mini as well as KOBIL OTP technology. Yapi Kredi will utilize Application Security Technology (AST), presented by KOBIL especially for mobile platforms (iOS, Android). The AST solution offers a foundation that increases the level of customer security on all alternative channels such as mobile banking, Internet banking, ATMs and telephone banking. The AST solution automatically performs the majority of security operations thus providing the utmost convenience for the end user.
Visa’s announced its processing enhancement for Visa Offers, allowing Visa issuers, acquirers and merchants of all sizes to deliver targeted rewards to Visa cardholders. Cutting out paper coupons, allowing consumers, who opt in, to earn points and discounts as well as redeem special offers instantly at checkout by simply using their enrolled Visa card. the platform supports Visa’s commitment to offer solutions for retailer and financial institution clients of any size that allows them to deliver customized and differentiated benefits to Visa cardholders at the point-of-sale. The VisaNet payments processing network allows the efficient delivery of these offers that can enhance the consumer checkout experience, increase merchant sales and strengthen issuer relationships. New capabilities include Fully Customizable Offer Content; Real-Time Offer Relevancy; Consumer Loyalty Qualification; Multiple Redemption Options; and Support for Multiple Offers Programs.
Payoneer global payments announced U.S. transporters on uShip.com can now access their payments within minutes. Providing payment immediately upon release of funds, Payoneer gives transporters access to its online transport marketplace and the capital they need wherever and whenever necessary. uShip transportation marketplace for vehicle, freight and household goods shipping markets launched uShip “Payments” payment system that helps carriers get paid quickly online. The Payoneer solution helps further expedite the payment process for transporters.
Bill.com integrated bill payment, online invoicing and cash flow management solutions for businesses announced that Mercantile Bank of Michigan has standardized its online business banking services on the award-winning Bill.com platform. Mercantile Bank of Michigan is the first financial institution to utilize Bill.com’s platform and provide its customers with seamless access to robust AP, AR and cash flow management capabilities all in one easy-to-use solution. The Bill.com platform provides Mercantile Bank of Michigan business customers a solution that automates manual processes and makes it seamless to send and receive payments through multiple payment channels. It also helps businesses manage cash more effectively by providing a comprehensive view into their cash flow position for better decision making. Mercantile Bank of Michigan customers benefit from an integrated experience that includes single sign-on (SSO); one click setup of their company, users and bank accounts; and the ability to pay and get paid immediately after setup. Customers using the Bill.com platform login on average two times per day to follow up on a receivable, review and approve a bill, make a payment, or perform other financial tasks.