MasterCard has launched its Travel Service program in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The program is now available to cardholders in the following markets: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Today, there are a total of 37 mobile money services in Latin America, accounting for roughly 14.9 million registered mobile money accounts, in 19 countries1 in the region. This includes seven new services launched in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama and Peru since 2014.
MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has launched MasterCard Travel Services for Platinum MasterCard and MasterCard Black cardholders.
MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) has launched an enhanced suite of travel benefits for Platinum MasterCard and MasterCard Black cardholders. The new MasterCard Travel Services includes personal planning assistance, preferential treatment and savings/benefits/upgrades.
In a continuing effort to exit international consumer banking Citi inks a final deal to unload its Citi Cards Japan business to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank for an estimated US$350 million. The deal, with began negotiations in December, includes 743,000 customer accounts and an exclusive franchise for Diners Club cards in Japan, according to CardData.
Citibank unloads another international unit including its credit card business in Nicaragua. Grupo Financiero Ficohsa (GFF) is buying 100% of Banco Citibank de Nicaragua.
NY-based Regalii has expanded its remote bill pay platform to India. Regalii was the first company providing a mobile cross-border payment between US and Latin America.
Atlanta-based MobileRecharge.com has launched MobileRecharge, an app for iOS and Android devices. The app is free to download on App Store and Google Play.
Banco Ficohsa completed the purchase of Banco Citibank de Honduras, S.A and Cititarjetas de Honduras, S.A., after receiving the required regulatory approvals. The acquisition is the largest transaction of its kind undertaken by a Honduran bank. Ficohsa now becomes the largest bank in Honduras and one of the top 10 banks in Central America. The deal included an US$ 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.)
MoneyGram announces a new channel to transfer money to Mexico at an unparalleled speed – in just 30 minutes. The launch of this near real-time service provides customers with a fast and secure option to send funds through the trusted MoneyGram network. This new offering complements MoneyGram’s strong bank account deposit network in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Banco Ficohsa announced a successful agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Banco Citibank de Honduras, S.A. and Cititarjetas de Honduras, S.A., pending authorization by the National Banking and Insurance Commission (CNBS) and the Competition Defense and Promotion Commission. The transaction does not include the acquisition of any of Citi’s Corporate Banking business in the country, including Banco de Honduras, S.A. The acquisition makes Banco Ficohsa ” the leading member of the country’s top financial group, with banking, insurance and credit card businesses – the largest bank in Honduras, with a net worth of US$339 million, US$ 2.77 billion in assets, a loan portfolio of US$1.88 billion, and US$1.6 billion in deposits.
Virtual Piggy integrated its youth-friendly payment system with Claire’s Stores, Inc. ecommerce website at www.claires.com. With over 1,500 stores in approximately 90% of all major U.S. shopping malls and in 35 countries outside of the U.S. Claire’s is a world-leading retailer of jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents.