Standard Chartered announced that it has expanded its African coverage of Straight2Bank Wallet, the Bank’s mobile wallet service platform, by launching mobile payment services in Nigeria and adding mobile collections capabilities in Kenya. The Bank launched mobile payment services in Kenya in September 2013.In Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with eTranzact International Plc. to provide mobile payment services through its Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet. This is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) Financial Inclusion strategy to the unbanked and semi-banked population.The new mobile payment service enables clients such as development organisations, international organisations, non-bank financial institutions, agricultural companies and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies to make payments to both banked and unbanked individuals such as aid workers, trainers, policy holders, farmers and other beneficiaries.
MasterPass digital payment solution from MasterCard is now available in Italy. Following its success in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK, MasterPass is now debuting in Italy thanks to MasterCard’s agreements with the country’s major banks and an increasing number of participating retailers. Over 3,500 of Italy’s leading brands and companies have recognised the new business opportunities e-commerce has to offer. With digital shopping becoming an increasingly multi-channel process in Italy, MasterPass is making online purchasing even faster, simpler and more secure. Having stored their name, card and shipping details when they sign up for the service, consumers no longer need to enter them at the checkout: they simply click or tap on the “Buy with MasterPass” button and enter their password to complete the payment. This kind of simplicity is fundamental to the growth of e-commerce, now a well-established phenomenon with 3.7 million Italians making at least 10 online purchases a year and a rise in online shopping using mobile devices.
The first mobile wallet was launched in the Dominican Republic by the leading prepaid telco operator (Orange) and the largest bank (Banco Popular Dominicano). M-peso is a mobile money initiative created to cater financial services to the bottom of the pyramid, which represent 72% of the Dominican population (9.4 million, 2010 census). The product was launched after 6 months of preparation and roughly 8 months after the regulators published the framework for virtual prepaid cards and branchless banking. The design, development and implementation of the turn-key solution was handled by GCS International, the same company that has created and commercialized great success the acclaimed regional products tPago® and Citi® Mobile Collect.
MasterCard announced the appointment of Syed Mohammad Kamal as country manager for Bangladesh and Mohammad Anwar Hossain as director, business development to reaffirm its commitment to South Asia. The decision to build a stronger presence locally has come about in part to the rapid development and industrialization the country has been seeing over the last few years and the promise of further growth which could be achieved through a more robust electronic banking and payments system. Kamal will be based in Dhaka and report to Vikas Varma, area head, South Asia, MasterCard Worldwide. He will be tasked with executing MasterCard’s strategy in Bangladesh, working closely with partner financial institutions, merchants and regulators.
MasterCard payment solutions and technology introduced its business model aimed at microfinance institutions to facilitate the entrance of new players into the financial system for the SME sector. MasterCard is looking to foster financial inclusion through this model and boost the economy of microfinance institutions in the country. It’s ultimately designed to puts at the reach of regulated microfinancial entities the necessary technology and viable investment models to enable them as card issuers. This launch represents an important development for microfinance institutions because they will be able to integrate new financial services, such as the ones offered by the big players, at a viable cost which is not currently possible given the high expenses they have to incur.
Yalamanchili payment solutions received Visa Europe certification, establishing it as a validated service provider to offer payment processing solutions to card issuers and program managers operating on the Visa Europe payment scheme. Received from Visa Europe, this is further confirmation of Yalamanchili’s service capabilities and compliments the Visa network certifications the company has long held in other regions around the world. The certification delivers greater choice and flexibility for Yalamanchili’s clients, enables the organisation to provide fully outsourced Visa Europe compliant solutions including prepaid, debit, credit and commercial credit product offerings. Yalamanchili provides retail banks, card programme managers and their corporate customers with the tools and services needed to create and manage their own card products liberated from the constraints of the legacy platform, traditional processor model.
Thomas Cook travel and travel-related financial services company, in collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide, introduced its Prepaid Foreign Exchange Travel Card. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd’s Borderless Prepaid Card empowers travelers with the option of loading as many as eight currencies on a single card – US Dollars, British Pounds, Euro, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs, Singapore Dollars & Japanese Yen. An embedded chip and PIN ensures security and increased protection against counterfeiting and skimming card frauds. Customer-centric features on the card include instant loading, emergency cash disbursement and free replacement card in case stolen or lost and 24×7 global emergency assistance available via toll free access in over 80 countries.
Global Cash Access Holdings posted 2Q/12 operating income up 125% quarter-over-quarter to $16.0 million; net income per share up 450%; and cash EPS increased 92% quarter-over-quarter to $0.23. Revenues were $147.5 million for the second quarter 2012, as compared to revenues of $135.1 million for the same period in 2011. The overall increase in revenues was primarily due to the MCA asset acquisition coupled with modest organic growth in the Company’s base business. Operating income was $16.0 million for the second quarter 2012, an increase of 125%, as compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) (see Non-GAAP Financial Information below) were $20.1 million for the second quarter 2012, an increase of 68%, as compared to $12.0 million for the same period in 2011.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch transaction services card solutions are now available in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Finland and Poland, as well as the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The addition of the seven countries reaffirms the company’s position as a leading provider of card solutions to large and middle-market companies and government entities around the world. By the end of 2012, BofA Merrill’s global card offering will be available in more than 70 countries. BofA Merrill will enable commercial card clients to benefit from the operational simplification and cost savings created by the harmonization of multiple instruments and reduced number of paper mandates that need to be managed for cardholders.
Mako Networks network management and security company is now certified for a third consecutive year as compliant with the PCI DSS. Having met the more than 200 requirements of the PCI DSS, Mako was the first network management company in the world to pass the rigorous audit process in 2010, the highest security clearance attainable for protecting credit card data. The audit culminates in an annual worldwide Report on Compliance (RoC), issued for 2012 by Verizon Business, which attests to the overall security of Mako’s solutions, including a cloud-based Central Management System, and network appliances installed at customer locations. Merchants that use the Mako System to protect their payment card data can apply the Mako RoC in their own annual audits, drastically reducing the scope and number of technical questions they’re required to complete.
Harland Financial Solutions announced Members Heritage Credit Union implemented its UltraData Enterprise Core solution, including UltraData Enterprise CRM, Cavion® Internet Banking, Cavion Voice Banking, Cavion Mobile Banking, Cavion Bill Pay and ActiveView® Content Management. The credit union selected this product set from Harland Financial Solutions to provide its members with high-touch service, while increasing efficiency. In addition to the ease-of-use of UltraData Enterprise Core, integrated member relationship management from UltraData Enterprise CRM will enable the credit union to improve the member experience by presenting a unified approach to service. ActiveView Content Management will aid the credit union in better managing the storage, retrieval and flow of documents and information across the entire organization, which will improve efficiency and enable the institution to better service members seeking information.
Global Cash Access Holdings announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Fiscal First Quarter 2012 Highlights Operating income increased 69% quarter-over-quarter to $15.7 million EBITDA increased 51% quarter-over-quarter to $19.8 million Net income per share – diluted increased 267% quarter-over-quarter to $0.11 Cash EPS increased 133% quarter-over-quarter to $0.21 “We are…