The payment industry earnings season kickoffs on April 14th with the release of first quarter for Chase and Wells Fargo. RAM Research’s DataDates says all of the big issuers will report over a period of seven consecutive business days in April.
Tapingo landed a $22 million investment led by Qualcomm Incorporated through its investment arm Qualcomm Ventures. DCM Ventures, Kinzon Capital, and existing investors Khosla Ventures and Carmel Ventures also participated in the round. The company will use the funding to accelerate its expansion beyond the college market, with the goal of transforming local commerce.
PayPal has made its acquisition of Paydiant official. Paydiant provides the mobile wallet platform for MCX whose members include many of the world’s largest retailers including Walmart, Target, Sears, Wendy’s, Exxon, CVS and many others.
Five of the top consumer finance companies made the Stable Rating Outlooks for this year. FitchRatings says the key ingredients are strong franchises and leading market positions, continued strong credit performance, appropriate risk-adjusted capital levels and increasingly diverse funding profiles.
As expected U.S. revolving consumer credit outstanding declined $3.7 billion or 5.0% year-on-year (YOY) in February as consumers cleared-off holiday debt. Total revolving credit for February preliminarily posted $884.8 billion, compared to a revised $888.5 billion for the prior month and $889.5 billion at end-of-year (EOY) 2014.
U.S. bank credit card rates edged down slightly in February, 15 basis points (bps) from the prior month of 13.68%, however the stage is set for substantial rate hikes this year due to anticipated rate hikes by the FOMC in the second half. RAM Research forecasts U.S. bank credit card rates for accounts assessed interest will hit 13.77% at mid-year, then climb to 14.24% by end-of-year (EOY) 2015.
Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) is gobbling up Chicago-based Trustwave for US$810 million. Singtel plans to combine its state-of-the-art information and communications technology (ICT) with Trustwave’s broad portfolio of managed security services.
Československá obchodní banka (CSOB) has introduced its Era World Rewards program powered by Vancouver’s Zafin’s miRevenue. For every one Czech koruna (approximately USD $0.05), the customer earns one point.
Stung by the loss of the Costco co-branded credit card program, the recent loss of a recent DOJ lawsuit, and the potential of rising consumer interest rates, American Express’ (AXP) Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) credit card program should strong in 2015 given its liquidity profile.
Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) members who own an Android Wear watch can now seamlessly check account balances with a flick of the wrist, without the hassle of logging-in to the mobile app. The app os powered by NCR’s Digital Insight.
Discover’s (DFS) financial performance will face downward pressure from a number of factors including increased competition, normalizing credit performance and heightened legal and compliance expenses this year. However, operating performance for DFS’ credit card Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) is likely to remain strong in 2015, despite a decline in net income last year.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Chris Harvey, Vice President/Client Services for YapStone.