Ceridian Corporation Names New CFO

Stuart C. Harvey, Jr. has been named CFO with Ceridian Corporation payroll, benefits and payment solutions, effective August 16. Most recently the CFO with Elavon global payment solutions, Harvey was a managing director with the investment banking firm of Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Saint John’s University in Minnesota, earned a law degree from The National Law Center at The George Washington University and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Ceridian is a leader in payroll outsourcing, gift cards and corporate expense management, concentrating on payment innovation.

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EPS

Net1 Universal Electronic Technological Solutions has received an order for a further 1.2 million Universal Electronic Payment System (“UEPS”)-enabled smart cards from the Iraqi Government. NUETS expects the delivery of these cards to commence towards the end of September 2010 at the rate of 200,000 cards per month. Since the project’s inception in August 2008, NUETS will have provided a total of 3.45 million UEPS smart cards to the Iraqi consortium for the distribution and payment of government grants to war victims, government pensioners and beneficiaries of the Ministry of Women affairs, as well as salary and wage payments to employees of the two Iraqi state banks. Over 1.5 million UEPS smart cards have been issued to beneficiaries to date with monthly grant payments reaching 600,000 beneficiaries per month, as payments are effected by Government on alternative months.

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GlobalPlatform Launches Client API specification

GlobalPlatform has launched a “Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) Client Application Programming Interface” (API) Specification to support mobile devices and manage applications containing sensitive data in a trusted manner. The TEE is a secure area that resides in the main processor of the phone and guarantees that sensitive data is stored, processed and protected in a trusted environment. GlobalPlatform’s “TEE Client API” Specification defines the communication between applications running in a rich operating environment, typically on top of a smartphone operating system, and the applications residing in the TEE.

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DIRECT DEBIT HSM

Direct Debit payments-management software has introduced its “Hardware Security Module (HSM),” which forms part of the PayCentre multi-payment processing platform to automate and streamline the lifecycle of card and payments processes. The HSM module of PayCentre enables Direct Debit Limited customers to submit payment files to Bacs automatically. This alleviates risks involved in payments submission processes including human error and fraud for a more secure alternative to smart cards. Direct Debit Limited has designed PayCentre for organisations with high volumes of submissions.

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Veritec Markets Asian Co-Branded Prepaid Debit Cards

Veritec Financial Systems entered into a memorandum of agreement with Global-TV to market the “Global-TV – blinx On-Off” co-branded Debit card. Slated to launch in September, the mobile banking debit card provides a secure reloadable debit card that may be used at most ATM machines and when making retail purchases. VTFS markets and sells prepaid card programs and provides back-end prepaid card processing services on behalf of banks to card sponsoring organizations. VTFS’ debit cards are more secure than cash because consumers will be able to turn their debit cards “on” and “off” and transfer money instantly from card to card with phones or Internet.

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Delinquencies Fall Below 15 Year Average

Credit card delinquency appears to be waning in the second quarter, having fallen to 4.66% among major card issuers and 21 basis points on the ABA delinquency rate scale. The sequential decrease in quarterly delinquency (30+ day) among the nation’s top issuers was .52% quarter over quarter, down from the 1Q/10 figure of 5.18%. Overall card delinquencies fell more than half of one percent to 3.88% from 4.39% of all accounts which is below the 15-year average (3.93 percent). Capital One reported 30+ day performing delinquency rate of 4.79%, compared to 5.30% for the prior quarter, while Discover posted corresponding data of 4.52%, compared to 5.05% seen in the prior quarter. For complete details on consumer credit card delinquency, visit CardData.com (http://www.cardweb.com/carddata/).

Top U.S. Issuers
30+ DAY DELINQUENCY
(minimum $50 billion in outstandings)
2Q/08: 4.00%
3Q/08: 4.36%
4Q/08: 5.16%
1Q/09: 5.92%
2Q/09: 5.77%
3Q/09: 5.50%
4Q/09: 5.35%
1Q/10: 5.18%
2Q/10: 4.66%
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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NCR Announces 2Q/10 Revenue up 5%

NCR Corporation reported financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2010, with revenue of
$1.18 billion, up 5% from the year ago period. In the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region, revenue grew 10% from 2Q/09 thanks to a higher volume of product sales to customers in the financial services, retail and hospitality industries. The 3% revenue increase in the Asia-Pacific-Japan (APJ) region, compared to the year-ago period, was due to increased product sales in the retail industry in Japan and higher services revenue in the retail and financial industries across the region. Revenue increased 2 percent in the Americas region over the prior year period due to growth in the entertainment industry and increased volume of product sales in the retail industry, which were partially offset by lower volumes of products and services to customers in the financial services industry. Foreign currency translation positively impacted revenues by 2 percent. NCR secured a rollout of its Intelligent Deposit offering at a large regional U.S. bank for the replacement of several hundred ATM units with NCR’s “SelfServ” 32, 34, and 38 with “APTRA Edge” and “APTRA Exchange” software solutions. NCR expects full-year 2010 revenues to increase in the range of 2 to 5% on a constant currency basis compared with 2009.

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Merchant Warehouse to Demonstrate Payment Processing

The Merchant Warehouse VP of Business Development will be demonstrating its Partner Channel at the RSPA RetailNow 2010 Conference, July 25-28. The merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions presentation will focus on developing strong, profitable and mutually beneficial partnerships with Merchant Warehouse’s current and future partners, as the company places additional focus on the partner channel. Merchant Warehouse will also be demonstrating two of its innovative products, including the “MerchantWARE TransPort,” which allows POS developers to remove the card processing function entirely from their software while retaining full functionality through a “transactional portal.” Also, they will be demonstrating “Pay @ the Table” with BINsmart, a wireless solution for payments.

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Cap One Card Revenues Down 7.6%

Capital One posted 2Q/10 domestic credit card revenues down $188.0 million (7.6%) from 1Q/10 with loans totaling $54.6 billion, a decline of $1.6 billion(2.9%). The revenue margin in the Cap One Domestic Card segment declined 48 basis points to 16.61% from 17.09% in the prior quarter while provision expense decreased $421 million(38.4) thanks to lower charge-offs, which improved 99 basis points to 9.49% from 10.48%. Meanwhile, delinquency rates improved 51 basis points to 4.79% from 5.30% while purchase volumes in domestic cards increased $2.6 billion by 11.0%. For complete details on Capital One’s third quarter performance, visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

U.S. CARD NET INCOME
1Q/09: $000.7 million
2Q/09: $173.0 million
3Q/09: $289.8 million
4Q/09: $461.0 million
1Q/10: $489.0 million
2Q/10: $568.0 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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Western Union and Family Dollar Launch Remittance

The Western Union Company and Family Dollar have inked agreements to make available the Western Union “goCASH service” in-lane money transfer service at 6,500 Family Dollar store locations. Building on Western Union’s go-to-market strategy in the United States, providing consumers the convenience of being able to send a domestic or global money transfer while shopping, the “goCASH” service offers patrons remittance denominations of $50; $100; and $200. A goCASH money transfer can be purchased for both domestic and international money transfers and be picked-up at any Western Union Agent location around the world. Once purchased in-lane, at a cash register, the sender will complete the transaction over the phone through a Western Union customer service representative and provide the money transfer information to the receiver.

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MoneyGram Expands Russian Operations

MoneyGram International global money transfer services has signed the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation (Sberbank) as its latest agent. With this, Sberbank is expected to be MoneyGram’s largest agent in the region and will introduce MoneyGram services initially in more than 7,000 locations with plans to expand to 10,000 bank branches. Russia is the third largest send market in the world after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Countries that receive the most in remittances originating in Russia are: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Russia is also in the top 20 receive countries in remittances.

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CashStar CEO to Present on Digital Gift Card Potential

CashStar co-founder and CEO David Stone will deliver a presentation about the changing role of gift cards in the digital age titled “Engaging the New Digital Corporate Culture: Making the Business Case” at the Incentive Gift Card Council’s (IGCC) Emerging Markets Summit Sessions in Baltimore, MD. The members-only sessions provide a dynamic platform for gift card and incentives professionals to share ideas and develop strategies for selling and marketing. Stone will provide his presentation that sets the stage for the audience on how they can connect with their consumers digitally, outlines the digital gift card market, highlights and defines best practices and, most importantly, arms attendees with proof points to help them build a business case for digital gift cards within their organization.

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