FL-based nFinanSe has appointed Kenneth Lawson, previously with Booz, Allen Hamilton, as its VP of Compliance. At BAH he directed an international, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and counter terrorist project for the government of Indonesia. Previously, Lawson held positions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Treasury. At the Treasury Department, Mr. Lawson served as the Assistant Secretary of Enforcement and assisted in the implementation of the US PATRIOT ACT’s anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing regulations. Prior to this, Mr. Lawson was with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 1994 as a Judge Advocate, Captain, and is a 1991 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.Details
JPMorgan Chase has teamed with the Canadian Cancer Society to introduce
the “Canadian Cancer Society MasterCard “, designed to help fight cancer
by generating donations. In doing so, when consumers use the credit card
for typical purchases, 1% of the total will be donated directly to the
Society and, for those who have donated over $25 or more throughout a
1-year period, cardholders will be given a tax receipt. Statistics show
nearly two in five Canadians will develop cancer, 60% of whom survive
thanks to research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, while an
estimated 35,000 women will die in 2008 resulting from cancer, 38,800
men will die from cancer in 2008, 1,026,700 potential years were lost in
2004 because of the ailment and 42% of new cases occur among those who
are at least 70 years old.
The Canadian Cancer Society funds nearly $47 million in research
projects across the country while JPMorgan Chase employs over 1,600
Canadians across the country.
Research conducted on common financial practices in Greece, Poland,
Romania and Russia has demonstrated varying degrees of difference.
Greece typically has relaxed payment terms with long credit terms and
subsequent limited liquidity while 9% of Polish invoices are paid on
time resulting in lower outstanding debts. In Romania, 90% of companies
have their customers’ credit standing checked before deals are concluded
and Russian organizations tend to conduct fewer customer credit checks.
The EOS “four-nation survey of ‘Payment practices in Europe’ in 2007”
was conducted in October 2007 through surveys of 200 companies in
Greece, Poland and Russia respectively, and 45 in Romania, in regards to
typical payment practices in their respective countries.
Diebold reported estimated first quarter 2008 revenue of $700.2 million, an increase of 8.1% compared to revised 2007 first quarter revenue estimates of approximately $647.7 million. These estimates are preliminary and actual results may differ materially. Revenue estimates for the first quarter 2008 and revised first quarter 2007 revenue estimates are as follows (in thousands):
Q1 2008 Q1 2007 % Change
Total Revenue $700,187 $647,743 8.1%
Financial self-service $495,823 $458,866 8.1%
Security $186,379 $181,030 3.0%
Election systems $14,694 $7,847 87.3%
Brazilian lottery $3,291 $0 N/A
As soon as practical after the review of the other accounting items has been completed, but prior to filing its restated financial statements, Diebold will provide preliminary financial results for 2007 and the first and second quarters of 2008.Details
Chinese consumer confidence fell by 1.4 points in April to a record low
of 94.9 on the China Consumer Confidence Index (CCCI). Additional
findings also show future expectations have fallen 0.5 points,
consumer confidence on business conditions five years from now rose 3
points to 150.9, overall sentiment among Beijing consumers down 3.5
points to 95.2, sentiment is up 2.9 points in April to 94.1 among
Shanghai consumers (with future expectations up by 6.1 points) and down
among Guangzhou consumers by 8 points to 88.3 for the month. The Xinhua
Finance eziData CCCI is produced monthly by eziData and was compiled
this month with 1,543 telephone interviews from April 1 to 17, 2008.
Xinhua Finance Limited (“XFL”) provides financial information and media
services through its offices and news bureaus in 11 countries worldwide
while eziData is a local provider of China consumer data.
Euronet Worldwide reported first quarter consolidated revenues of
$247.1 million, compared to $170.4 million for the first quarter 2007.
However, the Company also posted a net loss of $6.8 million, compared
to net income for the first quarter 2007 of $9.5 million.
Results for the first quarter reflect a seasonal reduction in
transactions following the higher transaction levels during the fourth
quarter holiday season. Absent unusual circumstances, we estimate that
each of the Company’s three business segments’ overall revenue is
approximately 5% to 10% lower during the first quarter of each year
compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year. The EFT Processing
Segment ended first quarter with 11,917 ATMs owned or operated compared
to 9,182 ATMs at the end of first quarter 2007. The Prepaid Processing
Segment processes electronic POS prepaid transactions at approximately
394,000 POS terminals across approximately 193,000 retailer locations in
Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the U.S. For complete details on
Euronet’s first quarter performance, visit CardData (www.carddata.com).
Scotiabank has introduced its “Bank the Rest” debit card savings
program. With this program, customers using the ScotiaCard debit card
can choose to round up total purchase amounts made on the card to the
nearest dollar or five dollars and have the difference deposited
automatically into their Scotiabank “Money Master High Interest Savings”
account. This is designed to help customers save money faster
month-by-month with a high interest account and requires users to have a
Scotiabank checking or savings account, a Scotiabank debit card
(ScotiaCard), and a Scotiabank Money Master High Interest Savings
Account. Scotiabank has $449 billion in assets and over 60,000 employees
serving nearly 12.5 million customers in over 50 countries around the
Card issuer Retail Decisions has hired Michael Caruana, previously with MasterCard, as VP of Sales. Caruana served as Vice President of Retail Markets for MasterCard Worldwide. A 25 year veteran in the payments industry, Michael’s experience also includes national business development for NYCE Corporation. Michael is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where he received a BA in Management. Retail Decisions (ReD) is a payment card issuer and world leader in card fraud prevention and payment processing. A specialist supplier to the payments industry worldwide, ReD has over 20 years experience in the fraud prevention market.Details
Based on surveys of 13 U.S. banks and credit unions conducted between January and March of 2008 measuring fraud components and fraud management system requirements, 62% of the financial institutions were concerned with fraud monitoring. The findings also demonstrated enterprise case management tools and fraud management dashboarding ranked highest in priority for investment over the next 24 months while over 50% of institutions disclosed intentions to purchase, replace or upgrade case management solutions, or had recently done so. MA-based Aite Group released the findings of its study to examine the fraud management strategies of U.S. financial institutions today and industry expectations over the next three years.Details
MO-based Branson Lakes Areas Chamber of Commerce is offering visitors a “Gas Buster” discount card worth $50. Between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2008, the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB will give a Gas Buster discount card to anyone who presents a valid drivers’ license and a minimum of $40 in gas receipts incurred within 48 hours of their arrival at one of the Chamber’s two Welcome Centers. The card can be used for discounts on live shows, area attractions, lodging properties, retail shops and restaurants. Visitors signing up for the 2008 Gas Buster discount card will also have a chance to win a Grand Prize Getaway to Branson.Details
Versa Card has acquired 100% of First Versatile Solutions Corporation
(“FVS”) from the MacKay Group Limited. The initial attempt at a Merger
Agreement was made in November of 2007, but was terminated in favor of
this Stock Purchase Agreement, which is now entirely complete.
Furthermore, with this development, the company has a new board of
directors, including James R. MacKay (Chairman), Zacarias Rivera and Dr.
William Donovan. Versacard smartcard provider has alliances with
prominent government, industry, and banking leaders across Asia
providing various card purposes while the MacKay Group is a privately
owned corporation focused on acquiring diverse and significant
opportunities around the globe.
Euronet Worldwide reported first quarter consolidated revenues of $247.1 million, compared to $170.4 million for the first quarter 2007. However, the Company also posted a net loss of $6.8 million, compared to net income for the first quarter 2007 of $9.5 million. Results for the first quarter reflect a seasonal reduction in transactions following the higher transaction levels during the fourth quarter holiday season. Absent unusual circumstances, it is estimated that each of the Companyâs three business segmentsâ overall revenue is approximately 5% to 10% lower during the first quarter of each year compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year. The EFT Processing Segment ended first quarter with 11,917 ATMs owned or operated compared to 9,182 ATMs at the end of first quarter 2007. The Prepaid Processing Segment processes electronic POS prepaid transactions at approximately 394,000 POS terminals across approximately 193,000 retailer locations in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the U.S. For complete details on Euronet’s first quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).