Heartland Payment Systems’ “Give Something Back Network” has received the “Best in Payments” Editor’s Choice Award by Card & Payments Magazine. The award recognizes Heartland’s Give Something Back Network for its pioneering payments solution for colleges and universities and its visionary approach to campus payment solutions. By replacing the traditional school ID card with a “OneCard” and contactless cell phone tag powered by the Give Something Back Network, students, faculty and staff can make payments on campus and off. With every off-campus purchase made with the card/tag, the sponsoring school automatically receives a minimum donation of one-third of 1.5% of the purchase price. Cardholders can elect to donate an additional 1% to the school or other eligible nonprofit organizations. Alternatively, cardholders can receive 1% cash back. The OneCard/tag can also serve a variety of additional functions – from paying at vending and laundry machines to providing facility access, checking out library books, buying meals and receiving financial aid, tuition reimbursement and refunds, even paychecks. The Best in Payments awards, established in 2007 by Cards & Payments Magazine, recognize industry excellence in five categories: Best Marketing Campaign, Best New Product Best Technology Implementation, Outstanding Payments Executive, and the newly added Editor’s Choice award.Details
Oberthur Technologies reported that revenues for its Card Systems unit grew 13% year-on-year to 184.3 million euros. Card Systems delivered over 115 million microprocessor cards in the first quarter, a 45% increase over 1Q/07. About 35 million payment smart cards were delivered in the first quarter, up 28% from 1Q/07. During the first quarter, the card activity posted a +11.6% strong growth in sales, reaching 149.4 million euros. At historical currency exchange rates,
the growth would have reached 16.9%. For complete details on Oberthur’s latest results visit CardData (www.carddata.com).
Equifax reported revenue of $503.1 million for the first quarter, a 24% increase over the first quarter of 2007. Operating income for the quarter grew 8% to $126.2 million. U.S. Consumer Information Solutions revenue was $233.2 million in the first quarter, a 6% decrease from 1Q/07. Online Consumer Information Solutions revenue was $156.9 million, down 3%, while Mortgage Reporting Solutions revenue remained flat at $17.5 million. Credit Marketing Services revenue was $35.4 million, down 12% and Direct Marketing Services revenue was $23.4 million, down 14%. Also, North America Personal Solutions revenue rose to $43.1 million, a 14% increase from the first quarter of 2007. For complete details on Equifax’s first quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
CA-based Sun Microsystems has partnered with Java Card Forum to provide
the v3.0 Java Card platform, launched at the SIMPosium 2008 Conference
in Berlin. Sun and Java have made available two
separate editions of the platform, including Java Card Platform v.3.0,
Classic Edition and Java Card Platform v.3.0, Connected Edition, both
compatible with applications written for previous versions. Sun
Microsystems develops technologies and drives network participation
through shared innovation in over 100 countries while Java Card Forum
was established to promote its preferred programming language for
multi-application smart cards. With 3.5 billion Java smart cards shipped
to date, 1.2 Billion of which were deployed in 2007, the partnership
projects fruitful gains with this launch.
AZ-based Better ATM Services has signed a letter of agreement with
Capital Market Technologies (CMT) for the introduction of ATM-dispensed
gift cards, pre-paid media and premiums across Europe. In doing so,
Better ATM Services’ technology allows existing ATMs to dispense the
said products from its cash tray, allowing banks, shopping malls,
grocery stores, restaurants, independent service operators, advertisers
and other businesses a solution for increasing profitability and
providing consumers a new level of value-added service. Capital Markets
Technologies (CMT) provides financial technology solutions to
organizations around the world while Better ATM Services (BATM) offers
technology that enables ATMs to dispense designated cards like currency.
NY-based Planet Payment has acquired the assets of iPay e-Commerce processing for $1 million, which is used by merchants to facilitate the acceptance of credit and debit cards as payment in non-face-to-face transactions, and has completed a $3 million private placing of Convertible Promissory Notes with Camden Partners private equity firm. The acquisition includes the peripheral employment of 35 professionals who operated the business, iPay tangible assets, intellectual property and licenses comprising the iPay processing business, for which Planet Payment foresees paying an additional $200,000-$300,000 on existing contracts, and maintenance of infrastructure upgrades. In return, Planet Payment projects iPay’s 20-bank, 4,000-merchant portfolio to generate a processing volume of over $1 billion and contribute approximately $7 million in net revenue.Details
CA-based Experian has partnered with VA-based Credit Builders Alliance, a non-profit alliance of community lenders, for the establishment of a reporting database for microlenders. With this development, U.S. based lenders, including asset building organizations and community credit lenders, can report the repayment history of their borrowers. Subsequently, the CBA members are allowed to professionalize their portfolios while helping thousands of entrepreneurs build a credit history and establish capital. Experian has annual sales of over $3.8 billion and employs nearly 15,500 people in 36 countries worldwide while CBA was incorporated in 2006 to help community lenders report loan repayment data to the major credit bureaus.Details
Javelin Strategy has hired Mark Schwanhausser, previously with the San Jose Mercury News, as a multi-channel financial analyst. Schwanhausser worked nearly 26 years for the San Jose Mercury News, most of it as a personal finance reporter writing about money and emerging trends in financial services and payments technology. His primary responsibility was to write news and features on topics of particular interest in Silicon Valley. For 17 years he wrote or edited the publication’s annual tax guide, arguably the most thorough report on federal and California taxes year in and year out at general newspapers. During his career he helped launch “Getting Ahead,” a personal finance and careers section, and wrote the “Money Manual,” an occasional column aimed at helping consumers with their money.Details
CreditCards.com has launched “CommandPost” to give consumers control of unsolicited marketing material and junk mail for free. “CommandPost” helps consumers reduce wasteful junk mail and prevent profiling without their consent, as well as help reduce their exposure to potential identity theft. CommandPost is powered by ProQuo, a consumer services firm and gives visitors to CreditCards.com the ability to stop or start receiving everything from coupon books to catalogs with just a few clicks of the mouse. In addition, users can take their names off national mailing lists, while also telling credit bureaus to stop selling their information for marketing purposes.Details
NY-based Bankrate has released the results of its national poll revealing 80% of 1,006 American adults are concerned about identity theft. Other findings show 34% of Americans are acquainted with someone who has been a victim of identity theft, the total dollar amount in reported fraud loss in 2007 was over $1.2 billion, of the 77% of respondents that have Internet service, 36% avoid Internet shopping, 44% of consumers in the Western United States know an ID theft victim and 19% have used credit freeze services to protect credit. Bankrate.com reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 575 markets, had nearly 60 million visitors in 2007 and has a network of more than 75 partners.Details
Oberthur Technologies reported that revenues for its Card Systems unit grew 13% year-on-year to $294.7 million. Card Systems delivered over 115 million microprocessor cards in the first quarter, a 45% increase over 1Q/07. About 35 million payment smart cards were delivered in the first quarter, up 28% from 1Q/07. During the first quarter, the card activity posted a +11.6% strong growth in sales, reaching $238.9 million. At historical currency exchange rates, the growth would have reached 16.9%. For complete details on Oberthur’s latest results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Western Union reported that revenue for the first quarter was up 12% to $1.3 billion. Consumer-to-consumer revenue and transactions increased 14% while international C2C, which was 67% of total revenue, grew revenue and transactions 19%. The consumer-to-business revenue grew 4%, with transactions up 3%. The Mexico business continued to improve, and the company’s Mexico transaction growth rate continued to outpace the market, based on data released by Banco de Mexico. On the innovation front, Western Union together with two partners Smart Communications and Globe Telecom will enter the market this quarter with its mobile money transfer service to the Philippines. Additionally, Western Union began its micro lending pilot in Hong Kong in the first quarter. For complete details on Western Union’s first quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).