The first “MasterCard PayPass” pilot in Italy is set to start by the end of this year. In partnership with Banco Posta’s Poste Italiane business unit, the trial will run for six to eight months. New cardholders will be offered the “PostePay Evolution MasterCard,” a prepaid card with “PayPass” technology. The prepaid card will be available for purchase and use at retailers in Milan and Rome in a variety of retail categories. The Italian pilot follows the launch of several “PayPass” pilot programs across Europe, beginning in June 2006 with the region’s first “PayPass” credit program launched with Garanti Bank and major retailers in Turkey. Most recently, MasterCard announced the forthcoming launch of a major “PayPass” pilot in Spain with Caja Madrid and more than 200 retailers.Details
Citibank has launched its “Mobile Bill Payment” allowing customers
in Malaysia to pay bills with a credit card using their mobile
phone. This development is in response to research suggesting that
society is become increasingly mobile-phone-centric, which has
created a “mobile phone culture” in which everything is done in a
remote manner. This solution is designed to save the customer time
by allowing them to remotely pay bills minus the need to leave their
home and is expected to attract nearly 500,000 users over the next
2 years. Citi financial services serves approximately 200 million
customers in more than 100 countries.
Acacia Research Corporation has acquired rights to a patent relating to ecommerce pricing technology. This patented technology generally relates to transacting business over a network such as the Internet. This technology can be used in auctions or competitive transactions where the final price is based upon the buyer’s actions. The Acacia Technologies group develops, acquires, and licenses patented technologies.Details
Global Payments Europe will be providing card processing for Home Credit
Kazakhstan, a member of the Home Credit Group. Global Payments Europe
will provide Home Credit Kazakhstan with authorization, card management
system services and with a solution for PIN generation and PIN printing for
expansion of operations to emerging markets. Home Credit Group of the
Central & Eastern Europe consumer finance markets had granted loans of
USD 2.7 billion as of 2006.
CardWorks subsidiary, Cardholder Management Services, LLC (CMS) has changed its name to CardWorks Servicing. The new name more accurately reflects the Company’s position and reputation as a premier provider of turnkey services and support to bankcard issuers and acquirers in the United States and Canada. CardWorks Servicing provides customized outsourced solutions, including customer service, risk management, loss mitigation, accounting/finance support, and portfolio management that enable issuers and acquirers to successfully meet the challenges of today’s increasingly competitive bankcard environment with high-quality servicing, improved operating efficiencies and increased profit potential. CardWorks Servicing is a servicer of credit cards, national debit cards, pre-funded cards and other unique card products and is the largest privately held servicer of MasterCard and VISA cards.Details
Portland, OR-based TRM reports first quarter net sales of $8.6 million compared to $12.5 million in 1Q/06. On a sequential basis, net sales were $8.6 million compared to $10.4 million in the fourth quarter. Net revenue performance reflects fewer transactions compared to previous quarters, mainly due to the decrease in the average number of transacting ATMs and the slight decrease in average withdrawal transactions per ATM. The average number of transacting ATMs was 10,808 during the first quarter compared to an average of 13,122 during the first quarter of 2006 and 11,511 in the fourth quarter. The Company expects the number of ATMs will continue to decrease during the remainder of 2007. However, the Company noted that approximately 562 new ATM units were added in the first quarter, which was 30% above the Company’s expectation. On July 1st TRM Corporation was awarded an ATM processing contract with Miami Airport. For more details on TRM’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Aloha Airlines has selected Abanco’s “Mobile Data Technology” for in-flight sales and inventory control. Abanco’s MDT solution will enable Aloha to increase in-flight efficiencies and customer experience on its transpacific flights by moving to a “cashless” environment through the use of credit cards while in-flight. Abanco will be supplying Aloha MDT’s patent-pending handheld units with a flight attendant friendly user interface to manage all in-flight sales. The units have robust fraud controls that enforce a tight supply chain from ground to air to ground. Additionally, MDT will provide Aloha robust tools and reports to maintain Aloha’s in-flight profit center inventory from ground to air.Details
Capital One’s second quarter U.S. credit card profits increased nearly 28% year-on-year and about 9% sequentially due to revenue growth and reductions in non-interest expenses. Purchase volume in the U.S. was up 4% while U.S. managed card outstandings increased 3% from the year-ago quarter. The number of U.S. card accounts declined by about 150,000 during the quarter, and remained down from the year-on-year figure of 37.2 million accounts. U.S. card net income was $538.3 million, compared to $495.3 million in the prior quarter and $421.8 million for 2Q/06. U.S. managed card outstandings were $50.0 billion for 2Q/07 compared to $48.7 billion one-year ago and $49.7 billion in the previous quarter. Cap One says loan growth was affected by a reduction in marketing of prime customers and teaser rate offers, and a $600 million portfolio sale in the first quarter. Purchase volume hit $21.8 billion for 2Q/07, compared to $19.3 billion for 1Q/07 and $20.9 billion for 2Q/06. The managed delinquency rate (30+ days) for U.S. credit cards was 3.41% for the second quarter, compared to 3.48% for 1Q/07 and 3.30% for the second quarter of 2006. The net charge-off rate for U.S. credit cards was 3.73% for the second quarter, compared to 3.99% for the first quarter and 3.29% one-year ago. For complete details on Capital One’s second quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
COF U.S. CARD NET INCOME
2Q/06: $421.8 million
3Q/06: $461.6 million
4Q/06: $337.2 million
1Q/07: $495.3 million
2Q/07: $538.3 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems posted record first quarter revenue of $563.8 million, a 15% increase over the year-ago quarter. Net income dipped 2% to $44.1 million. Transaction Services revenue decreased 2% in the quarter to $188.7 million, compared to the prior year. Credit Services revenue increased 14% in the second quarter to $201.4 million, compared to 2Q/06. Marketing Services revenue increased 26% in the quarter to $262.5 million compared to the year-ago period. During the second quarter, the Company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Blackstone and the deal should close by year-end. The Company also signed multi-year contract renewals with several long-standing sponsors including A&P Canada, Goodyear Canada and Forzani Group, Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer. The Canadian loyalty business recorded a strong quarter of double-digit organic growth through the continued expansion of the “AIR MILES Reward Program.” For complete details on ADS’ second quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
ADS REVENUE HISTORICAL
2Q/06: $490.5 million
3Q/06: $506.6 million
4Q/06: $524.5 million
1Q/07: $549.2 million
2Q/07: $563.8 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Mobile payment service provider Danal has appointed Denise Archer, previously SVP at BGCI as VP of mobile business development and David Cho, former CTO at Secos, as VP of technology. Archer will be responsible for developing strategic relationships for Danal with mobile carriers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) in the U.S. Cho will be responsible for all of Danal’s technology design, development, and strategy, including mobile carrier integrations, software development, and payment system management. Danal enables consumers to purchase goods and services online by charging their regular mobile phone bills.Details
eBay reported that PayPal had 153.1 million total accounts at the end of the second quarter, a 35% increase from one-year ago. Total payment volume rose 32% to a record $11.7 billion which includes payments initiated through the PayPal system but excludes its payment gateway business. The number of active accounts hit 35.9 million as of June 30th, its highest level to-date. During the second quarter, PayPal handled 172.9 million payments, a 2% increase over the prior quarter, and up 21% from 2Q/06. PayPal’s 2Q/07 transaction revenue rate increased to 3.70% from 3.69% in the prior quarter. The processing expense rate for the second quarter was 1.12%, compared to 1.02% for 2Q/06. PayPal’s transaction loss rate came in at 29 basis points, up 2 basis points from one-year ago. PayPal net revenues totaled a record $454 million in the second quarter, a growth rate of 34% over the $339 million reported in one-year ago. For complete details on eBay/PayPal’s second quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
2Q/06: $ 8.9 billion 113.7 million
3Q/06: $ 9.1 billion 122.5 million
4Q/06: $11.0 billion 133.0 million
1Q/07: $11.4 billion 143.3 million
2Q/07: $11.7 billion 153.1 million
SOURCE: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Diebold is celebrating the sale of its 100,000th Opteva ATM machine to MO-based Commerce Bank. The sale carries on the 20-year relationship between Diebold and Commerce. Diebold and Commerce will commemorate the event with a ribbon cutting and demonstration of the ATM’s features for the visually impaired by the National Federation of the Blind. The NFB endorses the Opteva units for meeting global accessibility guidelines and for helping to enhance the ATM experience for the visually and physically impaired. The 100,000th machine is part of an order of more than 300 Optevas purchased by Commerce, which serves customers through approximately 400 ATMs in the Midwest, primarily in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado. Installation of the ATMs is scheduled to occur in those four states throughout 2007. Commerce Bank is the principal subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $15.2 billion regional bank holding company.Details