VISA is implementing a fully electronic, end-to-end purchasing system at it corporate offices by combining the VISA ‘Purchasing Card’ with Ariba Technologies’ ‘Operating Resource Management System. VISA says it spends more than $500 million per year on operating expenses and its move to an automated procurement cycle will enable VISA to be its own best critic.Details
The Global Chipcard Alliance (GCA) today announced at its annual meeting its intentions to institute a service mark plan which, when completed, will allow consumers to recognize “GCA approved” smart cards and terminals as products which fulfill a strict global interoperability requirement set out by the GCA to ensure service and protection levels worldwide. A certification process to review and validate products using the service mark and to then administer adherence to global interoperability specifications is under evaluation.
“The international telephone network infrastructure and the ubiquitous ‘dialtone’ is a good model to think of for the transport of data across borders, oceans, businesses and industries. The key will be the GCA service mark. It will be our version of ‘smart card dialtone’ and it will not be owned by any one industry, company, or for profit organization,” according to David Anastasi, president and a member of the board of the GCA as well as vice president and general manager at U S WEST Public Services.
“Our vision is quite simple, within the next five years smart/chipcard consumers will be able to access their personalized applications anytime, anywhere and for many functions,” added Anastasi. “The Global Chipcard Alliance’s mission is to provide to consumers worldwide an easy way to identify the devices where their cards are accepted, serviced and protected. The GCA wants to ensure that a customer’s needs are met whether he/she is just around the block or in another part of the world,” he continued.
“Consumers are looking to consolidate many cards and many applications into fewer cards. Interoperability will allow the use of different cards on different terminals for different applications — that is the industry’s biggest challenge today,” said Dr. Abdul Rahman Bidin, general manager, Telekom Malaysia Multimedia and a GCA board member. “Standards and operating guidelines are needed to link multiple operating environments beginning with single card/single application and moving through open and closed multiple application systems until we reach a global open interoperable multi- application environment,” he added.
Acceptance of the standards and guidelines outlined for worldwide use by the GCA’s service mark will mean that more and more applications from e- commerce, data communications, mass transit, travel & entertainment and security will become available as manufacturers and vendors see market growth. Interoperability standards also mean less risk in R&D and less of a chance of obsolescence in smart card investments. Other sectors, not yet using smart/chipcard technology, will be encouraged by the open standards to enter this market area. Momentum for global interoperable, multi-application cards and services is expected to quicken as consumer acceptance grows.
“This service mark provides us with a simple, easy to understand tool to communicate not only the benefits of memory card interoperability today; but also it will provide us with a tool to move toward our ultimate vision of worldwide open interoperability for multi-application cards,” added Matt Scheuing, vice president, Marketing & Business Development, U S WEST Public Services and chairperson of the GCA’s Interoperability Committee. “Consumers will quickly see the value of this service mark as we launch it in conjunction with our cross member agreements,” he added.
Progress toward global interoperability from GCA members is reflected in the first wide scale agreement between PTT Telecom/Netherlands and Deutsche Telekom announced earlier this year. U S WEST is also working with GTE in a similar agreement, and one in which Bell Canada has recently been added, to ‘begin to blanket North America with working smart/chipcards.’
To commemorate the significance of this announcement, the six founding members of the GCA (U S WEST, PTT Telecom/Netherlands, GTE, Deutsche Telekom, Malaysia Telekom and Bell Canada) created the ‘GCA Smart Card Collector’s Set complete with a sample of each member’s smart card printed with the new service mark printed on them. A framed set was presented by David Anastasi to Datuk Leo Moggie, Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts of Malaysia. Mr. Moggie officially opened Smart Cards Malaysia ’97 which was hosted by Telekom Malaysia and coordinated and presented by the GCA.
“No one industry or company owns smart/chipcards. The cards are not really a separate product nor an industry on their own; but rather an enabler connected to many already existing industries, businesses and applications,” said Gerard Ketelaar, manager of the Interactive Services Group at PTT Telecom/Netherlands and vice president of the GCA.
“If the market continues to have issues in interoperability it may not develop as fast or develop to it’s full potential and consumers will rebel if the issues of security and privacy are not addressed,” he continued.
“Today only minimal aspects of the standard are covered and that is a problem. The GCA will work with businesses to obtain interoperability agreements which will help define standards and put these problems to rest, ” he added. “Public Advocacy is critical to the GCA. We intend to work towards self regulated consumer protection, a pro-competitive stance and a level playing field in the advancement of multi-application smart/chipcards,” concluded Ketelaar.
Established in 1996, the Global Chipcard Alliance’s members include: PTT Telecom Netherlands, U S WEST Communications, GTE Telephone Operations, Bell Canada, Telekom Malaysia, Deutsche Telekom, American Express, Microsoft, IBM, Telstra, Northern Telecom, Landis & Gyr, Oracle, GemPlus, SPT Telecom, and Elcotel.
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Default Proof Credit Card System Inc. (OTC BB:DPRS) will be looking forward to the market interest of the ATM’s manufacturers as well as the financial institutions in the banking industry for this revolutionary patent pending utility that will significantly reduce, if not totally eliminate the debit/credit cards issuing institutions’ delinquencies, charge-offs and paperwork. Regardless of the interest free feature, this debit/credit card will be very profitable to the issuing financial institutions.
The company has a patented RESOURCE(r) SYSTEM which is a default proof system providing individuals with a convenient method of obtaining lower cost, immediate access to instant credit — which is collateralized by the equity in cash values of their life insurance policies.
The consumer benefits, besides not paying interest charges, will be immeasurable.Details
Secret Agent 007 speeds through a series of security clearances, but is denied his caviar when he attempts to pay by check. As the most recent star in Visa’s check card commercial series, James Bond finally meets his match at the Secret Service snack bar stand where he is asked for ID. Created by BBDO New York, the 60-second spot breaks nationally tonight during Monday Night Football on ABC-TV.
The James Bond spot follows the familiar Visa check card theme that depicts a celebrity having difficulty paying by check. “Despite having his ID confirmed through hi-tech voice, hand and eye scanners, James Bond faces a greater challenge when he attempts to pay by check without identification,” said Liz Silver, vice president, advertising, Visa U.S.A. “Unfortunately not everyone has a ‘Q’ to handle the details.”
“The humorous role celebrities play in this series reinforces our strategy to illustrate the ease of using a Visa check card,” said Silver. Other celebrities who have starred in the series include Shirley MacLaine, Bob Dole and Deion Sanders.
“We are really thrilled about our promotional alliance with Visa and particularly with the quality and style of the actual commercial. Humor is an important part of the James Bond phenomenon and this campaign really captures the attitude and sets up the new movie well,” said Karen Sortito, executive vice president of worldwide promotions and corporate sponsorships, MGM.
Taking a page from its sports and events portfolio, Visa is using an integrated marketing approach to promote its alliance with the new James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies. Beginning in December, Visa will introduce a print advertisement campaign geared toward Generation X that will run in publications including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. The print advertisement will showcase the items found in James Bond’s wallet, including his passport and license to kill.
In addition to its advertising efforts, Visa is partnering with a number of member banks to run the “007 Sweepstakes” during the month of December. – The sweepstakes will award a trip for two to the premiere of Tomorrow Never Dies in Los Angeles next month. Furthermore, cardholders who make purchases with their Visa check card seven more times in December than they did in November will be awarded a Sam Goody/Music Land gift certificate for the newly released James Bond movie Golden Eye, or any other MGM/UA movie of their choice. This partnership marks the first major movie studio tie-in program for the payment system industry leader.
The 18th installment of the longest running film franchise in history, Tomorrow Never Dies stars Pierce Brosnan in his second outing as the legendary Agent 007. Jonathan Pryce stars as a dangerously powerful media mogul, with Teri Hatcher as his wife who has a secret past with James Bond, and Michelle Yeoh starring as a Chinese Agent who becomes a formidable ally to 007. The cast also features returning Bond veterans Desmond Llewelyn as ‘Q,’ Dame Judi Dench as ‘M’ and Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny. The movie releases December 19.
Since the check card’s introduction in 1979, the number of Visa check cardholders has soared from 917,000 to 50.4 million today. Visa projects that consumers will make a record 1.8 billion transactions with the Visa check card in 1997. By 2001, Visa estimates that debit cards will account for 10 percent, or 5.5 billion, of all consumer transactions in the United States.
As consumers’ acceptance of the Visa check card has soared, so has the number of issuers. More than 4,500 financial institutions now issue the Visa check card.
In an effort to provide consumers with the safest-possible payment products, Visa U.S.A. recently announced groundbreaking new cardholder protections, including a zero liability policy for Visa cardholders who report loss, theft or unauthorized use of their cards within two business days of discovery, and a maximum consumer liability cap of $50.
Visa is the preferred payment brand and the largest consumer payment system worldwide. It plays a pivotal role in advancing new payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions, their cardholders, and the global economy. Visa is the only consumer payment system to facilitate $1 trillion worth of purchases of goods and services in a fiscal year. Visa’s nearly 600 million cards are accepted at more than 14 million worldwide locations, including 380,000 ATMs in the Visa/PLUS Global ATM Network. Visa’s Internet address isDetails
Portable Software Corporation, the worldwide leader in travel and entertainment (T&E) expense management and makers of the Xpense Management Solution(TM) (XMS) — the leading client/server travel expense management software — today announced that it has been selected by Citibank Commercial Cards as a recommended provider of T&E expense management software to Citibank’s corporate card customers around the world. The combined services work to bring corporate customers the ability to reduce T&E costs, which typically represent a company’s third largest controllable cost.
Portable Software’s Xpense Management Solution is the first choice of Fortune 1000 and multinational companies for travel expense automation. XMS(TM) is an integrated enterprise-wide solution that dramatically reduces travel and entertainment costs by automating the entire expense management process — from expense report preparation, approval, and processing through systems integration and data analysis. With XMS, preparing expense reports is easier and business travelers are reimbursed faster. Accounting is more productive because expense reports are delivered on-line and automatically link to financial systems. With robust expense data easily accessible, management can analyze T&E spending and negotiate better vendor rates. Moreover, XMS seamlessly integrates with existing and future corporate charge cards and financial, travel, and operating systems.
Citibank, the leading provider of consumer credit cards worldwide, is also a top issuer of commercial cards to the corporate marketplace. Citibank Commercial Cards enables its customers to increase productivity while maximizing payment reengineering benefits. Citibank’s partnership approach with its clients provides unparalleled support from program implementation to full company-wide roll out and ensures corporate objectives are achieved. With this team approach, clients can also benefit from Citibank’s expertise in bankcards, cash management, technology and global service delivery.
“Citibank Commercial Cards works hard to offer our customers complementary tools to increase their corporate payment productivity,” explained Marlene Lieberman, a vice president with Citibank’s Commercial Card Services division. “We found XMS to be the most effective expense management solution in the market and believe that Portable Software provides the best match for further enabling our corporate customers to maximize payment reengineering benefits.”
“Both Portable Software and Citibank are committed to servicing customers with leading business solutions,” said Fred Ingham, Portable Software’s vice president of business development. “We are pleased that this leading corporate card issuer has chosen to extend its offerings with the leading T&E expense management solution.”
Citibank Commercial Cards has headquarters in New York and offices across the United States. With Citibank’s global reach, its commercial cards’ clients have worldwide options for corporate card issuance with detailed reporting.
Since 1993 Portable Software Corporation has been developing and marketing travel and entertainment automation software and services that serve the entire enterprise, from business travelers to corporate accounting departments. Its flagship product, the Xpense Management Solution (XMS), has been chosen by more Fortune 1000 and multinational companies for enterprise-wide T&E expense automation than any other travel expense solution. As the recognized worldwide leader in T&E expense automation, Portable Software has already automated travel expense management processes in over 250 companies around the world. Portable Software Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, WA, USA with offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and London. For more information on Portable Software Corporation, contact the company at 14715 N.E. 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052. Or call: 425/702-8808; or the toll-free number: 800/478-7411; or fax: 425/702-8828; or reach Portable Software Corporation via the World Wide Web at [www.xpense.com] . Portable Software UK Limited, the European headquarters for Portable Software, can be reached by phoning: 44-171-329-2981.
Xpense Management Solution, XMS, and QuickXpense Enterprise are trademarks of Portable Software Corporation. All other company or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
As part of their commitment to making the Internet secure for electronic commerce, IBM, Hewlett-Packard Company and VeriFone, world leaders in delivering secure Internet payment solutions, today announced that they are working together to ensure that their Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) products are compatible, providing the ubiquitous interoperability critical to the acceptance of SET in the marketplace.
In addition, the two companies plan to publish a Developers’ Reference Guide so that SET-based products from other vendors can work together at each point in the transaction process.
As a result of this initiative, financial institutions, merchants and consumers who use SET-based Internet gateways, point of sale merchant servers and consumer wallets from either company will have confidence that their online transactions will go through easily.
“We congratulate IBM, HP/VeriFone for taking the lead in moving toward interoperability of SET software solutions, and expect other SET software developers will join in similar efforts toward this goal,” said Steve Mott, senior vice president, electronic commerce/new ventures at MasterCard International. “We believe this is another important step that supports MasterCard’s goal of commercializing SET and creating a global electronic marketplace for our cardholders.”
“The success of SET depends upon interoperable solutions from many sources, solutions which our 21,000 member banks will rely on to move secure electronic commerce to the mainstream,” said Steve Herz, senior vice president, Internet commerce, Visa International. “It is quite impressive to see industry leaders such as IBM and HP/VeriFone recognizing the value in the Internet space of cooperating on a common standard and competing on brand,” Herz added.
The SET protocol, a standard developed by Visa and MasterCard, in association with IBM, HP/VeriFone and others, is designed to safeguard credit card purchases made over the Internet. Some interoperability between the consumer wallet and the merchant point of sale systems exists today with many vendors’ implementations. But IBM and HP/VeriFone intend to build implementations of SET to include the financial institution’s gateway, assuring the marketplace that SET is being implemented as a seamless end-to-end protocol protecting the consumer, merchant and financial institution throughout the payment process.
“HP/VeriFone and IBM both understand that for any payment solution to be accepted, it must be useable everywhere, by anyone, with solutions from multiple vendors,” said George Hoyem, vice president and general manager, Internet Commerce Division, HP/VeriFone. “By paving the way and encouraging other vendors to achieve interoperability, this initiative will drive the adoption of Internet commerce in order to reach its anticipated potential.”
“Together, IBM and HP/VeriFone have an opportunity to truly advance secure e-commerce for the mutual benefit of our customers and the industry,” said Mark Greene, vice president electronic payments and certification at IBM. “We invite others in the industry to take advantage of the Guide we publish so that more financial institutions and merchants will find it easy to become e-businesses.”
Accounting for a majority of the global market for Internet commerce products, IBM and HP/VeriFone are committed to developing and supporting a standard Developers’ Reference Guide of the SET protocol. While SET provides a basis for interoperability, vendors still need to communicate and agree on their interpretation of SET options and extensions. The Developer’s Reference Guide will help ensure interoperability between all components developed and deployed by IBM and HP/VeriFone.
Dedicated to enabling continuous interoperability, IBM and HP/VeriFone have begun the work necessary for the Developers’ Reference Guide and anticipate publication in the first half of 1998. The Guide will be made publicly and freely available for use by all interested parties, and will be submitted to Visa and MasterCard for integration with future SET definitions.
In addition, IBM and HP/VeriFone will continue to participate in the SET compliance testing sponsored by MasterCard and Visa.
As one of the industry’s leading providers of secure electronic business solutions, IBM was the first to bring to market a comprehensive suite of secure end-to-end electronic commerce solutions, the CommercePOINT(a) family of products and services. IBM is a leader in the development of Internet technologies and is dedicated to helping customers and developers exploit the potential of network computing.
Information about IBM and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at
HP is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 120,500 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at .
VeriFone, Inc. (), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Company, is the leading global provider of secure electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, merchants and consumers. VeriFone has shipped more than six million electronic payment systems, which are used in over 100 countries.
VeriFone and the VeriFone logo, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of VeriFone, Inc., in the US and/or other countries. All other company names, brands or products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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All other company names, brands or products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.Details
A survey conducted for Intuit/Quicken by Roper Starch says three out of four Americans will experience financial stress this year paying holiday bills. The study projects Americans will spend $816 this year per adult or about $160 billion on holiday gifts, an increase of 7% over 1996. Intuit advises consumers to reduce stress by lowering their credit card interest rate via quicken.com.Details
The National Consumers League has released a new consumer education brochure, “Debit Cards: Beyond Cash & Credit.” The brochure explains the pros and cons of debit cards.
“By the year 2000, it is expected that two-thirds of American households will have a debit card,” said NCL President Linda F. Golodner. “Educating consumers about how these cards work and how they are different from both automated teller machine (ATM) and credit cards is extremely important to avoid confusion.”
The brochure examines the differences between a debit card and a credit card; outlines what you should know about debit cards; includes seven tips for responsible use as well as common sense precautions. The brochure also includes the most up-to-date information on card protection in case of loss, theft or unauthorized use.
“Debit cards offer the consumer many conveniences. Nevertheless, consumers should remember that debit cards access money directly from their checking account,” according to Golodner. “Our brochure continues the League’s commitment to educating consumers about new trends in money management.”
Single copies are available free of cost by contacting the National Consumers League at 800-355-9NCL. Bulk copies are available at reduced rates by contacting Theresa Smith, publications coordinator, 202-835-3323.
The brochure was created by the National Consumers League with a grant from Visa U.S.A.
“Visa and its member banks are committed to consumer education, and to providing consumers with the most secure, convenient and accepted payment products in the marketplace. We are delighted to work with the National Consumers League to further educate consumers,” said Michael Beindorff, executive vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Visa U.S.A.
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization, NCL’s three-pronged approach of research, education and advocacy has made it an effective representative and source of information for consumers and workers. NCL is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to representing consumers on issues of concerns.Details
VeriFone, Inc., the leading global provider of secure electronic payment technology, today announced that the VeriSmart System, its flexible consumer smart card solution, will be included in the Visa International Partner Program for loading stored value cards from home.
“Visa International is working closely with VeriFone and we are delighted to add yet another option to our comprehensive smart card initiatives,” said Bernard Morvant, vice president, stored value products Visa International.
The VeriSmart System is a scaleable client/server technology that enables financial institutions, telecommunications companies and other service providers to implement a complete multi-application consumer smart card solution seamlessly, from processor to consumer. Once a consumer appliance connects to the server, the appliance automatically accesses the latest smart card applications, providing the flexibility for integrating future smart card capabilities into the existing architecture.
“The powerful combination of Visa’s smart card leadership, and VeriFone’s flexible VeriSmart System, will provide Visa member financial institutions with an innovative solution for next generation chip card applications,” said Thomas J. Kilcoyne, vice president and general manager, consumer systems division at VeriFone. “The VeriSmart System, with its open architecture, allows member banks to interface with a variety of consumer appliances and applications in order to quickly respond to changing service demands, evolving technologies and new market opportunities.”
The VeriSmart System allows consumers to load digital cash and other information to their cards from the privacy and security of their homes. The VeriSmart System is part of the smart card program in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, where Visa USA, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank and MasterCard International, Inc., have joined forces to bring smart cards to consumers. Citibank is using the VeriSmart System in that program, providing VeriFone’s Personal ATM appliances to thousands of consumers for reloading Visa Cash onto smart cards in their home.
VeriFone, Inc., (), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Company, is the leading global provider of secure electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, merchants and consumers. VeriFone has shipped more than six million electronic payment systems, which are used in over 100 countries.
Visa International, (), “the world’s best way to pay,” is the preferred payment brand and the largest consumer payment system worldwide. It plays a pivotal role in advancing new payment products and technologies to its 21,000 member financial institutions, their cardholders and the global economy. As the leader in emerging products, Visa has 70 chip programs underway worldwide with 21 million chip cards issued, including more than 7 million Visa Cash cards.
It is pioneering SET Secure Electronic Transaction programs in more than 25 countries for secure Internet commerce. Visa’s 600 million cards, generating over US$1 trillion in annual volume, are accepted at more than 14 million worldwide locations, including Visa’s nearly 370,000 ATMs in the Visa Global ATM Network.
The Visa Partner Program is designed to help its member financial institutions migrate to chip-based technologies and to take full advantage of opportunities in electronic commerce. It is pioneering SET Secure Electronic Transaction(TM) programs in more than 25 countries for secure Internet commerce.Details
The New Jersey Hospital Association and Health Charge of Skokie, Ill., announced the execution of an agreement to provide the Health Charge private label credit card program to hospitals and other healthcare providers. The private label credit card systems reduce costs through improved receivables management.
“We are pleased to offer this program to our members because it is a proven method of improving hospital cash flow,” said William D. Kennedy, vice president of the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Corporate Services. “This program will help healthcare providers better manage their business office and provides valuable assistance to patients with substantial medical bills.”
“Health Charge is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the New Jersey Hospital Association,” said Christopher Gillock, chief executive officer of the Health Charge Corporation. “Health Charge Corporation provides an easy-to-manage credit program at competitive rates to patients seeking to finance their deductibles, co- payments and uninsured medical expenses. Our program will help healthcare providers improve collections, consistent with favorable patient relations.”
The New Jersey Hospital Association, based in Princeton, is a trade group committed to helping its 115 member hospitals provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare in their communities through advocacy, education, research and policy development. Health Charge Corporation, founded in 1979, is affiliated with HealthCare Financial Partners, Inc. The company provides private label credit card programs, consulting services and information systems to hospitals and other healthcare providers nationwide.Details
Starting this Saturday all U.S. American Express cardholders will automatically be entered into a holiday sweepstakes offering nine grand prizes and 4,000 first prizes. ‘The American Express Blue Box Sweepstakes’ runs through Dec 31 and offers AmEx cardholders the chance to win several one-of-a-kind experiences including golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ father, a power lunch with CNBC anchors, a trip to a couture fashion show and tickets to all NBA finals. AmEx will also award other grand prizes including five million ‘Membership Rewards’ points and $50,000 in credit on an AmEx ‘Platinum Card’.Details
Euronet Services Inc., operator of the only independent automatic teller machine (ATM) network in Central Europe, announced today that it recorded third quarter revenues of $1,577,000. This compares with revenues of $378,000 for the third quarter of 1996 and $1,061,000 for the second quarter of 1997. Revenues for the third quarter increased 49% over the second quarter.
Consistent with its business plan, Euronet reported that its net loss for the third quarter was $1,521,000, or $0.09 per share. Euronet’s loss was $907,000, or $0.07 per share, for the third quarter of 1996. The increased loss results from expenses associated with the continued aggressive expansion of operations in existing and new markets.
Euronet also announced that cash withdrawal and other transactions by cardholders over its ATM network in Hungary, Poland and Germany reached 560,106 in September and 647,675 in October. These figures compare with 548,350 transactions in August. The transaction figures reported for September and October include, for the first time, a significant level of transactions acquired under Euronet’s outsourcing contract with Budapest Bank. Euronet is now “driving” 45 Budapest Bank ATMs under that contract, which includes a fixed monthly fee per ATMs and a correspondingly lower transaction fee than the Company’s other contracts with banks .
The number of ATMs in Euronet’s independent network (exclusive of Budapest Bank ATMs) has increased to 503 at September 30, 1997 and 534 at October 31, 1997, up from 375 as at of June 30, 1997 and 405 at July 31, 1997.Euronet’s last public report of network size on June, 30 1997
Established in 1994, Euronet operates the only independent, non- bank owned ATM network in Central Europe. Through agreements and relationships with local banks, international card issuers and ATM networks such as American Express, VISA, Plus, MasterCard, Europay and Cirrus, Euronet’s ATMs are able to process ATM transactions for holders of credit and debit cards issued by or bearing the logos of such banks and card issuing organizations. In addition, Euronet offers outsourced ATM management services to local banks that own proprietary ATMs.
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21 E of the Securities Exchange Act and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Euronet assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. Euronet’s operating results can be adversely affected by a number of factors, including (i) the management of growth, (ii) changes in laws and regulations affecting Euronet’s business in the countries in which it operates, (iii) cancellation or re-negotiation of contracts on which the company is dependent, (iv) competition, and (v) the level of card growth in emerging markets, any of which could cause actual results to vary materially from current results or Euronet’s anticipated future results. Additional explanation of these risks, and other risks, are set forth from time to time in Euronet’s periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Euronet’s registration Statement on Form S-1 and the prospectus dated March 6, 1997.
EURONET SERVICES INC .
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
1997 1996 1997 1996
Revenue 1,577 378 3,433 638
ATM operating costs (1,393) (410) (3,046) (941)
Other operating costs (2,010) (840) (5,034) (2,365)
Operating loss (1,826) (872) (4,647) (2,668)
Other income (expenses) 305 (29) 555 (106)
Loss before income taxes (1,521) (901) (4,092) (2,774)
Deferred income tax benefit – (6) 129 219
Net loss (1,521) (907) (3,963) (2,555)
Loss per common and common
outstanding primary (0.09) (0.07) (0.24) (0.18)
Average common and common
outstanding primary 17,222,997 13,838,078 16,626,719 13,838,078