New ATMs for Botswana

Barclays Bank of Botswana has partnered with Bytes Managed Solutions, the exclusive distributor of NCR technology solutions in southern Africa, for the installation of intelligent cash deposit ATMs. Last month, the bank launched a new generation of ATMs that provide customers with convenient ways of banking outside the banking halls. The ATMs are specifically designed for high transaction usage. They accept cash deposits with real time credit capability, recycle the deposited cash, dispense cash, do cheque deposits, and offer a broad range of other services, such as bill payment, funds transfer, mobile phone top-up and mini-statements.

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ICICI Bank Canada Launches mBanking Option

ICICI Bank Canada announced the launch of ICICI Bank Mobile Banking, offering customers a secure and convenient way to bank on the go. With ICICI Bank Mobile Banking, customers can view their account summary, pay bills or transfer money between accounts, check current rates and charges, locate ICICI Bank Canada and THE EXCHANGE® Network ABMs and find ICICI Bank Canada branch locations and hours. The ICICI Bank Mobile Banking app is available as a free download on iPhone and Android devices.

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Aconite Facilitates mPayment Solution

Aconite EMV transaction processing has interfaced its Smart EMV Manager technolog to the Visa Mobile Gateway to enable remote management of the EMV application at the heart of the Tap n Pay service – the first mobile phone application for contactless payments. Introduced in partnership with Visa Europe and First Data, First Data Hellas selected Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager, which includes an EMV Scripting engine, to enable remote over-the-air management of the settings within the Visa mobile payWave EMV application installed in a custom SIM. The Aconite solution has been deployed alongside the First Data host system and linked into the Visa Mobile Gateway in order to provide this remote management capability.Aconite’s flexible and configurable scripting capability makes it an obvious choice for issuers and processors who need to ensure that their systems are capable of quickly changing to meet new and future scripting requirements.

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Financial Markets Authority Licenses P2P Lending

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) issued its first peer-to-peer lending service licence. Harmoney is the first provider of this new financial service, under the provisions of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. Licensing peer-to-peer lending services forms part of FMA’s brief to facilitate new capital-raising opportunities in New Zealand. It is also part of the Government’s business growth agenda. Peer-to-peer lending involves an intermediary, the peer-to-peer lending service, bringing borrowers and lenders together, and charging a fee for the service. Lenders and borrowers can find out more information on FMA’s website. Under the regulations, borrowers are limited to raising no more than $2 million in any 12-month period through peer-to-peer lending services. This limit applies to both business and consumer borrowers – although individual service providers may impose lower limits on the amount that may be borrowed. The regulations don’t impose any limits on the am amount lenders can lend, although some service providers may impose limits.

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Visa LAC Q1

Visa’s (VS) Latin America Caribbean (LAC) region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 14.3% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$95 billion. The average purchase ticket in the VS LAC region declined 9.4% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$44.20, compared to US$43.90 in Q4/13 and US$40.05 in Q1/14, according to CardData. VS has an estimated 440 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the LAC region, compared to 431 million in Q1/13.

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Visa Canada Q1

Visa’s (VS) Canadian region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 9.8% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$52 billion.
The average purchase ticket in the VS Canadian region declined 9.0% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$104.29, compared to US$101.80 in Q4/13 and US$94.89 in Q1/14, according to CardData. VS has an estimated 43 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the Canadian region, compared to 38 million in Q1/13.

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Net Element Exec

William Healy has been appointed to the Net Element’s Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2014, and will serve on the Board’s Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Healy is an accomplished financial services industry veteran with more than 24 years of merchant financing and electronic payments industry experience. Net Element is a global technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services.

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Credit Availability

Credit card credit availability levels off and is heading south. A new study found that credit lines are contracting at their slowest rate in a year, with average credit lines for sub-prime and prime accounts (down 1.2% and 1.4% respectively) continuing to contract at a faster rate than super-prime accounts (down just 0.3%). The report also found that the credit card market is shifting toward rewards cards.

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Ingenico & GlobalCollect Discussing Merger

Ingenico entered exclusive negotiations regarding the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of GlobalCollect from its existing shareholders for an enterprise value of €820 million. GlobalCollect has developed a recognized payment expertise, notably in cross-border e-commerce, to enable most recognized brands to sell their products on line across the globe. Thanks to its secure, scalable, in-house and robust online platform supported by an experienced management team, GlobalCollect directly provides merchants with a comprehensive, cross-border one-stop-shop payment solution by acting as a hub to multiple other payment providers in 170 countries and providing an access to 150 local payment methods. During fiscal year 2013, GlobalCollect reported gross revenue of €305 million, net revenue of €111 million and adjusted EBITDA1 of €50 million.

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