Barclays Buys MBNA Small Business Credit Card Folio

Barclays Bank has purchased MBNA Europe Bank Limited’s Small Business credit card portfolio. Consisting of approximately 60,000 accounts with approximately GBP130 million of outstanding balances as at 28 February 2011, this acquisition reinforces Barclays Global Retail Banking’s strategic ambition to achieve greater depth in its chosen markets and businesses. The portfolio will be integrated into its payment division, Barclaycard, which managed about GBP200 billion in payments for over 20 million consumers and over 240,000 business customers.

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Mako Networks Launches PCI DSS for Public Broadband

Mako Networks announces the world’s first PCI DSS Level 1 certified management service to improve data security for businesses across the world. Of the 12 key requirements of PCI DSS a significant percentage relate to technical details that a merchant trying to manage the day-to-day running of a business is unlikely to understand or have the time to manage. For this, Mako enforces data security on public broadband connections and saves retailers the worry about exposure to data theft relating to both payment and non-payment activity. It also provides merchants with a single pre-configured and remotely managed security system, which continually enforces compliance and replaces traditional modems, routers and firewalls. Merchants can continue using their existing broadband service and administer real-time maintenance of compliance issues.

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uniBank live with Temenos ARC Mobile

uniBank has become the first customer to golive with Temenos’ “ARC Mobile.” The multi-mobile channel solution was launched in May last year to help Temenos customers take advantage of the rapidly-growing market for mobile banking services; a market that is expected to reach USD 25bn by 20142. While the demand for mobile banking services is being driven predominantly by emerging markets, as a means chiefly for large unbanked populations to gain access to basic banking services, increasingly discerning and technology-savvy consumers in developed economies are also turning to this channel in greater numbers and for a greater range of services. The “ARC Mobile” will provide a platform for the bank to build significant market differentiation and competitive advantage.

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Global Payments Posts 3Q/11 Fiscals up 15% Y/Y

Payment processor Global Payments’ fiscal 3Q, having ended February 28, saw revenues up 15% to $456.4 million compared to $398.5 million in the prior fiscal year and diluted earnings per share up to $0.60 compared to $0.58 in the prior year. Although revenue is up from the prior quarter’s figure of $443.5 million- an 8% increase from the prior year, Global Payments’ earnings per share missed the mark in this time around, which analysts were projecting to hit 64 cents a share.

Net Income, meanwhile, was $54.1 million, up from the 51.5 million posted in the year ago quarter. This compares with net income the prior quarter, which fell 15% and saw a net income of $53.5 million for the three months ended Nov. 30, from $62.8 million in the prior-year 2/Q. With these figures, the company now expects a 2011 FY revenue of $1,800 million to $1,820 million, or 10% to 11% growth over fiscal 2010 which compares to the previous quarter’s range of $1,780 million to $1,820 million, or 8% to 10% growth over fiscal 2010. Earnings per share from continuing operations expectations are now $2.70 to $2.77, reflecting growth of 6% to 9% compared to previous quarter’s range of $2.66 to $2.77, or 5% to 9% growth(Cardflash Library, 2010/08/26, 2010/09/15, 2011/01/07).

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Zong mPayment Spending up 37% Y/Y, Industry to Boom

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Zong Payment Index (ZPI), which tracks the spending patterns of Zong’s global user base and is broken down by its top 40 markets, indicated average monthly spend per Zong user is up 37% in the last 12 months. This comes at a time the m-payment audience is projected move from…

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MasterCard Worldwide Names Deputy General Counsel

Michael F. McEneney has been named MasterCard Worldwide Deputy General Counsel, to lead the Global Public Policy, Regulatory Advocacy, Litigation, and the Product and Advisors legal teams. McEneney was previously a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., where he spent more than a decade advising global payment system and banking clients, including MasterCard, on the full range of legal issues affecting the financial services industry. His areas of expertise include privacy, data protection, e-Commerce, anti-money laundering, debit and credit regulation and consumer bankruptcy issues. McEneney is a frequent speaker and writer on financial services issues and has testified before Congress on behalf of a diverse group of financial services organizations. He also represented major payment card systems clients on federal legislative and regulatory policy matters and counseled financial institutions on federal regulations. McEneney received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Boston University School of Law.

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NRF Pushes for Card Fee Legislation

Advocating for the timely implementation of the Durbin Amendment, the National Retail Federation welcomed a letter from a coalition of consumer groups opposed to legislation that would delay the swipe fee reform scheduled to go into effect this summer. Americans for Financial Reform asked Congress Wednesday to reject proposals to delay swipe fee reform. When the card and banking industry is pushing for passage of legislation to delay the swipe fee reform, requiring more study of the issue for a clearer picture of repercussions from the bill, the NRF wants to gloss over any further research and put it in place as soon as possible. The Amendment regulations proposed by the Fed in December would lower debit card swipe fees from their current level of 1 to 2% of each transaction to a flat fee of no more than 12 cents per transaction for large banks that adhere to fees set by the card companies. It will cost banks with assets of over $10 billion millions of dollars annually.

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MoneyGram Appoints Regional VP, Sales

George Zelinski has joined MoneyGram International as vice president of Central America, South America and the Caribbean regions to develop and direct sales strategies. Bringing to MoneyGram more than 25 years’ experience working in the financial services industry, including leadership positions in banks in Mexico City, Zelinski just spent 10 years with Arlington, Texas-based money transfer company DolEx Dollar Express where he served in various capacities including CEO, CFO, and vice president of sales. In addition to its commitment to the Central and South American and Caribbean markets, MoneyGram also has a concerted effort to strengthen its business across the Americas and is intensifying its focus on Mexico, specifically, under Robert Burford.

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Wright Express Acquires rapid! PayCard Prepaid Cards

Wright Express Corporation payment processing has acquired the assets of rapid! PayCard, a privately held provider of payroll debit cards, e-paystubs and e-W2s in an all cash deal that includes additional considerations for performance milestones. rapid! PayCard is an emerging provider of prepaid products focusing on small and medium sized businesses. Established in 2004, rapid! PayCard has been focused on employer payroll card programs to help clients achieve a legally compliant 100% electronic payroll with a more sustainable environmental model for payroll delivery.

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VIVOTECH APPROACHES VERIFONE TO ACQUIRE HYPERCOM ASSETS

ViVOtech NFC software and systems company has approached VeriFone Systems to acquire the U.S. assets of Hypercom Corporation, of which VeriFone is expected to close acquisition in 2H/11. Through its direct and OEM channels, VIVOtech has 80% share of U.S. deployments, including nearly 100% of VeriFone’s current U.S. contactless NFC reader deployments. ViVOtech believes the current payment and merchant ecosystem in the U.S. – including the customers and partners of the three leading providers, and emerging participants in the electronic and mobile payment market – will support ViVOtech’s acquisition of the Hypercom assets. Hypercom approved merger agreements with VeriFone Systems by more than 99% of the shares voted back in February. The proposed merger was announced on November 17, 2010, pending the satisfaction of applicable regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions(Cardflash Library 2010-12-25).

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PYDS Updates on Performance

Payment Data Systems integrated electronic payments solutions provider is updating shareholders and other stakeholders, as it will be filing its 10K on or before April 15, in compliance with the guidelines for a normal extension as granted by the SEC. Conjunctively, the Company will report it’s debt free with an ending cash balance of over $1MM at the close of 2010. With its December processing volumes the highest of any month in 2010, up 22% over November 2010, total 4Q/10 processing volumes were the best of any quarter in 2010, up 31% over 3Q/10.

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Mocapay Named Best in Category at Paybefore Awards

Paybefore has announced that Mocapay mobile consumer platform as the Best in Category winner for the Business-to-Consumer or -Employee category. The award recognizes Mocapay’s partnership with “Wow Bao,” a restaurant concept from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Paybefore Awards, now in its fifth year, is the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the worldwide prepaid and stored value card industry. Mocapay received the honor during the Paybefore Awards ceremony at Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Florida. The “Wow Bao” solution partnered with Mocapay in 2010 to implement a mobile marketing solution within its Chicago-based restaurants.

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