Fair Isaac & IBM Team for Decision Management

Fair Isaac and IBM have entered into a strategic alliance to develop financial service solutions. The agreement includes joint development, marketing, and sales of service oriented architecture (SOA)-based financial services solutions. Fair Isaac will lead with IBM Global Business Services on systems integration for clients as part of its shared services delivery model. Additionally, Fair Isaac will embed and use IBM middleware including WebSphere, DB2, Rational tools and Lotus software as the foundation of its next generation “Enterprise Decision Management solutions. As a result, financial services clients using Fair Isaac’s new EDM suite, which also contains the industry-leading “Blaze Advisor” business rules management system and predictive modeling tool, Model Builder, will be able to take advantage of SOA and Information on Demand software. This will allow data sharing across multiple applications including account opening, customer management, account management, fraud, collections and recovery.

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TSYS Q4 Income Impacted by Spin-Off Costs

TSYS reported that fourth quarter profits declined 47% to $45.7 million due to spin-off related costs. The Company successfully completed its spin-off from Synovus on December 31st and is now a fully independent, publicly-traded company. Fourth quarter revenues of $458.5 million represented a 9% decline over 4Q/06. Total revenues in 2007 were $1.8 billion representing a 1% increase over 2006. Excluding the Bank of America termination fee of $65 million in 2006, revenues increased 5% in 2007. The Company expects total revenues will increase 7% to 9% this year. For complete details on TSYS fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

TSYS REVENUE HISTORICAL
4Q/05: $420.7 million
1Q/06: $412.3 million
2Q/06: $429.2 million
3Q/06: $441.8 million
4Q/06: $503.9 million
1Q/07: $429.6 million
2Q/07: $460.2 million
3Q/07: $457.6 million
4Q/07: $458.5 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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Convenience Drives Card Tax Payments

A new survey of 28,000 taypayers has found that more than 87% paid their taxes with a payment cards because it was convenient and easy to use and/or they were running out of time. About 3% indicated they ignored the advice of personal finance advisors, using the service for short term financing. The research from Metavante’s “LINK2GOV” payment service also found that 84% were likely to use the service again. LINK2GOV isn’t the longest tenured IRS payments partner, in 2007 it acquired more than half of all federal tax payments initiated with credit and debit cards. The service has generated additional electronic transactions for the IRS at a compounded annual transaction growth rate of nearly 65% since entering into its IRS relationship in 2003.

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CEO PERSPECTIVE

According to the most recent, 11th annual PricewaterhouseCoopers’
“Global CEO Survey”, U.S. CEOs have the least optimistic perspective
regarding revenue growth for 2008, but are most optimistic given a
long-term perspective. Citing a tumultuous credit market, poor financial
exchanges and recession fears, only 36% of U.S. CEOs are confident
in corporate performance for 2008, compared to a global average of
50%. Given a 3-year time-frame, however, 49% of U.S. CEOs are
“very confident” in revenue growth compared to, a much lower, 42%
global average. Additional findings of the “Global CEO Survey” show a
mere 52% of American companies value the importance of climate change
issues, compared with the 72% global average, and only 23% disclosed
investment of “significant resources” in climate change efforts, compared
to a 37% global average. Furthermore, 63% U.S. CEOs expressed the
need for government intervention in climate issues, compared to 82% of
CEOs worldwide. PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry advisory
with over 146,000 executives in 150 countries across the world.

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AXIS M-PAYMENT

Axis Bank has announced it will be beta testing a mobile phone payment
solution with 500 customers for full functionality after 3 months. With
this solution, customers are able to conduct payment transactions using
their cell phone in much the same way a credit card would be used.
Atom Technologies is the organization overseeing the Multi Commodity
Exchange of India to enable mobile payments. With this, the company
has developed such products as the Atom card to embed credit card
data for the payment solution and securely store card details and
provide PIN compatibility.

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Capital One Q4 U.S. Card Profits Up 55%

Capital One’s fourth quarter U.S. credit card profits increased nearly 55% year-on-year, but declined about 7% sequentially. Purchase volume in the U.S. remained flat while U.S. managed card outstandings decreased 3% from the year-ago quarter. The number of U.S. card accounts declined by about 50,000 during the quarter, and remained down from the year-on-year figure of 37.6 million accounts. U.S. card net income was $521.9 million, compared to $560.8 million in the prior quarter and $337.2 million for 4Q/06. U.S. managed card outstandings were $52.1 billion for 4Q/07 compared to $53.6 billion one-year ago and $49.6 billion in the previous quarter. Cap One says loan growth was affected by a reduction in marketing of teaser rates to prime customers, and a $600 million portfolio sale in the first quarter. Purchase volume hit $22.9 billion for 4Q/07, compared to $21.5 billion for 3Q/07 and $22.8 billion for 4Q/06. The managed delinquency rate (30+ days) for U.S. credit cards was 4.95% for the fourth quarter, compared to 4.46% for 3Q/07 and 3.74% for the fourth quarter of 2006. The net charge-off rate for U.S. credit cards was 5.40% for the fourth quarter, compared to 4.13% for the third quarter and 3.82% one-year ago. Cap One expects the U.S. Card managed charge-off rate to be in the mid-6% range in the first half of 2008. For complete details on Capital One’s fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

COF U.S. CARD NET INCOME
4Q/06: $337.2 million
1Q/07: $495.3 million
2Q/07: $538.3 million
3Q/07: $560.8 million
4Q/07: $521.9 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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IMOBILE

ICICI Bank and C-SAM have launched the “iMobile” mobile banking
solution to allow customers to bank from their mobile phones. The
Mobile Transaction Platform provides an icon based interface, which makes
for easy customer use, providing 40 different services such as banking,
fund transfer, credit card services and bill payments, among others.
Moreover, the new solution will aid the bank in acquiring new
customers, reduce customer support costs, and generate new revenue
streams. “iMobile” operates on GPRS and SMS networks and has
immense growth potential with an Indian mobile consumer population
of nearly 200 million subscribers. ICICI Bank has assets of nearly
Rs. 3649.44 billion and operates in the retail banking market with a
network of over 950 branches and 3,680 ATMs.

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HSBC & IDENTRUST

HSBC Bank has joined the IdenTrust Network for the generation of
a corporate customer identity solution. This will allow users to digitally
sign documents with secure, legally binding authorizations over the
IdenTrust authentication network available at all branches. The
organizations
are also collaborating for the streamlining of bank accounts, management
processes and trade finance services. HSBC Holdings serves over 125
million customers around the world from nearly 10,000 offices in 83
countries with total assets of around US$2,150 billion while IdenTrust
provides identity solutions in various sectors across more than 175
countries.

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FDC & CADOOZ

First Data will be providing cadooz AG with customer rewards,
incentive solutions and electronic card-based products using ‘controlled
loop’ prepaid card technology. First Data will also provide card processing, procurement, personalization and customer service
for the delivery of incentive programs to make offerings more attractive
to consumers, retailers and organizations. First Data Corp provides
electronic commerce and payment solutions through its operations in 38
countries, 5 million merchant locations and 1,900 card issuers while
cadooz was established in 2000 to provide Germans with gift
certificates, is growing in excess of 50 percent per year and is currently
working with nearly 190 German retailers.

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NYC TLC to Monitor Taxi Card Acveptance

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has launched an undercover initiative to measure the compliance of medallion taxicab drivers for accepting credit cards. Drivers who refuse to accept a passenger’s credit card will face a fine between $150 and $350. Drivers will also be fined for using telephone while operating a taxicab and face a $150 fine if they are not courteous to passengers. Effective October 1st, upon their next scheduled inspection all New York taxis were mandated to have technology-based customer service improvements that will include credit/debit card acceptance and an interactive electronic passenger map and information screen. The TLC is the agency responsible for the regulation and licensing of almost 200,000 yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles, their drivers, and the businesses that operate and support their industries.

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