Florida-based Morgan Beaumont reported net revenue for the third calendar quarter of $417,000 and a net loss of $1.9 million as the Company attained 100,000 contracted “SIRE Network” points of presence. Net revenue for fiscal twelve months of 2005 was $1.1 million compared to $60,000 in the same twelve month period in 2004. Net loss for fiscal 2005 was $5.8 million, or $0.12 loss per share, compared to $1.6 million, or $0.10 loss per share in the prior twelve month period. Morgan Beaumont is a provider of stored value and prepaid card solutions.Details
Chicago-based Moneris Solutions has signed agreements to provide credit card processing services to six higher education institutions including Arizona State University, University of Vermont, Duquesne University, James Madison University, Saint Mary’s College of California and Virginia Tech. Under the agreements, Moneris will provide credit card processing services through infiNET’s QuikPAY product, which provides the fully integrated automated payment and commerce solution for the higher education market. Students and families of these universities will have the convenience of paying their tuition and fee statements online with a credit card. Moneris Solutions is an electronic transaction processor and is a joint investment of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal, which have assets in excess of $700 billion.Details
San Diego-based GreenZap reports its membership has now grown to exceed 400,000. Members are rewarded with WebCash, which can now be used not only to cover transaction fees, but also in the online store toward discounts on a variety of goods and services through partner merchants. GreenZap offers increased discounts and free transactions for members who upgrade their account to “Gold” status. GreenZap Inc, a San Diego-based company, enables any business or consumer with an email address to send and receive money online.Details
A new survey shows that 55% of adult Canadian consumers indicated they had purchased and/or received a gift card in the previous 12 months. The results come from the first ever ValueLink gift card study to focus exclusively on the Canadian consumer. Traditional retail stores accounted for 77% of all gift cards that were purchased. However, restaurants and entertainment-based business accounted for another 16% with a split of 8% each. Nearly nine in 10 gift card purchasers buy their gift cards in person at a retail or restaurant location while 13% of purchasers tend to visit a retailer’s Web site, purchase by phone or via a company catalog or make a purchase in some other manner. Canadian consumers purchased an average of 4.8 cards in 2004. While the average dollar value was $67 per card, the most common dollar value loaded onto gift cards was $50, with one-third of purchasers stating that as their typical amount. ValueLink is a subsidiary of First Data.Details
NC-based BB&T has created a new Payments Services Division. The creation of BB&T’s Creative Payments Solutions subsidiary in 2003 laid the groundwork for the new unit. The new PSD will enter automated clearinghouse and wire transfers; debit and prepaid cards; bill payment; and treasury services. The new unit will also oversee Creative Payments Solutions, Mid-America Gift Certificate Company and BB&T Payroll Services Corporation. The bank has named BB&T veteran Bennett Bradley to lead new division.Details
Discover and Exante Financial Services are piloting a program that will provide certain Morgan Stanley employees with a debit card that can be used on the Discover Network to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses from their FSAs. Exante’s financial health account card works like any debit or stored value card currently used on the Discover Network. Consumers enrolled in the pilot program will swipe their cards at participating merchant and provider locations that accept Discover Network cards to pay for eligible health care services, prescriptions, medical equipment and child care. Exante provides comprehensive consumer health financial services capabilities to 16 independent health administrators in addition to UnitedHealth Group and its operating businesses. Together, these clients represent over 700,000 accounts managed by Exante.Details
San Antonio-based Payment Data Systems reports that November’s numbers are 414% higher than transactions processed and 269% higher than dollars processed in November 2004. Payment Data Systems is an integrated payment solutions provider to merchants and billers.Details
Massachusettes-based Pipeline has received a $15 million loan to complete the acquisition of Charge.com next week and to repay indebtedness.Pipeline Data Inc. provides integrated transaction processing services for all major credit cards and serves over 15,000 accounts. Charge.com owns and operates a comprehensive Internet-based sales organization focused on online transaction processing.Details
NJ-based Asta Funding reported that third calendar quarter net income rose 38% to $9 million. Finance income for the quarter was $20 million, a 35% increase compared to one-year ago. Asta says its purchases for the year amounted to $3.5 billion of face value receivables with a purchase price of $126 million. The Company is currently experiencing a boon due to the recent surge in personal bankruptcies. Therefore, Asta has received the necessary commitment to increase its credit facility to $100 million, up from $80 million, with an accordion feature to go to $125 million. So far this quarter, the company has purchased distressed consumer receivable portfolios aggregating approximately $970 million, for a purchase price of approximately $47.7 million. The acquisition of these substantial portfolios is composed of credit card and telecom debt. For complete details on Asta’s latest results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
ACH Direct’s Deborah Matthews has been named to NACHA’s Marketing Management Group. As Vice President of Marketing at ACH Direct, Matthews participates in numerous industry activities, including NACHA’s Electronic Check Council. She currently serves as the Marketing and Education Coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Internet Council, and has been a member of the American Payroll Association’s ACH Advisory Committee for the past five years. Matthews earned the Accredited ACH Professional designation in 2001, and holds a B.S. degree in Communications from Northwestern University. ACH Direct is one of the largest privately held electronic funds transfer processors in the United States, with over $3 billion in transactions processed in 2004.Details
A new report says that while banks today realize on average between $2 and $3 per average $50 transaction, primarily from interchange fees and interest on credit, there is additional hidden value in the data that can be obtained with electronic transactions. Chicago-based DiamondCluster says private label credit card providers know this. They said by modeling detailed customer and purchasing data it can greatly benefit both retailer and the card issuer. One such PLCC issuer told DiamondCluster that their estimate of the marketing effectiveness of such a campaign built on transactional data was worth up to $20 million to the retailer or an estimated $1 to $3 per transaction. The group also noted that another revenue opportunity lies in creating an ancillary information-based business.Details
Managed charge-offs topped 7% in October due to the surge in bankruptcy filings in the final weeks leading up to the full implementation of the bankruptcy reform laws. The worst is not over since issuers treat bankruptcy related charge-offs differently with a possible 8% or 9% level coming. Over the past 12 months, managed charge-offs have been hovering between 5.79% and 6.38%. Credit card issuers should realize lower charge-off ratios in the second quarter of 2006 and beyond as the bankruptcy process becomes more onerous for American consumers. During July, August and September, there were a record 542,022 consumer and business bankruptcy filings, a 37% increase over one-year ago. It is expected that filings for the first two weeks of October may exceed 300,000. These filings will be reflected on card issuers’ books in December and January.
2005 MANAGED CHARGE-OFFS
Source: CardWeb.com. Inc.