Universal Express Payroll VISA Introduced

NY-based Universal Express has introduced a VISA payroll card, to be initially launched through a private postal store trade association. Universal Cash Express will initially launch its stored value payroll card program through its private postal store trade association which has been awaiting just such a program. Universal Express, Inc. owns and operates several subsidiaries including Universal Express Capital Corp.

Details

iPayment Buys 25,000 Merchants for $130MM

iPayment and First Data have completed the acquisition of a portfolio of merchant contracts from First Data’s Merchant Services subsidiary for a sale price of $130 million in cash. The portfolio has approximately 25,000 small merchant locations representing approximately $9 billion to $10 billion in annual charge volume. The acquisition will become effective on December 31st. iPayment has expanded its revolving credit facility from $80 million to $180 million from Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase Bank to finance the purchase. iPayment is a provider of credit and debit card-based payment processing services to over 100,000 small merchants.

Details

United Bank Card Signs CampMinder

CampMinder, an online management system used by camps across the country, has inked a processing contract with United Bank Card. CampMinder is an all encompassing web-based camp management system providing an integrated database management system for camper and staff recruitment, alumni management, financial, medical, scheduling, transportation, bunking, tracking forms, reporting, mass e-mailing and a wide variety of other services. United Bank Card, Inc. is a payment and transaction processor serving businesses nationwide.

Details

Cap One CEO Gets 500K+ Shares for 2005

Capital One has approved the 2005 annual compensation of its Chairman, CEO and President, granting options to buy 566,000 common shares for next year. The stock options have an exercise price of $82.385. Richard Fairbank accepted the options in lieu of any salary, annual cash incentive, other cash or equity-based long-term incentives, and retirement plan contributions. Fairbank’s options will become exercisable in full in five years will expire in ten years. The stock options also become exercisable in full upon the death, disability or retirement of Mr. Fairbank, or a change in control of the Company.

Details

Cash Systems Names a New CEO

MN-based Cash Systems has named Michael Rumbolz as CEO replacing Craig Potts on January 1st. Michael D. Rumbolz has over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. Mr. Rumbolz is the former Vice Chairman and board member of Casino Data Systems, prior to its acquisition by Aristocrat. Cash Systems, Inc., located in Minneapolis and Las Vegas, is a provider of cash access and related services to the retail and gaming industries.

Details

Black Thursday to Produce $12B in Card Volume

Today is poised to be the single largest card volume day in 2004, as Americans will use credit and debit cards to pay for nearly $12 billion. This computes to an average of more than $8 million per minute, however it could easily top $20 million per minute during peak hours. December 23rd has historically been the peak spending day of the year. According to VISA’s data December 17th and December 18th rank first and second as the busiest shopping days of the holiday shopping season thus far. “Black Friday,” November 26th, ranked fifth in terms of the highest daily sales volume. MasterCard says the busiest day of the year will most likely occur today, but the busiest hour most likely will be from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT on Christmas Eve.

Details

ICMA Welcomes Fourteen New Members

The International Card Manufacturers Association has added fourteen new members. The new members include ten principal members, or
card manufacturers; two associate members, or suppliers; and two
contributing members. Principal Members (Card Manufacturers)include
DIGIMARC ID Systems (Burlington, MA); Fastcom Technology (Lausanne, VD, Switzerland); GHP Card Systems AG (Bamberg, Germany); Institute of Applied Information Technologies (Kiev, Ukraine); LAWA Card Systems (Riyadh, Central Provinc, Saudi Arabia); PRINC D.O.O. (Sagreb, Croatia);
Quatro Security Printing (Markham, Ontario, Canada); S.A.E.T.I.C. (Barcelona, Spain); ST INCARD Srl (Marcianise (CE), Caserta, Italy); and, Znak, Ltd. (Kiev, Ukraine).

Details

Metris Makes Another Term Loan Prepayment

Metris Companies announced it is making a second optional prepayment on a term loan in the amount of $25 million. The Company also made a $50 million prepayment on Nov. 23, 2004. As a result of these prepayments, the amount remaining of the original term loan will be $225 million. Metris Companies Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minn., is one of the largest bankcard issuers in the United States.

Details

PT Primrose and e-Smart Technologies do a JV

PT Primrose Gantari Indonesia and Las Vegas-based e-Smart Technologies have teamed to form a joint venture. The partnership will provide e-Smart’s proprietary biometric systems for payment processing services in banking institutions and other corporate and government entities in Indonesia.
PT Primrose Indonesia was created by former principals of The
Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency. e-Smart is the exclusive supplier for Asia and the US of the “Biometric Verification Security System” or “BVS2”, featuring the “Super Smartcard,” which e-Smart believes to be the world’s only commercially available smartcard with a full on-card system for biometric ID verification.

Details

One in Five Consumers Worry About Card Debt

A new consumer poll has found that 20% of Americans worry about their credit card debt most of the time. The poll, conducted by Ipsos for the Associated Press, also found that 16% of those with credit cards said they do not trust themselves to manage their own credit card debts. Nearly 40% of the 1,000 consumers interviewed said their total debt is “somewhat stressful.” More than 50% said they expect their debt will cause them problems in the next five years. The AP says it also found that one in ten consumers with credit cards said they have missed making their minimum payments during the past six months.

Details