Maybank Approves Gallant Zone for EzyPay

Gallant Zone Sdn Bhd has obtained approval from Maybank to be included as a participating merchant in the bank’s “EzyPay” program.
“EzyPay” is an interest-free installment program that enables all Maybank or “Mayban Finance VISA” or MasterCard cardholders to purchase goods from Gallant’s retail outlets and pay by interest-free installments. Under the program, Gallant’s customers would have an option to pay for goods purchased over a 6 or 12 month period. Gallant
is the Malaysian subsidiary of Secured Digital Applications.

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Euronet Revenues Soar 88%; Profits Up 4X

KS-based Euronet Worldwide reported third quarter consolidated revenues of $99.9 million, an 88% jump over 3Q/03. Net income for the third quarter 2004 was $6.0 million, compared to a net income of $1.4 million for the third quarter 2003. The EFT processing segment posted third quarter revenues of $20.9 million, a 62% increase. The EFT processing unit processed 70.1 million transactions in the third quarter compared to 31.0 million transactions for the same period last year. The segment completed the quarter with 5,404 ATMs owned or operated, compared to 3,254 ATMs at the end of the 3Q/03. The prepaid processing segment reported third quarter revenues of $75.4 million, a 107% jump over 3Q/03. Total transactions processed by the prepaid processing unit in the third quarter were 59.8 million, compared to 26.3 million prepaid transactions processed in 3Q/03. The prepaid processing segment processes electronic point-of-sale prepaid transactions at more than 168,000 point-of-sale terminals across more than 79,000 retailers in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the USA. For complete details on Euronet’s third quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1])

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

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Saunders to Stay at Providian Thru 07

Providian has extended the employment agreement with its CEO, Joe Saunders, to December 31, 2007. In July, Providian entered into an amendment to Mr. Saunders’ Executive Employment Agreement, which extended the termination date of his current employment agreement from December 31, 2004 to December 31, 2005. On October 19, 2004, Providian extended the term for three years from the original termination date. The July amendment discussed various matters including Saunder’s base salary provision, which is to reflect his current $800,000 a year base salary, a revised target bonus provision, reflecting his 200% bonus, and modified termination provisions to conform the methods of calculating change-of-control payments and benefits to be consistent and applicable to other senior executives of Providian.

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Advanta’s Metrics Improve; Profits Up 40%

Advanta posted a 40% increase in net income for its business cards during the third quarter, compared to the year ago period. The current quarter’s earnings of $11.9 million reflect a 179 basis point decline in net charge-offs on managed business credit card receivables. Managed charge-offs for 3Q/04 dipped to 6.48% on an annualized basis, as compared to 8.27% for 3Q/03. During the second quarter, Advanta’s charge-off rate was 6.99%. Over 30-day delinquencies on managed business credit card receivables declined 173 basis points to 4.42%, and over 90-day delinquencies decreased 72 basis points to 2.13%, each as compared to 3Q/03. In the prior quarter, Advanta’s over 30-day delinquency rate was 4.80% and the over 90-day delinquency rate was 2.50%. Managed card loans at the end of the third quarter were $3,221,021,000 compared to $2,876,619,000 one-year ago. Charge volume was $2,125,757,000 for 3Q/04 compared to $1,816,195,000 for 3Q/03. For complete details on Advanta’s third quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

ADVANTA’S CARD PORTFOLIO SNAPSHOT
Period Card Loans
3Q/03: $2.86 billion
4Q/03: $2.98 billion
1Q/04: $3.08 billion
2Q/04: $3.12 billion
3Q/04: $3.16 billion
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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Verified by Visa Transactions Up 200%

VISA reported that total “Verified by Visa” card volume for the first nine months of this year was $5.4 billion, as the number of transactions increased 200%, compared to one-year ago. More than four million cardholders have signed up for the transaction encryption service to-date. More than 17,000 U.S.-based Internet retailers accept “Verified by Visa.” For participating “Verified by Visa” merchants, nearly three out of every ten dollars spent on VISA cards come from “VbV” authenticated transactions. VISA says the average “VbV” transaction is now $175 compared to $90 for non-“Verified by Visa” transactions, indicating that cardholders who have activated the service feel more confident shopping online. “Verified by Visa” was introduced in 2001.

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Ingenico i7770 and iSiVA POS Integrate

Ingenico announced that Florida-based SIVA Corporation has certified and integrated the “i7770” short-range wireless portable terminal with the “iSiVA” POS system. The “Ingenico i7770” enables
restaurant patrons to pay at the table using an on-line connection to the merchant’s authorization center. It is the first terminal to leverage commercially available “Bluetooth” connection capability in a portable POS device. Bluetooth provides outstanding communication quality, and significant range of approximately 1/2 mile between
the terminal and base. It operates at a very low power consumption rate,
allowing for a high number of transactions without recharging. SIVA markets its products to multi-unit restaurant owners.

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TANGO

Sophia-Antipolis-based ASK has introduced a new universal contactless platform. The new “TanGO” operating system addresses the contact/contactless smart cards needs for mass transit, access control and banking. For mass transit it is adaptable to any regional standards, including Calypso, RIS, VDV Core, ITSO, and RKF. Security features combine an anti-tearing and fast cryptographic calculation based on a DES, DESX or 3DES mechanism. “TanGO” can also clone the legacy cards such as GTML, GTML2 and CD97 to perpetuate existing systems as well as provide the right path to new features. “TanGO” is already available for dual interface and contactless cards.

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Blue Bamboo Rolls-Out its First POS Terminal

Blue Bamboo has unveiled its first product, a GlobalPlatform standards-based, wireless terminal. The new “H50” is priced as low as US$199. The “H50” supports the Java-based “Small Terminal Interoperability Platform.” In addition to abiding by GlobalPlatform standards, the “H50” will be an EMV-compliant terminal. Blue Bamboo expects to achieve certification by Q1 2005. It also supports the “Visa Smart POS” application, and can be utilized in a broad range of solutions. Blue Bamboo’s terminal is portable, and powered continuously with two Lithium-ion cell batteries that are both re-chargeable and replaceable. Blue Bamboo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shera International and affiliated with Shera Technology, an established
manufacturer of POS terminals and peripherals.

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CO-OP Renews/Expands its STAR Contract

The CO-OP Network has renewed its relationship with First Data Debit Services for “STAR” PIN-secured debit services and expanded its ATM relationship. CO-OP selected STAR Network to complement its ATM network, which facilitates ATM access for CO-OP Network cardholders at terminals carrying the STAR brand. CO-OP will also process most of its PIN-debit point-of-sale volume through STAR. CO-OP Network is the top credit union EFT network in the U.S. financial services industry with over 1,700 credit union members, 19,000 surcharge-free ATMs, 80 million monthly transactions, and 19 million cardholders. First Data serves roughly 3.5 million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers, and millions of consumers, making the purchase of goods and services using any form of payment fast, easy, and secure. The STAR Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at over 1.2 million ATM and retail locations across the nation.

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TecBan Selects eFunds’IST/Switch

Tecnologia Bancaria S.A. has selected eFunds’ “IST/Switch” to handle TecBan’s growing ATM/EFT network volume. eFunds'”IST/Switch” is an open platform solution designed to process multi-card payment transactions from any device or network. TecBan currently serves 53
financial institutions throughout Brazil and acquires transactions from
more than 84 million active bank cards. TecBan serves more than 350 Brazilian cities. eFunds’ “IST/Switch” has been successfully implemented at more than 150 customer sites in more than 70 countries.

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