Europe’s largest independent ATM network, Euronet, has quietly penetrated the U.K. market. The company’s success throughout Europe has spawned at least six more independent competitors. In the U.K. Euronet began installing ATMs ten months ago in cooperation with the British bank Woolwich plc. Since then, Euronet has installed over 130 ATMs throughout the country. The firm confirmed this morning it has signed an agreement with a second U.K. bank sponsor, Northern Rock, and has begun installing ATMs under the Northern Rock name as well. The U.K. is a key part of Euronet’s pan-European network because of the already high usage of ATMs in Britain and the introduction of surcharging for cash withdrawals. Euronet’s network is comprised of 1,700 ATMs in 7 countries, including Hungary, Poland, Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France and the U.K.Details
First Data’s U.K. subsidiary, FDR Limited, has signed a long-term contract with Egg, Britain’s first Internet bank. FDRL will provide several new Internet card-based products, including Egg’s new credit card launched in September. Egg, a direct division of Prudential-Banking Plc, launched in October 1998, offers customers a range of products including deposit accounts, mortgages and personal loans. Since its launch, Egg has amassed 600,000 customers and 6.7 billion pounds in funds under management. Egg ‘s Internet credit card offers a 9.9% APR and up to 2% rebates on online purchases.Details
First Data Resources, a subsidiary of First Data Corp. announced it will expand into the consumer loan processing market through a licensing agreement for SuperSolutions Corp.’s Daybreak -The Big PictureT application software.
First Data Resources, the leading provider of card transaction processing and card portfolio management services for credit, debit, commercial, oil and private-label card issuers, and SuperSolutions, an enterprise-wide solutions software developer, agreed that First Data may use the software to provide consumer loan processing services. The agreement also includes a minority equity investment in SuperSolutions by First Data.
Daybreak – The Big PictureT is a relational data-base management system with a graphical user interface for consumer lending, including automobile, recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles, home improvement, and specialty finance requests. SuperSolutions will add line-of-credit and home-equity loan functions to its software, allowing full integration of a wide variety of loan portfolios.
“Combining a unique consumer lending application with our card processing expertise is a natural step for us to take as lenders look for a one-stop solution for their loan servicing needs,” said David P. Bailis, executive vice president of First Data Corp. and head of its worldwide card issuing operation. “Delivering a complete loan processing package through a service bureau gives our clients a new, dynamic option for managing their loan products.”
The software gives First Data a completely integrated product line, including loan origination, loan servicing, collections and securitization and offers clients a flexible client server environment. The product line will be available in 1Q 2000. “This allows First Data to enter the market quickly with a completely integrated product,” Bailis said.
“This relationship does many positive things for our company as well,” said Darshan Karki, president and chief executive officer of SuperSolutions Corp. “Adding additional functionality to the software for First Data will also make it more attractive to other customers. It gives us more penetration in the market, and the First Data Resources agreement is a strong endorsement of our loan-portfolio management solution. We expect to increase the size of our operation as a result.”
The new package of consumer loan services also fits strategically with First Data’s objective of working with its clients to enable them to take advantage of opportunities provided by the Internet.
“Since the newest version of the software is Web-enabled, it fits well with our e-commerce commitment to our clients. Integrating this functionality with our card transaction and portfolio management solutions allows us to offer a complete service bureau solution,” Bailis said.
First Data Resources processes transactions for more than 260 million card accounts around the world. Based in Omaha, Neb., First Data Resources is the leading global provider of card transaction processing and card portfolio management solutions that enable credit, debit, commercial, oil and private label card issuers to enhance their portfolio growth, increase market share, reduce risk and improve profitability.
Atlanta-based First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) helps move the world’s money. As the leader in electronic commerce and payment services, First Data serves more than two million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, making it easier, faster and more secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at [www.firstdatacorp.com].
Based in Eden Prairie, Minn., SuperSolutions develops enterprise-wide software applications for both the Internet and traditional platforms.
The Australian government announced early this morning it has selected ‘MULTOS’ as the standard operating platform for multiple application smartcards. ‘MULTOS’ was in fierce competition with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems and won out primarily because it is the only system that can prove its security. In addition, ‘MULTOS’ is well supported by Australian industry and was seen as the most privacy friendly. ‘MULTOS’ was recently awarded the highest level of security compliance with the ‘ITSEC E6 Certificate’. The ACT government also said this morning it wanted an open system which would let different organizations develop their own applications but share a card with others. The Australian government provides services to 8-10 million Australians and it is envisioned that the majority of these will now migrate to ‘MULTOS’ smart cards.Details
Bank One/First USA declined by more than one million cardholders during the third quarter according to data gathered by CardData. CT-based People’s Bank had a relatively flat quarter, adding less than 20,000 accounts. For more 3Q/99 details on Bank One/First USA and People’s Bank, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
BANK ONE/FIRST USA SNAPSHOT
RECV $69,990,000,000 $68,981,000,000
Q VOL $29,577,300,000 $28,712,300,000
CARDS 64,523,000 65,620,000
RECV $3,624,802,332 $3,644,068,362
Q VOL $1,812,545,349 $1,856,407,999
ACCTS 2,821,093 2,805,674
ACTIVES 2,086,078 2,040,241
CARDS 3,279,043 3,307,223
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Diebold revealed Thursday it has added the ‘AllBrite PanoBrite’ sunlight-viewable LCD display as an option on its ‘ix Series’ ATMs. The large display will improve readability and add impact to the advertising, promotional messages, and other color graphics presented on Diebold ATMs.The new sunlight-viewable color monitor is available on all Diebold ‘ix Series’ ATMs that support a 15-inch monitor. Diebold also introduced new design and color enhancements for its ‘1064ix’ cash dispenser yesterday. Diebold says cash dispenser deployers seeking to build brand awareness can select the ‘1064ix’ in colors that will complement their logos or color schemes to promote visibility and customer loyalty. The new sunlight-viewable LCD display and the re-designed ‘1064ix’ will be available in the first quarter.Details
NCR yesterday launched a complete standards-based family of software solutions for ATMs. With NCR ‘APTRA’, companies can more rapidly develop and use business applications across multiple electronic channels through Web-enabled ATMs. The new software allows financial institutions to link all aspects of the transaction cycle, from gathering information at the ATM to delivering back customized messages to the consumer. ‘APTRA Edge’ is an open architecture and a comprehensive set of components supporting a fully integrated Web-enabled application. ‘APTRA NDC’ is a plug and play application, which emulates the legacy NCR application currently running on OS2. ‘APTRA Studio’ is an NT based workbench that allows the novice to define, build, edit and deploy targeted marketing, advertising, and survey campaigns for ATMs. ‘APTRA Link’ is an NT server-based tool used to download files to ATMs. It can track, inquire, and report status and fault management via the electronic journal feature.Details
Japan’s Toyota Finance Corp. announced this week it intends to terminate existing co-branded relationships with credit card issuers and issue its own credit card by early 2001. Toyota indicated it wants to issue a MasterCard that incorporates a Mondex chip. The company also intends for the card to be used with automatic fare collections systems. Toyota currently has nearly three million VISA cardholders in co-branded relationships with JCB, UC Card and Million Card Service. The Toyota credit card is the most popular in Japan. For more details on the international card market visit Card2000 ([www.card2000.com]).
Chicago-based Financial Technology Inc. (FTI) has officially adopted the corporate identification of its parent company, HNC Financial Solutions, a division of HNC Software Inc.. The formal naming is the culmination of the integration of FTI into HNC Financial Solutions, which acquired FTI last year.
The FTI identity will cease to be used by HNC, except in branding the company’s FTI Financial Accounting Platform products for general ledger, accounts payable, executive information, investment accounting, and fixed assets accounting. The HNC Financial Solutions branding will be used for its Asset/Liability Management and Financial Planning System, its Enterprise Information System, and ProfitVision*, its enterprise-wide profitability analysis system.
About HNC Financial Solutions
HNC Financial Solutions is a leader in predictive customer relationship management (CRM) software for the payment card and consumer lending industries. Its powerful suite of proven decision platforms and predictive business solutions address the mission-critical, customer-lifecycle needs of financial institutions.
About HNC Software Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, HNC Software Inc. (Nasdaq: HNCS) is a leading provider of complete Predictive CRM solutions for service industries. HNC divisions include Financial Solutions, Retek Retail Solutions, Insurance Solutions, eHNC, and Telecommunications Solutions. HNC’s suite of predictive software solutions can provide real-time insight into customer relationships based on transaction-level data, helping business-to-consumer companies manage their relationships with individual customers. By accurately predicting customer behaviors, these companies can create initiatives to mitigate risk and attrition; improve customer service; develop marketing programs to enhance profitability; optimize store replenishment activities; and detect fraudulent customer transactions.Details
Cybergold, Inc announced that it closed more than 60 new incentives customers in the third quarter, a new record for the Company. “The total number of incentives customers on the Cybergold web site now exceeds 125,” said Nat Goldhaber, President and CEO of Cybergold. “And, as previously reported, we added more than 900,000 new members during the third quarter, for a total exceeding 3.1 million members as of September 30, 1999.”
New incentives customers during the third quarter include CDNOW, Infonautics, Whole Foods, Motley Fool, MapQuest, Big Star, NetGrocer, YesMail, eWanted, Gator, Healthshop and two divisions of NetMarket: AutoVantage and Travelers Advantage.
“We also extended our relationships with key customers including EarthLink Network, MBNA, E-Trade, Uproar, Cendant and Autobytel,” continued Goldhaber. “We intend to continue to expand our field sales organization to keep pace with the increasing opportunity.”
Cybergold (NASDAQ: CGLD) is a leading provider of Internet-based direct marketing and advertising solutions, including incentive programs that reward consumers with cash for responding to ads and promotions. Cybergold’s nearly 3.5 million members can use the incentive money they earn to buy digital content, services and products. Cybergold consistently ranks among the 100 most visited Web sites, according to PC Data Online. Cybergold’s partnerships include Visa USA, MBNA, AOL, EarthLink, E-TRADE, Quintel and Autobytel. It counts Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) among its corporate investors. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Cybergold also has offices in Dallas, New York, and Washington D.C. For more information, visit [www.cybergold.com].
Credit card competition in the Canadian market is heating up with the entry of cards issued by credit unions. This week, Surrey Metro Savings of Vancouver became the first credit union to launch a new suite of credit cards developed through an east/west consortium formed by VanCity, Canada’s largest credit union, and Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Quebec’s largest financial co-operative. The range of ‘Community VISA’ cards offers gold card services, low interest rates and travel rewards through Canada 3000. Surrey Metro Savings, as the country’s second largest credit union with 17 branches and 115,000 members, is the first to offer six different ‘Community VISA’ card options to its members. Desjardins and VanCity Community Card Services was formed in August 1998 through an agreement with Credit Union Central of British Columbia to provide credit card services to credit unions across Canada. For more details on the international card market visit Card2000 ([>www.card2000.com]).
U.S. Audiotex Corp, a specialist in tax payments via credit cards, has changed its name to Official Payments Corp. The company’s client list includes: the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the States of New Jersey and California, the District of Columbia and 425 municipal governments across the United States. The firm named Thomas Evans, former CEO of GeoCities, as Chairman and CEO in August and filed for an IPO last month. Yesterday the firm made eight key management additions, most coming from GeoCities. The company enables consumers to use their credit cards to pay, by telephone or through the Internet, personal federal and state income taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes and fines for traffic violations and parking citations.Details