Gaming clients at Sun International’s latest casino in South Africa are now using Schlumberger ‘Payflex’ smart cards to play the slot machines, to pay for meals and entertainment on the site, and at the same time to build up loyalty points. All customers are now given a card at the coinless casino. The card is then charged with money using a note acceptor. Stakes are debited from the card electronically, and any winnings are stored on it. The card also acts as an e-purse, when paying for drinks and meals in the casino. When the customer leaves, any winnings can be exchanged for a cheque, or paid directly into a bank account, or the customer can simply take the card home. Card and user authentication is carried out within the slot machines, using the same kind of Schlumberger security access module that is used in smart card point-of-sale terminals and ATMs. All the machines are networked, and information on every transaction is transmitted to a central server.Details
IVI Checkmate Corp. , a leading North American provider of electronic payment solutions, announced its third quarter and nine month financial results for the periods ended September 30, 1999.
Revenue for the third quarter of 1999 increased 9% over the same period in 1998 to a record $32.5 million, which brings total revenue to date for 1999 to $76.3 million. In comparison, revenue for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 1998 were $29.9 million and $80.7 million, respectively.
The Company returned to profitability in the quarter with net earnings of $619,000 or $0.03 per share, which was in line with analysts’ projections. Net earnings for the third quarter of 1998 were $465,000 or $0.03 per share.
“After the product and sales issues that we faced earlier this year, we are pleased to have rebounded with our highest quarterly revenue ever recorded,” said Barry Thomson, President and CEO of IVI Checkmate. “Our improved performance can be attributable to strong sales to key customers and shipments of eN-Touch 1000 terminals.”
Mr. Thomson continued, “We intend to build on our positive momentum, as well as continue our focus on the ongoing development of our eN-to-eN solutions platform. However, as the new year quickly approaches, caution about Year 2000 issues have risen in our industry as well as the markets in general. As a result, this precautionary stance may affect the timing and/or quantity of our customers’ buying decisions, which may result in expected fourth quarter revenues to be lower than previously anticipated.”Details
CyberCash, Inc. , the world leader in e-commerce technologies and services for merchants, announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 1999. CyberCash reported revenues of $5.1 million, up from $4.5 million reported for the same period last year. The company reported a net loss per share of ($0.65) for the three months ended September 30, 1999, as compared to a loss of ($0.51) in the third quarter of 1998, exceeding First Call’s expectations for the quarter of ($0.71). Included in the financial results were one-time expenditures of $5.0 million for a corporate branding campaign representing approximately ($0.23) per share of the third quarter net loss.
For the nine months ended September 30, 1999, CyberCash reported revenues of $14.0 million, an increase of more than 70 percent over the same period last year, when the company reported revenues of $8.2 million. Net loss per share was ($1.61) compared with a loss of ($1.71) per share for the nine months ended September 30, 1998.
“CyberCash is achieving its objective to grow its payments business through expanded sales and marketing efforts, and through initiatives to provide solutions that simplify e-commerce,” said Jim Condon, president and chief operating officer. “As a result, the company continues to expand its merchant base. We increased the number of merchants using the CashRegister service to approximately 16,000 in the third quarter, an increase of over 100 percent from a year ago. We also continued to grow the number of transactions from our merchant base with an average of 4.9 million transactions per month in the third quarter compared to 3.1 million transactions per month for the same quarter last year.
“In addition, we completed our acquisition of Tellan Software, Inc., which expands our software product offerings and provides us with a scalable platform to increase our time to market for both new products and services. During this quarter, the company increased the number of shipments of its software products sold, totaling 7,000 units, a more than 30 percent increase since the third quarter of 1998,” Condon said.
During the third quarter of 1999, CyberCash placed significant emphasis on providing transaction management services through its Agile Wallet platform(TM). In order to bring additional value-added services to merchants that will assist them in increasing and managing their transaction volume, CyberCash entered into strategic relationships with technology companies. These relationships included: NetGravity to add click-through banner ad capabilities to merchants; HNC to provide fraud screening; and Commission Junction to offer affiliate marketing services.
In addition, CyberCash succeeded during the quarter at enabling more than 350 merchant sites with its InstaBuy Form Wizard(TM) capability, allowing consumers to complete a sales transaction at a merchant site without manually filling in payment information. As transaction management technologies continue to emerge and adoption rates continue to increase, CyberCash has seen transaction volumes rise. In September of 1999 alone CyberCash processed approximately 54,000 InstaBuy transactions.
To further encourage the rapid widespread adoption of the InstaBuy service, CyberCash became the preferred wallet provider during the third quarter of 1999 for several top financial institutions and affiliations in the United States and worldwide, although these relationships have yet to be made public as a result of contractual agreements.
Dennis N. Cavender, chief financial officer, added, “Our growth rates as measured by revenues, merchant count, units sold and transaction volume during the third quarter, demonstrate that our core business fundamentals are strong and that we are proving the CyberCash e-commerce model.
“During August, we raised an additional $15 million in equity capital to fund strategic investments and the expansion of our business. We firmly believe that in order to substantially grow our revenues in the years 2000 and beyond, we must continue to invest in extending our suite of offerings with additional products and services and the ways in which those products and services are distributed. By investing in high-growth e-commerce opportunities today, we are paving the way to create value for our shareholders in the future,” Cavender said.
About CyberCash, Inc.
CyberCash is the world leader in secure, convenient payment technologies and services, enabling e-commerce across the entire market spectrum from electronic retailing environments to the Internet. CyberCash provides a complete line of software products and services allowing merchants, billers, financial institutions and consumers to conduct secure transactions using the broadest array of popular payment forms. Credit, debit, purchase cards, cash, checks, smart cards and alternative payment types (e.g., “frequent buyer” or loyalty programs) are all supported by CyberCash payment solutions.
For more information on CyberCash’s 3Q/99 results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
TX-based ACE Cash Express has installed its first automatic check cashing machine in Irving, Texas. The project was developed using the ‘1062ix’ advanced function ATM with the optics professional platform from Diebold. The ATM utilizes technology, developed by ACE, that identifies typed and computer printed checks, and extracts information from the various components of each check. It offers more than 4 million ‘ACE Gold Card’ consumers the ability to cash checks at an automatic check-cashing machine for speed and convenience. ACE’s proprietary system then records the check details and sends the information to ACE’s network information system. When the verification process is complete, the customer’s cash is dispensed. ACE has placed an order with Diebold to expand its test to other stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.Details
Although Citibank has been pounding mailboxes this month with its new virtual credit card that runs on the MasterCard network, the nation’s largest issuer officially announced ‘ClickCredit’ yesterday. ‘ClickCredit’ is a separate line of credit to be used exclusively for online purchases. Citibank is offering two versions of the program: ‘Click Citi Platinum Select’ and ‘Click Citi AAdvantage’. While these lines of credit are not issued in the form of a credit card, they carry many credit card features such as cash back rewards, airline mileage rewards and purchase/protection guarantees. ‘Click Citi Platinum Select’ members will receive 2% cash back on all Internet purchases made through May 31, 2000; thereafter they will earn 1% cash back. ‘Click Citi AAdvantage’ members will earn two American Airlines ‘AAdvantage’ miles for every dollar spent online, through May 31, 2000; thereafter they will earn one mile for every dollar spent. ‘ClickCredit’ customers also receive ‘Price Protection’ and ‘Extended Warranty’ protections. ‘Click Citi Platinum Select’ customers also receive ‘Purchase Assurance’. The ‘Platinum Select’ version offers a 0% APR for three months followed by a Prime +1.65% APR. To review solicitations for Citibank’s new product visit CardWatch ([www.cardwatch.com]).
Advanta is approaching $1 billion in business card receivables according to the company’s 3Q/99 earnings report. Managed receivables for Advanta Business Cards at the end of the quarter were $930 million, up 4.9% from last quarter and 19.5% from the same quarter last year. The Business Card division also reported yesterday that $6.0 million in net income for the third quarter compared to $5.6 million last quarter. The average yield on the company’s business credit card portfolio, including fee income, increased this quarter to 22.35% from 21.72% last quarter due to increases in rates and higher fee income. Credit quality continues to improve as over 30 day delinquencies decreased from 3.74% last quarter to 3.42% this quarter. The net managed charge-off rate on business credit card loans of 5.25% this quarter was comparable to 5.22% last quarter. During the third quarter Advanta developed instant online approval for its business cards. For more details on Advanta’s 3Q/99 financials visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Portfolio growth between the second and third quarters continues to be stagnant according to data gathered by CardData ([www.carddata.com]). Among major issuers reporting this week: US Bancorp and HSBC.
US BANCORP HSBC
Recv: $6,225,377,000 $1,113,558,000
Q Vol: $7,874,836,000 $ 412,803,000
Accts: 3,921,000 741,577
Actives: 2,612,000 397,148
Cards: 4,710,000 898,637
Source: CardData’s 3Q/99 Portfolio Survey
Atlanta-based CompuCredit Corp. reported Tuesday it signed up 311,000 new customers for the third quarter, raising the total number of new accounts added in 1999 to 638,000. The sub-prime card specialist had a total of 801,000 originated accounts as of Sept. 30. Company earnings increased 52% from $5.8 million for 3Q/98 to $8.8 million for 3Q/99. The managed net interest margin increased to 23.1% for the third quarter versus 21.0% for 2Q/99. The managed net charge-off rate increased to 5.0% for 3Q.99 compared to 4.1% for the prior quarter. At the end of September, the 60+ day managed delinquency rate increased to 6.6% from 6.4% as of June 30. CompuCredit markets the ‘Aspire VISA’ card issued through Columbus Bank & Trust. CompuCredit went public in April. For more details on CompuCredit’s 3Q/99 financials visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Furthering its standard-setting role for securing electronic business transactions, ActivCard S.A. announced it has received Level 1 EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) approval for its ActivReader handheld smart card reader. Level 1 EMV approval represents a high degree of trust and a major step towards establishing global interoperability for e-commerce transactions of all types. The approval positions ActivCard’s e-business digital identity technology as a new platform for secure business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic transactions and online banking, among other high growth markets.
ActivCard, a leader in strong authentication and electronic certification technology, passed Level 1 EMV testing and received approval through Visa (CAA Ref. No: ITACTI0001A-1). The approval also fulfills Level 1 requirements of Europay and MasterCard, through reciprocal agreements between these well-recognized payment associations. As a result, the ActivCard ActivReader solution set is now a recognized cross-platform transaction tool for B2C and business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. Businesses and consumers can use the single ActivReader device to register transactions through all three financial channels.
The result will be an accelerated deployment of next-generation Internet-based e-business systems and services. ActivReader enables a single connection between customers, vendors and financial service providers previously offered independently by Europay, MasterCard and Visa. This functional integration through ActivCard digital identity technology will enable the evolution of e-business into a truly secure transaction space, which in turn will improve the confidence of vendors that customers are who they say they are. On the other side of a transaction, customers are ensured they are talking to a legitimate vendor and that their personal data, including credit card information, remains private. In effect, a shield of certification and authentication is raised, protecting against fraud on both sides of an electronic transaction.
“ActivCard is a recognized industry innovator, and Visa is very pleased to approve the ActivReader as a Visa smart card acceptance device,” said Philip Yen, senior vice president, Internet and access channels at Visa International. “As the size and importance of the electronic transaction space continues to grow worldwide, ActivCard’s patented authentication technology, with its chip card-generated single-use passwords and other important innovations will play a major role in the developing technology of e-commerce.”
“E-business, whether B2B or B2C, comes down to a question of identity,” said Thomas Arthur, senior vice president of worldwide sales and business development for ActivCard. “Our partnership with Visa and our ActivReader Level 1 EMV approval enables our solutions to play a central role in the explosive growth occurring in the e-business marketplace.”
ActivCard S.A, a leader in digital identity and electronic certification technology, delivers core components required to enable next generation e-business communication and transactions. ActivCard’s technology suite offers the ease-of-use of an ATM transaction with a security level better than a face-to-face meeting. ActivCard’s solutions, in conjunction with the applications support for public key-based data confidentiality and integrity, allows individuals and businesses to perform secure online transactions over the Internet. Today, more than 1 million people use ActivCard products for secure Internet banking, Web access and remote access to corporate networks. ActivCard has corporate headquarters in Fremont, Calif.; Suresnes, France; and Singapore.Details
AirTran announced that it is now accepting the Air Travel Card as a form of payment for air travel on existing routes. The Air Travel Card, or Universal Airline Travel Plan, is widely used by major U.S. corporations to pay for and manage travel expenses.
“Since many of our key corporate clients prefer to use the Air Travel Card, we are pleased to announce that AirTran has expanded its payment options to include this user-friendly card,” said Tad Hutcheson, director of marketing. “We consistently strive to meet the needs of all of our customers, and this is simply one example of our commitment to service.”
The Air Travel Card provides corporations with travel information and greater control and flexibility over air travel expenses than any other travel card. Some specific expense management benefits include management reports that detail travel expense patterns, budget analysis and forecasting of air travel.
Other general benefits of the Air Travel card include centralized billing and customized billing options, which break down expenses by department, project, client, employee and any other category desired. In addition, the Air Travel Card makes reconciling expenses easier by keeping air travel charges separate from other corporate travel-related expenses.
The Air Travel card also provides benefits for AirTran. It’s expected to boost sales, as it is very popular among corporate clients with more than 75 Fortune 100 companies using the card. The card will also be cost effective for AirTran due to its lower interchange fee compared to other credit cards.
Offering the convenience of easy, same concourse connections in Atlanta, systemwide, AirTran operates over 275 daily departures to 30 cities. AirTran operates over 130 daily departures from Atlanta Hartsfield, the “World’s Busiest Airport,” as designated by Airports Council International.
AirTran provides everyday, affordable air travel throughout the eastern United States and Midwest. Unlike other airlines, AirTran never requires a roundtrip purchase or Saturday night stay. Currently operating a fleet of 48 jet aircraft, AirTran is the launch customer for the new Boeing 717, the newest, most innovative commercial aircraft to date. AirTran is a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:AAIR).Details
Diebold, Incorporated Tuesday announced that Walden W. O’Dell has been named president and chief executive officer and elected to the board of directors effective November 1. O’Dell, a long-time executive of Emerson Electric Co., has broad experience in international operations and business expansion in a variety of technology industries. Robert W. Mahoney will remain chairman until April 2000, when it is anticipated the board will elect O’Dell chairman following the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.
O’Dell comes to Diebold with a successful 33-year career, which includes running operations on four continents and the manufacturing, distribution and sales of a variety of electronic equipment and services. O’Dell has demonstrated a consistent ability to stimulate growth by employing a variety of management skills ranging from streamlining operations and reducing costs to increasing organizational effectiveness and introducing new products and services. O’Dell has held a series of high-level positions, including heading up a variety of operations of Emerson, a $13.5 billion global provider of electrical, electromechanical and electronic systems and services. Emerson employs more than 100,000 people in 150 countries.
“We have been searching for someone with proven leadership and business management skills and a background in technology and global operations. We are confident that Walden is exceptionally well suited to guide Diebold to its objective of being the leading global provider of self-service solutions,” said Mahoney. “We’ve been initiating crucial changes in recent years — moving from a focus on hardware to emphasizing a customer-focused, end-to-end solutions approach, and expanding significantly and simultaneously in numerous international markets. Walden has had experience in places as diverse as Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, the Middle East, Europe and Canada. His background in technology and hands-on knowledge of product development, sales, services and distribution, coupled with a proven record for leading solid growth and outstanding performance, prepare him well to lead this company.”
Originally from St. Louis, O’Dell earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University, before earning another master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. O’Dell and his wife have four adult children and will be relocating to Canton, Ohio from Columbus, Ohio.
Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated delivery systems and services. Founded in 1859, Diebold employs more than 9,000 associates with representation in more than 75 countries worldwide and headquarters in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of US$1.2 billion in 1998 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DBD.’ For more information, visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.diebold.com].
First National Bank of Omaha announced it will issue the first electronic wallet for processing electronic checks for ‘Internet Bill Presentment and Payment’. First National is also the first bank to establish a new business unit devoted solely to providing IBPP services with wallet technology. The bank has selected CyberCash and edocs as partners in this new business. First National will utilize CyberCash’s ‘InstaBuy Agile Wallet’ platform to load and manage payment information for billers. First National also has entered into a strategic alliance with edocs to provide an integrated development environment for billers. edocs’ flagship product, ‘BillDirect’ software application enables companies to deploy and manage their own IBPP solution to deliver personalized, interactive bills, statements and invoices through the biller’s own Web site and other portals.Details