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Visa’s Okay With Pending Mega-Mergers in the U.S. Payments Industry

The pending acquisitions of two leading merchant processors by two leading core financial-institution processors are a “good thing,” Visa Inc. chief executive Alfred F. Kelly Jr. said Wednesday.  “We’ve got very good relationships and a lot of history with all four of these players,” according to Kelly. His comments came …

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First Data in Joint Venture To Buy Ireland’s Payzone and other Digital Transactions News Briefs from 4/19/19

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. and processor First Data Corp. formed a joint venture to acquire a 96% stake in Payzone, operator of Ireland’s largest retail payment network, for about €100 million ($112.5 million) including debt. AIB will own 75% of the joint venture and First Data 25%, according to The Irish …

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To Get Ready for PSD2, Stripe Buys a Developer of Strong-Authentication Tools

In advance of a key European regulation taking effect late this summer, San Francisco-based payments provider Stripe Inc. has acquired Touchtech Payments, a developer of authentication software. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. Founded in 2014, Dublin-based Touchtech specializes in code that establishes customer identities for financial …

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ACH Fraud up, Says AFP and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/9/19

There has been a “noticeable increase” in fraud on credits and debits on the automated clearing house network, according to the latest “Payments Fraud and Control Survey Report” from the Association for Financial Professionals. Some 33% of responding organizations reported ACH debit fraud in 2018, up from 28% in 2017, …

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i3 Verticals Buys Net Data for $24 Million and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/8/19

i3 Verticals Inc. completed its $24 million acquisition of Northeast Texas Data LLC and Graves Humphries Stahl LLC, collectively known as Net Data, which provides software services, including payment acceptance, to municipalities and local government agencies primarily in Texas. Millersville University adopted the ACI student payment portal from ACI Worldwide …

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Investor Lawsuit Challenges Planned Fiserv-First Data Merger

A First Data Corp. shareholder filed a proposed class-action lawsuit Wednesday challenging the planned acquisition of the payment processor by Fiserv Inc. The $22 billion all-stock merger benefits First Data’s controlling shareholder, the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., “to the detriment of the company’s noninsider stockholders,” says the …

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Nxt-ID Closes in on a Spin-Off of Its Fit Pay Payments And Tokenization Unit

Nxt-ID Inc. is getting closer to spinning off its Fit Pay Inc. unit, which markets the contactless-payment technology behind Garmin Pay and Swatch Pay and also this week began shipping a contactless device to allow consumers to spend their Bitcoin holdings at stores. The spin-off, first announced in September, will …

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Card Fees Increase 9.9% for C-Stores and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/3/19

Payment card fees paid by convenience stores last year rose 9.9% to $11.1 billion from $10.1 billion in 2017, NACS, formerly the National Association of Convenience Stores, says in its newly released State of the Industry report. The increase in card fees outpaced 2018’s 8.9% increase in total sales, to …

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E-Commerce And a Thirst for Data Are Driving Big Payments Mergers, An Analyst Argues

The payments industry’s relatively rapid move into digital transactions and broader business software is doing much to fuel the consolidation of big payments providers, according to an analysis posted Friday. Just since January, the industry has witnessed deals that will see Fiserv Inc. acquire industry giant First Data Corp. in …

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ISO Buyers Looking for Balanced, Low-Attrition Portfolios, Finance Exec Says

The economy is still humming along, but that doesn’t mean independent sales organization owners and executives are having an easy time finding capital when they need or want it. “The credit markets are tight for the payments-industry space,” Jon Engleking, chief operating officer at Super G Capital LLC, said this …

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While It Merges With FIS, Worldpay Looks to Expansion in Australia And New Zealand

Worldpay Inc. may be embroiled in combining its business with that of Fidelity National Information Services Inc., but that isn’t stopping the huge processor from seeking international expansion. Cincinnati-based Worldpay said on Wednesday it will open two new offices in Australia and has obtained a license to acquire card payments …

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Details on Apple/Goldman Card? And other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/25/19

Apple Inc. on Monday is expected to make several major announcements, possibly including one regarding a credit card it is reportedly developing with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. that would work with the iPhone and Apple Pay, according to news services. Apple’s iOS 12.2 update will integrate a new wallet app …

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Mastercard’s Contactless Transit Announcement and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/22/19

Mastercard Inc. announced contactless-payment capability will go live in 20 U.S. cities “within the next few years,” starting with subway and bus systems later this year in New York City, where the company is working with transit-technology firm Cubic Transportation Systems. Bitmo, a startup that offers mobile gift cards that …

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Priority Technology Blames a Mastercard Subscription Rule for Its $19.5 Million Revenue Hit

Merchant processor Priority Technology Holdings Inc.’s fourth-quarter revenues fell by $19.5 million, a drop of 16.5%, in the face of a new Mastercard Inc. rule change tightening consumer notices on subscription billings. “This decline was being driven by one factor and one factor only,” Priority chairman and chief executive Thomas …

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Weeks After Fiserv’s Bid for First Data, FIS Puts up $43 Billion to Snap up Worldpay

The other shoe has dropped. Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s $43-billion cash-and-stock deal to acquire Worldpay Inc., announced early Monday, will create a processing behemoth that will compete globally across a sweeping range of payments businesses, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, faster payments, and core processing. And though the bosses of …

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FIS And Worldpay: Merger Mania Probably Isn’t Over, Analysts Say

Close observers of the payment-processing industry predicted Fiserv Inc. would start a merger wave when it announced its $22 billion deal to acquire First Data Corp. in January. That prophecy seems to have come true with the even bigger $43 billion FIS-Worldpay merger announced Monday, and the consolidation wave probably hasn’t …

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First Data Rejected Overtures From ‘Party A’ Before Accepting Fiserv’s Merger Offer

First Data Corp. began talking with a potential merger partner identified only as ‘Party A’ more than a year before Fiserv Inc.’s $22 billion takeover offer for the big payment processor was announced, according to a proxy statement Fiserv and First Data filed this week. The lengthy document—more than 300 …

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Car Dealer Adds Aliant Crypto Processing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/14/19

Aliant Payments said it added Bob Moore Auto Group as a client for cryptocurrency processing. The agreement will allow the auto dealer to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin for cars, parts, and service at its Subaru dealership in Oklahoma City. Thales S.A. said Gemalto will operate as a separate company …

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EVO Plans To Pump Up U.S. Growth While Eyeing Further Foreign Expansion

Merchant acquirer EVO Payments Inc. plans to reinvigorate its lagging U.S. e-commerce business while still pursuing expansion opportunities abroad, its chief executive said Wednesday. Atlanta-based EVO is one of the smaller publicly traded payment processors, and it has a unique business model. Its roots are in the U.S., but today …

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Mastercard To Acquire Ethoca and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/12/19

Mastercard Inc. said it is purchasing Ethoca Inc., a fraud-mitigation firm, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. Ethoca works with more than 5,000 merchants and 4,000 financial institutions. Mastercard intends to expand Ethoca’s capabilities and combine the company with its current security …

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