Tuesday , October 23, 2018

Acquiring

First Atlantic Denies IRS Allegations in Offshore Tax Investigation

First Atlantic Commerce this week issued a strongly worded statement distancing itself from an investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice of offshore transactions. First Data Corp. last week said it was reviewing documents Justice filed in federal court seeking information on First Data merchants that sell or provide …

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First Data Reviews Request from Feds On Offshore Merchants

First Data Corp. is reviewing documents filed in federal court earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information on First Data merchants that sell or provide offshore services, including financial processing, a spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. The Justice Department on Wednesday asked the U.S. District …

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New Mobile App Books And Pays for Taxi Rides in 27 Metro Areas

RideCharge Inc., a software vendor specializing in the taxicab market, is getting more mileage on its booking and payment application as the popularity of mobile phones grows. The Alexandria, Va.-based firm most recently added the largest cab company in Boston, the 200-plus vehicle fleet of Boston Metro Cab, to its …

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There’s No Bill, But the Interchange War Heats up in D.C. All the Same

An interchange battle is raging this week in Washington D.C., even though there is no interchange bill pending in Congress. Some merchants, however, hope that will change soon and are pushing their agenda with an advertising campaign that includes a YouTube video and advertising designed to influence new members of …

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Sale of Fifth Third Processing Biggest Such Deal in More Than a Year

In the biggest sale of a merchant acquirer in more than a year, private-equity firm Advent International Corp. will take a 51% stake in Fifth Third Processing Solutions through a deal announced today with the big processor's parent company, Fifth Third Bancorp. Boston-based Advent will pay $561 million in cash …

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Acquiring Gains at First Data Despite a Tough Merchant Environment

First Data Corp. on Wednesday reported merchant-services revenue of $1.1 billion, up 18%. Excluding debit-network fees and Chase Paymentech Solutions LLC, revenue growth was 1%. First Data in November terminated its joint venture with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to operate Chase Paymentech. First Data signed nearly 116,000 domestic merchant locations, …

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Merchants Vent Their Ire over Checkout Pricing on Google Site

The merchants have spoken, and they're none too happy with the new pricing plans Google Inc. disclosed earlier this month for its nearly 3-year-old Google Checkout online-payment service. Merchants are registering their ire on Google Checkout's Web site, where many of the 90-plus recent postings in a section reserved for …

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Heartland Gets Hedge-Fund Investment And Warns Rival Processors

After weeks of bad tidings, there is some positive news for Heartland Payment Systems Inc., the Princeton, N.J.-based merchant acquirer struggling to recover from a data breach late last year. Last week, SAC Capital Partners, a high-profile hedge fund known for its investment savvy, bought 767,300 shares, or about 2%, …

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Higher Fees Could be Rainmakers for the Bank Card Networks

More information is trickling out about new transaction fees planned by Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. While the main ones are slightly under 2 cents per affected transaction, when applied to the vast stream of bank card purchases they could produce more than $600 million in new revenues for the …

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Breach-Related Woes Continue to Pile up for Beleaguered Heartland

The breach-related troubles just keep piling on for merchant acquirer Heartland Payment Systems Inc., according to the acquirer's annual report filed on Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the filing, Heartland revealed the data breach it sustained last year is under investigation not only by the U.S. …

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