Saturday , January 19, 2019

Electronic Checks

Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data

In a stunning announcement that surprised many observers, Fiserv Inc. said Wednesday morning it has struck a deal to acquire First Data Corp. with what the parties say will be the biggest ever such transaction in the payments and financial-technology businesses. The all-stock deal, expected to close in the third …

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Cash Still Favored by Many and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/4/18

Digital Check Corp. said its ScanBox by Digital Check tablet-based scanning platform is now available in North and South America following its release in other markets. In a Cardtronics plc survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, 73% use cash regularly and 92% want a choice in how they pay. Commercial bank Signature …

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Mitek Suitor Urges the Company’s Board to Begin Talks

Rebuffed earlier this month, a hedge fund on Tuesday urged remote deposit capture and identity-verification software provider Mitek Systems Inc. to reconsider its rejection of a buyout offer and begin negotiations. In a letter to Mitek’s board of directors, New York City-based Elliott Management Corp. accuses the board of “old-fashioned …

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The Fed Unveils an Industry Group Charged With Developing Faster Payments

Following through on plans disclosed earlier this year, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday formally unveiled the U.S. Faster Payments Council, an industry group charged with collaborating to spur the adoption of faster payments and identify market opportunities. The 22 inaugural members range from retailing giant Walmart Inc. to Visa Inc. …

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Mitek Rejects ASG’s ‘Underwhelming’ Buyout Offer

Mitek Systems Inc. reported early Monday that its board of directors “unanimously rejects” last week’s unsolicited buyout offer from business software firm ASG Technologies Inc., saying it “is not in the best interests of Mitek’s shareholders.” Today’s announcement is no surprise. Chairman Bruce Hansen on Thursday signaled that he and …

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Cardtronics Feels 7-Eleven Impact and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/2/18

ATM network owner Cardtronics plc reported revenues of $340.2 million for the third quarter, down 15% from $402 million a year earlier primarily because of the removal of its ATMs from its former largest retailer customer, 7-Eleven Inc., and currency effects. U.S. same-store withdrawal transactions rose 6%, driven by growth …

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The ACH Network Extends Its Hot Streak And Looks to Even Bigger Gains for Same-Day Volume

Transactions on the nation’s automated clearing house network exceeded 5.6 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, rising by 354 million transactions, or 6.7%, compared to the same quarter in 2017, according to numbers released Thursday by NACHA, the regulatory body for the ACH. The third-quarter growth means volume has …

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Software Firm Tries Again To Buy Mitek Systems

Software developer ASG Technologies Group Inc., a portfolio company of the hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., on Wednesday announced a $425 million offer to buy Mitek Systems Inc., a leader in the mobile remote deposit capture software market that also provides identity-verification and related applications. San Diego-based Mitek issued no …

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As the Fed Mulls an Entry Into Real-Time Payments, a TCH Executive Flashes a Caution Flag

If the Federal Reserve decides to compete in the developing market for real-time payments, it will face considerable obstacles, one of which has to do with whether such competition is really needed, according to an official with The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC. The Clearing House, which is recruiting financial …

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Dear Diary: Why Did Payment Transactions Decline in October 2017?

Unless you’re talking about check-writing or cash usage, just about every measure of transactions and volumes in payments is up, up, up these days. But a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says consumers actually made fewer payments in October 2017 than they did a year earlier. …

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