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For Cap One, the Pulse Network Is the ‘Rare Asset’ in Its $35.3 Billion Deal for Discover

(Editor’s Note: This story follows up on news late Monday concerning a planned acquisition of Discover Financial Services by Capital One Financial Corp.) On the Tuesday morning after news broke that credit card giant Capital One Corp. intends to shell out $35.3 billion in an all-stock deal to acquire Discover …

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Capital One May Acquire Discover. What Could That Mean?

Capital One Financial Corp. may be on the brink of acquiring Discover Financial Services, if two news reports are accurate. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.com separately reported on Monday a deal between the two credit card juggernauts is in the offing, with The Journal reporting an announcement could come …

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Global’s ‘Profac’ Model Starts Paying Dividends for Its Acquiring Business

A new tactic Global Payments Inc. began pursuing last year is delivering continuing benefits for the company as its merchant-solutions unit saw year-over-year point-of-sale volume growth of around 20% in the fourth quarter, top management at the big Atlanta-based processor said early Wednesday. Much of the credit for the growth …

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FIS’s Pay by Bank Path And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/14/24

FIS Inc. said it is working with Banked, an open-banking provider, to develop new pay by bank services for businesses and consumers. Gateway provider Trice Technologies Inc. said it is a technology provider and real-time payments gateway for the RTP network from The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC. Web services and payments provider GoDaddy …

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Payroc Beefs Up Its Presence in Canada With Its Deal for SterlingCard

Payments-platform provider Payroc LLC has expanded its footprint in Canada through its acquisition of SterlingCard Payment Solutions Inc., a provider of retail and e-commerce payment solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Tinley Park, Ill.-based Payroc announced mid-day Tuesday it had closed on the deal. The acquisition enables Payroc to offer a …

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Affinipay’s Tap-to-Pay Play And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/6/24

AffiniPay, a specialist in payments for professional offices, launched a refreshed version of its In-Person-Payments service featuring new payments devices that include tap-to-pay functionality. Fiserv Inc.’s Small Business Index for January remained unchanged from December at 138. Year-over-year sales grew 1.7%, down from December’s 2.6% rate. The Index, introduced in January, measures …

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Cantaloupe Makes a Play for Stadium Pay With a $4.75 Million Deal for Cheq

Cantaloupe Inc., a provider of cashless payment technology for the self-service market, has acquired Cheq Inc. for $4.75 million, Cantaloupe announced late Thursday. Cheq is a payments and ordering platform for sports, entertainment, and hospitality venues.  With the acquisition, Malvern, Pa.-based Cantaloupe can enter what has become in recent years …

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As Its U.S. Business Slows, Mastercard Looks to Emerging Markets Like Real Time Payments

Mastercard Inc. is confronting a slowdown in dollar volume in its home market while it pushes into vital new markets like real-time payments and open banking, its presentation of fourth-quarter 2023 financial results indicated early Wednesday. Gross dollar volume of $727 billion in the December quarter represented a 4% rise …

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Eye on Acquisitions: EMS Nabs PaymentCloud; Blackhawk Acquires Tango Card

Payment technology provider Electronic Merchant Systems acquired PaymentCloud, an Encino, Calif.-based payment gateway provider. The acquisition will enable PaymentCloud to expand its merchant base while utilizing EMS’s technology services. The deal also solidifies the existing relationship between the two companies and positions Cleveland-based EMS to leverage PaymentCloud’s marketing and sales …

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Eye On Acquisitions: Quisitive Completes Its Sale of PayiQ; Visa Equity Closes on EngageSmart

Quisitive Technology Solutions Inc., a payments-technology provider and Microsoft Corp. cloud partner, announced Monday it has completed the sale of its LedgerPay Inc. subsidiary, including its PayiQ platform, to Fulcrum IT Partners for an aggregate price of up to $45 million. The sale price includes $27 million worth of preferred …

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Synchrony To Acquire Ally’s POS Financing Unit And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/19/24

Synchrony Financial said it will acquire the point-of-sale financing business of Ally Financial Inc. The portfolio includes $2.2 billion in loan receivables and includes relationships with nearly 2,500 merchant locations and more than 450,000 active borrowers in home improvement services and health care. Terms were not disclosed. Alchemy Pay, whose gateway …

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Talus Pay’s New Year Starts With Two Acquisitions

Payments provider Talus Pay announced two acquisitions on Thursday, indicating it acquired Clarus Merchant Services and Jobox.ai in separate deals. Total annual payments volume for the newly combined company total $9 billion for more than 22,000 U.S. merchants. Dallas-based Talus Pay says Clarus Merchant Services, based in Gaithersburg, Md., provides …

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RDE Views Its CardCash.com Acquisition As a Boost in the Gift Card Market

RDE Inc., owner of Restaurant.com, a popular dining-deals site, has closed on its acquisition of CardCash Exchange LLC, operator of CardCash.com, a secondary gift card marketplace. The deal advances RDE’s presence in gift cards for consumers and merchants. The combined business accounted for more than $100 million in revenue in …

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Kindcard To Acquire OpenTransact And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/3/24

Kindcard Inc., which among other services provides closed-loop payments technology connecting businesses and consumers, said it has entered a letter of intent to acquire OpenTransact from AcePay Inc. OpenTransact offers a banking platform that supports high-risk merchants. Terms were not disclosed. The tokens USDT and USDC dominate the stablecoin market, …

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With Sale Rumors Swirling, Shift4 May Be Traveling Down An Alternative Path

With the payments industry abuzz since late Thursday with reports that the big processor Shift4 Payments Inc. is in talks to be acquired by Global Payments Inc.—reports Global Payments has denied— questions are emerging as to whether Shift4’s plans to grow through the exploration of strategic initiatives include a sale. …

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SoundHound’s $25 Million Acquisition And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/7/23

SoundHound AI Inc. said it will acquire SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions, a voice artificial intelligence and technology provider for restaurants, in a deal valued at $25 million. Once completed, the deal will extend SoundHound’s services to 10,000 locations and more than 25 national and multinational chains. The deal is expected to close …

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Nuvei Launches Issuing Program And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/29/23

Nuvei Corp. launched card issuing in 30 markets in Europe with 2024 plans to expand it to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Latin America. The program enables clients to offer physical and virtual white-labeled cards. Payments-technology provider BHMI said it will market its software through a reseller agreement with NCR …

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Square Holiday Shopping up 14% And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/28/23

Square and Afterpay merchants counted 70 million transactions over the Black Friday-Cyber Monday holiday weekend, up 14% from the same period in 2022, Square said. In-person shopping increased 15% year-over-year. Amendments under consideration by Australia’s national government would impose on digital wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay the same regulations as those enacted …

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Shift4 Embraces M&A As Its Finaro Deal Finally Closes And More Stadium Business Beckons

The payments business may be shying away from the mergers-and-acquisitions market for the time being, but that’s not a strategy Shift4 Payment Inc.’s boss is interested in imitating. “Now, there’s a general distaste for acquisitions. That’s not a mistake we’re going to make,” declared Shift4 chief executive Jared Isaacman early …

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PSCU And Co-op Solutions Merge to Create a Potential Fintech Powerhouse for Credit Unions

Long-time credit union service and financial-technology providers PSCU and Co-op Solutions announced a merger late Monday. The merged entity, which has yet to be named, will create an end-to-end payments system for credit unions of all sizes, PSCU chief executive and president Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, promised during a press …

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