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July 17, 2014

A Look at PayPal's 2Q2014 Financial Results

PayPal new 140pxPayPal's parent eBay has announced financial results for 2Q2014.

PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 29% with Merchant Services volume up 35% and on-eBay volume up 13%. Revenue grew to $1.9 billion. PayPal gained 4.0 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 152 million, up 15%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 79.8%.

PayPal signed a deal with GE to extend its relationship offering a dual branded retail credit card and committed to purchase the loan portfolio in 2016 for an estimated $1 billion, based on the size of the portfolio at that time. This provides PayPal with flexibility to expand its credit offerings to consumers and merchants while improving its ability to manage transaction expense and reinvest back into the business to accelerate payment volume growth.

eBay reports that the PayPal 'take rate" was 3.53% in 2Q2014, down slightly from 3.55% in the prior quarter and down from the 3.79% reported a year earlier. Transaction expenses were 0.95%, down slightly from 0.99% in the prior quarter. The loss rate was 0.28%, up 1 basis point from the prior quarter.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2014

On the Web:

  • We are excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring CardSpring! - CardSpring Blog - "When we started talking with the Twitter commerce team, we quickly realized our philosophies were perfectly aligned, and by joining them, we’d be able to significantly accelerate our vision."
  • Welcoming CardSpring to the Twitter team - Twitter Advertising Blog - "We’re excited to announce we’ve agreed to acquire CardSpring, a payments infrastructure company that helps merchants work with leading publishers to create online-to-offline promotions."
  • Coming Soon to Social Media: Click to Buy Now - New York Times Bits Blog - "A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the imminence of a buy button, but in its blog post about CardSpring, the company teased, “We’ll have more information on our commerce direction in the future.”
  • What the BRICS Tell Us About Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Are such state sponsored payments improvements the way to go? Am I prophesying that the end is near for private sector innovation in payments? Certainly not, or at least I hope not."
  • Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service - iMore.com - "The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments."
  • Investors Cash Out Of Payment Technology Startups - TechCrunch - "Even as a clutch of new payment technology companies including Zooz Mobile and Plastiq announce new financing rounds today, it seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies."
  • Issuers – Why You Need to Plan for EMV Now - FIS Emerging Payment Strategies Blog - "While EMV is not a silver bullet, it is an improvement over magstripe. It may not have prevented some of the recent major breaches, but it would have reduced overall damage since there would have been fewer cards vulnerable to counterfeiting."
  • New York’s New Bitcoin Rules Are Going to Kill Its Startups - Wired - "Is New York about to drive these startups out of town by clubbing them with onerous regulations before they can walk? Quite possibly."

On the Wires:

  • NY DFS Releases Proposed Bitlicense Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Firms - "Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued for public comment a proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework for New York virtual currency businesses. The proposed regulatory framework – which is the product of a nearly year-long DFS inquiry, including public hearings that the Department held in January 2014 – contains consumer protection, anti-money laundering compliance, and cyber security rules tailored for virtual currency firms."
  • CU Wallet Reports Record Growth, 65 Credit Unions Join Mobile Wallet Movement - "Collaboration among credit unions continues to be one of our industry's greatest strengths,” said Keith Sultemeier, president and CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union. “The CU Wallet platform makes collaboration easy and efficient, but still allows credit unions to tailor the member experience."
  • CashStar Launches Digital Gift Card Solution for Google Wallet - “With the rapid growth of omni-channel retail, digital gifting and smartphone adoption, CashStar’s vision is not ‘mobile first’ but rather ‘mobile everything,’” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar.
  • MasterPass Now Live in 10 Countries with Launches in Poland and South Africa - “We’re extremely excited about new capabilities and delivering on the MasterPass vision of a fully integrated digital payments ecosystem that enables convenient, simple, fast and secure payments anytime, anywhere,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head, MasterPass at MasterCard.
  • WEX Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement Related to the Acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Esso Card Program - “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

July 16, 2014

Visa Introduces Visa Checkout

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa has introduced Visa Checkout - replacing its earlier V.me offering with a new service "that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks."

“As people around the world spend more time and money online, particularly using mobile devices, they are demanding a fast, secure and frictionless way to shop using the payment cards they already know and trust,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

“Through insights provided by our cardholders, financial institutions and merchant partners, we designed an online payment experience that continues to deliver on this promise, bringing us closer to the simplicity and speed of the ‘swipe’ in the online world.”

Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and United Airlines are some of the newest merchants who will offer Visa Checkout. They join other top online retailers, such as 1-800-FLOWERS®, Beyond the Rack, Cineplex Entertainment, Jos. A. Bank, Live Nation, lululemon athletica, MovieTickets.com, Newegg, Rakuten.com, Teleflora, Ticketmaster, TigerDirect and Wine Enthusiast which plan to use Visa Checkout for quick and easy payments. Visa Checkout replaces the V.me by Visa service, first introduced in 2012.

Leading payments card issuers, community banks, and credit unions are all participating in Visa Checkout including more than 180 financial institutions and organizations around the world.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 16, 2014

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  • Plastiq inks $10 mln led by Khosla Ventures - Reuters PE Hub - “At Plastiq, we are laser-focused on bringing payment choice to North American cardholders by enabling them to make payments with their card in instances when they otherwise could not,” said Eliot Buchanan, CEO and co-founder of Plastiq.

  • TMG Builds Wearable #Payments App for @GoogleGlass - TMG Blog - "TMG Senior Product Manager Brian Day, in a presentation aptly named “The Future of Payments,” gave a demonstration of how this custom-built wearable payments app works."

  • Israeli Payments Startup Zooz Closes $12 Million Round - Wall St. Journal Digits - "According to Oren Levy, Zooz CEO and co-founder, the company is currently focusing on allowing enterprise clients to integrate Zooz solutions into existing billing and customer relationship software."

  • Oversight Issues in Mobile Payments - International Monetary Fund - "International experience suggests that financial authorities can develop effective oversight frameworks for new payment methods to safeguard public confidence and financial stability by establishing: (i) a clear legal regime; (ii) proportionate AML/CFT measures to prevent financial integrity risks; (iii) fund safeguarding measures such as insurance, similar guarantee schemes, or “pass through” deposit insurance; (iv) contingency plans for operational disruptions; and (v) risk controls and access criteria in payment systems."

On the Wires:


  • Visa Opens San Francisco Technology Center to Advance Innovation in Payments - "The centerpiece of One Market will be an innovation center designed to provide an immersive experience for clients and partners, where they can interact with Visa subject-matter experts, and explore new products and technologies that advance the payment experience in areas such as mobile, security and cloud-based technologies. The space has been designed to encourage dynamic interaction and real-time experimentation, and is expected to attract Bay Area technology talent who want to develop the next generation of commerce solutions by working with the industry leader in payments."

  • Visa Presents the Future of Commerce with New Innovation Center and Launch of Visa Checkout - "The move provides Visa technologists, its clients, and partners an innovative space to jointly develop the next generation of commerce applications. As a part of the grand opening of One Market today, Visa also announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks."

  • Mercury StoreCard™ Now Available - "The Mercury StoreCard lets merchants brand their own reloadable card for accepting customer payments. The cardholder can use a quick-response (QR) barcode on the back of the card to access their prepaid card account on their smartphone."

  • CARDFREE and XPIENT Solutions Partner for Omni-Channel Services for Restaurants - “Traditionally, integration to restaurant commerce technology, especially, point of sale systems are quite a hurdle in mobile commerce deployments,” commented Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE, “with XPIENT and their cloud-based Commerce Engine which provides immediate and seamless access to the POS, this is as easy as it can get, allowing us to quickly deploy our full suite of services."

  • New GfK Survey Shows 60% of US Consumers Have Used a Branded Prepaid Payment Card - "According to the findings from GfK’s omnibus survey, users from different age and income groups are satisfied with their prepaid card experience. Although user segments at times cite different benefits as most important to them, “ease of use” is the overall top reason for liking prepaid cards. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the GfK survey say that using prepaid cards is the same as or better than using a checking account or cash."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

July 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 15, 2014

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

July 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 14, 2014

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Charities - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "If you own Bitcoin, at Coinbase or in your own wallet, you can gift your Bitcoins to charity and save them pretty much all of their online fundraising costs."
  • Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers - Krebs on Security - "The next hotel business center you visit may be completely locked down and secure, or it could be wide open and totally overrun with malware. The trouble is that there is no easy way for the average guest to know for sure."
  • Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million - TechCrunch - "Caviar is one of many new startups that seeks to enable customers to order meals online and have them delivered in a short period of time."
  • The Password Is Finally Dying. Here's Mine - Wall St. Journal - "Google is working on an as-yet unnamed protocol that allows you to connect to your online accounts on any device by authenticating yourself with your smartphone."
  • Why Jack Ma Separated Alipay In Alibaba’s Words - Wall St. Journal Digits - “This action enabled Alipay to obtain a payment business license in May 2011 without delay and without any detrimental impact to our China retail marketplaces or to Alipay.”

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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