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January 31, 2014

MasterCard Reports Fourth-Quarter 2013 Financial Results

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013 reporting net income of $684 million, up 13%, and earnings per diluted share of $0.57 up 16%, versus the year-ago period. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $2.1 billion, a 12% increase versus the same period in 2012. Adjusted for currency, net revenue increased 11%.

“We are very pleased with our performance this quarter and our full-year 2013 results reflect the overall strength of our global business,” said Ajay Banga, MasterCard president and CEO.

“In addition to signing several significant deals last quarter, we made new investments in processing and person-to person payments while expanding our MasterPass digital platform - all supporting safe and seamless payment experiences."

Worldwide purchase volume during the quarter was up 12% on a local currency basis versus the fourth quarter of 2012, to $805 billion. As of December 31, 2013, the company’s customers had issued almost 2 billion MasterCard and Maestro-branded cards.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 31, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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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!

January 30, 2014

PaymentsViews.com: The Biggest Mobile Payments Story You’ve Never Heard

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled The Biggest Mobile Payments Story You’ve Never Heard over on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry writes about developments in mobile payments in Latin America. Elizabeth writes:

As we move into 2014 – yet (again) the year when many say mobile payments are destined to gain traction – let’s look at some key developments in the space. No, I’m not talking about the newest pilot participant in ISIS or whether Apple will be the new sheriff in town. Instead, let’s look to the south to where the foundation is being laid for mobile payments to take hold in a few Latin American countries.

If you're so inclined, Elizabeth would appreciate your comments on the article!

Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa Inc. has announced financial results for the Company's fiscal first quarter 2014. Net income for the fiscal first quarter was $1.4 billion or $2.20 per share, an increase of 9% and 14%, respectively, over the prior year results. Net operating revenue in the fiscal first quarter of 2014 was $3.2 billion, an increase of 11% over the prior year, driven by strong growth in service revenues, data processing revenues and international transaction revenues.

Visa delivered a strong fiscal first quarter, posting solid revenue, net income and earnings growth. We continue to focus on embracing new partners and new technology which will make our network the one of choice. We also continue to build services for issuers, acquirers and merchants to make our network a valuable asset for our clients," said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

"The recent series of data compromises are terribly unfortunate for everyone involved. However, the established and well understood rules that govern traditional networks coupled with the cooperation between merchants, financial institutions, and the networks have minimized the level of the monetary losses. But these incidents remind us of the need for all of us to continue to work together to secure payments from criminals. Visa is committed to ensuring our network operates at the highest level of security available and will continue to move the industry towards the adoption of new safeguards including EMV chip and tokenization. We also will work with all participants to look beyond these technologies," added Scharf.

Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended September 30, 2013, on which fiscal first quarter service revenue is recognized, was 13% over the prior year at $1.1 trillion.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 30, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

On the Web:

  • Amazon’s Ambition in Physical Retail May Go Way Beyond Payments - Re/code.net - "The goal is to make this new collection of tools and services as critical to brick-and-mortar shops as its Amazon Web Services offering has become to online businesses."
  • Apple introduces us to a Major Financial System Beyond iWallet - Patently Apple - "On January 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a major patent application from Apple that reveals a new financial Systems Integration System." Meeting the Needs of Non-Traditional Consumers and Achieving Scale with Mobile Contactless Payments in the U.S. - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup - "In November 2013, the Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW) met with academia, government, non-profits, card networks, mobile wallet providers, transit authorities, issuing banks, and retailers to gain a better understanding of fundamental consumer mobile payment adoption issues by exploring how mobile financial services and payments can meet the needs of non-traditional consumers and what is needed to achieve scale in the U.S. mobile payments market. The findings in this paper are based on the discussions at this meeting and include panelists' views on mobile technology and financial access considerations for the underserved consumer, broader consumer market adoption for mobile retail payments, and the transformational role of mobile technology for financial services."
  • Visa CEO Doesn’t See Bitcoin As Business Threat - CoinDesk - "Visa CEO Charlie Scharf offered his opinion of bitcoin and other emerging virtual currencies on 30th January in a conference call discussing Visa’s first-quarter fiscal earnings."
  • Fred Wilson's 5 Predictions for the Future of Your Money - Inc. - "If you like the way Wilson makes bets with his venture-capital fund, Union Square Ventures, which has invested in Etsy, Tumblr, and Twitter, you might just like the way he thinks about the future of currencies."
  • Why Bitcoin is here to stay - ZDNet - "...the drivers are simply too powerful - crypto-currency is around to stay and the changes to our global economy because of it will be staggering. So take a reality pill and strap in."
  • Coinbase and Mint Announce First Bitcoin Personal Finance Integration - "This partnership marks a milestone in the ongoing evolution of bitcoin as Mint becomes the first personal finance and money management tool enabling users to view their bitcoin transactions."
  • PayPal Wants Role In Apple’s Mobile Payments Dreams - Re/code.net - "Three payments industry executives tell Re/code that eBay-owned PayPal has been pitching Apple on helping the consumer electronics maker bring its long-rumored payments initiative to fruition."
  • Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free - TechCrunch - "The difference here, besides not yet being available in a native app format, is that Ribbon works with both debit and credit card users, and will allow you to send payments to others without first having a Ribbon account."
  • Mobile Payments, Electric Cars and the Keys to Driving Change - Re/code.net - "The shared issues between e-cars and smartphone payments boil down to cost of hardware (the phone, the car), infrastructure (networks and merchant acceptance, filling stations), but perhaps most importantly, the catalyst for changing human behavior."
  • GhIPSS Urges Banks to Issue Local Cards - Payments Afrika - "Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) has urged banks to issue more proprietary ‘local’ ATM cards to their customers. Historically most banks in Ghana would issue international cards..."

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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!

January 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 29, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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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!

January 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.
Upcoming Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City.

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On the Wires:

  • Bitcoin vs. Electronic Money: Digital But Different - "A new CGAP report released today compares the main differences between Bitcoin and electronic money (e-money). The report shows that Bitcoin as a virtual currency is markedly different from e-money and cautions regulators and policy makers not to confuse the two."
  • Clinkle Names PayPal’s Mike Liberatore As Chief Financial Officer - "Liberatore joins the company from PayPal, where he served as senior director of large enterprise finance and the North America financial planning and analysis (FP&A) group."
  • Bluetooth® Smart Technology Unveiled as the Magic Behind Beacons - "Bluetooth Smart brings three essential features to the beacon experience: an intelligent wireless connection that can authenticate and manage interactions; an extremely power-efficient connection that doesn’t drain the user’s phone battery; and ubiquitous support from phone manufacturers and mobile operating systems."
  • FIS Continues its Leadership Role in U.S. EMV Smart Card Transition - “Smart card technology is the way of the future; it’s vital in mitigating card-present fraud; it offers greater spending convenience to people traveling overseas, where EMV already is standard; and it allows the U.S. to move to more secure processing of card transactions,” said Bob Woodbury, SVP and General Manager, FIS Payments Networks.
  • GTCR Closes $3.85 Billion Buyout Fund - "Target investments will continue to focus on companies across high-growth sectors, including Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Information Services & Technology."

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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!

January 27, 2014

US Postal Service Explores Providing Non-Bank Financial Services

The US Postal Service's Office of Inspector General has published a new white paper titled: "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved". From the Executive Summary:

The Postal Service is well positioned to provide non-bank financial services to those whose needs are not being met by the traditional financial sector. It could accomplish this largely by partnering with banks, who also could lend expertise as the Postal Service structures new offerings. The Office of Inspector General is not suggesting that the Postal Service become a bank or openly compete with banks. To the contrary, we are suggesting that the Postal Service could greatly complement banks’ offerings.

They conclude the introduction by writing: "There is a clear market need for innovative financial products, and millions of families would benefit from more affordable solutions. The Postal Service could be exactly what they are looking for."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 27, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

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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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