Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Onfido Unveils International Partner Program.
  • Pepper Power: HSBC Brings Robot Retail Banking to FinovateFall.

Around the web

  • Blockchain launches The PIT, an institutional-grade crypto trading platform.
  • IDology appoints Christina Luttrell as COO.
  • Featurespace delivers ARIC Fraud Hub with banking, payments, and processing solution provider Contis.
  • FIS closes acquisition of Worldpay.
  • TurkishBank teams up with Token to ensure PSD2 compliance.
  • Revolut hires former Metro Bank finance director David Maclean as its new Chief Financial Officer.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Content Capture Innovator Ephesoft Allies with Grant Thornton.
  • Gusto Raises $200 Million with $3.8 Billion Valuation.

Around the web

  • TD Ameritrade offers voice-activated investing technology.
  • NIIT Technologies’ revenue grew 16+% YoY, and its after-tax profit increased 2% YoY.
  • Scalable Capital partners with Futurae to add multi-factor authentication technology into its investment platform.
  • LoanScorecard goes live with its Bank Statement Analyzer tool.
  • Betterment adds savings and checking accounts to its offerings.
  • U.K. neobank revverbank to deploy cloud banking technology from Finastra.
  • CardFlight partners with PAX Technology to make SwipeSimple terminal available to clients on the PAX A920 and PAX A80.
  • Australia’s Volt Bank teams up with FIS to power its mobile and card payment services.
  • Alterna Bank unveils its new advanced digital platform, Forge, powered by Backbase.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • InComm Makes Third Acquisition this Year with Purchase of Meridian Loyalty.
  • Email Security Specialist GreatHorn Locks in $13 Million Investment.

Around the web

  • Monzo partners with Xero and Free Agent.
  • Temenos to power digital transformation for Rwanda’s Bank of Kigali.
  • BuiltIn features HooYu in its look at how AI is changing the banking industry.
  • ACI Worldwide teams up with Egyptian Banks Company, which will leverage ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution.
  • Entrepreneur magazine names Lendio Franchising as a Top 100 Franchise for Less Than $50,000 in 2019 and as the Best Financial Services Franchise Brand for the second year in a row.
  • Yseop recognized as a representative vendor in Gartner’s first Market Guide for Natural Language Generation Platforms.
  • Saga selects FIS to deploy its Integrity SaaS solution.
  • iSignthis launches third European office in Gzira, Malta.
  • In June Personal Capital surpasses $10 billion in assets under management, an increase of more than $2 billion since Q4 2018.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Blockchain Startup Saga to Deploy Treasury Management Tech from FIS

Saga, a startup creating blockchain-based currency for international exchange, has selected FIS to deploy its Integrity SaaS solution to manage the Saga treasury unit’s back office and its reserves, reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Saga is backed by reserves held in the most prominent national currencies, replicating the SDR (Special Drawing Rights) by the IMF and deposited in regulated banks in reputable jurisdictions.

The FIS Integrity SaaS solution will support Saga’s treasury unit in managing its reserves among its partner banks. The solution will also support Saga’s treasury requirements, including cash positioning and forecasting, foreign exchange, debt and investment management as well as accounting, compliance and reporting with full connectivity to the treasury ecosystem.

Saga worked with global business consulting leader Deloitte to assist in the selection process.

“FIS offers treasury technology solutions that help corporations and financial institutions modernize their treasury operations and thrive in a constantly evolving environment. We look forward to supporting Saga’s growth strategy globally,” said Steve Evans, head of corporate liquidity and bank treasury, FIS.

The company’s token, SGA, is expected to launch later this year and will rely on reserves hosted in commercial banks. It will be the first-ever cryptocurrency, governed by its shareholders, to introduce monetary tools modeled by economists and researchers from all over the world.

The cryptocurrency will apply banking-standard identification and know-your-client (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) procedures.

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS most recently demonstrated its Cardless Cash technology at FinovateFall 2016. This year, the company has been on a brisk, partnership-making pace, teaming up with Allegacy FCU in May, partnering with Visa in April, and collaborating with NationalLink in March. FIS announced that it would acquire Worldpay this spring in a $34 billion deal.

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Finovate Alumni News

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  • RISQ Teams Up with Aion Digital to Boost SME Lending in MENA.
  • More Than $1.8 Billion Raised by 29 Alums in Q2 2019.

Around the web

  • Blockchain startup up Saga to deploy treasury management tech from FIS.
  • Deutsche Bank partners with Finantix to enhance its Wealth Management division’s onboarding and KYC processes.
  • Xignite joins the Snowflake Data Exchange, the first market data vendor to do so.
  • Endor co-founder and CEO Dr. Yaniv Altshuler talks about his background in the crypto space with CryptoNewsZ.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

First Hawaiian Stays with FIS but Switches Core

First Hawaiian is changing core systems but staying within the FIS camp. It has used the supplier’s mainframe-based Systematics for many years and has opted for the same supplier’s IBS core platform as the replacement, reports Martin Whybrow of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The project includes FIS’s Digital One omni-channel platform at the front-end. Another component is FIS’s Code Connect API layer for connectivity.

The choice of core system and channel solutions comes despite the bank signing in 2015 with FIS’s fellow U.S. heavyweight competitor, Fiserv, for a range of front-end systems. These included Fiserv’s Corillian Online for online banking, Mobiliti for mobile banking, CheckFree RXP for electronic bill payment, a personal payments service, Popmoney, and personal finance management tool, AllData.

As with FIS, Fiserv has a range of core banking systems. FIS’s long-standing IBS was gained with one of the supplier’s acquisitions, that of Metavante in 2009. IBS covers payments, deposits, lending, card processing, accounting and reporting, risk and compliance, sales and service, imaging, data warehouse and analytics, and cash management.

First Hawaiian is the oldest and largest full-service bank in Hawaii with more than $20 billion in assets. The bank has 55 branch locations in Hawaii, three on Guam, and two in Saipan. It is undertaking a major enterprise-wide effort that it says is focused on delivering “a customer-centric experience that inspires loyalty and enhances the capabilities of their retail branch network.”

The new core system is intended to provide the bank with “advanced digital capabilities for seamless customer experience, rich data analytics for informed decision-making, and the ability to easily integrate with third-party applications.”

FIS most recently demoed at FinovateFall 2016. The company debuted its Cardless Cash solution that provides fast, secure options for sending and picking up cash at any ATM. Headquartered in Florida, FIS’ solutions move $9 trillion each year for 20,000 clients in 130 countries.

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Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • First Hawaiian Stays with FIS But Switches Core.
  • Jemstep Advisor Pro App Launches on Salesforce Exchange.
  • From AI to CX, Welcome to FinovateSpring’s Summit Day.

Around the web

  • Lendio honored as a Gold Stevie Award winner in 2019 American Business Awards.
  • Bahrain-based Aion Digital partners with the Open Bank Project.
  • MidWest One bank taps Tuition.io.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FIS Links Up with Visa

Financial services provider FIS and Visa formed an alliance today. Through the partnership, FIS’ commercial bank clients will have access to Visa’s B2B Connect, a tool that offers a fast and transparent way to process high-value corporate, cross-border payments.

“The combination of FIS’ global customer base and leadership in commercial payments and Visa’s extensive experience as a payment processing network, creates a strong partnership for adding value to the multinational commercial value chain,” said Raja Gopalakrishnan, International Head of Banking and Payments for FIS Global Financial Solutions.

Launched earlier this year, Visa B2B Connect is a suite of APIs that leverages the blockchain to offer banks a business-to-business payment solution. The distributed ledger-based tool facilitates faster transaction times for cross-border and cross-currency payments, reducing transaction times from weeks to one-to-two days.

“Innovation in cross-border B2B payments is long overdue. Visa’s core strategy is to help clients and partners drastically improve their customers’ friction-filled experiences,” said Kevin Phalen, global head of Visa Business Solutions. “We are excited to continue building momentum for Visa B2B Connect and to bring speed, efficiency and transparency to our financial institution clients through our partners, like FIS, who help make transacting on our platform more accessible and seamless.”

FIS most recently demoed at FinovateFall 2016. The company debuted its Cardless Cash solution that provides fast, secure options for sending and picking up cash at any ATM. Headquartered in Florida, FIS’ solutions move $9 trillion each year for 20,000 clients in 130 countries.

Visa demoed at FinovateSpring 2010 and also showcased at our developers conference in 2014. The company has 39 APIs that offer developers tools for commercial payments, data and analytics, identity an security, offers and benefits, payments, and more.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Kabbage Pulls in $700 Million in Debt Funding.
  • Fiserv Helps Hellenic Bank Streamline Payments.

Around the web

  • Eurobits Technologies and Trustly partner to help form European Third Party Suppliers Association (ETPPA), a non-profit that strengthensThird Party Suppliers (TPP) around PSD2.
  • Flywire adds machine learning capabilities to its payment platform.
  • Altfi: SocietyOne plans to triple peer-to-peer market share despite Australian ‘challenges.’
  • OnDeck offers same day funding for small business.
  • Cardtronics integrates FIS’ Cardless Cash into ATMs.
  • Identitii partners with Trace Financial Limited to enable the conversion from MT to MX message formats without data truncation or loss of payment message information.
  • Azimo earns license from Dutch Central Bank.
  • InComm named 2018 Vendor of the Year by 7-Eleven.
  • Varo Money chooses NICE Actimize as its AML technology vendor.
  • Capsilon partners with Home Point Financial to launch its new underwriting solution, Capsilon Digital Underwriter.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FIS Acquires Worldpay

Banking technology giant FIS is acquiring payments firm Worldpay via a cash and stock combination – bringing Worldpay’s enterprise value to approximately $43 billion (including the assumption of Worldpay debt, which FIS expects to refinance), reports Henry Vilar of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

According to Bloomberg, FIS is spending $34 billion on this purchase.

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said Gary Norcross, chairman, president and CEO, FIS. “Upon closing later this year, our two powerhouse organisations will combine forces to offer a customer-driven combination of scale, global presence and the industry’s broadest range of global financial solutions.”

“At Worldpay, our focus has always been on delivering more value to our clients and partners and making decisions that achieve our growth and performance objectives,” said Charles Drucker, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Worldpay.

Organic revenue growth outlook has grown from 6% to 9% through 2021 for FIS, in conjunction with $700 million of total EBITDA synergies from the combination of revenue and expense opportunities over the next three years.

This acquisition comes hot on the heels of another massive deal in the payments space: Fiserv, another US heavyweight and direct rival of FIS, buying First Data.

Worldpay, as it is today, is also the result of a big merger with Vantiv announced back in 2017.

The combined company of Worldpay and FIS will have pro forma 2018 annual revenue and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $12.3 billion and $4.9 billion, respectively.

Upon closing, the combined company’s Board of Directors will consist of 12 members, seven of which will come from FIS’ board of directors and five of which will come from Worldpay’s.

Gary Norcross will remain as FIS chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. Charles Drucker, Worldpay’s current executive chairman and CEO, will serve as the executive vice-chairman of the board.

The transaction is subject to receipt of required regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

FIS demonstrated its Cardless Cash solution at FinovateFall 2016. Cardless Cash provides consumers with faster, more secure options when it comes to sending and accessing cash via ATMs, including the ability to pre-order funds from their mobile banking app.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “FIS.” The company has a market capitalization of $35 billion.

Worldpay participated in our developers conference, FinDEVrSiliconValley 2015. The company’s Head of Strategic Partnerships discussed how businesses can add secure payments to any website, app, or mobile device via the Worldpay Securenet API.

Worldpay was founded in 1971 (as Midwest Payment Systems) and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a market capitalization of $33 billion, Worldpay trades on the NYSE under the ticker “WP.”