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Payveris Introduces Loan Payments® for Financial Institutions to Offer Customers Integrated Real-Time Payment Methods & Channels

Payveris | June 18, 2022

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Modern money movement leader Payveris, a division of Paymentus, today launched Loan Payments®, a cutting-edge loan and debt repayment service with the widest array of real-time payment methods and channels available on the market. Loan Payments® is designed to help financial institutions meet rising consumer demand for payment methods and channels that are speedy, convenient and secure — all while reducing operational overhead, fostering better customer engagement and loyalty.

An Aite-Novarica Group survey from 2021 found that 89% of consumers want more real-time payment options from their digital banking experience. As consumers enjoy more payment choices, speed and convenience in just about every other aspect of their financial lives, they expect the same from their loan payment servicers — and aren't satisfied by the status quo from financial institutions. In fact, a recent J.D Power study found that non-bank loan servicers saw a 17% increase in customer satisfaction, while banks only saw a 4% increase.

When financial institutions make it complicated to accept and receive payments through coupon books or legacy loan payment systems, borrowers are less likely to consider them for their next loan, Providing choice, speed and autonomy is no longer a bonus, but a baseline expectation for consumers. Financial institutions must seriously rethink their loan payment experience and meet customers where they are, and Loan Payments® can help them get there. Whether that's an auto loan, a personal loan, or a mortgage, the days of consumers using a coupon book have passed."

Payveris Chief Innovation Officer Marcell King.

With Loan Payments®, financial institutions can deliver a true omni-channel experience that matches what consumers have come to expect from shopping or paying bills. Payment methods supported by Loan Payments® include cash, debit card and e-check/ACH. Loan Payments® also empowers consumers to choose their preferred payment channel, whether it's online, mobile, text, PayPal app, Amazon Alexa, Walmart, or directly at their bank or credit union. In addition to more convenience and flexibility, Loan Payments® gives financial institutions' customers more control over how they automate and schedule payments, and the ability to spread their payments across multiple methods at once.

WSECU, a Payveris customer since 2020, is one of the first financial institutions with plans to roll out Loan Payments®. "Our first priority is to improve the loan payment experience for members, making it easier and providing them more options, Payveris is helping us do that, and that alone is a big win. But there is also more we gain, including the operational efficiencies that come from no longer managing disparate processes. Now, everything is centralized into one payment processing system, regardless of which option best meets the needs of an individual member."

Melissa Wolff, Vice President, Operations Support and Payment Services at WSECU.

Financial institutions also stand to gain another avenue in which they can drive customer engagement and loyalty.

Loan Payments® was first developed by Payveris' parent company Paymentus, recognized by Aite-Novarica as the "Best in Class" industry leader for Biller Direct EPPP solutions. The solution is powered by the Instant Payment Network®, the only integrated ecosystem of real-time digital bill presentment, payment, and money movement capabilities in the market. The Instant Payment Network® is currently trusted by numerous Fortune 500 companies, with more than 10 million consumers relying on it to make payments.

About Payveris
Payveris, a division of Paymentus, is the creator of the MoveMoney℠ Platform, an Open API, cloud-based platform that enables more than 265+ financial institutions to control, simplify, and extend more engaging intelligent digital payment and money movement capabilities to their users through any application or device while significantly reducing operating costs and future-proofing their IT investment.

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