Tesla stock surges another 15 percent, sending short-sellers scrambling

Tesla | February 04, 2020

Tesla’s red-hot run reached new heights Tuesday, as shares surged past $900 in a rally that stunned Wall Street, a dramatic reversal of fortune from the electric vehicle manufacturer’s situation just eight months ago. Shares spiked more than 15 percent in morning trading, just after the automaker closed Monday up 20 percent at a record-high $780. Propelled by better-than-expected quarterly profits and car deliveries, Tesla now has a market cap of $140 billion — nearly three times that of legacy automaker General Motors. The electric-car maker often makes headlines for its eclectic co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk. But the company’s share price stands on it own. In the past six months, it’s soared 220 percent. This year alone, it’s up 86 percent, outperforming every stock in the Standard & Poor’s 500, plus bitcoin and gold.

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Huntington National Bank expands digital payments through acquisition of fintech Torana

Huntington | May 16, 2022

Huntington National Bank, a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares, Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) announced today it has acquired Digital Payments Torana, Inc. (Torana), a business-to-consumer payments fintech based in San Francisco. Torana's digital payments solution, which will launch as Huntington ChoicePay, will further enhance Huntington's digital capabilities and advance Huntington's enterprise payments strategy. Torana's payment solution is a software as a service (SaaS) model built in the cloud and will enable Huntington and its clients to distribute digital payments to a variety of end users. Torana's acquisition aligns with our enterprise payments strategy of servicing clients across businesses of all sizes and enables us to maintain a leadership position within our commercial banking segment and further develop additional scale in verticals such as healthcare, public sector, insurance and Huntington's National Settlements business, Huntington ChoicePay technology enhances our commitment to delivering differentiated, automated experiences through best-in-class digital tools, and it aligns extremely well with our digital innovation roadmap. Scott Kleinman, co-president of Huntington Commercial Banking. This payment solution will increase engagement with our business and commercial clients because of its ability to rapidly distribute payments to end consumers who are increasingly seeking a faster and broader range of payments options – all critical drivers of customer satisfaction. Kleinman. About Huntington Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) is a $177 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumers, small and middle‐market businesses, corporations, municipalities, and other organizations with a comprehensive suite of banking, payments, wealth management, and risk management products and services. Huntington operates more than 1,000 branches in 11 states, with certain businesses operating in extended geographies.

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NCR Completes Acquisition of Cryptocurrency Leader LibertyX

NCR | January 17, 2022

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global enterprise technology provider, today announced the completion of the previously announced transaction to acquire LibertyX, a leading cryptocurrency software provider. LibertyX is a strong strategic fit for NCR because it accelerates NCR’s ability to rapidly deliver a complete digital currency solution to its customers, including the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrency, conduct cross-border remittance, and accept digital currency payments across digital and physical channels. The completion of this transaction enhances our ability to provide digital currency solutions and capabilities that help run our customers’ businesses. We are pleased to welcome LibertyX and its outstanding team to NCR.” Don Layden, EVP & President, Payments & Network, NCR Corporation. The LibertyX digital currency solution runs on ATMs, kiosks and point-of-sale (POS) systems today. LibertyX partners with ATM operators, like NCR’s Cardtronics, who owns and manages ATMs and the Allpoint network in the U.S. at locations like convenience stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets. Moving forward, NCR will utilize its Pay360 platform to offer the LibertyX capabilities as part of its solutions for banks, retailers and restaurants. NCR Pay360 provides financial institutions a secure way to enable cash-in and cash-out transactions from their mobile banking app, website, or even customer service centers. On August 2, 2021, NCR and LibertyX announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement under which NCR would acquire LibertyX. The transaction includes LibertyX’s cryptocurrency remittance business, LibertyPay. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. About NCR Corporation NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leading enterprise technology provider that runs stores, restaurants and self-directed banking. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with 38,000 employees globally. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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ZIL MONEY CORPORATION PARTNERS WITH FISERV

ZIL MONEY | March 11, 2022

Zil Money Corporation announces its partnership with Fiserv, a global technology provider of financial service solutions. Zil Money, the parent company of onlinecheckwriter.com, will now offer the lowest cost credit card processing in the industry using Clover Connect. CEO and Founder of Zil Money, Sabeer Nelli states "We will meet or beat any price" when it comes to customers receiving payments using Fiserv solutions. Clover Connect is Fiserv's integration portal that will enable Zil Money customers to transform their software into an ultimate business management tool. Point of Sale systems will be made available to Zil customers to accept payments at lower costs to the business owner and seamlessly track sales with integration to their existing reports all in one place. Clover Connect cleverly uses its slogan "Powerful alone, better together" to emphasize the streamlined businesses' successes with their partners. This integrated payments approach as a solution to better serve Zil Money's current customers creates a more powerful union. Fiserv is one of the largest payments processors worldwide, moving money and information for thousands of financial institutions and millions of individuals and businesses, the company says. Fiserv helps more than 12,000 banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and leasing companies, investment firms, and other business clients deliver financial services. According to their website, they have 1.4 billion accounts on file, working with six million merchant locations, and enable 100 million digital banking users. ZilMoney.com is a B2B account payable and receivable platform that offers integration with your bank or to open a FDIC insured bank account using their cloud banking options or through their zilbank.com platform. Zil Money offers expense cards, vendor management, cloud-based approval flow, auto reconcile, positive pay, and more. Since 2019, Zil Money has acquired more than 390,000 customers into their platform and processed over $27 billion in transactions. One million beneficiaries of their system stand to gain from their new credit card processing partnership. The partnership between Zil Money and Fiserv will strengthen the platform enabling businesses to process payments using credit solutions that drive sales faster and more efficiently. By adding this new tool, the Company's flagship platform, Online Check Writer, continues to underscore its all-in-one approach for small to medium-sized businesses.

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Paystone Acquires Canadian Payment Services, Making Paystone Canada’s Largest Bank Independent Payments Provider

Paystone | January 27, 2022

Paystone announces the acquisition of Canadian Payment Services (CPS), one of the fastest growing providers of Canadian merchant services. This acquisition is the sixth addition to Paystone’s burgeoning portfolio of acquisitions, having acquired five other businesses in the past two years including Montreal-based DataCandy and Vancouver-based NiceJob. “This is the largest acquisition we’ve made to date in relation to both new revenue and clients,” explains Tarique Al-Ansari, CEO at Paystone. “Additionally, we’re also excited to provide additional value to CPS merchants through Paystone’s proprietary product and service offerings.” In addition to providing payment processing services, Paystone offers a wide range of SaaS products including gift and loyalty, reputation marketing, and marketing automation. Over the years, Paystone has shown their great commitment to serve Canadian small and medium sized businesses. We are happy to turn our customer base to Paystone so they can continue to receive the highest level of customer care as well as be able to grow their business via new value added products proprietary to Paystone.” Simon Lobanov, Managing Director at CPS. With the acquisition of CPS, Paystone now services over 35,000 locations across Canada and the United States which collectively process over 10 billion dollars a year in bankcard volume. As Paystone continues to aggressively grow in service, offering, and revenue, the business is looking to add over 100 new employees by the end of 2022. About Paystone Paystone is a leading North American payment and software company redefining the way merchants engage their customers and grow their businesses. The company's seamlessly integrated suite of automated payment processing, customer loyalty, gift card solutions, and now reputation marketing, is used by brands such as Irving Oil, The Source, Global Pet Foods, Kernels Popcorn, and many of the MTY Food Group's restaurant brands. Paystone's solutions are used at over 35,000 locations across Canada and the United States which collectively process over 10 billion dollars a year in bankcard volume. The fintech company employs over 150 employees and serves as the technology partner of choice for hundreds of partners across North America. About Canadian Payment Services Canadian Payment Services (CPS) is one of the fastest growing providers of Canadian merchant services, which includes Credit Card and Interac Processing, Gift Card and Loyalty Programs, and Business Cash Advance. With over 55 years of combined experience in the merchant services industry, CPS has served over 10,000 merchants.

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