Visa joins $11 million round in Hong Kong fintech Neat

Visa | April 08, 2020

Neat, a Hong Kong-based fintech offering multicurrency accounts to SMEs and startups, has raised $11 million in a funding round supported by Pacific Century Group, MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia, and new commercial partner Visa. With a global count of 500M+ startups and other SMEs, funds from this round will be used to further Neat’s international expansion. After opening an office in Shenzhen in 2019 targeting Chinese exporters, Neat has just opened a new office in London and is set to kick off local operations in Western Europe to also serve the other side of the market: European entrepreneurs trading with China.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

PRA Group Announces Refinancing of European Credit Facilities

PRA Group, Inc. | April 05, 2022

PRA Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRAA), a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, announced today that on April 1, 2022, it completed the refinancing of its European credit facilities. This refinancing includes a new $800 million UK credit facility and an amended and resized $750 million credit facility covering the rest of Europe, excluding the UK. The new UK facility includes a diverse group of both new and existing lenders that participate in both the North American and European credit facilities. Our global bank group has been extremely supportive through the entire process. We are appreciative of the significant commitments from our long-time banking partners and pleased to welcome new members to the bank group. This refinancing provides us with additional flexibility, further diversifies our lending group, and decreases overall borrowing costs. We appreciate the continued partnership and ongoing support from our lenders." Pete Graham, executive vice president and chief financial officer for PRA Group, Inc. About PRA Group, Inc. As a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, PRA Group, Inc. returns capital to banks and other creditors to help expand financial services for consumers in the Americas, Europe and Australia. With thousands of employees worldwide, PRA Group, Inc. companies collaborate with customers to help them resolve their debt.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

TradeStation® Crypto Launches in Puerto Rico

TradeStation Crypto | March 26, 2022

TradeStation, an award-winning*, self-clearing online brokerage, announced today that residents of Puerto Rico are now eligible to apply for a TradeStation Crypto, Inc. account to trade cryptocurrencies. Crypto trading is available in Puerto Rico and much of the U.S. with aggregated liquidity, intelligent order routing, and competitive pricing. TradeStation Securities, Inc. is also licensed and permitted to do business in Puerto Rico, giving TradeStation Securities customers access to trade stocks, ETFs, options, and futures. We are excited to be expanding into Puerto Rico as adoption of digital assets continues to grow. We believe that Puerto Rico has a strong reputation supporting crypto, and we're looking forward to being part of the momentum surrounding their crypto community, We feel TradeStation offers clients the best of both worlds, a trusted brand that's been serving traders for over 30-years combined with innovative products and technology to access the crypto market." James Putra, Vice President, Product Strategy at TradeStation Crypto. TradeStation Crypto aggregates multiple pools of liquidity in a consolidated market data feed combined with an intelligent order-routing system designed to give its customers better visibility and trade execution, which is a differentiated model from some crypto exchanges. New crypto customers can also benefit from TradeStation's current offer bonus, awarding customers $10 in a supported cryptocurrency. Eligible customers can qualify for a higher tier-based reward if they deposit at least $5,000 of assets within 90 days from account approval.** In addition, customers can own cryptocurrency as an alternative investment in a TradeStation Individual Retirement Account (IRA). TradeStation's self-directed IRA provides flexibility for individuals and investment advisers who aim to achieve greater diversification with cryptocurrency. About TradeStation Group, Inc. TradeStation has, for decades, advanced fintech through its support of self-directed traders and investors in their journeys to claim their financial edge. TradeStation provides award-winning* trading and analysis platforms and self-clearing online brokerage services for stocks, ETFs, equity and index options, commodity and financial futures, futures options, and cryptocurrencies. These trading platforms are accessible on desktop, Web, and mobile, as well as via API technologies which seamlessly provide access to TradeStation's brokerage environment through third-party platforms. TradeStation's offerings also include deep and growing learning content designed to build confidence among those new to investing and hone the skills of seasoned traders. TradeStation Securities, Inc. (Member NYSE, FINRA, SIPC, NSCC, DTC, OCC, NFA & CME offers self-clearing equities, options, futures and futures options brokerage services as a licensed securities broker-dealer and futures commission merchant (FCM) and is a member of major equities and futures exchanges in the United States. TRADESTATION SECURITIES, INC. IS A MEMBER OF NFA AND IS SUBJECT TO NFA'S REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AND EXAMINATIONS. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE NFA DOES NOT HAVE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OVER UNDERLYING OR SPOT VIRTUAL CURRENCY PRODUCTS OR TRANSACTIONS OR VIRTUAL CURRENCY EXCHANGES, CUSTODIANS, OR MARKETS. TradeStation Crypto, Inc. offers self-clearing cryptocurrency brokerage services under federal and state money services business, money-transmitter, and similar registrations and licenses. TradeStation Crypto, Inc. is not subject to NFA's regulatory oversight and examinations.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Nium Launches Virtual Card Issuing Solution for the United States Travel Industry

Nium | December 16, 2021

Nium, a leader in global payments and card issuance for businesses, today launched its virtual card issuing solution in the United States, making it faster and easier for travel-related businesses to pay suppliers. The Nium virtual card solution enables online travel agencies (OTAs), travel management companies, travel tour operators, and corporations to streamline, revamp their spend management processes, and drive greater productivity and cost savings. Businesses can now digitize their supply chain, such as payments to suppliers and vendors, or internal processes, such as automated reconciliation - all with better rebates and higher levels of security. Even before the current global pandemic, the travel industry has been long overdue for technology and process modernization. Our virtual cards solve an urgent need for online travel companies looking to improve operations and to create long-term efficiencies that improve margins and cash flow." Spencer Hanlon, Global Head of Travel Payments at Nium. Recent events including COVID-19 have propelled virtual card issuance capabilities from "nice to have" to "essential" status for travel businesses, and card issuance is a particular opportunity for growth within the United States. It is estimated that the annual value of virtual cards used by businesses will exceed $1 trillion by 20221. The Nium virtual card issuing solution helps travel-related businesses optimize payments across the value chain, by: Unlocking more working capital Straight through funding closes funding gaps, while scheduling card loads 'just in time' for charges maximizes working capital Reconciling transactions faster Easily attach and match booking references to payments with a unique card for every booking Minimizing fraud Single use cards, individual card limits, scheduled card loads, and automated deletion minimize fraud exposure Efficiency in implementation Nium virtual cards come with a host of features to power efficiency including implementation in as little as two weeks Following the acquisition of Ixaris earlier this year and the great success of its card issuance business in EMEA and APAC, Nium will use its new virtual card solution to expand its card issuing capabilities in the United States, initially within the travel sector, with plans to expand into new verticals. The global reach of Nium's card issuance business now includes 34 countries, with more than 31 million physical and virtual cards already issued. Nium's customer centric approach and modular platform allows businesses to embed financial services, including virtual card issuing, in weeks, not months. In addition to card issuance, Nium supports pay-outs to as many as 190 countries (85 in real time) in 100+ currencies and pay-ins to 35 markets, all supported by 11 global financial licenses and a robust suite of regulatory and compliance technologies. About Nium Nium is a leading embedded fintech company that provides banks, payment providers, and businesses of any size with access to global payment services. Its modular platform powers frictionless commerce, helping businesses pay and get paid across the globe with services for pay-outs, pay-ins, card issuance, and banking-as-a-service. Once connected to the Nium platform, businesses have the ability to pay out in more than 100 currencies to over 190 countries - 85 of which in real time. Funds can be received in 27 markets, including Southeast Asia, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India, and the US. Nium's growing card issuance business is already available in 34 countries, including Europe (SEPA), the UK, Australia and Singapore. Nium's license portfolio covers 11 of the world's jurisdictions, enabling seamless global payments and rapid integration, regardless of geography.

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Atomic and Bond Strengthen Partnership with Repay to Offer Consumers New Financial Lifelines

Atomic | June 10, 2022

Atomic, the market-leading payroll connectivity solution, and Bond Financial Technologies Inc., the leading embedded finance company, announced the deepening of their existing partnership with the launch of Atomic's Repay product, which allows customers to embed repayment of financial obligations over time directly from their paycheck. Repay allows consumers to make recurring payments, such as breaking up monthly rent or repaying a loan in smaller installments instead of larger lump sums. This service saves financially strained consumers from taking out a loan or missing repayment dates by connecting repayments from their wages instead of a bank account. In the case of an employer benefit, the administrative costs are assumed by employers, making it a desirable option for those seeking easier ways to make ends meet. Repay gives consumers the tools to take control of their personal finances, both income and liabilities, and for customers to proactively tailor products to their user's financial profile with payroll data. For financially vulnerable consumers, it works as a fractional repayment plan that gives them a lifeline to pay for things they need without having to risk falling behind on bills and incurring an avoidable fee, Meanwhile, our customers now have a novel option to build goodwill with consumers by offering better interest rates while minimizing default and late repayment risks." Jordan Wright, Co-founder and CEO of Atomic. Atomic uses Bond's embedded finance infrastructure to create and open user bank accounts and avoid the burdensome integration with a sponsor bank, as well as managing KYC, ongoing transaction monitoring and compliance. When a user signs up, Repay connects payroll information, Bond opens a demand deposit account (DDA) for the user, calculates the fractional deposits, manages payment according to the due date, and automatically makes the payments on time. As an added benefit, users have full visibility into how their funds are moving around — the system monitors all deposits and distributions, provides continuous access to activities, and when needed, will refund any overpayment to the user — reconciling it all, usually in under a week. Bond is thrilled that we could partner again with our friends at Atomic, Atomic and Bond together bring a seamless, integrated solution to a major problem that often leaves employees confused and employers concerned about their workers' financial well-being." Roy Ng, CEO and Co-founder of Bond. Several partners have joined Atomic's Repay beta and the initial consumer sentiment for the product is positive. Dónde, which offers travel savings accounts as an employment benefit, enables workers to save and pay for travel, increasing usage of paid time off and improving overall workplace satisfaction. Our customers know the importance of taking time off, but their employees must figure out how to save and plan for a vacation in a way that doesn't add more stress and negate the benefit of time away. Repay can meet a popular pain point for workers to stably fund the account from their payroll and maximize their employer match. Atomic's solution has made it seamless for us to deliver on our promise to help employees stay centered." Rilee Buttars, CEO of Dónde. About Atomic Atomic is the market leading provider of payroll APIs, trusted by 12 of the largest fintech firms, including digital-first neobanks, alternative lenders, and digital brokerages. Atomic's payroll integrations provide the infrastructure to connect consumers to their financial data, automate setting up and updating direct deposits, repaying financial obligations from their paycheck, accessing earned but unpaid wages, and tapping tax withholdings on-demand. Atomic simplifies complicated payroll integrations with a single API that covers over 450 unique payroll connections, including incumbent payroll providers, bespoke enterprise solutions, modern HR tech providers, gig-economy platforms and government systems. Atomic's payroll APIs cover 75% of the U.S. workforce with a combined reach of 125 million workers. Atomic has raised $78.6 million from investors, including Mercato Partners, Core Innovation Capital, Portage, and Greylock. About Bond Bond enables any company to become a fintech. Through Bond's full-stack embedded finance platform, customers can offer personalized and compliant financial products to their end users, including high value-add products such as credit builder cards and commercial charge cards. Bond was founded in 2019 by industry veterans from Blackrock, Goldman Sachs, SAP, SoFi, and Twilio, with deep roots in financial services, technology and enterprise software. Bond is a remote-first company, with office locations in San Francisco (HQ), New York City and Salt Lake City.

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