Wall Street higher on U.S. growth optimism; Nasdaq hits record

Wall Street | February 10, 2020

Wall Street resumed its rally from last week, with the Nasdaq hitting a record high on Monday, as a recent batch of strong domestic economic data and largely upbeat earnings overshadowed fears about the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on global growth. People returned to work in China after an extended new year holiday even as the country grappled with the epidemic that has now claimed more lives than Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). “Some people think the outbreak may have a very decelerating impact on growth in China specifically,” said Peter Kenny, founder at Kenny’s Commentary LLC and Strategic Board Solutions LLC in New York.

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PAYMENTS

Paymerang Uses Amazon Web Services to Deliver World-Class Finance Automation Solutions

Paymerang | December 20, 2021

Paymerang is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to empower mid-market businesses to accelerate vendor payment and deliver world-class customer service. To support the rapid growth of the company, Paymerang uses five AWS products for its operations and client services. Paymerang chose AWS because it simplifies and streamlines many time-consuming administrative processes while elevating existing database operations. The low cost and reputable products made it an easy transition to AWS. As Paymerang continues to expand, the company needed a cloud offering that is reliable and flexible enough to keep up with their rapid growth – so they turned to AWS. Using AWS's proven global infrastructure and database, analytics, contact center, and security capabilities, Paymerang has the ability to grow and scale their businesses while accelerating innovation in their payment automation solutions." Dave Trotter, Director of SMB Sales at Amazon Web Services, Inc. As a part of ongoing maturity and sophistication in the AP Automation space, Paymerang has made significant investment in migrating relational data storage to Amazon Aurora. Amazon Aurora enables Paymerang to leverage an enterprise class database technology with multi-region capabilities to read replicas, and automate crash recovery at a fraction of the cost of a proprietary database system. "This collaboration proves Paymerang's commitment to being a cloud-first company. We're thrilled to work with AWS, the best in the business, to power the next generation of fintech solutions," said Nasser Chanda, CEO of Paymerang. As the company grew, it realized the importance of using a premiere contact center solution with flagship application integration. Amazon Connect has streamlined payment operations by reducing the number of unique phone numbers while also greatly improving the quality of calls. Since implementation, Paymerang has seamlessly integrated the rich data generated from Amazon Connect and Contact Lens directly into their enterprise data lake. This creates advanced dashboards that quickly show supervisors how efficient the operations teams are performing. Paymerang is leveraging Amazon Cognito to integrate with their authentication and authorization systems to identify users in the system, authorize approved actions those users can execute based on their role, and integrate with fine-grained access controls using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Amazon Cognito provides the peace of mind for Paymerang to know they have the army of security engineers at AWS on their side, allowing them to reallocate resources to building client-facing features. Paymerang generates rich data, and when exploring various analytics and reporting tools on the market, it was clear that the best tool at the best cost was Amazon QuickSight. The seamless integration between Amazon QuickSight and Paymerang created immediate time and cost savings. Amazon QuickSight has quickly become the primary report technology of choice, and Paymerang is already working to embed Amazon QuickSight dashboard capabilities into their products using Amazon QuickSight Q and embedded analytics. About Paymerang: Paymerang provides streamlined invoice and payment automation solutions that bring Accounts Payable (AP) departments into the modern age. Paymerang's solutions save AP departments hundreds of hours annually, enhance visibility, increase accuracy, improve efficiency, and earn rebates while reducing paper, fraud risks, and operating costs.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

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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PAYMENTS

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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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Stifel to Acquire ACXIT Capital Partners

Stifel | June 08, 2022

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ACXIT Capital Partners, a leading independent corporate finance and financial advisory firm serving European middle-market clients and entrepreneurs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ACXIT Capital Partners, with a team of about 50 professionals, operates primarily out of offices in Frankfurt, Zurich, and Munich. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has successfully completed nearly 500 transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, and debt advisory and restructuring. ACXIT’s business is focused on providing advisory and capital solutions to emerging companies and is aligned with high-growth sectors of the global economy, including healthcare and technology. ACXIT also maintains strong positions in additional key verticals including industrials, real estate, and consumer/retail. Through this acquisition, we are extending our European footprint further into strategically important European markets, most notably Germany, This highly complementary combination with ACXIT Capital Partners allows us to accelerate the growth of our investment banking business by adding more geographical breadth and regional market expertise to our platform. It also forms a natural next step following the combination with Mainfirst in 2019.” Rob Mann, Head of European Investment Banking at Stifel. Stifel already has a formidable investment banking presence in the UK and Europe with more than 180 professionals based in the region’s major financial centers. Partnering with Stifel instantly gives us greater access to international markets, the ability to call on a deeper pool of industry expertise, and also enables us to deliver a broader set of products and solutions to our clients, Together, we have the necessary building blocks to create an even more formidable investment banking business throughout continental Europe.” Johannes H. Lucas, Founder and Senior Managing Partner of ACXIT Capital Partners. The Stifel network will substantially add critical resources to our business, giving us a powerful international platform to leverage, In particular, it will improve our reach into the vast U.S. investor base for growth capital, and provide enhanced capabilities to clients with cross-border aspirations.” Thomas Klack, Senior Managing Partner of ACXIT Capital Partners. After the closing of the transaction, Johannes Lucas and Thomas Klack will become Co-Heads of DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) Advisory at Stifel. ACXIT Senior Managing Partners Jens Tschauder and Tobias Warkus will also join Stifel’s DACH Management Board. We have been excited by the remarkable growth of our European investment banking business, which is now an integral part of our global investment bank, We are pleased to welcome the entire ACXIT team to Stifel, as we create more opportunities to leverage Stifel’s deep domain expertise across the strategically important DACH region.” Brad Raymond, Global Head of Investment Banking at Stifel. About Stifel Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, including its Eaton Partners business division; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC and Stifel Independent Advisors, LLC. The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust offer a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. About ACXIT Capital Partners ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and financial advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. Since 1999, ACXIT offers its clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt, and strategic advisory. As an independent, privately owned firm, ACXIT maintains offices in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich as well as strong alliances in the UK and France.

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