Partnership with Tienda-Kit Aims at Serving Merchants in Emerging Economies
Mexico City - November 27, 2007 - Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced formation of Verifone Access to provide merchant hosted services for managing electronic payments, beginning in Mexico. Verifone Access was formed with Verifone’s investment and in partnership with Tienda-kit, an innovative Mexican third-party acquirer and merchant services provider, which now operates as Verifone Access.
Verifone Access will offer a variety of merchant payment services in Mexico and other emerging economies. The company’s first offering will be a hosted managed service platform based on a proprietary transaction handling technology and on Verifone’s PAYware software products.
“Managed services are an increasingly important component of Verifone’s strategy to broaden acceptance of electronic payment and increase the delivery of value added services,” said Douglas G. Bergeron, chairman and CEO of Verifone. “Verifone Access will provide cost-effective access to web-based hosted products that provide merchants and acquirers with increased flexibility and enhanced communications.”
Verifone Access will provide small and medium sized merchants with access to managed services over broadband and wireless connections. With this new offering, those merchants can now take advantage of increasing customer preferences for credit and debit card-based purchases and collections, including monthly installment payments, utilities payments, as well as new and loyalty programs.
The Verifone Access managed service platform will incorporate payment authorization; estate management; front- and back-end services; value-added payment card management; digital product distribution services and comprehensive card issuance and management products.
Tienda-kit was the first non-bank company in Mexico to process electronic card payments and has developed strong alliances with leading banks. It was incorporated in 2000 with venture capital funding from Fund Ncubo Holdings, LLC, and Nacional Financiera SNC, the largest development bank of Mexico.
“Verifone is well established in Mexico and other emerging economies as the industry leader and a visionary in the delivery of new payment products and services,” said Alejandro Villalón, formerly director general of Tienda-kit and now director general of Verifone Access. “Together with this partnership we will be able to extend new hosted offerings in Mexico and beyond.”
Verifone has been the primary supplier of payment solutions in the FIMPE (Fund of Infrastructure of Electronic Payments) program to terminalize the Mexican economy, delivering more than 150,000 systems since the program began. Verifone’s deliveries are greater than the total number of systems installed by all vendors throughout Mexico in the previous 10 years.
Tienda-kit, now operating as Verifone Access, is the first Company in the Mexican market qualified to provide payment solutions for businesses as a third party processor for financial Institutions. Serving more than 9,000 merchants nationwide, the company works with local acquirers to provide small retail merchants with access to card payment services. The Company transformed its capital structure from a Limited Liability Company (S. de R. L de C.V.) in to a Corporation figure regulated on The Mexican Stock Market Law (S.A.P.I de C.V.) and adopted a new name as Verifone Access S. A. P I. de C.V.. The Company was incorporated in 2000 with the participation of a successful and committed entrepreneur group, a venture capital investment Fund Ncubo Holdings, LLC and Nacional Financiera SNC, the largest development bank of Mexico. The Company also obtained the 2005 Technology award from Intel® and their founding partners were selected entrepreneurs of the year in 2005 by Endeavor and by Expansion (Fortune like Magazine in México).
About Verifone Holdings, Inc.
Verifone Holdings, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.