Vantiv and Planet Payment Go Live with Pay in Your Currency® on ATMs
Lynn M. Rhoads, Senior Vice President
SVP Product Management
Benefiting International Travelers with Immediate Currency Conversion
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Long Beach, New York, April 17, 2012 – Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes in the United States, announced today the launch of the Pay in Your Currency for ATM service, powered by Planet Payment, Inc. (UK: LSE: AIM: PPT and PPTR; USA: OTCQX: PLPM), a leading international and multi-currency payment processor.
“This is the first implementation of Pay in Your Currency in the United States, and we expect to roll out exclusively to over 5,000 Vantiv ATM locations in the next 60 days,” said Philip Beck, Chairman and CEO of Planet Payment. “Vantiv and Planet Payment have a proven track record of offering successful multi-currency processing solutions to merchants since 2003. Together, we deliver Pay in Your Currency through retailers and restaurants at their point of sale so it was a natural extension for Vantiv to offer this convenience to their EFT processing partners.”
Pay In Your Currency, also known in the industry as Dynamic Currency Conversion, allows international cardholders using eligible cards to see the final amount of a cash withdrawal in their home currency at the time of the transaction. Without Pay in Your Currency, if an international cardholder withdraws U.S. dollars from an ATM, the transaction is subsequently converted to their home currency by their bank or card issuer. Given the timing of the conversion, the cardholder is not able to determine the final amount to be debited from their account until they receive their account statement from their financial institution. With Pay in Your Currency on ATMs, the cardholder is provided with greater clarity and convenience by offering them the option to convert the transaction at the time of the withdrawal. If the cardholder chooses to have the transaction converted, the amount in their local currency that they see on the ATM screen is the amount that will appear on their financial institution’s account statement. For tourists seeking clarity in their vacation costs or business travelers looking to simplify expense accounting, Pay In Your Currency offers a powerful incentive.
“At Vantiv, we develop innovative products that help our clients create efficiencies and revenue, while giving the consumer transparency and an enhanced customer experience at our ATMs,” said Bill Weingart, Chief Product Officer at Vantiv. “We are excited to collaborate with Planet Payment to be the first to launch Pay in Your Currency at ATM locations in the United States. This solution will provide a superior overall customer experience for international cardholders traveling in the United States and provide a new revenue opportunity for ATM acquirers.”
About Planet Payment
Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment processing and multi-currency processing services. We provide our services in 16 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our more than 45 acquiring bank and processor customers. Our point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and are integrated within the payment card transaction flow enabling our acquiring customers to process and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels.
Planet Payment is headquartered in New York and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Bermuda, Delaware, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Shanghai and Singapore. Visit www.planetpayment.com for more information on the Company and its services. For up-to-date information follow Planet Payment on Twitter at @PlanetPayment or join Planet Payment’s page on Facebook.
About Vantiv, Inc.
Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) is a leading, integrated payment processor differentiated by a single, proprietary technology platform. Vantiv offers a comprehensive suite of traditional and innovative payment processing and technology solutions to merchants and financial institutions of all sizes in the U.S., enabling them to address their payment processing needs through a single provider. We build strong relationships with our customers, helping them become more efficient, more secure and more successful. Vantiv is the third largest merchant acquirer and the largest PIN debit acquirer based on number of transactions in the U.S. The company’s growth strategy includes expanding further into high growth payment segments, such as prepaid, ecommerce, mobile and information solutions, and attractive industry verticals, such as business-to-business, government, healthcare and education. For more information, visit www.vantiv.com.