XTM, Inc. (“XTM” or the “Company”) (CSE: PAID) (FSE: 7XT), a Toronto-based Fintech company in the challenger banking space, providing mobile banking and payment solutions around the world today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with one of the largest online cannabis retailers in the U.S. to launch a proprietary cashless payment network.
This will be the first of its kind, bank grade, fully compliant, community currency, closed loop solution for any company or business looking to eliminate cash and process real-time payments including but not limited to licensed Cannabis companies. A new web site www.CaliCard.com is being established and physical cards will soon be in production.
As part of the terms of the LOI XTM will private label its existing mobile wallet and payment network technology, finalize development for merchant settlements, arrange the banking partnerships, manage the network and license the technology to a new entity of which XTM will own 50%. The other party will adopt and roll-out the technology across all its e-commerce platforms and will leverage its contacts for sales and marketing of the solution.
Cash used in U.S. legal marijuana sales was estimated to be in excess of $8 billion in 2019. The added security risks and costs of transacting in cash are significant. Existing solutions are overcomplicated, not fully compliant, expensive and subject to fraud and chargebacks. Merchants say service offerings currently available to the industry are lacking in compatibility and do not provide consumers with the user experience they have come to expect in today’s digital world. They are subject to high transaction fees and are waiting for days to collect the proceeds from their sales.
With this new closed-loop payment network, users will quickly and easily sign up via mobile app for free. As part of the sign-up process they will link their debit card as the method of funding the virtual card and wallet in real-time. Merchants will receive same day settlements in a partner bank dedicated account issued to each merchant. As well XTM is incorporating its industry leading Know Your Customer (“KYC”) technology into the application to enable users to be screened for age and identity validation, dramatically reducing chargebacks and fraud. As part of the rollout of the program each user will be delivered a physical card allowing for purchases to be made at bricks and mortar locations and will also allow access to a cash load network.
The Company has already received interest from other parties looking for the solution and expects to board a significant number of merchants before the end of the year. With the current annual run rate sales of the other party and expected percentage of sales to be migrated to the platform coupled with a few additional merchants, the Company anticipates to be processing in excess of $50M in run-rate annual volume and 500K transactions per month by the end of the year.
XTM is looking forward to providing a positive customer checkout experience using CaliCard.com that is real-time, fully compliant and cashless and expects this will in turn significantly increase efficiencies, sales volumes and net margins for merchants.
Further details regarding the product and launch date will be announced shortly and updates will be posted on the dedicated web site www.CaliCard.com.