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Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022. Everi also reiterated its full year outlook for Net income, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues grew 14% to an all-time quarterly record $197.2 million from $172.6 million in the 2021 second quarter, reflecting a 7% increase in recurring revenues to a quarterly record $139.7 million and a 37% increase in sales of gaming machines and FinTech hardware.
  • Income before income tax increased 16% to a record $42.3 million compared to $36.6 million a year ago.
  • Net income was $32.5 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $36.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the 2021 second quarter, as the provision for income taxes increased $9.3 million in the 2022 second quarter related to the reversal of deferred tax asset valuation allowance in the 2021 fourth quarter; cash taxes paid were essentially flat at $0.1 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased to an all-time quarterly record $94.4 million compared to $92.5 million in the 2021 second quarter.
  • Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, rose 26% to $49.5 million from $39.2 million in the 2021 second quarter.
  • Repurchased 2.0 million shares of stock for $33.3 million in the 2022 second quarter.

Randy Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Everi, said, “Our strong operating momentum continued in the second quarter, as we delivered all-time quarterly record revenues, income before income tax, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. These record financial results were driven by another consecutive quarter of record recurring revenues for both our Games and FinTech businesses despite the very challenging year-over-year comparison for these operations, as last year’s results included the significant benefit from casino reopening activities and financial stimulus payments provided to consumers.

“Our second quarter Games segment results include our highest-ever quarterly level of gaming machines sold, which increased 40% to 1,957 units; and the 13th consecutive quarterly sequential increase in our installed base of gaming operations units. Our ongoing investments in the development of differentiated cabinets and expansion of our games portfolio continues to drive increases in our installed base, strong Daily Win per Unit, and growth in our ship share of units sold. In particular, the record number of units sold in the quarter reinforces our confidence in our ability to achieve our 15% ship share target over the next several years.

“Our FinTech segment is achieving similar success, as it generated record revenues, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA for the third consecutive quarter. The record quarterly performance was driven by increased revenues from financial access services, which included more than $10 billion of funding delivered to our customers’ casino floors for the second consecutive quarter, a record number of kiosk sales, and ongoing organic growth of our Loyalty and RegTech solutions. These results demonstrate our ability to offer industry-leading, integrated solutions that help drive increases in same-store activity and cost efficiencies for our customers. With our planned introductions of additional innovative products to our Digital Neighborhood of integrated solutions, our FinTech business is positioned to deliver consistent growth.

“Our top-line growth and focus on operational excellence continues to result in strong Free Cash Flow generation, which reached $49.5 million in the 2022 second quarter and $101.1 million for the first six months of 2022. We remain focused on allocating our higher Free Cash Flow to further grow the business through prudent investments in product development, as well as with acquisitions of businesses and technologies that continue to expand the scale and scope of our product offerings and/or drive our entry into new product categories and geographical markets. As reflected in the growing contributions of our Loyalty products, our return-focused approach to acquisitions benefits our operating performance. We expect recent acquisitions, which have expanded our addressable market to include opportunities in Australia and Historical Horse Racing gaming devices, will deliver similar benefits over time. Our Free Cash Flow performance, liquidity, and strong balance sheet also enabled us to opportunistically act on our share repurchase program in the second quarter given our view that our current valuation does not fully reflect the strength of our business and our outlook for ongoing growth.”

Consolidated Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

As of and for the Three Months
Ended June 30,



(in millions, except per share amounts)


$                    197.2

$                    172.6

Operating income (1)

$                      54.5

$                      54.4

Net income (1)

$                      32.5

$                      36.2

Net earnings per diluted share (1)

$                      0.33

$                      0.36

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding



Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$                      94.4

$                      92.5

Free Cash Flow (2)

$                      49.5

$                      39.2

Principal amount of outstanding debt

$                    995.5

$                 1,144.6

Cash and cash equivalents

$                    238.1

$                    340.4

Net Cash Position (3)

$                      93.1

$                    196.6


Operating income, net income, and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2022, included $0.7 million for office and warehouse consolidation costs, and $0.9 million in professional fees associated with acquisitions and for non-recurring litigation costs.


For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Selected Financial GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures provided toward the end of this release.


For a reconciliation of Net Cash Position to Cash and Cash Equivalents, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents to Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available toward the end of this release.

Second Quarter 2022 Results Overview

Revenues for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022 increased 14% to $197.2 million compared to $172.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. Recurring revenues grew 7% to $139.7 million and revenues from non-recurring sales increased 37% to $57.5 million.

Operating income for the 2022 second quarter was $54.5 million compared to $54.4 million in the prior-year period, and net income was $32.5 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $36.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2021. The provision for income taxes increased $9.3 million in the 2022 second quarter related to the reversal of deferred tax asset valuation allowance in the 2021 fourth quarter. Operating margin declined from the prior-year period, reflecting a change in the revenue mix as a result of substantially greater growth in gaming machine and FinTech hardware sales year over year together with a lower margin on machine and hardware sales due to increased supply chain costs, higher operating costs that reflect the additions of acquisitions, and higher research and development expense that supports the Company’s focus on increased internal, new product development. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $94.4 million from $92.5 million in the prior-year period.

Free Cash Flow increased to $49.5 million from $39.2 million in the year-ago period, reflecting higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower cash interest paid, partially offset by higher capital expenditures.

Games Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,



(in millions, except unit amounts and prices)

Games revenues

Gaming operations – Land-based casinos

$                     68.2

$                     69.6

Gaming operations – Digital iGaming



Gaming operations – Total



Gaming equipment and systems



Gaming other

Games total revenues

$                   112.3

$                     99.3

Operating income (1)

$                     28.9

$                     30.6

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$                     58.7

$                     60.4

Capital expenditures

$                     28.9

$                     21.3

Gaming operations information:

Units installed at period end:

Class II



Class III



Total installed base at period end (3)



Premium units (3)



Average units installed during period (3)



Daily win per unit (“DWPU”) (4)

$                   39.94

$                   45.66

Unit sales information:

Units sold



Average sales price (“ASP”)

$                 18,800

$                 17,894


Operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2022, included $0.7 million for office and warehouse consolidation costs and professional fees associated with acquisitions.


For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Selected Financial GAAP to Non-GAAP measures provided toward the end of this release.


The ending and average installed base include all units, whether or not casinos were open and whether or not the games were active.


Daily win per unit reflects the total of all units installed at casinos, inclusive of casinos closed due to the COVID pandemic and inactive units, where such units would have recorded no revenue and excludes the impact of the direct costs associated with the Company’s wide-area progressive jackpot expense.

2022 Second Quarter Games Segment Highlights

Games segment revenues grew 13% to a record $112.3 million compared to $99.3 million in the second quarter of 2021, primarily driven by record sales of gaming machines and ongoing growth in digital gaming revenues.

Operating income was $28.9 million compared to $30.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, reflecting higher revenues from machine sales, offset by lower margins on the machine sales due to increased supply chain costs as well as higher operating expenses, including increased costs associated with acquisitions and higher research and development expense, reflecting an acceleration in games development to support a path to a targeted future 15% ship share of gaming machines sold. Adjusted EBITDA was $58.7 million compared to $60.4 million in the second quarter of 2021. Revenues from the recent acquisitions of Intuicode Gaming and certain assets of Atlas Gaming (Australia) contributed $1.4 million in the 2022 second quarter.

Gaming operations revenues were $74.0 million compared to $73.2 million a year ago, and increased 5% on a quarterly sequential basis.

  • The installed base reached a record 17,464 units as of June 30, 2022; representing a year-over-year increase of 7%, or 1,213 units. The installed base increased by 136 units on a quarterly sequential basis.
  • The premium portion of the installed base increased by 20%, or 1,394 units, year over year and by 276 units on a quarterly sequential basis to a record 8,355 units. This was the 16th consecutive quarterly sequential increase in premium units. Growth was driven in part by continued placements of Cashnado™ units, the initial installations of Smokin’ Hot Stuff Fire and Ice™, the Company’s popular premium mechanical reel games, and its Wide-area Progressive (“WAP”) gaming machines.
  • Daily Win per Unit (“DWPU”) was $39.94 in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $45.66 in the second quarter of 2021. DWPU in the year-ago period included the significant benefit of government stimulus payments coupled with pent-up demand as COVID vaccinations increased and consumers began to return to normalized activities. DWPU improved on a quarterly sequential basis from $39.76 in the 2022 first quarter.
  • Gaming operations revenues from digital gaming rose 61% to $5.8 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, and increased 5% on a quarterly sequential basis. Digital revenue growth reflects the continued growth and expanded base of iGaming operator sites featuring Everi’s games along with a growing library of available slot content, as well as going live in Ontario, Canada with nine operator sites as of June 30, 2022.

Gaming equipment and systems revenues generated from the sale of gaming machines and other related parts and equipment increased 47% to $38.3 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $26.1 million in the second quarter of 2021.

  • The Company sold an all-time record 1,957 gaming machines at an average selling price (“ASP”) of $18,800 in the 2022 second quarter, up 555 units, or 40%, from 1,402 units sold at an ASP of $17,894 in the 2021 second quarter, which had included a larger-than-average number of unit sales for new casino openings and expansions. Unit growth reflects the Company’s estimation of an improved industry ship share driven by the popularity of an expanding game library supporting the Empire Flex™ video reel cabinet, ongoing demand for the Player Classic™ mechanical reel cabinet, and sales of the newly launched Player Classic Signature™ mechanical reel cabinet.

Financial Technology Solutions Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,



(in millions, unless otherwise noted)

FinTech revenues

Financial access services

$                  50.9

$                      44.8

Software and other






FinTech total revenues

$                  84.9

$                      73.2

Operating income (1)

$                  25.7

$                      23.8

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$                  35.7

$                      32.1

Capital expenditures

$                    7.5

$                        7.9

Value of financial access transactions:

     Funds advanced

$             2,661.1

$                 2,210.9

     Funds dispensed



     Check warranty



Total value processed

$           10,611.2

$                 9,549.8

Number of financial access transactions:

     Funds advanced



     Funds dispensed



     Check warranty



Total transactions completed




Rounding may cause variances.


Operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2022, included $0.9 million for professional fees associated with certain acquisitions and non-recurring litigation costs.


For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Selected Financial GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures provided toward the end of this release.

2022 Second Quarter Financial Technology Solutions (“FinTech”) Segment Highlights

FinTech revenues for the 2022 second quarter increased 16% to an all-time quarterly record $84.9 million compared to $73.2 million in the 2021 second quarter, reflecting a 14% increase in financial access services, a 22% increase in software and other revenues, and a 17% improvement in revenues from hardware sales. Revenues from the recent acquisition of ecash Holdings (Australia) contributed $4.2 million in the 2022 second quarter.

Operating income increased 8% to $25.7 million in the 2022 second quarter compared to $23.8 million in the prior-year period, reflecting a benefit from higher revenues partially offset by increased research and development expense primarily in support of new and enhanced Loyalty products, the Company’s digital CashClub Wallet®, and new RegTech products and software. Adjusted EBITDA rose 11% to $35.7 million compared to $32.1 million in the 2021 second quarter.

  • Financial access services revenues, which include cashless and cash-dispensing debit and credit card transactions and check services, was a quarterly record $50.9 million, a 14% increase compared with the 2021 second quarter, reflecting continued strength in financial funding transactions at casinos, as well as growth from new customer additions. The number of completed financial transactions increased 2% year over year and for the second consecutive quarter delivered more than $10 billion of funding to customers’ casino floors, representing a year-over-year funding increase of 11%. The Company’s CashClub Wallet digital technology is currently deployed across six jurisdictions at 19 casinos, with 20 additional casino properties under various stages of deployment.
  • Software and other revenues, which include Loyalty and RegTech software, product subscriptions, kiosk maintenance services, and other revenues, rose 22% to $19.0 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $15.6 million in the second quarter 2021. Approximately 78% and 80% of software and other revenues were of a recurring nature in the 2022 and 2021 second quarter periods, respectively.
  • Hardware sales revenues increased 17% to a record $15.0 million compared to $12.8 million in the second quarter of 2021. The record level of self-service kiosks and other cash access hardware products sold in the quarter reflect significant continued demand for the Company’s hardware and software solutions that deliver optimal performance and cost efficiencies to casino operators, including voucher redemption kiosks sold in Australia as a result of the ecash Holdings acquisition.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • As of June 30, 2022, the Company had $238.1 million of cash and cash equivalents, and its Net Cash Position was $93.1 million.
  • The Company repurchased 2.0 million shares of its common stock for total consideration of $33.3 million during the quarter, and as of June 30, 2022, had $116.7 million remaining under the Board’s $150 million authorization announced on May 10, 2022.
  • In the 2022 second quarter, the Company paid $14.1 million for the initial purchase price payment and the net working capital payment related to the acquisition of Intuicode Gaming, $6.0 million of consideration related to the acquisition of certain assets of ecash Holdings and $2.0 million related to the acquisition of certain assets of XUVI.


Reflecting the operating performance in the first half of the year and the Company’s expectations for continued operating execution over the balance of the year driven by demand for its products, Everi reiterated its full year 2022 guidance for net income of $125 million to $132 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $368 million to $378 million and Free Cash Flow of $187 million to $200 million.

The Company’s year-to-date results have not reflected, and its updated guidance does not contemplate, any additional material impact from a pandemic-related setback or other macroeconomic effect, such as recessionary or inflationary influence on consumer spending, a material supply chain disruption, or other changes in global market conditions. A summary and reconciliation of the full year 2022 financial targets are included in a supplemental table at the end of this release.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss its 2022 second quarter results at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. PDT) today. The conference call may be accessed live by phone by dialing (201) 689-8471. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET today and may be accessed by dialing (412) 317-6671; the PIN number is 13730679. A replay will be available until August 10, 2022. The call also will be webcast live and archived on (select “Investors” followed by “Events & Contact”).

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In order to enhance investor understanding of the underlying trends in our business, our cash balance, and cash available for our operating needs, and to provide for better comparability between periods in different years, we are providing in this press release Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available, which are not measures of our financial performance or position under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Accordingly, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  These measures should be read in conjunction with our net earnings, operating income, and cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. With respect to Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available, these measures should be read in conjunction with cash and cash equivalents prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock compensation expense, accretion of contract rights, write-downs of inventory, property and equipment and intangible assets, employee severance costs and other related expenses, litigation settlement received net of legal costs, foreign exchange loss, asset acquisition expense, non-recurring professional fees, certain litigation costs, and one-time charges. We present Adjusted EBITDA, as we use this measure to manage our business and consider this measure to be supplemental to our operating performance. We also make certain compensation decisions based, in part, on our operating performance, as measured by Adjusted EBITDA; and our current credit facility and existing senior unsecured notes require us to comply with a consolidated secured leverage ratio that includes performance metrics substantially similar to Adjusted EBITDA.

We define Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash paid for interest, cash paid for capital expenditures, cash paid for placement fees, and cash paid for taxes net of refunds.  We present Free Cash Flow as a measure of performance and believe it provides investors with another indicator of our operating performance. It should not be inferred that the entire Free Cash Flow amount is available for discretionary expenditures.

A reconciliation of the Company’s net income (loss) per GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow is included in the Unaudited Reconciliation of Selected Financial GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures provided at the end of this release. Additionally, a reconciliation of each segment’s operating income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is also included. On a segment level, operating income per GAAP, rather than net earnings per GAAP, is reconciled to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as the Company does not report net earnings by segment. Management believes that this presentation is meaningful to investors in evaluating the performance of the Company’s segments.

We define (i) Net Cash Position as cash and cash equivalents plus settlement receivables less settlement liabilities and (ii) Net Cash Available as Net Cash Position plus undrawn amounts available under our revolving credit facility. We present Net Cash Position because our cash position, as measured by cash and cash equivalents, depends upon changes in settlement receivables and the timing of payments related to settlement liabilities. As such, our cash and cash equivalents can change substantially based upon the timing of our receipt of payments for settlement receivables and payments we make to customers for our settlement liabilities.  We present Net Cash Available as management monitors this amount in connection with its forecasting of cash flows and future cash requirements.

A reconciliation of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents per GAAP to Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available is included in the Unaudited Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents to Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available provided at the end of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance, but instead are based only on our current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions regarding the future of our business, plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy, and other future conditions, as of the date this press release is issued. Forward-looking statements often, but do not always, contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “aim to,” “designed to,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “goal,” “target,” “future,” “assume,” “estimate,” “indication,” “seek,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “should,” “favorably positioned,” or “will” and other words and terms of similar meaning.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained herein, which are based only on information currently available to us and only as of the date hereof.

Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding our ability to execute on key initiatives and deliver ongoing operating and financial improvements, including guidance related to 2022 financial and operational metrics; regain or maintain revenue, earnings and Free Cash Flow momentum; sustain our overall growth; drive growth of the gaming operations installed base and DWPU; continue expanding the portions of the gaming floor the Company’s games address, including into the Historical Horse Racing category of gaming devices and the Company’s overall targeted ship share of gaming machines sold; successfully perform obligations required by acquisition agreements; and create incremental value for our shareholders, as well as statements regarding our expectations for the industry environment and the adoption of our products and technologies.

Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks, uncertainties, and changes in circumstances that are often difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: trends, developments, and uncertainties impacting our business, including our ability to withstand: global supply chain disruption; inflationary impact on supply chain costs; changes in global market, business and regulatory conditions arising as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, including any related public health confidence and availability of discretionary spending income of casino patrons, as well as expectations for the re-opening of casinos; product innovations that address customer needs in a new and evolving operating environment; to regain or maintain revenue, earnings, and cash flow momentum, and to enhance shareholder value in the long-term; trends in gaming establishment and patron usage of our products; benefits realized by using our products and services; benefits and/or costs associated with mergers, acquisitions, and/or strategic alliances; product development, including the release of new game features, additional games, and system releases in the future; regulatory approvals; gaming and financial regulatory and legal, card association, and statutory compliance and changes; the implementation of new or amended card association and payment network rules or interpretations; consumer collection activities; competition (including consolidations); tax liabilities; goodwill impairment charges; international expansion; resolution of litigation or government investigations; our dividend policy; new customer contracts and contract renewals; financial performance and results of operations (including revenue, expenses, margins, earnings, cash flow, and capital expenditures); inflationary impact on labor costs and retention; interest rates and interest expense; borrowings and debt repayments; and equity incentive activity and compensation expense.

Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and important factors that could cause them to do so include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to generate profits in the future and to create incremental value for shareholders; our ability to withstand inflationary and other factors that pressure discretionary consumer spending; our ability to execute on mergers, acquisitions and/or strategic alliances, including our ability to integrate and operate such acquisitions or alliances consistent with our forecasts in order to achieve future growth; our ability to execute on key initiatives and deliver ongoing improvements; expectations regarding growth for the Company’s installed base and daily win per unit; expectations regarding placement fee arrangements; inaccuracies in underlying operating assumptions; the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) global pandemic on our business, operations and financial condition, including (i) actions taken by international, federal, state, tribal and municipal governmental and regulatory agencies to contain the COVID-19 public health emergency or mitigate its impact, (ii) the direct and indirect economic effects of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, including directives, orders or similar actions by international, federal, state, tribal and municipal governmental and regulatory agencies to regulate freedom of movement and business operations such as travel restrictions, border closures, business closures, limitations on public gatherings, quarantines and shelter-in-place orders as well as re-opening safety protocols; changes in global market, business, and regulatory conditions arising as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic; our history of net losses and our ability to generate profits in the future; our leverage and the related covenants that restrict our operations; our ability to withstand unanticipated impacts of a pandemic outbreak of uncertain duration; our ability to withstand the loss of revenue during the closure of our customers’ facilities; our ability to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness, fund working capital, and capital expenditures; our ability to maintain our current customers; expectations regarding customers’ preferences and demands for future product and service offerings; the overall growth of the gaming industry, if any; our ability to replace revenue associated with terminated contracts; margin degradation from contract renewals; our ability to comply with the Europay, MasterCard, and Visa global standard for cards equipped with security chip technology; our ability to successfully introduce new products and services, including third-party licensed content; gaming establishment and patron preferences; failure to control product development costs and create successful new products; anticipated sales performance; our ability to prevent, mitigate, or timely recover from cybersecurity breaches, attacks, and compromises; national and international economic and industry conditions; changes in gaming regulatory, card association, and statutory requirements; regulatory and licensing difficulties, competitive pressures and changes in the competitive environment; operational limitations; gaming market contraction; changes to tax laws; uncertainty of litigation outcomes; interest rate fluctuations; business prospects; unanticipated expenses or capital needs; technological obsolescence and our ability to adapt to evolving technologies; our ability to comply with our debt covenants and service outstanding debt; employee hiring, turnover, and retention; our ability to comply with regulatory requirements under the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) Data Security Standards and maintain our certified status; and those other risks and uncertainties discussed in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (the “Annual Report”). Given these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this press release will in fact transpire or prove to be accurate.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and with the information included in our other press releases, reports and other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in these filings is important in order to fully understand our reported financial results and our business outlook for future periods.


Expressions of Interest for Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development




The Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath, is inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified candidates to be considered as Ireland’s Director of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The remunerated position of Director is an important post with a demanding workload. A full-time residential position, it is based at Bank headquarters in London.

The Minister’s nominee is expected to be appointed by the EBRD, with the agreement of Ireland’s Constituency partner countries, for a three-year term from 1 August 2024.

Minister McGrath commented:

“This is an exciting opportunity to represent Ireland (and our Constituency partners Denmark, Lithuania and Kosovo) as a Director on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development overseeing the policy-making and governance of the Bank. The EBRD is a unique International Financial Institution supporting projects across three continents. By investing in projects which otherwise would not be fully met by the market, the EBRD promotes entrepreneurship and fosters transition towards open and sustainable market economies. I am keen to ensure our Irish representative has the ability, education, vision, and experience to make a significant contribution to the Board and brings a range of skills and diverse perspective to the deliberations of the Board.

My nominee will need high competence in economic and financial matters. Expertise can come from notable or significant achievements in the corporate or financial sector, academia, policy-focused institutions, or public service. Importantly, they will have the highest ethical standards, a strong sense of professionalism and commitment, and dedication to serving the interests of all the shareholders and be able to make themself readily available to the Board in the fulfilment of their duties.”

Expressions of interest will be accepted up to 3pm on 27th March 2024

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Council adopts regulation on instant payments





The Council adopted today a regulation that will make instant payments fully available in euro to consumers and businesses in the EU and in EEA countries.

The new rules will improve the strategic autonomy of the European economic and financial sector as they will help reduce any excessive reliance on third-country financial institutions and infrastructures. Improving the possibilities to mobilize cash-flows will bring benefits for citizens and companies and allow for innovative added value services.

The instant payments regulation will allow people to transfer money within ten seconds at any time of the day, including outside business hours, not only within the same country but also to another EU member state. The regulation takes into consideration particularities of non-euro area entities.

Payment service providers such as banks, which provide standard credit transfers in euro, will be required to offer the service of sending and receiving instant payments in euro. The charges that apply (if any) must not be higher than the charges that apply for standard credit transfers.

The new rules will come into force after a transition period that will be faster in the euro area and longer in the non-euro area, that needs more time to adjust.

The regulation grants access for payment and e-money institutions (PIEMIs) to payment systems, by changing the settlement finality Directive (SFD). As a result, these entities will be covered by the obligation to offer the service of sending and receiving instant credit transfers, after a transitional period. The regulation includes appropriate safeguards to ensure that the access of PIEMIs to payment systems doesn’t carry additional risk to the system.

Under the new rules, instant payment providers will need to verify that the beneficiary’s IBAN and name match in order to alert the payer to possible mistakes or fraud before a transaction is made. This requirement will apply to regular transfers too.

The regulation includes a review clause with a requirement for the Commission to present a report containing an evaluation of the development of credit charges.


This initiative comes in the context of the completion of the capital markets union. The capital markets union is the EU’s initiative to create a truly single market for capital across the EU. It aims to get investment and savings flowing across all member states for the benefit of citizens, businesses, and investors.

On 26 October 2022 the Commission put forward a proposal on instant payments that amends and modernises the single euro payments area (SEPA) regulation of 2012 on standard credit transfers in euro by adding to it specific provisions for instant credit transfers in euro.

Source: European Council

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FCA highlights need for enhanced competition in wholesale data markets





The FCA has unveiled the outcomes of its in-depth study into the wholesale data market, focusing on the sectors of credit ratings data, benchmarks, and market data vendor services.

Despite deciding against major regulatory actions due to the risk of unintended consequences that could affect the data’s availability and quality—a crucial resource for global investors—the FCA has pinpointed several areas where competition could be significantly improved.

The study’s revelations indicate that the current state of competition in these markets may lead to users incurring higher costs for data than would be the case in a more competitive environment. This concern is particularly pressing given the critical role that such data plays in supporting effective investment decisions across the financial sector.

In a move to address these findings, the FCA has proposed initiatives aimed at ensuring wholesale data is distributed under fair, reasonable, and transparent conditions. This approach forms a part of the regulator’s broader strategy to ‘repeal and replace’ assimilated EU law, reinforcing the UK’s status as a premier global financial hub fostering investment, innovation, and sustainable growth.

Sheldon Mills, the FCA’s Executive Director of Consumers and Competition, emphasised the importance of quality and accessible wholesale data for the efficiency of financial markets. “The quality and availability of wholesale data is integral to well-functioning wholesale financial markets,” Mills stated. He further clarified, “Our market study found that firms can access the data they need to make effective investment decisions. We do not believe the case has been made for significant interventions. However, we will examine ways to help support wholesale data being provided on fair, reasonable and transparent terms.”

In its commitment to fostering a competitive and fair marketplace, the FCA will continue to scrutinize allegations of anti-competitive behavior across all markets, including wholesale data markets, leveraging its powers under the Competition Act to address any such issues.

Source: Fintech Global


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