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Nium and Kapronasia Partner to Shed Light on Cross-border B2B Payment Challenges in Asia

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The launch of the paper is the first of many activations Nium has planned for Money 20/20 Asia

SINGAPORE, April 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Nium, the global leader in real-time, cross-border payments, and Asia’s leading payments, banking, and capital markets research firm, Kapronasia, today launched Breaking Borders: The Revolution of Real-Time Cross-Border B2B Payments in Asia – a new data-backed white paper that addresses cross-border B2B payment challenges, current initiatives, and the important role of intermediaries.

 

 

In global commerce, cross-border B2B payments are crucial, yet hindered by complexity, high costs, and slow processing times. These challenges, compounded by diverse regulatory environments, can erode profitability and stall growth. There’s a pressing need for innovation and reform in cross-border payments. In the paper, readers will learn more on how fintech solutions and regulatory harmonization efforts promise to simplify processes, reduce costs, and speed up transactions. The research calls out initiatives, such as SWIFT GPI, Project Nexus, and ASEAN’s Regional Payment Connectivity, alongside emerging technologies, that signal a brighter future for cross-border transactions. Download the paper to see the data and learn more.

“Cross-border B2B payments are critical, but they face formidable challenges – from outdated systems to regulatory complexities,” said Zennon Kapron, Founder and Director of Kapronasia. “Our latest research, in collaboration with Nium, sheds light on this critical issue. As we chart the course forward, it’s evident that transformative change is imminent. Intermediaries like Nium play a pivotal role in this journey, bridging gaps and reshaping the landscape of global commerce. However, this transformation demands collective action to overcome technological and regulatory hurdles. Yet, the vision is clear – a world where cross-border transactions flow seamlessly, fostering collaboration across borders.”

The launch of the paper is a part of a wider push leading into Money 20/20 Asia in Bangkok, Thailand (April 23-25). Nium plans to take the city by storm with announcements, panels, and parties, that highlight its expansion in the region.

The company will be making three blockbuster announcements during the event:

  • First, in a bold move to fortify its regional footprint, Nium is expanding its presence in Indonesia and will be signing an MOU at Money 20/20 with a pioneer in the Indonesian fintech space. Nium has also made headway into the dynamic landscape of Korea with the official launch of a key Korean bank, marking a pivotal milestone in its expansion journey and supporting its mission to further financial inclusion, globally. The company has already made waves in Thailand, where it powers four of the country’s premier banks;
  • Second, Nium will be announcing its first ever Chief Payments Officer. With this newly-created position, Nium sets itself up to closer align itself with partners across the payments ecosystem. Nium’s CPO will work across Nium’s markets, leading the company’s Global Banking and Payment Operations teams;
  • Finally, Nium will be show continued momentum in the exploding travel payments space, announcing a partnership with a leading global payments processor to issue virtual cards in the APAC region. By 2027, virtual card transactions industry-wide are expected to exceed 121 billion as travel intermediaries and their suppliers look for modern solutions to streamline payments.

Nium will be very visible on the event’s main stages:

On April 23 at 10:00 a.m. in a session titled, “Travel in China: The Next Big Niche,” Richard Cogswell of Nium Travel will sit down with Jensen Cai, Head of Hong Kong at Triplink and Betsy Samuel, Chief Marketing Officer at Thredd to talk China travel trends and the future of payments in China and beyond.

Then at 3:00 p.m. on the Vision Stage, in one of the conference’s most anticipated panels titled, “Beyond Competition: How Asian Payments Leaders are Shaping the Future Together,” Nium’s EVP and GM of APAC and MEA, Anupam Pahuja, will join banking leaders Rajnish Pal, Founding Member at ZING by HSBC and Shun De Ng, Group Head of Payments at DBS, to discuss competition and cooperation in fintech. The talk will be moderated by global banking industry expert, Alexandra Johnson.

After all the excitement from the first two days of the conference, Nium and Beacon Venture Capital will invite attendees to unwind at Nium @ Nite Market with street food, drinks and music on April 24 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park.

Finally, the Nium team will be on the ground at booth #1002 throughout the conference to provide free global payments assessments, answering questions on a range of topics, including:

  • How to take advantage of Nium’s 100+ real-time markets to help your business grow;
  • How to manage FX better by collecting and holding funds in a Nium multi-currency wallet;
  • How issuing physical or virtual cards can streamline vendor payments and control employee expenses;
  • How a global account strategy can streamline global payouts; and,
  • How real-time payouts can help your business grow

Register for our event, book a meeting, and find out about more Nium’s presence here.

About Nium

Nium, the leader in real-time, cross-border payments, was founded on the mission to deliver the global payments infrastructure of tomorrow, today. With the onset of the global economy, its payments infrastructure is shaping how banks, fintechs, and businesses everywhere collect, convert, and disburse funds instantly across borders. Its payout network supports 100 currencies and spans 190+ countries, 100 of which in real-time. Funds can be disbursed to accounts, wallets, and cards and collected locally in 35 markets. Nium’s growing card issuance business is already available in 34 countries. Nium holds regulatory licences and authorizations in more than 40 countries, enabling seamless onboarding, rapid integration, and compliance – independent of geography. The company is co-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore.

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Unlock an Exclusive Olympic Experience: Celebrating Live4Well’s Sold-Out Genesis NFT

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HONG KONG, May 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The buzz surrounding Live4Well’s successful Genesis NFT membership launch on May 23 has captivated both traditional and web3 communities. Combining the power of AI technology and decentralized physical infrastructure (DePin) concept, Live4Well has infused new life into the NFT market. The overwhelming response to their first NFT sales, showcases the project’s immense potential. Renowned web3 community leaders from Azuki, Bored Ape, Pudgy Penguins, WELL3, etc have joined forces with Live4Well, propelling the Genesis NFT membership collection to its resounding success.

Live4Well aims to transform the wellness industry by creating a reward-based infrastructure that connects global fitness data, enhances their AI database, and drives the development of sports and wellness. Backed by a multi-billion family office, which recently invested $20 million in Live4Well, the project has gained support in both web3 and traditional spaces. The team believes that every drop of sweat and effort toward better health should be rewarded, fostering motivation and integrating exercise into daily lives for enhanced well-being.

Live4Well’s announcement of an Olympic-themed raffle for Genesis NFT holders reflects their commitment to connecting wellness between Web2 and Web3 platforms. This testament to Live4Well’s demand and innovative vision solidifies their position as a promising leader in the industry. Their integration of the Olympic signifies their determination to inspire a global audience, leveraging blockchain technology to create an immersive ecosystem that revolutionizes how individuals engage with fitness on a daily basis for better health. Live4Well’s dedication to bridging the gap between traditional practices and the digital landscape sets them apart as pioneers in promoting well-being on a global scale.

What is Genesis NFT membership?

The Genesis NFT unlocks a multitude of benefits for holders, including the opportunity to cash out their sportive income and access a range of exclusive physical products and services. In addition to future airdrops and angel round whitelist privileges, Genesis holders will receive VIP tailor-made product packs from an innovative German sportswear company, elevating their exercise performance to new heights. With over 400 million sweat points farmed by their users, they are eager to redeem through the Genesis NFT membership. These enticing incentives explain why there was a widespread eagerness to participate in this thrilling event.

Unlike typical projects that raise funds before launching products or services, Live4Well has already released its AI-powered app, amassing over 250,000 users as a community base actively engaging in daily exercise. This early success has fostered a promising community within the wellness industry, as users trust Live4Well’s roadmap and collaborative ventures. The growing traction from both ordinary individuals and web3 enthusiasts has intensified the demand for redeeming and cashing out sweat points, the project’s exercise-based rewards. Obtaining the Genesis NFT membership is now seen as an essential step for accessing the highest tier of benefits and cashing out sportive income.

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What’s next for Live4Well?

Following the Genesis sales, Live4Well’s team will shift their focus to the upcoming token generation event (TGE) and a series of farming events. They also have exciting plans for partnerships and other collaborations in the global wellness and fitness industries. If you missed the initial launch, be sure to stay updated on Live4Well’s journey and join this extraordinary revolution.

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CGTN: Eyeing Chinese modernization, China doubles efforts to further deepen reform on all fronts

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BEIJING, May 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Built after China’s reform and opening up, Rizhao Port in east China’s Shandong Province is a vital global hub for the transshipment of energy and bulk raw materials.

Through recent technological innovation, the port has been upgraded into a modern port, serving as a key node for the New Eurasian Land Bridge and an important hub for the Belt and Road Initiative.

Rizhao Port, together with Qingdao Port, Yantai Port and Bohai Bay Port, formed Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. five years ago. Last year, the total cargo throughput of the four ports exceeded 1.7 billion tonnes, ranking first in the world.

As part of his first leg of an inspection tour in Shandong Province from Wednesday to Friday, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visited the port, recognizing its achievements and urging the province to build a high-level platform for major international exchanges and cooperation.

“Reform is the driving force for development,” Xi emphasized on Thursday while chairing a symposium in Shandong’s capital of Jinan, attended by representatives from businesses and academia.

To deepen reform further on all fronts, efforts should be focused on the overarching goals of improving and developing the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China’s governance system and capacity, he stressed.

Deepening reform centered on Chinese modernization

Xi’s trip to Shandong is the first local inspection he has made since the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau held a meeting on April 30, which decided that the third plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee will be held in Beijing in July, and the session will primarily examine issues related to further comprehensively deepening reform and advancing Chinese modernization.

Over the years, China’s reform of the economic system has been continuously improved, and the reform of its political and cultural systems has been steadily advanced and innovated.

Meanwhile, the reform of the ecological civilization system has been accelerated, and the reform of national defense and the military has achieved historic breakthroughs.

Comprehensively deepening reform has placed the construction of the national governance system and governance capabilities in a more prominent position. China has convened about 40 meetings of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform and 30 meetings of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform to improve the top-level design of reform.

From implementing the Foreign Investment Law and building pilot free trade zones to hosting a slew of major expos and accelerating the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port, China unswervingly deepens reforms and expands high-level opening up, injecting positive energy into global development and bringing tangible benefits to people worldwide.

At Thursday’s symposium, Xi said China should take resolute steps to remove the ideological and institutional barriers hindering the advancement of Chinese modernization and double down on its efforts to resolve deep-seated institutional challenges and structural issues.

Economic system reform should start with meeting realistic needs and tackling the most urgent matters, and it should advance theoretical and institutional innovation in the process of solving practical problems, he added.

A better life for the people

Xi has been stressing that reform should focus on what the people care about and expect the most. The aim, he has said, is to give the people a stronger sense of fulfillment.

Focusing on resolving the most practical problems that are of the greatest and most direct concerns to the people, China has continued to advance major reforms and system construction in the field of people’s livelihoods to allow the results of reform to benefit all people equally and promote their comprehensive development.

The Civil Code, anticipated for decades, finally came to life and was adopted in 2020, highlighting the respect and protection of individual freedom, dignity, interests and rights.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the country has built a total of more than 59 million units of various types of affordable and shantytown-renovated housing, helping settle over 140 million people into new homes.

“The Chinese people’s aspiration for a better life is the goal we have been striving for, and the ultimate purpose of advancing reform and promoting development is to improve the livelihood of the people,” Xi said.

Stressing the need to plan and advance reform based on the overall, fundamental and long-term interests of the people, Xi urged efforts to identify the key areas of reform and achieve breakthroughs based on the pressing concerns and aspirations of the general public, including employment, income growth, education, healthcare, housing, government services, childcare, elderly care, personal safety and property security.

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PagBank records its highest recurring net income in Q124, reaching 522 million BRL – an increase of +33% in the annual comparison

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TPV reached 112 billion BRL (+27% YoY), more than twice the industry’s growth and 31 billion BRL in deposits, reinforcing the balance sheet for expansion of receivables anticipation and credit concession.

SÃO PAULO, May 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — PagBank (NYSE: PAGS), a complete digital bank in financial services and payments solution and one of the largest digital banks in Brazil, announces its results for the first quarter of 2024 (Q124). The main highlights of the period include a record recurring net profit  of 522 million BRL (+33% YoY), while the net accounting profit reached 483 million BRL (+31 YoY%).

Alexandre Magnani, CEO of PagBank, points out the continuity of the good results presented in the last quarters, highlighting the expressive gain of market share in payments (acquirings), balancing growth with profitability, while the Company establishes itself among the largest financial institutions in Brazil in number of clients:

“We are more than 31 million customers and our execution has been consistent. We have consolidated our value proposition for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, facilitating the financial life of individuals and businesses. At the same time, we have captured opportunities for client-consumers who do not have a relationship with payment machines through payroll loans, our broad investment platform, and the offer of a complete bank,” says the CEO of PagBank.

In acquirings, the TPV registered was 112 billion BRL (+27% YoY), growing in all segments (MSMBs and Large Companies, E-commerce, and Cross-border businesses1). In digital banking, PagBank reached 66 billion BRL in Cash-In (+48% YoY), a metric that represents the financial volume received from other financial institutions in PagBank accounts, excluding acquisition, especially Pix, business account products, and salary portability.

The substantial volumes of TPV and Cash-in led deposits to record numbers of nearly 31 billion BRL (+64% YoY and +11%QoQ) despite the less favorable seasonality of the period, given that in the first months of the year, customers have more significant disbursements to honor the payment of taxes, such as IPTU and IPVA, and school yearly supplies, among other expenses.“We stand out for offering instant settlement for our customers and carrying out easy operations via Pix, leveraging our TPV and Cash-In volume in PagBank accounts. This, added to the fact that we have a banking license since 2019, means that we have the agility of a fintech and low funding costs like a traditional bank,” says Magnani. 

According to Artur Schunck, CFO of PagBank, operational growth does not harm the Company’s capital allocation. On the contrary, the acceleration of revenue growth and discipline in costs and expenses were the main levers of the record result. “The financial margins of the consolidated business were high. Our profit grew more than 30% compared to the Q1 2023, even with additional disbursements linked to the new cycle of growth and diversification of the operation, including geographical expansion and marketing actions in the period”, says Schunck.

The credit portfolio resumed growth and reached 2.7 billion (+8% QoQ) at the end of March, focusing on low-risk products such as consigned credit, the anticipation of the year withdrawal of FGTS (Severance Pay Fund), and credit cards with a limit attached to PagBank’s CDBs (a type of fixed-income investment). Schunck believes that despite short-term macroeconomic uncertainties regarding interest and inflation behavior, the worst is in the past, and he is confident in the credit strategy:

“We crossed the pandemic, the significant high-interest rate period, and one of the worst credit cycles in Brazil and still we have built a robust balance sheet and diversified our credit portfolio in terms of customers, products, and risks. Now, we are opening up opportunities to accelerate the concession and gradually expand the offer of credit products from the next few months,” says the CFO of PagBank. 

Other Highlights

Net revenue in the quarter was 4.3 billion BRL (+15% YoY), driven by the strong growth of the acquirings, led by MSMBs (micro, small and medium-sized businesses) and the advance in large accounts, with emphasis on online, cross-border, and automation, as well as the growth of higher margins in financial services. The number of clients reached 31.4 million, reinforcing PagBank’s position as one of the largest digital banks in the country.

In the period, PagBank was recognized as the best bank in Brazil and awarded the RA1000 seal of quality in service, both granted by the Reclame Aqui ranking and as one of the 50 most valuable brands in the country, according to a survey conducted by Kantar BrandZ.

Among the launches of the quarter, main highlights were PagBankPartnerships, a relationship and integration program with software companies and commercial automation; Seguro Empresarial (Business Insurance) offering coverage against fires, electrical damage, theft, burglary, and natural disasters, among others; and Tap to Pay Online, a new and exclusive technology in Latin America that allows the customer to run online transactions by bringing credit or debit card closer to the mobile phone on e-commerce platforms. In addition, PagBank has started to offer 1% cashback on all purchases made with the digital bank credit card and new investment options, such as the CBD, with a 130% CDI rate-variation yield.

“This current moment reminds us very much of our phase between 2018 and 2019, in which we grew in a fast and profitable way, and launched several products. We are very optimistic about the coming months and years of the Company”, says the CEO of PagBank. 

Rio Grande do Sul

PagBank has closely monitored the potential impacts of the ongoing climate tragedy in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and the developments in its operations. The Company’s TPV exposure in the state is similar to the state’s share in national GDP – around 5%. The Company says t is early to share some numbers since consumption in the affected regions have decreased due to the temporary closure of the business, while moving people to neighboring cities and states can increase consumption in unaffected areas.

“At this time, our focus is on supporting flood victims, especially our professionals working in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, through donations from PagBank and its professionals, in cash and goods, as well as offering special support to our affected customer,” says Magnani. 

Check out the financial results of PagBank in Q124 here.

About PagBank
PagBank promotes innovative solutions in financial services and means of payment, automating the purchase, sale, and transfer process to leverage individuals’ and enterprises’ businesses simply and securely. A company of the UOL Group – leader of the Brazilian Internet – PagBank acts as an issuer and acquirer, offering digital accounts and providing complete solutions for online and face-to-face payments (by mobile devices and POS devices). 

PagBank also has a wide variety of means of payment, such as credit and prepaid cards, bank transfers, payments by billet, and balance in the account, among others. PagBank (PagSeguro Internet Payment Institution S.A) is regulated by the Central Bank of Brazil as an electronic money-issuing payment institution, issuer of post-paid instruments and acquirer, having partnerships with the leading credit card issuers. Its parent company, PagSeguro Digital, is listed in the U.S. (NYSE: PAGS) and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The distribution of investment funds is carried out by BancoSeguro S.A., authorized by the Central Bank of Brazil, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and affiliated with ANBIMA. 

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1 GCECs: The Brazilian acronym for large companies (annual revenues above 12 million BRL), e-commerce and cross-border businesses.

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