Change was selected in a cohort of 9 Australian fintechs to participate in the Fintech Australian and Austrade program to help financial services and technology providers scale in the US market.

Across May and June, the cohort will attend the in-person program in New York where they will promote their offering, meet partners, clients, investors and mentors to build their US market presence. The cohort will also attend the Lendit Fintech 2022 Conference at the end of May, which includes the Demo Day hosted by WEVE Acceleration and Austrade.

Austrade’s Steve Rank, Trade and Investment Commissioner New York, explained  “Australia’s fintech sector will be showcased in New York when 9 of the best and brightest Australian Fintech startups visit in May.”

Change will be presented by Clayton Fossett (COO) and Brian Hodgdon (VP – Business Development and Customer Relations) and promote our Vertexon Payments as a Service and PaySim payments simulation and testing products.

Change will be joined by

Change is honored to have been selected along with such esteemed fintechs and looks forward to building our presence in the US.

Change Financial was features in Fintech Australia’s Five Fintech on Friday along with Kanopi, FirstAML, MyLenda, and Radium Capital

Change Featured in Five Fintechs on Friday

Change Financial (ASX:CCA) partners with fintechs and banks, to provide tailored payment, card issuing, and testing solutions. The global fintech has over 146 clients across 41 countries, managing and processing over 16 million credit, debit, and prepaid cards, delivering flexible and fast-to-market payment solutions. Change’s Vertexon provides leading digital and physical card solutions for banks and fintechs. Vertexon makes it simple for clients to launch full featured digital payment experiences to their end consumers fast.

Five of the top ten global payment companies trust Change’s PaySim for payment simulation and testing solution, helping them meet the reliability and performance expectations.

https://www.fintechaustralia.org.au/five-fintechs-on-friday-february-4-2022/

After onboarding multiple new clients to its global platform, Change Financial (ASX: CCA) is set to convert its recent product launches into new sales opportunities via Stockhead

Fintech payments leader Change Financial confirmed achievement of key platform milestones and new sales in an exciting quarter update this morning.

Among a number of operational highlights, CEO Alastair Wilkie flagged the successful launch of the company’s Vertexon platform, with additional products under development and a strong pipeline of new work opportunities – both in Australia and globally heading into 2022.

“We continued to grow our sales pipeline and see these opportunities progress through the sales funnel. During the quarter, we converted a significant number of opportunities into contracted revenue which will be realised in future quarters,” Wilkie said.

Importantly, Change commenced onboarding its first payments-as-a-service (PaaS) client in the lucrative US market during the quarter and is now pursuing multiple new clients leads across the US, Australasia and Latin America.

Accompanying that strong momentum, Wilkie and the CCA executive team have a clear strategic vision and key performance metrics to drive further growth in the year ahead.

Business highlights

Across the company’s operational objectives, CCA achieved a priority target in Q4 with the successful launch of Vertexon – a modern digital solution for banking clients to unify back-end process for prepaid, debit and credit cards.

During the December quarter, Change launched the Vertexon SaaS platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Sydney, to service banks and fintechs in the Oceania region.

Delivered on schedule and on budget, the platform is highly scalable with the functionality for rapid global rollouts in response to client demand.

Along with that in-market launch, CCA also completed the beta phase of testing on the new Application Programming Interface (API) for PaySim – its SaaS-based automated payment testing solution that allows banks and fintechs to accelerate their development and product release cycles, the company said.

“The API enables clients to automate load, stress and regression testing to produce comprehensive results reporting and is the foundational component of PaySim’s software as a service offering,” CCA said.

As a measure of its product market-fit, PaySim is already in use by five of the top 10 digital payments companies globally, and marks a particularly exciting growth channel for Change.

Client momentum

In line with those key successes in product development, CCA was also able to convert its momentum into a number of new client wins.

Among them was the addition of a new fintech Mastercard prepaid card program in the US, which will deliver a minimum contract value of US$700,000 (~$1.0m) over an initial three-year term.

Client on-boarding is “well-progressed” and is expected to go live in the March quarter 2022, CCA said.

In addition, the company has secured US$1.3m (~$1.8m) of sales across its new product platform, with “US$1.1 million of Vertexon projects and US$200,000 of PaySim projects for existing clients”.

“Change expects further significant client wins to close in the third and fourth quarters of FY22 as opportunities progress through the sales funnel,” the company said.

The net outcome is that investors can look forward to a steady pipeline of growth for new revenue and cash-flow channels, as CCA continues to build its client base.

Importantly, around 55% of CCA’s revenue has been generated from recurring revenue streams.

Contracted ARR increased to US$4.7m, led by the successful onboarding of Change’s new PaaS client in the US market.

And as evidence of its strong momentum, Change highlighted that its sales pipeline grew by a net-24 opportunities in the December quarter to 158, while 23 new client opportunities were won and closed out.

“There was a significant increase in customer invoicing in Q2, particularly in December, which is expected to drive cash collections in Q3,” Change said.

With a scalable platform that services more than 16 million payment cards and 147 clients in 41 countries, CCA continues to carve out a profitable niche in the multi-billion dollar global payments market.

And following a transformative period in the second half of 2021, the company is set for a big year of growth in 2022.

https://stockhead.com.au/tech/change-financial-continues-to-drive-growth/

Mastercard and Visa are moving from 6-digit BINs to 8-digit BINs for prepaid, debit and credit cards in the coming months. Both Visa and Mastercard have confirmed that from April 2022, they will no longer be issuing 6-digit BINs. 

With the timing running out, have you tested your cards and payments system are compatible? 

What happens if it goes wrong? 

  • Incorrect routing and authorisation failures 
  • Unexpected BIN fees / monthly management fees 
  • Settlement and clearing failures 
  • Host card management system, affiliate bank processing, reporting failures 
  • Incorrectly split portfolios across consumer and commercial 

The impact of 8-digit BINs  

The change to BIN will impact acquirers, issuers and processors.  Affected systems may include  

  • ATMs 
  • POS devices and terminal 
  • Switches 
  • Authorisation and settlement systems 
  • Data analytics and reporting systems 

Payment companies and services providers should be testing their systems to ensure they can acquire, issue and process transactions from cards with 8-digit BINs. 

PaySim make testing your payment systems simple 

Our payment testing and simulation solution, PaySim helps banks and fintechs ensure their systems are compliant and robust.  We have a long history helping companies get ready for changes like the transition to 8-digit BINs. 

For our own payments platform, Vertexon, we leverage PaySim internally to ensure we can support any mandated changes from the schemes.   

Using PaySim to test 8 digit BINs and more 

Payment testing is usually a time consuming and manual process. PaySim makes it simple for you to simulate the full transaction lifecycle and automate your testing processes.   

PaySim product is easy to install and a cost-effective tool for accelerating your testing regime.  

8 Digit BIN support could be a major internal change for any institution.  

PaySim allows you to: 

  • generate transactions from different sources with different card prefixes. 
  • Transaction generation 
  • Transactions with different card prefixes from ATM, POS or Interchange 
  • Route Testing 
  • Any updated routing rules are correctly followed 
  • End to End verification of card prefixes. 
  • Messages for different card prefixes get processed by the correct processes.  

Use PaySim to generate the transactions and authorise replies if required. Then do internal checks that all transactions have been processed as expected with the new 8 Digit BIN rules 

If you want to find out more about PaySim or if you’re an existing customer looking for more information about 8-digit BINs, contact us we’re here to help. 

Change Financial (ASX:CCA) CEO Alastair Wilkie joined as host of ASX company leaders to share their highlights for 2021 via Stockhead.

It’s been another year of lockdown and supply challenges for all companies dealing with the COVID-19 variants as they pop up. But with challenges, comes opportunities to learn and grow. So as the end of the year approaches, we took the chance to tap our client list and ask CEOs of ASX-listed small caps – from sand miners to cannabis growers to fintechs – what they learnt in 2021, their highlights, and what they hope for in 2022.

Today, we ask: What was your company highlight for 2021?

Alastair explained “We had three really important events”

  • Completing our core card management and processing platform in the US and launching it that into market;
  • Following that, we made a strategic and transformative acquisition that expanded our US operations into a global payments solutions business. This, in turn, sped up our three-year strategic roadmap by 18 months; and
  • We launched our customer ready integrated payments as a service solution “Vertexon.” This was an exceptional performance by the team to achieve that within a year

To hear the experiences from Alastair and the rest of the leader, check out the full article https://stockhead.com.au/news/ceos-look-back-and-share-their-company-highlights-from-2021-2/

Showcasing the features and future development of our payment testing and simulation solution, Change is proud to launch the PaySim Roadmap.

Our Senior Vice President of Testing Solutions, Ewan Wilson, celebrated the release of the roadmap to Change’s new website. “I’m proud to be able to publish our roadmap for PaySim to our clients and payments industry. Our Product and Technology teams have been focused on delivering new capabilities for our testing solution and it is exciting for us to share our journey with the world.”

Chief Product Office, Vinnie D’Alessandro, explains the importance of Change publishing its product roadmaps. “At Change, we believe in having open and transparent communications. We engage with our clients and partners to help plan and prioritise our new feature development. Sharing our progress and achievements plays a significant driver to deliver transparency to the market.

“Shortly we will be releasing our Vertexon Roadmap to share our Payments as a Service development activities.”

The roadmaps will be regularly updated as features are released and new items are added to the development pipeline.

The PaySim Roadmap is available on the Change website.

PaySim is Change Financial’s new brand for its payments testing solution, launch of its API is expected to generate additional recurring revenues for the company.

Australian global fintech company, Change Financial (ASX:CCA) continues to solidify its position as a top payment solutions provider.

The company has just launched PaySim, its new payments testing solution brand that helps banks and fintechs accelerate their development and product release cycles.

PaySim can simulate over 60,000 transaction variations across multiple systems, enabling banks and fintechs to complete end-to-end testing of their payment platforms and processes from a desktop.

It also has over 42 different modules to provide coverage across multiple payment technologies and schemes.

The platform has been widely used during the pandemic to facilitate testing without the need for access to physical devices such as automatic teller machines (ATM), or point of sale (POS) terminals.

A beta phase for the PaySim API is also underway, and Change has partnered with a Big Four Australian bank to complete this client testing phase.

“We’re very proud of the successful launch of PaySim, our new testing solution brand, the result of a strategic investment of time and resources into our simulation capabilities over the last year,” said Change CEO, Alastair Wilkie.

Key features of PaySim
In the last 12 months, Change has been investing in new products, features and development, culminating in the release of PaySim.

This new platform is expected to generate new recurring revenue streams, as it will help clients gain testing capability to help scale their businesses.

PaySim can also be used to certify payment participants on schemes, switches and local networks.

In Australia for example, companies that want to join the eftpos network must use PaySim to certify their integration before connecting to the local payments network.

PaySim is also being used by over 130 banks and fintechs across more than 30 countries. Five of the top 10 digital payment companies globally use PaySim for their payments testing.

The PaySim API is currently being developed, and on track for full release prior to the end of 2021.

The API enables clients to automate load, stress and regression testing to produce comprehensive results reporting, and is the foundational component of PaySim’s Software as a Service offering.

A successful launch is expected to drive sales for existing and new clients globally, growing Change’s annual recurring revenue stream.

“API capability is the greatest enabler for fintechs and banks to accelerate product development and release timelines,” commented Change CTO, Arnold Lee.

“Our PaySim API enables our clients to simplify their testing functions through automation and integration with their testing and quality assurance toolsets.”

Lee’s development team is currently in the final stages of beta testing with clients prior to its release in Q2 FY22. Part of the testing is to extend its ISO20022 testing capabilities.

The PaySim solution has also been validated for use with schemes such as Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, Amex, and JCB.

“PaySim will help to solidify our standing as the one of the top payment testing solutions in the world,” CEO Wilkie emphasised.

Today’s development comes after the release of the Vertexon payments platform in October.

Vertexon is Change’s latest Payments as a Service offering, which provides quick-to-market card and payments solutions to banks and fintechs around the world.

The software integrates seamlessly with the clients’ core systems, and is able to deliver both physical and digital card solutions, as well other features such as Buy Now Pay Later.


https://stockhead.com.au/tech/change-financial-to-launch-payments-testing-api/

This article was developed in collaboration with Change Financial, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

ShareCafe hosts Change Financial CEO, Alastair Wilkie.

Change is redefining the possibilities of payments and card issuing by providing innovative infrastructure and tools for building customizable payment solutions.

Fintech payments company Change Financial (ASX:CCA) announced this morning that it’s finalised the strategic acquisition of Wirecard’s Australian and New Zealand assets.

The company confirmed the completion of the sale conditions, which will see it take control of Wirecard’s Australia and New Zealand operations.

The acquisition follows Change’s initial announcement earlier this month, when the company jumped at the opportunity to acquire the Wirecard assets at attractive multiples.

And with CEO Alistair Wilkie – the former chief operating officer at $1bn payments platform EML Payments (ASX:EML) at the helm, Change is well placed to convert its strategic acquisition into a material profit generator in the years ahead.

Game-changer
Change said the deal gave it control over a strong global payments business that generated recurring revenues of $9.3m in the 2020 financial year, and total income of more than $15m.

Wirecard’s Australian and New Zealand business specialises in card management and payment platform solutions, for “banks and financial institutions as well as digital brands and fintechs”, Change said.

The business currently serves more than 120 customers across 35 countries, including the ‘Big Four’ Australian banks and major supermarket operators.

Importantly, all key personnel at Wirecard have stayed with the business post-sale – a direct indicator of senior management’s view about the platform’s growth prospects.

Prior to the acquisition by Change Financial, Wirecard’s regional leadership group also explored the potential for a management buy-out (MBO) for the assets, to capitalise on the global opportunity.

As of today (October 1), all required staff of Wirecard Australia & NZ are now employed by Change Financial.

Customer transfer
In confirming the deal, Change advised that it has now started receiving signed assignment deeds for Wirecard customers.

In conversations with administrator McGrath Nicol, which selected Change’s offer in a competitive bidding process, the company expects to complete more assignment deeds in the months ahead.

In addition, existing Wirecard customers have continued to use the company’s services and pay their bills throughout the administration process.

With the sale now completed, Change is focused on accelerating the integration process and expanding market share in the months ahead.

The company flagged a “10-fold” increased of its addressable market via the introduction of new card services.

It also plans to onboard more than 10 companies from its existing client base in the US to the expanded product offering.
https://stockhead.com.au/tech/change-financial-seals-the-deal-on-game-changing-acquisition/