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TAS Group Q3 results: revenues and margins continue to grow
The results of the interim management report at 30 September 2020, approved by the Board of Directors on 13 November, show an improvement across all indicators compared to the same period of the previous year.
Core revenues are up by 9.1% and the net result for the period is showing a sharp increase compared to a substantial break even in the first nine months of 2019.
Chairman Pardi and CEO Bravi expressed their satisfaction with this positive and consolidated trend, confirming the validity of the Group's business model, the innovation strategies and the alliances put in place with important players in the sector that have allowed growth despite the difficult situation that affected all sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TAS Group again earns a place in the 2020 IDC FinTech Rankings
Milan, October 13, 2020– TAS Group, (Italian Stock Exchange: TAS), a global provider of innovative solutions in card management, digital payments, financial messaging and capital markets, has announced that it has been ranked among the Top 100 in the 2020 IDC FinTech Rankings for the 12th consecutive year. The 17th annual vendor ranking represents the leading hardware, software and service providers to the financial services industry from around the world. Vendors are ranked based on 2019 calendar year revenues attributed to financial institutions. The full list for 2020 can be viewed HERE.
Executive Chairman of TAS Group, Dario Pardi, remarked, "We are proud to have been recognized once again among the top fintech players in these prestigiousrankings. Such a result confirms our domain expertise and reinforces our commitment to invest in and deliver innovation and agility to financial operators in today’s dynamic payments ecosystem. We will continue to strive to be the best and to serve the Financial Industry, offering both incumbents and digital challengers alike best-of-breed, leading-edge solutions solutions that are real game changers in today’s highly competitive market place. By empowering our customers to adopt new enabling technologies, they can make digital transformation a reality and overcome legacy challenges.”
The Fortune 500-style ranking categorizes and evaluates the top global providers of financial technology based on calendar year revenues from financial institutions for hardware, software and/or services. These providers supply the technological backbone of the financial services industry, an industry in which IDC Financial Insights forecasts worldwide spending on IT across the globe to exceed $577 billion (USD) by 2024.
To thrive in a digital economy, financial services organizations must embrace innovative and integrate cutting-edge technology effectively to enhance the customer experience and achieve operational excellence. TAS Group and the vendors featured in the IDC FinTech Rankings, represent those providers committed to helping financial institutions successfully execute their digital transformation initiatives for the betterment of their customers around the world. IDC Financial Insights publishes a comprehensive report about the year's findings that is available to view or download HERE.
TAS has played a key role in supporting Europe’s financial community following the recent regularity and compliance changes mandated, with projects such as the T2/T2S Consolidation and the wider changes to Eurosystem’s TARGET services, the upcoming introduction of ESMIG and a general migration towards ISO20022. As a trusted and experienced partner during past Eurosystem migrations and with its payments solutions running at the heart of the ECB, TAS has been well positioned to offer both technological and advisory support to its customers in light of such challenges.
In the Issuing and Acquiring domain, TAS continues to lead the way as a provider of innovative digital payments and financial software solutions to banks, PSPs and Fintech throughout Europe and the Americas. Most recently it further enriched its offering by adding a new cloud-native, API-based full microservices proposal that manages all types of payments including a fleet/fuel card solution.
This innovation-driven strategy and investment in product development have contributed to the Group’s strong financial results this year, seeing a double-digit increase in EBITDA. TAS management is optimistic about the future where digital payments, boosted by the pandemic and the new norm, are expected to continue to grow.
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ITSS and TAS announce strategic partnership to boost innovation in the payments solutions domain
TAS Group strengthens its market position in the Liquidity & Collateral Management segment
Milan, 20 July 2020 - TAS S.p.A. (hereinafter the "Company" or "TAS"), leader in Italy in the supply of software and services for banking and financial applications, also present in Europe and America, announces that it has signed an agreement with Otik to add additional competence to the TAS organisation. Otik Srl is an ICT company specializing in software product design and consultancy in the Finance and Banking sector.
The operation is aimed at further strengthening TAS Group’s leadership in the Italian and European banking market in the area of Liquidity & Collateral Management.
To date, almost 20 financial institutions and interbank service centers have chosen the TAS Aquarius solution for the migration to the new consolidated Target2 /T2–Securities platform.
The initiative undertaken by TAS is also aimed at tackling the launch of the ECMS (European Collateral Management System), the last step among the Eurosystem's Consolidated Target Services, on which TAS is already carrying out analyzes and developments, working in a collaborative manner through the Aquarius User Group in partnership with KPMG and Accenture.
The closing of the purchase of Infraxis AG has been completed
Milan, Italy, 30 June 2020 - TAS S.p.A. (hereinafter the "Company" or "TAS"), leader in Italy in the supply of software and services for banking and financial applications, also present in Europe and America, announces that today the wholly-owned subsidiary under Swiss law, TAS International SA, in execution of the contract signed on June 8, 2020, has completed the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of the Swiss company Infraxis AG, which in turn holds the entire share capital of the British company Infraxis Ltd (UK).
TAS Group thus expands its presence in Switzerland and Germany, but especially in Great Britain where it is currently not present, strengthening the foundations for further growth in the European market. Thanks to the synergies that will be created on the software platforms with the Infraxis solutions, TAS plans to soon launch a new cloud based and full microservices proposal managing all types payments through a unique platform, to be once again among the promoters in terms of innovation and among the first to guide the transition from e-money to digital payments not only in Italy, but also in the other markets in which it operates, with the ambition to become a leading company also at international level.
With the conclusion of this operation, which determines the integration between two highly competitive and complementary businesses, new horizons for TAS Group beckon. In addition to a significant increase in volumes, an enrichment in human capital, thanks to the professional figures who will join and strengthen the area of research and development, which is essential to guarantee innovative and best of breed solutions to its customers.
The President of TAS Group, Dario Pardi summarized it as follows: “The conclusion of this operation confirms our inorganic growth strategy which accompanies the organic one endorsed by the recently approved Industrial Plan. With this step TAS strengthens its market position in Europe that from today represents for us an international outpost in the world of payments. This partnership and the coming ones under evaluation, are significant milestones aimed at increasing the value of the company to support those who believe and invest with us.”
This is echoed by Valentino Bravi, CEO of TAS Group: “Today TAS is a consolidated reality completely focused on renewal. We are pursuing the goal of an important growth, leveraging our areas of excellence, supported by a continuous search for innovative solutions, by an organic development of our Group and by acquisitions of complementary businesses already consolidated on the market, such as Infraxis. We firmly believe that the synergies in the development of new solutions and the cross selling opportunities, which we will explore in the coming months, will be an important accelerator in achieving the challenging objectives that we have set ourselves."
Manfred Thomi, CEO of Infraxis, comments: “TAS has chosen us and we have chosen TAS. We are ready for the market, we have always been, but today we have, thanks to the union between our already competitive businesses, many more resources on which to rely to offer our customers more and more expertise and innovative solutions".
TAS Group boosts synergies between Group companies, optimizing skills and leveraging assets for the domestic and international market
Milan, 26 June 2020 - TAS Group completes its internal reorganization aimed at optimizing skills and leveraging the assets of the Group, perfecting the strategic direction for Global Payments SpA and TAS International SA, the two companies created at the beginning of the year to target the Italian and international payments markets respectively.
The Parent Company, TAS SpA, will entrust the coordination of all production activities for the domestic market to Massimiliano Quattrocchi, at TAS Group since 2008 and already head of Global Payments. All commercial development and management activities in Italy will be led by Raffaele Monsorno Monaco, who will also have responsibility for strategic partner management. TAS SpA will continue to be responsible for the provision of administrative and financial services for all Group companies.
Lastly, the position and strategic orientation of the Group in the international markets will also be strengthened, not only through the recent acquisition of Infraxis SA, but by calling on Mario Mendia, previously head of TAS Group’s Capital Markets Business Unit and with previous experience in management consulting, to lead the creation of a consultancy structure to support the organic and inorganic growth of the company.At Group level, a new Global Channel function has been created, entrusted to Umberto Pardi, who recently joined the Parent Company's Board together with Fabio Bravi, the latter to support President Pardi on special M&A projects. The two new Board members will work in synergy with Mario Mendia to achieve the ambitious goals that form part of the business plan recently approved by the Board of Directors. Download the press release
TAS International acquires INFRAXIS AG
Milan, June 8th, 2020 – TAS International SA, the wholly-owned subsidiary of TAS S.p.A., has today signed a binding agreement for the acquisition of the Swiss company, Infraxis AG, and its British subsidiary, Infraxis Ltd (UK).
Infraxis is a leading company in the Swiss and German payment markets, where in the latter its PayStorm processing solution currently authorizes payments for approximately 30% of all issued credit cards. PayStorm supports both card and instant payment solutions within a microservice, omni-channel framework, where ultimate flexibility, scalability and reliability are assured for deployments within private and public cloud networks. Infraxis also provides quality assurance and testing solutions based upon its enterprise-wide, on-demand testing solution IQS, which offers simulation and testing for all aspects of payment infrastructure.
With this acquisition, TAS Group increases its market coverage in both Switzerland and Germany, where it is already present within the Capital Markets sector. TAS will now offer agile processing solutions across all verticals of the payment market, increasing its offerings within existing countries of operation, such as its home market Italy, and empowering its expansion internationally.
The integration of the two companies is expected to result in significant growth for the combined business, primarily due to an increase in turnover at an international level. Significant synergies are envisaged linked to both cross-selling opportunities and platform rationalization in the areas of card program management, credit, debit and fuel card issuance, mobile payments and fuel payment processing.
President Dario Pardi commented: "This acquisition forms part of the strategy laid out in the 2020-22 Business Plan, approved in March, where international expansion is one of the fundamental growth parameters. The acquisition of Infraxis is certainly an important step for TAS Group considering that with the new skills and solutions acquired, TAS will now play a primary role in the digital payments sector at a European level. The confident investment in the capital of TAS International by the current shareholders of Infraxis further confirms the validity of the business plan, and guarantees a combined contribution towards a successful and fruitful Business Integration".
CEO Valentino Bravi added: “We are now entering the concrete phase of the new TAS following the complete financial restructuring and the strengthening of our organisation. TAS is now a completely transformed business, capable of seizing every opportunity that our market offers. The acquisition of Infraxis represents a continuation of our rapid progress and it enriches us with new solutions in the world of Digital Payments, with unique specificities such as the one dedicated to the Fuel Card sector. Furthermore, it allows us to expand our presence in countries with high payment digitization rates, such as Switzerland and Germany. We view this acquisition as being the strategic starting point for further international momentum".
Manfred Thomi, CEO of Infraxis concluded: “The bringing together of Infraxis and TAS marks the start of the next exciting chapter for us. We at Infraxis are looking forward to offering our customers the benefits of a wider combined set of complementary payment solutions, which are backed up by a strong corporation with an international outlook. We are now perfectly positioned to better serve existing customers and to expand the TAS business internationally.”Read the entire Press Release in the Investor section
TAS Group doubles donation for Coronavirus research
Employees donate hours of work which the company transforms into a double donation to the IRCCS Policlinico Foundation “San Matteo” in Pavia and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” in Rome. CARIPLO Foundation in turn doubles the allocation to San Matteo.Milan, April 14, 2020 – During this period of great tension and concern for the health of all citizens, also TAS Group is driving a charity initiative in favor of the fight against COVID-19. The company has chosen to contribute to research into the new coronavirus, donating to two centers of excellence that are conducting some of the most advanced studies in Italy: the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation in Pavia and the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome. TAS Group employees involved in the initiative have chosen to either donate hours of their gross salary or an amount of leave to the cause. To encourage donations, the company has committed itself to doubling the amount raised, and has also involved the Cariplo Foundation in the initiative, who committed to doubling the donation for the San Matteo institute. The funds raised will go towards the purchase of scientific equipment (sequencers, freezers, thermal cyclers, processors and screens) necessary for a specific COVID-19 research project carried out by the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Pavia hospital, which has since the beginning engaged daily in the treatment of hundreds of infected people. A further contribution was sent to the Spallanzani Institute in Rome to finance a similar initiative. “We believe that in this time of global difficulty, which endangers the health of people as well as the economy, it is fair that all those who have the possibility, as individuals but above all as businesses, give their contribution for the resolution of the crisis. Among all the initiatives worthy of help, we have chosen to support the one that we feel is closest to our corporate spirit, that is, the search for solutions that allow us to face and manage critical situations that are changing rapidly. It's what we do every day for payment systems, today we want to do it for a bigger cause,” declares Valentino Bravi, CEO of TAS Group. “We proposed the initiative to our employees and it was immediately warmly welcomed with a large take up. This makes us feel even more united as a group and part of the common effort to get out of this crisis as soon as possible.” Download the press release
TAS Group brings its state-of-the-art card and mobile payments management platform to the Temenos MarketPlace
Temenos customers, from digital-first challengers to established banks, will now be able to design, issue and manage innovative payment products and enjoy unparalleled flexibility and time to market.
TAS Group has joined the Temenos MarketPlace making its card and digital payments solution, CARD 3.0 IE, available to Temenos customers around the world. With the addition of CARD 3.0 IE, Temenos clients can leverage a flexible, modular and scalable card issuing, acquiring and processing platform that can be deployed either on-premise or on the cloud. Card 3.0 IE enables banks to intelligently manage the entire card and digital payments value chain, including physical and virtual card issuance, card & PIN production, transaction processing, Apple and Google payments and payment analytics.
The Temenos Marketplace mission is to help banks find and connect with innovative fintech solutions from around the world in order to better meet customer needs. Through this ecosystem of incubators, banks and fintechs, Temenos accelerates innovation by giving new fintech solutions the exposure they need to financial institutions of every size. The addition of this powerful end-to-end card payment platform to Temenos MarketPlace enables banks to deliver a complete digital and mobile payment user experience, whether they are a digital-first challenger looking for a swift and easy deployment and short time to market, or an established player seeking to embrace digital transformation and keep pace with customer expectations.
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