For ASX-listed payments companies, a partnership approach is key
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The ASX is home to a number of payments companies looking to capitalise on the global shift towards digital payments.
And across both B2B and B2C channels, partnership strategies have emerged as a key trend in the race for market share.
Earlier this week, payments group Novatti (ASX:NOV) announced a partnership deal which will see its Visa Prepaid cards made available for Google Pay and Samsung Pay on Android devices.
In the B2C space, Zip Co (ASX:Z1P) recently announced a new distribution agreement, which will allow the company’s BNPL customers to use its service in any retailer (physical store or online) where Visa is accepted.
And back in June, BNPL competitor Splitit (ASX:SPT) ripped higher on the back of a new agreement with Mastercard.
Speaking with Stockhead following this week’s announcement, Novatti CEO Peter Cook said partnerships are a key focus for the business as it looks to increase its slice of the digital payments space.
“Right at the moment, we’ve probably got more than 50 fintechs one way or another, that are connected to us,” he said.
“Whether that’s through our issuing platform, into cross border payments, into our China payments acquiring services.”
“So we think there’s an opportunity to be a B2B infrastructure player. And conversely, we’re connected to other fintechs and we use their services.”
Examples of that in the local market include the ASX-listed rent.com.au, which has launched a service called Rent Pay in connection with Novatti.
“They’re using some of our issuing, acquiring and settlement services to essentially manage a national payments network,” Cook said.
“And at a global level we’ve had Marqeta from the US, who’ve used Novatti in Australia for sponsorship which enables them to be able to issue Visa cards,” he said.
Cook said the company has also launched an accelerator platform in the local market, which allows other fintechs to white label their products in a proof-of-concept INSERT using Novatti’s licensed card issuing services.
The company is also investing in a B2B push into the US market following its acquisition of business process automation platform, Emersion.
But whether its global markets in China and the US, or building out its domestic network in Australia, Cook said partnerships will be “a key focus”.
“There’s a general theory that to be a successful fintech in payments, you’re probably going to be connected to multiple other fintechs. So we use others and we’ve got more than 50 using us,” Cook said.