Visa to Launch Payments Processing Venture

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 16, 2008

Visa will have a controlling interest in the joint venture, named Visa Processing Service Pvt. Ltd. (VPS). It begins operations this week and will serve existing processing clients. This will provide the venture with an immediate revenue stream, said a statement.

Initially, the joint venture will focus on providing financial institutions, processors, and other payment companies with prepaid and debit processing solutions. Like Visa, VPS will also have capabilities to provide credit, ATM, money transfer and private label processing, as well as a range of payments services, including risk and fraud management, mobile applications, loyalty and cardholder support.

“Payments processing is critically important to Visa’s long-term success as we seek to deliver increased value to our clients, accelerate our growth and diversify our sources of revenue,” said Joseph W. Saunders, chairman and CEO of Visa Inc. “Visa Processing Service will allow us to immediately and cost-effectively enter new geographies with a scalable and high-quality processing offering. Based on our success in the United States, we know that issuer processing is a critical component of an integrated debit strategy. Processing capabilities enhance Visa’s ability to see and analyze each transaction, providing greater opportunities to add value for financial institutions, cardholders and merchants.”

As part of the joint venture agreement, Visa will incorporate Yalamanchili’s technology with Visa’s payments expertise and existing processing infrastructure. Yalamanchili will provide its suite of NARADA Software Products - a multi-currency, multi-language platform for debit, prepaid and credit payment transactions; gateway services for international and domestic networks; and acquiring applications, including ATM terminal driving.

“We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Visa for quite some time and look forward to partnering with them on the formation of Visa Processing Service,” said Y. Ramakrishna, founder and managing director of Yalamanchili. “Together, we will complement each other’s strengths and be able to provide financial institutions with a first-class international processing offering that includes unparalleled customer service and expanded product offerings.”

VPS will be headquartered in Singapore and governed by a board of directors. The board will include Visa executives John Partridge, chief operating officer; Rupert Keeley, global head of strategy and corporate development; and David Lee, regional president of Asia Pacific; as well as Yalamanchili executives Ramakrishna and P. Srinivasan, chief technology officer. Russ Piparo, a 15-year Visa veteran, will manage the day-to-day operations of the new venture.

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