Integrated payment processor Vantiv, Inc. and Visa, Inc. (V - Free Report) have launched a new product called FastAccess Funding. This product is meant for the small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. As the name implies, the product will take care of the funding need of these merchants by considerably reducing the time to get access to their funds after sales are made.
Visa will use its Visa Direct functionality, to serve the merchants. Visa Direct is a simple, fast, and secure real-time payments platform.
The product will be a big breather for the merchants as the decrease in waiting time to access funds will reduce their working capital requirement.
Till now, merchants had to wait for a number of days to receive funds. This service helps merchants with quick and consistent access to their daily settlement, thereby enabling them to focus on growing their business without worrying for daily cash requirements.
This product is an extension of Vantiv’s new push-to-card platform. The merchants will receive settlement payout in minutes to their debit card once funded.
This product will make Vantiv the first major merchant acquirer to speed up the merchant settlement process and offer faster disbursements to their clients. Vantiv and Visa perceive a high growth potential in this market since one-third of U.S. small businesses are faced with funding challenges.
Vantiv’s shares have returned 35% in a year, significantly outperforming the industry’s gain of just 26.5%.
U.S. small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) form a major and critical part of the country’s economy. Both companies have long been striving to deepen its presence in the growing SME market.
Vantiv carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Some other top-ranked stocks from the same space are Green Dot Corp. (GDOT - Free Report) sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Western Union Co. (WU - Free Report) , with the same Zacks Rank as Vantiv. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Green Dot has been witnessing upward estimate revisions for the last 60 days. In one year, the company’s share price has risen more than 99%.
Western Union has witnessed upward estimate revisions for the last 60 days. It beat estimates in two of the last four quarters, with an average positive surprise of 4%.
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