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JPMorgan Partners With to Eradicate Paper Payments

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM - Free Report) recently made an undisclosed investment in, the largest business-to-business (B2B) payments network in the U.S. The move is part of the company’s efforts toward enabling its business clients do away with paper checks, and instead make and receive payments electronically.’s technology is likely to be integrated into JPMorgan’s digital system by early 2018. The association will benefit the banks’ customers by allowing them to have access to’s network comprising almost 2.5 million users.

Notably, according to Stephen Markwell, a product strategy head for JPMorgan, though various customers have started making use of electronic payment tools, there is still a huge amount of business payments that are made using checks. In fact, around $4 is spent by companies for printing and handling each check.

Hence, once businesses start making and receiving payments electronically, it will save a lot of their time, money and effort, which goes into managing bills manually.

Markwell says, “Bill payment is a huge source of pain for businesses,” adding, “Every step of that process is manual, inefficient, error-prone, and ripe for electronification.”

However, this is not the first time that JPMorgan is using the expertise of another firm to better serve its clients. In order to make auto purchases easier and to simplify small business lending and mortgage origination, the bank had in the past announced partnerships with firms like Truecar, On Deck Capital Inc. and Roostify.

The company’s price performance looks impressive. Its shares have gained 40.6% in a year’s time, outperforming the 34.3% growth for the industry it belongs to.

Currently, JPMorgan carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

A few better-ranked stocks from the same space are M&T Bank Corporation (MTB - Free Report) , The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC - Free Report) and State Street Corporation (STT - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

M&T Bank Corporation witnessed a marginal upward earnings estimate revision for the current year over the past 60 days. Its share price has increased 32% in a year’s time.

PNC Financial’s Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has also been revised marginally upward in the last 60 days. Its shares have gained 44.7% in the past 12 months.

State Street Corporation has witnessed an upward earnings estimate revision of 3.6% for the current year over the past 60 days. Its shares price has increased 34.6% in a year’s time.

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