First Global Data Director Buys 159,500 Shares

A First Global Data Ltd (traded on the CVE as FGD) Director Peter Alan Lacey bought 159,500 shares of the company at an average price of C$0.22 per share (Total of C$35,090,00) in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st.

Recently, director Peter Alan Lacey also made the following trade(s):

  • On Wednesday, December 13th, bought 139,000 shares of First Global Data stock  at an average price of C$0.22 per share, for a total of C$30,580.00.
  • On Friday, January 12th, bought 698,000 shares of First Global Data stock at an average price of C$0.22 per share, for a total of C$153,560.00.

 

Shares of First Global Data were up C$0.01 on Friday, hitting C$0.21 with 151,650 shares of the stock traded (compared to its average volume of 848,684.

 

First Global Data Ltd is a small-cap stock with a twelve month low of C$0.19 and a twelve month high of C$1.00.

 

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

First Global Data Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – February 28, 2018) – First Global Data Limited (TSXV: FGD) (FSE: 1G5) (the “Corporation“) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche (“First Tranche“) of a non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement“) previously announced in its press release of February 8, 2018. In this First Tranche, the Company issued an aggregate of 7,272,000 units (the “Units“) at a price of $0.25 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $1,818,000.00.

Each unit in the Private Placement consists of one (1) common share and one (1) common share purchase warrant (“Warrant“). Each Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one (1) common share for a period of two (2) years from date of issuance at an exercise price of $0.40 per Warrant.

The Private Placement remains open and subject to all necessary final regulatory approvals. The securities being issued in the Private Placement will be subject to a four-month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. The Corporation intends to use net proceeds for general working capital and the retirement of debt.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

For further information please contact:
Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO
(416) 504-3813 ext. 204
First Global Data Limited
email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

Caution:

Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (TSXV) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

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First Global Data Details Agreement with Tencent

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TORONTOFeb. 1, 2018 /CNW/ – Pursuant to the press release issued earlier this morning, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) has requested that First Global Data Limited (“First Global” or the “Company”) issue this press release to elaborate on and clarify the business model and agreement it has entered into with Tenpay Payment Technology Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Tencent Holdings (collectively “Tencent“).

The objective of the agreement between First Global and Tencent is to facilitate the acceptance of the WeChat mobile wallet by US retailers and merchants. First Global, with the assistance of Tencent and China Smartpay, will source US retailers and merchants willing to accept the WeChat mobile wallet as a method of payment. Once a retailer has agreed to accept this method of payment, First Global will be responsible for the onboarding of such retailers and merchants including the performance of all necessary due diligence on these parties.

The agreement represents a new line of business for the Company. The costs to the Company associated with this new line of business will be (i) the cost of integrating the company’s technology with that of Tencent and (ii) the cost of sourcing and onboarding the US retailers. With respect to the cost of integrating the Company’s technology with that of Tencent, the Company anticipates that the costs will be nominal as the Company has extensive experience with integrating its software with that of third parties. The Company does have the adequate resources to integrate the technologies and once integrated there will be no additional costs.

With respect to the sourcing and onboarding of retailers, the costs to the Company will primarily be adding additional sales associates to source and sign up merchants. As these individuals typically work on a commission pay structure, there will be minimal to no cost to the Company until such time that a retailer is signed up. The cost of installing equipment in each location will vary depending on the equipment currently held by the retailer and whether the retailer will require any equipment. The Company will not be responsible for any of the equipment cost.

First Global will always maintain a direct relationship with each retailer and merchant. The Company will be responsible for the implementation and integration of the WeChat mobile wallet using a variety of technical integration options at the merchant location. The Company will connect to the Tencent payment infrastructure by way of technical integration. These technical integrations will allow for the seamless debiting of funds from the consumer’s WeChat mobile wallet, the conversion of currency from RMB to USD, and the settlement to the merchant’s bank accounts.

Revenues will be generated on a per transaction basis. Each merchant will be charged a fee for each transaction that utilizes the WeChat mobile wallet as the payment method. The fees to be charged will be similar to that which exists for the processing of credit cards. Merchants will pay the Company a percentage based on the gross dollar value of the goods or services being purchased. The Company will determine what these rates will be on a case by case basis and based on industry standards. The Company will share these revenues with Tencent and China Smartpay. There can be no assurance or guarantee that any revenue will be generated from this agreement with Tencent as it is dependent on merchants in the US agreeing to accept the WeChat mobile wallet as a payment method.

The term of the agreement with Tencent is for one (1) year and shall automatically renew for subsequent one-year periods unless terminated by either party having provided one month’s prior notice.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

First Global Data to Provide Mobile Payments for Chinese Vacationers to USA

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TORONTOJan. 16, 2018 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a Definitive Agreement with China Smartpay to deliver cross border payment solutions for Chinese vacation travelers and students studying overseas. On September 26, 2017 the Company announced that it had entered into a binding MOU with China Smartpay.

First Global’s implementation team has also recently returned from Shanghai and is working closely with China Smart Pay to implement the solution.

The service will allow WeChat users in China to travel to the United States, shop at a US retail location, and purchase goods using the funds on their WeChat mobile wallet. There are close to 1 billion users on the WeChat mobile platform globally and as noted in the September 26, 2017 press release, in 2015 “Chinese shoppers bought almost half of the world’s luxury goods”…”The outbound Chinese tourist numbers reached 120 million in 2015″…and “Chinese consumers spent 1.2 trillion yuan ($183 billion)“. According to Fung Global Retail and Tech (https://www.fungglobalretailtech.com/research/global-chinese-shoppers-carry-spending-momentum-2016/). By 2020, they estimate that “186 million Chinese tourists will travel overseas”…and that “their total overseas spending will reach US$349 billion per year.”

First Global, through its money transmitter licenses will ensure that each transaction complies with US regulatory guidelines. In addition, First Global will be responsible for retrieving the consumer funds from their mobile wallets and settling all transactions with the US based merchants. Merchants will pay First Global a percentage of the gross dollar value of the goods purchased, which is the existing model used for purchases made with credit cards today. First Global will share revenues with China Smartpay.

“The US is one of the most frequented countries for Chinese vacationers. The benefit for US retailers can be significant as this provides them with access to a relatively new and very large base of shoppers. In addition, retailers will benefit from accepting payments from the leading edge mobile payment service implemented by First Global. Deploying services in the USA is intended to be phase 1 and we will keep our shareholders updated as the project evolves. From my perspective, this initiative fits our Company like a glove. It leverages our cross-border capability, access to very large consumer base, our licenses, and is within our mobile centric payments and transactional revenue focus”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.

About China Smartpay (www.chinasmartpay.com/en)

China Smartpay is China’s leading payment solutions company. The China Smartpay Group Holdings (8325.HK) is a Hong Kong-listed company which is engaged in smart payment and internet finance. The company owns the nationwide prepaid card license and internet payment license, and possesses leading smart POS technology and systems. By cooperating with capable and well-known strategic partners, China Smartpay is able to take a leading position in the payment industry. China Smartpay’s payment business will be based on prepaid cards, and expand into internet payment, mobile payment, and P2P, etc. in order to serve customers of various types, and establish a vast real-name account network. In the long term, such account networks will become the platform for integrated and personalized financial services.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

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For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

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First Global Announces Q3 2017 Financial Results

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TORONTONov. 30, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has released its Q3, 2017 financial statements.

First Global Data Limited (CNW Group/First Global Data Limited)

Please note that financial statements are prepared in US dollars, while the Company’s stock price and market cap as presented on the TSX Venture Exchange are reflected in Canadian dollars.

Revenues:
The Company continued to realize and increase in revenues. The three month ending September 30, 2017 revenues were $4,504,979 as compared to the three-month ending September 30, 2016 of $1,112,116.

Net Income:
Net income for Q3 showed a loss of $35,053 as compared to Q3, 2016 net income loss of 4,363. Among other things, the company continues to focus on increasing licenses in the USA which adds additional costs.

Profitability and Capital Position:
As at September 30, 2017, the Company maintained an overall positive net income and the capital position of the Company continues to be strong.

“We are generally pleased with our financial results for Q3, 2017. The Company is focused on implementing business deals that have been announced and we believe that as they are deployed they will have a material positive impact to our transactional revenues,” said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global.

About First Global: (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

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First Global Achieves More Than 1 Million Users and Provides Corporate Update

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TORONTONov. 23, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is very pleased to announce that it has exceeded 1 million users, and would like to provide the following corporate update.

Annual General Meeting:

On October 26, 2017 the Company conducted its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”). The meeting was well attended with a record number of shareholders in attendance. The Company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Andre Itwaru presented the Company’s corporate overview, lines of business, corporate strategy, objectives and direction.

Mr. Itwaru shared that the Company’s corporate strategy includes a three-phased approach. Firstly, the Company partners with large strategic organizations which have an embedded customer base. Secondly, it works with its strategic partners to penetrate that embedded customer base by encouraging them to download the mobile app/register. Thirdly, the Company works with its partners to encourage those customers to use one or many of the services offered to drive revenues.

The Company’s current objectives include:

  1. Customer Acquisiton: by leveraging partners’ base of existing users
  2. Penetrating: 1 Million Active Users
  3. Monetizing: Drive annual revenue per user (“ARPU”) to $280
  4. Continue to increase profitability
  5. Increase customer penetration beyond 1 Million
  6. Duplicate model in each corridor and every deploy

Mr. Ken Zheng, Chief Operating Officer of one of the Company’s China based strategic partners, Lianlian Pay presented Lianlian and shared that Lianlian:

  1. Is the 4th largest mobile payment service provider in China
  2. Has a customer base of 150 million registered users
  3. Has 10,000+ online merchants
  4. Has processed in excess of US$ 80 Billion in transactions to date in 2017

Mr. Zheng demonstrated the world’s first social messaging based cross border remittance service which has been launched in partnership between Lianlian Pay and First Global on the WeChat messaging platform. Mr. Zheng also shared his views on the growth and potential of the partnership with First Global. The presentations were quite interactive and there was significant interest by shareholders with many questions and answers. Presentations are available for view at: www.firstglobaldata.com/agm

India Progress and User Base:

First Global is pleased to advise that in India, through its partnership with Vijaya Bank and the VPayqwik mobile wallet offering, the Company has achieved 972,364 users. The company is pleased with this penetration given the short timeframe services have been available in the Indian market. The Company is working with Vijaya Bank to continue increasing the number of users and to drive incremental transactions and revenues per user.

Remittances User Base, Lianlian Pay, and US Licenses:

First Global is pleased to announce that its user base for remittances services in the USA and Canada which includes the Happy Transfer service launched in cooperation with Lianlian Pay has achieved 322,024 users.

Happy Transfer is a service available in the USA on the WeChat social messaging platform. It allows a person in the USAto send money from their mobile phones to a user in China in approximately 9 seconds. The service is the first of its kind in the world. Launch of services occurs on a state-by-state basis. The Company has launched this service in 24 states, continues its launch program into the other 10 states and has been working with Lianlian Pay toward launch in Canada.

In 2017, the Company has increased its US state money transmitter licenses by 13 and continues to work toward achieving all 50 licenses. The full complement of state licenses will enable the Company to offer all of its services country wide in the USA.

AnalytixInsight:

On July 5, 2017 the Company announced that it had entered into a Letter of Intent with Analytixinsight to expand First Global’s mobile payments services across Europe and elsewhere in a revenue sharing model. AnalytixInsight will leverage its partnerships with organizations such as Samsung and Intesa Sanpaolo, to expand First Global’s mobile payments services across Europe and elsewhere as determined by the Parties in a revenue sharing model. Intesa Sanpaolo – one of Italy’s largest banks with a market cap of over €45 billion – has shared ownership in AnalytixInsight’s subsidiary Marketwall. Under the partnership, Intesa Sanpaolo will migrate approximately 8 million mobile banking users in 8,000 retail branches to Marketwall’s mobile platform across five European countries, to provide a range of mobile payment services.

The Company would like to advise that it is actively working with Analytixinsight to conclude the definitive agreement and to engage project teams toward service deployment anticipated to occur in Q1, 2018.

China Smartpay:

On September 25, 2017 First Global announced that it has entered into a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with China Smartpay to deliver cross border payment solutions for Chinese vacation travelers and students studying overseas. The Company would like to advise that it is actively working with China Smartpay toward conclusion of the definitive agreement and service launch in time for Chinese New Year on or prior to February 16, 2018.

In the September 25, 2017 announcement, Mr. Xiong, the President of China Smartpay Group Holding advised that, “Chinese outbound tourism will continue to experience consistent rapid growth. In 2016 Chinese outbound tourists spent 216 billion US dollars, of which the United States accounted for 120 billion US dollars. This shows that the North American market is one of most important destinations for Chinese tourists…China Smartpay Group…is partnering with First Global Data for its leading technology, licenses, and wide payment network and capabilities in North America to carry out the North American market mobile payment business.”

“The AGM was a great success. I sincerely appreciated meeting our shareholders, sharing our vision and progress, answering their questions and listening to their perspectives and advice. I am also very pleased with the progress we have made toward increasing our customer base. We are focused on having all of our deployments around the world contribute toward achieving 1 million active users generating $280 of revenue per user per year. We are very pleased with the progress we have made with our China based partners as we deploy innovative solutions for the very large overseas Chinese demographic and shoppers. We also continue to improve our technological capabilities which includes enhancing our existing mobile wallet to encompass the acceptance of crypto currencies in a compliant and regulatory manner, and this solution will be available on a white label basis to our strategic partners. We believe that the impact of the progress we have made will be better understood toward the end of 2017 and into 2018″, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of the Company.

About First Global

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chief Executive Officer, t: (416) 504-3813, e: ir@firstglobaldata.com

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Money Transmitter Licenses and Canadian First Global Data in the U.S.

Almost every U.S. state requires a state license in order to transmit money into, out of or within the state. These licenses are expensive to acquire and to maintain and establish a financial barrier of entry.

Licensing requirements include the following considerations:

  • applicant’s financial condition
  • applicant’s net worth
  • amount of business for the previous year
  • anticipated business for the upcoming year

The cost of acquiring a license average more than U.S. $175,000 per state and the annual renewal fees on average are more than U.S. $135,000.

In addition to the various state requirements,  money transmitters must also register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Registration is valid for two years before it needs to be renewed. Money transmitters must use the BSA E-Filing System to submit initial registration forms and renewals. There are both civil and criminal penalties for money services businesses that do not register with FinCEN.

In effect, these regulations help to validate the worthiness of the companies that acquire the money transmitter license. Given the financial investment and the corporate strength in order to acquire the licenses, companies that are granted licenses achieve a degree of credibility.

It is believed that it is more difficult for foreign companies to acquire these licenses. However, given Canada’s highly developed, regulated and structured financial industry, Canadian-based companies are afforded a strong reputation internationally.

One Canadian, publicly traded company, First Global Data Inc. (traded as v.fgd on the TMX) is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

First Global Data (www.firstglobaldata.com), according to their most recent press release, has acquired 31 money transmitter licenses. “We continue our focus on US wide licensing as the more State licenses First Global has, the larger the market opportunity for our services such as Happy Transfer launched on the WeChat social messaging platform with our China-based partner LianLian; for the Company’s First Global Money international remittances services which delivers into Latin America, India, the Philippines and other very large markets; for domestic USA peer to peer and mobile payment services; and for additional cross border payment services the Company intends to provide to consumers across the USA”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.

This company is  positioned to strategically take advantage of Canada’s financial industry reputation, leveraging our access to the U.S. market and bridging it with Asian demand. With a stock price at under CDN$0.30, I’m curious to see the value of the users it has acquired through partnerships. With Canadian Schedule A banks paying thousands of dollars for credit card customer acquisitions, this company’s value might already be well beyond its stock price.

See related post: First Global Data Appoints Top Notch CFO

First Global Data Appoints Vicki Ringelberg as New CFO

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TORONTOOct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data Limited (“First Global” or the “Company”) announces the resignation of Nayeem Alli and the appointment of Vicki Ringelberg, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

Nayeem Alli is a founder and has been a key contributor toward the vision and success of the Company. The decision to resign was a deeply personal one for him. The Company is working with Mr. Alli toward establishing a consulting relationship as he becomes ready. The Board of Directors, management and shareholders of First Global thank Mr. Alli for his dedication and contributions as Chief Financial Officer and sincerely wish him the best. Mr. Alli continues as a director of the Company.

Vicki Ringelberg is a high caliber executive with a track record of success. Ms. Ringelberg is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Governance and Administration Committee and previous Chair of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee of the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust). Prior to that, Ms. Ringelberg spent over 20 years working in various senior financial capacities including Chief Financial Officer of Portland Investment Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AIC Limited (“AIC”). During her tenure at AIC, Ms. Ringelberg was also a member of various boards. Ms. Ringelberg has broad experience in the financial services industry including managing large scale initiatives, implementing complex accounting systems, evaluating business opportunities and executing the acquisitions and sales of various businesses. Ms. Ringelberg is a CPA and also holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

“We respect Nayeem’s decision to step down as our CFO. He has been a leader since the Company’s inception and instrumental in the Company achieving the levels of success it currently has,” said Andre Itwaru, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “We are very pleased that Vicki has agreed to join First Global. She brings an incredible level of experience, financial acumen and discipline to the Company, and I look forward to working closely with her as we take the Company to the next levels of its evolution.”

The appointment of Vicki Ringelberg as Chief Financial Officer is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

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Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc., Steve Hosein: shosein@renmarkfinancial.com, Tel: (416) 644-2020 or (514) 939-3989, www.renmarkfinancial.com

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Canadian FINTECH Company Enables Micro Finance in India

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TORONTO, June 8, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it signed an agreement with Bohdi Systems Pvt. Ltd. to provide among other things financial services such as micro credit, savings and mobile payments to the disadvantaged and lower income demographic in India.

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The service is called DhanMitra and it is currently being implemented on the First Global mobile wallet deployment in India. DhanMitra is an ecosystem comprised of Cooperative and Rural Banks and Micro Finance Institutions. The service will enable First Global customers to access micro credit loans, to withdraw funds from the microfinance accounts, load their mobile wallets, make purchases of eBooks and other eLearning products, access the other services that First Global offers on the mobile platform including payment of bills, etc, and to repay loans.

“This is an important initiative for First Global. We continue to focus on expanding our value-added services portfolio on our mobile platform, while at the same time finding ways to facilitate financial inclusion by utilizing proprietary FINTECH solutions. Financial inclusion is a major mandate of First Global and we will continue to add services and capabilities to those challenged by current banking systems”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global.

About Bodhi Systems (www.bodhisystems.org)

Bodhi Systems is an enterprise that leverages technology and applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being. PUBLISHING Bodhi Systems offers seamless transition from traditional publishing to digital publishing. Our software assets have impeccable reputation in the international publishing arena serving large trade publishers, academic publishers and individual authors alike. EDUCATION Bodhi Systems is leading an initiative to deliver a student-centric personalized learning platform based on competency-based education framework. FINANCE Bodhi Systems’ offering DhanMitra is a platform that brings financial services such as micro-credit, savings, mobile payments, to disadvantaged and low-income sections of society.

About First Global: (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc.(“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited