The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payments, and EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW), a leading provider of instant cash solutions for consumers, today announced an agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement, Western Union Money Transfer ®, money order and consumer bill payment services will be available at over 900 EZCORP-operated store locations in the United States. Western Union money transfer services also will be available at more than 300 EZCORP-operated store locations in Mexico and Canada.
“Our agreement with Western Union will allow EZCORP to provide vital money transfer and other payment services, thereby deepening our relationship with our customer base,” said Paul Rothamel, EZCORP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Western Union is an established global brand, and the company facilitates the reliable and timely movement of money through a substantial international network. Aligning with Western Union is a natural choice for EZCORP, as we remain committed to providing exceptional service and meeting our customers’ wide variety of financial needs.”
EZCORP operates more than 900 locations in the United States under various brand names, including EZPAWN, Value Pawn & Jewelry and EZMONEY. The company’s presence in Mexico includes 230 Empeño Fácil or Empeñe Su Oro stores, and a 60% ownership interest in Crediamigo, a specialty consumer finance company. In Canada, EZCORP operates 70 cash advance and buy/sell stores under the brand names Cash Converters and Cashmax. The company also has strategic relationships with Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC, one of the U.K.’s largest pawnbroking businesses, and Cash Converters International Limited, which franchises and operates a worldwide network of personal financial services and retail stores. EZCORP was named to Fortune Magazine’s 100 fastest growing companies list in both 2010 1 and 2011 2.“Western Union is positioned at the nexus between cash and electronic technologies,” said Victoria Lopez-Negrete, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America at Western Union. “Our relationship with EZCORP will now enable consumers to send and receive money transfers, purchase money orders and make bill payments – all in one convenient location.”