Visa Announces Strategic Processing Relationship With Planet Payment

LONG BEACH, N.Y., March 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visa recently announced the opening of the Myanmar market to ATM and POS acceptance through their licensing agreements with Co-operative Bank, Kanbawza Bank, and Myanmar Overseas Bank. This represents significant progress for Myanmar's electronic payments infrastructure as it provides the country with a platform to participate in the global financial system. By joining the Visa network, the banks agree to adopt Visa's global security standards for electronic payment.

Bringing the Myanmar banks into the network quickly and efficiently was accomplished through each of the Visa bank partners subscribing to a Visa managed service solution that allowed them to quickly activate their systems to support the needs of inbound business travelers and tourists alike.

"Visa card acceptance for ATM and point-of-sale transactions in Myanmar are operating well. As part of our ongoing commitment and partnership with local banks, we are working together to improve efficiency in operations and services," said Somboon Krobteeranon, Visa Country Manager, Myanmar and Thailand.

Phillip Kumnick, Visa's Head of Global Acquirer Processing, said: "Working with each bank we were able to deliver the processing solutions needed to operate their ATM and merchant acquiring systems through a Visa managed service. For the core technology and operating systems we are working with Planet Payment (USA: NASDAQ: PLPM; UK: LSE: AIM: PPT). Our service now connects the Myanmar banks' ATMs and POS machines to Visa managed services, and manages the complexities of cross border processing acquiring services."

Philip Beck, Chairman and CEO of Planet Payment, said: "Planet Payment's single proprietary processing platform enables the delivery of payment solutions that can be tailored quickly to meet the requirements of a particular market. Visa and Planet Payment share the vision that payments have the power to improve the way business is done. We are very excited to be working together in Myanmar and we continue to work together on opportunities to deliver innovative payment solutions to banks, merchants and consumers in other developing economies."

"As Myanmar continues its journey toward full international reintegration, there will be more opportunities to extend the reach and scope of electronic payments in the market. We look forward to working with the government, central bank, financial institutions and merchant community to grow electronic payments in the country," added Krobteeranon.

As a result of the recent success in Myanmar, Visa and Planet Payment are working on opportunities to target the deployment of the managed service to additional developing markets in support of traditional ATM and POS acceptance as well as developing support for mobile point of sale (mPOS). As more and more merchants look to capitalize on the value of accepting electronic payments, Visa stands ready to help its client banks support growing the financial network, expand on its financial inclusion goals, and partner to develop their payments systems.

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world's most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

About Planet Payment

Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment processing and multi-currency processing services. We provide our services in 20 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our more than 50 acquiring bank and processor customers. Our point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and together with our ATM services, are integrated within the payment card transaction flow enabling our acquiring customers, their merchants and consumers to pay, shop, transact and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels.

Planet Payment is headquartered in New York and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Bermuda, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai and Singapore. Visit www.planetpayment.com for more information about the Company and its services. For up-to-date information follow Planet Payment on Twitter at @PlanetPayment or join Planet Payment's Facebook page.

CONTACT: Enquiries:         Planet Payment, Inc.         Joel Mayer, SVP Corporate Development         Tel: + 1 516 670 3200         www.planetpayment.com                  Redleaf Polhill (UK PR for Planet Payment)         Emma Kane / Rebecca Sanders-Hewett /         David Ison         Tel: +44 20 7566 6720         planet@redleafpolhill.com                           ICR (US IR for Planet Payment)         Don Duffy / Dara Dierks         Tel: +1 646-277-1212                  Canaccord Genuity Ltd (Nomad for Planet Payment)         Simon Bridges / Andrew Chubb         Tel: +44 20 7523 8000

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