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Tag Systems steps up collaboration with Zwipe on Biometric Payment Cards

OSLO, NORWAY 2 March 2021 –  Tag Systems, a leading provider of payment cards (and part of AUSTRIACARD Group) has decided to step up its collaboration with Zwipe on biometric payment cards. The parties have been working together since 2019 and as the biometric payment cards marketplace has evolved, they are now stepping up their collaboration to bring the most advanced new biometric payment cards to issuers in Europe and North America. Tag Systems also placed a small order for Zwipe Pay ONE.

Since establishing its first card production and personalization facilities in 1999, Tag Systems has grown rapidly and joined forces with AUSTRIACARD Group. Together the group delivers 100 million payment cards each year across Europe, the Middle East and the US. While serving many large European banks, Tag Systems has also grown rapidly in the challenger bank segment, including the establishment of Tag Nitecrest in the United Kingdom and expanded reach by opening a US-based card bureau servicing the North American market.

Speaking on the partnership Jon Neeraas, CEO of Tag Systems, said “After almost two years of technology partnership, our collaboration with Zwipe has never been stronger. We are excited about the interest we see for our new biometric payment cards built on the Zwipe Pay ONE platform, which delivers the highest level of integration and performance. With increasing interest for these cards from our issuer clients, time is right to expand our collaboration and proactively develop the market and accelerate commercialization”.

As part of the new agreement, Tag Systems will proactively promote Zwipe Pay ONE biometric payment cards towards issuers and partner bureaus in Europe and the USA. The two parties have also agreed to execute a go-to-market plan to jointly sell and market these next generation payment cards.

“We are delighted with the renewed and uplifted agreement with Tag Systems, one of our long-standing partners. This will accelerate activities with issuers in Europe and the USA. Our collaboration is now entering the commercial phase where we will scale our businesses through pilots from late summer 2021 and market launches towards the end of the year. I thank Tag Systems for their continued trust in Zwipe, and look forward to a mutually rewarding partnership, said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

About Tag Systems
Tag Systems, part of Austria Card Group, is evolving the way the payment industry moves, by seamless supply of ready-made payment cards throughout all European countries and more. Our fast-growing Group with more than 900 employees make sure we deliver high quality products and services to financial institutions.

Media Contact: Olga Baro, +376 358 321 obaro@tagsystems.net

Publication of annual report 2020

OSLO, NORWAY 25 February 2021 Zwipe AS today publishes its annual report 2020.

Highlights for 2020 include:

Financials

  • Revenues increased to MNOK 1.8 (MNOK 1.5).
  • Operating expenditures were reduced to MNOK 63.7 (MNOK 96.8). In constant currency, this represents a 38% reduction. The savings resulted from the streamlining program as announced in November 2019.
  • EBITDA improved to MNOK -59.9 (MNOK -92.0), mainly due to the implementation of the streamlining program.
  • Results before tax was MNOK – 61.9 (MNOK -94.9), and earnings per share improved to NOK -1.89 (-5.98).
  • Cash flow from operations before financing improved to MNOK –62.1 (-85.0). The cash flow in 2020 included co-investments with Idemia of MNOK 19.7, compared to MNOK 9.3 in 2019. Adjusted for these elements, the operating cash flow was improved by 39% compared to 2019.
  • The Board of Directors proposes that no dividend be paid for 2020.

Significant events 2020:

  • Zwipe listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Zwipe expanded its growing network of industry partnerships covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa during 2020 including the 5 new customer partnerships announced; Masria Digital Payments, Watchdata Technologies, Toppan Forms Card Technologies, Asia Credit Card and Publicenter.
  • Zwipe also partnered with Liveo Research, Smart Technology Services, Wisecard and CardMatix, expanding our ecosystem to enable cost-efficient mass-volume manufacturing of biometric payment cards based on Zwipe Pay ONE.
  • Zwipe and Idex entered a collaboration framework for Zwipe Pay ONE. Idemia, Zwipe and Idex achieved several key milestones towards the next generation biometric card platform.
  • Zwipe and TietoEVRY joined forces with a landmark agreement to deliver biometric payment solutions based on the Zwipe Pay ONE solution to banks in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The agreement significantly increases our market reach as TietoEVRY is the leading provider of payment cards to issuers in these regions.
  • Zwipe secured a strong foothold in the Middle East through go-to-market partnerships with three leading players in card payments: areeba, Inkript and VeriTech.
  • Zwipe successfully completed a private placement, followed by a subsequent repair offering, issuing 7,381,315 new shares and raising approximately NOK 111 million in gross proceeds in total.
  • Zwipe placed an order for 300,000 units of Idex’s next generation fingerprint sensors to support the rollout of Zwipe Pay ONE.
  • Zwipe conducted several cardholder insight studies including some with our partners. Insights from the Nordics, UK and the United States show strong consumer interest for safer and more secure payments.
  • In partnership with TietoEVRY, Zwipe secured the first pilot program with Zwipe Pay ONE with OP Financial Group, the largest Financial Services Group in Finland.
  • Zwipe’s next-generation chip for biometric payment cards, in which Zwipe has co-invested with Idemia, obtained the ICCN security certification from EMVCo.

Significant Events after the period

  • Swedish fintech Vopy chose Zwipe’s biometric payment platform, Zwipe Pay ONE, for its biometric payment cards. Vopy’s partner network consists of telecom providers and financial institutions that reach millions of consumers.
  • Announced agreements with 4 new smart card manufacturers.


CEO comments

"2020 was a landmark year for Zwipe. In 2020 we positioned the company for growth through significant expansion in our customer and partnership engagements, advances in our technology leadership, and by strengthening our organization. We have seen increased public awareness of the importance of contactless payment and a sharp rise in demand for safe and secure payment solutions. The Zwipe Pay ONE development project has now passed its most critical milestones and the first pilots incorporating Zwipe Pay ONE have already been announced. The next steps, in addition to full completion of our internal development, are to prepare our smart card manufacturers and issuers for pilots, certification and volume production, after which fully certified biometric payment cards will be available from our customers to issuers for full commercial launch,” says André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

André Løvestam, CEO

He added, “While COVID-19 has created and continues to create challenges to project execution, the elevated focus on safety following the pandemic has dramatically increased the growth of contactless transactions and transaction caps have been raised all over the world. Hygiene and safety are likely to become accelerators and game-changers for biometric payments for years to come. We experienced an unprecedented acceleration in our engagements with issuers and card manufacturers throughout 2020. We are engaging with more than 250 banks and over 40 of the world’s top 50 smart card manufacturers and our pipeline in both these segments has never been stronger. We are confident that our strategic partnerships, global technology excellence, focused engagements with issuers, as well as our end-to-end trusted advisor approach and unique one-stop-shop offering, are laying the foundation for many commercial wins ahead”.

By bringing together leading suppliers of technology, payment cards, personalization, fulfilment services, and processing services, as well as issuers with a strong end-user focus, we have created an end-to-end ecosystem to deliver Biometric Payment Cards in key markets. We are well prepared to address a global market with strong long-term growth and value creation potential,” Løvestam concluded.

Please find the full annual report here.

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For more information, please contact:
Lars Kristian Solheim, CFO
+47 991 661 35
lars.kristian@zwipe.com

This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo, Nasdaq First North Growth Market and the EU Market Abuse Regulation. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46 (0)8528 00 399. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 08:02 CET on 25 February 2021.

Publication of second half-year 2020 report

OSLO, NORWAY 25 February 2021 Zwipe AS today publishes its second half-year 2020 report.

Summary Financial development for second half-year:

  • Revenues of MNOK 1.0 (MNOK 1.2).
  • Operating expenditures were reduced to MNOK 31.3 (MNOK 60.2). In constant currency, this represents a 49% reduction. The reduction is due to cost of MNOK 19 in H2 2019 related to the jointly funded development collaboration with Idemia, as well as savings as a result of the streamlining program announced in November 2019.
  • EBITDA improved to MNOK -29.1 (MNOK -56.6) mainly due to the implementation of the streamlining program.
  • Results before tax was MNOK -30.4 (MNOK -58.8), and earnings per share of NOK -0.93 (NOK -3.69).
  • Cash flow from operations for the second half-year of MNOK -20.1 (MNOK -51).
  • The Board of Directors proposes that no dividend be paid for 2020.

Please find the second half-year report here.

The annual report 2020 will be released through a separate stock exchange announcement shortly after this announcement.

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For more information, please contact:
Lars Kristian Solheim, CFO
+47 991 661 35
lars.kristian@zwipe.com

This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo, Nasdaq First North Growth Market and the EU Market Abuse Regulation. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46 (0)8528 00 399. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 08:00 CET on 25 February 2021.

Registration of Share Capital Increase

OSLO, NORWAY 18 February 2021- The share capital increase of 21,832 new shares in Zwipe AS, as resolved by the board meeting of the company on 19 January 2021, has today been registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. The new share capital is NOK 3,292,840.80, and the new number of shares and votes is 32,928,408.

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About Zwipe
Zwipe is pioneering the next generation contactless payments experience, providing biometric payment cards components and wearables technology that enable consumers to authorize transactions with their fingerprints without compromising their privacy. Together with an ecosystem of partners including global brands within digital security and financial services, Zwipe is "Making Convenience Safe & Secure" for banks, merchants and consumers. Zwipe's solutions address the hygiene and data theft pitfalls inherent in traditional authentication methods. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with a global presence, Zwipe is leading the next great shift in payments from contactless to contact free. To learn more, visit www.zwipe.com


For more information, please contact:
Lars Kristian Solheim, CFO
+47 991 661 35
lars.kristian@zwipe.com

This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Oslo Børs Merkur Market and on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46 (0)8528 00 399. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 21:10 CET on 18 February 2021.

Zwipe expands its Asia-Pacific and European footprints with four new customers

OSLO, NORWAY – 10 February 2021 – Biometric fintech company Zwipe is pleased to announce that over the recent months it has finalized four new partnerships with prominent card manufacturers in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The combined annual card shipment from these new customers is in excess of 1 billion, of which payment cards constitute more than 150 million.

The new card manufacturers are working with Zwipe to develop and exploit the new market opportunities for biometric payments. As part of their engagement with Zwipe, these customers have chosen the Zwipe Pay ONE platform for delivering biometric payment cards to the issuers, targeting pilots before the end of 2021. Subject to positive pilot results, mass-market rollout will follow.

Commenting on these partnerships, André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe said “We continue to see strong traction from card manufacturers all over the world to engage with Zwipe on biometric payment cards based on our Zwipe Pay ONE platform. This is well matched by interest from issuers who are keen to deliver the next generation contactless payments experience to consumers, combining the convenience and safety of truly contact-free with the security of strong biometric authentication.”

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For further information please contact André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com


VOPY selects Zwipe Pay ONE platform for its biometric payment cards

OSLO, NORWAY and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 3 February 2021  Biometric technology company Zwipe is pleased to announce that its biometric payment platform, Zwipe Pay ONE, has been selected by Swedish fintech Vopy, a provider of embedded financial services for telecom and financial institutions. Vopy is headquartered in Stockholm and has its R&D in Oslo.

As a commercial issuer, Vopy will issue biometric payment cards powered by Zwipe Pay ONE and delivered by card suppliers in Zwipe’s network. Vopy’s partner network consists of telecom providers and financial institutions that reach millions of consumers. In the first phase of collaboration, Vopy aims to launch a pilot in Q3 2021. Subject to a positive outcome from the pilot, Vopy aims for an initial rollout from Q4 2021, starting with 100.000 biometric payment cards by the end of this year and 500.000 cards in 2022.

Vopy is an innovative fintech specializing in embedding cross-border transfers, payments, insurance and banking services through selected social media platforms and mobile apps. This enables Vopy’s partners to quickly scale their financial services globally with efficiency, lower costs and great agility.

“As a disruptive financial services platform provider, it is crucial for Vopy to deliver a payment solution built on world-class security and user experience. Having closely followed Zwipe’s innovations in biometric payments and their global delivery network of card suppliers, our decision to go for Zwipe Pay ONE was a natural one. We are very excited about our collaboration with Zwipe and we aim to bring our strengthened financial services portfolio to partners in Asia, USA and Europe”, says Håkan Tollefsen, CEO, at Vopy AB.

Based on a unique single silicon design, Zwipe Pay ONE is the most integrated, energy efficient and mass-market viable platform for biometric payment cards. An on-card fingerprint authentication of the cardholder eliminates the need to touch a payment terminal, even for high-value transactions, ensuring a safer, more secure and hygienic in-store payment experience.

“The decision by Vopy to pilot and rollout biometric payment cards in 2021 based on Zwipe Pay ONE is a testament to our advanced and competitive technology and global delivery capabilities thanks to our card supplier network. We are grateful for Vopy’s confidence and ready to support them with biometric payment cards on their ambitious expansion journey,” says André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

About Vopy
Vopy is enabling Embedded Finance solutions for consumer brands, Tech providers and Financial Institutions through open APIs. The business is to embed innovative Financial Services into existing user experiences like social media and apps for mobile subscribers. Vopy also provide a fully digital bank solution within a multitenant system to host multiple Brands in one environment. Vopy Technology AS was established in Norway in 2014 and is since November 2020 a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vopy AB (publ). Their headquarter is in Stockholm and with an R&D centre in Oslo. www.vopy.com

For further information please contact: Håkan Tollefsen, CEO, +47 99050011 hello@vopy.com