Mexico City and Boca Raton, FL, April 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — QPAGOS (QPAG: OTCQB) reported yesterday another strong year as USGAAP revenue grew 101% to $7,936,273 for the year ended December 31, 2018 from $3,941,273 in 2017.
During the year QPAGOS’ electronic payments platform processed more than $17 million in collections corresponding to over 4.5 million transactions, continuing QPAGOS’ consolidation as a leading payments processor in Mexico.
Profitability however was marginal as 73% of these transactions, corresponding to 90% of collections, were in the wholesale business, with the balance distributed between the kiosk sale and operations business. The wholesale business is a lower margin business that grew significantly in 2018. Higher margin kiosk sales and kiosk operations lagged in growth during 2018 due in part to postponement of a major project, something that the company intends to address in 2019.
In a country that strongly favors the use of cash, QPAGOS self service kiosks are an ideal solution to bring payment of frequent services closer to the consumer, who typically goes to a retail chain or financial institution to make such payments.
Although mobile penetration in Mexico is quite high with more than 90% of the 120 million population covered, with a corresponding high usage of social media, digital commerce is highly restricted by the fact that almost two thirds of the adult population is un-banked. Thus, a typical mobile initiated electronic transaction needs to be fulfilled in a physical location where a cash payment can be made.
By combining cash-in kiosks to mobile applications QPAGOS addresses that disconnect, allowing consumers to actively participate in electronic commerce without the disruption of the last in-store physical payment.
“Doubling revenues meant that 2018 was another banner year for QPAGOS as we continue to gain traction in Mexico’s growing electronic payments sector,” said Gaston Pereira, President and CEO of QPAGOS. “Still, we have much more work to accomplish in 2019, particularly in our kiosk business, an area where we see unique opportunities across multiple business sectors, particularly financial, retail and government.”
United States based QPAGOS offers cutting edge digital payment solutions for consumers and service providers in Mexico where 60% of the adult population is un-banked and where 95% of consumer personal payments are made in cash. QPAGOS’ ecosystem spans multiple devices such as self-service kiosks, mobile applications, POS terminals and Win Terms offering alternative payment methods to meet the needs of consumers and service providers. (www.qpagos.com)
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