The Impact of Apple Pay in Korea, Airbnb's 'Pay Over Time' launch, and SumUp's Mega Round

The Impact of Apple Pay in Korea, Airbnb's 'Pay Over Time' launch, and SumUp's Mega Round
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Apple's recent moves have been stirring up significant discussions, especially in the U.S., where it's poised to part ways with Goldman Sachs for its financial services like the Apple Card. However, the spotlight isn't solely on the U.S. market; there's interesting development in South Korea too.

Here, Hyundai Card has reported a loss of 2.27 billion Won (approximately $1.72 million) following its partnership with Apple Pay.

This scenario illustrates a common pattern observed among credit card companies aligning with mobile payment systems like Apple Pay. Initially, there's an undeniable allure for new customers, but maintaining long-term profitability remains a complex challenge. Hyundai Card, the sole and exclusive partner of Apple Pay in South Korea, exemplifies this trend.

After rolling out Apple Pay in March, Hyundai Card saw an impressive influx of 203,000 new customers, as per the Credit Finance Association's data. But this surge was short-lived. The following months witnessed a gradual decline: 166,000 new customers in April, 145,000 in May, and 120,000 by July.

A deeper dive into the financials reveals that Hyundai Card is shouldering a hefty fee of 0.15 percent per transaction to Apple, a rate that's notably higher than in other countries. This expense, among other factors, has contributed to Hyundai Card's substantial loss of 2.27 billion Won since March, the month they introduced Apple Pay.

Yoon’s office estimates that the fees paid to Apple and Visa alone would amount to 341.7 billion won if Apple Pay took over 10 percent of the credit card market in South Korea.

Meanwhile in Europe, Airbnb launches Pay Over Time with Klarna in the UK. Pay Over Time with Klarna recently launched in eight other countries across Europe including Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with more expected early next year.

Finally, a massive funding round for SumUp. The mPos Payments company raised €285M more in growth funding in a bumper round that values the company at $8.5 billion.

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