Bankers Say Five Years or More to Recover Lost Revenue from SEPA

Fundtech, a provider in global corporate banking solutions, today announced […]

August 13, 2008

Fundtech, a provider in global corporate banking solutions, today announced the results of a survey it conducted among its European clients, which uncovered some strong opinions about the affects of SEPA on banks, as well their vision of future strategy related to mobile banking and EIPP.

Among the results, 63 percent of participants felt the impact of SEPA would be considerable on their organization’s profits. Additionally, 44 percent predicted it would take longer than five years to replace the lost revenue resulting from the SEPA pricing mandates. Thirteen percent said they will never be able to recover the lost revenue.

On a more positive note, 61 percent of bankers surveyed see electronic invoice presentment and payments (EIPP) as both a revenue and cost saving opportunity. Survey participants see significant growth in the adoption of EIPP over the next three years. Thirty-eight percent say between a quarter and half of their customers will adopt the service, while 15 percent believe that over 50 percent will adopt it.

There were also comments on mobile banking. Bankers see mobile banking as a long-term play. Thirty-four percent say it will take three to five years for mobile banking to be a meaningful contributor to their company’s bottom line and 38 percent say that it will be longer than five years. Twenty-two percent forecast it will never be a meaningful contributor.

Commenting on the findings, George Ravich, Fundtech chief marketing officer said: ”The results come from a broad spectrum of banks throughout Europe, and as such, provide insights into the industry’s current thinking. Clearly the participants forecast revenue challenges with SEPA that may never be reconciled, but they also see short-term opportunity with the growth of EIPP.“

The study was conducted during Fundtech’s International Client Forum held in London in February. Fifty-seven banking executives participated in the anonymous survey.

Additional findings are as follows:

* Forty-one percent predicted that the SEPA Direct Debit deadline will be delayed past November 2009. Only five percent said there was ”no way“ the deadline would be extended.
* The vast majority, 82 percent, say they will maintain the same staffing levels in preparation of SEPA Direct Debits.
* Seventy eight percent have already purchased or built their solution for SEPA Credit Transfers, and 83 percent for SEPA Direct Debits.
* Standards for new SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) technology are becoming common. Twenty-three percent of the banks said that they currently do have standards which mandate that all new applications must use SOA; 23 percent are developing this standard.
* Bankers report that their STP (Straight Through Processing) rates are high: 59 percent say they have better than 70 percent STP rates, and 13 percent say they have a 90 percent or better rate.

Fundtech was founded in 1993, and is a leading provider of software and services to banks of all sizes around the world. Payments systems include wire transfers, ACH origination, cross-border payments and remittance. Cash management systems are designed for large corporate through small business clients. Fundtech is a leader in SWIFT services, operating one of the world’s largest SWIFT service bureaus in the world. We offer an extensive line of financial supply chain applications including electronic invoice presentment and supply trade financing. And we are the leading provider of CLS systems to the world’s largest banks. More than 1,000 clients throughout the world rely on Fundtech solutions to improve operational efficiency and provide greater competitiveness through innovative business-to-business services.

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