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Zwipe Establishes Regional Presence in the Middle East & North Africa Region and in India

Oslo, Norway – 12 April 2021 – On the back of strong interest from card manufacturers, card bureaus and issuers in the MENA Region and in India, biometric technology company Zwipe has established presence in these two key regions by appointing a General Manager for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region and entering a collaboration with a Strategic Business Partner in India.

Ramzi Saboury, Zwipe’s newly appointed General Manager in MENA
Mr. Saboury has a distinguished career spanning over 26 years within Payment Services at leading banks in Kuwait, as regional GM for Levant at Visa Inc. and as CCO at areeba. During these years, he has successfully established many financial services, most notably within contactless payments and mobile technologies. In 2008, Mr. Saboury was awarded by the Asian Bankers Organization “The 50 Most Promising Young Leaders in the Banking and Financial Services industry for APAC and the Middle East Regions”.

Ramzi Saboury
Ramzi Saboury

Zwipe's decision to strengthen its position in MENA fits perfectly with the transformations that are taking place in the global payments market. I am delighted to have joined Zwipe's team and I am already busy driving biometric payment cards and Zwipe Pay ONE in a region that is very keen for such advanced solutions,” says Ramzi Saboury.

Masterline, newly appointed Strategic Business Partner in India
Zwipe has also entered a collaboration with Masterline as Strategic Business Partner to accelerate deployment of the Zwipe Pay ONE platform in India and key markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Masterline possesses a proficiency from over 20 years of driving sales and deployment of smart card products, SIM cards and recharge scratch cards. It is a seasoned and well-connected player in the field of fintech and payment solutions in the region and beyond.

"The Masterline team and I are delighted to proactively assist the on-the-ground customer and go-to-market partner on-boarding on behalf of Zwipe in these regions. We are promoting the disruptive Zwipe Pay ONE platform both to smart card manufacturers and banks. There is significant market interest and we see great potential for biometric payment cards in India and elsewhere,” says Naresh Nanda, Founder and Managing Director of Masterline Group.

Commenting on these developments, André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe, says "Our end-to-end, one-stop-shop offering to enable launch of biometric payment cards is welcomed by players across the payments value chain, both in the MENA region and in India. Ramzi’s expertise in driving payment innovations to successful businesses in the MENA region and Masterline’s formidable track record in scaling smart card products in India and certain MEA markets will be key in accelerating the mass market deployment of Zwipe Pay ONE-powered payment cards.

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

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About Masterline

Masterline has effectively, since 1994, delivered telecom and fintech solution whilst expanding its sales footprints in 30+ countries. A veteran in sales and supply of recharge cards and smart cards industry, along with strategic telecom devices & fintech solutions, Masterline has provisioned companies in serving over 27 million mobile users across the world. With 27+ years of experience, Masterline group, works with cutting-edge technologies, exceptional strategic planning, keeping prime thrust on global aspirations while guaranteeing complete client satisfaction. For more information, visit www.masterline.in;

Contact: Naresh Nanda, Founder | Managing Director; info@masterline.in


Be ys Pay selects Zwipe to bring Biometric Payment Cards in France and Benelux

Oslo, Norway and Paris, France - April 7, 2021 - French payment solutions provider be ys Pay (pronounced “be-wise” pay), a fintech dedicated to payment technologies is partnering with Zwipe, a Norwegian fintech dedicated to biometric payment solutions, to offer biometric payment cards to the French, Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch markets.

Biometric payment cards allow consumers to conduct contactless transactions securely through authentication with their fingerprints. The innovation offered by Zwipe is based on highly secure authentication technology.

The purpose of the partnership is to offer Zwipe Pay ONE-enabled biometric payment cards to be ys Pay customers. The partners will together engage with the issuers from Q2 2021 and have the ambition to deliver pilots from H2 2021.

Mirko Koscina, president of be ys Pay, says: "Biometric payment cards represent the future, particularly in this period of health crisis since the payment transactions will be completely contact free. These cards will provide added security and convenience to consumers. As for the financial institutions, those who make use of this solution will stand to gain significantly in the long term”.

be ys Pay is an integral part of the international be ys ecosystem, present on three continents with more than three thousand employees. Expert in the mass processing, storage and securing of sensitive data, be ys operates trusted digital ecosystems for any economic activity requiring mastery of digital identity, processing of personal and confidential data flows, at the service and in support of natural and legal persons, for the French health sector for twenty years, and more recently for legal professionals, social landlords, banks, and large international companies. be ys has its own data center, "La Citadelle", located in Clermont-Ferrand, at the highest level of security in Europe, and is recognized as a Qualified Trust Services Provider. be ys is also an associate member of the Open Lab of CERN in Geneva.

"We are delighted that be ys Pay is introducing Zwipe Pay ONE biometric payment cards in strategic markets, such as France and the Benelux. Thanks to be ys Pay's network of banking customers, this collaboration will further strengthen our ability to offer a contactless payment experience for cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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

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About be ys Pay
We are a fintech company dedicated to payment technologies. Our philosophy involves the use of innovation and technology to overcome limitations. In be ys Pay we offer solutions throughout the entire life cycle of payment methods and integrate payment solutions into global and local schemes. We are experts in cryptography and deep knowledge of security. Subsequently, we can apply the technology to solutions that improve the efficiency and relationships between companies and their customers.

Our solutions:

- Card issuance: we have the technological capacity and flexibility to personalize cards that do what you want
- Onboarding of customers in presence and digital
- E-wallet - tokenization
- 3D secure
- Payment terminal for shops

To learn more about our company and solutions please visit our website https://www.be-ys-pay.com/

For further information please contact: Laura Bernal marketing Manager +330645246241

ZWIPE and KL HI-TECH to bring next generation payment cards to India

OSLO, NORWAY and HYDERABAD, INDIA – 6 April 2021 – KL HI-TECH, one of India’s largest payment card manufacturers, has selected the Zwipe Pay ONE platform to deliver biometric payment cards to its clients in India and key international markets. Zwipe is a FinTech that has pioneered the development of biometric payment cards and delivered many successful pilots globally.

Founded in 1988, KL HI-TECH currently delivers a total of 50 million cards per year, of which approximately 30 million are payment cards, serving some of the largest banks in India and abroad. As per the recent Nilson Report (2020) KL HI-TECH is the 2nd largest payment card manufacturer in India and the 31st largest in the world.

KL-HI TECH engaged with Zwipe in early 2021 and after extensive evaluation of available alternatives selected Zwipe Pay ONE as the preferred biometric card platform for its next generation payment cards.

"KL HI-TECH has over three decades of experience in helping drive our clients’ growth through differentiation and innovation in payments. We are constantly seeking new technologies & innovations to enhance the payment experience to people in India and across the globe. With the impact of the pandemic still being felt across India, consumers’ focus on safety and hygiene has increased significantly. In collaboration with Zwipe, we will deliver physical cards that will enable payments to be completely touch-less through a PIN-free checkout experience for consumers with much higher security. Our assessment shows that Zwipe Pay ONE represents the most advanced and high-performing solution and will be the first mass-market viable platform”, said P. Srinivas Rao, Chairman & CEO of KL HI-TECH.

As part of this agreement, Zwipe will provide biometric technology and technical services to enable KL HI-TECH to manufacture Zwipe Pay ONE test cards from Q2 2021. The partners are already jointly engaging with issuers in India with the aim of launching pilots from Q3 2021 and supporting the first full market launches towards the end of this year.

"We are extremely pleased that KL HI-TECH has selected Zwipe Pay ONE as their biometric payment card platform. India is one of the world’s most attractive payment markets in size, growth rates and business potential. Complementing each other, Zwipe and KL HI-TECH will leverage each other’s unique technology, product and market assets, including KL HI-TECH’s extensive relationships with the leading banks in India, the Middle East and Africa, to offer innovative biometric payment solutions,” said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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

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About KL HI-Tech

KL HI-TECH Secure Print Limited (KLHT) is a leading provider of secure print products and printing solutions. Commencing its operations in 1988, KLHT has played a pioneering role in enabling secure payment transactions, banking services and facilitating tele communications in India through its secure print products.

At its sprawling state-of-the-art highly secure manufacturing facility located in Hyderabad, the company operates using stringent global standards that are required to manufacture a range of security printing products.

The company is certified by Visa, Mastercard & RuPay (National Payments Corporation of India). As per the Nilson Report (2020) KL HI-TECH is the 2nd largest banking card manufacturer in India and 31st largest banking card manufacturer in the world.

KLHT’s business ideology revolves around the prime objective of providing comprehensive, fool-proof security in critical secure print products. KLHT plays a pivotal role by manufacturing products for the following sectors:

▪ Banks and Financial Institutions

▪ Central and State Governments

▪ Educational Boards and Institutions

▪ Telecom Sector

▪ Nationwide Election Commissions

▪ Transport Sector

Exporting to over 52 countries across the Globe, KLHT aims to become one of the leading suppliers of secure print products globally, whilst also pioneering innovation and change to the way payments are made in India and across the globe.

For further information please contact Kartik Shekar, VP – Projects, kartik@klhitech.com, +91 8008 188 466


Zwipe in Nilson Report

The collaboration on disruptive biometric payment cards between Zwipe and Tag Systems is featured in an excellent article in the latest issue of the Nilson Report, the most respected source of news and analysis of the global card and mobile payment industry.

Please find the news story here.

Notification on Primary Insider Transaction

OSLO, NORWAY – 18 March 2021 – The primary insider Energetic AS, owned by André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe AS, has yesterday and today acquired a total of 416,000 shares. Energetic AS’ shareholding after the transaction is 916,000 shares.

The shares have been acquired as follows:

Euronext Growth Market in Oslo:

90,041 shares at an average price of NOK 23.76 on 17 March 2021

  • 350 shares at an average price of NOK 23.70 on 18 March 2021

First North Growth Market in Stockholm:

318,473 shares at an average price of SEK 24.01 on 17 March 2021

7,136 shares at an average price of SEK 24.62 on 18 March 2021

Attached is a copy of the form submitted to the Norwegian FSA, Finanstilsynet, reporting the transactions as listed above.

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This information is subject to the disclosure requirements in Regulation EU 596/2014 article 19 number 3 and the Norwegian Securities Trading Act § 5-12.

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


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