WILMINGTON, Del., June 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:WSFS) the parent company of WSFS Bank (WSFS) announced today that WSFS has formed a Strategic Alliance with ZenBanx Holding Ltd. (ZenBanx), the marketing, technology and bank service provider founded in 2012 by Arkadi Kuhlmann (founder and former CEO of ING Direct Canada and USA) to offer the ZenBanx Account in the United States. The ZenBanx Account, which will debut later this year, is a mobile, multi-currency account that will allow consumers to hold balances denominated in up to five currencies in a single account while providing account holders with the ability to conveniently and securely transfer funds domestically or internationally and among currencies.
"The ZenBanx USA venture is fully aligned with our strategic goals and culture – service, growth, innovation, best practices, talent development and high performance," commented WSFS President and CEO Mark A. Turner. "We have been working in partnership with ZenBanx for the last seventeen months, and are excited about this alliance and the opportunity to bring this leading-edge product to market."
Created to meet the financial needs of mobile savvy consumers who live, work or travel across borders, the primary target markets for the ZenBanx Account are foreign professionals living in the United States, frequent travelers, international students studying in the United States, and immigrants that want to maintain their family and financial ties to their countries of origin. The ZenBanx Account will offer the option of accruing interest on the currencies held and provide Customers the ability to send funds internationally at a competitive market rate.
"I couldn't be more delighted and honored to be working in a Strategic Alliance with the team at WSFS," said Arkadi Kuhlmann, Founder and CEO of ZenBanx. "Introducing the ZenBanx Account later this summer will be an exciting milestone as it combines the convenience of a mobile offering; the security of a regulated bank; and significant value over the competition. I believe consumers will appreciate the simplicity, security and value, all in the palm of their hand."
The Strategic Alliance with ZenBanx Holdings Ltd. is expected to be slightly accretive to WSFS results in 2015. Account balances will enhance WSFS liquidity and WSFS will gain moderate spread income improvement coming from replacing higher cost wholesale funding with these lower cost deposit accounts. ZenBanx will also cover the costs associated with offering the ZenBanx USA Account. WSFS will receive a 9.9% equity stake in ZenBanx USA.
Mr. Turner continued, "By teaming up with ZenBanx, we're partnering with some of the top minds in the banking, payments and financial technology space. We'll be deeply involved with and see the financial upside of the best talent, the latest technology and processes for mitigating risks (utilizing biometrics, location analytics, device-specific identification) and driving mobile and social marketing. All of these factors will help us continue to grow as an organization and better serve our Customers and communities."
To learn more about the ZenBanx Account, visit http://usa.zenbanx.com
About WSFS Financial Corporation
WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the largest and oldest bank and trust company headquartered in the Delaware Valley with $4.9 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $9.4 billion in fiduciary assets, including over $1 billion in assets under management. WSFS operates from 56 offices located in Delaware (45), Pennsylvania (9), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Investment Group, Inc., Cypress Capital Management, LLC, Cash Connect®, Array Financial and Arrow Land Transfer. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS is the seventh oldest bank in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit wsfsbank.com.
ZenBanx Holding Ltd. (ZenBanx) is a marketing, technology and bank service provider founded in 2012 by Arkadi Kuhlmann (founder and former CEO of ING Direct Canada and USA) to make money movement mobile and secure. ZenBanx is backed by significant investor funding and co-founded by seasoned executives from the banking, foreign exchange and financial technology industries with a proven track record and the vision to create the next generation of global mobile banking. ZenBanx is engaged in the business of offering ZenBanx-branded multi-currency accounts to consumers through program relationships with financial institutions. To date ZenBanx has established ZenBanx Canada and ZenBanx USA. ZenBanx is incorporated in Delaware and has offices in Wilmington, Delaware; Redwood City, California; and Toronto, Canada. For information about ZenBanx and its products, visit www.ZenBanx.com.
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