Ozone API and Yapily Partner To Cut Risk of Two-Tier Payment Market For Banks

Open Banking and Open Finance pioneers launch proposition that gives banks all the tools to deliver Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) 

Ozone API, developer of the leading standards-based software for open banking and open finance, has partnered with open banking platform Yapily to provide everything a bank needs to rapidly deliver Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) and commercialise the opportunity. 

Accenture has described VRPs as a “game-changer” and a “cost-effective alternative to direct debit or card-on-file transactions”. However, only the UK’s nine biggest banks have been mandated to introduce VRPs for sweeping, raising the risk that all other banks and financial institutions will be left behind by their larger competitors, leading to a two-tier market. 

Huw Davies, Chief Commercial Officer of Ozone API, said: “VRPs are an alternative to direct debit and card on file which will be used in a variety of use cases, from one-click e-commerce to regular subscription payments – all of which will create new revenues for banks. 

“It is fundamentally important that banks and financial institutions have the tools they need to move quickly to introduce their own VRP offerings or risk being left behind by the biggest banks in a two-tier market. Financial institutions that do not deliver VRPs will miss an opportunity to introduce their customers to new payments experiences and create new revenue streams.”

VRPs were first introduced to the UK open banking standard in 2021. They allow Third Party Providers (TPPs) to grant long-lived consent to customers for repeating automated payments and will transform payments by improving security and user experience for banks, merchants and end customers, reducing cost, complexity and settlement times.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) mandated the CMA9 to introduce Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) for sweeping by the end of July 2022. Some of the nine biggest banks have already gone beyond the mandate to introduce non-sweeping VRPs, which can perform a range of tasks such as paying bills or managing subscriptions. 

The number of use cases for VRPs will grow exponentially in the coming years, leaving banks that do not offer VRPs at a competitive disadvantage.  

APIs will increasingly become a key channel for how banks serve their customers, distribute products, build partnerships, innovate and drive revenue. So it’s critical that they go further than just complying.

Chris Michael, Chief Executive Officer of Ozone API said: “We empower banks and financial institutions to deliver VRPs and compete effectively by going beyond compliance to build their own cutting-edge propositions.

“Many of the biggest banks are already moving forward with VRPs. Smaller institutions that do not want to be left behind can use our turnkey technology to offer cutting-edge payment services and take advantage of the many benefits of VRPs.”

Ozone API has partnered with Yapily to enable more participants within the open banking ecosystem to benefit from VRPs. Together, Yapily and Ozone API bring a complete solution for banks and financial institutions to commercialise their APIs.

Ben Aier, VP of Product at Yapily, said: “We believe in the power of VRPs to create a payments ecosystem where there is value for every participant, which is why we have partnered with Ozone API. We have already launched our own VRP solution after seeing huge demand for VRPs. Working with Ozone API, we are excited to give banks everything they need to take advantage of VRPs to create new revenue streams and provide their customers with innovative payment experiences.”

Ozone API has rich credentials in Open Banking and Open Finance. Its founders led the development of the UK’s Open Banking Standard, including VRPs, and were the first to implement VRPs in the Ozone API Sandbox.

Last year, Ozone API led the world’s first VRP hackathon, which demonstrated the potential of open banking payments and the power that will be unlocked by this game-changing functionality. 

Ozone API’s technology enables financial institutions to go beyond compliance to create new revenue streams by delivering high-quality open banking and open finance APIs with a range of value-adding premium capabilities and the tools to drive revenues. The platform supports VRPs, giving banks of any size the ability to implement new payment services to meet customer demand.

Ozone API supports open banking standards in major markets around the world and can be used to enhance any bank’s existing technology, enabling immediate regulatory compliance and providing the tools for commercial growth. 

About Ozone API

Ozone API offers the open API technology and expertise needed to unlock the power of open finance and open data to accelerate commercial growth, innovation and positive change in society. 

The Ozone API software allows banks to be fully aligned to open finance standards in markets around the world. Account provider’s existing technology can be enhanced to enable regulatory compliance and Ozone API provides the tools to go beyond compliance and drive real commercial growth. 

Ozone API powers open banking implementations of over 50 banks and financial institutions across the world, with a strong footprint in the UK, Europe, Latam and the Middle East with clients such as Tide and Monese.

About Yapily

Yapily is an open finance platform focused on building infrastructure and tools to enable the next wave of innovation. It connects companies to thousands of banks using a secure open API, enabling businesses to embed the power of open banking into their products and services.

Its customers range from disruptive fintechs to Fortune 500 companies across Europe, operating in a number of financial services verticals including Payments, Wealth, Accounting, Banking & Lending. Yapily has raised $69.4M in funding to date, employs over 200 people worldwide, and continues to scale rapidly across Europe.

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