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Mobile payments firm Square prepares to launch IPO

Square announces plans to launch IPO in the near future

Square, one of North America’s leading mobile payments firms, has announced plans to file an Initial Public Offering (IPO), selling shares under the ticker symbol SQ. Analysts have been speculating that Square would launch an IPO for months, but the company has been relatively quiet regarding its plans, until now. Currently, the Square IPO is valued at as much as $275 million, though this number could change as the IPO attracts more interest from investors.

Company expected to offer more information concerning IPO in the coming months

The number of shares the company will offer and what price range these shares will have are not yet set in stone. Goldman Sachs will serve as the lead underwriter for the company’s shares, alongside JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. When the IPO will launch has not yet been officially announced, but growing interest in mobile payments may mean that the IPO is coming sooner rather than later.

Mobile payments continue to gain popularity in the US and elsewhere

Mobile Payments - Square Merchant CaseMobile payments have become very popular in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Square has established a significant lead in the sector, proving that its Square Cash application, as well as other services, are capable of engaging mobile consumers and allowing retailers to do the same. In 2014, Square reported some $850 million in revenue, though it had also lost approximately $154 million. The company has narrowed its losses so far this year, reporting $77 million in losses and $560 million in revenue generated.

Square proves that it can find success in the mobile payments field

Since its founding in 2009, Square has raised more than $600 million in venture capital. The company has established itself as a leading entity in mobile payments and had helped Starbucks do the same over a relatively short amount of time. As mobile payments continue to grow in popularity, Square is likely to continue seeing success in this field, especially as it works with other companies that also have a strong interest in mobile commerce.

Mobile wallet compatible reader unveiled by Square

The company has now added the ability to accept smartphone transactions through its credit card reader.

Square, the startup company that first drew attention to itself when it created a credit card reader that small businesses and merchants could use in order to accept credit card transactions, has now announced that mobile wallet transactions are being added to its accepted payment methods.

Though the adoption of smartphone payments isn’t expected to take off for a long time, Square will be ready.

The industry feels that there will still be years that need to pass before the mobile wallet becomes a mainstream form of payments transaction. Even though some giants have already offered their own versions of the technology – including Apple, Google, and various credit card and banking leaders – they have yet to take with consumers in any widespread way. That said, some feel – as Square likely does – that by providing merchants with a simple and affordable tool to actually accept these mobile payments, it may boost the feeling of familiarity with these transactions.

In fact, some have speculated that the mobile wallet may catch on even faster if enough processors are put in place.

Square - Mobile WalletIt was in exactly this light that Square had unveiled its own updated credit card reader that could also accept mobile payments through the wallet apps of various companies, such as Android Pay and Apple Pay, among others.

Square has said that it expects the new version of its mobile payments reader to be broadly available by the fall of this year. It functions wirelessly for small businesses and sellers who want to be able to accept contactless transactions over a smartphone or tablet. That said, it also makes it possible for merchants to be able to accept EMV enabled credit cards, that is the type of plastic card that has an added security chip embedded into it.

The new mobile wallet payments reader will be sold for $49. That said, there will be around 250,000 small and medium sized businesses that will be receiving the readers for free as the company launches the devices and hopes to widen their use right from the start.