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Statistics of Stored Value Facilities (SVF) Schemes Issued by SVF Licensees
The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published today (March 23) statistics on SVF schemes issued by SVF licensees for the fourth quarter of 2017.
     The SVF scheme statistics (see Annex) include quarterly data on SVF schemes issued by the sixteen SVF licensees (Note 1).  The HKMA began to publish the SVF scheme statistics on a quarterly basis in March 2017 to enhance transparency of the SVF industry in Hong Kong.
     According to the quarterly statistics, the total number of SVF accounts in use (Note 2) was 46.73 million by the end of Q4/2017, representing a 4.2% increase from the previous quarter.  The total number of SVF transactions (Note 3) was around 1.5 billion for Q4/2017, representing a 5.0% gain from the previous quarter.  The total value of SVF transactions was HK$38.7 billion for Q4/2017, up 12.0% from the previous quarter.  Of the total transaction value, HK$20.6 billion was related to point-of-sale spending payment, HK$16.6 billion in online spending payment and HK$1.4 billion in P2P funds transfer.  The total float and SVF deposit (Note 4) was HK$8.0 billion for Q4/2017, 5.8% higher than the previous quarter.
     As to the overall development in 2017, comparing with the end of Q4/2016, the total number of SVF accounts in use at the end of Q4/2017 was up by 15.4%, and the total float and SVF deposit was up by 17.3%.  The total number and value of SVF transactions during Q4/2017 were up by 6.0% and 27.7% respectively year-on-year.
  1. The SVF scheme statistics are compiled from data on SVF schemes issued by the sixteen SVF licensees. The SVF licensees, in alphabetical order, are 33 Financial Services Limited, Alipay Financial Services (HK) Limited, Autotoll Limited, Bank of Communications Co., Ltd., Dah Sing Bank, Limited, ePaylinks Technology Co., Limited, HKT Payment Limited, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (The), K & R International Limited, Octopus Cards Limited, Optal Asia Limited, PayPal Hong Kong Limited, TNG (Asia) Limited, Transforex (Hong Kong) Investment Consulting Co., Limited, UniCard Solution Limited and WeChat Pay Hong Kong Limited.
  2. "Total number of SVF accounts in use" refers to the total number of SVF accounts that can be used as at the end of the reporting period.
  3. SVF transactions include point-of-sale spending payment, online spending payment and P2P funds transfer.
  4. The following terms follow their definitions in the Payment Systems and Stored Value Facilities Ordinance:  
  • "Float" means the stored value remaining on the facility but does not include any SVF deposit;
  • "SVF deposit" means a deposit placed with the licensee, or another person on behalf of the licensee, for enabling the facility to be used.

Ends/Friday, March 23, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:00
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