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OFX, previously known as OzForex is an Australian online foreign exchange and payments company with headquarters in Sydney. The company provides money transfer services to Travelex, MoneyGram, Xero, ING Direct, and Macquarie International Money Transfers as well as individuals such as migrants and expatriates and small businesses.

OFX Limited
Public
Traded asASXOFX
IndustryFinancial Services
Foreign Exchange
PredecessorOzForex
Founded1998, Sydney, Australia
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Key people
Steven Sargent (Chairman)
John Alexander "Skander" Malcolm – (CEO and Managing Director)
Increase A$14.6 million (2015) [2]
Number of employees
250
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.ofx.com

OzForex was started by Matthew Gilmour in 1998 while working as the head of foreign exchange at Bankers Trust.[1] Controlling interest in the company was sold to Australian investment bank Macquarie Group in 2007 and partial interest to other investors in 2010. It operated a number of different territory specific brands that include UKForex, CanadianForex, NZForex, USForex as well as ClearFX and Tranzfers before a brand consolidation to OFX starting in 2015.

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HistoryEdit

Since OzForex was founded by Matthew Gilmour in 1998,[2] it has grown from being an Australian-based foreign exchange information website to a specialist international payments service provider with a strong presence in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and countries in Europe and the Asia Pacific.

In 2007, Macquarie Bank purchased 51% of OFX and Neil Helm became CEO[3][4][5]

In 2009, OFX began offering a platform for international money transfers through ING Direct.[6]

In 2010, the group received minority growth investment from Accel Partners and The Carlyle Group. Representatives from both Accel Partners and Carlyle serve on the OFX Board of Directors. The Company's founders and Macquarie Private Wealth, which is part of Macquarie Group, together retained significant ownership of OFX, with Neil Helm continuing as CEO.[7]

On 11 October 2013 OFX, under the trading name OzForex Group Limited, became publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the code "OFX".[8] In the same year, OFX signed a partnership with global money transfer service MoneyGram in the UK, providing an account-to-account service through a white label arrangement.[9]

In 2015, investors were informed of the appointment of former ANZ Banking Group executive Richard Kimber as CEO and Managing Director of OFX, replacing Neil Helm who led the company to its $480 million initial public offering in 2013.

In November 2015, OFX received an unsolicited "non-binding indicative proposal" from Western Union to acquire 100% of OFX however in February 2016 discussions were discontinued.[10]

In December 2015, OFX unveiled the new brand and OFX.com[11] in Australia. "This was the first step in a program that will see the Group’s seven regional brands consolidated into a single global brand".[12]

In February 2017, citing "Delivery against the strategy has not consistently met the board or shareholders' expectations", OFX's chairman announced that John Alexander "Skander" Malcolm will replace Richard Kimber as CEO. [13] [14]

OzForexEdit

Founder Matthew Gilmour launched OzForex in 1998 in Sydney, Australia. Gilmour ran the website part time until 2000 when he left his investment banking job to commit to the company full time. In 2001, the company launched its first online money transfer facility. [15]

In 2003, the company obtained an Australian Financial Services License. [16]

In 2004 Gilmour sold part of OzForex to Gary Lord an ex BT colleague and in 2005 sold again so that both were equal shareholders and they became Joint MD's.

Since December 2015, OzForex is now OFX[17] after a global rebranding announced in August 2015.[18] Since rebranding, customers who visit the OzForex website are now redirected to the primary OFX website.

NZForexEdit

In 2001, the company launched a New Zealand specific brand called NZForex.[19]

Since November 2017, NZForex is now OFX[20] as part of a global rebranding announced in August 2015. Since rebranding, visitors to the NZForex website are now redirected to the primary OFX website.

TranzfersEdit

In 2003, the company launched a general brand called Tranzfers.[21]

In December 2015, Tranzfers rebranded to OFX.[22] Since rebranding, Tranzfers users are now redirected to the primary OFX website.

UKForexEdit

In 2005, the company launched UKForex in London.[23] In 2012, the company also established an international payment solution with Travelex in the UK. [24]

In February 2017, UKForex became OFX as part of a global rebranding.[25] Since rebranding, customers who visit the UKForex website will now be redirected to the primary OFX website.

CanadianForexEdit

In 2007, the company launched a Canadian brand called CanadianForex in Toronto, Canada.[26]

In November 2017, CanadianForex became OFX under a global rebranding of the company.[27] All CanadianForex website visitors will now be redirected to the primary OFX website.

ClearFXEdit

In 2011, the company launched the brand ClearFX (HKForex) for customers in Hong Kong.[28]

In November, 2017, ClearFX became OFX as part of a company-wide rebranding.[29] Visitors of the ClearFX website will now be redirected to the primary OFX website.

USForexEdit

In 2012, the company expanded into the US market in San Francisco as USForex. In the same year, the company also launched a travel card. The OzForex Pre-paid Travel Card was withdrawn by OFX and Macquarie Bank on 30 November, 2015.[30]

As of December 2016, USForex is now OFX as part of a company-wide rebranding.[31] Customers who visit the USForex website will now be redirected to the primary OFX website.

RegulationsEdit

AustraliaEdit

OzForex Limited (ABN 65 092-375-703), a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Group Limited (ABN 12 165-602-273) has an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) and is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to deal and give advice in foreign exchange and derivatives.[32]

USAEdit

USForex, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Limited, is registered as a Money Services Business at a federal level with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau of the United States Department of Treasury. In addition, USForex is licensed in a number of U.S. States by the relevant State Banking Department(s) as a Money Transmitter. USForex is licensed as a Money Transmitter by the Banking Dept. of the State of NY.

UKEdit

UKForex Limited (registered in England and Wales under company number 04631395) is a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Limited. UKForex is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Authorised Payment Institution (Firm Reference Number: 521566) and by HM Revenue & Customs under the Money Laundering Regulations 2003 as a Money Service Businesses with registration number 12219180.[33]

New ZealandEdit

NZForex Limited (CN: 2514293) is a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Limited and is registered as a financial service provider under the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008.[34]

CanadaEdit

CanadianForex Limited (CN: 674939-9) is a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Limited. CanadianForex is a Money Services Business as defined in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLATF Act) and as such is regulated by FINTRAC with registration number M08560392[35]

Hong KongEdit

ClearFX is provided by OzForex (HK) Limited (OzForex (HK)) and is a wholly owned subsidiary of OzForex Limited. ClearFX is licensed as a Money Service Operator with the Customs and Excise Department Hong Kong license number 12-08-00582

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Derkley, Karin. “Client trust the key.” The Weekend Australian Financial Review, 25–28 January 2007. View article (subscription only)
  2. ^ Switzer, Peter. "Innovative firm Ozforex forges forex online". The Australian, 27 February 2009. View article
  3. ^ Ooi, Teresa. "Mac Financial grabs control of OzForex". The Australian, 19 June 2007. View article
  4. ^ Swift, Brendan. "OzForex takes on world with MacBank". The Australian Financial Review, 19 June 2007. View article
  5. ^ Hextall, Bruce. "Australia’s Macquarie Bank unit acquires 51 pct of OzForex". AFX News Limited on Forbes.com, 17 June 2007. View article
  6. ^ AAP. "ING to offer overseas money transfers". The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 2009. View article
  7. ^ Curran, Enda. "Carlyle, Accel Buy Stakes in OzForex". The Wallstreet Journal, 23 November 2010 View article
  8. ^ http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20131011/pdf/42jyv7syc05cff.pdf
  9. ^ Tan, Gillian. "OzForex, MoneyGram Ink Deal on Money Transfers". The Wall Street Journal, 10 June 2013 View article
  10. ^ Pandey, Swati. "OzForex says talks to be acquired by Western Union fail, shares slump". Reuters, 9 February 2016 View article
  11. ^ ofx.com View website
  12. ^ https://www.asx.com.au/asx/share-price-research/company/OFX
  13. ^ Redrup, Yolanda and Willitts, Will. "OFX Group shares hammered as it revises guidance, names new CEO". The Australian Financial Review, 1 February 2017 View article
  14. ^ http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170201/pdf/43fpznmxj3nytf.pdf
  15. ^ Switzer, Peter. "Innovative firm Ozforex forges forex online". The Australian, 27 February 2009. View article
  16. ^ Australian Securities & Investments Commission Search Visit page
  17. ^ OzForex rebranding announcement Visit page
  18. ^ Drummond, Shaun. "Name change for OzForex, as new chief sets big target". The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 2015. [1]
  19. ^ NZForex website Visit website
  20. ^ NZForex rebranding announcement Visit page
  21. ^ Tranzfers website Visit website
  22. ^ Tranzfers rebranding announcement Visit page
  23. ^ UKForex website Visit website
  24. ^ OzForex Signs Exclusive Global Partnership with Travelex
  25. ^ UKForex rebranding announcement Visit page
  26. ^ CanadianForex website Visit website
  27. ^ CanadianForex rebranding announcement Visit page
  28. ^ ClearFX website Visit website
  29. ^ ClearFX (HK Forex) rebranding announcement Visit page
  30. ^ https://www.ofx.com/en-au/faqs/i-have-an-ozforex-travel-card-what-do-i-do-now-that-it-is-closed/
  31. ^ USForex rebranding announcement Visit page
  32. ^ AFS License number 226 484 View registration
  33. ^ HMRC Website View page
  34. ^ FSP registration View page
  35. ^ MSB registration.View page