Tinkoff and Sberbank Launch P2P Money Transfers Using Just a Mobile Number

Moscow, Russia — 13 July 2018.
Tinkoff Bank has launched a joint initiative with Sberbank to allow their customers to make P2P money transfers using a mobile number, as part of the bank’s drive to expand the payment options available to its customers.

The service will be rolled out from today in the bank’s mobile apps and the personal online accounts of Moscow-based customers, and will be available to all customers across Russia by the end of July.

Tinkoff pioneered the use of just mobile numbers for transfers among its own customers, and today this is one of the bank’s most popular payment methods. The initiative with Sberbank expands the potential audience for the service to millions of new users.

«Tinkoff was one of the first in the Russian market to offer this option within our own banking system. Now, alongside our partner Sberbank, we are scaling this service and taking it to the next level," said Anatoly Makeshin, Director of Payment Systems and Deputy Chairman of Tinkoff Bank. «New features not only improve the user experience for our customers, but also further advance the development of the country’s payment infrastructure.»

Tinkoff Bank is also actively involved in the development of a rapid payment system (SBP), which will allow customers to make instant transfers using other identifiers (such as email address, TIN, SNILS, social network accounts, etc) anywhere and at any time, regardless of the beneficiary bank.

About the Group

TCS Group Holding PLC is an innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a  high-tech branchless platform. TCS Group includes Tinkoff Bank, mobile virtual operator network Tinkoff Mobile, Tinkoff Insurance, and Tinkoff Software DC, a network of development hubs across Russia.

The Group was founded in 2006 by the Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2013.

With no retail branches, the Group serves its customers remotely via online channels and its call centre, and operates a network of over 2,500 representatives to ensure smooth delivery of its products. The network covers all of Russia and allows next day delivery to most customers.

The Group’s key business is Tinkoff Bank, Russia’s first and only direct bank offering both own brand and partner retail financial services via its Tinkoff.ru platform. The product range includes daily banking (credit and debit cards, payments, money transfers), savings, investments, loyalty programmes, travel services, SME services, mortgage platform, and insurance. With its special focus on mobile business, the bank offers mobile applications both for its customer base (Mobile Bank) and beyond it (Traffic Fines, MoneyTalk, Card 2 Card instant money transfers).

As at 1 May 2018, the bank was the second largest player in the Russian credit card market, with a market share of 11.7%. The 1Q18 IFRS net income of TCS Group Holding PLC amounted to RUB 5.7 bn, ROE grew to 68.5%.

Banki.ru, Russia’s largest financial news portal, named Tinkoff Bank the Bank of the Year 2016. In October 2016 Tinkoff Bank was named the largest independent global direct bank by Frost & Sullivan. In 2015 and 2016, the Global Finance magazine named Tinkoff Bank as the Best Consumer Digital Bank in Russia. In 2016, the bank also won Global Finance’s Best Integrated Consumer Bank Site award and was named the Best Digital Bank in the CEE by Euromoney. The bank’s mobile application was recognised as the best in Russia by Markswebb Rank & Report for three consecutive years in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and by Deloitte for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.