SOURCE: Net Element, Inc.

Net Element, Inc.

October 14, 2015 08:45 ET

Net Element Expands to Kyrgyzstan; Signs Leading Electronic Commerce Company

Integration With Kazkommertsbank Yields Further Expansion Into Emerging Markets

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2015) - Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a provider of global mobile payment technology solutions and value-added transactional services, launched its online payments processing business in Kyrgyzstan by securing a contract with Daroy.net, the country's largest online clothing store serving retail and wholesale customers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus.

"We had to choose a reliable partner for online payments on the website of our online store Daroy.net. Payments system PayOnline provided the most favorable conditions for cooperation, worked quickly and connected payment services on our site in the shortest possible time. We look forward to a strong partnership with Net Element that provides maximum benefit to our customers," commented Oleg Prokoshev, Managing Partner of Daroy.net.

In September 2015, the online store Daroy.net completed its e-commerce platform integration with PayOnline's payments gateway. This enabled Daroy.net to accept Visa®, Visa Electron®, MasterCard® and Maestro® cards for online commerce transactions. The new partnership is a part of PayOnline's development of the e-Commerce market for Central Asia and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). This effort began in June 2015 with our entrance into the Kazakhstan market through an agreement with Kazkommertsbank ("KKB"). KKB is one of the largest banks in Central Asia and this has allowed Net Element to enter into the emerging markets of Kazakhstan and now Kyrgyzstan.

"Emerging markets remain the engine of the world economy. Net Element is positioned to reach a larger emerging market share by virtue of our local presence in these markets and the high quality products we offer," commented Oleg Firer, CEO of Net Element. "To increase our market share, we are working to sign new agreements and increase our footprint in emerging markets that we understand well. PayOnline has established a payment solution which is unique for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), EAEU and Central Asia regions and we continue to lead with innovative products and services in these emerging markets." 

According to the State Agency of Communications of Kyrgyzstan, the number of Internet users in the country at the end of 2014 reached 4 million. For the first quarter of 2015 the total number of bank payment cards in circulation in Kyrgyzstan amounted to approximately one million which represented an increase of 35% compared to the same period last year. According to Payments Cards & Mobile, Kyrgyzstan card payments market is at an early stage of development, with foundations for sustained growth. 

About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service platform for small to medium enterprise ("SME") in the US, Russian Federation and other international markets. In the US, it aims to grow transactional revenue by offering innovative SME productivity services including its cloud based, restaurant point-of-sale solution Aptito. Internationally, Net Element's strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions such as UAE, CIS, EAEU, India and Latin America. It maintains offices in Miami, FL, Cyprus and Russia. Further information is available at www.netelement.com.

About PayOnline
PayOnline provides flexible high-tech payment solutions to companies doing business on the Internet. We have wide experience in integration and customization of payment solutions for websites and mobile apps. We are able to arrange payments on the website of any commercial organization in a customer convenient, reliable and secure environment. Thousands of companies in CIS, Europe and Asia use PayOnline to accept payments online. For more information, please visit: www.payonline.ru/en or www.payonline.ru

About Kakzkomertsbank
Kazkommertsbank is one of the largest commercial banks in the CIS/EAEU and is the largest by total assets in Kazakhstan. The Bank provides a wide range of banking and financial services to corporate and retail clients across Kazakhstan and the surrounding region. Incorporated in 1991, Kazkommertsbank is the leading provider of banking and financial services across every sector of Kazakhstan's economy.

Headquartered in Almaty, the Bank services its customers through a network of branches in 45 cities across Kazakhstan. Kazkommertsbank also has international banking subsidiaries in Tajikistan and the Russian Federation. For more information, please visit: http://en.kkb.kz.

Forward-Looking Statements
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