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WEX Brings Its Technology to Japan with New JCB International Partnership

PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2018-- WEX Inc. (NYSE:WEX), an industry-leading global provider of corporate payments solutions, today announced a new partnership with JCB, Japan's premier and only international payment brand, to expand WEX virtual payments technology into Japan. The agreement makes WEX JCB’s first issuer of virtual cards and enables new functionality on the JCB network. The program is expected to launch in the second half of 2019.

“The JCB collaboration represents WEX’s commitment to expanding our presence in the Asia market, and entering Japan is an exciting step for us,” said Jay Dearborn, president of WEX Corporate Payments. “It is a continuation of WEX’s long-term strategy and goal to be the only technology partner in virtual payments that offers multiple payment schemes to businesses.”

The JCB International agreement is the latest in important alliances that WEX has recently made. WEX’s global presence and proven commitment to innovation in payments solutions make it an optimal partner for established networks that stake their reputation on trust and technology.

“We’re thrilled to be working with WEX in Japan,” said Ryuji Shinzawa, President and C.O.O. at JCBUSA. “The innovative technology of the WEX platform plus JCB’s merchant acceptance reach in Japan and throughout Asia make this an ideal partnership.”

The Asian payments market shows considerable opportunity with data points from WEX’s latest Payments Pulse survey pointing to rapid adoption of e-payables solutions. Around half of the surveyed businesses in Asia/Oceania (43 percent) have already implemented an electronic payables initiative, and more than a third (42 percent) have one underway. The majority (85 percent) of those who say they have a payables initiative underway are working to launch it in the next six to 12 months. And almost all of the surveyed businesses in Asia/Oceania (94 percent) that have implemented a payments initiative or plan to do so, consider vendors outside of current banks or financial institutions a viable option.

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The Company's forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential future impact of any alliance, merger, acquisition, disposition or stock repurchases. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About WEX
Powered by the belief that complex payment systems can be made simple, WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX) is a leading provider of payment processing and business solutions across a wide spectrum of sectors, including fleet, travel and healthcare. WEX operates in more than 10 countries and in more than 20 currencies through more than 3,500 associates around the world. WEX fleet cards offer 11.5 million vehicles exceptional payment security and control; purchase volume in its travel and corporate solutions grew to $30.3 billion in 2017; and the WEX Health financial technology platform helps 300,000 employers and more than 25 million consumers better manage healthcare expenses. For more information, visit www.wexinc.com.

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 24 countries and territories.
For more information, please visit: https://www.global.jcb/en/ or http://www.ru.jcb/ru/
Note: Statistics about JCB are as of June 2018.

Source: WEX Inc.

JCB Co., Ltd.
Kumiko Kida, +81-3-5778-8353
Corporate Communications
jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp
or
WEX
Rob Gould, +1 207-523-7429
Corporate Communications
robert.gould@wexinc.com