TSYS racks up record revenues in the second quarter. In the North America segment, TSYS reported the largest quarter of transaction volume in history at 2.7 billion. In the NetSpend segment revenue rose 11.4% to $116.8 million.
TSYS announced Philip W. Tomlinson decided to retire as CEO. In his place, M. Troy Woods has been elected by the TSYS board of directors as president, CEO, effective July 31, 2014. Tomlinson will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board of TSYS until the 2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Woods started his career at Columbus Bank and Trust Company in 1970, working part time in the bankcard department and eventually becoming a vice president. He left the company in 1977 to become senior vice president of consumer lending for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Woods rejoined TSYS in 1987 and directed the company’s international expansion, strategic planning, major client negotiations and the company’s launch of TS2. Most recently, he guided the company’s diversification strategy into faster growing areas of payments as TSYS moved beyond its roots as a third-party processor for bank issuers and merchant acquirers.
TSYS announced the appointment of Paul M. Todd as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2014. Paul Todd has served as executive vice president for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product and marketing since 2008. Over the past four years, Todd directed TSYS’ diversification strategy that included four acquisitions in the direct merchant acquiring business and TSYS’ largest acquisition, NetSpend, which occurred last year. He has been the key driver in developing strategies to lead TSYS into new and faster growing sectors and markets. Prior to 2008, Todd was President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovus Financial Management, a unit of Synovus Financial Corp.
TSYS has been recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published by Bloomberg News. This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated and accrued points based on several criteria, including financial and human resources applied to civic improvement, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
TSYS has completed its acquisition of NetSpend, now a wholly owned TSYS subsidiary and TSYS’ fourth operating segment focusing on direct to consumer products and services. NetSpend is a leading provider of general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid debit cards, PayCards and related financial services to the estimated 68 million underbanked consumers in the United States who do not have a traditional bank account or who rely on alternative financial services. NetSpend previously operated as a publicly traded company. NetSpend common stock ceased trading on NASDAQ prior to the opening of trading on Monday, July 1, 2013, and will be delisted. Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement between the parties, NetSpend stockholders are entitled to receive $16.00 per share in cash for each share of NetSpend common stock that they hold.
TSYS announced that Keith Pierce, group executive of Commercial Services, has received the Most Influential Executive award at the CPI Global Awards for Excellence in Commercial Cards & Payments. Pierce was one of nine finalists for the award, which this year honors three exceptional professionals in the commercial payments industry. Pierce is responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of the commercial business at TSYS and has oversight of client relations, day-to-day operations, financial performance and business strategy.
TSYS has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second year in a row. Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries for the award. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.
TSYS payment solutions and NetSpend general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid debit cards signed a definitive agreements by which TSYS will acquire NetSpend for $1.4 billion, cash. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive to GAAP EPS for the first 12 month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition related fees and expenses. NetSpend’s extensive distribution network provides consumers the ability to purchase prepaid debit cards at more than 62,000 distributing merchant locations, such as retailers, check cashers, convenience stores, grocers, insurance providers, tax preparers and many others. NetSpend currently serves more than 2.4 million accounts of which 46% are direct deposit.
Tsys announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with St. Mary’s Bank to provide payments services for its consumer credit card portfolio. Oregon Community Credit Union also entered into a long-term payments agreement with TSYS to include its consumer credit card portfolio. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
For undisclosed terms, Tsys is set to acquire ProPay payment solutions, which currently processes for approximately 250,000 small and micro-merchants. It offers merchants self-enrollment, instant activation and simplified pricing to begin accepting payments anytime or anywhere ” online and offline. ProPay- which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of TSYS- offers a mobile payment acceptance dongle ” branded as ProPay JAKTM ” that attaches to smart phones and tablets to securely process payments and encrypt data.
Steria and Experian partnered to deliver managed solutions in the SEPA compliant payments arena to offer corporate customers an end-to-end service that will take the pain out of managing SEPA, making the process more efficient and cost-effective. The partnership will bring total end-to-end solutions to corporate customers seeking SEPA readiness data conversion services, ongoing SEPA payments validation and compliance support. The partnership brings value added services to Corporate Treasurers and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) seeking a total off-the-shelf solution to their SEPA data readiness needs.
TSYS completed master services agreement, with a minimum six year term, with Bank of America to provide processing services for its consumer credit card portfolios in the U.S. and will continue to process Bank of America’s commercial credit card portfolios in the U.S. and Internationally. For this, Bank of America will utilize TSYS’ “TS2” core payments engine and its customized processing solutions to include risk and financial management and business intelligence delivered through a dedicated support team. TSYS currently processes Bank of America’s commercial and small business card portfolio on its TS2 platform, and that relationship will continue under the new agreement, and plans to complete the conversion of Bank of America’s consumer card portfolio from its in-house processing system in mid-2014.