The sixth largest merchant processor in the U.S. reported fourth quarter revenue of $288 million, a 27% gain over the year’s earlier period. Heartland Payment Systems says Q4 was the second biggest quarter in its history, lifting its total revenues for the year to more than $1 billion for the first time. The Company reported a 20% increase in 4Q/06 net income to $6.6 million. Processing volume for the fourth quarter increased 25% to $11.4 billion. HPS’ active merchant count rose to 137,400 at year-end, a 21% increase over the past twelve months, comprised of 133,200 card processing and 4,200 payroll customers. Additionally, the Company announced that for the first quarter, it anticipates delivering earnings per share in the range of $0.16- $0.18. The Board of Directors also doubled the quarterly dividend to $0.05 per share. For complete details on Heartland Payment Systems’ fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).