Certegy’s Q4 Card Services Increases 6.5%

Certegy reported that fourth quarter consolidated revenue increased 5% to $296 million. Card Services increased 6.5% and Check Services increased 3.1% in 4Q/05. Card Services generated revenue of $167.4 million and Check Services generated revenue of $128.5 million. North American card transactions increased 4.7%, driven by 7.0% growth in the number of cards processed. Internet banking subscribers increased 17.5% and electronic bill payment users increased 28.1%. Institution merchant processing volumes increased 15.2%, driven by 12.9% growth in transactions and higher average ticket. Check Services operating income of $27.2 million increased 12.8% compared to $24.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. During the quarter, the company incurred legal, accounting and other direct costs of $1.6 million related to its pending merger with Fidelity National Information Services and $1.2 million related to the possible formation and acquisition of a majority ownership in a card and merchant processing joint venture in Brazil. For complete details on Certegy’s fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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Axalto Delivers 130MM Microprocessor Cards in Q4

Smart card specialist Axalto posted fourth quarter revenue of $267
million, a 5% decline over the prior year quarter, which was the
strongest quarter in the Company’s history. The cards segment revenue
amounted to $250 million compared to $269 million in the year-ago quarter and $207 million in the third quarter of 2005. During the fourth
quarter, Axalto delivered more than 130 million microprocessor cards. In
financial cards, Axalto’s revenue rose 19% year-over-year to $52 million
with about 22 million cards delivered. The POS Terminals segment revenue
decreased by 20% year-on-year. For complete details on Axalto’s fourth
quarter performance, visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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Heartland Invests into Parcxmart Technologies

New Jersey-based Heartland Payment Systems is making a strategic investment in Parcxmart Technologies which offers a patent-pending payment solution for parking. The investment will provide Heartland limited exclusivity as Parcxmart’s merchant acquirer to offer credit/debit card processing services to merchants that adopt the Parcxmart payment solution. The Parcxmart Card solution offers drivers and consumers a convenient one-card alternative to coins and cash for small-dollar transactions at on-street and off-street parking locations, as well as for micro ticket retail purchases at participating merchants. Parcxmart Technologies Inc. is an electronics payment company specializing in small-dollar transactions. Heartland Payment Systems provides credit/debit card processing and payroll solutions to more than 106,500 small-to medium-sized merchants throughout the United States.

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Pay By Touch Raises Another $60 Million

San Francisco-based Pay By Touch has closed more than $60 million in new financing, raising more than $190 million during the past three months. The current funding allows Pay By Touch to continue to grow its suite of patented, secure biometric products and services while pursuing additional complementary acquisitions to accelerate growth into markets such as health care, Internet, petroleum, convenience stores, and quick service restaurants.

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Fair Isaac’s Scoring Solutions Up 17% in Q4

Fair Isaac reported fourth calendar quarter revenue of $202.8 million versus $195.5 million in the prior year period. Scoring Solutions revenues increased 17% to $46.2 million. However, Strategy Machine Solutions revenues declined 5% to $112.0 million, due to a decline in revenues associated with marketing services and insurance solutions. Professional Services revenues increased 11% to $32.8 million in the quarter. Analytic Software Tools revenues increased 34% to $11.8 million. For complete details on Fair Isaac’s latest performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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ChoicePoint Agrees with FTC to Fork Over $15MM

Consumer data broker ChoicePoint has agreed to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million in consumer redress to settle FTC charges that its security and record-handling procedures violated consumers’ privacy rights and federal laws for about 163,000 consumers. The settlement requires ChoicePoint to implement new procedures to ensure that it provides consumer reports only to legitimate businesses for lawful purposes, to establish and maintain a comprehensive information security program, and to obtain audits by an independent third-party security professional every other year until 2026.

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Axalto’s Bank Card Revenues Rises 19% in Q4

Smart card specialist Axalto posted fourth quarter revenue of $267 million, a 5% decline over the prior year quarter, which was the strongest quarter in the Company’s history. The cards segment revenue amounted to $250 million compared to $269 million in the year-ago quarter and $207 million in the third quarter of 2005. During the fourth quarter, Axalto delivered more than 130 million microprocessor cards. In financial cards, Axalto’s revenue rose 19% year-over-year to $52 million with about 22 million cards delivered. The POS Terminals segment revenue decreased by 20% year-on-year. For complete details on Axalto’s fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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Arthur Blank to Unveil a Talking Gift Card

Boston-based Arthur Blank & Co. is unveiling a “Talking Gift Card” at next week’s Marketechnics Show in San Diego. The “Talking Gift Card” uses a chip to record a 10-second message, powered by “Voice-Express.” The new card is part of Blank’s patented “RAC Card” series. Arthur Blank & Co.’s products include private label loyalty, gift, phone, credit, debit, membership, security I.D., and access cards as well as complete card numbering and personalization.

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Hypercom Shareholder Lawsuit Dismissed

A U.S. District Court has entered an order dismissing the amended class action complaint that was initially filed in 2005 alleging securities violations by Hypercom and two former executives. In dismissing the complaint, the court stated that the plaintiffs failed to plead particularized facts establishing a strong inference that the Company and the other defendants acted with scienter, as required by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Hypercom Corporation provides a full suite of high security, end-to-end electronic payment products and services.

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VASCO Unveils a New Product Strategy

VASCO Data Security International unveiled a new product that enables
companies to use every authentication technology
on one platform delivered by VASCO. VASCO calls it “Full Option,
All-Terrain Authentication.” “Full Option” stands for VASCO’s ability to
support and deliver authentication technologies. “All-Terrain” stands
for vertical applications/markets. The core of VASCO’s authentication
offerings is “VACMAN Controller.” VASCO has established itself as a
world-leader for strong User Authentication with over 420 international
financial institutions and approximately 2,100 blue-chip corporations
and governments located in more than 100 countries.

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Alliance Signs Renewal With Safeway

Alliance Data Systems has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with
Canada Safeway as a sponsor in Alliance Data’s Canadian “AIR
MILES Reward Program.” Canada Safeway has been a partner in the loyalty and marketing program since its inception in 1992. The “AIR MILES Reward Program” is Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. More than 70% of Canadian households, representing more than 15.4 million Canadians, actively collect “AIR MILES” reward miles at more than 100 brand-name sponsors representing more than 14,000 retail and
service locations across Canada. “AIR MILES” reward miles can be redeemed for more than 800 different rewards, such as travel, movie passes, entertainment attractions, electronic merchandise and more. Alliance Data is a leading provider of transaction, credit and marketing services.

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CARD APPLICATIONS

More than 3.5 million credit card applications were processed last year, a 16% rise over 2004. Credit card solicitations offering zero interest on balance transfers produced the biggest response. According to the Baycorp Advantage “Quarterly Credit Demand Index,” a total of 3,527,981 applications were made last year, up 495,944 from 2004. The “Index” shows there were 884,642 applications for new credit cards in the December quarter, a 12.65% increase on the same quarter in 2004.
Baycorp Advantage’s “Credit Demand Index” measures the demand for credit, both in credit cards and personal loans, in terms of inquiries to Baycorp Advantage’s database. Baycorp is the custodian of credit files for almost 14 million Australians. There are currently 12.4 million credit card and charge card accounts in Australia, compared to 11.5 million one-year ago.

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