Alliance Data Systems revised its 2001 figures, with revenue increasing by $5.3 million and net income decreasing by $6.4 million. This change relates to a $200 million interest rate swap that was put in place in 1997 to hedge against interest rate volatility. The Company swapped LIBOR rates for a fixed rate, maturing in 2004. Over the past five years, this hedge has been extremely effective in matching income from fixed rate assets against fixed rate funding sources. This is the Company’s only hedge of this type.Details
American Bank has chosen Elan Financial Services to provide a wide range of financial services for three years. Based in Allentown, Penn., American Bank has $166 million in assets and provides debit card and ATM services through Elan. American Bank has been with Elan since 1998.
American Bank offers a complete selection of banking services that includes checking, money market, savings, certificates of deposit, consumer and commercial loans, free personal online bill payment, credit cards, and VISA debit cards. Pcbanker.com delivers a full range of real-time Internet banking, insurance and discount brokerage services, while consistently offering some of the best loan and deposit rates in the United States. American Bank has been recognized as one of the top Internet banks in the country by Gomez Advisors, Inc. while its industry leading e-Checking account has been ranked as the number one online banking product in the country by Financenter.com.
Elan Financial Services supports more than 10,000 ATMs and 12 million cards, for 3,000 financial institutions with a complete range of products and services including credit card issuing, ATM, debit card, and merchant processing. Elan provides full-service support and management tools that are offered uniquely through a single source.
Elan is part of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). With assets in excess of $171 billion, U.S. Bancorp is the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States and operates the third largest bank-owned ATM network. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at [www.usbank.com].
A federal court in San Francisco last week issued an order authorizing the IRS to serve a summons on VISA International for offshore credit card records. The court acted just two days after the Justice Department filed a petition for approval of a “John Doe” summons, which permits the IRS to obtain information about possible tax fraud by people whose identities are unknown. The IRS suspects people have been committing tax fraud by diverting income and assets overseas and spending the money in the United States by using credit, charge, or debit cards issued by banks in more than 30 countries, including Switzerland, Isle of Mann, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Panama, Bermuda, and numerous Caribbean nations. The summons approved by the court will seek information including names, addresses, social security numbers, and telephone numbers of the VISA cardholders. In response to a similar suit filed in Miami, MasterCard has already produced more than 1.7 million records, involving over 230,000 accounts, in response to a John Doe summons. American Express last week agreed to turn over records relating to people who may be subject to United States income taxes and who have credit card accounts with addresses in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands. According to the IRS, that information will be used in civil audits and criminal investigations.Details
InteliData Technologies Corp. announced that John R. Polchin will join the Company as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. InteliData’s current CFO, Steve Mullins, will be leaving the Company after today to pursue other opportunities.
“We are truly delighted to have John join our management team,” said Al Dominick, President and CEO of InteliData. “We believe his strong financial background at the CFO level in previous technology companies, his demonstrated financial control proficiencies, and his significant Wall Street exposure are just what InteliData needs at this point in the Company’s evolution. We greatly appreciate Steve Mullin’s’ contributions over the past five years and in helping to find his successor.”
Polchin has over 15 years of financial management experience primarily within technology environments. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Orblynx, Incorporated, a global Internet infrastructure firm. Prior to that, Polchin held the positions of Vice President and Treasurer and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for e.spire Communications, a publicly traded CLEC. Additionally, he has served as Vice President Finance and Controller for Appworx Corporation, a west coast based enterprise software concern. Polchin began his career at NCNB Corporation, now Bank of America, and he holds a degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina.
With over a decade of experience in the industry, InteliData provides Internet banking and Electronic Bill Payment and Presentment (EBPP) technology and services to top banks, credit unions, and financial institution processors. InteliData’s Internet banking products provide large financial institutions throughout the U.S. with proven scalability, flexibility and security in supplying real-time, Internet based banking services to their customers. InteliData continues to lead the charge as the industry moves towards electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) with the development of its end-to-end, biller-to-consumer EBPP solution, InteliWorks(TM). For more information about InteliData, visit the company’s Web site at .Details
U.S. Bank and Korean Air last week unveiled the new co-branded SKYPASS VISA, the first credit card introduced in the U.S. market by an Asian carrier. SKYPASS miles can be redeemed for travel on Korean Air, KAL airline partner Malaysia Airlines, and SkyTeam partners including AeroMexico, AirFrance, Delta, Czech Airlines, and Alitalia. U.S. Bank will issue four versions of the SKYPASS VISA card: Secured, Classic, Platinum, and Business Platinum. The SKYPASS VISA Secured card is unique among carrier-based co-branded credit cards. The secured card is linked to a security savings account with deposits ranging from $300 to $5,000. Korean Air has a fleet of 119 aircraft and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 82 cities in 30 countries.Details
Equifax Inc. announced its Board of Directors has appointed Ernst and Young LLP as the company’s independent public accountants for 2002. Ernst & Young will replace Arthur Andersen LLP.
The appointment of Ernst & Young was made after careful evaluation by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors and the management of Equifax and was based on an in-depth analysis of services provided by top-ranked public accounting firms.
“Arthur Andersen has provided Equifax with many years of quality service and demonstrated the highest level of professionalism in its role as our independent auditor,” said Thomas F. Chapman, chairman and CEO.
Equifax, a 103-year-old S&P 500 company, enables and secures global commerce through its information management, marketing services, direct to consumer, commercial and authentication businesses. As a leader in information technology, Equifax serves customers across a wide range of industries including the financial services, retail, healthcare, telecommunications/utilities, brokerage, insurance and government industries. Equifax also enlightens, enables and empowers consumers to manage and protect their financial health with services offered at . The company ranked in the top five in return on equity among Business Week’s Best Performers during 2001. Equifax employs 5,200 in 13 countries and has $1.1 billion in revenue.Details
NOVA Information Systems and Fidelity National Corporation have entered into an alliance and sales agreement in which NOVA will provide payment-processing services to the 459 merchant customers of Fidelity National Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Corporation.
NOVA — the country’s third largest merchant payment processor — will immediately begin implementation of the contract with Atlanta-based Fidelity National Bank, which generated $127 million processing volume in 2001.
Fidelity’s alliance with NOVA allows it to offer a broader range of merchant products and services to its commercial customers. “This opens the door to exciting new opportunities for both Fidelity and its customers, said David Buchanan, senior vice president of Fidelity National Bank. “NOVA’s merchant processing experience will allow us to grow our commercial base and enhance our ability to offer state-of-the-art processing products and services.”
“We are truly excited to be associated with Fidelity National Bank,” said Pamela Joseph, senior executive vice president of business development for NOVA. “We are confident that our alliance will help strengthen Fidelity’s offerings by providing it with an expanded set of merchant processing tools.”
Fidelity National Corporation, through its operating companies, Fidelity National Bank and Fidelity National Capital Investors, Inc., provides a wide range of banking, mortgage and investment brokerage services through 19 full-service branches in Atlanta. Mortgage, construction and automobile loans are also provided through an office in Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information about Fidelity National’s products and services visit [www.FidelityNational.com].
Atlanta-based NOVA Information Systems, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), manages and transports payment and other business information on behalf of retailers, community banks and regional financial institutions. NOVA specializes in providing integrated credit and debit card payment processing services, related software application products and value-added services to more than 650,000 merchant locations in the United States. For more information on the company, visit [www.NOVAinfo.com].
Minneapolis-based Provell said this morning it has received notice from Paymentech that VISA has extended its proposed date to disqualify the Company from participating as a merchant in the VISA program from April 4 to May 17. VISA is considering the appeal that Paymentech filed on the Company’s behalf in March. Provell is a membership program marketer and is formerly known as DAMARK International. The company has about 2.8 million consumers. The company posted a $34 million loss last year. In June, Provell rejected an offer from Metris Companies for $4 per share. (CF Library 3/8/02)Details
Vital Processing ServicesÂ® (VitalÂ®), a recognized leader in technology-based commerce enabling services, announced that Inter-American Data, Inc.’s Lodging Management System, hospitality software, has been Class B Certified on Vital’s POS network. With this certification, now acquirers that have merchant customers using LMS can route transactions directly through the Vital Sierra Authorization and Capture System.
LMS front office software is an integrated solution for comprehensive hotel data management. This software speeds up and simplifies hotel operations with features ranging from reservations and check-in to night audit and check out. With the Vital Class B certification, LMS System users will have the ability to process payment transactions with more scalability and cost effective service on Vital’s proven, reliable network.
“We are delighted with this certification. It offers our customers yet one more reason to do business with us,” said Mike Sunshine, IAD marketing director.
“Vital is pleased to Class B Certify LMS hotel property management software to our network,” says Henry Harp, executive vice president, market development, Vital Processing Services. “We are responding to the needs of our clients to provide a one-stop-shop for their transaction processing needs. Now, we can directly handle authorization and capture requests for existing LMS customers or for any new merchants utilizing this system.”
About Lodging Management System
Lodging Management System (LMS) front office hospitality software, a product of Inter-American Data, Inc., a privately -owned enterprise solution provider, offers complete hotel data management needs. LMS is designed to help hotels efficiently manage large amounts of information without the additional staff that decreases profit margins. It allows hotel staffs to spend less time waiting for information and more time giving guests excellent service. LMS unites in one integrated software solution, greater management control of hotel front office, accounting and housekeeping operations while improving guest services. It also is a versatile foundation expandable to incorporate additional programs for sales and catering, telecommunications management, back office, food and beverage, activities scheduling and other functions. From reservations and check-in to wake-up call to night audit and checkout, Additional information regarding LMS can be found at [www.iadusa.com].
About Vital Processing Services
A leader in technology-based commerce enabling services, Vital Processing ServicesÂ® (VitalÂ®) is the only pure acquirer processor in the industry. Vital s clients include acquirers and merchant service providers that offer electronic payment processing and related services to merchants. Vital provides leading point-of-sale (POS) products and services, electronic authorization and data capture; clearing, settlement and exception processing; accounting, billing and reporting; risk management; and merchant support services. Vital also provides POS equipment management services through its subsidiary Vital Merchant Services and a full suite of Information Services. Vital is a merchant processing joint venture of Visa U.S.A. and TSYSÂ® (“NYSE: TSS”), a global leader in payments processing. Additional information regarding Vital can be found at .
Wincor Nixdorf launched the ProCash 2250 ATM, which fits any standard drive-up installation in the USA. The ProCash 2250 features a sunlight-readable 12.1″ LCD. The display is considerably brighter than the CRTs found in most ATMs, allowing bank customers to easily see and operate all ATM functions. The ProCash 2250 is powered by a Pentium III processor and runs on the Windows NT operating system. The open system architecture (WOSA/XFS) combined with an accessible design, allows new functions to easily be added to the ProCash 2250; users simply slide out the computer chassis in the ATM to upgrade all major systems. The new ATM can be enhanced for other applications including deposits, printing documents such as statements, and Web-enabled initiatives.Details
TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a leading venture capital fund with $1.1 billion in committed capital, announced that it has named Harvey Golub, former Chairman and CEO of American Express, as Chairman.
In that role, he will work closely with TH Lee Putnam Ventures’ managers and with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Putnam Investments, the fund’s sponsors, to offer strategic counsel to the fund, its executives and its partner companies. Mr. Golub will also become a Senior Advisor to Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Thomas H. Lee said, “Based on his record as CEO of American Express and, earlier, as head of one of its most important operating groups, Harvey is widely acknowledged as one of the best managers in the country. He understands the impact of new and evolving technologies across many sectors of the economy. Further, his many relationships in the business and financial communities can provide important business contacts and deal flow for TH Lee Putnam Ventures as well as for our portfolio companies.”
Mr. Golub said, “TH Lee Putnam Ventures’ investment focus is a good one – investing in mid-to-late-stage technology-oriented companies that have true potential to change the way that business is done. The real challenge in venture capital comes in creating value for limited partners by selecting the best companies in which to invest and then helping those companies increase market share, develop new products and carry out strategic acquisitions and alliances. It’s in that task that I see my primary role.”
In addition to his aforementioned accomplishments, Mr. Golub serves as a board member for many major corporations, including Campbell Soup Company, Dow Jones and Warnaco, as well as board member and chairman for tech-related firms, including AirClic and ClientLogic. He also commits time to serving on the boards of a number of philanthropic foundations.
About TH Lee Putnam Ventures
TH Lee Putnam Ventures ([www.thlpv.com]) is a $1.1 billion venture capital fund affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Putnam Investments. Based in New York, TH Lee Putnam Ventures provides development capital to companies that commercialize digital information technologies. Its major focus is on Financial Services, Retail Applications Software, Consumer Supply Chain and Outsourcing Solutions.
To date, TH Lee Putnam Ventures has invested over $500 million in 37 companies. Among the more significant investments in the portfolio are:
— Liquidnet ([www.liquidnet.com]) is an alternative trading system (ATS) that allows large institutional investors to trade large blocks of listed and Nasdaq stocks with minimal market impact.
— Currenex ([www.currenex.com]) is the leading online business-to-business foreign currency exchange service for corporations, financial institutions and government organizations.
— Marketmax ([www.marketmax.com]) is a leading provider of advanced retail planning and analytics software that allow retailers and their suppliers to analyze large amounts of historical data and create meaningful predictive information.
— Parago ([www.parago.com]) provides companies with an outsourced technology solution for promotional management, including the execution and monitoring of rebate programs or cash discount programs on a real-time basis.
— Velocity Express ([www.velocityexp.com]) is the largest provider of same-day delivery and logistics services in North America, including scheduled delivery, on-demand delivery, critical parts management, distribution services and air courier services.
Catuity this morning announced a settlement agreement with Welcome Real-Time which ends a patent dispute over smart card loyalty software. Last year, Welcome claimed in an Australian Court case that Catuity and its Australian subsidiaries had infringed its patent by operating the CiT Transcard system in Western Sydney from July 1997, and by offering to supply upgrades of the system since that time. Under terms of the settlement announced this morning, both parties have agreed to stop all legal action over current patent issues and seek compulsory mediation and binding arbitration for all future patent disputes. Catuity offers an integrated suite of applications that provide loyalty, ticketing, access control and membership. Welcome Real-Time, based in France, offers a smart card transaction platform that provides instantly awarded loyalty points, coupons, punch cards, vouchers, tickets, and cash back. (CF Library 5/18/01; 7/27/01)Details