IVI & INGENICO

IVI Checkmate Corp. and Ingenico S.A. announce that the
stockholders of IVI Checkmate Corp. have approved the agreement
and plan of merger between the companies that provides for IVI
Checkmate Corp. to be acquired by Ingenico. As a result,
effective as of the close of business today, the merger between
the two companies will be completed and IVI Checkmate Corp. will
become a privately-held, wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingenico.
The Company will promptly begin mailing to its stockholders
written materials, which will provide instructions to permit the
stockholders to receive US$3.30 in cash, without interest, for
each of their shares of common stock of IVI Checkmate Corp. and
exchangeable shares of IVI Checkmate Ltd.

About Ingenico

Ingenico is a leading provider of smart card based secured
transaction products and systems. It has subsidiaries and
partnerships all over the world and customers in over 50
countries and territories where its installed base exceeds 3
million point-of-sale terminals. See www.ingenico.com for more
information.

About IVI Checkmate

IVI Checkmate is a major electronic transaction solutions
provider in North America. The company designs, develops and
markets innovative payment and value-added solutions that
optimize transaction management at the point-of-service in the
retail, financial, travel and entertainment, health care and
transportation industries. IVI Checkmate’s software, hardware
and professional services minimize transaction costs, reduce
operational complexity, and improve profitability for its
customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. See
www.ivicheckmate.com for more information.

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IVTM DEPLOYMENT

Interlott Technologies, Inc.announced that it has signed a contract with the Luxembourg
National Lottery for the purchase of 100 eight and 12-game Instant Ticket
Vending Machines (ITVMs). The order is scheduled to be delivered in the third
quarter.

David F. Nichols, President and CEO said, “With this initial order, the
Luxembourg National Lottery joins our expanding family of international
customers who have recognized the unique capabilities of our ITVMs. We are
continuing to gain momentum in the Western European market where our equipment
has already been deployed by the Netherlands National Lottery and the Belgium
National Lottery.”

Interlott, which is the nation’s leading manufacturer of Instant Ticket
Vending Machines (ITVMs) and other high-security vending products, has
supplied equipment to 29 domestic and several international lottery
jurisdictions. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, leases, and services
dispensing machines for the lottery, telecommunications, and financial
services industries. Primary products include instant ticket vending machines
(ITVMs) and pull-tab/break open card vending machines (PTVMs) for the lottery
industry, phone card dispensing machines (PCDMs) for the telecommunications
industry, and SmartCard dispensing machines (SCDMs) for the financial services
industry.

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BANKCARD PROCESSING

Electronic commerce and payments leader First Data Corp. announced its
card processing subsidiary,
First Data Resources, has signed a multi-year contract renewal with
Scotiabank Inverlat.

Scotiabank Inverlat is a leading banking institution in Mexico with
headquarters in Mexico City. The bank will partner with First Data to
receive bankcard processing and other card portfolio management services.
“As a 30-year leader of the card industry, First Data provides us
access to a unique array of products and services that help Scotiabank
Inverlat execute its plans to grow and diversify our portfolio,” said
Carlos San Martin, director of central operations for Scotiabank Inverlat.
“We are pleased with First Data’s commitment to providing the advanced
tools and technology we need to serve our cardholders and gain a
competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

Scotiabank Inverlat has been a First Data client since 1994. In
addition to Scotiabank Inverlat, First Data processes for three leading
financial institutions in Latin America.

“Scotiabank Inverlat is a leader in the Mexican card marketplace and
we are very pleased to continue providing the state-of-the-art
functionality and expertise needed to successfully manage and grow its card
business,” said Eula Adams, senior executive vice president and head of
worldwide card operations for First Data. “In addition, this agreement
underscores our international growth strategy and our commitment to provide
leading-edge payment services to Latin America and other international
markets.”

First Data processes for nearly 300 million accounts on file around
the world. For more than 30 years, First Data has developed products and
services which enable card issuers to enhance their portfolio growth,
increase market share, reduce risk and improve profitability.

About Scotiabank Inverlat

Grupo Financiero Scotiabank Inverlat S.A. de C.V. is one of the principal
financial groups in Mexico, with more than 400 branches and almost 1,000
ATMs throughout Mexico. First quarter net income after tax for the Group
was $31 million (P$183 million). Scotiabank has a 55% ownership stake in
Inverlat. The Group employs approximately 7,200 people across its three
main affiliates, Scotiabank Inverlat S.A., Scotia Inverlat Casa de Bolsa
S.A. de C.V. and Scotia Inverlat Casa de Cambio S.A. de C.V. Together,
these companies offer an integrated suite of financial products and
services for the entire spectrum of customers – from individuals and small
businesses up to the most sophisticated multinational corporations. See
Scotiabank Inverlat at www.scotiabankinverlat.com

Scotiabank is one of North America’s premier financial institutions, with
about $275 billion in assets and approximately 52,000 employees worldwide,
including affiliates. It is also Canada’s most international bank with more
than 2,000 branches and offices in over 50 countries.

About First Data

First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), with global headquarters in Denver, powers
the global economy. As the leader in electronic commerce and payment
services, First Data serves approximately 2.6 million merchant locations,
1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, making it easier, faster and
more secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services using
virtually any form of payment. With 27,000 employees worldwide, the
company provides credit, debit, smart card and stored-value card issuing
and merchant transaction processing services; Internet commerce solutions;
Western Union® money transfers and money orders; and check processing and
verification services throughout the United States, United Kingdom,
Australia, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Germany. Its money transfer agent
network includes approximately 109,000 locations in more than 186 countries
and territories. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site
at www.firstdata.com

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Shell Contract Extended

Alliance Data Systems Corp. announced that it has signed a contract extension with Equiva Services LLC. Equiva Services provides services to nearly 9,000 Shell-branded gasoline and convenience retail locations nationwide.

The agreement between Alliance Data and Equiva Services extends an existing contract through December 2002 under which Alliance Data will continue providing accurate and timely bankcard settlement and transaction processing services for nearly 9,000 Shell-branded retail locations.

“We are delighted at this opportunity to continue providing critical business solutions for Equiva,” said Mike Beltz, Alliance Data Systems president, Transaction Services. “Shell has been a valued customer since 1983, and we’re confident that Alliance Data’s service offerings will continue to contribute to Shell’s growth and profitability.”

Equiva Services LLC

Equiva Services LLC, based in Houston, Texas, is the shared services company that is jointly owned by Equilon Enterprises LLC and Motiva Enterprises LLC. Equilon and Motiva refine and market Texaco- and Shell-branded products in over 30 states. For more information, visit the website at .

Alliance Data Systems

Based in Dallas, Alliance Data Systems is a leading provider of transaction services, credit services and marketing services, assisting retail, petroleum, utility and financial services companies in managing the critical interactions between them and their customers. Alliance Data operates and markets the largest coalition loyalty program in Canada and each year manages over 2.5 billion transactions and 72 million consumer accounts for some of North America’s most recognizable companies. Alliance Data Systems employs approximately 6,000 associates at more than 20 locations in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. For more information about the company, visit its web site, .

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MULTI-CURRENCY PROCESSING

Promisant Ltd., an international provider of enhanced payment services and
First Data Merchant Services, a subsidiary of First Data Corp., announced a
strategic alliance designed to strengthen First Data Merchant Services’
global e-processing services for business-to-business and
business-to-consumer clients through Promisant’s multi-currency transaction
processing platform. Through a single global relationship, Promisant
enables multi-national companies to electronically transact with their
global customer base, by accepting payment cards in any currency and in any
country. The three-year agreement will provide global corporations with
comprehensive international, multi-currency payment processing and
acquiring solutions. Promisant’s services will be available solely through
Express Merchant Processing Services (EMPS), which is part of an alliance
between First Data Merchant Services and The Northern Trust Company.
EMPS merchants will have access to all of Promisant’s international payment
services such as multi-currency authorization and settlement services (180
presentment currencies and 15 settlement and funding currencies), account
set-up, real-time and batch authorization and settlement, and retrieval and
charge back management support, along with online reporting. In addition,
Promisant’s services allow business-to-business merchants to transmit Level
III data and addendum records in conjunction with the financial records to
facilitate invoicing, VAT reclamation, and other administrative tasks.
“When we examined the market needs of multi-national merchants, we designed
our product to meet those needs by reducing the cost and complexity of
maintaining processor relationships in multiple jurisdictions,” explained
Juan Prado, Chairman and CEO of Promisant. “The Promisant network allows
multi-nationals to price their goods and services in local currencies
utilizing Promisant’s forward exchange rates, and to eliminate their risk
of currency fluctuation through Promisant’s centralized, foreign currency,
treasury management. Additionally, lost revenues through potential fraud
are reduced via a highly-secure, internationally enabled fraud management
system.”

“The business relationship between Promisant and FDMS clearly illustrates
the ability for two industry leaders to deliver a comprehensive, integrated
global payment solution by leveraging their individual strengths,” said
John Shlonsky, general manager of EMPS. “In today’s environment, the
globalization of commerce creates a host of new requirements for
traditional payment providers such as multiple cards types, multi-currency,
risk mitigation, consumer privacy and data protection, as well as many
other financial and regulatory considerations.”

About Promisant

Promisant is a next generation payment processor headquartered in Bermuda,
with offices located in Atlanta, Miami and London. Future plans include
offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Promisant delivers end-to-end
international-processing solutions to multi-national
corporations. Promisant’s customers enjoy the benefits of accepting and
managing card transactions in 180 multiple currencies, being able to settle
in 15 currencies, supporting numerous card and payment types, and reducing
risk through a comprehensive fraud solution. Promisant develops new
products that assist multi-national companies expand into new markets with
ease and reliability, and ultimately streamlines their global commerce
activities. For more information, please visit www.promisant.com.

About Express Merchant Processing Services

Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS) is a leading provider of
comprehensive transaction processing services to all types of merchants
such as traditional brick and mortar, e-commerce, and Internet, including a
specialty in the business-to-business marketplace. EMPS (www.empsebiz.com)

is part of an alliance between First Data Merchant Services (FDMS), a
subsidiary of First Data Corp., and The Northern Trust Company. FDMS
brings the industry’s most advanced front-end and back-office processing
services, while Northern Trust provides clearing and settlement
services. First Data Merchant Services annually processes and settles
almost 9 billion transactions for more than $450 billion in sales. Through
relationships with leading financial institutions and independent sales
organizations, Merchant Services delivers industry leading electronic
payment and e-commerce services and solutions. First Data Corp., with
global headquarters in Denver, powers the world economy, serving nearly 2.6
million merchant locations, over 1,400 card issuers and millions of
consumers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.firstdata.com.

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Online Advertising

Providian Bank Corporation ranked as the top online advertiser during June according to the monthly Nielsen//NetRatings tracking. Providian spent more than $20.1 million in online advertising. Financial services companies, including Capital One, dominated three out of the top five advertisers in June. The three financial services companies in the top five rankings comprised $51.7 million of online ad spending, with total spending for the top ten online advertisers at $143 million.

Top 10 Online Advertisers (U.S.)
June 2001

Advertiser Ad Spending
1. Providian Bank Corp $20,080,000
2. JP Morgan Chase & Co $16,949,000
3. Sony Corp $15,561,000
4. Capital One Financial Corp $14,656,000
5. AOL Time Warner Inc $14,141,000
6. Classmates Online Inc $13,708,000
7. Bertelsmann Ag $13,705,000
8. Orbitz Llc $12,001,000
9. Neway Inc $11,725,000
10. Amazon.Com Inc $10,551,000
TOTAL $143,075,000
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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AAA STV Card

AAA Michigan has selected WildCard Systems to add stored value functionality on the AAA membership card. AAA Michigan now offers a card that provides traditional membership services along with serving as the delivery vehicle for automobile and homeowner insurance claim payments, pre-paid money card for Internet purchases and budgeting vacation travel dollars, as well as a long distance payment card. The insurance functionality enables AAA members to access their claim dollars at ATMs, Interlink merchants and for some, any retailer that accepts VISA. Or AAA members can simply transfer dollars off the card to their checking or savings account. Through ‘CardWiz’, a web-based business partner application created by WildCard Systems and customized for the unique requirements of AAA Michigan, the club can electronically load the claim payment onto the card once the agreement is reached with an adjuster. Once the funds are loaded onto the customer’s card, they are immediately available. Also, the card can be easily reloaded instead of issuing additional checks to finalize the settlement of a claim.

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M-PAYMENTS

MasterCard, Telesp Celular and Redecard have announced a partnership for m-payments (payment with mobile phones) in Brazil, using the technological platform CDMA 2G. Effective immediately, MasterCard and Telesp customers will be able to purchase tickets (cinema, theater and shows), and pay restaurant bills using their mobile phone.

MasterCard® cardholders can register at the Telesp Celular web site – www.waaap.com.br – and choose a password. Each participating merchant will have an ID number that will be used by MasterCard cardholders at the time of payment. To make a payment using a MasterCard card via Mobile Internet, the cardholder will enter their password, the merchant’s ID and the amount of purchase into their mobile phone. The amount of the transaction will be deducted directly from the cardholder’s MasterCard account. The amounts and number of transactions will appear in the cardholder’s monthly credit card statement. This service is called WAAAP Pag and uses WAP technology developed locally.

“This is a unique initiative in the Americas that brings together merchants of electronic and traditional commerce,” says Desmond Rowan, President of MasterCard Brazil. “This partnership gives continuity to MasterCard’s strategy of offering value added services and creating new interaction channels for its customers, improving convenience and mobility,” he added.

For Carlos Vasconcellos, president of Telesp Celular, this partnership is in line with the business model that mobile phone companies seek worldwide — applications that offer value-added services to corporate customers and consumers in general. “There is great potential for growth in the use of mobile phones for payments. Telesp Celular is leading the implementation of this unique service on the American continent,” he says. “We want to provide our customers all the convenience, comfort, practicality, speed and safety of using their cellular phones to make payments,” emphasizes Vasconcellos.

“We are starting the project with the participation of two restaurants, in São Paulo – Ecco and Dressing – and Passport Brazil, a MasterCard and Redecard partner company, which will make it possible to buy tickets through the cellular phone,” said Anástacio Ramos, Redecard Commercial Vice-President. “With this partnership, Redecard will expand its operations and penetration in new business segments and increase the network of merchants accredited to this service,” he concluded.

About MasterCard International

MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. More than 1.7 billion MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro logos are present on credit, charge and debit cards in circulation today. An association comprised of more than 20,000 member financial institutions, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses, both large and small, in 210 countries and territories. MasterCard is the leader in quality and innovation, offering a wide range of payment solutions in the virtual and traditional worlds. MasterCard’s award-winning Priceless advertising campaign is now seen in 81 countries and in more than 36 languages, giving the MasterCard brand reach and scope unrivaled by any competitor in the industry. With more than 21 million acceptance locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard Card. In 2000, gross dollar volume exceeded US$857 billion. MasterCard can be reached through its World Wide Web site at .

About Telesp Celular

Telesp Celular, controlled by Portugal Telecom Group, is the largest mobile telecommunications operator in South America and is focused on the development of innovative solutions for both companies and people. With more than 4.7 million customers, Telesp Celular covers 98% of the population in its area of operation in the State of São Paulo, serving 464 municipalities. Telesp Celular was the first operator to launch WAAAP commercially The Pocket Internet in the State of São Paulo, in June 2000. Telesp Celular’s commitment to quality service has led to its ISO 9002 certification for the services rendered by its Call Center, making Telesp Celular the first company of the state of São Paulo to receive such certificate in recognition for its excellence in customer services.

About Redecard

Redecard, founded in 1996, is the company responsible for capturing the transactions performed under the MasterCard®, MasterCard Electronic™, Maestro®, and Redeshop brands. Redecard also offers solutions for the transfer of commercial data, through several products and services; to improve the businesses of all accredited commercial establishments. Currently the company has 615,000 accredited establishments throughout Brazil.

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Trucking Smart Card

SmartStop, Inc. today announced the expansion of the truck stop industry’s first multi-application smart card in all Rip Griffin Travel Centers across the southern United States, as a result of the success of the Terrell, Texas showcase implementation, in operation since August 2000. OTI (Neuer Markt: OT5) provides the microprocessor-based smart card technology, products and solutions that support the SmartStop program.

At each Rip Griffin facility, truck drivers will use a smart card for access to the showers. Rip Griffin has also tested and plans to use the same smart card for loyalty points, on-island fueling, automated truck weighments, and prepaid e-cash for service or convenience store purchases. The e-cash and loyalty points will be transferable across the entire Rip Griffin Travel Center network, motivating drivers to choose Rip Griffin as their preferred truck stop. Future applications include funds transfer directly to the card, Internet access, personal and business telephone calls and other applications essential to the efficient movement of freight across the country.

‘The success of the Terrell Showcase demonstrates that the trucking industry can benefit from smart card technology. Drivers and fleets are looking for technologies that are more convenient, lower cost and provide greater control and security,’ said Mark Evers, President and CEO of SmartStop, Inc. ‘We look forward to greater success as the Rip Griffin network is brought on line.’

‘The truck stop environment demonstrates once again how OTI products and solutions can upgrade any existing platform with maximum efficiency and minimum investment. The secure and user-friendly OTI solution establishes a cutting-edge loyalty program that is both effective and economical’, said Ohad Bashan, President and CEO of OTI America, Inc.

The Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, OR has also implemented the SmartStop smart card program, focusing on loyalty applications for truck drivers and local residents.

About SmartStop

SmartStop, Inc., located in Portland, Oregon, is a national technology-based solutions provider to the trucking industry. The company provides products and services to hundreds of truck stops across the country.

For more information, please visit the company’s website, .

About OTI

Established in 1990, OTI (On Track Innovations) designs and develops contactless microprocessor based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for mass transit, parking, gas management systems, loyalty schemes, ID and secure campuses. OTI has regional offices in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa to market and support its products. The company was awarded the prestigious ESCAT Award for smart card innovation in both 1998 and 2000. Visit OTI on the Internet at [www.oti.co.il.][1]

[1]: http://www.oti.co.il

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WIRELESS GROWTH

U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Managing Director and Senior Wireless
Communications and Mobile Computing Analyst Samuel S. May, delivered a
detailed overview of the trends impacting the wireless equipment build-out in
China. May’s research team recently returned from an extended stay in Asia,
where they sought to uncover the major issues impacting the development of
wireless communications in the People’s Republic of China.

May estimates that worldwide wireless subscribers will grow from roughly
730 million as of year-end 2000 to 965 million as of year-end 2001. Of this
growth, May believes that slightly more than 40 percent will come from Asia
Pacific, which he estimates should account for more than 327.4 million
subscribers by year-end 2001.

May believes that the wireless equipment build-out in China will explode
over the next five years and points to three key drivers fueling the demand
for the significant infrastructure build-out:

1. The Asia Pacific region should represent nearly 34 percent of the
world’s wireless service subscriber base, or 403 million subscribers,
by year-end 2002, representing a projected 23.1 percent year-over-year
growth rate in 2002.

2. The Ministry of Information Industries (MII), China’s communications
regulatory body, unveiled a five-year plan for China to spend
$151.2 billion to expand and improve its telecom infrastructure by
2005. The plan calls for an increase in fixed-line capacity to support
220 million to 260 million fixed-line users, and for an increase in
mobile capacity to support between 260 million and 290 million mobile
users.

3. China’s pending approval to enter the World Trade Organization, and the
recent successful bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will
provide additional catalysts to fuel infrastructure spending in the
next several years.

In addition, May believes that China will also become a meaningful
innovator in the development of wireless technology.

“In our view, China Mobile’s strong base of GSM users, juxtaposed with
China Unicom’s up-and-coming Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) IS-95
network and China Telecom’s Personal Handyphone Set (PHS) wireless local loop
network, should provide an excellent testing ground for the technical and
economic merits of competing 2G and 2.5G wireless technologies,” said May.
“On the eve of the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization, the
ability of foreign vendors such as Motorola (#), Nokia (#), Ericsson (#), and
QUALCOMM (#) to invest in local ventures in China presents obvious
opportunity, as well as some risk. We believe strong domestic partnerships
with local suppliers and manufacturers will be key in establishing
distribution channels and political capital in China-two critical tools
necessary to capitalize on the world’s largest telecommunications
infrastructure build-out to date.”
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Promisant & FDMS

Promisant Ltd., an international provider of enhanced payment services and First Data Merchant Services, a subsidiary of First Data Corp., announced a strategic alliance designed to strengthen First Data Merchant Services’ global e-processing services for business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients through Promisant’s multi-currency transaction processing platform. Through a single global relationship, Promisant enables multi-national companies to electronically transact with their global customer base, by accepting payment cards in any currency and in any country. The three-year agreement will provide global corporations with comprehensive international, multi-currency payment processing and acquiring solutions. Promisant’s services will be available solely through Express Merchant Processing Services, which is part of an alliance between First Data Merchant Services and The Northern Trust Company.

EMPS merchants will have access to all of Promisant’s international payment services such as multi-currency authorization and settlement services (180 presentment currencies and 15 settlement and funding currencies), account set-up, real-time and batch authorization and settlement, and retrieval and charge back management support, along with online reporting. In addition, Promisant’s services allow business-to-business merchants to transmit Level III data and addendum records in conjunction with the financial records to facilitate invoicing, VAT reclamation, and other administrative tasks.

“When we examined the market needs of multi-national merchants, we designed our product to meet those needs by reducing the cost and complexity of maintaining processor relationships in multiple jurisdictions,” explained Juan Prado, Chairman and CEO of Promisant. “The Promisant network allows multi-nationals to price their goods and services in local currencies utilizing Promisant’s forward exchange rates, and to eliminate their risk of currency fluctuation through Promisant’s centralized, foreign currency, treasury management. Additionally, lost revenues through potential fraud are reduced via a highly-secure, internationally enabled fraud management system.”

“The business relationship between Promisant and FDMS clearly illustrates the ability for two industry leaders to deliver a comprehensive, integrated global payment solution by leveraging their individual strengths,” said John Shlonsky, general manager of EMPS. “In today’s environment, the globalization of commerce creates a host of new requirements for traditional payment providers such as multiple cards types, multi-currency, risk mitigation, consumer privacy and data protection, as well as many other financial and regulatory considerations.”

About Promisant

Promisant is a next generation payment processor headquartered in Bermuda, with offices located in Atlanta, Miami and London. Future plans include offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Promisant delivers end-to-end international-processing solutions to multi-national corporations. Promisant’s customers enjoy the benefits of accepting and managing card transactions in 180 multiple currencies, being able to settle in 15 currencies, supporting numerous card and payment types, and reducing risk through a comprehensive fraud solution. Promisant develops new products that assist multi-national companies expand into new markets with ease and reliability, and ultimately streamlines their global commerce activities. For more information, please visit [www.promisant.com][1].

About Express Merchant Processing Services

Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS) is a leading provider of comprehensive transaction processing services to all types of merchants such as traditional brick and mortar, e-commerce, and Internet, including a specialty in the business-to-business marketplace. EMPS (www.empsebiz.com) is part of an alliance between First Data Merchant Services (FDMS), a subsidiary of First Data Corp., and The Northern Trust Company. FDMS brings the industry’s most advanced front-end and back-office processing services, while Northern Trust provides clearing and settlement services. First Data Merchant Services annually processes and settles almost 9 billion transactions for more than $450 billion in sales. Through relationships with leading financial institutions and independent sales organizations, Merchant Services delivers industry leading electronic payment and e-commerce services and solutions. First Data Corp., with global headquarters in Denver, powers the world economy, serving nearly 2.6 million merchant locations, over 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers worldwide. For more information, please visit [www.firstdata.com][2].

[1]: http://www.promisant.com
[2]: http://www.firstdata.com

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