Oberthur Card Systems, a global leader and the innovator in the
smart card industry, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with Tokyo-based Kyodo Printing
to work together at expanding the Integrated Circuit card (IC) market in Japan.

The first project together will start following the completion of the
Japanese Debit specification set to be issued later this year.

“This partnership marks our first step in moving into the growing Japanese
smart card market,” said Didier Serodon, director
of the Payment Division at Oberthur Card Systems. “Kyodo is a strong and
respected local leader in Japan at a time when the
market is ripe for expansion.”

Kyodo Printing, one of the largest printers and magnetic stripe card
manufacturers in Japan, is already active in the
microprocessor card market. By combining forces with Oberthur Card Systems,
Kyodo will help adapt Oberthur’s extensive
product portfolio to reach compliance with Japanese specifications for the
payment industry and address the growing demand for
smart cards in the E-Business and Mobile Communications arenas.

Having long advocated the importance of maintaining a “Think Global, Act
Local” philosophy, Oberthur welcomes this first
step into the Japanese market, where the need for local manufacturing and
personalization is even more vital.

The market potential in Japan is 675 million smart cards by 2005. Oberthur
Card Systems’ global and proven smart card
expertise, together with Kyodo Printing’s local presence and expertise, will
ensure a strong and lucrative entry into the Japanese
smart card market.

The initial joint project to produce an IC payment card will start in
March, with the first pilots scheduled in August prior to the
volume rollout at the beginning of 2002.

About Oberthur Card Systems

Oberthur Card Systems (Paris Stock Exchange – Code SICOVAM 12413), a global
leader and the innovator in the smart
card industry, is shaping the future by offering the ultimate in SIM, WAP, 3G
(UMTS), e-wallet technologies & Internet-based
card management services coupled with a firm commitment to open standards.

Championing EMV migration, Oberthur is the world’s No. 1 supplier of
MasterCard and Visa cards; No. 1 in banking,
e-commerce, m-commerce and pay-TV; and also the No. 1 in Java(TM) and GSM

Employing 3,000 people worldwide, Oberthur Card Systems has an
international reach ensured by 30 sales offices and 17
manufacturing sites across the five continents. Oberthur Card Systems had sales
of 185.8 million Euros in 1999.

About Kyodo Printing Co.

Kyodo Printing produces IC cards that have been employed across a wide
variety of sectors.

Kyodo Printing seeks to provide customers with a total end-to-end solution
to maximize the value and use of the IC Card.

This end-to-end solution consists not only of the production and
personalization systems for the IC cards but also three components of production support

Pre-printing and printing processes including planning, design and
production of the printing materials and the card handled by the SPC (Sales Promotion Center)

Personalization processes including data base construction and customer
base analysis provided by the DCC (Digital Communication Center)


Entergy Bill Pay

CheckFree i-Solutions, the leading provider of interactive e-billing and e-statement applications, and Entergy Corporation announced that electronic billing and payment is now available to Entergy’s residential customers in Louisiana.

Entergy plans to roll out the service to its customers in Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas over the next 12 months.

![][1] With the new service, customers can pay their energy bills electronically, faster and more easily than with conventional payments. Entergy customers can view their bill on demand, review current and outstanding account balances and access full bill detail from the convenience of their personal computer. With a few simple clicks of the mouse, consumers can approve their bill payment with the specified payment amount deducted electronically from the customer’s designated bank, credit union or brokerage account. Customers who pay bills electronically through this service are protected from unauthorized transactions or processing delays by the CheckFree Guarantee.

Today Entergy’s Louisiana customers can enroll through Entergy’s web site or their choice of financial services sites. Entergy will deliver electronic bills through CheckFree i-Processing, a service that includes bill distribution, payment and customer care through nearly 275 financial services sites. For customers who enroll for the service directly at the Entergy web site, payments are handled using the CheckFree Hosted Payment service. This solution enables Entergy to accept electronic payments from its customers over the Web via a user interface that is hosted on CheckFree’s secure Web server. This service not only reduces overall operating costs for Entergy, but it also provides a high level of payment functionality and convenience to Entergy customers. In addition to bill payment, Entergy’s website offers other online customer service options, including the ability to request turning on electric or gas service and to change the billing address.

“Entergy strives to offer the best possible customer service solutions, both online and off line. With electronic billing and payment, we’re offering our customers a way to save time by streamlining the monthly chore of paying bills,” said Johnny Ervin, Entergy’s vice president of customer service support. “We’re also offering them the flexibility of choosing from a large number of CheckFree-powered financial sites and Internet portals.” “Companies such as Entergy understand that consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to help simplify various aspects of their lives,” said Tom Stampiglia, president of CheckFree Software Division. “Not only does electronic billing and payment offer consumers an easier and more convenient way to manage their finances, but it also allows them to interact with the monthly bill for analysis of their energy use.” Consumers can receive bills at sites powered by CheckFree from a growing number of telephone, cable, mortgage, insurance and credit card companies. Consumers can also use “pay everyone” services to make payments from their computers to anyone to whom they would write a check. This includes all bills, even day care centers or lawn maintenance providers, and individuals, such as children in college. A sample of current online consumer service providers making the Entergy bill available electronically include:

— Bills.com at [http://www.bills.com][2]

— Charles Schwab at

— Citizens Bank at [http://www.citizensbank.com][3]

— First Union at

— Merrill Lynch at

— Morgan Stanley Dean Witter at [https://www.dwdean.com][4]

— Navy Federal Credit Union at [https://www.mybills.com/Nav yFederalWebBillPay][5]

— NetBank at [http://www.netbank.com][6]

— Prudential Securities at [https://www.mybills.com/Prudential /WBP][7]

— Quicken 98/99 software and Quicken.com at [http://www.quicken.com/banking_ and_credit][8]

— Summit Bank at

— US Postal Service at

— WingspanBank at [http://wingspanbank.com][9]

— Yahoo! at [http://bills.yahoo.com][10]

[1]: /graphic/entergy/entergy.gif
[2]: http://www.bills.com/
[3]: http://www.citizensbank.com/
[4]: https://www.dwdean.com/
[5]: https://www.mybills.com/NavyFederalWebBillPay
[6]: http://www.netbank.com/
[7]: https://www.mybills.com/Prudential/WBP
[8]: http://www.quicken.com/banking_and_credit
[9]: http://wingspanbank.com/
[10]: http://bills.yahoo.com/



OTI announced that it has acquired the
remaining 49 percent of leading European smart card system integrator
InterCard Kartensysteme GmbH and electronic smart card hardware manufacturer
InterCard System Electronic GmbH, operating from Villingen and Bad Durrheim in
Germany. Subject to closing, OTI will finally own 100 percent of each

OTI acquired 51 percent of InterCard Kartensysteme GmbH and InterCard
System Electronic GmbH when the agreement was signed on 15 June 200. Under
the terms of the agreement, the remaining shares in the companies will be
acquired by swapping shares. To secure the deal OTI has allocated 785,000 new
shares to be held with a trustee for the balance of the acquisition. The new
OTI shares will be distributed to InterCard owners over the next 6 months.

About InterCard Kartensysteme GmbH

InterCard Kartensysteme is a worldwide supplier of innovative and
multi-usage card solutions. The diversified use of custom-tailored card
technologies and applications “made by InterCard” such as copy cards;
students cards; company and customer cards are InterCard’s domain.

Card systems like UniCard(R), TeamCard, ClubCard and ClinicCard have made
InterCard popular in many individual market places. A single card is managing
multiple applications incl. identification, access control, cashfree payment
functions and digital signature. The range of card technologies includes
applications of a single memory chip card to proximity (contactless) cards up
to crypto processor smart cards for secure data communication and digital

About InterCard System electronic GmbH

InterCard System electronic is a part of the InterCard group and has
focused on the development and manufacturing of electro-mechanic and
electronic hardware including smart card readers. This business unit offers
customers the know-how and competence in mechanic and electronic component

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


ClearCommerce Engine 4.0

ClearCommerce Corporation, a provider of transaction management solutions for e-commerce infrastructure, announced support of business-to-business (B2B) corporate purchase cards. The ClearCommerce(R) Engine 4.0 will give merchants and suppliers the ability to accept corporate purchase card payments online.

Traditionally, companies’ purchasing departments receive purchase requests from employees and initiate the paper-intensive purchase order process based on those requests. Using corporate purchase cards, companies can streamline this process, enabling purchasing departments and company employees to significantly reduce the amount of paperwork and time spent on transactions. In addition, suppliers will receive payment faster via the corporate purchase card system than with traditional purchase order processing methods.

Most credit card statements provide Level II information (the card number, merchant name and location, purchase price and sales tax). ClearCommerce’s relationships with major card processors such as Paymentech, the nation’s largest acquirer and processor of credit card transactions, provide customers with Level III data that includes full line-item detail in each statement, including product codes, cost and quantity, in addition to the traditional Level II data. Providing Level III data also gives suppliers a price break from the card processor.

“Corporate purchase cards have become a viable payment vehicle for B2B payments,” said Robert Lynch, president and chief executive officer of ClearCommerce. “Rather than having to track down receipts for each purchase, a company’s purchasing department can now receive a detailed statement that includes full line-item detail for all purchases.”

As the largest credit card processor for non-face-to-face transactions in the United States, Paymentech’s direct response unit handles a significant amount of B2B credit card volume. ClearCommerce has certified version 4.0 for Paymentech’s card-not-present transaction processing.

“This move will expand our support level for a large segment of clients who accept Visa and MasterCard corporate and purchasing cards,” said George Wilcox, group executive for product management at Paymentech. “Version 4.0 of the ClearCommerce Engine will greatly simplify account reconciliation, helping businesses maximize the effectiveness of their online procurement processes.”

The ClearCommerce Engine capabilities include: real-time transaction processing with credit card processors, fraud analysis and protection, business reports for merchants, storefront integration, APIs to businesses’ existing ERP or inventory systems and shipping and tax calculation.

About Paymentech

Dallas-based Paymentech ([http://www.paymentech.com][1]), founded in 1985, delivers electronic payment services in merchant acquiring and point-of-sale transaction processing. Paymentech, the payment solutions company, processed approximately 3.4 billion total transactions and $109 billion in bankcard sales volume in 2000. The nation’s largest processor and acquirer of bankcard transactions is also the Internet payment processing leader.

About ClearCommerce

Austin, Texas-based ClearCommerce is a provider of e-commerce transaction software and services for enterprises and Commerce Service Providers, including Apple Computer, Chase Merchant Services, PETsMART and EDS. ClearCommerce provides transaction management technology directly and indirectly through Commerce Service Providers for more than 35,000 merchants worldwide. Features of ClearCommerce software include real-time credit card processing and Internet fraud protection, as well as online reports, storefront integration, back-end integration, shipping/tax calculation and delivery of digital merchandise. For more information, please visit [http://www.clearcommerce.com][2].

[1]: http://www.paymentech.com/
[2]: http://www.clearcommerce.com/



The South Korean government is reportedly considering lifting the long-held ban
on conglomerates issuing credit cards. The restriction on new credit card
business licenses went into effect in 1988. Since then the control of the South
Korean credit card market has been in the hands of only three issuers. The
Financial Supervisory Service said three domestic business groups, namely SK,
Lotte and Hyundai have indicated an interest in issuing cards. Japan’s
Mitsubishi and the U.K.’s HSBC have also reportedly shown interest in credit
card licenses. Twenty-six companies are in the credit card business, including
seven exclusive credit card operators BC, LG Capital, Samsung, Kookmin, Korea
Exchange, Diners and Tongyang Amex.


NCR Deal with CCC

NCR Corporation and Credit Card Center have joined forces in a three-and-a-half year global deal making NCR the “preferred provider” for Credit Card Center of ATMs to serve the booming convenience sector.

The first deal under the Credit Card Center agreement is for 50,000 NCR ATMs, representing a commitment in ATM hardware and software for convenience stores and restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

“NCR is an excellent strategic long-term fit with Credit Card Center as NCR and its worldwide presence will enable us to serve global markets as well,” said Andrew Kallok, president of Credit Card Center, the Philadelphia- headquartered distributor of ATMs. “NCR has a growing formidable range of software and hardware for the entry level market, which will enable the introduction of web-based services and increased revenues for ATM deployers worldwide.”

Pat Cronin, senior vice president of the Financial Solutions Division of NCR, said the strategic alliance is another prime example of NCR’s strong commitment to the provision of ATMs to the convenience market.

“Credit Card Center’s superior distribution capabilities, NCR’s global service organization and our worldwide leadership as an ATM provider make for a powerful self-service solution for owners of retail ATMs,” Cronin said.

About Credit Card Center

Credit Card Center is an independent sales organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with offices throughout the United States and Canada. Credit Card Center is one of the fastest growing ATM distributors in North America having sold or leased over 5,000 ATMs in 1999.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a US$6.2 billion leader in providing Relationship Technology(TM) solutions to customers worldwide in the retail, financial, communications, manufacturing, travel and transportation, and insurance markets. NCR’s Relationship Technology solutions include privacy- enabled Teradata(R) warehouses and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, store automation and automated teller machines (ATMs). The company’s business solutions are built on the foundation of its long- established industry knowledge and consulting expertise, value-adding software, global customer support services, a complete line of consumable and media products, and leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs 32,500 in 130 countries, and is a component stock of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. More information about NCR and its solutions may be found at [http://www.ncr.com][1] .

[1]: http://www.ncr.com/


E-Payment Cards

A new breed of electronic payments has emerged that addresses the constraints of traditional credit cards and will change the future of e-commerce transactions. New technologies and payment processes are offering easier ways to pay for goods and services that are flexible, affordable and secure for both the buyer and seller. Additionally, payment service providers have evolved: offering packaged payment solutions that represent a fundamental shift in the delivery of e-payment methods. In fact, a new report from independent research and consulting company Ovum, finds that second-generation e-payment methods are capable of displacing cards from e-commerce entirely.

“Credit cards are necessary for e-commerce, but not sufficient, ” says Duncan Brown, Ovum principal analyst and lead author of Second Generation E-payments: E-business Beyond the Credit Card. “Today’s payment cards are suited to only a subset of potential e-commerce participants and there is a pent up demand for new e-payment methods.” Limitations to traditional types of payment and the emergence of new technologies are allowing for new ways of charging for goods and services. In addition, a wide range of devices and access channels are coming on stream – moving the domain of e-commerce beyond the desktop and creating the need for alternative means of payment.

Ovum finds that there are five key types of e-payment method, including:

— Metered payments – e-commerce transactions that appear as itemized entries on a bill, along with, for example, phone calls or units of electricity.

— Optimized card payments – built-in payment card enhancements such as virtual cards, wallets and smart cards that can offer enhanced security.

— E-cheques – the migration of the traditional paper method to the on-line environment. Such methods involve funds being paid from the buyer’s bank account to the seller’s bank account.

— E-cash – `cash-like’ payments designed for high volume, low value transactions, such as micropayments for digital goods.

— Alternative currencies – non-cash initiatives, such as Beenz, PayPal and RocketCash, which replace traditional currencies.

While these methods and technologies create new ways of conducting electronic transactions, the report finds that payment service providers (PSPs) will emerge to dominate e-payments. “PSPs serve as the payment intermediary between the buyer and seller, and as the central broker of e-payments, are responsible for ensuring the effective transfer of funds,” states Brown. “They are about making it easier for sellers to sell and buyers to buy, acting as mediators between the two parties, banks and other payment method providers.”

Ovum finds that the key factor driving the PSP model is service, not technology. Second-generation e-payment technologies threaten the current dominance of banks in the payments market. In order to succeed in displacing banks, players in this space will need to differentiate themselves by developing the services that surround the transaction and facilitate the e-payment. A full service offering means that providers will be able to duplicate the trust relationship and recourse that banks have historically provided. Basic services to be offered may include brokerage, optimization, aggregation, internationalization and billing.

The report is also quick to point out that relationships within the market will be strained, especially as banks and telcos go head-to-head. “Telcos have long been hovering on the verge of financial services, and are now empowered to offer e-payments with little effort and cost,” confirms Brown. “Banks will need to take history and experience into the new market and embrace the idea of the PSP. If not, they run the risk of complacency, and by not establishing themselves in this emerging market, victims of their own egos.” Additionally, network operators, ISPs and even utility companies are well positioned to dominate micropayments, especially as banks have little play in offering these types of payments.

About the report

Second Generation E-payments: E-business Beyond the Credit Card, by Duncan Brown, Christina Kasica and Paola Bassanese, is available now and costs $3695, (pound)2095, (EURO)3355 or A$5025. The report provides in-depth analysis of the new technologies and emerging business models enabling second-generation e-payments, and global forecasts of transactions through 2005. A market map outlines the services that will gain acceptance and identifies the e-payment offerings that players will embrace in order to compete effectively in the e-commerce market. For further product information contact Ovum at (800) 642-OVUM or visit [http://www.ovum.com][1]

About Ovum

Ovum is an independent research and consulting company, offering expert advice on IT, telecoms and e-commerce. Our mission is to help you make successful decisions. The authority, quality and clarity we apply means our analysis of key developments is highly respected worldwide.

With expected sales in 2000 of more than $30 million and growth of more than 50% per year, Ovum now has offices in London, Boston, Melbourne and Buenos Aires. Our 300 staff are dedicated to delivering authoritative analysis, tailored consulting and customer support to over 10,000 senior executives around the world.

[1]: http://www.ovum.com/


Zero Liability

VISA expanded its consumer ‘Zero Liability’ policy into Canada this week. The policy has been introduced to coincide with the launch of the largest VISA consumer online-shopping promotion in Canada to date. The $1 million-plus program will run from November 1 to December 25. It will allow online shoppers at Baskits, canadawatches.com, Chapters.ca, Compaq, FTD.com, justwhiteshirts.com, La Vie En Rose, Lush, Roots.com, SamtheRecordMan.com, Sport Mart, ToyBoutique.com and Videoflicks to save between 10% and 20% on all purchases they make with a VISA card. The ‘Zero Liability’ policy will apply to more than 22 million VISA-branded consumer payment cards in Canada. The only transactions not covered under the policy are those conducted on VISA commercial cards including ‘VISA Purchasing’, ‘VISA Corporate’ and ‘VISA Business’ and on pin-based transactions carried out with VISA cards. For credit card information on Canada visit CardPlanet ([www.cardplanet.com][1]).

[1]: /cardplanet/main.html



Global TeleMedia International, Inc. announced that the BentleyTel.com multi-function Smart-e-Card and the Smart-e-Cash multi function ABM machine will be publicly showcased for the first time at the Discovery Expo 2000, in New York on October 23rd 2000. The Discovery Expo sponsored by Emerging Equities.com is principally for NASDAQ and AMEX companies. However, due to its advanced application for AMEX listing, GTMI was able to secure a booth at the show.

The Discovery Expo ([http://www.w3otc.com/ee/expo/index .html][1]) to be held at the Hilton Towers in New York, is a premier showcase for emerging companies and products. The last show in spring 2000 broke all records with over 1,200 attendees, 41% of which were broker dealers and 28% of which were fund managers, an excellent way to present GTMI to a broader level of investors.

![][2] President Jonathon Bentley-Stevens said, “We are very pleased to have such a prestigious show at which to showcase the Smart-e-Card(TM) and Smart-e-Cash(TM) machine for the first time. In mid-1999, GTMI, determined to lead the way in the development of card based e-commerce solutions, began developing the architecture of a multi-function worldwide access Smart-e-Card. The strategy was to not only develop a proprietary card but also to own, manage or control the networks and systems, which supported a proprietary card.

Smart-e-Cards to be accessible worldwide require IP and VoIP, conventional Telecommunications, Software development, transaction processing platforms and seamless connectivity from our networks to other major worldwide networks.

GTMI acquired BentleyTel.com and its subsidiaries and became an ISP/VoIP, Long Distance Carrier, financial and encryption software developer and transaction processor. With the recent formation of another subsidiary, Smart-e-Card Inc, () in a joint venture with Big Wheel Promotions, in Houston Texas, we now control the world wide marketing and distribution of the Smart-e-Cards(TM). This type of corporate structure makes it very difficult for competitors to duplicate, and this will keep GTMI ahead of the competition.

The Smart-e-Cash(TM) machines which will dispense the Smart-e-Card(TM) will be the first of its kind. Imagine being able to approach a machine and by inserting cash or personal check obtain a Smart-e-Card, then by swiping your Smart-e-Card(TM), cash a personal check, e-transfer funds world-wide, withdraw funds, purchase money orders, pay bills and re-value your card in real-time 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Smart-e-Card(TM) and Smart-e-Cash(TM) machines bring e-commerce and electronic bill paying ability to almost 41 million non-banked or credit challenged Americans. Marketing has only been active for a few weeks and reactions to the Smart-e-Card(TM) and Smart-e-Cash(TM) machines combination from small business and convenience stores has been phenomenal.

The machine and card combination has world-wide applications and we are exploring networking regional banks in the USA, Australia and the Philippines through the Smart-e-Cash(TM) machines. GTMI’s foundation is now built on solid infrastructure, networks and products that have long productivity cycles. Our software division is aggressively developing the world-wide connectivity of the Smart-e-Card for unified Messaging and personal/medical information availability for our next generation Global Connexion Card. GTMI is committed in leading the way and acquiring global revenues and lasting world-wide market share.”

Contact : Tim Garlin, PrimeVest.net 1-866-774-6468.

Global TeleMedia International, Inc., located in Newport Beach, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, through its BentleyTel.com subsidiary, ([http://www.bentleytel.com][3]) is a leading developer of interactive software for complex E-commerce solutions, multi-media and high speed Internet and wireless communication systems, including international & long distance Voice over IP, LAN VPN (Virtual Private Network), ISP, Virtual ISP, and PC-PC, PC-Phone transmission of data and voice. It also owns manufacturing and, telecom, ISP, and software development facilities in Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

[1]: http://www.w3otc.com/ee/expo/index.html
[2]: /graphic/smartecard/abm.gif
[3]: http://www.bentleytel.com/


Audubon Affinity Card

MBNA and The National Audubon Society announced the foundation of a unique credit card partnership that benefits Audubon’s conservation and education work.

Founded in 1905, with over 550,000 members and supporters in 530 chapters throughout the Americas, the National Audubon Society has a commitment to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. The Society is named for John James Audubon (1785-1851), naturalist, explorer, and wildlife artist.

“We are proud to partner with MBNA, whose dedication to customer service has made them the leader in the affinity credit card business,” says Clare Tully, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Audubon. “MBNA’s commitment to educational philanthropy in their communities is consistent with our strategy of educating and inspiring people to protect nature through our growing network of local Audubon Centers. We encourage our members and the general public to take part in this unique program which supports our conservation mission.”

“We are pleased to be forming a relationship with such a prestigious organization as the National Audubon Society,” said John Cochran, chief marketing officer of MBNA. “We look forward to providing their membership and supporters with the high level of financial products and Customer service they expect from MBNA.”

MBNA Corporation (NYSE: KRB), a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America Bank, N.A., a national bank, has $84.7 billion in managed loans. MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, also provides retail deposit, consumer loan, and insurance products. MBNA.com ([http://www.MBNA.com][1]) provides credit card, consumer loan, retail deposit, travel, and shopping services.

[1]: http://www.mbna.com/


Metris Rolls-On

Sub-prime specialist Metris Companies/Direct Merchants Bank reported yesterday it opened more than half a million new credit card accounts and added over $600 million in card receivables during the third quarter. About 170,000 of the new accounts came from the acquisition of the Banco Popular portfolio. As of Sept. 30, Metris/Direct Merchants had $8.5 billion in managed credit card loans and 4.4 million gross accounts. Managed credit card fees, interchange and other credit card income increased 26% to $131.5 million for the third quarter of 2000 from $104.1 million in the third quarter of 1999. Credit card charge volume increased 35% to approximately $2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2000 compared to approximately $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 1999. The managed net charge-off rate was 9.8% for the third quarter of 2000 compared to 9.5% for the prior quarter and 8.8% for the third quarter of 1999. Without the impact of purchase accounting related to acquired portfolios, the charge-off rate was 9.9% for the third quarter of 2000, 9.7% for the second quarter of 2000, and 10.3% for the third quarter of 1999. The managed delinquency rate was 8.2% percent at Sept. 30, compared to 7.7% at June 30 and 7.5% at Sept. 30, 1999. Without the impact of purchase accounting related to acquired portfolios, delinquency rates were 8.3% for the third quarter of 2000, 7.7% for the second quarter of 2000, and 8.1% for the third quarter of 1999. For details on Metris/Direct Merchants 3Q/00 results as well as historical data visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

[1]: http://www.carddata.com


Chase 3Q/00

The Chase Manhattan Corporation reported third quarter results.

Operating earnings: On an operating basis, which excludes special items, diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2000 were $0.68 per share, compared with $0.92 per share for the same 1999 period. Earnings in the 2000 third quarter were $905 million, compared with $1.19 billion in the same quarter of 1999. On the same basis, diluted earnings per share were $2.68 per share for the first nine months of 2000, compared with $2.83 per share for the same period of the prior year. Earnings in the first nine months of 2000 were $3.48 billion, compared with $3.71 billion for the first nine months of 1999.

Reported earnings: On a reported basis, which includes special items, diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2000 were $0.66 per share, compared with $0.92 per share for the same 1999 period. Net income in the 2000 third quarter was $884 million, compared with $1.19 billion in the same quarter of 1999. On the same basis, diluted earnings per share were $2.57 per share for the first nine months of 2000, compared with $2.86 per share for the same period of the prior year. Net income in the first nine months of 2000 was $3.34 billion, compared with $3.75 billion for the first nine months of 1999.

Third Quarter Highlights:

Earnings for the third quarter of 2000 were lower than last year’s third quarter results and lower than analysts’ estimates primarily due to lower income in Chase Capital Partners and to a lesser extent in the Investment Bank:

— In Chase Capital Partners, unrealized write-downs, primarily due to price declines in publicly-held securities, more than offset record realized (cash) gains of $538 million on the sales of investments. (See page 7 for a comparison of the corporation’s key financial measures including and excluding Chase Capital Partners for the current and previous quarters of 2000 and those of 1999.)

— In the Investment Bank, trading revenues and corporate finance fees were up from the third quarter of 1999 but down from the second quarter of 2000 due to lower market volatility and trading volumes and a slowdown in leveraged finance. The expense growth rate was high because of the buildup of the investment banking platform.

Strengths during the third quarter of 2000 included:

— Record earnings in Global Services, National Consumer Services and Wealth Management.

— Sound management of credit and market risk. Credit losses and nonperforming assets in the quarter were lower than the previous quarter and the year ago quarter. There were no days in the third quarter in which Chase had a trading loss.

“While third quarter performance did not meet our expectations, the results do not diminish the confidence we have in the growth capacity of our businesses,” said William B. Harrison, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Though the value of our private equity investment portfolio may vary from quarter to quarter, we remain firmly committed to Chase Capital Partners’ with its ability to create substantial long-term cash returns on investments. In addition, we are focused on achieving a better balance of expense to revenue growth in the Investment Bank. Across the franchise, our Global Services, National Consumer Services and Wealth Management businesses achieved record results, underscoring the importance of a diverse business mix.”

Merger Update:

On September 13, 2000, The Chase Manhattan Corporation and J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated agreed to merge. The merged firm will be named J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. The merger is expected to be consummated by the first quarter of 2001. Since the merger was announced, the following progress has been made:

— Over 35 senior positions were named upon the announcement of the merger; an additional 250 key positions will have been announced by the end of this week.

— The major U.S. regulatory applications have been filed; the joint proxy statement was filed with the SEC on October 5.

— Clients are reacting favorably to the proposed merger by inviting Chase and J.P. Morgan to make joint pitches for business; the two firms have won a number of joint investment banking mandates as a result.

“Integration efforts have been proceeding swiftly,” said Mr. Harrison. “We have more evidence that the combined and complementary product mix and client base of the new firm will promote growth opportunities and business synergies ahead. We will have a broader and more diversified wholesale banking platform, along with significant opportunities to moderate investment spending and to improve operating efficiencies.”

Financial Information:

Third quarter 2000 results reflect the acquisitions of The Beacon Group, LLC, on July 6, and Robert Fleming Holdings Limited on August 1.


Operating revenues in the investment bank were $1.87 billion in the third quarter of 2000, up 16 percent from $1.62 billion in the third quarter of 1999. Cash operating earnings in the third quarter of 2000 were $384 million, down nine percent from $420 million in the third quarter of 1999. A decline in shareholder value added during the third quarter to $46 million reflected both the decline in cash operating earnings and the higher equity allocated to the Investment Bank as a result of the acquisition of Flemings.

— Total trading revenues, including related net interest income, were $680 million, compared with $679 million in the third quarter of 1999 and $841 million in the second quarter of 2000. Gains in fixed income trading were offset by declines in foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives due to slower trading activity and an overall decline in market volatility, which adversely affected the flows and spreads of those businesses.

— Investment banking fees were $613 million, up 26 percent from third quarter 1999 levels, and down from $639 million in the second quarter of 2000. Growth in fees from merger and acquisition advisory services and equity underwriting was partially offset by lower fees from loan syndication and high yield bond underwriting due to a slowdown in the leveraged lending markets.

— Cash expenses of $1.26 billion in the third quarter of 2000 were up 47 percent from the 1999 third quarter, and up from $1.06 billion in the second quarter of 2000. Increases were driven by acquisitions and spending to build up the investment banking platform.


Private equity gains in the third quarter of 2000 were negative $25 million, compared with gains of $377 million in the same 1999 quarter and $298 million in the second quarter of 2000. Gains included cash realized from the sale of both private and public securities that were held in the portfolio and the unrealized change in the value of investments held in the portfolio, primarily publicly traded securities. Realized (cash) gains on the sale of securities in the third quarter of 2000 were $538 million, more than double the amount of cash gains realized in the third quarter of 1999. These gains were more than offset by declines in the carrying values of investments (primarily in telecommunications) in the publicly held portion of the portfolio. Despite these declines, the current carrying value of the investments in the publicly traded portfolio is approximately 2.6 times their original cost. Approximately 80 percent of the carrying value of the Chase Capital Partners’ portfolio consist of privately-held securities.


In the third quarter of 2000, Global Services’ operating revenues increased nine percent over the third quarter of 1999 to $875 million, reflecting increased activity in its securities businesses. Cash operating earnings for Global Services for the third quarter of 2000 were up 24 percent compared with the third quarter of 1999. Shareholder value added increased to $93 million, an 82 percent increase over the prior-year quarter.

Operating revenues in Global Investor Services (custody) increased 14 percent from last year, reflecting net asset growth and higher transaction volume and net interest income, partially offset by a decline in foreign exchange revenue. Capital Markets Fiduciary Services’ (institutional trust) operating revenues increased 20 percent from last year primarily in structured finance in the U.S. and U.K. Chase Treasury Solutions’ (cash management) operating revenues increased two percent over the 1999 third quarter, driven by higher product revenues across all products and higher balances, partially offset by the repositioning of the trade finance business. Operating leverage continues to improve, with expenses growing at a slower rate than revenues.


Chase’s wealth management businesses include private banking and asset management.

— Revenues from the Global Private Bank increased to $305 million, up 36 percent from the third quarter of 1999. These results reflect broad-based global growth. Cash operating earnings grew 16 percent compared with the prior year. As of September 30, the Global Private Bank had over $180 billion in client assets.

— Revenues from Asset Management increased to $165 million, compared with $43 million in the third quarter of 1999. Results include revenues from Flemings. As of September 30, assets under management were $182 billion.


Operating revenues for National Consumer Services increased to $2.6 billion, an increase of three percent over the third quarter of 1999. Cash operating earnings of $492 million increased by 13 percent over the third quarter of 1999. All five businesses reported double-digit earnings growth.

— Cash operating earnings for cardmember services for the third quarter of 2000 were up 14 percent compared with the third quarter of 1999, reflecting significantly improved credit quality. Operating revenues were essentially flat from the prior year and up six percent from the second quarter of 2000, as higher consumer purchase volume and higher fee-based revenues offset the impact of higher interest rates and a lower level of late fees. Expenses were up reflecting the impact of higher marketing spending. New account acquisitions were significantly higher, and credit card outstandings were up over $1 billion from the second quarter of this year.

— Home finance cash operating earnings were up 21 percent, and revenues increased 13 percent, from the third quarter of 1999. The improved results were due to growth in servicing fee income and gains on securities to hedge mortgage servicing, partially offset by declines in residential mortgage warehouse activity.

— Regional banking group cash operating earnings grew 36 percent, and revenues rose seven percent, from the third quarter of 1999, reflecting higher deposit levels in the consumer and small business sector, higher banking, debit card, and brokerage fee income and disciplined expense management.

— Diversified consumer services cash operating earnings were up 24 percent, and revenues increased five percent from the same 1999 quarter. Income growth was positively affected by a change in internal cost allocation as well as improving auto origination volumes and growth in the discount brokerage business, which was partially offset by the effect of higher interest rates. Brown & Co., Chase’s online trading business, averaged over 41,000 trades per day during the third quarter of 2000 versus 32,000 trades per day during the same period of 1999.

— Middle markets cash operating earnings were up 13 percent and revenues increased four percent from the third quarter of 1999. These results reflect new business and disciplined expense management.


— The merger agreement between Chase and J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, provides that 3.7 shares of Chase common stock will be exchanged for each share of J.P. Morgan common stock. Each series of preferred stock of J.P. Morgan will be exchanged for a similar series of preferred stock of Chase, the surviving corporation of the merger. The transaction is expected to be accounted for as a pooling of interests and to be tax-free to J.P. Morgan and Chase stockholders and is subject to approval by stockholders of both companies, as well as by the U.S. Federal and state and foreign regulatory authorities.

— Chase’s operating revenues, excluding the impact of Flemings and Chase Capital Partners, were up five percent compared with the third quarter of 1999. Cash expenses, on the same basis, were up nine percent compared with the third quarter of 1999. Amortization of goodwill, a non-cash charge to earnings, amounted to $0.11 per share, or $149 million, in the third quarter of 2000, compared with $0.05 per share, or $70 million, in the third quarter of 1999. Similarly, the non-cash charge for the first nine months of 2000 was $0.25 per share, or $318 million, compared with $0.17 per share, or $219 million, for the first nine months of 1999.

— On September 1, Chase announced it had agreed to sell its Hong Kong-based retail banking business, including Chase Manhattan Card Company Limited, to Standard Chartered PLC for approximately $1.3 billion in cash. Subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of certain conditions, the sale is expected to be completed by December 2000.

— On October 16, Chase agreed to sell its interest in ChaseMellon Shareholder Services, currently a 50-50 joint venture between Chase and Mellon Financial Corporation. The transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed, is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year, pending regulatory approvals.

— Total assets at September 30, 2000 were $426 billion, compared with $396 billion at June 30, 2000 and $371 billion at September 30, 1999. Chase’s Tier One capital ratio was 7.9 percent at September 30, 2000, compared with 8.7 percent on June 30, 2000. The decline is due to the acquisition of Flemings. There were no repurchases of Chase common stock during the third quarter of 2000.

— On a managed basis, including securitizations, net credit losses were $541 million in the third quarter of 2000, down from $574 million in the second quarter of 2000 and down from $633 million in the third quarter of 1999. Consumer net charge-offs on a managed basis were $476 million, down from $482 million in the second quarter of 2000 and $531 million in the third quarter of 1999, primarily reflecting a decline in the credit card net charge-off ratio to 4.97 percent. Commercial net charge-offs in the third quarter of 2000 were $65 million, compared with $92 million in the second quarter of 2000 and $102 million in the third quarter of 1999. For the third quarter of 2000, total net charge-offs on a reported basis were $305 million, and the provision for loan losses was $305 million. The allowance for loan losses was $3.49 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2000, compared with $3.46 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2000. Nonperforming assets at September 30, 2000 were $1.82 billion, compared with $1.90 billion at June 30, 2000 and $2.02 billion at September 30, 1999.

— Operating results (revenues, expenses and earnings) exclude the impact of credit card securitizations, restructuring costs and special items. In the third quarter of 2000, special items included a gain of $53 million (after-tax) from the sale of a business in Panama, a loss of $23 million (after-tax) resulting from the economic hedge of the purchase price of Robert Fleming Holdings Limited prior to its acquisition, and the restructuring costs of $51 million (after-tax) associated with previously announced relocation initiatives. There were no special items in the third quarter of 1999. For the first nine months of 2000, special items included a loss of $115 million (after-tax) resulting from the economic hedge of the purchase price of Flemings prior to its acquisition, $83 million (after-tax) of restructuring costs associated with previously announced relocation initiatives, and the $53 million (after-tax) gain from the sale of a business in Panama. For the first nine months of 1999, special items included a $61 million (after-tax) gain on the sale of a building, a $46 million (after-tax) gain on the sale of branches in Texas, and a $65 million (after-tax) special contribution to The Chase Manhattan Foundation.

Chase, with $426 billion in assets, is one of the world’s premier financial services institutions, with operations in more than 50 countries around the world. Chase has top-tier rankings in many areas of investment banking, asset management, private banking, trading and global markets activities as well as information and transaction processing. Chase is a leading provider of financial solutions to large corporations, government entities, commercial banking clients, small businesses and individuals, and has relationships with more than 30 million consumers across the United States.

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