Global Payments Revenues Jump 35%

Atlanta-based Global Payments reports that income for the quarter ended May 31st, grew 35% to $181.8 million. Excluding restructuring charges and a gain on the sale of an investment, net income grew 30% to $18.0 million. During the quarter, the Company recognized a $4.9 million restructuring charge. For fiscal 2005, which started June 1, 2004, GPN expects revenue of $722 million to $743 million, or 15% to 18% growth. For complete details on Global Payments’ second quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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QUIC-PAY

JCB, AEON Credit Service, and NTT DoCoMo have developed a new payment solution that permits consumers to assign part of their existing credit limit to a specific contactless IC chip, which may be embedded in a plastic card, or incorporated in the customer’s “i-mode FeliCa” service compatible mobile phone. Th new “QUICPay” solution will be piloted in the fourth quarter. Since the “QUICPay” amount is billed to the customer’s existing credit card, the new application lets customers continue to enjoy their credit card loyalty point and mileage benefits. While users of prepaid cards must track the remaining value and take the time to reload it with cash, with “QUICPay,” they can increase the credit line amount during a payment transaction at any service supported store. In the future JCB and AEON plan to invite other credit card companies to participate in “QUICPay” in cooperation with NTT DoCoMo’s “i-mode FeliCa” service.

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Mosaic Software to Recommend Paragon ATM Tools

NC-based Paragon Application Systems has signed a referral agreement with Mosaic Software, whereby Mosaic will recommend Paragon’s ATM/EFT simulation and testing tools to its “Postilion” users worldwide. Since 2002, Mosaic Software technicians have used Paragon tools for desktop ATM simulation and development of ATM screens and states. Mosaic Software is a global EFT software company with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia. Paragon has dedicated its efforts to providing ATM and EFT professionals with tools to improve the reach and quality of their institution’s transactions.

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Triton Opens Triton Standard to Public Domain

MS-based Triton announced it will open the “Triton Standard” interface specifications for availability to the manufacturers emulating Triton ATMs. The release of Triton Standard will allow manufacturers to add capabilities that support additional functionality, and processors will have fewer versions to support, leading to faster implementations. The Standard will be made available at no cost to users at www.tritonatm.com. Triton is the largest provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software in North America and has more than 100,000 installations in over 17 countries worldwide.

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MasterCard Tackles Online Drug Dealers

MasterCard is set to testify tomorrow at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing, telling of their efforts in stopping more than 370 drug-dispensing websites from accepting MasterCard-branded payment cards for the illegal purchase of pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on Thursday to examine purchasing pharmaceuticals over the Internet. MasterCard will testify about the voluntary proactive steps the company has taken to prevent the MasterCard payment system from being used to illegally purchase pharmaceuticals without a prescription, particularly those deemed dangerous by the DEA and the FDA, from Internet pharmacies.

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First Data Profits Up 32% Y/Y; Down 4% Q-Q

First Data reported this morning that second quarter revenue increased 22% to $2.5 billion, and net income soared by 32% to $466 million. For the first time quarterly revenues for FDC’s Payment Services unit crossed the $1.0 billion milestone. Payment Services were up 14% year-on-year. Merchant Services’ second quarter revenue was up 46% to $997 million. FDC says merchant transactions grew 71% for the quarter. The Card Issuing Services segment posted second quarter revenue of $598 million, a 15% year-over-year increase. During the quarter, 20 million accounts were converted on schedule for six different clients. FDC expects accounts on file at year-end to be approximately 390 million. FDC says its Western Union unit showed consumer-to-consumer transaction growth of 20% for the quarter and has now surpassed 195,000 locations. For complete details on First Data’s second quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

FDC NET INCOME (Continuing Operations)
2Q/03: $353.8 million
3Q/03: $360.9 million
4Q/03: $401.6 million
1Q/04: $483.5 million
2Q/04: $466.0 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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Midwest Bank and Moneris Renew Contract

Chicago-based Midwest Bank and Trust Company has renewed its credit card processing contract with Moneris Solutions. Midwest Bank, a Moneris customer for eight years, elected to renew its agreement with Moneris Solutions and continue working together to achieve annual processing volume and income goals, as well as engaging in joint sales and marketing activities. Midwest Bank and Trust Company is a full service community bank with a network of sixteen banking centers serving communities in Cook, DuPage, McHenry and Lake Counties. Moneris Solutions (www.monerisusa.com) has a 30-year history as one of North America’s largest electronic transaction processors, delivering advanced payment card processing capabilities through point-of-sale hardware, payment processing software, e-commerce solutions and a gift and loyalty program.

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Bank One Q2 Profits Up 39%, Volume Up 16%

Bank One reported this morning that its credit card profits for the second quarter hit $389 million, a 39% increase over one-year ago. During the second quarter, Bank One reported that average owned loans increased 4% over last year to $75.6 billion. Charge volume for the quarter increased 16% to $47.1 billion. The managed net charge-off ratio increased to 5.44% from 5.21% in the prior year, and 5.35% in the prior quarter. The 30-day managed delinquency ratio decreased to 3.37% from 3.75% in the prior quarter, and 3.95% one-year ago. The number of credit cards issued grew 17% to 60.8 million. Paymentech’s bank card volume increased $9.4 billion, or 24% and total transactions increased 358 million or 21% over the prior year. For complete details on Bank One’s 2Q/04 performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

BANK ONE INCOME SNAPSHOT
2Q/03: $279 million
3Q/03: $285 million
4Q/03: $347 million
1Q/04: $319 million
2Q/04: $389 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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Chase Profits Up 7%, Adds 200K Net Accounts

J.P. Morgan Chase this morning reported that card earnings were $176 million for the second quarter, a 7% increase over 2Q/03. Credit card outstandings were relatively flat compared to one-year ago at $51.3 billion. Charge-offs came in at 5.84%, compared to 5.80% in the previous quarter, and 6.02% one-year ago. Delinquency (30+ days) declined 16 basis points over the first quarter to 4.27%. Delinquency for 2Q/03 was 4.40%. Charge volume for 2Q/04, which includes total customer purchases, cash advances and balance transfers, was $24.1 billion, compared to $22.2 billion for 2Q/03. Chase reported that it signed up about one million new accounts in the second quarter. The issuer ended the quarter with 31.0 million gross card accounts, an net gain of 200,000 accounts since the prior quarter. Chase also reported 16.4 million active card accounts, a 100,000 account decline since the first quarter. For complete details on Chase’s second quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

CHASE CARD PROFITS
2Q/03: $165 million
3Q/03: $198 million
4Q/03: $172 million
1Q/04: $162 million
2Q/04: $176 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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Ilium Releases Software eWallet 4.0

MI-based Ilium Software has released “Software eWallet 4.0” a software utility for Palm-powered handhelds and Windows operating systems. Several upgrades in Version 4.0 enable users to navigate eWallet faster. An updated toolbar makes it easy to access eWallet features; in the Palm Powered handheld version, eWallet now supports an essentially unlimited number of categories rather than previous limit of sixteen. Ilium Software, a privately held, independent software vendor, produces and sells several award-winning utilities for mobile and desktop devices, including Ilium Software eWallet(R), ListPro(R), FreeWallet(TM), Keep Track(TM), Recordian(R), GameBag One(TM), and DockWare(R). Complete information about Ilium Software and its products is available on the Internet at www.iliumsoft.com.

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