AMICUS ATM DEAL

Amicus Financial, the electronic
banking division of CIBC, announced it has been awarded the opportunity
to solicit all of the Credit Card Center’s former merchant customers in
an effort to assume management of nearly 15,000 ATM terminals located
throughout the United States. Currently, Amicus Financial manages more than
8,000 ATMs in the U.S. and Canada.

“Today’s announcement about our growing remote banking network – one of
the largest in North America – is yet another milestone in our journey to grow
North America’s largest electronic bank,” said Brian Cassidy, chief executive
officer of Amicus. “Thanks to our thousands of bank machines, Amicus Financial
is offering unprecedented access and convenience to our nearly 800,000
customers across the continent.”

On Friday, Aug. 24, a federal bankruptcy court judge in Philadelphia
awarded XtraCash ATM, the ATM operating arm of Amicus Financial, the exclusive
rights to petition all of CCC’s former merchant customers with an incentive
program in an effort to convert nearly 15,000 already-installed ATMs. That a
reputable banking organization won this right is good news for merchants who
had contracted with CCC and for consumers who relied on the convenience of
these ATMs.

“Amicus Financial’s long-term ATM strategy is to create North America’s
largest and most comprehensive bank machine network,” said Eugene DeSilva,
chief officer of Amicus Financial’s Remote Banking Division. “We want to
ensure that our ATMs provide fee-free access to funds for Amicus Financial
banking customers and reliable, convenient access to cash for the public.”

Amicus Financial’s Remote Banking Division manages three distinct
businesses: an owned ATM network, which includes private label bank machines
like those of Marketplace Bank and Safeway SELECT Bank; a managed ATM network
where Amicus Financial provides other ATM network owners with servicing and
maintenance; and an independent sales operator (ISO) network, managed by
XtraCash ATM, which provides service and back office processing to individual
ATM operators such as convenience stores and gas stations. Bank machines
formerly managed by CCC would fall under this last category.

Most Amicus Financial ATMs will provide a range of services, including
cash dispensing, deposit taking, and account access and management. Future
services and features may include online banking capability, check cashing,
advertising, money transfer, and access to web-based services.

About Amicus Financial

Amicus Financial, a division of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce,
provides electronic financial services for many great brands in North America
including President’s Choice Financial, Marketplace Bank and Safeway SELECT
Bank. Through its network of more than 350 banking pavilions, contact centers
open 24/7, and more than 8,000 ATMs, Amicus Financial currently services
almost 800,000 customers and is acquiring more than 30,000 new customers each
month. Amicus Financial offers a superior customer experience by combining
self-service with a new standard of friendly, helpful, and responsive customer
service, and with better rates and no fees on day-to-day banking.

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Response Drops

Direct mail credit card solicitations continue to soar at a record pace as nearly 2.5 billion have hit mailboxes across the country during the first six months of this year. For the first half of 2000 the industry sent out 1.6 billion pieces. Although the number of solicitations have grown by more than 50% this year, response rates continue to drop. During the second quarter response rates to card solicitations hit a low of 0.4% according to data tracked by BAIGlobal. By contrast, credit card advertisers on CardWeb.com’s consumer channels experienced average on-line response rates last week of 2.42%.

DIRECT MAIL CREDIT CARD OFFERS
PERIOD MAIL VOLUME RESPONSE RATES
2Q/01 1265.4m 0.4%
1Q/01 1208.3m 0.7%
4Q/00 1033.8m 0.8%
3Q/00 888.0m 0.6%
2Q/00 991.8m 0.4%
1Q/00 629.4m 0.7%
4Q/99 510.2m 0.7%
3Q/99 710.3m 0.9%
m-millions Source: BAIGlobal, Inc.

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ARM SECURCORE

ARM, the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit
embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, today announced that Samsung
Electronics Co. Limited has licensed the ARM SecurCore SC100
microprocessor core. Samsung will use ARM’s 32-bit secure technology to
address the next generation of 32-bit smart card applications.

In October 2000, Samsung announced the availability of its component for
high-performance smart cards that integrate an ARM7 family 32-bit RISC
processor with Samsung secure IC technology. Smart cards using this technology
are currently shipping in volume. As a result of the cooperation between ARM
and Samsung, this new agreement will enable Samsung to develop a number of
secure devices based on ARM SecurCore technology to address high-volume
markets such as SIM for 3G mobile phones, as well as banking, Pay-TV and
network access smart cards. As part of this agreement, Samsung has also
licensed the ARM cryptographic acceleration technology that provides one of
the fastest RSA cryptography performances on the market, performing 1024-bit
RSA in under 100ms within the power budget of a GSM SIM card.

“The SecurCore microprocessor core combines the traditional ARM benefits
of high-performance, low power and small die size with dedicated hardware
security features,” said Steve Evans, VP of Segment Marketing, ARM. “Samsung
has recognized that SecurCore technology is the most competitive architecture
to address next-generation, high-performance secure devices. This agreement
makes SecurCore technology the most widely available 32-bit RISC architecture
designed for smart cards and other secure applications.”

“As one of the fastest-growing smart card IC manufacturers, it is
important that we continue to drive our efforts forward through continued
product development,” said Dr. Chilhee Chung, VP of System LSI Division,
Samsung Electronics. “There are many emerging secure applications that are
demanding ever more processing capability, and Samsung is addressing this by
integrating ARM SecurCore technology into our smart card ICs according to our
secure chip design methodology. ARM’s SecurCore technology is ideally suited
to the next-generation of products that are demanding higher levels of
security, very high-performance cryptography and best-in-class support for
Java Card(TM) technology.”

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Limited, with 1999 sales revenue of
US$22.8 billion is a world leader in the electronics industry. The Korea-based
concern has operations in about 50 countries with 54,000 employees worldwide.
The company consists of three main business units: Digital Media System,
Semiconductor, and Information and Communications businesses.

Samsung Electronics is emerging as a global enterprise through joint R&D
projects with leading overseas companies, along with technology transfer
arrangements and joint investments. Based on open management and the desire to
bring the world together as one, Samsung Electronics, along with overseas
companies which are leading the electronics business in the world, will make
products that help people have richer more abundant lives. For more
information, please visit Samsung’s website at
http://samsungelectronics.com/

About ARM

ARM is the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC
microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost,
power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals and system-on-chip designs to
leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive
support required in developing a complete system. ARM’s microprocessor cores
are rapidly becoming the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable
communications, handheld computing, multimedia and embedded solutions. More
information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com/

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Cap One’s CIO

Capital One Financial Corp. announced the appointment of Gregor S. Bailar to Chief Information Officer, reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer Nigel W. Morris. Bailar joins Capital One from The Nasdaq Stock Market, where he has served as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President for Operations and Technology since 1998.

As Capital One’s CIO, Bailar will serve as the company’s technology strategist, focusing on the information architecture that supports the company’s Information Based Strategy, business technology planning, and the development of IT financial strategies to drive business solutions.

“Gregor is an extraordinary talent with more than 15 years in the technology industry and much of that experience has involved leading large and complex organizations,” Morris said. “His understanding of both the potential of new technologies and the power of well-designed, scalable architecture will help position Capital One for the next wave of growth as we continue to serve our more than 38 million customers and bring more value-add products to market.” At Nasdaq, Bailar has been responsible for all aspects of information technology market operations worldwide, and has worked closely with Nasdaq’s executive management team to develop innovative solutions to keep Nasdaq at the forefront of information technology.

Bailar joined Nasdaq after four years at Citicorp where he served as Managing Director and Vice President of Advanced Development for Global Corporate Banking. Before his tenure at Citicorp, Bailar served in various capacities at Perot System Corporation, Trirex Systems, Inc., Next Computer and Hewlett Packard.

Bailar currently sits on numerous advisory boards including DTCC, Dell, Tibco, NextSet and Microsoft and is a director for Red Oak Software and TotalAdvisor. A well-respected IT thought-leader, he serves as a judge for CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Value awards and was named by CIO and Computerworld as one of the Top 100 CIOs and IT Influencers of the next millennium.

Bailar earned a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College. He currently lives with his family in McLean, Va.

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation ([http://www.capitalone.com][1]) is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank and Capital One, F.S.B., offer consumer lending products. Capital One’s subsidiaries collectively had 38.1 million customers and $35.3 billion in managed loans outstanding as of June 30, 2001. Capital One, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest providers of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the world. Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 500 index.

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

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P-CARD FRAUD

Retail Decisions is teaming with TSYS to fight fraud in the corporate purchasing card market. Under terms of the deal, RD will collaborate with several U.S. card issuers including U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo to build a corporate card-specific fraud detection model. The new commercial card model will be available to TSYS clients in the first quarter of 2002. TSYS recently entered the UK market with a processing contract for Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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CCC ATMs

CIBC’s Amicus Financial has been awarded the opportunity to solicit all of PA-based Credit Card Center’s former merchant ATM customers in the USA. CCC has nearly 15,000 ATM terminals under management. In August a federal bankruptcy court judge in Philadelphia awarded XtraCash ATM, the ATM operating arm of Amicus Financial, the exclusive rights to petition all of CCC’s former merchant customers with an incentive program in an effort to convert nearly 15,000 already-installed ATMs. Last week Tidel and NCR received court approval to jointly acquire the entire inventory of ATMs owned by CCC for $8 million. The inventory consists of more than 4,000 ATMs, together with related parts and supplies, originally manufactured by Tidel, NCR and several other companies. (CF Library 9/27/01)

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Ruling Response

While VISA and MasterCard expressed relief that yesterday’s ruling did not dismantle their dual governance structure, American Express immediately declared a major victory in regard to the lifting of the exclusionary rules. AmEx says the ruling illustrates how VISA and MasterCard “have broken the law over a long period of time” and “is consistent with similar decisions from competition authorities around the world.” AmEx says it will promptly resume conversations with a number of banks about possible card-issuing ventures. There is a consensus among analysts that Tuesday’s decision could improve the prospects of a merger between AmEx and a major bank. MasterCard indicated last night it is strongly considering an appeal of the ruling against its ‘Competitive Programs Policy. Reportedly, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart debit card antitrust lawsuit, also claimed victory in yesterday’s ruling saying it will bolster their claims that VISA and MasterCard used its market power to dominate the market for debit cards.

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Chargeoffs Dip

Bank credit card charge-off rates dropped 10 bps to 6.5% in August among credit card-backed securities. However the charge-off level is 140 bps higher than where it was a year ago, but down from the 6.9% peak figure posted in May according to Standard & Poor’s ‘Credit Card Quality Indexes’. Charge-offs tend to decline for many issuers in July and August due to seasonal patterns. This year, losses stayed flat during the summer rather than increasing. Nevertheless there are growing concerns over credit quality and the overall health of the economy following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Sub-prime portfolios are expected to be the most impacted.

STANDARD & POOR’S CREDIT CARD QUALITY INDEXES
Performance month Aug 99 Aug 00 Jun 01 Jul 01 Aug 01
Yield (%) 19.8 19.9 19.3 20.0 20.0
Charge-offs (%) 5.7 5.1 6.5 6.6 6.5
Weighted base rate (%) 7.4 8.5 6.2 6.2 6.1
Excess spread (%) 6.7 6.3 6.7 7.1 7.5
Delinquencies (%) 4.6 4.2 4.9 5.0 5.1
Payment rate (%) 17.1 16.9 15.9 16.3 16.7

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Cardtronics & Circle K

Cardtronics, a leading national provider of Automated Teller Machine products and services, has entered into a long-term agreement with SSP/Circle K to install and service 335 new ATM machines in Circle K convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma. Under the terms of the agreement, SSP will purchase new Tidel IS 2000 ATM machines through Cardtronics, which will install the units and provide processing services.

Cardtronics, the nation’s largest distributor of Tidel ATMs, currently operates a network of more than 6,500 ATMs from coast to coast, handling approximately 91,000 transactions per day.

“We are delighted that SSP has chosen Cardtronics to serve their ATM needs,” said Ralph Clinard, President and CEO of Cardtronics. “This partnership builds on our success in attracting large, multi-location corporate customers who are beginning to recognize Cardtronics as an industry leader with real expertise in the ATM business.

Brian Archer, Executive Vice President of Cardtronics, added, “After 12 years in business, building our network one machine at a time, we have acquired the experience and knowledge to offer superior products and services to corporate customers. We have worked very hard at becoming one of the largest and most respected ATM networks in the nation, with an excellent track record of satisfying customers.”

“SSP is very excited about taking ownership of its ATM program through our partnership with Cardtronics,” said Lloyd Nobles, SSP’s Category Manager for electronics services. “This move will allow SSP to maximize our profitability and improve the quality of the financial services we provide to our customers.”

About Cardtronics

Founded in 1989, Cardtronics is a leading national provider of fully integrated Automated Teller Machine (ATM) products and services, headquartered in Houston, Texas with sales and service representatives in every major U.S. market. With a network of over 6,500 machines and growing, Cardtronics is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent ATM deployers in the U.S. For more information about Cardtronics, visit .

About SSP

SSP Partners is a Corpus Christi, Texas based company, which directly operates 335 retail convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma and over 300 branded dealer units through its wholesale fuel division. SSP is a licensee of the TMC Franchise Corporation and operates under the Circle K brand. Founded in 1938 by the Susser family, SSP has experienced dynamic growth and now is one of the Top 50 convenience store chains in the United States.

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NACHA Signs Natl City

NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association has signed its fifth new financial institution member of the year with the addition of National City Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, whose membership becomes effective January 1, 2002.

“NACHA has increased direct financial institution membership by more than sixty percent,” said Janet C. Boyst, Chair of NACHA’s Board of Directors and Senior Vice President and Group Executive at Wachovia Bank. “The growth in NACHA’s membership reflects the need among financial institutions to influence the development of new electronic payment applications, as well as NACHA’s ability to meet that need.”

“National City has long been associated with NACHA, and we are excited about becoming a direct member,” said Mary Ann Francis, Senior Vice President of National City Corporation. “We feel it’s key to be involved directly with the future of the payments system, and NACHA has always played a leadership role. We look forward to working with NACHA and the other leading financial institutions on payment system initiatives.”

Membership in NACHA provides important benefits to financial institutions:

* Influence and Control — Financial institution members cast votes directly on the ACH Operating Rules and other electronic payment standards and rules governing the banking industry nationwide. Financial institution members are eligible to serve on NACHA’s Board of Directors.

* Innovation and Opportunity — NACHA is at the forefront of developing new electronic payment services and products, as well as risk management and quality control initiatives that have a direct impact on a financial institution’s service offerings and bottom line. Membership in NACHA opens doors to other decision-makers at financial institutions, corporations, service providers, government agencies and other e-commerce-related organizations.

* Visibility in a Thriving Industry — Financial institution members of NACHA are an elite group in a dynamic industry. Annual ACH volume has increased by 580 percent over the past 10 years, and ACH payments are the fastest growing source of revenues among all corporate payment services. More than 3.5 million companies in the United States use ACH services today.

Direct membership in NACHA for financial institutions became available this year after NACHA completed a reorganization in 2000. The reorganization was undertaken to streamline the governance of the association, establish new voting rights for financial institutions on the operating rules for the ACH Network, and establish direct membership in NACHA for financial institutions.

NACHA now has 34 direct members consisting of 21 payments associations and 13 financial institutions. The other financial institution members are American Express Centurion Bank, Bank of America, Bank One, BB&T Corporation, Capital One, Citibank, First Union, FleetBoston Financial, J.P. Morgan Chase, Mellon, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo. NACHA’s financial institution members originated more than 59 percent of commercial ACH Network transactions during 2000. Nine of the 12 largest originators of ACH payments, according to the NACHA Top 50 list, are direct members of NACHA, and 11 of the 20 largest bank holding companies, including the top six, are direct members.

About NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association

NACHA is the leading organization in developing electronic solutions to improve the payments system. NACHA represents more than 12,000 financial institutions through direct memberships and a network of regional payments associations, and 650 organizations through its industry councils. NACHA develops operating rules and business practices for the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network and for electronic payments in the areas of Internet commerce, electronic bill and invoice presentment and payment (EBPP, EIPP), financial electronic data interchange (EDI), international payments, electronic checks, and electronic benefits transfer (EBT). Visit NACHA on the Internet at [http://www.nacha.org][1].

About National City

National City Corporation is a $94 billion financial holding company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of financial services including investment banking and traditional banking services to individuals and businesses, commercial and retail banking, consumer finance, asset management, mortgage financing and servicing, and item processing. National City has offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan. National City can be found on the World Wide Web at [http://www.nationalcity.com][2].

[1]: http://www.nacha.org/
[2]: http://www.nationalcity.com/

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Discover Gift Card

Discover Financial Services and Stored Value Systems have launched a program to enable merchants to offer gift cards branded with their logo to their customers and can be used wherever ‘Discover Card’ is accepted. Discover Business Services plans to begin marketing the program this month with a particular focus on large and mid-sized merchant accounts. Gift cards issued for use on the Discover Business Services network will also be rechargeable.

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Wachovia on EPN

The Electronic Payments Network announced Tuesday that Wachovia Corporation has switched its ACH volume from the Federal Reserve Bank to EPN’s private sector ACH network for consumer and commercial payments. Wachovia made the switch Friday, October 5, 2001, and now originates and receives all of its ACH work using EPN’s nationwide network. Moving their ACH volume allows Wachovia to take advantage of high-value innovations exclusively available on EPN.

“We have been steadily improving EPN’s functionality for several years, and Wachovia and other recent conversions such as BB&T, First Union, and Mellon are taking advantage of these unique capabilities,” said George Thomas, president of EPN.

EPN is the market leader in private sector ACH and is a part of the New York Clearing House family of financial services.

“To stay competitive, banks have to add valuable new services — especially for commercial customers,” said Janet Boyst, Wachovia group executive. “Switching our ACH volume makes good business sense because we get market leading innovation.”

“EPN offers the only proven, fast and painless migration path to essential Internet functionality that is critical to banks anxious to take full advantage of e-commerce,” said Thomas. “Every day, more and more bank customers are asking for new capabilities like end-to-end straight through processing, and the proven capabilities of EPN is the best way to get there.”

Additional banks expected to transition to EPN over the next year include: Bank of America, Banc One, Comerica Inc., Key Bank, PNC Bank, U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo Services Company.

Wachovia Corporation, created through the Sept. 1, 2001, merger of First Union and Wachovia with pro forma assets of $322 billion as of June 30, is a leading provider of financial services to 19 million retail and corporate customers throughout the East Coast and the nation. The company operates full-service banking offices under the First Union and Wachovia names in 11 East Coast states and Washington, D.C., and offers full-service brokerage with offices in 47 states and global services through more than 30 international offices.

Electronic Payments Network is a nationwide ACH (automated clearing house) network for domestic consumer and commercial payments. EPN’s processing membership consists of 230 commercial banks, 106 savings banks, 496 credit unions, and 53 savings and loan associations. Annually, EPN processes an average of more than $2.3 trillion dollars from commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions. The Electronic Payments Network is part of the New York Clearing House’s family of payment systems. For more information, search [http://www.epaynetwork.com][1] or contact Chip Savidge (NYCH) at 201-319-5478, or at Chip.Savidge@NYCH.

The Clearing House is the nation’s oldest and most innovative bank association and payments processor. Established in 1853 to simplify the exchange of checks and improve the efficiency of the payments system, the Clearing House is still a world leader in the payments business. It operates the Electronic Payments Network (EPN), CHIPS (Clearing House Interbank Payments System), and runs a well-respected association that serves as a forum for its members to promote common interests in the financial services industry. For more information search [http://www.nych.org][2] or contact Chip Savidge (NYCH) at 201-319-5478, or at Chip.Savidge@NYCH.org .

[1]: http://www.epaynetwork.com/
[2]: http://www.nych.org/

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