MBNA and Red Sox Renew

MBNA America Bank, N.A., announced Thursday that the Boston Red Sox are extending their endorsement of MBNA’s credit card services.

MBNA now has the endorsement of 17 Major League Baseball teams and is the Official Credit Card Issuer of Major League Baseball. Nearly 900,000 MBNA customers carry a credit card endorsed by Major League Baseball or one of its teams.

The extension represents an important endorsement to MBNA’s Sports Sector, which remains one of the company’s fastest growing areas with more than 550 sports organizations endorsing MBNA products. These endorsements include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR).

MBNA Corporation (NYSE: KRB), a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America, N.A., a national bank, has $62.1 billion in managed loans. MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, also provides retail deposit, consumer loan, and insurance products.


NOVA PMT Ontrack

NOVA Corporation (Georgia) reported Thursday that it expects earnings for fiscal 2000 will range between $1.48 and $1.52 per fully diluted share, reflecting an adjusted annual growth rate of approximately 31% to 35% over estimated 1999 earnings. The current average of analyst’s estimates calls for the Company to earn $1.72 per share during 2000, according to First Call Corp., which tracks such forecasts. The Company also confirmed that it expects earnings for 1999 to be in line with the current average of analyst expectations, or $1.13 per share.

In December 1998, NOVA announced plans to accelerate the integration of the operations of PMT Services, Inc. into NOVA. “As of May 31, 1999, we had completed the conversion of over 53,000 of PMT’s merchants to NOVA’s operating platform — on pace with our 1999 goal of 85,000 PMT merchants — and we have substantially integrated PMT’s corporate operations,” said Edward Grzedzinski, Chairman and CEO of NOVA Corporation. Grzedzinski continued, “Once we complete our full conversion plan for 1999, we will enter 2000 with nearly 100,000 merchants to convert, including approximately 30,000 PMT merchants. The number of merchants to be converted next year is somewhat larger than originally anticipated due to several small portfolio acquisitions completed so far in 1999. As a result, we need to increase the original estimate for conversion costs in 2000 by several million dollars.” The Company also said it expects to incur slightly higher costs for operating expenses, taxes and service delivery expenses, all of which contribute to the lower earnings estimate. Grzedzinski commented further by saying, “NOVA’s dramatic growth from internally generated and acquired business has resulted in the need to invest in additional resources necessary to maintain the level of service our customers expect. Superior service is critical to NOVA’s ability to retain its position as the value-added provider of choice for small-to medium-sized merchants and sustain our historical growth rates.” Grzedzinski is pleased with progress thus far on the PMT consolidation and, in particular, with new sales results.

“The combined NOVA/PMT sales results have exceeded our early expectations by adding over 27,000 new merchants during the first quarter of 1999, with an even better run-rate so far during the second quarter,” he said.


NOVA also announced today that it will make an additional equity investment in Econex, LLC, increasing its ownership interest from 19.6% to 51%. “Our additional investment in Econex is further evidence of NOVA’s commitment to provide small businesses with the payment and information processing services necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly changing business environment,” said Grzedzinski.

Launched in April of this year, Econex, LLC, is a provider of fully integrated, e-commerce solutions for the small-to-medium sized business market, offering an array of services that enable businesses to build and maintain internet storefronts and to sell products and services in a secure, on-line environment. The innovative Econex service offering includes website creation, maintenance and hosting services, complete on-line payment solutions featuring shopping cart, virtual cash register, sales tax and shipping capabilities, on-line transaction processing and bill presentment capabilities. “We expect our majority interest in Econex to result in increased expenses during 2000, but we also expect it to be an excellent strategic investment for customers and shareholders alike,” Grzedzinski said. He added, “We plan to make the additional investment in Econex early in the first quarter of 2000, and we look forward to working with our partners, KeyCorp, N.A. and FirstEnergy Corporation, on this exciting endeavor.”


The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program whereby NOVA may repurchase up to $250 million worth of its common shares. The share repurchase program authorizes the Company to make purchases from time-to-time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to price, market considerations and applicable securities laws. No time limit was placed on the duration of the repurchase program. Repurchased common shares will be added to the Company’s treasury shares and may be used to meet requirements for benefit plans and other corporate purposes. As of March 31, 1999, NOVA had 72.9 million common shares outstanding.

“Given our opportunities in the marketplace, the strength of our sales and marketing efforts, and our solid financial position, we believe that NOVA shares represent a compelling value at current prices,” said Grzedzinski. He concluded his comments by saying, “The share repurchase program provides us with an opportunity to buy back our shares at exceptionally attractive prices. We are pleased that our strong cash position and available bank facilities will enable us to make share repurchases and, at the same time, continue to invest in our business and future growth.”

About NOVA Corporation

NOVA Corporation, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the five largest U.S. providers of integrated point of sale transaction processing services, related software application products and value-added services, primarily to small- to medium-sized merchants. For further information about NOVA Corporation, please visit the Company’s Internet website at www.novacorp.net.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This press contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). When used in this report, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions or statements regarding future periods are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain as they are based on various expectations and assumptions concerning future events, which by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties beyond NOVA Corporation’s control. Forward-looking statements may also be made in NOVA’s other reports filed under the Exchange Act, press releases, and other documents; as well as by NOVA management in oral statements. NOVA undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for NOVA to predict all of such factors. Further, NOVA cannot assess the impact of each such factor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, please see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Bidding Up

IL-based uBid, Inc., an online auction e-commerce site, Thursday announced a multi-year credit card marketing agreement with First USA. As part of the marketing agreement, a co-branded credit card will be developed and offered to uBid’s more than 377,000 registered users. By using the credit card, uBid cardholders will be able to earn points for use in purchasing merchandise and taking part in promotional offerings. To date First USA has more than 1,500 marketing partners.


CashRegister Soars

CyberCash, Inc. reported Wednesday that the number of Internet merchants using CyberCash’s online CashRegister service increased by nearly 300 percent from May 1998 through May 1999. The Reston, Virginia-based e-commerce company attributed a significant amount of this growth to partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Compaq and Concentric that have resulted in CyberCash payment services being included in most e-commerce solutions on the market today.

According to CyberCash president and chief operating officer, Jim Condon, the company currently has more than 2000 registered partners that integrate CyberCash products and services into their e-commerce solutions. Further, he said that more than 100,000 merchants in the physical brick and mortar world use CyberCash’s ICVERIFY payment software.

“If anyone takes a close look at e-commerce today, they will quickly realize that CyberCash payment services are baked into almost every offering in the market today” said Condon. “Whether you’re a software developer, a commerce service provider, or a merchant looking to build a business on the Internet or in the physical world, there’s a good chance you’re using CyberCash. Another way to say this is, if it involves electronic payments, CyberCash is probably under the hood. This has been an important part of our strategy for growth,” Condon said.

Condon added that CyberCash is adding e-commerce products and services to its offerings as a result of merchant demand for additional tools to simplify the business of e-commerce.

“Early on CyberCash demonstrated a commitment to understanding our goal of providing small and medium-sized businesses with the tools needed to quickly and easily grow their business on the Web,” said Henry R. Nothhaft, chairman, president and CEO of Concentric Network. “CyberCash’s extensive portfolio of services, flexible distribution model and leadership in the online payment arena surpassed the competition, making our final decision to partner with them simple.”

“CyberCash offers our joint customers a wide range of Internet payment solutions, and Microsoft is excited about CyberCash’s growing success,” said Michael Pinckney, Microsoft E-Commerce industry manager. “As a member of the Microsoft E-Commerce Alliance, CyberCash will enjoy even more opportunities for growth through collaboration with Microsoft Certified Solution Providers and other E-Commerce Alliance members, and Microsoft looks forward to our continued relationship.”

“CyberCash offers both the expertise and experience in providing leading Internet payment technologies,” said Steve Savignano, senior vice president and general manager of the Application Products Division for the Sun-Netscape Alliance. “As part of its commitment to providing a comprehensive online selling solution right out of the box, the Sun-Netscape Alliance is leveraging CyberCash’s payment products and services to offer advanced payment processing for Alliance customers’ e-commerce applications solutions.”

In addition to its significant partnerships and relationships in both the physical and virtual worlds of e-commerce payments, CyberCash has begun building impressive partnerships to advance the company’s innovative InstaBuy(TM) one-click shopping service.

Last year, First USA became the first financial institution to announce its participation in the InstaBuy program. First USA plans to issue VersaPay electronic wallets to its millions of card holders and other consumers on the Internet. VersaPay is powered by the InstaBuy technology.

“As a result of these important relationships, thousands of online merchants will be able to offer millions of online consumers the safety and convenience of the InstaBuy one-click shopping and Agile Wallet(TM) technology. That’s why we are confident that InstaBuy will play an increasingly important role in the acceptance of electronic wallets on the Internet,” said Denis Yaro, executive vice president, CyberCash.

“Ubiquity, extensibility of solution, and agility are three critical components of a successful payment processing model in the Internet era,” said Scott Smith, president of Tera Group, a strategic advisory firm in McLean, Virginia. “CyberCash has focused sharply on these important issues, and is now reaping the rewards of being a pioneer in the online payment world. Tera expects CyberCash to continue to set the pace by which other payment technology providers mark their progress.”

About CyberCash

CyberCash provides a complete line of software products and services allowing merchants, billers, financial institutions and consumers to conduct secure transactions using the broadest array of popular payment forms. Credit, debit, purchase cards, cash, checks, smart cards and alternative payment types (e.g., “frequent buyer” or loyalty programs) are all supported by CyberCash payment solutions. Leading brands of CyberCash include ICVERIFY(R), PCVERIFY(TM), CashRegister , NetVERIFY(TM), PayNow(TM) and InstaBuy(TM).

CyberCash, the CyberCash logo, Agile Wallet, ICVERIFY and InstaBuy are trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks or registered service marks of CyberCash, Inc.


Goff Heads I-Payment Service

Silicon Alley-based Cha! Technologies Services, Inc. announced yesterday the appointment of Heidi Goff as chief executive officer. A MasterCard veteran with over 20 years of payment systems experience and an entrepreneur, Ms. Goff will lead Cha! in the market introduction of 1ClickCharge, its single-click Internet payment service designed for “convenience e-commerce.”

Ms. Goff brings to Cha! a well-established and highly regarded payments systems background. Contributing extensive management experience and a history of growing small business into profitable contributors, Ms. Goff joins Cha! at an exciting juncture as the company prepares to bring to market the 1ClickCharge service. “As CEO, Heidi brings valuable relationships throughout the entire payment services industry, including the leading IT corporations, banks and payment processors in the U.S. and abroad,” said Brian Smiga, Cha!’s vice president of marketing and business development. “These relationships will help us build 1ClickCharge into the first and only 100% hosted single-click payment system on the Internet,” he added.

Cha!’s unique patented authentication protocol is the core technology within the 1ClickCharge service, and provides a trusted, easy-to-adopt system to verify anonymous parties on the Internet for secure exchanges. The initial focus of 1ClickCharge is on digital content at any price point, enabling consumers to conveniently make small content purchases with their credit cards, without the hassle of re-entering credit card and personal information every time. Since 1ClickCharge aggregates small purchases and requires no merchant-side hardware or software, Web sites can quickly begin turning content into revenue. Ubiquity of 1ClickCharge throughout the Internet is the company’s goal, and Ms. Goff’s experience and industry contacts are a valuable addition. “The market for instant, easy, cash-like payments on the Internet will be enormous, and merchants are looking for an easy to adopt, secure payment method. We believe our patented authentication technology will help us lead this space,” said Ms. Goff. “My vision for the company is to lead payment processing for easy Internet purchases under $20,” she added. Most recently, Ms. Goff was executive vice president, Strategy and Marketing Development for Global Payment Systems, an L.L.C of National Data Corporation and MasterCard International, and one of the world’s largest merchant payment processors with more than more than 2.7 billion transactions annually for more than 700,000 merchants. Prior to that, Ms. Goff served for 12 years in increasing responsible positions for MasterCard International, most recently as Senior Vice President working on strategic alliances, Internet initiatives, and the MasterCard merchant processing services. She has also held previous positions at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and IBM.

Ms. Goff has extensive speaking experience through the world including the opportunity to testify to the United States House of Representatives Banking Committee on the “Future of Money”, July 1995. She has authored articles and trade publications on emerging payment technologies including National Productivity Review, ABA POS Debit Guidelines, and Business Requirements for Private Sector ACH. She headed the Education and Communications Committee of the CalWestern Automated ClearingHouse Association and continues to participate in strategic development of emerging technology. Cha!, a business-to-consumer Internet payment service company in New York’s Silicon Alley, is focused on single-click Internet purchasing, a market space it calls “convenience e-commerce(tm)”. The company plans to establish its 1ClickCharge(tm) service as the dominant payment system for single-click transactions under $20. Cha! is privately held and was founded in 1996.


Delinquency – Up/Down?

The American Bankers Association reported yesterday that slightly more consumers are struggling with credit card debt while the actual dollars that are considered late went down. Based on the total number of credit card accounts, 3.58% of cardholders were late with their card payments in the first quarter of 1999, compared to 3.45% percent in the fourth quarter of 1998 and compared to 3.11% for first quarter 1998. First quarter credit card delinquencies, based on the ratio of total dollars outstanding, dropped to 4.44% from 4.62% in the fourth quarter of 1998. One year ago, delinquencies, based on past due dollars, stood at 5.42%. The discrepancy between the two measurements is largely attributed to the surge in sub-prime card programs. Sub-prime card issuers ranging from First Premier Bank to Capital One now open bank credit card accounts with credit limits as low as $100.

(30+ days past due)

1984 2.14% 2.84% 1992 2.86% 4.31%
1985 2.51% 3.10% 1993 2.74% 3.98%
1986 2.86% 4.92% 1994 2.54% 3.51%
1987 2.33% 3.71% 1995 3.18% 3.50%
1988 2.54% 3.71% 1996 3.53% 4.62%
1989 2.54% 3.39% 1997 3.51% 5.43%
1990 2.18% 3.29% 1998 3.11% 5.42%
1991 3.34% 4.55% 1999 3.58% 4.44%

Source: American Bankers Association “Consumer Credit Bulletin”


Southern DataComm & US Open

Southern DataComm, Incorporated, an electronic payments solutions provider, has implemented Network! ProtoBase!, its integrated credit and charge card processing software, at ClubCorp Resort’s Pinehurst in North Carolina, site of this year’s US Open Championship golf tournament June 17th – 20th.

With this installation, Southern DataComm provides its multi-platform credit and charge card processing software, ProtoBase(r) with SofTrans(r), PbAdmin(tm), and Network! ProtoBase!(tm), to Property, Restaurant, and Retail/Golf Shop/Tee Time Management system sites located throughout Pinehurst. Using Network! ProtoBase!, SDC software connects locations several miles apart, enabling Pinehurst to consolidate credit card transactions from its more than 100 point-of-sale locations. Pinehurst staff can now provide centralized authorization and settlement of transactions for hotel check in and check out, restaurant meals, tee-time management, and pro shop purchases.

Michael Schubach, Director of Information Technology for ClubCorp Resorts, commented, “Southern DataComm’s ProtoBase products provide consolidation of the hundreds of credit card transactions that are run daily throughout Pinehurst. Their software is extremely flexible and is compatible with a variety of system configurations and platforms, which is essential for us. Their technical support staff has been excellent as well, helping us through every phase of network design and implementation of their products. As the world’s leader in golf resorts, ClubCorp Resorts selected Southern DataComm as the obvious answer to our credit card processing needs.”

ProtoBase with SofTrans, PbAdmin, and Network! ProtoBase! are integrated into multiple systems at Pinehurst, including: MICROS’ 8700 Restaurant system; a Hotel Information System (HIS) AS/400 Front Desk/Property Management system; a Merchant Technologies (MT) Prism Pro Shop/Retail POS System; and multiple stand-beside terminals connected via LodgeLink, a joint venture between Southern DataComm and VeriFone.

All credit card purchases are consolidated into a single network server at settlement time. Transactions are sent to a ProtoBase Remote Switching Module, then routed to the First Data Merchant Services transaction processor via dual, facility-independent frame relay connections.

The consolidation and networking of all credit card transactions alleviates the need of settling multiple locations individually, as all transactions are located on a single server. This saves Pinehurst major processing time and money over non-integrated methods. The ProtoBase software also provides detailed reporting for a complete audit trail and eases the chargeback research burden.

Southern DataComm, Incorporated is a software development firm, founded in 1985, specializing in electronic payment software solutions. Southern DataComm products provide a generic interface to enable simple integration into point-of-sale systems. The software supports transaction processing for credit/debit/check with virtually any third-party processor or acquirer. The applications support a variety of vertical markets including Lodging, Restaurant, Auto Rental, Retail, Gaming, Grocery, Mail and Phone Order, Subscriber Management, Cable TV, Public Utilities, Internet, Medical, and Government. Southern DataComm is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.

Founded and headquartered in Dallas in 1957, ClubCorp is the world’s largest owner and operator of golf, private clubs, and resorts with assets of $1.1 billion and a collection of more than 230 premier properties located throughout the world. Members of the ClubCorp family include Pinehurst (Village of Pinehurst, NC), the world’s largest golf resort and site of the 1999 U.S. Open; The Homestead, founded in 1766 and America’s first resort (Hot Springs, VA); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, CA), home of the Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic; Firestone Country Club (Akron, OH), host of the 1999 NEC Invitational; Metropolitan Club (Sears Tower, Chicago); City Club of San Francisco; Capital Club (Beijing) and The Tower Club (Singapore).


Total Commerce

Total System Services launched the ‘TSYS Total Commerce’ system Wednesday, an integrated supply chain management system for business-to-business electronic commerce. Built on TSYS’ ‘SureTransact’ family of electronic commerce products and GCS’ ‘Java’ technology based ‘Commerce.com’ suite of products, TSYS ‘Total Commerce’ is designed to deliver real-time access over the Internet to financial data stored in mainframe, legacy systems. The product was jointly developed by TSYS and Global Commerce Systems. TSYS ‘Total Commerce’ is the first in a series of co-branded turn-key products TSYS and GCS will package and jointly market aimed at facilitating managed Internet commerce between large companies, their trading partners and customers.


Accesspoint Agreements

Accesspoint Corp., an e-commerce solutions provider that greatly expedites the processing of credit cards in a more cost effective manner, Wednesday announced a finalized agreement with Retriever Payment Systems Inc. , and Newcourt Financial’s Lease Finance Group.

The agreement enables Accesspoint to offer the first e-commerce/merchant bankcard services through a leasing arrangement via a direct sales force. This will allow a merchant to provide on-line credit card transaction processing on their Web site. Retriever is one of the largest merchant bank card processing service providers in the United States, and Newcourt Financial is one of the world’s largest commercial finance companies. The strategic alliance between the trio of companies represents a milestone in the industry. Accesspoint’s award winning Merchant Manager(TM) and Transaction Manager(TM) systems will become the first e-commerce/merchant bankcard services to be offered through a leasing arrangement via a direct sales force. As a result of this unique alliance, Newcourt Financial is providing the most competitive program in the industry. The agreement follows on the heels of the “Retriever Sales Summit” held in Houston two weeks ago where Accesspoint’s suite of electronic commerce services were received with great enthusiasm by more than 150 sales offices.

Retriever — Sales and Marketing Agent

Retriever, assuming the role of selling agent in the strategic alliance, is one of the largest merchant bank card processing service providers in the United States, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of First National Bank of Omaha. A 12-year-old organization with over 50,000 merchant credit card processing accounts, Retriever occupies a position of leadership in the market, enjoying significant market share in both credit card processing and in merchant bankcard services.

Newcourt Financial — Finance and Leasing Agent

Newcourt Financial’s Lease Finance Group division assumes the financial role in the relationship, making them responsible for structuring and funding the lease agreements. The lease arrangements have been structured to motivate the sales force to aggressively promote the e-commerce/merchant bankcard services. Newcourt Financial, one of the world’s largest commercial finance companies, is a leader in providing highly specialized financing solutions in the commercial and corporate asset-based finance markets. Newcourt is an independent, global financial services company with more than 5,000 employees and an international network of offices in more than 26 countries.

Accesspoint Corp. — E-Commerce Solutions Provider

Accesspoint’s comprehensive systems provide turnkey electronic commerce services to small to midsize businesses and greatly expedites the processing of credit cards in a more cost-effective manner. The company’s strategy is to provide bundled, feature rich, completely Web-based e-commerce solutions at reasonable prices that allow businesses to take advantage of profit opportunities using the Internet. “We are very excited about this strategic alliance,” said Tom Djokovich, chief executive officer of Accesspoint. “Never before have electronic commerce and merchant bank card services been packaged in a lease program by such powerful players. With the financial clout of Newcourt and the sales muscle of Retriever our Merchant Manager(TM) and Transaction Manager(TM) e-commerce solutions will become an even stronger force within this marketplace.”


Triton Expands Marketing Team

Triton Systems, Inc. announced Wednesday at its worldwide distributor conference the addition of five key managers to round out its sales and marketing team and the opening of a Miami office to support its growing business activities in Latin America. The spate of activity reflects the additional focus Triton placed on sales and marketing when it hired former VeriFone general manager Ken Paull as vice president of sales and marketing in August 1998. According to Dr. Ernest Burdette, president of Triton Systems, “These changes are part of an overall strategy aimed at sustaining Triton’s rapid growth in the U.S. and continued drive into international markets.”

Recently appointed to work with Mr. Paull at Triton’s Atlanta, GA sales and marketing headquarters are Anthony Shaw, director of marketing; Russell Harty, retail business development manager; and Michael Brown, national field service manager. Mr. Shaw will be responsible for building Triton’s marketing organization and carrying out marketing plans throughout the world. He brings with him extensive experience in all facets of US and international marketing where he established a reputation for innovation and success.

Mr. Shaw previously held a number of marketing management positions with Texaco, including the role of marketing manager for Star Enterprise, a Texaco joint venture, as well as marketing manager for Texaco Europe. He also helped lead the $45 billion consolidation of US marketing activities for Texaco, Shell, and Saudi Refining Inc. He holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from Augusta State and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia.

Russell Harty is responsible for developing a major retail and hospitality account sales focus, in coordination with Triton’s distributors in the U.S. Mr. Harty comes to Triton from Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was a sales manager for major retail accounts such Blockbuster Video, Tricon Restaurants, JC Penney, Wal-Mart and Tandy.

As Triton’s national field service manager, Michael Brown will focus on establishing a nationwide network of service companies who will become certified to install and maintain Triton’s product line. Mr. Brown previously served in various sales and service management positions with the Wayne division of Dresser Industries.

Working from the company’s new Latin American headquarters in Miami are Jorge Fernandez, managing director of Latin America, and Serafin Fuente, director of technical operations. Mr. Fernandez will be responsible for supporting and further developing Triton’s distributor relationships in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Mr. Fernandez was previously executive vice president for Latin America with IVI-Ingenico, as well as sales director of Deluxe Data. He has a BS degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Seton Hall and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami.

Further bolstering Triton’s drive into the Latin America market, Mr. Fuente will focus on technical support issues in the region. Mr. Fuente was formerly technical director for IVI-Ingenico, as well as application development manager for VeriFone.

About Triton Systems

As the leading manufacturer of cash-dispensing ATMs for off-premise locations, Triton Systems is committed to redefining and leading the retail market for cash delivery systems. As the third largest manufacturer of ATMs and ATM management software, Triton has been named two years in a row to Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500” ranking of fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. Triton was also named one of America’s top 25 most successful small manufacturers by IW Growing Companies in November 1998.

Triton’s product line includes the industry-leading 9600 series cash-dispensing ATMs, with various communication network interfaces such as CDPD. Additional products include the Triton Connect(TM) software package for accessing and controlling ATMs from a centralized location, ATMjr Demonstrators(TM) and ATMjr plus CAS(TM) (Card Activation System) for financial institutions, SuperScrip(TM) terminal, the new Mako Cash Dispenser(TM) and the VendMate(TM) sidecar, which accepts cash and dispenses vending items such as tickets, certificates and phone cards.

Triton ATMs are in use in over 30,000 locations throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Long Beach, Mississippi. For more information, visit the Triton Systems website at www.tritonatm.com or contact Mary Edith Dressel, mdressel@trtn.com, 800-367-7191, Ext 3122.


Card Colors

While gold cards have generally lost their luster and platinum cards have begun to tarnish, some issuers are reaching for the new color of plastic money. According to CardWatch (www.cardwatch.com) the new card colors include black, diamond and titanium. American Express recently introduced the ‘American Express Black Centurion’ card in the UK. The card, which is available by personal solicitation only, is targeted at consumers with annual incomes above 150,000 British pounds. The card is positioned as a notch above the AmEx ‘Platinum’ card, however it features many of same benefits such as unlimited access to more than 250 airport lounges, airline upgrades, free companion tickets, and private banking. AmEx is charging 550 British pounds per year for the new card product. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the ‘Diamond Card’ is beginning to take hold. Capital One now offers a ‘Diamond’ credit card that offers an initial credit limit of up to $5,000 compared to Capital One’s ‘Silver Card’ (up to $2,000 credit limit) and Capital One’s ‘Platinum Card’ (up to a $20,000 credit limit). Atlanta-based CompuCredit, a sub-prime specialist, also offers a ‘Diamond VISA’ with initial credit limits up to $10,000 compared to a maximum limit of $7,500 for its ‘VISA Gold”. CompuCredit’s ‘Platinum VISA’ also offers a $10,000 maximum credit line. And finally the ‘Titanium’ card has picked up some competition. First USA introduced the ‘Titanium’ card last year. However Fleet recently introduced its version of ‘Titanium’ with a 9.9% APR and $50,000 credit limit.


Global Commerce Alliance Formed

A powerful lineup of Internet, computing and financial services companies Wednesday announced the creation of the Global Commerce Alliance, a strategic coalition of industry leading companies that will leverage the combined core competencies of the participants to provide globally scalable, turnkey e-commerce solutions to securities and capital markets and other industries worldwide.

The Global Commerce Alliance includes: GE Capital, Global Commerce Systems Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Total System Services Inc..

The Alliance’s business objective is to provide world-class end-to-end electronic commerce capability to global suppliers and buyers of products and services who are seeking to realize the economic benefits of interconnected trade cycle management over the Internet. Additional card issuers, hardware manufacturers, systems integrators and network systems integrators will become Alliance participants as the organization evolves.

Leveraging their combined strengths, the Alliance members will work over the next three years to package and jointly market a co-branded suite of turnkey products aimed at facilitating managed Internet commerce between large companies, their trading allies and customers. The products are expected to address online buying, selling, bill presentment and payment, target marketing and customer self service and to provide a new generation of supporting business information products.

Application products will tap Java(TM) technology’s “Write Once, Run Anywhere”(TM) cross-platform benefits to lower cost of ownership, speed application development and ease maintenance.

“Any $1 billion-plus company looking to ‘dot-com’ their business will be interested in this solution particularly when they are looking to integrate existing legacy business systems, processes and supply chain management programs with Internet commerce solutions,” said Masood Jabbar, president, computer systems, Sun Microsystems. “That is why we have gathered this powerful lineup of companies, each with its own area of expertise.”

GE Capital brings world-class global procurement card services to facilitate payment and settlement transactions, business-to-business procurement and information services to the Alliance. Global Commerce Systems delivers the commerce.com(TM) suite of scalable electronic commerce applications to provide customer self service, leads management, communications campaign management, reporting applications and professional support and integration services. Sun provides world leadership in Internet commerce, distributed computing, Java technology and professional services. TSYS brings world-class Internet commerce services, transaction processing and large-scale payment account management operations expertise. In addition, TSYS is the commercial card market leader, processing 86 percent of all Visa and MasterCard commercial products issued in the United States.

“Our combined capabilities will make it easier for companies around the world to connect with one another and directly access the data and information that trading partners need — anywhere, anytime and from any device,” said Geoffrey Shaw, president and CEO, Global Commerce Systems, a leading provider of Internet commerce software products and services that enable seamless integration of trade cycle sourcing, procurement and payment systems management and administration over the Internet.

“No single entity can provide the full suite of trade cycle integration solutions demanded by large customers that want to conduct business-to- business Internet commerce in the networked world,” said Rob Hall, vice president, global financial services, Sun Microsystems. “The Global Commerce Alliance represents a very advanced implementation, and it leverages our SunConnect(TM) architecture to offer a highly scalable, resilient enterprise solution for business-to-business e-commerce.”

The Alliance is committed to providing card processing, settlement and secure services through participating issuing banks over the Internet.

“We believe that by leveraging our large-scale credit card transaction processing and customer self service over the Internet with other Global Commerce Alliance companies puts us in a position to better serve our clients around the world,” said Philip W. Tomlinson, president, TSYS, one of the world’s largest processors of electronic payments of credit, debit, commercial and private-label card accounts. “This differentiates the Global Commerce Alliance from other commercial account management alternatives. We think this alliance will enhance the partnerships we share with our other commercial card issuers and propel them into the business-to-business Internet commerce game.”

“Our goal is to help customers more efficiently manage their purchasing process through value-added card programs and information products,” said Jeffrey R. Dye, senior vice president, GE Capital Corporate Expense Management Services. “The Global Commerce Alliance integrates our payment products and services with other industry leaders to provide an increasingly rich trade cycle management and operations capability to the industries we all serve.”

“The Global Commerce Alliance is about combining the core competencies of Internet commerce technology, business and service industry leaders to meet the needs of large businesses to more efficiently manage their trade cycle activities and practices over the Internet,” said Shaw. “We look forward to adding Alliance members as we move forward.”

About GE Capital

GE Capital Corporate Expense Management Services offers Corporate Purchasing and Fleet card programs to help companies manage travel, procurement and vehicle expenses. Accepted at 16 million locations, these MasterCard products are backed by 24-hour service, sophisticated controls, comprehensive reporting and GE “best practices” to support customer policy and process objectives. For information, call 800-554-0581.

About Global Commerce Systems Inc.

Global Commerce Systems Inc. (GCS) is a leading provider of Internet commerce software products that enable seamless integration of trade cycle sourcing, procurement and payment systems management and administration over the Internet. GCS’ commerce.com suite of products enable real-time management and administration of commercial and consumer credit card payment accounts, automated commercial communications campaign management, targeted marketing and comprehensive customer self service over the Internet. The distributed nature of GCS software technology enables real-time access to distributed sources of data and just-in-time creation of value-added information products that can be broadcast directly to targeted individuals and populations. GCS is focused on the financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. For more information on GCS, visit the company’s Web site at or call 303-583-5000. Corporate headquarters are located in Boulder, Colo. at 4840 Pearl East Circle, 301-W, Boulder, Colo., 80301.

About Sun Microsystems Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, “The Network Is The Computer,” has propelled Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $11 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at .

About the SunConnect Framework

SunConnect is a Java technology-enabled architecture providing a complete, robust and secure foundation for building and deploying financial services applications that allow organizations to exploit many powerful channels and to reach a new range of customers. SunConnect has a certification and alliance model promoting best-of-breed implementation of the various architectural components for mission-critical environments. Products developed to the SunConnect framework are foundation-services independent, run on any hardware and support all industry leading specifications for online transactions.

About Total System Services Inc.

Total System Services Inc. (NYSE: TSS) is one of the world’s leading information technology processors of data transactions and payments for domestic and international users of credit, debit, commercial and private-label cards. TSYS’ sophisticated systems offer online accounting, data processing, electronic commerce services, portfolio management, account acquisition, credit evaluation, risk management and customer service. Through its family of companies, TSYS services the entire life cycle of card accounts, making it possible for more than 188 million cardholders to use their cards at the point-of-sale or over the Internet. Headquartered in Columbus, Ga., TSYS is an 80.8 percent-owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV), , named the Best Company to Work for in America by FORTUNE. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at .

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