EDS announced Thursday that its ‘Spectrum Commercial Card’ processing system is Year 2000-ready. The ‘Spectrum’ system processes transactions for a sizable number of commercial banks and private label institutions. EDS ‘Spectrum Commercial Card Processing’ offers commercial banks and businesses corporate purchasing and fleet card processing services, including extensive capabilities in authorization, billing and reporting. Nearly nine months of Year 2000 assessment, remediation and testing concluded this fall, with more than two million lines of computer code in the system deemed Year 2000-ready.


NDC 16th 30%+ Q’

National Data Corporation reported that its second quarter results for the period ending November 30 continued a long term trend of significant growth.

The second quarter was the sixteenth straight quarter in which operating income growth exceeded 30%.  For the period, the company posted growth of 100% in operating income, 123% in net income and 105% in earnings per share on revenue growth of 33%.

Revenue in the period grew from $144.3 million to $191.5 million, a $.750 billion annualized rate.  Operating income increased from $14.9 million to $29.7 million, net income from $7.1 to $15.7 million, producing an earnings per share growth from $.22 to $.45.

Revenue for the first half of the fiscal year increased 31% from $292.2 million to $383.2 million.  Operating income grew 65% from $36.7 to $60.6 million; net income increased 72% from $18.7 to $32.1 million and earnings per share grew 59% from $0.58 to $0.92.  Operating margins grew from 12.5% to 15.8%.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the first half was at a $176 million annualized level.  This is the equivalent of $5.03 per share.

Robert A. Yellowlees, NDC chairman and chief executive officer said, “Quarter after quarter, for the last five years, our people have demonstrated their capacity to produce consistent, predictable growth.

“Over this same five year period, we have executed a systematic plan that has resulted in NDC Health Information Services becoming the world’s largest multisegment health information services company.  Our broad based provider segment presence, combined with the breadth of our EDI network based information services, is unique.

“During this time, we have built an end to end set of offerings and diverse distribution channels, converting our credit card authorization business to a leader in end to end value added electronic commerce solutions.     “We have a proven record in managing EDI network based value added information businesses.

“We also have strong earnings capability, high recurring revenue, a diverse customer base and product line, as well as strong cash flow.  These characteristics will continue to yield positive results for our shareholders.”

National Data Corporation is a leading provider of health information services and electronic commerce solutions that add value to its customers’ operations.

This document may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s operations, current and future performance and financial condition. These items involve risks and uncertainties such as product demand, market and customer acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, competition, pricing, development difficulties, the ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions, and other risks detailed in the Company’s SEC filings.  The Company undertakes no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect future circumstances or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

                          NATIONAL DATA CORPORATION
                        CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                     (In Thousands Except Per Share Data)

                                           Second Quarter
                                 11/30/98                11/30/97
    Health Information Services $ 112,441                $ 72,499
    Electronic Commerce:
     Integrated Payment Systems    46,083                  38,742
     Global Payment Systems        40,795                  39,835
     Intercompany Revenue          (7,797)                (6,751)
                                   79,081                  71,826
                                  191,522                 144,325

    Cost of Service                98,852                  73,785
    Sales, General
     & Administrative Expenses     62,970                  55,670

                                  161,822                 129,455

    Operating Income               29,700                  14,870

    Interest and Other Income         844                     456
    Interest and Other Expense     (3,929)                (3,040)
    Minority Interest                (817)                  (607)
                                   (3,902)                (3,191)

    Income Before Income Taxes     25,798                  11,679
    Provision for Income Taxes     10,061                   4,617

    Net Income                    $15,737                  $7,062

    Basic earnings per share        $0.47                   $0.23

    Diluted earnings per share      $0.45                   $0.22

                          NATIONAL DATA CORPORATION
                        CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                     (In Thousands Except Per Share Data)

                                 11/30/98                11/30/97
    Health Information Services $ 221,837               $ 147,801
    Electronic Commerce:
     Integrated Payment Systems    94,490                  77,572
     Global Payment Systems        82,255                  80,195
     Intercompany Revenue         (15,378)               (13,339)
                                  161,367                 144,428
                                  383,204                 292,229

    Cost of Service               199,227                 148,838
    Sales, General
     & Administrative Expenses    123,371                 106,722
                                  322,598                 255,560

    Operating Income               60,606                  36,669

    Interest and Other Income       1,418                     940
    Interest and Other Expense     (7,655)                (6,069)
    Minority Interest              (1,812)                (1,308)
                                   (8,049)                (6,437)

    Income Before Income Taxes     52,557                  30,232
    Provision for Income Taxes     20,497                  11,580

    Net Income                    $32,060                 $18,652

    Basic earnings per share        $0.95                   $0.61

    Diluted earnings per share      $0.92                   $0.58

                          NATIONAL DATA CORPORATION
                           CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

                                (In Thousands)

                             November 30, 1998         May 31, 1998

     Cash                          $7,848                  $3,241
     Trade Accounts Receivable    151,590                 146,664
     Inventory                      6,393                   5,253
     Other Current Assets          23,315                  16,968
       Total Current Assets       189,146                 172,126

     Property, Plant & Equipment   92,385                  74,234
     Intangibles and Goodwill     431,620                 458,223
     Other Assets                  43,377                  26,632

    Total Assets                 $756,528                $731,215

     Current Liabilities         $120,202                $111,097
     Line of Credit Payable        67,000                  75,000
     Long Term Debt               149,497                 155,477
     Other Long Term Liabilities   31,165                  22,703

    Total Liabilities             367,864                 364,277

    Minority Interest              19,762                  19,003

    STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY          368,902                 347,935

    Total Liabilities
     and Stockholders’ Equity    $756,528                $731,215


Credit Store Card Bonds

The Credit Store Inc. said Thursday that it has completed its second securitization of performing credit card receivables.

The transaction involved the sale of approximately $7.8 million in seasoned, fully-performing, credit card receivables to TSC Funding II Inc., a wholly-owned qualified special-purpose corporation which was established for this transaction. TSC Funding II Inc. has been funded in part through a $5 million, 39 month term loan from Miller & Schroeder Investments Corporation of Minneapolis. The Credit Store will continue to service the credit-card receivables sold to TSC Funding II.

In October 1998, The Credit Store completed a similar securitization of approximately $6.2 million in fully-performing credit card receivables. This transaction was also financed by Miller & Schroeder Investments Corporation of Minneapolis.

Martin J. Burke III, chairman and chief executive officer commented: “This transaction demonstrates there is a developing market for our performing credit card receivables. We are especially encouraged that The Credit Store was able to complete its first two securitizations under very difficult market conditions for asset-backed securities. Few specialty finance companies have been successful in securitizing their receivables during the past several months.”

The Credit Store Inc. is a nationwide financial services company engaged in the acquisition and collection of non-performing consumer receivables and the origination and servicing of credit cards. The company acquires portfolios of non-performing consumer debt at substantial discounts, and then uses its direct marketing expertise to contact and negotiate settlements with consumers, most of the time placing settlement on new unsecured credit cards offered through The Credit Store.


CU I-Super Branch

NAFCU Services Corp. Thursday announced that it has added First Data Direct Banking’s fully functional Internet branching services to its CUWEBS (Credit Union Web Enabled Business Solutions) program.

Called the I-Super Branch, this new CUWEBS offering combines Web site services with online branching and bill payments, making it the program’s most technologically advanced online financial services offering.

This new online branching and bill paying component is being provided by CUWEBS through a relationship with First Data Direct Banking, one of the nation’s top providers of outsourced Internet services for financial institutions. With CUWEBS’ I-Super Branch program, NAFCU members and all credit unions can take advantage of First Data Direct Banking’s popular NetPrecision product at significant discounts.

The addition of I-Super Branch to CUWEBS creates four distinct program levels from which credit unions can choose. This allows credit unions seeking a simple, low-cost Web presence to upgrade to more sophisticated levels of Internet activity as their business needs change.

I-Brochure allows the credit union to “get its feet wet” by providing an online brochure as well as an opportunity for members and potential members to send e-mail communications to the credit union. I-Interactive builds upon the I-Brochure by offering online applications, calculators and check ordering. I-Branch offers credit unions with online branching capabilities, while I-Super Branch includes online branching with bill payment.

NSC’s CUWEBS program assists credit unions in creating and growing their use of the World Wide Web to deliver and promote member services. Credit unions can also take advantage of value-added CUWEBS programs such as CUWEBS Member ISP (Internet access for members), CUWEBS Rebate Program (monthly hosting fee rebates), and CUWEBS Marketing for Success (off-the-shelf marketing materials).

“We’re very excited about this opportunity to join the NAFCU program,” said Randy Kahn, president of First Data Direct Banking. “Online branches are a natural extension of the ‘communities of interest’ that make credit unions and the Internet such a potent combination.”

“First Data Direct Banking was selected to provide our high-end Internet service following a rigorous evaluation of the company, its products and services,” said Steven K. Joiner, president of NAFCU Services Corp. A significant factor in the decision was First Data Direct Banking’s ongoing commitment to the security of its Internet services, Joiner said.

In May, the company became the first financial services provider to earn Web Host Compliant certification from the International Computer Security Association, an independent agency that audits and verifies network security.

About NAFCU Services Corp.

NAFCU Services, subsidiary of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) conducts in-depth research and works with the nation’s leading suppliers to develop and market value-added products and services for credit unions.

CUWEBS was designed only after a significant market research effort solicited input from credit unions of all sizes across the country. “The program was designed by and for credit unions,” Joiner explained.

All NSC products and services are available to all credit unions, both NAFCU members and non-members. NAFCU members often enjoy additional benefits and substantial discounts on products and services provided through NSC.

About First Data Direct Banking

First Data Direct Banking builds and hosts customized Internet financial service solutions for financial institutions of all sizes.

Using the NetSpeed process, financial institutions can have fully functional, branded Web sites up and running in just 30 business days with the NetPrecision system.

Los Angeles-based First Data Direct Banking ties leading-edge online financial services partnerships and template, custom-built or existing Web sites into transaction processing provided by electronic payments processing leader First Data Corp. Direct Banking can be found on the World Wide Web at [www.netprecision.com][1].

Atlanta-based First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC) is a global leader in payment systems, electronic commerce and information management products and services. First Data and its principal operating units process the information that allows millions of consumers to pay for goods and services by credit, debit or smart card at the point of sale or over the Internet; by check or wire money.

For further information about First Data, visit the company on the Internet at [www.firstdatacorp.com][2].

Contact Linda Hagopian at CUWEBS at 800/610-2177 to learn more about this new offering from NAFCU Services Corp.

[1]: http://www.netprecision.com
[2]: http://www.firstdatacorp.com


Thinner SET

San Jose-based Trintech introduced ‘PayWare NetPOS’ yesterday, providing four degrees of security, ranging from SSL to hybrid SSL/SET to Certless SET and end-to-end SET. With “Certless” SET, consumers are given a virtual wallet that is downloadable from an issuer, portal or ISP’s Web site. The wallet is “thinner” than a regular SET wallet since it does not include a SET digital certificate issued by a third party. In the case of “Certless” SET, the wallet generates a SET message that is sent to the merchant as a SET transaction. It includes an encrypted personal identifier that the merchant cannot decode as in the case of full SET. This is more secure than the previous combinations because the consumer is assured the merchants are not only SET-certified, but the wallet confirms that the merchants are legitimate. End-to-end SET includes a consumer digital certificate in the process and is designed for purchasing environments where security is paramount. Unlike competing SET wallets, the Trintech version is up to four times thinner due to the superior compression techniques incorporated in its development.


Atevo Travel for Discover

Atevo Travel () and Discover Card () announced the addition of Atevo Travel’s top-notch products and services to Discover ShopCenter, the successful Internet shopping gateway.

Discover Cardmembers have easy access to all of Atevo Travel’s robust reservations services, which include airlines, hotels, rental cars, and complete vacation and cruise packages. They also have convenient access to Atevo Travel’s award-winning destination information, feature and news articles, maps, photos, community forums, and more.

Plus, now through Dec. 31, 1998, Discover Cardmembers receive extra savings whenever they purchase an Atevo Travel vacation or cruise package totaling at least $500 before taxes. Specifically, Cardmembers receive:

—   A $25 discount on a vacation package or cruise totaling $500 to $999 per booking before taxes.

—   A $50 discount on a vacation package or cruise totaling $1,000 to $1,999 per booking before taxes.

—   A $100 discount on a vacation package or cruise totaling more than $2,000 per booking before taxes.

Certain restrictions apply.

“For shoppers dreading holiday crowds and traffic, Atevo Travel’s special savings offer on Discover ShopCenter comes at the ideal time,” observed Hyun Shin, president and CEO of Atevo, Inc. “With over 600 vacation packages and over 100 cruises to choose from, all in the convenience of one’s home or office, shoppers are bound to find the right gift for the holidays and beyond.”

“Discover ShopCenter provides our Cardmembers with a convenient way to obtain meaningful product discounts online from some of their favorite retailers,” said Joe Bonefas, vice president of technology products, Discover Financial Services, NOVUS Services, Inc. “In research we conducted earlier this year, Cardmembers told us that discounts are important to them. Discover ShopCenter responds to their requests, and brings added value to our relationship with Cardmembers.”

The Atevo Travel page on Discover ShopCenter can be found at .

About Atevo, Inc.

Atevo, Inc. was founded in 1996 as a full-service online travel company dedicated to delivering to consumers a complete, user-friendly travel solution that integrates content, community, and commerce. Atevo Travel, the company’s Web site (http://www.atevo.com), was recognized as a “Best of the Web” travel site by PC Magazine and as the Editor’s Choice for a general travel resource by U.S. News and World Report Online.

The site offers easy-to-use online travel reservations and comprehensive practical travel information, including original, changing travel articles. In addition, it fosters positive participation of travelers through innovative features such as Your Travel Page, a free personal travel page, and Travelers’ Exchange, an extensive set of message boards.


Price Check

The pricing accuracy of electronic checkout scanners is improving, but, according to a national government study, 1 of 28 “sale” items are priced incorrectly. The survey, conducted at 1,033 retail stores by the FTC, NIST, and weights and measures offices in 36 states concluded that pricing accuracy has improved since the first study in 1996. Among its findings: 3.35% of 107,096 items scanned incorrectly – with half of these errors undercharges and half  overcharges; each undercharge averaged $5.28, and each overcharge averaged $3.20;  and most stores have acceptable pricing accuracy as 71% “passed”  with at least 98% of the items scanning correctly. In the 1996 study: 4.82% scanned items were mispriced; each undercharge averaged $2.96, and each overcharge averaged $3.02; and only 45% of the inspections “passed.”


EDI/EFT Alliance

Concord EFS, Inc. and E-Com Systems, Inc. have entered into an agreement to provide a comprehensive system to exchange secure Internet data and documents and conduct electronic payment between food manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, and supermarkets. The alliance immediately makes available a new Internet-based technology solution that allows companies the ability to implement the entire range of EDI transactions with their trading partners, regardless of their size. The turnkey program operates through a software application named “EC-Connect”(TM) which has already been piloted and fully implemented with several grocery wholesalers, chains, manufacturers, and brokerage organizations. EC-Connect and “EC-Pay”(TM) offer a complete Internet business application solution. There are immediate EDI efficiencies and cost savings without compromising maximum security.

Edward A. Labry III, President of Concord stated, “Concord helped pioneer the offering of an efficient payment solution for supermarkets with a national debit/credit/EBT transaction processing program and now this completes the payment loop. The alliance with E-Com offers additional service to current Concord customers, as well as every new customer who signs on to this program, offering a full complement of services for every business transaction executed between the manufacturer, wholesaler, broker and retailer. All benefit from an electronic data processing/electronic payment system utilizing the Internet that introduces speed, accuracy, security and efficiency with minimal start-up costs.”

E-Com Systems is the E-Commerce sister company of Orange Technologies, Inc., a worldwide provider of computer software, systems and services, which is currently providing and maintaining secure communications and networks for the Defense Department and the Federal Reserve.

E-Com Systems has pioneered the development of a secure “universal translation bridge” that allows electronic communication, regardless of file formats, software or hardware configurations. All EDI transaction sets, such as purchase orders, invoices, etc., become easy to implement. E-Com Systems, Inc. has developed state-of-the-art EDI systems for independents, chains and wholesalers. E-Com enables EDI transmission of purchase orders, invoices, invoice payment, shipping notices, acknowledgments, product and order status, promotion announcements, item maintenance, price changes, scanner movement, credit memos, product authorization, remittance advice and more.

Sharad Tak, President of E-Com stated, “Because our E-Com development team includes veteran supermarket industry IT executives, we have addressed core business processes under our secure Xtranet (external company to company communications) message backbone and EDI gateway. These include support for direct store delivery (DSD), promotion display information and orders, scan-based trading, consignment and electronic payment. Our new alliance with Concord simply underscores both our combined understanding of the real business issues, and the enormous potential value our solution makes readily available to all retailers, wholesalers, brokers and manufactures.”

Thomas K. Zaucha, N.G. A. President and CEO, said: “N.G.A. is very pleased to announce the formation of this significant alliance, as well as to endorse the programs they are providing. The alliance of Concord and E-Com with N.G.A. is a major step forward in our campaign to bring the full benefits of technology to our membership at an affordable cost. Of key importance is the fact that the E-Com/Concord program offers significant operational and financial savings immediately to all trading partners – small, medium and large. This is of great potential value to independent supermarket operators and their wholesalers. Indeed, it is the first practical turnkey solution being offered on an industry wide basis to help get retailers into EDI because it is low cost and easy to implement. Once into EDI, retailers, wholesalers, brokers and manufacturers can get down to really improving the efficiency of core business processes.”

Concord EFS provides electronic processing transaction authorization, processing, settlement and funds transfer service in selected markets. Concord’s primary activity is card services, including credit, debit card and electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card transactions to supermarket chains, grocery stores, convenience store merchants and other retailers. Concord also provides electronic payment, banking products and payroll services to trucking companies, truck stops and other niche segments of the market.


Hypercom Horizon

Hypercom said Thursday it has created a warranty repair and refurbishment center for Hypercom POS terminals at The Horizon Group. Under the agreement, The Horizon Group will house Hypercom technicians to perform on-site repairs at their facility in St. Louis, MO. Hypercom offers a five year warranty on new terminal equipment, and historically has required repair at its own facilities to maintain the integrity of that warranty. Four Hypercom technicians will be deployed on-site at The Horizon Group which will expedite repair and refurbishment of Hypercom terminals, reducing service turn-around times to under one-week.


Bio ID

Biometric Identification announced it has finished collaborating with I/O Software Inc. to integrate Bio ID’s ridge recognition algorithms and silicon fingerprint verification sensor technology with I/O Software’s Biometric Application Programming Interface.

Bio ID has integrated I/O Software’s SecureSuite product with its Veriprint 1000/11000 fingerprint systems. SecureSuite is a 3-in-1 software package that provides a suite of biometric security applications for Microsoft Windows 95/98, which include logon, screensaver unlocking, file and folder encryption, and a password bank utility. SecureSuite will also provide support for smart cards using readers compatible with the Microsoft PC/SC standard.

“Our shared technology provides a highly secure authorization and verification scheme which will safeguard access to Internet, intranets, local area networks, electronic commerce, VPNs and other sensitive data applications,” Kamm said.

“We are very pleased,” said William Saito, president of I/O Software. “The Veriprint technology adds another dimension to the products we can offer our customers. The combination of I/O Software and Bio ID products provides enterprise customers insurance that their corporate assets and confidential information are well protected.

“We’re teaming with Bio ID because they are at the forefront of silicon sensor integration and offer ridge recognition algorithms that could set the standard for the next century.”

Bio ID has developed the first completely standalone silicon sensor-based verification unit, with a form factor about the size of a business card. This compact form factor is a perfect fit for many of the company’s customer applications, ranging from Smart Cards to BIOS Boot-up protection.

I/O Software Inc. is the leading developer of software applications and device drivers for biometric devices used in a wide array of architectures and platforms. More information about the company is available at [www.iosoftware.com][1].

With headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Biometric Identification () is an innovator in creating and applying fingerprint authorization and verification technology. The firm is a subsidiary of Arete Associates, a highly focused Department of Defense think-tank, which specializes in sophisticated image analysis of satellite and high-altitude-derived visual imagery.

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


EDS ATM Strategy

Even though EDS is selling 2,000 retail-based ATMs to American Express, the company will continue to operate them, as well as provide AmEx with comprehensive retail services including all vendor and retailer management, cash management, maintenance, cash replenishment and information management. The new EDS agreement extends a business relationship that EDS Electronic Business forged with American Express last year.  EDS has installed and provided complete driving, transaction processing and settlement services for more than 80 AmEx-owned ATMs located at major U.S. airports, rental car offices, and restaurants. EDS continues to own more than 4,000 ATMs around the country and operates more than 14,000 machines. EDS says it continue to take the technology lead with ATMs as it develops video advertising, cardless technology and satellite delivery of products to ATMs.


Noonan to Head FL Bank

Thomas P. Noonan, a veteran banker and bank director, was named president and chief executive officer of Popular Bank of Florida recently, according to Carlos Pellas, Chairman of the Board. Noonan, a board member of the Bank since 1995, has taken charge of the $370 million dollar bank, headquartered on Brickell Avenue in Miami.

In his opening message to the staff of the bank, Noonan said, “The bank has a fabulous pedigree and enormous potential. I am looking forward to working with you in a tough competitive environment to diversify our revenue base and bring added value to our considerable clientele.

“Our goal will be to build on our core strengths as a provider of credit and non-credit services to Latin American banks and as a mortgage lender to non-residents of the United States. We will be looking for new opportunities to leverage our membership in the BAC Financial Group, of which we are an integral part,” he continued.

Noonan, who spent 26 years at Citibank in managerial positions in New York, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Manila, Miami, and Los Angeles, was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of SurFin Ltd., the finance company arm of DirecTV Latin America.

Among his Citibank assignments was that of Senior Vice President/General Manager for Citibank France, General Manager and Senior Corporate Officer for the State of Florida, and Division Executive for World Corporate Group/Latin America.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Pellas said, “Tom Noonan has been a director of our bank for 3 1/2 years, and he has an intimate, professional knowledge of the industry, the market and the dynamics we face. We are very fortunate to have someone with his background in banking and business available at this time, and I am highly optimistic about the results we can expect under his direction.”

Popular Bank of Florida, is a FDIC-insured, Florida chartered private commercial bank, part of the BAC Financial Group. Through common elements of ownership and significant business relationships, the Bank is closely associated with an extensive network of financial services companies operating throughout Latin America.

Among these is Credomatic, the largest and most sophisticated credit card company in Central America. The bank is associated as well with BAC International Bank, based in Panama, BAC Corp. Securities, and GBM, an IBM Alliance Company. Additionally, the Group operates local banks in each of the countries in Central America.