Diebold Buys Out InterBold

Diebold, Incorporated today announced that the purchase price for the 30 percent partnership interest of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in InterBold has been established at the capital account of IBM’s partnership interest, which is less than US$20 million. InterBold is the joint venture between Diebold and IBM that was formed to provide self-service products for the financial and other industries.

The transaction is expected to be consummated in the first quarter of 1998 unless IBM exercises its right to rescind the put of its interest in InterBold. Diebold will use its cash reserves to finance the purchase.

“Over the past seven years, the InterBold joint venture has been very successful in achieving its purpose of bringing world class self-service solutions to its markets,” said Gregg A. Searle, chairman of InterBold’s governing committee. “Now the time is right for Diebold to have full control over its core product line and position itself as a leading player in the global marketplace.”

Diebold is continuing its discussions with IBM and others regarding the transition of international distribution for self-service products on a country-by-country basis.

Diebold, Incorporated, headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is a global leader in providing card-based transaction systems, security and service solutions to the financial, education and healthcare industries. Founded in 1859, the company develops, manufactures, sells and services automated teller machines, campus systems, smart card systems, electronic and physical security equipment, automated medication dispensing systems, integrated systems solutions, software and supplies.

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AXI Signs Up 200 Clients

Companies that have installed AXI (American Express Interactive) report that users are embracing the new online corporate travel reservations system enthusiastically, according to American Express Corporate Services. Since the first ticket was issued for a Monsanto Corporation traveler this summer, registered users and the number of tickets issued on AXI have grown steadily.

In addition to Monsanto, a total of 20 companies will have AXI implemented before year-end. These companies, including The Thomson Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft Corporation and McGraw-Hill, represent a collective annual travel volume of more than $600 million.

“Novartis’ travelers have been eager to use the Internet to view travel alternatives, but general consumer websites don’t include our supplier contract prices and travel policy,” said Paul Tomaszeski, Executive Director of Administration at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., East Hanover, N.J. “I can set up AXI to steer our travelers to preferred suppliers, which gives us more leverage as a purchaser, while at the same time giving the traveler more control over the process. Our travelers like AXI because it gives them access to information about their options, such as flight alternatives, online seat maps and city maps showing hotel locations.”

Following these initial 20 implementations, AXI, which was developed jointly by American Express and Microsoft, will be available to large and mid-sized companies that want a corporate online travel reservations system that fully supports their travel management policy and negotiated supplier discounts.

During implementation, AXI is customized to incorporate a company’s travel policy and preferred suppliers. AXI can operate over the Internet or via an extranet using a dedicated frame relay connection. Travelers access AXI from their PCs, using Internet Explorer or any standard web-browser software that is HTML 3.0 compatible.

At the same time, AXI’s online reservations are fully integrated with the service provided by a dedicated American Express travel agency location, so that companies can ensure their travel policy is applied in a consistent way, regardless of whether their travelers make reservations on-line or by telephone with a travel counselor. And travel counselors are ready if needed to assist travelers with changes to reservations made on AXI.

Demand Swells to Nearly 200 Clients

Demand for the system has been growing rapidly since AXI was unveiled in July at the National Business Travel Association conference. The number of companies signed up for roll-out has risen to nearly 200 customers, representing more than $4.8 billion in air travel volume. As part of the implementation process, travel managers at these companies are enrolled in American Express’ Client Trial Program, with access to an AXI demonstration website, which allows them to experience the system and provide feedback to the American Express/Microsoft development team.

In addition to features such as travel policy support, highlighting of preferred suppliers, access to negotiated rates and enhanced destination information for travelers, clients cite the integration with American Express’ business travel support and back-office systems as a key factor in making a successful transition to using an online booking system.

“By the year 2000, we expect about 20 – 30 percent of our corporate customers’ travel reservations to be made online through AXI,” said Mike Mulligan, Senior Vice President, American Express Corporate Services Interactive. “We’ll offer customers the option of online or travel counselor-assisted reservations, depending on their needs. By offering an integrated solution, we can ensure that our customers’ travel management objectives are met no matter which channel their travelers use.

“Down the road, we see an increasing demand for AXI because it’s a cost-effective and convenient alternative,” added Mulligan.

Corporate travel managers expect AXI to lower the overall cost of travel by offering travelers choices that comply with company policy, starting with preferred suppliers with negotiated rates or to the airline with the lowest logical airfare. In addition, providing travelers with a self-booking tool lowers the transaction cost and increases employee productivity since travel takes less time to book.

American Express operates the largest travel agency in the world, recording $15.8 billion in worldwide travel sales in 1996. Through its Corporate Services group , the company counts more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers of its business travel and/or Corporate Card programs. More information on the full range of travel management tools from Corporate Services can be found on the website .

The American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company founded in 1850. It is a leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, financial planning, investment products, insurance and international banking.

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Natl Data Proc Record

National Data Corporation (NYSE: NDC) announced today that it set a new peak transaction processing record of over 400 transactions per second at its Atlanta complex. At the same time, its front-end network exceeded 450 transactions per second.

Typically, the peak volume records are established closer to December 25. This early indicator suggests even higher volume records over the next ten days.

National Data Corporation is a leading provider of health information services and payment systems solutions.

When used in this report, press releases and elsewhere by management or the Company from time to time, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s operations, economic performance and financial condition, including in particular, the likelihood of the Company’s success in developing and expanding its business. These statements are based on a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, and reflect future business decisions which are subject to change. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the Company’s forward-looking statements, some of which include competition in the market for the Company’s services, continued expansion of the Company’s processing and payment systems markets, successfully completing and integrating acquisitions in existing and new markets and other risk factors that are discussed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reports and other filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligations to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or thereof, as the case may be, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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NDC Buys Source Infomatics

National Data Corporation (NYSE: NDC)(NDC) announced today that it has closed the previously announced purchase of Source Informatics Inc. (Source), a privately-held company, and the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Physician Survey business unit of Pharmaceutical Marketing Services Inc. (PMSI).

On August 20, a definitive agreement was announced under which NDC would acquire both health care database information management businesses.

Under the terms of the agreement NDC paid $35,744,000 and issued 2,670,298 shares, giving the transaction a value of approximately $122,528,685, based upon NDC’s closing price of $32.50 per share on December 15, 1997.

Robert A. Yellowlees, Chairman and CEO, said: “Source and the OTC business are a direct extension of our health information services strategy. They provide us with a significant group of talented people and a customer set that will be the nucleus of our new health information management business.

This acquisition accelerates our time to market. It also allows NDC to integrate it with our other services more effectively than building this capability internally over a multi-year period. This capability, combined with the breadth and depth of our existing health care offerings, places NDC in an even more unique position in a market that is demanding more timely information to reduce cost and improve the quality of health care.”

National Data Corporation is a leading provider of health information services and payments systems solutions.

When used in this report, press releases and elsewhere by management or the Company from time to time, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s operations, economic performance and financial condition, including in particular, the likelihood of the Company’s success in developing and expanding its business. These statements are based on a number of assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, and reflect future business decisions, which are subject to change. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the Company’s forward-looking statements, some of which include competition in the market for the Company’s services, continued expansion of the Company’s processing and payment systems markets, successfully completing and integrating acquisitions in existing and new markets and other risk factors that are discussed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reports and other filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligations to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or thereof, as the case may be, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Betting Inc. Prepares Card Test

Tom Hughes, Chairman of Betting Inc. announced yesterday that Betting Inc. has received from Electronics Transactions and Technologies, (ET&T) (formerly HPOS), the first pay master units which will allow home wagering by ATM card with bank pin or by Smart Card. The Pay Master connects to the phone and provides a printed receipt.

The first phase will be to test from the home, the opening or replenishing of an off-track Betting Account by ATM card which is the same as cash. The second phase will be to test the actual pay-per-play by same as cash ATM cards. Seven states presently allow home OTB activity and the usage of a credit card to open or replenish the account.

Additionally, Betting Inc. is focused on beginning the testing of the opening or replenishing of off-shore casino accounts by the Pay Master and the ATM card.

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nFront Wins Award

nFront, a leading provider of Internet banking solutions for community banks, received Microsoft’s Retail Banking Industry Solution Award for Best Internet Banking Solution. Mike Dusche, Microsoft’s worldwide financial services industry manager, made the announcement earlier this month during the Bank Administration Institute’s (BAI) Retail Delivery ’97 Conference (RDC) in New Orleans.

The awards are designed to recognize independent software vendors who best use Microsoft technology to provide tangible business benefits for banks by creating innovative, line-of-business applications. nFront’s Internet banking solution, nHome(tm), was selected from a nationwide evaluation of companies providing Internet banking solutions as the winner of the Microsoft Industry Solution Award under the Best Internet Banking Solution category. This category rewards the best application showing potential productivity gains and cost reductions derived from using the Internet as a delivery channel.

“nFront is a great example of a company that is leveraging Microsoft’s Windows NT and SQL Server as building blocks for the core of an extremely progressive Internet banking application,” said Dusche. “I’m pleased that an independent panel judged them best of show at RDC, reinforcing what their bank customers have already discovered: that nHome is a great way to effectively reach desirable online customers.”

“Winning the Microsoft Industry Solution Award for Internet banking is a great testament to nFront as a company,” said Tripp Rackley, president of nFront. “We have always been 100% committed to Microsoft and utilizing the tools and partnership to deliver a complete Microsoft(r) Windows NT(r) Server-based Internet banking system.

“nFront’s focus is not only on utilizing the latest technology available, but also providing software solutions that community banks can actually use today. We strongly believe that the winners in Internet banking will be financial institutions that are ready to be leaders. Our focus on the Microsoft relationship along with a very dedicated, bright and focused group of individuals on the nFront team has enabled banks across the country to have a 100% Microsoft(r) Windows NT(r) Server-based Internet banking system today.”

An independent panel of judges from the financial services industry selected finalists during the Retail Delivery conference in three categories: Best Retail Branch Banking Solution, Best Internet Banking Solution and Best Banking by Phone Solution. The panel included industry experts Bill Bradway, analyst at Meridien Research; Nancy Davis, publisher of Microbanker; John Geyer, analyst at the Gartner Group; and Jim Pavia, managing editor of Bank Systems & Technology.

nFront provides full service Internet banking solutions for community banks with nHome, its premier Internet Banking software. From opening accounts to paying bills or transferring funds, nHome supports all the functionality of traditional brick and mortar branches and gives community banks the opportunity to do customer specific marketing. In addition, customers will have unlimited banking hours and more personalized service in a secure banking environment. nHome supports the highest level of data encryption available today and runs on the Windows NT Server operating system. nFront is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider. Founded in 1996, nFront owns the registration rights of the www.banking.com domain name.

For more information on nFront and Internet banking solutions, contact Alan Powell, (706) 369-3779 ext. 234, apowell@banking.com; or write to nFront at 1551 Jennings Mill Rd., Suite 800A, Bogart, GA 30622.

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ValiCert Global Field Trials

ValiCert, a company delivering encryption technology and services for assuring the validity of digital certificates, announced global field trials of the first certificate validation service, the ValiCert Service, in partnership with leading digital certificate providers from Europe and South Africa. Initial participants in the field trial include international certificate authorities (CAs) Baltimore Technologies (Ireland and the European Union), BelSign (Europe) and Thawte (South Africa/USA).

ValiCert’s global field trial will provide validation of digital certificates using live data, aggregating an array of certificate revocation list (CRL) data from ValiCert’s CA service partners. These CA service partners will use the ValiCert Service to provide scalable validation services to assure the validity of their customers’ certificates across the global Internet. The CA service partners will feed all live data from their CRLs into the ValiCert Service.

The ValiCert Service trial provides a unique opportunity for application developers, enterprises deploying a public key infrastructure, as well as users of certificate-enabled applications and services to test them in a real- world setting using the first available global validation service. The trial will be capable of managing an average transaction rate of more than 30 million certificate validation requests per day.

“To be truly useful, a credit card must be able to be validated anywhere in the world, no matter where it was issued,” said Yosi Amram, president and CEO of ValiCert, Inc. “In the same way, issuers and users of digital certificates need a quick and cost-effective clearing mechanism to assure the validity of these electronic credentials anywhere in the world. The ValiCert service easily scales to meet the requirements of today’s global economy, and provides the first effective worldwide system to validate digital certificates.”

ValiCert’s field trial will begin in January 1998. For information about the ValiCert field trail, see .

Collaboration With Industry Leaders

“We are extremely pleased to partner with this group of leaders in the digital certification industry for our initial field trials,” said Chini Krishnan, chairman and chief technology officer of ValiCert. “This collaborative effort is an essential part of ValiCert’s goal of supporting a robust, scalable validation infrastructure.”

ValiCert’s CA partners in these trials — Baltimore Technologies, BelSign and Thawte — are among the earliest issuers of digital certificates to businesses and individuals.

Baltimore Technologies is a global developer of information security products and services for electronic commerce and Internet business. From their headquarters in Dublin, Baltimore Technologies operates the EuroTrust Trusted Third Party (TTP) infrastructure for electronic commerce throughout the EU. “Baltimore Technologies is excited by ValiCert’s global field trial and feel that this co-operation between leading security providers will accelerate the global expansion of electronic commerce,” said Fran Rooney, CEO of Baltimore Technologies.”

“EuroTrust is at the leading edge of developing a pan-European Trusted Third Party infrastructure exploring aspects of cross certification and authentication,” said Jack Nagle, general manager EuroTrust Services. “ValiCert will provide an ideal opportunity to further explore the logistics and operational issues of a global CA network.”

BelSign issues digital certificates for individuals and corporations to secure business and personal transactions across the Internet and intranets. “BelSign is providing an easy and convenient way to ensure that the participants in an electronic transaction can trust each other,” said Anthony Belpaire, CEO of BelSign. “We look forward to working with ValiCert in offering an important value-added service that will make the Internet a safe place for electronic commerce.”

Thawte is a global provider of security and privacy products and services. “Thawte offers a complete suite of certification services to individuals and organizations,” said Mark Shuttleworth, president and CEO of Thawte. “Given our focus on the creation of a simple, robust trust model for Internet commerce, the partnership with ValiCert makes enormous sense as we cooperatively play a role in the growth of secure online commerce.”

The ValiCert Service

The ValiCert Service is a scalable and network-efficient system for enterprises that are conducting communications and commerce across the Internet. The service enables certificate issuers to distribute all revocation data confirming the validity of a digital certificate in a timely, secure manner. It makes this data — traditionally associated with unscalable, network-intensive certificate revocation lists — easily available to applications and people that they wish to conduct business with around the world. It enables any application, server or person accepting certificates, regardless of its source, to be assured of the certificate’s validity.

The ValiCert Service is targeted at enterprises that are conducting broad- based Internet communications and commerce, as well as individuals using public certificate authorities. Commercial availability of the service is slated for 1998.

The ValiCert Service is part of the company’s comprehensive suite of offerings for certificate validity management, that also includes the ValiCert Toolkit(TM) and the ValiCert Server(TM).

The ValiCert Toolkit is targeted at software developers writing applications that consume certificates. By embedding the toolkit into their applications, vendors enable products to efficiently check certificate validity in Internet or intranet communications.

The ValiCert Server is targeted at enterprises that deploy certificate systems and provides all the technology necessary for confirmation issuance in an intranet setting. The ValiCert Server can also be embedded in certificate issuance and management systems utilized by third-party certificate authorities.

Digital Certificates

Digital certificates are gaining momentum and acceptance for use as electronic credentials for identification (comparable to a driver’s license or employee ID badge), for payment (comparable to a credit card), and for other communications or business transactions conducted over the Internet or corporate intranets today. As with the credit card industry, which developed a way to electronically validate the millions of credit card numbers issued by any bank in the world, the use of digital certificates requires its own clearinghouse network for certificate confirmation, so that individuals and businesses can assure the validity of any certificate.

About ValiCert

ValiCert was established in February 1996 by a group of leading cryptographers and executives from the Internet security industry to build a broad validation infrastructure for electronic commerce. Utilizing technology based on an innovative cryptographic technique called certificate revocation trees, ValiCert delivers an efficient, scalable and transparent solution for checking the validity of digital certificates in any Internet or intranet transaction. The company is collaborating with a number of industry partners including Entegrity Solutions, Entrust Technologies, GTE CyberTrust and Netscape(R) Communications Corporation.

ValiCert is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is available on the World Wide Web at , or by e-mail at info@valicert.com.

ValiCert, ValiCert Server, ValiCert Toolkit and the ValiCert Service are trademarks of ValiCert, Inc. Netscape is a trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation, which is registered in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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Mexican E-Commerce Pilot

Visa, Bancomer, Hewlett-Packard and Verifone launched today the first electronic commerce pilot program in the Americas using the SET 1.0 standard. As a result, Bancomer Visa cardholders will be able to make secure electronic transactions through the Internet. SET 1.0 is a standard developed by Visa in cooperation with other card companies and technology providers. This standard allows both the cardholder and the merchant to authenticate their identity and encrypts the information for transmission through the Internet.

“We take pride in being the first country in the continent to launch an electronic commerce pilot using the SET 1.0 standard. The cooperation between Visa and Bancomer has made it possible for us to offer Mexican cardholders the most advanced payment systems, ensuring their Internet purchases are secure,” said Eduardo Eraña, President of Visa International in Mexico. “This new effort is proof of Bancomer’s vision and Visa’s technological leadership. It also represents a milestone in the Bancomer-Visa partnership for the development of emerging technologies,” he added.

Bancomer is the first Latin American bank to issue digital certificates using the SET 1.0 standard. These certificates authenticate the cardholder as a legitimate Bancomer Visa cardholder with the ability to make secure electronic transactions. In addition, Liverpool is the first merchant to be issued a SET 1.0 certificate by Bancomer. This allows the cardholder to make purchases on the Web with full confidence that the transaction will be secure and backed by both Visa and Bancomer.

“Bancomer offers the best products and services to provide our customers with the highest degree of convenience when making their transactions, using cutting-edge technology HP and Verifone technology, and Visa’s expertise and know-how,” said Guillermo Acedo, Adjunct Director General of Consumer Banking for the Bancomer Financial Group.

As part of its “First Global” program, aimed at offering integrated solutions for financial institutions, HP contributed consulting, integration, support and the system platform. Verifone contributed its expertise as a leading worldwide provider of payment solutions for the physical and virtual environments, making its SET 1.0-based products a reality for financial institutions (vGate), merchants (vPOS), and consumers (vWALLET).

The electronic commerce process starts when the certified cardholder logs on to the Internet to review the Liverpool catalog, selects an item and orders it online. Once the order is placed, the merchant automatically requests authorization from Bancomer to complete the transaction. When authorization is obtained from the bank, the transaction is cleared and settled. Afterward, the merchant ships item to cardholder.

Bancomer Visa Classic, Visa Gold, Visa Debit and Visa Business cardholders are participating in this program.

Visa, “the best way to pay,” is the preferred payment brand and the largest consumer payment system worldwide. It plays a pivotal role in advancing new payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 Member financial institutions, their cardholders, and the global economy. As leader in the development of new programs, Visa has 69 chip card programs currently in operation throughout the world, including over 7 million Visa Cash cards, and is introducing Secure Electronic Transaction programs in over 25 countries in order to promote secure electronic commerce though the Internet. The 600 million Visa cards issued worldwide generate over US$1 trillion in sales volume annually, and are accepted at over 14 million merchants all over the world, including 380,000 ATMs of the Visa/PLUS network.

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First USA Card Bonds Rated

First USA Credit Card Master Trust’s $700 million class A floating rate asset backed certificates, series 1997-10. are expected to be rated ‘AAA’ by Fitch IBCA. The corresponding $63.25 million class B certificates are expected to be rated ‘A+’.

Fitch IBCA’s expected ratings are based on the strength of the Visa and MasterCard collateral pool, available credit enhancement, excellent servicing capabilities of First USA Bank and the solid legal and cash flow structures framing the transaction.

Credit enhancement supporting class A is derived from the subordination of the class B and CIA certificates equal to 17% of the total initial invested amount. Class B investors are protected from losses by the 9.5% CIA certificates. The CIA certificates are interests in the trust subordinate in payment rights to class A and class B.

Several economic and credit stress scenarios were devised by Fitch IBCA to determine appropriate credit enhancement levels. The scenarios simultaneously stress yield, chargeoff and monthly payment rate steady state assumptions. In addition, to address the interest rate risk associated with uncapped floating- rate coupons, the coupon is stressed to worst case London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) levels without a corresponding adjustment to yield.

Under the available enhancement, class A withstands a 35% decrease in yield, a 40% decline in payment rates and chargeoffs increasing to over 30% and still makes full and timely payments of investor principal and interest. Class B sustains a 25% decrease in yield, a 30% decline in payment rates and chargeoffs increasing to more than 20% without suffering a principal or interest loss.

Class A and class B investors will receive monthly interest payments of 0.09% and 0.27% over One-Month LIBOR throughout the revolving and accumulation periods and on the expected maturity date in January 2001, provided an early payout event does not occur. Early amortization of the securities may result from a deterioration in asset quality, transferor insolvency or servicer default.

Fitch IBCA also expects to affirm its outstanding ratings assigned to existing master trust series, indicating series 1997-10 will not result in a reduction or withdrawal of current ratings.

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Super ATMs

A San Francisco company says it is the only company in the world to received all the regulatory approvals to provide stand- alone, self-service booking and ticketing services via ATMs. Docunet, Inc. says it will deploy ‘Super ATMs’ nationwide that will dispense airline tickets, traveler’s checks, event tickets and pre- paid phone cards in addition to basic cash services. The company signed a marketing agreement Friday with DDMD to market its product. Docunet says the market for dispensing new products via ATMs is huge. For example the U.S. market volume for airline tickets is $100 billion, traveler’s checks is $50 billion and events ticketing racks up $5 billion each year. With the average cost of booking and delivering an airline ticket at $40 there is a compelling business case to switch to ATM delivery says Docunet.

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Web ATMs

M&I Data Services and North Communications have teamed up to offer full-service Web-based electronic banking through advanced touchscreens to their bank customers nationwide. The new kiosks resemble ATMs but offer touch control, full-motion video and multi- lingual audio. Consumers can not only apply for loans, open accounts, check balances but also can query automobile valuations or check current stock prices. The kiosks also have the capability of providing live, on-screen videoconferencing with a bank customer service representative.

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ATM Surcharging Limits

Consumers are very tolerant of incremental increases in average ATM surcharge amounts according to NC-based Mentis Corporation’s “Consumer Attitudes and Preferences” study. Well over 50% of consumers say they would continue to use ATMs if the average surcharge increased from $1.50 to $2.00. However if the average surcharge doubled to $3.00, more than 75% of current surcharge- paying consumers would discontinue their use of other banks’ ATMs altogether. Mentis says its study shows that banks need to be cognizant of consumers’ surcharge thresholds since exceeding tolerable limits may result in declining transaction volume and less profitable machines. Mentis also found that the value proposition of convenient access to bank services through ATMs is not strong enough to attach a monetary value to ATM use. About two- thirds of consumers interviewed say they would opt for free transactions if given a choice between free ATM transactions and highly convenient ATM access. Mentis says if banks are to succeed in migrating routine transactions out of branches, they must pr.ply incent the behaviors they wish to produce.

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