Thursday, December 21, 2000 03:34 PM

ATLANTA, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Payments Inc., a subsidiary of National Data Corporation (NYSE: NDC), announced today it has reached an agreement with Total Merchant Services, Inc. (TMS), one of the industry's fastest growing privately held Independent Sales Organizations, to become its provider of comprehensive payment processing services.

The specific services covered under the agreement and provided by Global Payments include authorization, data capture, settlement, technical support, risk management, as well as chargeback and retrieval processing.

President of TMS, Ed Freedman said, "We feel that our new relationship with Global Payments will give us the ability to grow our business aggressively. The agreement we have structured provides us with the latitude to effectively manage our bankcard business, offer competitive pricing, superior levels of customer support and quick and easy enrollment of new merchant accounts." Freedman went on to say, "We selected Global as our partner based on their ability to deliver a program that allows us to be effective in a vastly competitive marketplace."

"Securing the TMS relationship is a significant accomplishment for our organization as we continue in the execution of our strategic game plan relative to growth within the ISO segment," said Vaden C. Landers, Managing Director of Global Payments, ISO Line of Business. "TMS's decision to partner with us in this manner is a strong indication of their commitment to the long-term success of their merchant business, and an acknowledgement of our established strategy to become a predominant ISO player in the merchant- acquiring industry. We anticipate a long and successful alliance between the two companies," Landers said.

Total Merchant Services (TMS), a four year-old, Colorado based merchant acquirer, has become a significant player in the merchant bankcard business by providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to merchants who accept credit cards for the payment of their goods and services. TMS customers include retail outlets, virtual storefronts, wireless terminal users and mail order/telephone order providers.

National Data Corporation is a leading provider of electronic commerce solutions and health information services 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 detailed in the Company's SEC filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect the future circumstances or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

SOURCE Global Payments Inc.
CONTACT: Betty Feezor of National Data Corporation, 404-728-2363

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