Suncorp Outsources Merchant Acquiring Processing to First Data Global Platform

Sydney, Australia, 30 May 2005 – First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC), a global leader in electronic commerce and payment services, today announced it has signed a seven year technology outsourcing agreement with Suncorp to manage its portfolio of over 6000 credit card merchants using First Data’s OmniPay Merchant Processing platform.

Suncorp General Manager Retail Deposits, David Foster, said, "Suncorp recently became a direct acquirer of VISA and MasterCard transactions to assist in expanding our merchant business within Australia. We selected First Data because of their ability to provide a dynamic, global merchant processing platform capable of meeting the varied needs of our business customers".

Under the terms of the agreement, First Data will support merchant environments that require around the clock mission critical payments processing. The platform’s infrastructure not only meets Suncorp’s current processing requirements but it can also accommodate significant merchant business expansion.

"We are delighted to be extending our decade long relationship with Suncorp," said Peter Blackett, vice president marketing and product management, First Data International - Australia, New Zealand and South Asia. "Our OmniPay technology platform and processing solution is designed to actively manage the entire merchant acquiring payment processing cycle, delivering the power, functionality and compliance that acquirers and merchants demand."

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