Clear2Pay acquires Level Four Ltd. (UK) to further enhance its integrated testing offering

Brussels and Edinburgh - 14 November 2011

End-to-end testing meets market need for rapid delivery of high quality customer experience across channels and devices

Clear2Pay, the international technology provider of next generation payment solutions for financial institutions announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Level Four Software Holdings Ltd., a UK headquartered company providing development and test automation solutions for all types of ATM networks, enabling banks and processors to maximise their investments in their retail payments network at high profile customer touch points.

The Level Four product suite covers the entire test spectrum from the ATM terminal via the host to the ATM developer’s PC. This provides banks and payment processors with a comprehensive solution that minimizes error and down-time and allows for considerable savings in testing man hours and the deployment of new functionality. In line with Clear2Pay’s ‘payments inclusive’ approach it further offers payments specific solutions for the rapid creation, management and automated execution of thousands of test cases within a single test run across a myriad of card schemes, languages and devices. The Level Four team will be integrated in Clear2Pay’s Open Test Solutions unit and will continue to operate from its existing offices in Scotland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Level Four clients include Tier One financial institutions such as JPMorganChase, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered, Lloyds, Barclays and the existing Clear2Pay customer, Cedicam.

Michel Akkermans, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Clear2Pay states: “As we obtain more and more experience in our payments modernisation projects, we see that testing is a critical part of a successful implementation which to this date tends to be a highly time-, cost- and capital consuming activity, prone to human error. At the other end we see a proliferation of multi-vendor ATMs and self service touch points aimed at delivering high quality banking services to the end user. Level Four addresses these elements of complexity and efficiency with robust, future proof test automation technology and deep industry expertise around the end customer experience. We can leverage their skills and solutions both in our Open Test Platform as well as in our Open Payment Framework at other customer touch points.”

Ian Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of Level Four Ltd. comments: “I am delighted that the dedication of our thirty plus staff has been recognised by a leading payments specialist such as Clear2Pay. Our in-depth knowledge of the self service environment is of great value to Clear2Pay across the entire company, be it in the payments, cards or testing space. For our combined customers this offers tremendous synergy in terms of test innovation and expertise across the entire payment value chain.”

“This acquisition which follows on the heels of Lexcel Solutions Inc. (US) in June of this year, underlines our strategic commitment to the heart of the payments industry, of which payment testing is an essential and incremental part. The integration of all testing solutions (including Integri and Lexcel) into one compelling Open Test practice is now well underway”, concludes Jürgen Ingels, Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Clear2Pay.

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