Euronet Obtains Access to New Markets and Cost Savings Opportunities by Attaining Payment Acquirer Status

Leanwood, KS - 23 November 2011

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), through its wholly owned subsidiary - Euronet Payments & Card Services Ltd. (EPCS), has been authorized by the Financial Service Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom (UK) to provide payment services. This authorization covers a broad range of services, including ATM and POS transaction acquiring. This authorization allows Euronet to apply for direct membership with the major card schemes. Upon receipt of this authorization, Euronet applied for and received membership with the two major card schemes, Visa and MasterCard, for ATM transaction acquiring. The combination of the authorization by the FSA and membership with the major card schemes allows Euronet to directly process ATM debit and credit card transactions throughout most of Europe, without the requirement of a sponsor bank. Subject to business opportunities, Euronet intends to apply for direct membership with the major card schemes for POS merchant acquiring.

EPCS is authorized to issue e-money products and provide payment services in the European Economic Area, which includes European Union member countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. With the target to make cross-border payments easy, efficient and secure, the European payment services regulations seek to improve competition by opening payment markets to new entrants, thus fostering greater efficiency and cost-reduction. This authorization to provide payment services will allow Euronet to provide acquiring services in 29 European countries, including Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; UK.

Since gaining membership with the major card schemes, Euronet has initiated certification projects in five European countries, which will make Euronet one of the few non-financial institutions with the ability to directly acquire transactions on independently deployed ATMs. In the future, EPCS will extend the membership with the major card schemes to other European Union countries and build direct connections with other large card schemes.

“The significance of this development is monumental as it reflects a paradigm shift in our business. Previously, anytime we deployed ATMs in new markets we had to engage in lengthy negotiations to secure a sponsor bank. Now, with an acquiring license and direct card scheme membership, an acquiring sponsor bank is no longer required, allowing Euronet to directly acquire transactions on our independently deployed ATM networks and settle directly with the card schemes,” stated Nikos Fountas, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Euronet’s Europe EFT Division. “Moreover, this license enables us to expedite time-to-market entry, increases our flexibility in product development and creates the opportunity to expand cross-selling synergies between our different segments,” added Mr. Fountas.

Under the newly granted license, Euronet, a leading European payment processing and services provider and the largest Independent ATM Deployer (IAD) in Central and Eastern Europe, is able to expand its presence through the offering of ATM and POS merchant acquiring throughout Europe. This will allow Euronet to operate in new and existing European markets without further constraints from additional licensing or sponsor bank requirements.

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