Equens Acquires German Card Company montrada GmbH

By Equens Se, PRNE
Monday, September 6, 2010

Strategic Footprint in the Largest Market for Card Transactions

UTRECHT, the Netherlands, September 7, 2010 - Equens SE - one of the largest payment and card processors in Europe - is
to acquire all shares in montrada GmbH, a German card acquiring and network
service providing company, which is currently wholly owned by Commerzbank AG.
The contract between Commerzbank and Equens, which includes an extensive
cooperation agreement, was signed today. The transfer will be finalised
within the next few weeks, after which montrada will become a wholly owned
subsidiary of Equens. The acquisition of montrada is an important next step
for Equens in further expanding its footprint in the European Cards market
and reinforcing its position as one of the largest card processors in Europe.

Equens' strategy is to become the number one pan-European payment and
card processor. As a result, Equens constantly focusses on growing its
transaction volumes and expanding functionality in order to retain current
clients and develop further growth opportunities. In addition to the current
home markets for card processing, the Netherlands and Italy, gaining a
foothold in additional countries and creating further economies of scale is
crucial. The acquisition of montrada is consequently in line with Equens'
strategy. Furthermore, based on the extensive cooperation agreement between
Commerzbank and Equens concerning future joint activities in the card
acquiring market, this acquisition will provide major opportunities in terms
of scale and scope in one of Europe's largest markets for card transactions.
Equens covers the full value/functionality chain of card processing and
offers its clients issuing processing, switching, acquiring processing,
acquiring processing services, and commercial (merchant) acquiring for debit
and credit cards. Moreover, Equens is offering prepaid solutions.

This footprint in Germany will allow Equens to further broaden its
acquiring services in Europe to benefit banks and international merchants who
are interested in sourcing these activities.

Montrada GmbH operates as an independent card-services enterprise
offering a complete service package for cashless payments. This ranges from
consultancy to selecting the ideal payment method, to providing on-site
terminal installations and customer support. The acquisition of montrada as
well as its subsidiary BD-POS GmbH will not affect the companies' total of 60
employees, and will in fact provide them with further development

Michael Steinbach, Chairman of the Equens Board of Directors: "The
acquisition of montrada is a very important strategic step for us in further
expanding our card activities and services in Europe. montrada's strong
presence in the German cards market, combined with their highly skilled
employees and the extensive cooperation agreement with Commerzbank, will
allow us to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in the cards market
in Germany and abroad. Our existing clients, the banks, and also global
acting merchants, will benefit from this move."

Note for the editors

About Equens

Equens SE is one of the largest payment processors in Europe, leading the
market for future-proof payment and card solutions. Thanks to an extensive
and competitive range of services, the company seamlessly meets the
requirements and wishes of the European payments market. Equens supports the
development of a single, uniform European payments market (SEPA), and is
dedicated to the standardisation and harmonisation of European and global
payments. With clients and partnerships in multiple European countries, the
company offers pan-European market coverage from offices in four countries -
the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Finland. And with an annual processing
volume of 9.4 billion payments and 3.4 billion POS and ATM transactions,
Equens SE has a European market share of more than 12.5%. For additional
information, please visit www.equens.com.

For additional information, contact: Marcel Woutersen, +31(0)30-283-54-27, +31(0)6-29-05-08-71; Annemieke Lambregts, +31(0)30-285-50-27, +31(0)6-50-21-30-91; Jorg Richter, +49(0)69-58-99-93-60362, +49(0)172-6-13-95-97

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