Paris/Bruxelles, As of 1 June 2007
During the year 2006, Atos Origin, through its subsidiary Atos Worldline, acquired Banksys and BCC. This merger came into effect on 7 December 2006. The objective of the operation was to create a European leader in payment services with specializations in the fields of payment issuing and acquiring, as well as Customer Relationship Management and eServices. The acquisition of Banksys and BCC by Atos Origin as well as their merger enables the combined teams to enhance efficiency and performance for their customers, through innovation in the field of end-to-end transactions.
According to Vincent Roland, who is to become Executive Vice President of Atos Worldline, "This merger constitutes an important step, both for Banksys and BCC, as well as our respective clients. In becoming Atos Wordline, we are uniting our strengths and knowledge, whilst benefiting from the solid experience of a top-ranking global group, bringing added value to our services."
Banksys was founded in 1989, as the result of the merger of the Mister Cash and Bancontact networks. Its principal mission is the authorization, security and guarantee of electronic payments in Belgium. Alongside its processing activities, Banksys capitalizes on its know-how for the development of terminals and payment applications, and also operates a wide range of services, including CardStop, through an acceptance network of more than 100,000 merchants.
Bank Card Company (BCC) affiliates merchants to accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, V PAY and Visa Electron. To meet the needs of the cardholders BCC is continually diversifying its acceptance network of 55,000 active merchants. Moreover BCC promotes the use of credit cards in Belgium through a wide range of marketing tools.
Both Banksys and BCC brands will continue to be used for payment terminals, security development and acquiring activities.
"The merger of Banksys and BCC and their integration into Atos Worldline reinforces our position as a European key player in electronic payment and is great news for all our businesses. The combination of our leading positions will create a truly global business, for the benefit of all our customers" said Didier Dhennin, Chief Executive Officer of Atos Worldline.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5,4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
About Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline, subsidiary of Atos Origin, is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specializing in electronic payment services, CRM and eservices (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. On 7 December 2007 Atos Origin announced the acquisition of Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC), thus creating a European leader in payment services with a combined pro forma 2006 turnover of EUR 630 million and 4,000 employees.