“European Parliament decision on SEPA standard confirms Atos payment strategy”

Paris, 17 February 2012

Atos is an early mover and invested in a full set of SEPA ready products fully operational for both banks and creditors Atos, an international IT services company, anticipated the SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) decision made this week by the European Parliament. The decision confirms the migration of direct debits and credit transfers to SEPA before 1 February 2014 in all countries of the SEPA area and hence stimulate payment convergence. Thanks to Atos expertise in HTTS (Hi-Tech Transactional Services) and anticipated investments, the Group is well positioned to offer its expertise with SEPA payment services offering and references in this domain and to accompany its customers to migrate to SEPA.

The new legislation means that both creditors and debtors will have to migrate their domestic systems to the new SEPA standards. The impact on corporate creditors is high, especially with SEPA Direct debit. Banks are sollicited by their corporate customers to help them with SEPA migration and large corporations will prepare the migration of their own systems as well.

Atos Worldline, Atos expertise in hi-tech transactional services, goes further than card based payments
The Atos SEPA Payment Services product range is a comprehensive end-to-end and modular solution for non cards payments. It is available both in BPO mode and as a licensed software, with the relating added value services, such as SEPA mandate lifecycle management (migration, creation, modification, voidance), translation of domestic payment instructions - both direct debit and credit transfers - into SEPA transactions, paper mandate management (printing, sending, collection, dematerialisation, storage), and electronic signature of mandates.

Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President at Atos explains: “The decision of the European parliament made this week is in line with our anticipated investments and payment strategy. At Atos, we anticipated these developments and started investments more than two years ago in a suite of products and services to support both banks and creditors in this migration. The Atos SEPA payment services product range is one of the key assets already being rolled out. We continue to enrich the platform and extend our services to stay ahead of market developments”.

Various contracts have already been signed by Atos Worldline including among others Royal Bank of Scotland (Europe), a large Dutch bank, and a major French bank. Atos plans commercial deployment in other countries where SEPA is deployed later this year.

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting and Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

About Atos Worldline
Atos Worldline brings together Atos core expertise in Hi-Tech transactional services. A leader in end-to-end services for critical electronic transactions, Atos Worldline is specialised in electronic payment services (issuing, acquiring, terminals, card and non card payment solutions & processing), eCS (eServices for customers, citizens and communities) as well as services for financial markets. Atos Worldline on-going commitments to research and innovation enable its customers to benefit from award-winning solutions in areas such as mobile payments, secure IPTV, online CRM and paperless solutions. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of € 867 million and employs over 5,400 people in the world. For more information, please visit: www.atosworldline.com

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