“Atos and KBC strengthen collaboration for electronic payment services”

Brussels, 26 April 2012

KBC opts to go with Atos Worldline for continuity and further expansion of services Atos Worldline, which brings together Atos core expertise in hi-tech transactional services, will be responsible for the processing of the electronic payment transactions of KBC and its clients until the end of 2016.

The collaboration comprises the processing of the payment transactions of traders and cardholders and the provision of services relating to the issue of debit cards. A well-known component of the collaboration concerns the possibility of blocking KBC debit cards through the Card Stop service. Services for the online management of KBC-guaranteed cheques will also be performed in collaboration with Atos Worldline.

Both Atos Worldline and KBC are thrilled with the continuation of their agreement. Bart Guns, Senior General Manager Group Payments at KBC said: “With this contract, KBC is opting for the continuation of the services by a very robust and reliable supplier of transaction services and a partner who is constantly striving for innovation.”

Willy Walraeve, CEO of Atos Worldline in the Benelux: “This contract is a confirmation of the joint efforts of Atos Worldline and KBC to offer the best services for users of electronic payments. This collaboration will enable cardholders and traders who are clients of KBC to continue to enjoy fast, safe and secure electronic payments. Through the expertise of Atos Worldline, KBC can be certain both of a further expansion of services and a smooth switchover to Bancontact/Mister Cash in a unified European payments market.”

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. 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 and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

About Atos Worldline
Atos Worldline brings together Atos core expertise in Hi-Tech Transactional Services (HTTS) with over 35 years of experience and recognized know-how in the payment industry. A leader in end-to-end services for critical electronic transactions, Atos Worldline is specialised in electronic payment services (including issuing, acquiring, terminals, and card and non-card payment solutions & processing), eServices for customers, citizens and communities (eCS) as well as services for financial markets. Atos Worldline is committed to continuous R&D and innovation so its customers can benefit from leading-edge solutions to stay ahead of market evolutions. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of € 913 million and employs over 5,400 people in the world. For more information, please visit: atosworldline.com

About KBC
KBC is an integrated multi-channel bancassurance group, catering mainly for retail, SMEs and local midcap customers. It concentrates on its home markets of Belgium and certain countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary). Elsewhere around the globe, the group has established a presence in selected countries and regions. KBC provides banking, insurance and asset management products and services via its integrated distribution channel consisting of bank branches, insurance agents and brokers and the Internet. KBC's headquarters are located in Brussels (Belgium), the heart of Europe. The group employs more than 47,000 FTEs (nearly 60% of whom are in Central and Eastern Europe). KBC is listed on the NYSE Euronext Brussels (ticker symbol 'KBC'). Follow KBC at Twitter.

For more information:
Bram Boriau
+32 2 727 68 22