“Diners Club International and Worldline sign merchant acquiring agreement”
Riverwoods, IL and Brussels, Belgium, 12 September 2013
Deal gives merchants in Belgium another option for payment acceptance
Diners Club International, Ltd., owned by Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) and Worldline, Atos subsidiary for e-payment services, today announced a new relationship that will allow the acceptance of Discover and Diners Club cards by merchants using Worldline electronic payment services in Belgium.
“This is an important agreement for Discover as it expands our acceptance in the heart of Europe and provides merchants throughout Belgium and a number of other countries the ability to accept payments from Discover, Diners Club International and our Discover Network partners,” said Gerry Wagner, VP of global acceptance for Discover Financial Services. “Increasing Discover's acceptance overseas remains a top priority for us, one that we're continuing to execute on daily basis.”
Worldline will add acceptance of Discover Network and Diners Club International's cards – which are already accepted in more than 185 countries worldwide – as a standard to its payment processing services portfolio, starting in 2014.
Willy Walraeve, CEO at Worldline in the Benelux: “We want to give merchants the best service possible. This means a large range of services, including our state of the art payment terminals and a wide offer in payment card acceptance. Enlarging payment acceptance with Discover and Diners Club cards is a welcome addition in today's market where card payments are increasing. Worldline is delighted with this strategic agreement.”
About Diners Club International
Diners Club International is owned by Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Established in 1950, Diners Club International became the first multi-purpose charge card in the world, launching a financial revolution in how consumers and companies pay for products and services. Today, Diners Club is a globally recognized brand serving the payment needs of select and affluent consumers, offering access to more than 450 airport lounges worldwide, and providing corporations and small business owners with a complete array of expense management solutions. With acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories, millions of merchant locations and access to over 850,000 cash access locations and ATMs, Diners Club is uniquely qualified to serve its cardmembers all over the world. For more information, visit www.dinersclub.com.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.
Worldline, an Atos subsidiary, is the European leader and a global player in the payments and transactional services industry. Worldline delivers new generation services, enabling its customers to offer smooth and innovative solutions to the end consumer. Key actor for B2B2C industries, with 40 years of experience, Worldline is ideally positioned to support and contribute to the success of all businesses and administrative services in a perpetually evolving market. Worldline offers a unique and flexible business model built around a global and growing portfolio, thus enabling end-to-end support. Worldline activities are organized around three axes: Merchant Services & Terminals, Mobility & e-Transactional Services, Financial Processing Services & Software Licensing. In 2012, Worldline's activities within the Atos Group generated (pro forma) revenues of 1.1 billion euros. The company employs more than 7,100 people worldwide. worldline.com
Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.8 billion and 77,000 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers high-tech transactional services, consulting & technology services, systems integration and managed services. Thanks to its technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients in the following sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services, Financial Services, Public Sector, Healthcare, Transport, Telecoms, Media & Utilities. Atos delivers technology that accelerates the growth of its clients and helps them realise their vision of the firm of the future. Atos is Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Group is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
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