Motley Fool  Feb 1  Comment 
The payment-services company just made a billion-dollar acquisition that management believes will help the business keep up with the ever-increasing competition.
MarketWatch  Dec 18  Comment 
Total System Services Inc. said Monday it agreed to buy payment-technology company Cayan for $1.05 billion in cash. Cayan is owned by Parthenon Capital Partners. Total System expects the deal to "modestly" add to revenue growth and adjusted...
Benzinga  Dec 11  Comment 
Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) announced a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share payable Jan. 2.  The Analyst Goldman Sachs' James Schneider downgraded Total System Services from Buy to Neutral and maintained the $80 price...


Company Overview

Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS) provides electronic payment processing and related services to financial and non-financial institutions. Services include processing consumer, retail, commercial, government services, stored value and debit cards. Based in Columbus, Georgia, the Company provides services to financial and non-financial institutions throughout the United States and internationally. While TSS has been consistently expanding into international markets, it faces risks from emerging alternative payment platforms and regulation changes affecting the electronic payment processing market. In 2011, TSS plans to open a new financial services support center in Sudbury, Ontario and expand its presence in the Canadian market. [1]

Business Growth

Total System Services has shown a commitment to increasing its international presence in the recent years, especially in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In FY2010, the company reported revenues of 1,717.6 million, a 2.4% year over year growth due to its international expansion efforts, which reduces the company's dependence on the domestic market and increases the company's top line growth. [2]

Trends and Forces

Alternative Payment Platforms Could Threaten TSS' Market Share

With the technology of alternative payment platforms rapidly increasing, TSS may lose market share to other companies such as Paypal (owned by EBay (EBAY) ). In addition to wireless payment technologies, TSS also competes with prepaid systems, systems linked to payment cards, and bank transfer models. Smart phone and tablet payment technology are also rapidly changing, and Mobile Telecommunications companies are entering the market by working to deliver mobile payment services for consumers and merchants. These alternative payment platforms present further risk for TSS' business model.

Regulatory Changes Affecting the Electronic Payment Processing Market

In 2010, Congress passed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which increased consumer rights. The statute prohibited merchants from offering incentives to encourage customers to pay using certain form of payment. These new laws have encouraged sellers to use less of credit card products and more of other forms of payment, such as debit, which could damage TSS' top line.


Total System Services competes with firms that provide electronic payment processing and related services.

  • Fiserv (FISV) is a provider of electronic commerce systems, such as transaction processing, electronic bill payment, and business process outsourcing.FISV operates through four business segments--Financial, Payments, Corporate and Other. [3]
  • DST Systems (DST) is a provider of information processing and software services and products. DST operates in two business segments--Financial Services and Output Solutions. [4]
  • Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) is a provider of banking and payments technologies such as financial institution core processing and transaction processing. FIS is known for its transaction processing service, the NYCE Network, a national electronic funds transfer (EFT) network.[5]


  1. Datamonitor Research Report, June 2011
  2. Datamonitor Research Report, June 2011
  3. Hoover's FISV
  4. Hoover's DST
  5. Hooever's FIS
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