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. 
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. 
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.
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.