SeekingAlpha  Sep 27  Comment 
By David Hernandez: Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS) is a provider of payment processing services, merchant services, and prepaid cards. Over the last few years, the company's financial performance has gradually improved. From 2009-2013,...
TheStreet.com  Sep 16  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Total System Services are down 0.38% to $31.60 after Sterne Agee initiated coverage on the company, which processes merchant acquirers and issues bank credit cards, with a "neutral" rating and a $32 price target...
StreetInsider.com  Sep 11  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Total+System+Services+%28TSS%29+Partners+with+iMobile3+to+Provide+Apple+Pay+Integration/9826151.html for the full story.
SeekingAlpha  Sep 8  Comment 
By Negative Returns: Total System Services (abbreviated as TSYS) (Ticker:TSS) provides transaction processing and other payment-related services. TSYS generates revenue based on the number of accounts on file (AOF), transactions and authorizations...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 23  Comment 
Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS) Q2 2014 Earnings Conference Call July 22, 2014 5:00 PM ET Executives Shawn Roberts – Senior Director-Investor Relations Philip W. Tomlinson – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer M....
Forbes  Jul 18  Comment 
Analysts expect higher profit for Total System Services when the company reports its second quarter results on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The consensus estimate is calling for profit of 41 cents a share, reflecting a rise from 34 cents per share a...
StreetInsider.com  Jun 23  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Management+Changes/Total+System+Services+%28TSS%29+Appoints+Troy+Woods+as+CEO/9605728.html for the full story.
newratings.com  Jun 23  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Total System Services, Inc (TSS) said Monday that Philip Tomlinson has decided to retire as chief executive officer, and that M. Troy Woods has been elected by the the company's board of directors as president and chief...
SeekingAlpha  Apr 23  Comment 
Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) Q1 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call April 22, 2014, 05:00 PM ET Executives Shawn Roberts - Director of Investor Relations Phil W. Tomlinson - Chairman and CEO M. Troy Woods - President and...
newratings.com  Apr 22  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $49.30 million or $0.26 per share, down from $57.03 million or $0.31 per share in the same period last year. Adjusted cash EPS from continuing...


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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