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Bank of America, First Data Form Next-Gen Payment Solutions Company

Bank of America N.A. and First Data Corp. announced today the formation of a new company that will deliver next-generation payments solutions to merchants ranging from small business to commercial and corporate clients worldwide.

Banc of America Merchant Services, LLC will provide clients with a comprehensive suite of innovative payments solutions including credit, debit and prepaid cards to merchant loyalty, check and eCommerce payments, the companies said.

Merchant clients will also benefit from new service offerings including loyalty and prepaid programs, along with mobile commerce and check solutions that will drive return traffic to their stores and provide their consumers with the security, convenience and rewards they have come to expect.

For merchants seeking to expand their offerings in the fast-growing virtual marketplace, Banc of America Merchant Services will offer the scalability, integrated capabilities and deep understanding of the transactional process to deliver industry leading eCommerce solutions.

Bank of America will contribute approximately 240,000 merchant relationships and First Data will contribute approximately 140,000 merchant relationships to the new company. Following a transition period, First Data will provide the merchant processing and related services. The combined entity will process over one billion transactions per month.

Banc of America Merchant Services will be approximately 46.5 percent owned by Bank of America and 48.5 percent by First Data, with the remaining stake held by Rockmount Investments, LLC, an investment vehicle controlled by a third party investor.

Financial impacts from the transaction will be discussed when Bank of America releases second-quarter earnings on July 17. First Data will discuss financial impacts of the alliance on their next quarterly results call in August.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as legal advisor to Bank of America. Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Perkins Coie acted as legal advisors to First Data.
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