Vital Processing Services Renews Agreement with Heartland Payment Systems

Tempe, AZ, April 6, 2006 - Vital Processing Services®(Vital®), a leader in merchant and acquirer transaction processing solutions, announced today that it has renewed its merchant processing service agreement with Heartland Payment Systems.

Heartland Payment Systems is one of the nation's largest providers of merchant acquiring services. The agreement continues a long-standing partnership between the two companies, with Vital remaining Heartland's preferred third-party provider of transaction processing and related support services.

"We value our partnership with Heartland Payment Systems and are pleased to continue the relationship. Heartland is a great company and we are delighted to serve as their partner in delivering secure, reliable solutions to their merchant customers," said Bev Wells, Vital's president and chief executiveofficer. "Heartland has experienced tremendous growth, and we are excited to extend our relationship to achieve even more successes in the years to come."

The multi-year contract extension is effective April 1, 2006. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Vital Processing Services
Vital Processing Services® (Vital®) is a leader in merchant and acquirer processing solutions. Vital delivers comprehensive, end-to-end payment solutions to acquirers and their merchants to reliably process millions of credit, debit and other transactions every day. From authorizing and capturing electronic payments at the point of sale to clearing and settling merchant transactions, managing merchant terminals and providing information management services, Vital partners with acquirers to help them effectively manage and grow their merchant portfolios. Vital is a wholly owned TSYS® ("NYSE: TSS") subsidiary. Additional information about Vital can be found at

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