TSYS Reports Operating Income Growth of 12.0% and EPS of $0.32 for the Third Quarter

COLUMBUS, Ga., October 23, 2012 — TSYS (NYSE: TSS) today reported results for the third quarter of 2012. For the quarter, basic earnings per share was $0.32, an increase of 5.7% over 2011. Revenues before reimbursable items were $406.1 million and operating income was $90.9 million, increases of 4.1% and 12.0%, respectively, as compared to 2011. Total revenues for the quarter were $468.1 million, an increase of 1.8% over 2011, and were impacted by a decrease of $7.6 million in reimbursable items.

The operating margin for the quarter was 22.4%, an increase of 157 basis points over the third quarter of last year. The increase is attributable to the 4.1% increase in revenues before reimbursable items while expenses before reimbursable items were up 2.0%.

POS transactions, excluding deconverted clients in the indirect merchant business, were up 9.5% and sales volume in the direct merchant business was up 17.4%. Excluding the impact of the acquisition, sales volume was up 9.3%. North America and International issuer processing businesses grew with same client transactions up 10.1% over last year.

“In August, TSYS formed a joint venture with Central Payment Co., LLC to further strengthen our sales distribution channels in the direct merchant business. Also during the quarter, we spent $61.2 million as we purchased 2.6 million shares of our stock bringing our share repurchases since September 2010 to 12.3 million and a total spend of $227.0 million. We continue to see value in our buyback program, absent a strategic acquisition, and have 7.7 million shares remaining under the plan that expires in April 2014. We also closed a new credit facility of $500 million this quarter with a 5-year term loan of $150 million and a 5-year revolver of $350 million that included nine banks. This new revolver, along with our free cash flow, will provide us with more financial flexibility as we continue to make investments that we expect to grow our company and enhance shareholder return,” said Tomlinson.

Conference Call
TSYS will host its quarterly conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 23. The conference call can be accessed via simultaneous Internet broadcast at tsys.com by clicking on the link under "Webcasts" on the main homepage. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the call. A slide presentation to accompany the call will be available by clicking on the link under "Webcasts" on the main homepage of tsys.com.

Non-GAAP Measures
The financial highlights section of this release contains the non-GAAP financial measures of revenues and operating results on a constant currency basis to describe TSYS’ performance. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to better understand and assess TSYS’ operating results and financial performance. TSYS believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful additional information about TSYS to assist investors in understanding and evaluating its operating results.

Additional information about non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included on pages 11 and 12 of this release.

About TSYS
At TSYS, (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people — not the other way around. We call this belief "People-Centered Payments." By putting people at the center of every decision we make, with unmatched customer service and industry insight, TSYS is able to support financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Offering merchant payment-acceptance solutions as well as services in credit, debit, prepaid, mobile, chip, healthcare and more, we make it possible for those in the global marketplace to conduct safe and secure electronic transactions with trust and convenience.

TSYS’ headquarters are located in Columbus, Georgia, with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS provides services to more than half of the top 20 international banks, is a Fortune 1000 company and was named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. For more information, please visit us at www.tsys.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” – that is, statements related to future, not past, events. Forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “should,” “plan,” “will,” “could,” and  similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding TSYS expectation that the investments TSYS makes will grow the company and enhance shareholder return, and the assumptions underlying such statements. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of TSYS' management, are based on management’s assumptions and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by our forward-looking statements in this press release. Many of these factors are beyond TSYS' ability to control or predict. These factors include, but are not limited to, the ultimate results of TSYS’ investments may not have a positive impact on TSYS’ business as is currently expected for a number of reasons including fluctuations in the price of our stock and acquired companies not performing as expected. Additional risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in this release can be found in TSYS' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. We believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Contacts:
Shawn Roberts
TSYS Investor Relations
+1.706.644.6081
shawnroberts@tsys.com