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TransFirst® and Zions Bancorporation Renew Merchant Services Alliance

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TransFirst, a leading provider of transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, is pleased to announce the renewal of its merchant services alliance with Zions Bancorporation.

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Through the agreement, TransFirst will continue to offer its payment processing products and services to business customers of Zions' holding company and its affiliate members. Zions' customers will be able to take advantage of the full array of TransFirst's payment processing services, including Transaction ExpressTM, an online centralized payment gateway; and TransLink, a comprehensive web-based reporting system and management tool that delivers 24/7 access to a variety of merchant services and merchant bankcard solutions. They will also benefit from TransFirst's dedicated and collaborative sales support teams, portfolio performance reports, a 24/7 merchant helpdesk, competitive pricing and innovative proprietary products.

"Zions and its member banks are strategically important institutions in the western United States with a strong existing and potential customer base for TransFirst's processing solutions," says John Shlonsky, TransFirst's president and CEO. "This alliance is an outstanding strategic opportunity for both companies."

"I am so pleased to continue our relationship with Zions Bancorp," says Marla Knutson, president of TransFirst's Financial Institutions division. "We look forward to continuing to work with Zions to help them and their customers achieve their business goals."

"TransFirst's delivery of merchant support has continued to match Zions Bancorp's high expectations," says Marylyn Manis-Hassanein, a Zions Bancorp executive vice president. "Their product development and proactive plans for the rapidly evolving payments industry, as well as their commitment to internal security, makes them the perfect fit for Zions."

This agreement between TransFirst and Zions runs through 2015.

About TransFirst (www.TransFirst.com):

A leading provider of secure transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, TransFirst offers innovative products and services designed with financial institution, independent sales organization, healthcare, e-commerce, government and merchant customers' unique needs in mind. By collaborating with our customers and utilizing strong industry knowledge, we help them grow their businesses. Founded in 1995, TransFirst continues to attain significant market share and world-class expertise in growing and profitable industry segments. Built on a platform of personal service, customer commitment and flexible pricing, TransFirst is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and has operations facilities in Aurora, Colorado; Broomfield, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; Overland Park, Kansas; Franklin, Tennessee; Cypress, California; and executive headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Company-wide, TransFirst currently processes approximately $30 billion in annual sales volume for more than 175,000 merchants and financial institution partners. For additional information, please call 631.840.6900 or visit www.TransFirst.com.

About Zions Bancorporation (www.ZionsBancorporation.com):

Zions Bancorporation is one of the nation's premier financial services companies, consisting of a collection of great banks in select western U.S. markets. Zions operates its banking businesses under local management teams and community identities through nearly 500 offices in 10 western and southwestern states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The company is a national leader in Small Business Administration lending and public finance advisory services. In addition, Zions is included in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Financial 100 indices.

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