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Elavon Establishes Global Professional Services Business

People, Processes and Technology help lower the total cost of accepting payments

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2013-- Elavon, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and a leading global payment solutions provider, announced that it has formed a division to work with enterprise clients in the pursuit of uncovering opportunities to help them lower costs centered around the “three big things” impacting the costs of accepting payments: rates, fraud, and data security.

Elavon’s global reach and award-winning international processing platform, best-in-class solutions and knowledgeable teams of local experts, combines to result in the delivery of solutions and services that help companies lower the total cost of acceptance payments. To date, its Professional Services team has created savings of more than $50 million to clients worldwide.

“Companies often focus their attention on negotiating rates and fees in an attempt to shave a few basis points off their costs,” said James Ray, senior vice president, Global Accounts at Elavon. “The truth is that every payments-related expense analyzed for efficiency and brought under management drives money straight to the bottom line, providing companies with a tremendous opportunity to unleash savings and redirect spending at initiatives that drive growth. Our Professional Services team is uniquely qualified to consult with companies and uncover cost-saving opportunities.”

Elavon leverages its people, processes and technology on three major areas of payment acceptance:

  • Interchange Advisory & Optimization Solutions that provide a view into how transactions are handled, and advise on remedies to qualify for better rates;
  • Advanced Fraud & Chargeback Management Tools that lower fraud and improve revenue; along with business processing outsource services that optimize the costs associated with managing chargebacks and fraud;
  • End-to-End Security & PCI Compliance Solutions that combine advanced point-to-point encryption and tokenization to protect data and mitigate the cost and complexities of PCI compliance.

Elavon starts with a Total Cost of Payments Assessment to identify a company’s challenges and determine where their team of experts can help the most. Many of the Professional Services activities do not require an acquiring relationship with Elavon, allowing companies everywhere to lower costs without disrupting existing relationships. Learn more at http://3bigthings.elavon.com.

About Elavon (www.elavon.com): Elavon is wholly owned by U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and provides end-to-end payment processing solutions and services to more than one million merchants in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Elavon markets solutions including credit and debit card processing, electronic gift cards, dynamic currency conversion, multi-currency support, and cross-border acquiring through multiple alliance channels including financial institutions, trade associations, and third party sales agents. Elavon’s suite of solutions is tailored to meet the needs of merchants in specialized markets such as retail, hospitality/T&E, health care, education and the public sector.

About U.S. Bancorp: U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $354 billion in assets as of December 31, 2012, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,084 banking offices in 25 states and 5,065 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.

Source: Elavon

For Elavon Media Relations (The Americas)
Louise Mulherin, +1-404-607-7459
Louise@mulherinpr.com
or
U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
teri.charest@usbank.com

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding U.S. Bancorp's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.



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