updated 9/8/2010 8:16:19 AM ET 2010-09-08T12:16:19

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACI Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACIW), a leading international provider of electronic payments software and solutions, today announced that it has entered into a new, multi-year global enterprise relationship with First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing.  First Data will combine ACI solutions with its offerings to provide its customers with payment and transaction processing services.

First Data uses ACI's payment solutions, including BASE24-eps®, BASE24® and ACI Proactive Risk Manager™, to offer a wide range of payment processing and fraud management solutions around the world.  ACI helps ensure that First Data can offer the most innovative and flexible services, with market-leading performance and service levels.  This new agreement allows First Data to cost-effectively develop new products and drive infrastructural efficiencies, creating even more competitive services.   

"We are committed to offering the best payment processing services in the world and partners like ACI help make it happen," stated Kevin Kern, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for First Data.  "We're excited about this new relationship, and expect to work closely with ACI to drive innovation and efficiencies across our global infrastructure."

Ralph Dangelmaier, president of global markets and services at ACI Worldwide said, "We're pleased that First Data has demonstrated its commitment to our relationship with this new global agreement.  We've been strong partners in the past, and we now have a platform for an even stronger partnership in the future.  It's important to us that First Data derives as much value as possible from our solutions and services and we look forward to working together to achieve this goal."

For more information on ACI Worldwide's electronic payments solutions, please visit www.aciworldwide.com .

About First Data Corporation

First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services using virtually any form of electronic payment.  Whether the choice of payment is a gift card, a credit or debit card or a check, First Data securely processes the transaction and harnesses the power of the aggregate data to deliver intelligence and insight for millions of merchant locations and thousands of card issuers in 36 countries.  For more information, visit www.firstdata.com .

About ACI Worldwide Inc.

ACI Worldwide is a leading provider of software and services solutions to initiate, manage, secure and operate electronic payments for financial institutions, retailers and processors around the world.  ACI offers a vision for the future of an integrated solution that can meet all their payment needs – from a single service to a complete toolset.  ACI products deliver payment processing, online banking, fraud prevention and detection, and back-office services, providing agility, reliability, manageability and scale to customers around the world.  Visit ACI Worldwide at www.aciworldwide.com .

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