updated 10/8/2010 3:45:18 AM ET 2010-10-08T07:45:18

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACI Worldwide (Nasdaq:ACIW), a leading international provider of payments systems, is today celebrating its 35th birthday.

On this date in 1975, ACI began a long and eventful journey to become the company it is today, trusted by more than 750 customers in nearly 100 countries and at the heart of payments systems globally. Today ACI has 2,100 employees in 28 countries, and its solutions are used within 19 of the top 20 banks in the world.

Philip Heasley, CEO at ACI Worldwide said, "As we celebrate another significant milestone, it is tempting to look back and reflect on the past 35 years and what we have achieved, but instead we are looking to the future of payments and continually striving to respond to our customers and the industry. On this important day we want to stop and thank our customers and business partners for all their support over the years. We look forward to working with them for many years to come."

David Conkleton, Managing Director, Card Services at Vocalink said, "Thirty-five years in the payments industry is an impressive heritage and we are delighted to congratulate our partner ACI on this milestone. The knowledge and experience the company has gained over this time is invaluable, and benefits anyone working with them in the future."

Nancy Atkinson, senior analyst at Aite Group said, "These are interesting times for the payments space, as payments are of increasing importance to banks and their clients. With progress come challenges. Here's to 35 more years of ACI playing an integral role in transforming this ever-evolving space!"

Colin Bowe, SVP, Head of Operations from Ocean Bank said, "We have worked with ACI for many years and are thrilled to congratulate the company on its success over the past 35 years. We look forward to trusting ACI to help us with our payment systems in the coming years."

If you would like to wish ACI a happy birthday or come and find out more about the company's vision for the future of payments, please visit us at BAI Retail Delivery Show, 19-21 October (booth 1101) or at Sibos, 25-29 October (stand C203). For more information on ACI at BAI and Sibos or to arrange a meeting please visit www.aciworldwide.com/events .

About ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide powers electronic payments for more than 750 financial institutions, retailers and processors around the world. The company has the broadest, most integrated suite of electronic payment software in the market. More than 75 billion times each year, ACI's solutions process consumer payments. On an average day, ACI software manages more than US$12 trillion in wholesale payments. And for more than 150 organizations worldwide, ACI software helps to protect their customers from financial crime. To learn more about ACI and understand why we are trusted globally, please visit www.aciworldwide.com . You can also find us on www.paymentsinsights.com or on Twitter @ACI_Worldwide.

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