Alliance Data Selected By Toyota To Launch New Private Label Credit Cards For Toyota And Lexus Brands, Manage And Grow Existing Co-Brand Credit Card Program

Alliance Data also signs agreement to acquire Toyota's co-brand card portfolio

-- Alliance Data's card services business expands its tools, data-driven loyalty and marketing expertise to benefit the automotive industry

-- Card programs to leverage custom in-dealership redemption platform developed by Alliance Data and supported by its robust mobile capabilities

-- Alliance Data's Epsilon business to provide additional analytics and consulting support for Toyota geared toward optimizing cardmember insights and engagement

Sep 15, 2015, 10:11 ET from Alliance Data Systems Corporation

DALLAS, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, today announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand, and commercial credit programs, has signed a new long-term agreement to provide private label credit card services and assume management of an existing co-brand card program in the U.S. for Toyota (NYSE: TM, www.toyota.com).  Toyota is the world's top automaker and the No. 1 retail brand in the United States, selling more than 2.35 million vehicles through its network of Toyota and Lexus dealerships across the country.

Additionally, Alliance Data has entered into an agreement to purchase Toyota's existing portfolio of co-brand credit card accounts, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Details of the purchase price were not disclosed, other than to note it is well within norms of the industry.

"The goal of this new partnership with Alliance Data is to further evolve our credit tools into loyalty tools, which will drive incremental revenue to our dealerships," said Mike Owens, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Financial Savings Bank. "With Alliance Data's deep experience in retail, along with its loyalty and marketing expertise and commitment to customer care, we're confident our credit card programs will provide value propositions that are unparalleled in the automotive industry."

Alliance Data will provide credit card marketing services for the Toyota and Lexus co-brand credit cards, and will launch new private label credit cards for both brands, utilizing customer-centric insights and analytics to increase cardmember engagement and incremental sales. Both card programs will be designed to drive brand loyalty by rewarding cardmembers for every purchase, with additional points earned for Toyota or Lexus brand purchases, such as vehicle service and parts. Earned points are redeemable toward additional Toyota and Lexus service, parts or accessories, or a customer's next Toyota or Lexus vehicle. The new private label credit cards will also offer flexible financing options.

Toyota also will use Alliance Data's advanced suite of digital and mobile solutions to create a compelling cardmember experience and engage dealerships. Alliance Data will build mobile credit apps for the Toyota and Lexus brands to offer customers a brand-centric, integrated account management and rewards experience. Alliance Data will also launch a customized dealer portal that will feature access to key dealer performance data, marketing materials, training tools and other program support materials. In addition, a direct rewards redemption capability will be leveraged to provide a level of dealership support unmatched in the industry.

Alliance Data's Epsilon business will provide in-dealership support of the card programs by identifying and communicating to current Toyota vehicle owners with personalized permission-based marketing messages, including email and direct mail. Epsilon has worked with Toyota and its dealer network since 2009, providing client relationship management (CRM) services, combining online and offline data to engage vehicle owners with highly targeted and analytically driven communications that generate ongoing sales and service transactions to build long-term owner loyalty.

Alliance Data believes that the performance of the Toyota co-brand card portfolio once acquired will be consistent with its overall co-brand credit card portfolio, and all new co-brand and private label credit card accounts will be consistent with Alliance Data's credit quality standards. Closing of the portfolio purchase is expected in Q4 2015.

"As the automotive industry leader, Toyota's objectives are clearly aligned with Alliance Data's rich history of driving loyalty and sales through an omnichannel strategy, strong value proposition, exemplary customer service and robust analytics," said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data's card services business. "Leveraging our credit and marketing tools, these card programs will extend the reach of the Toyota brand and exemplify its focus on quality and service while driving and reinforcing brand loyalty among its best customers—its cardmembers."

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, Toyota has built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where it operates 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employs more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.).  Its 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

About Alliance Data's card services business
Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of tailored marketing and loyalty solutions, delivered through branded credit programs that drive more profitable relationships between our brand partners and their cardmembers. We offer private label, co-brand, and commercial products to many of the world's most recognizable brands across a multitude of channels.

We uphold our Know more. Sell more.® promise by leveraging unmatched customer insights, advanced analytics, and broad-reaching innovative capabilities. It's how we deliver increased sales to our partners, build enduring loyalty to their brands, and provide more value to our cardmembers. Alliance Data's card services business is a proud part of the Alliance Data enterprise. To learn more, visit www.alliancedataretail.com or follow us on Twitter @ADRetail.

About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 15,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, the leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, and holds a majority interest in Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

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