BankServ Goes Global, Acquires Netik's SWIFT Business

Aug 04, 2003, 01:00 ET from BankServ

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In its first overseas acquisition,
 BankServ, a leading financial services technology provider based here, has
 taken over the TurboSwift(R) business of Netik, Plc, an information automation
 company headquartered in London, England, BankServ reported today.
     TurboSwift(R), a SWIFTNET-certified CBT, is believed to have the
 second-largest SWIFT customer base in the world, according to BankServ.  As a
 result of the acquisition of this multi-million-dollar business, privately
 held BankServ will add hundreds of new bank clients worldwide to its already
 robust U.S. client list for which it moves billions of dollars electronically
 each day. The company specializes in Automated Clearing House (ACH) and U. S.
 dollar Fedwire money transfer services to banks, businesses, and governments.
 (SWIFT is a worldwide community of more than 7,000 financial institutions in
 198 countries connected to one another through the SWIFTNET network.
 Collectively, these institutions -- active in payments, securities, treasury,
 and trade services -- exchange millions of messages valued in trillions of
 dollars every business day.)
     Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Only reported as an "all cash"
 deal, BankServ said it was able to finance the acquisition without raising
 equity and that it expects the acquisition to be cash-flow-positive in the
 first year. The acquisition closed August 1st.  It was approved by the boards
 of directors of both companies.
     BankServ said it will retain key personnel from TurboSwift(R) and will
 maintain staff and an office in London while moving the headquarters of the
 business to San Francisco.  Mike Golds, who has been with TurboSwift(R) in the
 United States for ten years, will continue to manage the company's strong
 distributor network that provides software throughout the world. TurboSwift's
 client base includes top-tier financial institutions around the world with
 especially strong presence in Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet
 countries. More recently TurboSwift(R) has been gaining ground in Latin
 America, the United States, and Asia.
     "Not only will this acquisition catapult BankServ on the global payments
 scene for international bank customers," says Dave Kvederis, president and CEO
 of BankServ, "but it will enhance our leadership in U. S. electronic funds
 transfer processing by adding strong international payment capabilities to
 those hundreds of U. S.- based financial institutions we already service."  He
 added that BankServ would soon provide a SWIFT service bureau product to its
 U. S. customers modeled after its successful U. S. Fedwire service bureau.
     "Our bank clients have developed great confidence in BankServ's ability to
 operate outsource applications for the banks. I can't think of a more logical
 extension of BankServ's Application Service Provider (ASP) services than to
 include cross-border transaction processing," he said.
     "Netik will remain a distributor of TurboSwift and the deal allows Netik
 to focus on their core competency of delivering the InterView Investment Hub
 product to the securities industry," said John Wise, CEO of Netik
     Randy Gutierrez, general manager of BankServ's wire transfer business,
 added that his company was "excited by the current direction of SWIFT and the
 many initiatives underway to grow transaction volume by servicing global
 financial institutions and their corporate customers. We believe BankServ's
 experience and success with building unique products and delivery channels
 will further strengthen SWIFT through application and volume growth leveraging
 the "winning" global infrastructure they have created. Today's action indeed
 heralds a new day for the company and its customers."
     As a result of the acquisition, BankServ's TurboSwift(R) software product
 will be marketed in both site license and service bureau formats.
 TurboSwift(R) enables financial institutions to connect to the worldwide SWIFT
 communications network for the purpose of transferring funds, perform
 cross-border payments, and communicate about Foreign Exchange, Securities and
 Letter of Credit transactions.
     "One of the drivers of the acquisition," says Peter Hosokawa, BankServ
 chief operating officer, is that BankServ and TurboSwift(R) have mutual
 customers utilizing their solutions. The BankServ GFX system and TurboSwift(R)
 were integrated more than a year ago and now are 'plug and play.' "We have
 found the needs of our customers increasingly include tightly integrated SWIFT
 processing for payments as well as functions such as foreign exchange
 processing, trade services, and international securities processing. We have
 solved that problem with the BankServ GFX and TurboSwift(R) offerings," he
     About BankServ
     BankServ is a leading U.S. provider of Fed wire transfer and ACH payment
 solutions for banks, governments, higher education and businesses.  BankServ's
 recently introduced its ARCPay(R) product is receiving wide acceptance as a
 means to convert mailed or drop box checks into ACH transactions.  BankServ's
 SameDayPay(R) product is an inexpensive and secure way for consumers to make
 eCheck payments over the Internet or by phone even on the date that it is due.
 BankServ provides outsourced Fed wire transfer processing to banks both large
 and small and from coast-to-coast.  More information on privately held
 BankServ can be found on its Web site at