Atmos Energy Signs Multi-Year ASP Contract With Docucorp; Docucorp Will Provide Bill Format, Print and Mail Services, Electronic Archival

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Docucorp International

    DALLAS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Docucorp(R) International (Nasdaq: DOCC),
 a leading provider of enterprise information solutions, today announced a
 multi-year agreement with Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:   ATO) to provide
 application service provider (ASP) hosting for the company's five utility
 companies, which produce approximately 1.2 million bills per month.
     "After a lengthy review, we chose Docucorp's ASP centers to provide bill
 format, print and mail services, and electronic archival for our operating
 companies," said Thomas J. Pearson, Atmos Energy's vice president of customer
 information and technology.  "Docucorp's Dallas ASP Center and the mirror site
 in Atlanta have the capacity to handle our growing customer base in 11 states.
 In addition, Docucorp has demonstrated a level of expertise and commitment to
 service that will help us enhance our relationships with our customers."
     "By outsourcing bill production to Docucorp, Atmos benefits from our most
 advanced technology," said Kerry LeCrone, Docucorp's senior vice president of
 ASP and services.  "In addition, our ASP customers enjoy faster speed to
 market and scalability, without having to worry about platforms, support,
 training or maintenance."
     Docucorp's ASP centers feature the company's premier information solutions
 and services, as well as third-party products, facilitating a broad range of
 applications including customer statements and billings, EBPP, insurance
 policy production, electronic document archiving, financial fulfillment and
 more.
 
     About Atmos Energy
     Atmos Energy Corporation of Dallas distributes natural gas to more than
 one million customers in 11 states through its operating divisions -- Energas
 Company, Greeley Gas Company, Trans Louisiana Gas Company, United Cities Gas
 Company and Western Kentucky Gas Company.  The Company also owns Woodward
 Marketing, LLC, a natural gas services company located in Houston.  In
 addition to Woodward, Atmos' non-utility operations include underground
 storage fields, the sale of other products and services, and an indirect
 equity interest in Heritage Propane Partners, the nation's fifth largest
 retail propane marketer.  For additional information about the company, please
 visit the Atmos website at www.atmosenergy.com.
 
     About Docucorp
     Docucorp is the authority in providing dynamic solutions for acquiring,
 managing, personalizing and presenting enterprise information.  Servicing the
 entire enterprise information lifecycle, Docucorp's information software,
 application service provider (ASP) hosting and professional consulting
 services enable companies to implement solutions in-house or fully outsource
 to Docucorp.  The company has an installed base of more than 900 customers,
 including many of the largest insurance, utility and financial services
 organizations.
     Headquartered in Dallas, Docucorp has major facilities in Atlanta and
 Silver Spring, MD.  The company also maintains offices in London, Portland,
 ME, and Bedford, NH.
     Docucorp is a Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:   SFE) partner company.  For more
 information, visit Docucorp's Web site at www.docucorp.com.
 
     Certain information contained in this news release may include "forward-
 looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  All statements, other than historical facts, included
 herein are forward-looking statements.  These statements involve risks and
 uncertainties, such as competition, technological developments, loss of
 significant customers and the other factors discussed in the Company's
 periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that could
 cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed
 or implied by these forward-looking statements.  Docucorp is a registered
 trademark of Docucorp International.
 
 

SOURCE Docucorp International
    DALLAS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Docucorp(R) International (Nasdaq: DOCC),
 a leading provider of enterprise information solutions, today announced a
 multi-year agreement with Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:   ATO) to provide
 application service provider (ASP) hosting for the company's five utility
 companies, which produce approximately 1.2 million bills per month.
     "After a lengthy review, we chose Docucorp's ASP centers to provide bill
 format, print and mail services, and electronic archival for our operating
 companies," said Thomas J. Pearson, Atmos Energy's vice president of customer
 information and technology.  "Docucorp's Dallas ASP Center and the mirror site
 in Atlanta have the capacity to handle our growing customer base in 11 states.
 In addition, Docucorp has demonstrated a level of expertise and commitment to
 service that will help us enhance our relationships with our customers."
     "By outsourcing bill production to Docucorp, Atmos benefits from our most
 advanced technology," said Kerry LeCrone, Docucorp's senior vice president of
 ASP and services.  "In addition, our ASP customers enjoy faster speed to
 market and scalability, without having to worry about platforms, support,
 training or maintenance."
     Docucorp's ASP centers feature the company's premier information solutions
 and services, as well as third-party products, facilitating a broad range of
 applications including customer statements and billings, EBPP, insurance
 policy production, electronic document archiving, financial fulfillment and
 more.
 
     About Atmos Energy
     Atmos Energy Corporation of Dallas distributes natural gas to more than
 one million customers in 11 states through its operating divisions -- Energas
 Company, Greeley Gas Company, Trans Louisiana Gas Company, United Cities Gas
 Company and Western Kentucky Gas Company.  The Company also owns Woodward
 Marketing, LLC, a natural gas services company located in Houston.  In
 addition to Woodward, Atmos' non-utility operations include underground
 storage fields, the sale of other products and services, and an indirect
 equity interest in Heritage Propane Partners, the nation's fifth largest
 retail propane marketer.  For additional information about the company, please
 visit the Atmos website at www.atmosenergy.com.
 
     About Docucorp
     Docucorp is the authority in providing dynamic solutions for acquiring,
 managing, personalizing and presenting enterprise information.  Servicing the
 entire enterprise information lifecycle, Docucorp's information software,
 application service provider (ASP) hosting and professional consulting
 services enable companies to implement solutions in-house or fully outsource
 to Docucorp.  The company has an installed base of more than 900 customers,
 including many of the largest insurance, utility and financial services
 organizations.
     Headquartered in Dallas, Docucorp has major facilities in Atlanta and
 Silver Spring, MD.  The company also maintains offices in London, Portland,
 ME, and Bedford, NH.
     Docucorp is a Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:   SFE) partner company.  For more
 information, visit Docucorp's Web site at www.docucorp.com.
 
     Certain information contained in this news release may include "forward-
 looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  All statements, other than historical facts, included
 herein are forward-looking statements.  These statements involve risks and
 uncertainties, such as competition, technological developments, loss of
 significant customers and the other factors discussed in the Company's
 periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that could
 cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed
 or implied by these forward-looking statements.  Docucorp is a registered
 trademark of Docucorp International.
 
 SOURCE  Docucorp International