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Heartland Payment Systems Agrees on Settlement to Provide Visa Issuers up to $60M for Data Security Breach Claims


Princeton, NJ and San Francisco, CA, January 8, 2010

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About Visa Inc.: Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most advanced processing networks - VisaNet - that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit

About Heartland Payment Systems: Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE: HPY), the 5th largest payments processor in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processingpayrollcheck management and payments solutions to more than 250,000 business locations nationwide. Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. For more information, please visit and

< face="Arial" ="23"="821">Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of words such as "will," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements about the settlement agreement, strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management and events or developments that Heartland and Visa expect or anticipate will occur. The forward-looking statements reflect Visa's and Heartland's current views and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual and future results and trends to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the risk that all of the conditions necessary to the consummation of the settlement agreement among Visa U.S.A., Inc., Visa International Service Association, Visa Inc., Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., Heartland Bank and KeyBank National Association may not be satisfied or waived; Visa's and Heartland's ability to achieve their strategic objectives and the expected goals of the settlement agreement; general market conditions; the outcome of legal proceedings; uncertainties inherent in operating internationally; and the impact of law and regulations. Many of these factors are beyond either company's ability to control or predict. Given these factors, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements.

Media Contacts:

Sandra Chu

Visa Inc.

1 415 932 2564

Nancy Gross

Heartland Payment Systems

1 888 798 3131 ext. 2202

Leanne Scott Brown

Vault Communications, for Heartland Payment Systems

+1 610 455 2742 office

+1 215 290 9630 mobile