PDS Achieves Third-Party Sender Certification Through NACHA Certified

PDS Achieves Third-Party Sender Certification Through NACHA Certified

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Payment Data Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYDS), an integrated electronic payments solutions provider, today announced it has successfully met criteria set forth by NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association (“NACHA”) to become a NACHA Certified Third-Party Sender. NACHA Certified is a voluntary accreditation program for Third-Party Senders in the ACH Network that demonstrate to the industry, including Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFIs), originators, and their peers, that they are meeting standards established by NACHA that signal credibility, quality, and strong core practices.

NACHA Certified helps Third-Party Senders set themselves apart in today’s competitive market by demonstrating to financial institutions that they are vetted, validated, and valued. Payment Data Systems is one of the first Third-Party Senders in the industry to achieve this certification.

Wayne Gonzales, Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance, stated, “Payment Data Systems, Inc. is approaching our twentieth anniversary in 2018 and originates billions of dollars in entries every year. We are committed to risk management, compliance, payment security and quality services. Being NACHA Certified means that effective controls, standards, and oversight are all core competencies. Additionally, our team understands the risk and compliance obligations associated with processing ACH Entries, and we hold our originators to the same standards. We believe this important accomplishment will strengthen our relationships with Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFIs), originators, partners, and shareholders.”

“Payment Data Systems, Inc. and other Third-Party Senders are instrumental in helping businesses originate ACH payments,” said Jane Larimer, chief operating officer of NACHA. “We congratulate Payment Data Systems, Inc. on becoming a NACHA Certified organization through its successful demonstration of effective business oversight, and understanding of the risk and compliance obligations associated with processing ACH transactions.” Additional information on NACHA Certified can be found on NACHA’s website: www.nachacertified.org

About Payment Data Systems, Inc.

Payment Data Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYDS), a leading integrated payment solutions provider, offers a wide range of payment solutions to merchants, billers, banks, service bureaus, and card issuers. The Company operates credit, debit/prepaid and ACH payment processing platforms to deliver convenient, world-class payment solutions and service to their clients. The strength of the Company lies in its ability to provide tailored solutions for card issuance, payment acceptance, and bill payments as well as its unique technology in the prepaid sector. Payment Data is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has offices in New York, New York; Long Beach, California; St. Augustine, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee. Websites: www.paymentdata.com, www.singularpayments.com, www.payfacinabox.com, www.akimbocard.com, and www.ficentive.com. Find us on Facebook®.

About NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association

NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association is the steward of the ACH Network – one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world. The ACH Network creates value and enables innovation by universally connecting all U.S. financial institutions, and moving money and information directly from one bank account to another. In 2016, there were 25 billion ACH payments made that moved $43 trillion. NACHA also brings together diverse organizations to develop rules and standards to benefit payments ecosystem participants, including Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and healthcare Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). By collaborating with other standards organizations and geographies, NACHA facilitates compatibility and integration with U.S. payments. Visit nacha.org for more information.

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Source: GlobeNewswire (January 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM EST)