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Total System Services, Inc.
Traded as NYSETSS
S&P 500 Component
Industry Financial Services
Founded Columbus, Georgia (1983)
Headquarters One TSYS Way, Columbus, Georgia, USA
Key people
Troy Woods
Chairman & CEO
Products TS1
TS Prime
  • Increase US$ 2,132.353 million (2013) [1]
  • Increase US$ 1,870.972 million (2012) [1]
  • Increase US$ 386.247 million (2013) [1]
  • Increase US$ 357.652 million (2012) [1]
  • Increase US$ 244.75 million (2013) [1]
  • Increase US$ 244.28 million (2012) [1]
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 3,686.568 million (2013) [2]
  • Increase US$ 2,023.838 million (2012) [1]
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 1,602.426 million (2013) [2]
  • Increase US$ 1,444.935 million (2012) [1]
Website www.tsys.com

Total System Services (commonly referred to as TSYS) is a United States credit card processor, merchant acquirer and bank credit card issuers. As of 2013 it was number one for credit card issuers and number two for merchant processing in the United States[citation needed]. TSYS processes over $1 trillion a year in credit and debit card transactions. They created the TS2 and TS1 technology platforms to process credit cards. TSYS is located in Columbus, Georgia, United States.


In 1959 TSYS started as a division of Columbus Bank and Trust (CB&T). In 1974, CB&T started processing credit cards for other banks. In 1983, TSYS became a separate publicly traded company, although majority ownership remained with CB&T and its successor, Synovus. In 1991, TSYS began development on the next generation of processing platforms. Then in 1994, TSYS launched TS2. On September 24, 1999 TSYS opened up its new Riverfront Campus in Downtown Columbus.[3] On October 25, 2007, TSYS and Synovus (holding 81% of shares at the time) announced a spin-off that was completed as of the end of 2007.[4]

In July 12, 1999, Total System Services, Inc. announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Bancahsa, to process its Honducard-Visa credit cards, which represented a step in Total System Services' international expansion strategy to become the global processor of choice.[5]

In 2004, following the merger between Bank One and Chase to form J.P. Morgan Chase, TSYS was awarded a contract to process its credit services business of 87 million cards.[6][7]

In 2008 TSYS launched n>genuity,[8] a quarterly publication designed to provide pertinent research, in-depth commentary and timely insight on the trends that impact the world of payments [9]

In 2010, TSYS announced they acquired majority stake in First National Bank of Omaha's merchant acquisition business for $150.5 million[10] , which was renamed TSYS Merchant Solutions[11]

In August 2012 TSYS announced a joint venture with Central Payments Co, one of the fastest growing ISOs in the US.[12]

In November 2012 TSYS announced its acquisition of ProPay, a Utah-based company with over 250,000 merchants.[13]

In February 2013 TSYS announced that it had agreed to purchase Netspend, a prepaid debit card provider, for $1.4 billion in cash.

In November 2013 TSYS announced TSYS Merchant Insights, a new partnership with Womply, a San Francisco-based startup, to provide revenue, social media, and reputation analysis tools to all TSYS merchants.[14]


  • Infonox
  • TSYS Acquiring Solutions
  • TSYS Card Tech
  • TSYS do Brasil
  • TSYS EuropeSM
  • TSYS JapanSM
  • TSYS Merchant SolutionsSM
  • Columbus Productions, Inc.SM
  • ProPay
  • NetSpend

Joint ventures[edit]

  • TSYS Managed Services EMEA (55%)
  • Total System Services de México, S.A. de C.V (TSYS de Mexico) (49%)
  • CUP Data (44.5%)
  • GP Net Corporation (GP Net) (53%)
  • Central Payments Co (75%)


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