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CheckFree Business Unit, APS, Extends Marketing Agreement with BillMatrix

Wednesday October 13, 8:00 am ET

Relationship Spans All Major Bill Payment Channels

ATLANTA & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2004--American Payment Systems, the market leader for walk-in payment solutions and a business unit of CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq:CKFR - News), today announced the extension of a joint marketing agreement with Dallas-based BillMatrix Corporation, a provider of outsourced telephone and Internet-based payment services. The extension will enable both companies to continue offering complementary electronic payment channels to billers to help them meet needs of all their consumer customers. The agreement, first signed in 2001, has allowed each company to offer its respective clients a more comprehensive range of payment offerings by providing referrals to the other company. CheckFree Corporation completed its acquisition of APS in June 2004.

"Extending this agreement across all channels allows clients to see how outsourcing all of these payment methods can reduce costs, increase cash flow and improve customer satisfaction," said Sean Feeney, executive vice president of CheckFree and general manager of APS. "This relationship enables our organization to offer comprehensive on-demand payment methods that are desired by our clients and prospects. Our continued alliance with BillMatrix supports our strategy of providing a full array of electronic billing and payment solutions to billers."

"With this collaboration, a recurring biller can meet the financial preferences of each individual in its customer base," said Scott Walker, President and CEO of BillMatrix. "On-line bill payers can access their bills and make payments via the vast range of Internet banking and biller direct sites supported by CheckFree. The on-demand payers can use the convenient BillMatrix service, and the walk-ins can take advantage of APS' extensive network of payment agents. Our relationship with CheckFree is the best way to address consumers' desire for control and choice in managing their finances."

In addition to extending the range of payment options for biller clients, this collaboration enables billers to extend their databases of "high risk" accounts of which electronic or in-person payments have been returned due to insufficient funds or fraud in the past. Using decision rules set in concert with the biller, APS, CheckFree and BillMatrix will be able to direct these accounts to guaranteed funds methods, such as ATM cards or cash at the walk-in location, that limit the billers' exposure and cost. . .
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