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To: StocksMan who wrote (20262)9/24/2004 4:36:58 PM
From: StocksMan
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CheckFree to Host Conference Call

Friday September 24, 4:30 pm ET

ATLANTA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Monday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq: CKFR - News), will host a conference call to review first quarter results. The results will be released on Monday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

To phone into the conference, dial 1-877-232-1067 any time after 4:45 p.m. EDT and ask for the CheckFree conference call. All participants can also access the conference call via the Web by visiting checkfreecorp.com .

If you are unable to join the conference call, it will be available on digital replay after 7:00 p.m. EDT on October 18 at checkfreecorp.com .

* CheckFree conference call

* 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, October 18

* Conference call number 1-877-232-1067 or checkfreecorp.com

* Digital replay available at checkfreecorp.com

Source: CheckFree Corporation

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20263)9/29/2004 8:21:50 AM
From: StocksMan
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Xcel Energy Offers Online Payment Option

Tuesday September 28, 1:51 pm ET

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 2004--Residential customers of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL - News) may now view and pay their monthly energy bills online, free of charge, through the company's website, www.xcelenergy.com. This payment option is powered by a partnership between Xcel Energy and CheckFree, one of the nation's largest providers of electronic billing and payment services.

"The online view and pay option enables customers to review their bill summary online and schedule payments at that time, without the additional time and expense that can come from using the traditional paper process," said Debbie Mukherjee, product portfolio manager for Xcel Energy.

To use the system, participants must first enroll with CheckFree (www.checkfreecorp.com) before they can view and pay their bills online. Customers may then access the Xcel Energy website, choose the "Residential" customer option, enter their zip code, and then select "payment options." As customers pay their bills online, they will build their statement and payment history online as well.

If customers are already online with CheckFree, or at any one of over 1,300 financial institutions or Internet portals that offer CheckFree's services, then they may only need to add Xcel Energy as a payee and/or biller. Payments will be debited the usual way from their bank account. Customers can schedule payments ahead of time -- as far as one year in advance -- or up to two business days prior to the due date.

Other online payment options are available and, like Xcel Energy's Online View & Pay, these options are free to the customer. If customers are signed up for automatic deduction through PaySmart from Xcel Energy they can also use the new online service to view bill summary information. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20264)10/1/2004 9:36:52 AM
From: StocksMan
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Bank of America Introduces Person-to-Person Money Transfers

Thursday September 30, 9:01 am ET

New online service lets bank customers transfer money instantly to friends and family coast-to-coast

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of America customers now can transfer money instantaneously to millions of other Bank of America customers with a new feature the bank is introducing to its Online Banking service. The free money transfer feature enables consumers to move money from their personal checking, savings, line of credit or credit card accounts to other Bank of America personal deposit account customers.

"We've been listening to our customers and the ability to transfer money to online customers within the Bank of America family is one of their top requests," said Sanjay Gupta, e-Commerce executive at Bank of America. "Parents with children in college will find this particularly useful, as will others who want a convenient way to send money to friends or family within our coast-to-coast network and have the money instantly available."

A leader in consumer banking, serving 33 million consumer relationships in 29 states and the District of Columbia, Bank of America is one of the first financial institutions to offer this capability. The service demonstrates the strength of the company's nationwide network and its power as one of the nation's leading retailers. For Bank of America customers, the transfer service offers unparalleled convenience coast-to-coast.

Consumers can enroll for free Online Banking at bankofamerica.com . Once they have established a Bank of America account, they can select "Transfer Funds" to access this new feature and add the accounts of those family members and friends to whom they would like to transfer money.

The service is now available to customers with accounts in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest and will be rolled out to California customers in October. Former Fleet customers will be able to access the service later next year when they are converted to the Bank of America system. Next month, Bank of America also plans to introduce transfers to and from accounts at other financial institutions.

Bank of America has more than 11.7 million active Online Banking customers, the most in the industry. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20265)10/11/2004 9:13:47 AM
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CheckFree Announces Agreement to Provide Real Time Reconciliation for Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro Data Feed

Monday October 11, 9:01 am ET

ATLANTA and LONDON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CheckFree Software, a division of CheckFree (Nasdaq: CKFR - News), today announced an agreement with Cable & Wireless, the international communications group, to support its Real Time Nostro (RTN) service. This collaboration will enable users of CheckFree cash and securities reconciliation solutions, such as CheckFree Frontier(TM), to reconcile nostro account data in real time using the Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro service, helping member banks to reconcile their currency positions in real time, reducing liquidity risk and improving operational efficiencies.

Steve Engdahl, vice president of product management, CheckFree Software explains: "The Cable & Wireless RTN data service will give our customers real time access to their current correspondent bank activity and positions. The ability to run their CheckFree Software reconciliation and exception management operations in real time, alongside live RTN data, has significant benefits. It will enable users to reconcile positions instantaneously against their internal back office systems to manage their currency positions more effectively than ever before."

Gerard P. Hammarlund, head of sales, Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro, commented: "As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, banks and their counterparties have an ever greater need for real time information in a uniform format, and this is what our RTN feed provides. When combined with CheckFree's real time reconciliation capabilities, a powerful set of tools is created for the banks to enhance customer service and improve liquidity management."

Randy McCoy, executive vice president and general manager of CheckFree Software, adds: "CheckFree's agreement with Cable & Wireless is another major step in our continuing commitment to the development of leading edge reconciliation and STP technology. This relationship promises to deliver industry-leading risk management and operational benefits to our financial services customers."

Whether users are downloading RTN data periodically or accessing it live throughout the day, CheckFree Frontier can be running in the background to catch exceptions early in the cycle and speed up the back office settlement process. And because CheckFree's flagship reconciliation solution is STP- enabled, this data can then be made instantly accessible to the banks' departmental or global offices for a real time view of their cash positions -- anywhere, anytime. This capability promises to have a positive impact on both operational risk management and liquidity optimisation.

CheckFree Frontier, the product of 35 years of technology leadership, provides a single scalable platform for enterprise reconciliation operations across multiple lines of business. Its centralised infrastructure ensures fast deployment, central financial and management control and ensures that best- practice processes are enforced across the operation in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley, Basel II and other regulatory initiatives. Frontier's comprehensive reservoir of real-time decision data and reliable metrics provides a powerful operational control tool, giving it a strategic place in the global operation. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20266)10/12/2004 8:01:10 AM
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EBay's PayPal hit by glitches in online payments

By Lisa Baertlein, Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO — EBay's online payment service PayPal has suffered intermittent glitches since late last week, locking some users out of their accounts for long stretches and making it difficult for some online sellers to complete deals, the company and users said Monday.

The online payment problem came at the start of eBay's seasonally biggest quarter for revenues and roughly four months after the company apologized for a run of billing and search snafus that disrupted some of the auction site's most dedicated sellers.

EBay Monday said it was working to fix the recent PayPal problems, which have affected payments, log-ins and account creation.

"We are working furiously. ... We have all resources dedicated to getting it fixed as soon as possible," PayPal spokeswoman Amanda Pires told Reuters.

"We haven't found the ultimate cause," said Pires, who added that the problem appeared to be related to a coding update late Thursday.

It was not immediately clear how widespread the problems were, although eBay's message boards were filled with postings about the PayPal glitches.

Michael Bokan, of West Charlton, New York, told Reuters PayPal usually processes 5 to 10 payments a day on orders from his fly-fishing equipment Web site FlyShack.com.

Bokan, who said he can see payment requests being sent to PayPal, said no payments came through Friday, less than half than normal were processed over the weekend and just one was processed Monday.

"It's messing things up," said one San Francisco-based PayPal user who spoke on condition he not be named. He said payments were "trickling in" to his account, although confirmation e-mails from PayPal were not.

Users also complained they were unable to withdraw money from their PayPal accounts or to use their PayPal debit cards. "I can't get paid, can't ship and can't get to my own money," a PayPal user wrote in a posting on eBay's message boards.

EBay has been integrating PayPal tightly into its site since it purchased the company in 2002.

For example, the company added a feature to its popular "Buy It Now" function that allows sellers to accept immediate payment only through PayPal.

PayPal boasted 50.4 million accounts at the end of the second quarter, during which it processed $4.4 billion in payments. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20267)10/13/2004 12:37:12 PM
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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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To: StocksMan who wrote (20268)10/14/2004 8:32:47 AM
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CheckFree Health & Fitness Introduces CheckFree Schedule Manager at Club Industry 2004

Thursday October 14, 8:00 am ET

-- CheckFree Schedule Manager, in Conjunction with RCM Solutions, Provides Comprehensive Reservation and Club Management Suite --

ATLANTA and CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Club Industry 2004 Booth #1255 -- CheckFree Health & Fitness, a business unit of CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq: CKFR - News), today announced the introduction of CheckFree Schedule Manager, an Internet-based reservation system for health clubs of any size at Club Industry's 2004 annual conference in Chicago. CheckFree Schedule Manager integrates with RCM Solutions, CheckFree's complete club management system, enabling clubs to streamline the scheduling and managing of their resources and facilities.

Health clubs using CheckFree Schedule Manager can allow members and non- members to schedule appointments online in real-time. Additionally, they can easily and securely pay for those appointments either online via credit card or at the club upon check in. As customers increasingly use the self- reservation system, phone calls to employees are greatly reduced, enabling them to better service health club members on-site. The system can be used by employees to make reservations on behalf of members and non-members as well as enable them to manage their availability, eliminating duplicate location or staff reservations.

"Health clubs require scheduling solutions that enable staff to quickly and easily access a variety of member information. They need a unified service that facilitates all run-rate operations including scheduling, reservation check-in, billing and accounting," said Matt McKernan, vice president and general manager of CheckFree's Health & Fitness business unit. "The combination of CheckFree Schedule Manager and RCM Solutions gives clubs the most comprehensive product suite to meet their operational needs."

CheckFree Schedule Manager is easy-to-use and can easily be customized for the unique business rules of individual clubs. Reservations can be tailored based on a particular location, specific staff member, or combination of the two. Administrators can also define any service they want to enable online from tennis courts and swimming lessons to massage and tanning sessions.

CheckFree Schedule Manager provides the following benefits:

- Tight Integration with Club Management Solution-CheckFree Schedule Manager is designed to work closely with RCM Solutions providing a complete management and reservation system.

- Two-Way Communication-Advanced messaging technology enables two-way communication between Schedule Manager and RCM Solutions to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to the club and its members.

- Scalability-CheckFree Schedule Manager is designed to work at the smallest clubs as well as large clubs with multiple site locations.

- Hosted by CheckFree-CheckFree Schedule Manager is hosted by the same electronic center used to process online bill payments for more than 14 million customers since 1981. While RCM Solutions requires a simple software download and installation, clubs only need to set up an interface with CheckFree to operate CheckFree Schedule Manager.

CheckFree Schedule Manager will be available in spring 2005. For more information on pricing and availability, call 800-242-9522, visit us at Booth #1255 at Club Industry 2004 (Oct. 14-16, 2004), or visit our Web site at rcmsolutions.com. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20269)10/14/2004 9:19:27 AM
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Cyphermint Partners with American Payment Systems (APS) For Bill Payment Enabled Kiosks

Thursday October 14, 9:00 am ET

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. , Oct. 14, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Cyphermint, Inc., a leading provider of secure electronic payments, today announced an agreement with American Payment Systems (APS), a market leader in walk-in bill payments and a business unit of CheckFree Corporation (NasdaqNM:CKFR - News). With the relationship the companies will provide electronic bill payment services for Cyphermint's PayCash(tm) and Kiosk Integration Solutions.

APS bill pay services will be available on the PayCash One Stop(r), a self-serve, 24-hour kiosk with ATM capabilities among other retail kiosk projects from Cyphermint. The agreement will provide a cash alternative for consumers, who do not want to pay with money orders, credit cards or checks, to make bill payments. With a bill payment enabled kiosk, a consumer can walk into any participating supermarket or convenience store, insert cash in the kiosk and pay their bills quickly, securely and conveniently.

Today APS's bill payment services are available in thousands of retail locations across the country, and Cyphermint's bill payment enabled kiosks automate simple financial transactions. For supermarket and convenience store merchants, this provides a secure and efficient method for their customers to pay bills quickly and privately. In addition to cash, these kiosks also accept credit and debit cards for transactions other than bill payments. The kiosks display an on-screen opportunity for the merchant to market in-house promotions and will provide affiliate partners with eCommerce coupon advertising opportunities. These features provide merchants a quick return on their investment.

``The addition of APS's leading walk-in bill payment services to our kiosk solutions ultimately enhance the value we can deliver to our base of retailers and the consumers they serve,'' said Joseph Barboza, President and CEO, Cyphermint, Inc. ``By offering bill payment options in their retail locations, merchants can offer a service to enable their customers to quickly and conveniently pay their bills in a self serve fashion.''

``Our technology partnership with Cyphermint will offer APS an excellent opportunity to provide the under banked market place with a self serve solution for in person bill payment,'' said Todd Lasher, director of business development, American Payment Systems. ``By enabling Cyphermint's kiosk solutions with new capabilities, we are jointly increasing the convenience of walk-in bill payments with new customer channels.''

As a market leader for walk-in bill payment solutions, American Payment Systems (APS) has been processing in-person payments since 1990. Through over 10,000 retail locations, APS reaches about 7 million households, and annually processes about 125 million payments, representing hundreds of billers. . .

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To: StocksMan who wrote (20270)10/18/2004 11:01:42 AM
From: Michael Hart
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looking at CKFR as a strangle play on earnings tonight..........any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thnx,

Mike

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To: Michael Hart who wrote (20271)10/18/2004 4:15:57 PM
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CheckFree Announces Fiscal 2005 First Quarter Results

Monday October 18, 4:11 pm ET

ATLANTA, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq: CKFR - News) today announced first quarter revenue of $177.8 million, representing 26 percent growth over the same period last year. The Company's GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) net income was $6.2 million, or $0.07 per share, and underlying net income was $26.9 million, or $0.29 per share. Free cash flow was $28.3 million for the quarter, as outlined in Attachment A.

GAAP Results: Net income for the first quarter was $6.2 million, compared to a net loss of $6.7 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share were $0.07 for the first quarter of fiscal 2005, compared to a loss per share of $0.07 for the first quarter of last year. Net cash provided by operating activities was $31.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2005, compared to $27.0 million for the same period last year.

Underlying Results: Underlying net income for the first quarter was $26.9 million, compared to $19.4 million for the same quarter of last year. Underlying earnings per share were $0.29 for the first quarter of fiscal 2005, compared to $0.21 for the first quarter of last year. Underlying net income and earnings per share exclude the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and related tax benefits. A reconciliation of CheckFree's underlying results to its GAAP results is included in Attachment A.

"CheckFree had a good first quarter, with consistent results across each of our divisions," said Pete Kight, CheckFree's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We showed steady performance from Investment Services, and Software delivered better-than-expected sales during a traditionally slow quarter. In Electronic Commerce, e-Bill and transaction growth were directly in line with our expectations, with our walk-in bill payment business contributing better- than-expected transaction results. Distribution points for our fully integrated electronic billing and payment solution continue to increase steadily."

"These fiscal first quarter results represent a good start for CheckFree, providing a solid foundation on which to build for the rest of fiscal 2005," Kight concluded.

First Quarter Highlights

The Company reported that its Electronic Commerce division processed 205.8 million transactions for the quarter, a 25 percent increase over the previous quarter; delivered 29.6 million e-Bills, an increase of 14 percent over the previous quarter; and increased the number of fully enabled electronic billing and payment distribution points to more than 1,400.

First quarter results for the Electronic Commerce division also included better-than-expected transaction volume and associated revenue from the Company's walk-in bill payment operations. Integration of this business into the Company's Electronic Commerce division continues as planned, following the acquisition of American Payment Systems, Inc., late in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004.

The Company also reported stronger-than-expected license sales in its Software division in the first quarter. Refer to Attachment B for details on the financial performance of CheckFree's divisions in the first quarter of fiscal 2005, and Attachment C for electronic billing and payment metrics.

Financial Outlook

"For the second quarter of fiscal 2005, we expect revenue in the range of $178 million to $183 million, and GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.07 to $0.10," said CheckFree Chief Financial Officer David Mangum. "This expectation equates to underlying earnings per share in the range of $0.30 to $0.32 for the quarter."

"Our expectations for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 are based on an outlook for continued solid performance from both our Investment Services and Software divisions," he continued. "Sequential quarterly transaction growth is expected to be in the range of 4 to 7 percent, reflecting our expectations for solid growth across all of our electronic billing and payment distribution points, and more modest growth from our walk-in bill payment business," he continued.

"Our first quarter results set us on a favorable course for achieving our fiscal year expectations. We continue to expect full-year earnings per share in the range of $0.39 to $0.45 on a GAAP basis, and in the range of $1.26 to $1.30 on an underlying basis, and free cash flow of more than $145 million for the year," Mangum concluded.

The difference between GAAP and underlying earnings expectations for fiscal 2005 and the second quarter of fiscal 2005 is due to expected acquisition-related intangible amortization expense and related tax benefits. . .

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