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12/1/2015

MetaBank®, StoneEagle Extend Relationship with New Five-Year Contract

MetaBank®, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, has signed a five-year agreement to extend its relationship with StoneEagle Services, Inc. dba VPay®, a leading provider of advanced virtual payment technology solutions to multiple industries, including Finance and Insurance (F&I). MetaBank and StoneEagle have worked together since 2009, issuing virtual cards to facilitate insurance claim payments to thousands of automotive and healthcare providers, among others.

“StoneEagle has been a pioneer in B2B virtual payments technology, supporting multiple industries,” said Brad Hanson, President of MetaBank. “We have enjoyed our partnership and look forward to collaborating with them, providing innovative payment solutions to sustain and accelerate growth for their business, now and in the future.”

“Our partnership with MetaBank has served us well,” said Robert Allen, CEO of StoneEagle. “We are a single source, patented technology provider of integrated virtual claims payment solutions. MetaBank’s entrepreneurial spirit and vision, and dedication to our products, has allowed StoneEagle to succeed in the seamless delivery of these payments to various providers on behalf of our clients.”

About StoneEagle
VPay® is a turn-key B2B payment processing solution provided by StoneEagle Services, Inc., one of a portfolio of StoneEagle technology companies in business for over 30 years with extensive experience in the design and development of enterprise-wide insurance industry applications, data management and standardized business process outsourced solutions. VPay is a complete payment solution that offers a virtual card designed specifically for claim payments with core VPay functionality in-house, including: payer integration, remittance advice imaging and production, full service check and treasury tools, ACH origination and management, virtual card processing and call center support. For more information visit www.vpayusa.com and www.stoneeagle.com.

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7/22/2015

MetaBank® announces partnership with PayQuicker

MetaBank's payment solutions division, Meta Payment Systems®, recently entered into an agreement with PayQuicker. PayQuicker provides a simple, cost effective payment platform for corporations. They provide a better way for corporations to pay their agents, contractors, channel sellers and others. The Sioux Falls-based financial services company will become the issuing bank for PayQuicker’s prepaid card programs.

“We are pleased to partner with PayQuicker,” said MetaBank’s President, Brad Hanson. “We know this partnership will enable us to grow together in a safe and compliant way, while allowing their partners to leverage the power of the payment to make their businesses more efficient. We especially believe their purpose of providing safe, simple and affordable payments closely aligns with our vision as a company, which is to provide financial inclusion for everyone.”

“With MetaBank’s knowledge of the industry, experience and volume, they are an ideal sponsor bank to support PayQuicker’s continued growth. We are excited to include MetaBank as one of our key partners,” said PayQuicker’s President, Paul Beldham. “We share the same values, and will complement each other’s strengths in serving our customers and partners.”

About PayQuicker
Whether you define your team as 1099 contractors, distributors, affiliates or on-demand workers; paying the people who drive your business has never been safer, faster or easier with PayQuicker’s no-cost Instant Payments. At PayQuicker, we minimize your expense, liability and the problems associated with direct deposits, wires, paper checks and many online solutions. Our secure, compliant, FDIC insured platform provides customized solutions with automated payment processing to over 170 countries. Recipients of our no-cost Instant Payments are provided with a user-friendly interface, mobile apps and multilingual web tools. Flexible spending options include cobranded prepaid debit cards, local bank deposits, paper checks and product spendback options, all supported by our in-house, US-based customer service team. As a customer centric organization, PayQuicker has perfected its onboarding and customer-switching practices through a seamless process that delivers the full value of our products and services to your company and payees alike. Simply put, when you succeed, we succeed. Our mission is to create the ideal payment solution for each company we are honored to serve. For more information, visit www.PayQuicker.com. Contact us at 866.400.2712 or 585.507.4604 or sales@payquicker.com.

About MetaBank®
MetaBank, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, delivers innovative financial products that change the way people use, borrow and manage money. Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., MPS is a recognized leader in the prepaid card industry and provides innovative payment solutions delivered nationally in collaboration with market-leading partners. MPS focuses on offering specific product solutions in the following areas: prepaid cards, credit products, electronic funds transfer and ATM sponsorship. Meta Financial Group, Inc.® (NASDAQ Global Market®: CASH), is the holding company for federally chartered savings bank MetaBank, Member FDIC. For more information, visit www.MetaPay.com.

7/13/2015

MetaBank® announces partnership with InComm

MetaBank®, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, recently entered into an agreement with InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company with corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The Sioux Falls-based financial services company will become an issuing bank for InComm’s prepaid card programs.

“We’re excited to partner with InComm,” said Brad Hanson, President of MetaBank. “InComm is a well-known leader in the payments industry. The synergies between our two companies will mutually serve us well, paving the way for providing innovative electronic payment solutions to consumers through InComm’s extensive retail channel.”

“Expanding our bank partnerships to include MetaBank is an important and exciting step for InComm,” said Scott Meyerhoff, COO/CFO of InComm. “MetaBank is one of the premier institutions focused on prepaid products and services to the payments industry. We look forward to leveraging their strengths and experience in delivering our innovative financial service products.”

About InComm
Leveraging deep integrations into retailers’ point-of-sale systems, InComm provides connectivity to a variety of service providers that allow consumers to conduct everyday business at more than 450,000 points of retail distribution worldwide. Whether those consumers are activating prepaid products, paying bills, enjoying real-time discounts through a membership card, purchasing digital goods in-store or adding funds to an online account, InComm is there to provide unique gift-gifting opportunities, cater to on-the-go shoppers, deliver added value through loyalty programs and serve cash-based consumers. With 186 global patents, InComm is headquartered in Atlanta with a presence in over 30 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Learn more at www.InComm.com

About MetaBank®
MetaBank, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, delivers innovative financial products that change the way people use, borrow and manage money. Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., MPS is a recognized leader in the prepaid card industry and provides innovative payment solutions delivered nationally in collaboration with market-leading partners. MPS focuses on offering specific product solutions in the following areas: prepaid cards, credit products, electronic funds transfer and ATM sponsorship. Meta Financial Group, Inc.® (NASDAQ Global Market®: CASH), is the holding company for federally chartered savings bank MetaBank, Member FDIC. For more information, visit www.Metapay.com.

6/30/2015

MetaBank®, NetSpend extend relationship with new five-year contract

MetaBank's payment solutions division, Meta Payment Systems®, recently signed a five-year agreement to extend its relationship with NetSpend, a TSYS company (NYSE: TSS) and prepaid provider of choice to self-banked consumers and the brands that serve them. MetaBank and NetSpend have been working together to issue prepaid cards for nearly 10 years.

MetaBank President Brad Hanson said that NetSpend’s mission fits well with MetaBank’s vision. “Financial inclusion and empowerment for everyone is central to everything we do in our business," he said. “NetSpend’s core values have made our partnership a perfect fit that we hope to continue for years to come.”

“MetaBank is an ideal partner,” said NetSpend President Chuck Harris. “MetaBank matches and passionately supports NetSpend’s commitment to innovation and providing best-in-class financial services to so many of our valued consumers,” he said. “We are excited about what the next five years will bring, and look forward to further developing our relationship with MetaBank.”

About NetSpend, a TSYS Company
NetSpend is the prepaid provider of choice to self-banked consumers and the brands that serve them. With a mission to empower consumers with the convenience, security and freedom to be self-banked, NetSpend’s products have helped more than 10 million consumers spend, budget and pay bills since 1999. Consumers can reload and find NetSpend Prepaid Cards at convenient locations nationwide through NetSpend’s extensive network of 130,000 reload points and more than 85,000 distributing locations and employers, including check cashers, convenience stores, grocers, pharmacies, insurance providers and tax preparers. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NetSpend is a wholly owned subsidiary of TSYS (NYSE: TSS). For more information, please visit www.netspend.com, or follow NetSpend on Twitter at twitter.com/NetSpend or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NetSpend.

6/15/2015

John Hagy Wins NBPCA's First Terrence P. Maher Prepaid Influencer Award

John Hagy, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of MetaBank, was awarded the inaugural Terrence P. Maher Prepaid Influencer Award at NBPCA’s annual Power of Prepaid event in Washington, D.C. The accolade recognizes one individual for dedication and passion in driving the prepaid industry forward, honoring the late Terry Maher, former partner at Baird Holm LLP and general counsel for the NBPCA, who passed away unexpectedly in August of 2014.

“It is really gratifying to see others recognize the skill and influence that John has,” said J. Tyler Haahr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of MetaBank. “He truly makes a difference in the industry and our company.”

“Working with John for so many years has been an honor” said Brad Hanson, President of MetaBank. “He works tirelessly to promote and educate others about the industry. This allows us to further expand and innovate in the payments industry, and ultimately promote financial inclusion to all consumers.”

John has been with MetaBank since 2006 and has more than 25 years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience within the credit and prepaid-card industry.

5/8/2015

The J.G. Wentworth Company announces prepaid partnership with FIS and MetaBank

The J.G. Wentworth Company announced today that it has signed agreements to partner with FIS and MetaBank to enter the prepaid category. FIS, a global leader in banking and payments technology, will serve as the processor and MetaBank will act as the issuing bank.

“This is an exciting step forward in the transformation of The J.G. Wentworth Company. Our partnerships with Visa, FIS, and MetaBank represent our continued progress towards becoming a diversified financial services company and sets the stage to bring our prepaid products to market,” said Greg Schneider, EVP and Chief Information Officer, The J.G. Wentworth Company. “We know these partners well and believe that their experience combined with our strong brand and core competencies will enable us to be a successful player in this category.”

“With a 45-year history in the financial services industry, FIS has long been a leading payment processor and we are excited to partner with The J.G. Wentworth Company as they enter the prepaid card category,” said Bruce Lowthers, EVP, North American Retail Payments, FIS. “Delivering solutions that leverage emerging technology, we are looking forward to working with The J.G. Wentworth Company as it diversifies its portfolio of consumer financial services.”

"MetaBank prides itself on offering inventive and valuable solutions to its partners and customers,” MetaBank President Brad Hanson said. "With our existing business and compliance infrastructure, we are dedicated to providing J.G. Wentworth scalable prepaid solutions that are beneficial and useful to all parties.”

J.G Wentworth expects to launch its prepaid products in the third quarter.

About The J.G. Wentworth Company
The J.G. Wentworth Company focuses on key consumer financial services sectors, including structured settlement, annuity and lottery payment purchasing. The Company is further diversifying into the prepaid cards category, personal lending and home lending. For more information about The J.G. Wentworth Company, visit www.jgw.com or use the contact information provided below.

About FIS
FIS is a global leader in banking and payments technology as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions. With a long history deeply rooted in the financial services sector, FIS serves more than 14,000 institutions in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 40,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing and banking solutions. Providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that drives financial institutions, FIS is 426 on the Fortune 500 and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. For more information about FIS, visit www.fisglobal.com.

4/15/2015

MetaBank® announces partnership as additional issuer of Univision MasterCard® Prepaid Card

MetaBank®, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, recently entered into a multi-year agreement with Univision Communications Inc.®, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, to be another issuer for its Univision MasterCard® Prepaid Card.

“Our vision of promoting financial inclusion for everyone fits well with the philosophy of Univision,” MPS President Brad Hanson said. “Through Univision’s vast channels and resources we can better affect positive change for a larger number of consumers of all backgrounds.”

“We selected Meta because of its strong reputation in the prepaid business and because it has a solid infrastructure to support our future growth opportunities as we expand and meet the needs of the growing Hispanic community,” said Bob Harada, Univision Vice President/Head of Prepaid Card Services.

The Univision MasterCard Prepaid Card offers consumers a culturally relevant, safe and cost-effective alternative to cash and low-balance checking accounts. The card reduces the inconvenience and costs related to cashing checks, prevents overdrafting and associated fees and enables consumers to better track and manage spending by providing them with the ability to monitor when and where they make purchases with their cards. The Univision MasterCard Prepaid Card can also be used anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted, including online purchases and bill payment.

About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The company, a leading content creator in the United States, includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the United States regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country, reaching approximately 93 percent of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 87 percent of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group, which owns and operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an interactive network of online and mobile apps and products, including UVideos, a bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, including more than 65 radio stations, exclusive digital channels and a custom radio offering with more than 25 million songs, Univision.com, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.

3/10/2015

MetaBank® announces partnership with Berkeley Payment Solutions

MetaBank’s payment solutions division Meta Payment Systems® recently signed an agreement to partner with Berkeley Payment Solutions, a Toronto-based company that provides domestic and international prepaid payment solutions for corporations. The Sioux Falls-based financial company will become Berkeley’s issuing bank in the United States, issuing corporate payment cards and facilitating a variety of loyalty, reward and promotion solutions for its clients in the United States.

Berkeley and Meta will be ideal partners, according to Berkeley CEO David Eason. “Given the opportunities in the U.S. payments, loyalty and incentive space, our partnership will enable both companies to benefit from each other’s strengths and expertise and provide quality solutions to our clients in an aligned, compliant way.”

According to MetaBank President Brad Hanson, MetaBank is ready to meet Berkeley’s needs. “We are excited about the opportunities a Berkeley-Meta partnership presents,” he said. “Our relationships with quality partners like Berkeley coupled with a robust compliance infrastructure allow us to provide scalable, sound solutions to the marketplace. We are well-positioned to grow together.”

About Berkeley Payment Solutions
Berkeley Payment Solutions delivers MasterCard and Visa prepaid card programs for corporations, governments, and financial institutions. As a trusted managed services provider, Berkeley helps clients navigate the payments industry ecosystem and offers an extensive suite of services, including program management, product development, accounting and reporting, IT consulting and integration, processing, card design, and card fulfillment. Berkeley also partners with leading financial institutions to accelerate revenue growth opportunities and profitability by reducing the cost, complexity, and risk of developing and launching new payments products. Through these partnerships, Berkeley serves over 500 corporate and government clients in North America spanning all industries and business functions, providing a variety of prepaid Visa and MasterCard solutions that are simple, flexible, and effective.

In 2013, Berkeley ranked No. 25 in the Profit 500 of Canada’s fastest growing companies, and most recently the company ranked No. 39 on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50. For more information, visit berkeleypayment.com.

3/3/2015

John Hagy recognized among ‘Top 10 Payments Lawyers’ by Paybefore

John Hagy, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of MetaBank, was recognized among the “Top 10 Payments Lawyers” in the industry by Paybefore at the 2015 All Payments Expo (APEX) Conference held in Las Vegas, Nev. Paybefore is an online and printed publication subscription news service that is the leading provider of information to the prepaid, mobile and emerging-payments industry.

“We are very proud of John and his designation,” said J. Tyler Haahr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of MetaBank. “John has been an asset to Meta, navigating our business through some very complex and challenging regulatory times. John is recognized in his field as a leader specializing in regulatory and compliance issues and his extensive legal experience in the prepaid and financial services industry has served us well.”

John has been with Meta since 2006 and has more than 25 years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience within the credit and prepaid-card industry.

3/2/2015

MetaBank® announces partnership with Store Financial

MetaBank's payment solutions division, Meta Payment Systems®, has recently signed an agreement to partner with Store Financial, a Kansas-based company that provides electronic-card-payment innovations, prepaid programs, mobile solutions and commercial payments. Meta will provide sponsorship to Store Financial for its solutions provided to corporations and consumers.

MetaBank President Brad Hanson said that Store Financial’s drive toward innovative solutions for clients fits well with MetaBank’s own goals. “We are always striving to help our partners, clients and cardholders have the most streamlined, optimum experience with our products and services," he said. “And Store Financial has a similar take on these valued relationships.”

Store Financial CEO Eric Mettemeyer said that partnership with MetaBank will only enhance the company’s existing level of service. “Working with MetaBank will provide us new opportunities to build and develop services and support for our customers,” he said. “The partnership will allow us to offer the results our corporate and consumer clients are accustomed to and then some.”

About Store Financial
Located in Overland Park, Kan., Store Financial develops innovative, private-label payment-card solutions for corporate payers that want to utilize programs like incentive, loyalty, gift, promotional and disbursement cards, thus aiding payment aggregators in streamlining corporate disbursements and automate settlement. It does this by enabling redemption, controlling the use of the card and automating the settlement of funds – all without the need for point-of-sale integration or IT development, saving its clients precious time and money.

2/10/2015

Meta Payment Systems® bestows 2014 Spotlight Awards on outstanding clients

Meta Payment Systems® (Meta), a division of MetaBank®, through its Agent Products group, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Client Spotlight Awards, honoring high-performing prepaid clients for the 2014 calendar year.

“As with prior years, we’ve continued to see a general portfolio lift in year-over-year volume on all four of our prepaid product offerings,” Meta’s VP of Business Resources and Agent Products Nikkee Rhody said. “Hats off to our 1,100 financial institution partners. This is a great indication of effort given to serve your communities in 2014.”
This year’s recipients included:

“Best Performance by a Client with 1-9 Locations” (Most Cards Issued) – Family Trust Federal Credit Union, Rock Hill, S.C. – Two-time winner!
“Best Performance by a Client with 10-49 Locations” (Most Cards Issued) –TDECU, Lake Jackson, Texas – Six-time winner!
“Best Performance by a Client with 50+ Locations” (Most Cards Issued) – Associated Bank, N.A., Stevens Point, Wis. – Six-time winner!
“Best Picture” – Highest Percentage Growth Card Sales Year-Over-Year, ‘13-‘14: B-M S Federal Credit Union, New Brunswick, N.J. – 514% growth!
“Best Large Order Effects” – Highest Volume of Large Order Card Sales: Associated Bank, N.A. – More than 13,900 Large Order cards sold!
“Best Supporting Client” – Highest Level of Engagement: American Bank of the North, Hibbing, Minn.
“Most Unique Picture” – Most Innovative Use of Product: Western Bank, St. Paul, Minn.

As part of a partnership with an area nonprofit, Western Bank offers gift cards for people in need of day-to-day necessities. The organization, which is dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services, helped serve more than 13,000 people in 2013 alone through its partnership with Western Bank.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Meta over the past few years,” Western Bank Customer Service Supervisor Linda Reko said. “Gift cards are an additional product that we can offer our consumer and business customers that helps to strengthen their relationships with Western Bank.”

Family Trust Federal Credit Union appreciates the ability to offer its members services on top of traditional credit union offerings. “It is a pleasure to be recognized with a Spotlight Award for our efforts,” Family Trust AVP of Marketing Katie Stacks said. “Meta offers opportunities for boosting sales numbers, including sales promotions, throughout the year to assist with integrating these products into our community and growing our share of members’ wallets.”

According to Rhody, there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing that Meta’s prepaid offerings help bank and credit union clients increase wallet share. “We’re always looking to empower more and more financial institutions to stay competitive and meet the needs of all of their customers by signing them up to sell Meta’s prepaid products,” she said. “It’s a long-term investment in consumers who are increasingly in need of a variety of financial products for their day-to-day lives.”

Each winner will receive an engraved award reading “2014 Meta Spotlight Awards,” along with the category name, description and financial institution name.