MUNICH and HANNOVER, Germany, May 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The tele-shopping TV station Channel21 GmbH, headquartered in Hanover, will be relying on the services of Wirecard AG with immediate effect. As part of the agreement the Munich-based technology service provider will be taking over both the comprehensive risk management system for assessment of new customers and downstream payment processing of all incoming orders via the Internet and call center distribution channels.

In the field of payment processing and settlement, in supplementation of technical PSP services Channel21 has also opted for credit card acceptance (acquiring) for MasterCard and Visa via Wirecard Bank AG, with the aim of achieving synergies by single-source processing and settlement.

In the field of risk management, at Channel21 Wirecard solution modules are deployed as part of the order acceptance process that serve to identify and avoid instances of fraud on the one hand but also support merchant-specific risk management strategies on the other. For instance, these are based on complex decision-making tables that enable Channel21 to include supplementary information of relevance when accepting orders and evaluating new customers in addition to assessments by credit agencies in their decision-making processes, such as requirements of the industry segment, the distribution channel in question, any product risks and a great deal more. Accordingly, at Channel21 this process serves as a basis for fine-tuning the payment processes to be made available and thus has a positive impact on generating sales, on invoicing and C.O.D. quotas and on management of defaults in payment. In the field of credit information services, Channel21 has decided to cooperate with the credit inquiry agency CEG Creditreform Consumer GmbH, which is accessed via the Wirecard platform.

The tele-shopping TV station Channel21 meanwhile is among the top 3 of its industry in Germany, reaching some 35 million TV households with its 24-hour station. In addition, all sales programs can be followed via a live streaming service on the Internet. Orders can then be placed either by telephone or in the online shop.

Robert Ferstl, Managing Director at Channel21, explains: We provide our customers with excellent service and quality in all our fields of activity. For this reason, we also rely on partners with extremely good performance levels and a comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the segment of payment processing and risk management. At Wirecard, payment and risk management modules are closely synchronized; in addition, being a technology service provider that is independent of credit agencies, Wirecard provides us with a large number of interfaces with special service providers. On balance, we therefore achieve substantial process advantages, ensure quality and service and lower our costs.

We are pleased that we have managed to convince yet another provider in the field of tele-shopping of our portfolio of services. This reflects our many years' experience in this industry segment, adds Christa Wagner, Executive Vice President of the Consumer Goods Division at Wirecard AG. Our holistic approach combining technical and bank-related services is targeted at the benefits of merchants and, therefore, their profit maximization.

The risk management platform of Wirecard AG comprises a wide selection of solutions and services, starting from data or process analyses, technical realization of customer-specific solutions, all the way through to processes that enable merchants to optimize their risk management strategies in live operation (champion/challenger process). A large number of interfaces with strong partners, such as credit agencies, guarantee maximum flexibility and serve to complement the portfolio.

About Channel21:

Channel21, headquartered in Hanover, is Germany's third-largest tele-shopping TV station. The company markets and distributes a full range of products with a large selection of electronic articles and household goods all the way through to cosmetics products and fashion items via specially created tele-shopping productions and the Internet. Since October 2009, Channel21 has been operating an additional digital 24-hour TV tele-shopping channel via satellite (Astra) called Channel21 express for quick deciders and young target groups.

Established in 2001, today Channel21 broadcasts to some 35 million TV households via satellite and cable. In addition, over 12 million price-sensitive customers and bargain hunters can now watch product-oriented shows on Channel21 express. By today, as many as 4 million customers have already opted for its attractive and constantly growing product range. In 2008, Channel21 generated just under 100 million euros in sales revenues. Since March 1, 2010, the company has been part of Centuere AG.

About Wirecard:

Wirecard AG is one of the leading international providers of electronic payment and risk management solutions. Worldwide, the Wirecard Group supports over 11,000 companies from many and various industry segments in automating their payment processes and minimizing cases of default. Wirecard Bank AG is a Principal Member of VISA, MasterCard and JCB and operates as a credit card acquirer in more than 69 countries around the world, involving over 100 transaction currencies and 15 payout currencies. Part of the Wirecard Group, Wirecard Bank provides innovative solutions in the fields of corporate banking, prepaid and co-branded cards, along with account products for both business and private customers.

Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI). | |

Channel21 media contact: Channel21 GmbH Presse und Kommunikation Denise-Natalie Thuro Grosser Kolonnenweg 18 d 30163 Hannover Ph.: +49(511)8998-0 Fax: +49(511)8998-109 eMail: Wirecard media contact: Wirecard AG Iris Stöckl Bretonischer Ring 4 D-85630 Grasbrunn Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-0424 Fax: +49(0)89-4424-0524 E-mail: Internet:

SOURCE: Wirecard AG

CONTACT: Channel21 media contact: Channel21 GmbH, Presse undKommunikation, Denise-Natalie Thuro, Grosser Kolonnenweg 18 d, 30163Hannover, Ph.: +49(511)8998-0, Fax: +49(511)8998-109,; Wirecard media contact: Wirecard AG, Iris Stöckl,Bretonischer Ring 4, D-85630 Grasbrunn, Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-0424, Fax:+49(0)89-4424-0524,