email received this morning:
Dear NCS Affiliate,

I am pleased to announce that NCS has recently been acquired by Bankrate, Inc. Through this letter we would like to introduce you to Bankrate dot com and to explain what this transaction means for you.

Bankrate dot com is a trusted source of objective editorial content, rate comparisons and tools for many consumers as they make important financial decisions. With an average of almost 6 million monthly unique visitors, Bankrate dot com is one of the top personal finance destinations on the Web. Bankrate provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 75 online partners, including America Online, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Bankrate's information is also distributed through more than 400 national and state publications.

The acquisition of NCS adds breadth to Bankrate’s growing credit card channel. We believe that NCS’s loyal affiliate network and strong platform, combined with Bankrate’s organic traffic, will make a significant positive impact on our issuers and affiliates, as well as Bankrate’s consumer and advertiser base.

Be assured that much at NCS will remain the same including the NCS team and the way in which you ordinarily conduct business with us. Our culture of superior customer service will continue to be a strong element of this business. You will also have the opportunity to leverage the Bankrate brand and our numerous direct relationships with the industry’s leading issuers, providing you with additional products to offer your site visitors. Together, the teams at Bankrate and NCS will work to improve and build upon the tools and functionality of the affiliate program, ensuring one of the best of breed programs in the industry.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your affiliate representative.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Nationwide Card Services, Inc.

Robert Langdon
President, COO
Nationwide Card Services, Inc.
Ph# 901-383-4405 x 10