================================================================================ SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 _________________________________________ FORM 8-K CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 ___________________________________________ Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): (January 26, 2001) GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter) [CAPTION] Georgia 001-16111 58-257903 - ----------------------------- ----------------------------- ------------------------- (State or Other Jurisdiction (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer of Incorporation) Identification No.) Four Corporate Square Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2010 (Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code) Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (404) 728-2363 N/A - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report) ================================================================================

ITEM 5. OTHER EVENTS. On January 26, 2001, Global Payments Inc. (the "Company") entered into a Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement pursuant to which it will distribute one right (a "Right") for each outstanding share of the Company's Common Stock, no par value (the "Common Stock"), to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 30, 2001 and for each share of Common Stock issued by the Company thereafter and prior to the Separation Time (as described below). Each Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company one one- thousandth (1/1,000th) of a share (a "Unit") of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value (the "Preferred Stock"), at a purchase price of $100 per Unit (the "Exercise Price"), subject to adjustment. The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in the Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement between the Company and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, as Rights Agent, dated January 26, 2001 (the "Rights Agreement"). Separation Time - --------------- Initially, the Rights will be transferable only with the shares of Common Stock with respect to which they were distributed. Until the Separation Time the Rights will be evidenced by the certificates representing the shares of outstanding Common Stock with which they are associated, and no separate Rights Certificates will be distributed. The Rights will separate from the Common Stock and the Separation Time will occur upon the earlier of (i) ten business days following public announcement by the Company that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons (an "Acquiring Person") has acquired, obtained the right to acquire, or otherwise obtained beneficial ownership of 20% or more of the then-outstanding shares of Common Stock, or (ii) ten business following the commencement of a tender offer or exchange offer that would result in a person or group beneficially owning 20% or more of the then-outstanding shares of Common Stock. An Acquiring Person does not include (a) any person who is a beneficial owner of 20% or more of the Common Stock on January 26, 2001 (the date of the Rights Agreement), unless such person or group shall thereafter acquire beneficial ownership of additional Common Stock and fails to reduce its beneficial ownership of Common Stock to previous levels, or (b) a person who acquires beneficial ownership of 20% or more of the Common Stock without any intention to affect control of the Company and who thereafter promptly divests sufficient shares so that such person ceases to be the beneficial owner of 20% or more of the Common Stock. In addition, the Company, any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and any employee stock ownership or other employee benefit plan of the Company or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company shall not be an Acquiring Person. Also, National Data Corporation, currently the sole shareholder of the Company, and its affiliates and associates shall not be or become an Acquiring Person as the result of the ownership or acquisition of shares of the Company's Common Stock acquired prior to completion of the distribution of the Company's Common Stock by National Data Corporation to its stockholders on January 31, 2001. Finally, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and its affiliates and associates ("CIBC") shall not be deemed an Acquiring Person as the result of a previously announced stock purchsae by CIBC or any -2-

other acquisition of the Company's Common Stock until such time as CIBC owns more than 29.90% of the Company's outstanding Common Stock. Transfer of Rights and Certificates - ----------------------------------- Until the Separation Time, (i) the Rights will be evidenced by Common Stock certificates and will be transferred with and only with such Common Stock certificates, (ii) new Common Stock certificates issued after January 30, 2001 will bear a legend incorporating the Rights Agreement by reference, and (iii) the surrender for transfer of any certificates representing outstanding Common Stock will also constitute the surrender for transfer of the Rights associated with the Common Stock represented by such certificate. Promptly after the Separation Time, Rights Certificates will be mailed to holders of record of Common Stock as of the close of business on the date when the Separation Time occurs (other than holders of Rights that are or were beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person or an affiliate or associate thereof or by any transferee of any of the foregoing, which Rights shall be void) and, thereafter, the separate Rights Certificates alone will represent the Rights. Exercise of Rights for Common Stock - ----------------------------------- If a Flip-In Date occurs (i.e., the close of business ten business days following a public announcement by the Company that a person has become an Acquiring Person), and if the Company has not redeemed the Rights as described below, then a Right entitles the holder thereof to acquire shares of Common Stock (rather than Preferred Stock) having a value equal to twice the Right's exercise price. Instead of issuing shares of Common Stock upon exercise of a Right following a Flip-In Date, the Company may substitute therefor shares of Preferred Stock at a ratio of one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock for each share of Common Stock so issuable. In the event there are not sufficient treasury shares or authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock to permit exercise in full of the Rights, the Company may substitute debt or equity securities or other assets (or a combination thereof). In addition, the Company, upon the action of the Board of Directors may, after a Flip-In Date and prior to the time that an Acquiring Person becomes the beneficial owner of more than 50% of the Common Stock, elect to exchange all outstanding Rights (other than Rights that have become void) for shares of Common Stock at an exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock per Right, as adjusted. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, Rights that are, or (under certain circumstances set forth in the Rights Agreement) were, beneficially owned by any person on or after the date such person becomes an Acquiring Person will be null and void. In addition, the Rights Agreement provides that if an Acquiring Person controls the Company's Board of Directors, then the Company shall not enter into an agreement with respect to, consummate or permit to occur any: (i) consolidation, merger or share -3-

exchange if either the Acquiring Person or an affiliate or associate of the Acquiring Person is a party to the transaction or the terms of the transaction are not the same for the Acquiring Person as for the other holders of Common Stock; or (ii) sale or transfer of a majority of the Company's assets, unless the Company enters into an agreement for the benefit of the holders of the Rights providing that upon consummation of such transaction each Right shall constitute the right to purchase stock in the acquiring entity having a value equal to twice the exercise price of the Rights for an amount in cash equal to the exercise price of the Rights. Exercise Period - --------------- The Rights are not exercisable until the Separation Time and will expire at the close of business on January 26, 2011, unless earlier exchanged or redeemed by the Company as described below. Redemption of Rights - -------------------- At any time until the close of business on the Flip-In Date, the Company may, upon the action of the Board of Directors elect to redeem the Rights at a price of $0.01 per Right. The Board of Directors may condition redemption of the Rights upon the occurrence of a specified future time or event. Adjustments - ----------- The exercise price payable and the number of Rights outstanding are subject to adjustment from time to time to prevent dilution in the event of a stock dividend, stock split or reverse stock split, or other recapitalization which would change the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding. If prior to the Separation Time, the Company distributes securities or assets in exchange for Common Shares (other than regular cash dividends or a dividend paid solely in Common Shares) whether by dividend, reclassification, or otherwise, the Corporation shall make such adjustments, if any, in the Exercise Price, number of Rights and otherwise as the Board of Directors deems appropriate. Amendments - ---------- Any provisions of the Rights Agreement may be amended at any time prior to the close of business on the Flip-In Date without the approval of holders of the Rights, and thereafter, the Rights Agreement may be amended without approval of the Rights holders in any way which does not materially adversely affect the interests of the Rights holders generally or to cure an ambiguity or to correct or supplement any provision which may be inconsistent with any other provision or otherwise defective. -4-

Rights Prior to Exercise - ------------------------ Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will have no rights as a shareholder of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to vote or to receive dividends. While the distribution of the Rights will not be taxable to shareholders or to the Company, shareholders may, depending upon the circumstances, recognize taxable income in the event that the Rights become exercisable. Effect of the Rights - -------------------- The Rights may have certain anti-takeover effects. The Rights will cause substantial dilution to a person or group that attempts to acquire the Company on terms not approved by the Board of Directors of the Company unless the offer is conditioned on a substantial number of Rights being acquired. However, the Rights should not interfere with any merger, statutory share exchange or other business combination approved by a majority of the Board of Directors since the Rights may be redeemed by the Company upon resolution of the Board of Directors at any time on or prior to the close of business ten business days after announcement by the Company that a person has become an Acquiring Person. Thus, the Rights are intended to encourage persons who may seek to acquire control of the Company to initiate such an acquisition through negotiations with the Board of Directors. However, the effect of the Rights may be to discourage a third party from making a partial tender offer or otherwise attempting to obtain a substantial equity position in the equity securities of, or seeking to obtain control of, the Company. To the extent any potential acquirors are deterred by the Rights, the Rights may have the effect of preserving incumbent management in office. Documents and Effect of This Summary - ------------------------------------ A copy of the Rights Agreement is included as an Exhibit to this Report. This summary description of the Rights does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Rights Agreement, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference. -5-

ITEM 7. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS. No financial statements are required to be filed as part of this Report. The following exhibits are filed as part of this Report: EXHIBIT NO. DESCRIPTION - ----------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------- 99.1 Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement, dated January 26, 2001, between Global Payments Inc. and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, as Rights Agent 99.2 Press Release Regarding Rights Agreement, dated January 29, 2001 SIGNATURE Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. By: /s/ James G. Kelly ------------------------------ Name: James G. Kelly Title: Chief Financial Officer Dated: February 1, 2001 -6-

EXHIBIT 99.1 Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement

SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION RIGHTS AGREEMENT BETWEEN GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUNTRUST BANK, ATLANTA, AS RIGHTS AGENT January 26, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTICLE I - CERTAIN DEFINITIONS............................................. 1 ARTICLE II - THE RIGHTS..................................................... 5 2.1 Summary of Rights.................................................. 5 2.2 Issuance of Rights Certificates; Legend............................ 5 2.3 Exercise of Rights; Separation of Rights........................... 6 2.4 Adjustments to Exercise Price; Number of Rights.................... 7 2.5 Date on Which Exercise is Effective................................ 7 2.6 Execution, Authentication, Delivery and Dating of Rights Certificates.................................................... 8 2.7 Registration, Registration of Transfer and Exchange............... 8 2.8 Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost and Stolen Rights Certificates.................................................... 9 2.9 Persons Deemed Owners............................................. 9 2.10 Delivery and Cancellation of Certificates......................... 9 2.11 Agreement of Rights Holders....................................... 9 ARTICLE III - ADJUSTMENTS TO THE RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS ................................................ 10 3.1 Flip-In........................................................... 10 3.2 Flip-Over......................................................... 11 ARTICLE IV - THE RIGHTS AGENT.............................................. 12 4.1 General........................................................... 12 4.2 Merger or Consolidation or Change of Name of Rights Agent......... 12 4.3 Duties of Rights Agent............................................ 13 4.4 Change of Rights Agent............................................ 14 ARTICLE V - MISCELLANEOUS.................................................. 15 5.1 Redemption........................................................ 15 5.2 Expiration........................................................ 15 5.3 Issuance of New Rights Certificates............................... 15 5.4 Supplements and Amendments........................................ 15 5.5 Fractional Shares................................................. 16 5.6 Rights of Action.................................................. 16 5.7 Holder of Rights Not Deemed a Shareholder......................... 16 5.8 Notice of Proposed Actions........................................ 16 5.9 Notices........................................................... 16 5.10 Suspension of Exercisability...................................... 17 5.11 Costs of Enforcement.............................................. 17 5.12 Successors........................................................ 17 5.13 Benefits of this Agreement........................................ 17 5.14 Determination and Actions by the Board of Directors, etc.................................................. 17 5.15 Descriptive Headings.............................................. 17 5.16 Governing Law..................................................... 17 5.17 Counterparts...................................................... 18 5.18 Severability...................................................... 18

SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION RIGHTS AGREEMENT THIS SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION RIGHTS AGREEMENT (as amended from time to time, this "Agreement") is made and entered into as of January 26, 2001, between Global Payments Inc., a Georgia corporation (the "Company"), and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, as rights agent (the "Rights Agent," which term shall include any successor rights agent hereunder). W I T N E S S E T H: ------------------- WHEREAS, on January 26, 2001, the Board of Directors of the Company has (a) authorized and declared a dividend of one right ("Right") in respect of each share of Common Stock (as hereinafter defined) held of record as of the Close of Business (as hereinafter defined) on January 30, 2001 (the "Record Time") and (b) as provided in Section 2.4, authorized the issuance of one Right in respect of each share of Common Stock issued after the Record Time and prior to the Separation Time (as hereinafter defined); WHEREAS, subject to Sections 3.1, 5.1 and 5.10, each Right entitles the holder thereof, after the Separation Time, to purchase securities of the Company (or, in certain cases, of certain other entities) pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein; and WHEREAS, the Company desires to appoint the Rights Agent to act on behalf of the Company, and the Rights Agent is willing so to act, in connection with the issuance, transfer, exchange and replacement of Rights Certificates (as hereinafter defined), the exercise of Rights and other matters referred to herein; NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the respective agreements set forth herein, the parties hereby agree as follows: ARTICLE I CERTAIN DEFINITIONS ------------------- 1.1 Certain Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following ------------------- terms have the meanings indicated: "Acquiring Person" shall mean any Person who is a Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock; provided, however, that the term "Acquiring Person" shall not include any Person (i) who is the Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock on the date of this Agreement or who shall become the Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock solely as a result of an acquisition by the Company of shares of Common Stock or the distribution by National Data Corporation of shares of Common Stock to its stockholders as contemplated by the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10 with respect to the Common Stock, until such time hereafter or thereafter as any such Person shall become the Beneficial Owner (other than by means of a stock dividend or stock split) of any additional shares of Common Stock, (ii) who is the Beneficial Owner of 20%, or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock but who acquired Beneficial Ownership of shares of Common Stock without any plan or intention to seek or affect control of the Company, if such Person promptly enters into an irrevocable commitment promptly to divest, and thereafter promptly divests (without exercising or retaining any power, including voting power, with respect to such shares), sufficient shares of Common Stock (or securities convertible into, exchangeable into or exercisable for Common Stock) so that such Person ceases to be the Beneficial Owner of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock or (iii) who Beneficially Owns shares of Common Stock consisting solely of one or more of (A) shares of Common Stock Beneficially Owned pursuant to the grant or exercise of an option granted to such Person by the Company in connection with an agreement to merge with, or acquire, the Company entered into prior to a Flip-In Date, (B) shares of Common Stock (or securities convertible into, exchangeable into or exercisable for Common Stock) Beneficially Owned by such Person or its Affiliates or Associates at the time of grant of such option or (C) shares of Common Stock (or securities convertible into, exchangeable into or exercisable for Common Stock)

acquired by Affiliates or Associates of such Person after the time of such grant which, in the aggregate, amount to less than 1% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. In addition, the Company, any wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company and any employee stock ownership or other employee benefit plan of the Company or a wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company shall not be an Acquiring Person. Notwithstanding the foregoing, National Data Corporation, currently the sole shareholder of the Company, and its Affiliates and Associates shall not be or become an Acquiring Person as the result of the ownership or acquisition of shares of Common Stock acquired prior to completion of the distribution of Common Stock by National Data Corporation to its stockholders as contemplated by the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10 with respect to the Common Stock. Finally, notwithstanding the foregoing, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and its Affiliates and Associates ("CIBC") shall not be or become an Acquiring Person solely as the result of (i) CIBC's acquisition of shares of Common Stock pursuant to that certain Stock Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and CIBC dated as of November 8, 2000, as it may be amended, or (ii) any other acquisition of Common Stock by CIBC provided that after such other acquisition of Common Stock CIBC beneficially owns no more than 29.90% of the then outstanding Common Stock. "Affiliate" and "Associate" shall have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in Rule 12b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Securities Exchange Act"), as such Rule is in effect on the date of this Agreement. A Person shall be deemed the "Beneficial Owner" of, and to have "Beneficial Ownership" of, and to "Beneficially Own," any securities of which such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates is or may be deemed to be the beneficial owner pursuant to Rule 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Securities Exchange Act, as such Rules are in effect on the date of this Agreement as well as any securities as to which such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates has the right to become Beneficial Owner (whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time or the occurrence of conditions) pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding, or upon the exercise of conversion rights, exchange rights, other rights (other than the Rights), warrants or options, or otherwise; provided, however, that a Person shall not be deemed the "Beneficial Owner" of, or to have "Beneficial Ownership" of, or to "Beneficially Own," any security (i) solely because such security has been tendered pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made by such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates until such tendered security is accepted for payment or exchange or (ii) solely because such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates has or shares the power to vote or direct the voting of such security pursuant to a revocable proxy given in response to a public proxy or consent solicitation made to more than ten holders of shares of a class of stock of the Company registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act and pursuant to, and in accordance with, the applicable rules and regulations under the Securities Exchange Act, except if such power (or the arrangements relating thereto) is then reportable under Item 6 of Schedule 13D under the Securities Exchange Act (or any similar provision of a comparable or successor report). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no officer or director of the Company shall be deemed to Beneficially Own any securities of any other Person by virtue of any actions such officer or director takes in such capacity. For purposes of this Agreement, any calculation of the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding at any time, including for purposes of determining the percentage of the outstanding shares of Common Stock with respect to which a Person is the Beneficial Owner, shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13d-3(d)(1) under the Securities Exchange Act. "Business Day" shall mean any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a day on which banking institutions in Atlanta, Georgia are generally authorized or obligated by law or executive order to close. "Close of Business" on any given date shall mean 5:00 p.m. Atlanta, Georgia time on such date (or, if such date is not a Business Day, 5:00 p.m. Atlanta, Georgia time on the next succeeding Business Day). "Common Stock" shall mean the shares of Common Stock, no par value, of the Company. "Exchange Time" shall mean the time at which the right to exercise the Rights shall terminate pursuant to Section 3.1(c). -2-

"Exercise Price" shall mean, as of any date, the price at which a holder may purchase the securities issuable upon exercise of one whole Right. Until adjustment thereof in accordance with the terms hereof, the Exercise Price shall equal $100. "Expiration Time" shall mean the earliest of (i) the Exchange Time, (ii) the Redemption Time, (iii) the Close of Business on January 26, 2011 and (iv) the time of a merger of the Company into another corporation pursuant to an agreement entered into prior to a Flip-In Date. "Flip-In Date" shall mean the tenth Business Day after any Stock Acquisition Date or such earlier or later date as the Board of Directors of the Company may from time to time fix by resolution adopted prior to the Flip-In Date that would otherwise have occurred. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Flip- In Date shall occur solely as a result of (i) the issuance of Common Stock to National Data Corporation prior to the completion of the distribution of Common Stock by National Data Corporation to its stockholders as contemplated by the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10 with respect to the Common Stock, or (ii) CIBC's acquisition of shares of Common Stock pursuant to that certain Stock Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and CIBC dated as of November 8, 2000, as it may be amended, or any other acquisition of Common Stock by CIBC provided that after such other acquisition of Common Stock CIBC Beneficially Owns no more than 29.90% of the then outstanding Common Stock. "Flip-Over Entity" for purposes of Section 3.2, shall mean (i) in the case of a Flip-Over Transaction or Event described in clause (i) of the definition thereof, the Person issuing any securities into which shares of Common Stock are being converted or exchanged and, if no such securities are being issued, the other party to such Flip-Over Transaction or Event and (ii) in the case of a Flip-Over Transaction or Event referred to in clause (ii) of the definition thereof, the Person receiving the greatest portion of the assets or earning power being transferred in such Flip-Over Transaction or Event; provided in all cases if such Person is a Subsidiary of another Person, the ultimate controlling Person that is not an individual shall be the Flip-Over Entity. "Flip-Over Stock" shall mean the capital stock (or similar equity interest) with the greatest voting power in respect of the election of directors (or other Persons similarly responsible for direction of the business and affairs) of the Flip-Over Entity. "Flip-Over Transaction or Event" shall mean a transaction or series of transactions after a Flip-In Date in which, directly or indirectly, (i) the Company shall consolidate or merge or participate in a share exchange with any other Person if, at the time of the consolidation, merger or share exchange or at the time the Company enters into any agreement with respect to any such consolidation, merger or share exchange, the Acquiring Person Controls the Board of Directors of the Company and either (A) any term of or arrangement concerning the treatment of shares of capital stock in such consolidation, merger or share exchange relating to the Acquiring Person is not identical to the terms and arrangements relating to other holders of the Common Stock or (B) the Person with whom the transaction or series of transactions occurs is the Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate of the Acquiring Person or (ii) the Company shall sell or otherwise transfer (or one or more of its Subsidiaries shall sell or otherwise transfer) assets (A) aggregating more than 50% of the assets (measured by either book value or fair market value) or (B) generating more than 50% of the operating income or cash flow, of the Company and its Subsidiaries (taken as a whole) to any Person (other than the Company or one or more of its wholly owned Subsidiaries) or to two or more such Persons which are Affiliates or Associates or otherwise acting in concert, if, at the time of the entry by the Company (or any such Subsidiary) into an agreement with respect to such sale or transfer of assets, the Acquiring Person Controls the Board of Directors of the Company. An Acquiring Person shall be deemed to "Control" the Company's Board of Directors when, following a Flip-In Date, the Persons who were directors of the Company before the Flip-In Date shall cease to constitute a majority of the Company's Board of Directors. "Market Price" per share of any securities on any date shall mean the average of the daily closing prices per share of such securities (determined as described below) on each of the 20 consecutive Trading Days through and including the Trading Day immediately preceding such date; provided, however, that if an event of a type analogous to any of the events described in Section 2.4 shall have caused the closing prices used to determine the Market Price on any Trading Days during such period of 20 Trading Days not to be fully comparable with the closing price on -3-

such date, each such closing price so used shall be appropriately adjusted in order to make it fully comparable with the closing price on such date. The closing price per share of any securities on any date shall be the last reported sale price, regular way, or, in case no such sale takes place or is quoted on such date, the average of the closing bid and asked prices, regular way, for each share of such securities, in either case as reported in the principal consolidated transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed or admitted to trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. or, if the securities are not listed or admitted to trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., as reported in the principal consolidated transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed on the principal national securities exchange on which the securities are listed or admitted to trading or, if the securities are not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange, as reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.'s Nasdaq National Market or such other system then in use, or, if on any such date the securities are not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange or quoted by any such organization, the average of the closing bid and asked prices as furnished by a professional market maker making a market in the securities selected by the Board of Directors of the Company; provided, however, that if on any such date the securities are not listed or admitted to trading on a national securities exchange or traded in the over-the-counter market, the closing price per share of such securities on such date shall mean the fair value per share of securities on such date as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors of the Company, after consultation with a nationally recognized investment banking firm, and set forth in a certificate delivered to the Rights Agent. "Person" shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, association, group (as such term is used in Rule 13d-5 under the Securities Exchange Act, as such Rule is in effect on the date of this Agreement), corporation or other entity. "Preferred Stock" shall mean the Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value, of the Company created by the Articles of Amendment in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit B hereto, appropriately completed. --------- "Redemption Price" shall be an amount equal to one cent ($0.01) per Right. "Redemption Time" shall mean the time at which the right to exercise the Rights shall terminate pursuant to Section 5.1 hereof. "Separation Time" shall mean the Close of Business on the earlier of (i) the tenth Business Day (or such later date as the Board of Directors of the Company may from time to time fix by resolution adopted prior to the Separation Time that would otherwise have occurred) after the date on which any Person commences a tender or exchange offer which, if consummated, would result in such Person's becoming an Acquiring Person and (ii) the Flip-In Date; provided, that if the foregoing results in the Separation Time being prior to the Record Time, the Separation Time shall be the Record Time and provided further, that if any tender or exchange offer referred to in clause (i) of this paragraph is canceled, terminated or otherwise withdrawn prior to the Separation Time without the purchase of any shares of Common Stock pursuant thereto, such offer shall be deemed, for purposes of this paragraph, never to have been made. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Separation Time shall occur solely as a result of (i) the issuance of Common Stock to National Data Corporation prior to the completion of the distribution of Common Stock by National Data Corporation to its stockholders as contemplated by the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10 with respect to the Common Stock, or (ii) CIBC's acquisition of shares of Common Stock pursuant to that certain Stock Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and CIBC dated as of November 8, 2000, as it may be amended, or any other acquisition of Common Stock by CIBC provided that after such other acquisition of Common Stock CIBC Beneficially Owns no more than 29.90% of the then outstanding Common Stock. "Stock Acquisition Date" shall mean the first date of public announcement by the Company (by any means) that an Acquiring Person has become such. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Stock Acquisition Date shall occur solely as a result of (i) the issuance of Common Stock to National Data Corporation prior to the completion of the distribution of Common Stock by National Data Corporation to its stockholders as contemplated by the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10 with respect to the Common Stock, or (ii) CIBC's acquisition of shares of Common Stock pursuant to that certain Stock Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and CIBC dated as of November 8, -4-

2000, as it may be amended, or any other acquisition of Common Stock by CIBC provided that after such other acquisition of Common Stock CIBC Beneficially Owns no more than 29.90% of the then outstanding Common Stock. "Subsidiary" of any specified Person shall mean any corporation or other entity of which a majority of the voting power of the equity securities or a majority of the equity interests is Beneficially Owned, directly or indirectly, by such Person. "Trading Day," when used with respect to any securities, shall mean a day on which the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. is open for the transaction of business or, if such securities are not listed or admitted to trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., a day on which the principal national securities exchange on which such securities are listed or admitted to trading is open for the transaction of business or, if such securities are not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange, a day on which The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.'s Nasdaq National Market or such other system then in use is open for the transaction of business or, if such securities are not listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange or quoted on any such system, a Business Day. ARTICLE II THE RIGHTS ---------- 2.1 Summary of Rights. As soon as practicable after the Record Time, the ----------------- Company will mail a letter summarizing the terms of the Rights to each holder of record of Common Stock as of the Record Time, at such holder's address as shown by the records of the Company. 2.2 Issuance of Rights Certificates; Legend. (a) Certificates for the --------------------------------------- Common Stock issued after the Record Time but prior to the Separation Time shall evidence, in addition to the Common Stock represented by such certificate, one Right for each share of Common Stock represented thereby and shall have impressed on, printed on, written on or otherwise affixed to them the following legend: "Until the Separation Time (as defined in the Rights Agreement referred to below), this certificate also evidences and entitles the holder hereof to certain Rights as set forth in a Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement (as such may be amended from time to time, the "Rights Agreement"), between Global Payments Inc. (the "Company") and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, as Rights Agent, the terms of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference and a copy of which is on file at the principal executive offices of the Company. Under certain circumstances, as set forth in the Rights Agreement, such Rights may be redeemed, may become exercisable for securities or assets of the Company or of another entity, may be exchanged for shares of Common Stock or other securities or assets of the Company, may expire, may become void (if they are "Beneficially Owned" by an "Acquiring Person" or an Affiliate or Associate thereof, as such terms are defined in the Rights Agreement, or by any transferee of any of the foregoing) or may be evidenced by separate certificates and may no longer be evidenced by this certificate. The Company will mail or arrange for the mailing of a copy of the Rights Agreement to the holder of this certificate without charge promptly after the receipt of a written request therefor." Certificates representing shares of Common Stock that are issued and outstanding at the Record Time shall evidence, in addition to the Common Stock represented by such certificate, one Right for each share of Common Stock evidenced thereby notwithstanding the absence of the foregoing legend. (b) Subject to Sections 2.4 and 5.3, one Right shall be issued in respect of (i) each share of Common Stock outstanding as of the Record Time and (ii) each additional share of Common Stock that becomes outstanding (whether by original issuance or out of treasury, but other than in a transaction contemplated by Section 2.4) after the Record Time but prior to the Separation Time. To the extent provided in Section 5.3, Rights shall be issued by the Company in respect of shares of Common Stock that are issued or sold by the Company after the Separation Time. -5-

2.3 Exercise of Rights; Separation of Rights. (a) Subject to Sections ---------------------------------------- 3.1, 5.1 and 5.10 and subject to adjustment as herein set forth, each Right will entitle the holder thereof, after the Separation Time and prior to the Expiration Time, to purchase, for the Exercise Price, one one-thousandth (1/1000th) of a share of Preferred Stock. (b) Until the Separation Time, (i) no Right may be exercised and (ii) each Right will be evidenced by the certificate that evidences the share of Common Stock with which it is associated (together, in the case of certificates issued prior to the Record Time, with the letter or notice mailed to the record holder thereof pursuant to Section 2.1) and will be transferable only together with, and will be transferred by a transfer (whether with or without such letter or notice) of, such associated share of Common Stock, and the surrender for transfer of any certificates representing outstanding Common Stock will also constitute the surrender for transfer of the Rights associated with the Common Stock represented by such certificate. (c) Subject to this Section 2.3 and to Sections 3.1, 5.1 and 5.10, after the Separation Time and prior to the Expiration Time, the Rights (i) may be exercised and (ii) may be transferred independently of shares of Common Stock. Promptly following the Separation Time, the Rights Agent will mail to each holder of record of Common Stock as of the Separation Time (other than any Person whose Rights have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)), at such holder's address as shown by the records of the Company (the Company hereby agreeing to furnish copies of such records to the Rights Agent for this purpose), (x) a certificate (a "Rights Certificate") in substantially the form of Exhibit A hereto appropriately completed, representing the number of Rights --------- held by such holder at the Separation Time and having such marks of identification or designation and such legends, summaries or endorsements printed thereon as the Company may deem appropriate and as are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement, or as may be required to comply with any law or with any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto or with any rule or regulation of any national securities exchange or quotation system on which the Rights may from time to time be listed or traded, or to conform to usage, and (y) a disclosure statement describing the Rights. (d) Subject to Sections 3.1, 5.1 and 5.10, Rights may be exercised on any Business Day after the Separation Time and prior to the Expiration Time by submitting to the Rights Agent the Rights Certificate evidencing such Rights with an Election to Exercise (an "Election to Exercise") substantially in the form attached to the Rights Certificate, duly completed, accompanied by payment by certified or official bank check or money order payable to the order of the Company, of a sum equal to the Exercise Price multiplied by the number of Rights being exercised and a sum sufficient to cover any transfer tax or charge that may be payable in respect of any transfer involved in the transfer or delivery of Rights Certificates or the issuance or delivery of certificates for shares or depositary receipts (or both) in a name other than that of the holder of the Rights being exercised. (e) Upon receipt of a Rights Certificate, with an Election to Exercise accompanied by payment as set forth in Section 2.3(d), and subject to Sections 3.1, 5.1 and 5.10, the Rights Agent promptly will (i)(A) requisition from the Company's transfer agent(s) stock certificates evidencing such number of shares or other securities to be purchased (the Company hereby irrevocably authorizing its transfer agents to comply with all such requisitions) and (B) if the Company elects pursuant to Section 5.5 not to issue certificates representing fractional shares, requisition from the depositary selected by the Company depositary receipts representing the fractional shares to be purchased or requisition from the Company the amount of cash to be paid in lieu of fractional shares in accordance with Section 5.5 and (ii) after receipt of such certificates, depositary receipts and/or cash, deliver the same to or upon the order of the registered holder of such Rights Certificate, registered (in the case of certificates or depositary receipts) in such name or names as may be designated by such holder. In the event that the Company elects pursuant to Section 3.1(e) to issue other securities and/or assets of the Company upon exercise of the Rights, the Company will make all arrangements necessary so that such other securities and/or assets of the Company are available for distribution by the Rights Agent, if and when appropriate. (f) In case the holder of any Rights shall exercise less than all the Rights evidenced by such holder's Rights Certificate, a new Rights Certificate evidencing the Rights remaining unexercised will be issued by the Rights Agent to such holder or to such holder's duly authorized assigns. -6-

(g) The Company covenants and agrees that it will (i) take all such action as may be necessary to ensure that all shares delivered upon exercise of Rights shall, at the time of delivery of the certificates for such shares (subject to payment of the Exercise Price), be duly and validly authorized, executed, issued and delivered and fully paid and nonassessable; (ii) take all such action as may be necessary to comply with any applicable requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder, and any other applicable law, rule or regulation, in connection with the issuance of any shares upon exercise of Rights; and (iii) pay when due and payable any and all federal and state transfer taxes and charges that may be payable in respect of the original issuance or delivery of the Rights Certificates or of any shares issued upon the exercise of Rights, provided that the Company shall not be required to pay any transfer tax or charge that may be payable in respect of any transfer involved in the transfer or delivery of Rights Certificates or the issuance or delivery of certificates for shares in a name other than that of the holder of the Rights being transferred or exercised. 2.4 Adjustments to Exercise Price; Number of Rights. (a) In the event ----------------------------------------------- the Company shall at any time after the Record Time and prior to the Separation Time (i) declare or pay a dividend on Common Stock payable in Common Stock, (ii) subdivide the outstanding Common Stock, or (iii) combine the outstanding Common Stock into a smaller number of shares of Common Stock, (x) the Exercise Price in effect after such adjustment will be equal to the Exercise Price in effect immediately prior to such adjustment divided by the number of shares of Common Stock (the "Expansion Factor") that a holder of one share of Common Stock immediately prior to such dividend, subdivision or combination would hold thereafter as a result thereof (assuming for such purpose that the Company would issue a fraction of a share of Common Stock, as applicable, and without giving effect to any requirement that cash be paid in lieu of the issuance of any fractional share interest) and (y) each Right held prior to such adjustment will become that number of Rights equal to the Expansion Factor, and the adjusted number of Rights will be deemed to be distributed among the shares of Common Stock with respect to which the original Rights were associated (if they remain outstanding) and the shares issued in respect of such dividend, subdivision or combination, so that each such share of Common Stock will have exactly one Right associated with it. Each adjustment made pursuant to this paragraph shall be made as of the payment or effective date for the applicable dividend, subdivision or combination. (b) In the event the Company shall at any time after the Record Time and prior to the Separation Time issue or distribute any securities or assets in respect of, in lieu of or in exchange for Common Stock (other than pursuant to a regular periodic cash dividend or a dividend paid solely in Common Stock) whether by dividend, in a reclassification or recapitalization (including any such transaction involving a merger, consolidation or share exchange), or otherwise, the Company shall make such adjustments, if any, in the Exercise Price, number of Rights and/or securities or other property purchasable upon exercise of Rights as the Board of Directors of the Company, in its sole discretion, may deem to be appropriate under the circumstances in order to adequately protect the interests of the holders of Rights generally, and the Company and the Rights Agent shall amend this Agreement as necessary to provide for such adjustments. (c) Each adjustment to the Exercise Price made pursuant to this Section 2.4 shall be calculated to the nearest cent. Whenever an adjustment to the Exercise Price is made pursuant to this Section 2.4, the Company shall (i) promptly prepare a certificate setting forth such adjustment and a brief statement of the facts accounting for such adjustment and (ii) promptly file with the Rights Agent and with each transfer agent for the Common Stock a copy of such certificate. The Rights Agent shall be fully protected in relying on any such certificate and on any adjustment therein and shall not be deemed to have knowledge of any such adjustment unless and until it shall have received such a certificate. Rights Certificates shall represent the right to purchase the securities purchasable under the terms of this Agreement, including any adjustment or change in the securities purchasable upon exercise of the Rights, even though such certificates may continue to express the right to purchase the securities purchasable at the time of issuance of the initial Rights Certificates. 2.5 Date on Which Exercise is Effective. Each person in whose name any ----------------------------------- certificate for shares is issued upon the exercise of Rights shall for all purposes be deemed to have become the holder of record of the shares represented thereby on the date upon which the Rights Certificate evidencing such Rights was duly surrendered and payment of the Exercise Price for such Rights (and any applicable taxes and other governmental charges payable by -7-

the exercising holder hereunder) was made; provided, however, that if the date of such surrender and payment is a date upon which the stock transfer books of the Company are closed, such person shall be deemed to have become the record holder of such shares on, and such certificate shall be dated, the next succeeding Business Day on which the stock transfer books of the Company are open. 2.6 Execution, Authentication, Delivery and Dating of Rights Certificates. --------------------------------------------------------------------- (a) The Rights Certificates shall be executed on behalf of the Company by its Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, or any of its Vice Presidents, under its corporate seal reproduced thereon and attested by its Secretary or one of its Assistant Secretaries. The signature of any of these officers on the Rights Certificates may be manual or facsimile. Rights Certificates bearing the manual or facsimile signatures of individuals who were at the time of such signature the proper officers of the Company shall bind the Company, notwithstanding that such individuals or any of them have ceased to hold such offices prior to the countersignature and delivery of such Rights Certificates. Promptly after the Separation Time, the Company will notify the Rights Agent of such Separation Time and will deliver Rights Certificates executed by the Company to the Rights Agent for countersignature, and, subject to Section 3.1(b), an authorized signatory of the Rights Agent shall manually countersign and deliver such Rights Certificates to the holders of the Rights pursuant to Section 2.3(c). No Rights Certificate shall be valid for any purpose unless manually countersigned by an authorized signatory of the Rights Agent. (b) Each Rights Certificate shall be dated the date of countersignature thereof. 2.7 Registration, Registration of Transfer and Exchange. (a) After the --------------------------------------------------- Separation Time, the Company will cause to be kept a register (the "Rights Register") in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as it may prescribe, the Company will provide for the registration and transfer of Rights. The Rights Agent is hereby appointed "Rights Registrar" for the purpose of maintaining the Rights Register for the Company and registering Rights and transfers of Rights after the Separation Time as herein provided. In the event that the Rights Agent shall cease to be the Rights Registrar, the Rights Agent will have the right to examine the Rights Register at all reasonable times after the Separation Time. After the Separation Time and prior to the Expiration Time, upon surrender for registration of transfer or exchange of any Rights Certificate, and subject to the provisions of this Section 2.7(a) and Sections 2.7(c) and 2.7(d), the Company will execute and the Rights Agent will countersign and deliver, in the name of the holder or the designated transferee or transferees, as required pursuant to the holder's instructions, one or more new Rights Certificates evidencing the same aggregate number of Rights as did the Rights Certificate so surrendered. (b) Except as otherwise provided in Section 3.1(b), all Rights issued upon any registration of transfer or exchange of Rights Certificates shall be the valid obligations of the Company, and such Rights shall be entitled to the same benefits under this Agreement as the Rights surrendered upon such registration of transfer or exchange. (c) Every Rights Certificate surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange shall be duly endorsed, or be accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company or the Rights Agent, as the case may be, duly executed by the holder thereof or such holder's attorney duly authorized in writing. Neither the Rights Agent nor the Company shall be obligated to take any action whatsoever with respect to the transfer of any such surrendered Rights Certificates until the registered holder shall have completed and signed the certificate contained in the form of assignment on the reverse side of such Rights Certificate and shall have provided such additional evidence of the identity of the Beneficial Owner (or former Beneficial Owner) thereof, or the Affiliates or Associates of such Beneficial Owner (or former Beneficial Owner), as the Company shall reasonably request. As a condition to the issuance of any new Rights Certificate under this Section 2.7, the Company may require the payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in relation thereto. -8-

(d) The Company shall not be required to register the transfer or exchange of any Rights after such Rights have become void under Section 3.1(b), been exchanged under Section 3.1(c) or been redeemed under Section 5.1. 2.8 Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost and Stolen Rights Certificates. (a) If --------------------------------------------------------- any mutilated Rights Certificate is surrendered to the Rights Agent prior to the Expiration Time, then, subject to Sections 3.1(b), 3.1(c) and 5.1, the Company shall execute and the Rights Agent shall countersign and deliver in exchange therefor a new Rights Certificate evidencing the same number of Rights as did the Rights Certificate so surrendered. (b) If there shall be delivered to the Company and the Rights Agent prior to the Expiration Time (i) evidence to their satisfaction of the destruction, loss or theft of any Rights Certificate and (ii) such security or indemnity as may be required by them to save each of them and any of their agents harmless, then, subject to Sections 3.1(b), 3.1(c) and 5.1 and in the absence of notice to the Company or the Rights Agent that such Rights Certificate has been acquired by a bona fide purchaser, the Company shall execute and upon its request the Rights Agent shall countersign and deliver, in lieu of any such destroyed, lost or stolen Rights Certificate, a new Rights Certificate evidencing the same number of Rights as did the Rights Certificate so destroyed, lost or stolen. (c) As a condition to the issuance of any new Rights Certificate under this Section 2.8, the Company may require the payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in relation thereto and any other expenses (including the fees and expenses of the Rights Agent) connected therewith. (d) Every new Rights Certificate issued pursuant to this Section 2.8 in lieu of any destroyed, lost or stolen Rights Certificate shall evidence an original additional contractual obligation of the Company, whether or not the destroyed, lost or stolen Rights Certificate shall be at any time enforceable by anyone, and, subject to Section 3.1(b), shall be entitled to all the benefits of this Agreement equally and proportionately with any and all other Rights duly issued hereunder. 2.9 Persons Deemed Owners. Prior to due presentment of a Rights --------------------- Certificate (or, prior to the Separation Time, the associated Common Stock certificate) for registration of transfer, the Company, the Rights Agent and any agent of the Company or the Rights Agent may deem and treat the person in whose name such Rights Certificate (or, prior to the Separation Time, such Common Stock certificate) is registered as the absolute owner thereof and of the Rights evidenced thereby for all purposes whatsoever, and neither the Company nor the Rights Agent shall be affected by any notice to the contrary. As used in this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires, the term "holder" of any Rights shall mean the registered holder of such Rights (or, prior to the Separation Time, the associated shares of Common Stock). 2.10 Delivery and Cancellation of Certificates. All Rights Certificates ----------------------------------------- surrendered upon exercise or for registration of transfer or exchange shall, if surrendered to any Person other than the Rights Agent, be delivered to the Rights Agent and, in any case, shall be promptly canceled by the Rights Agent. The Company may at any time deliver to the Rights Agent for cancellation any Rights Certificates previously countersigned and delivered hereunder which the Company may have acquired in any manner whatsoever, and all Rights Certificates so delivered shall be promptly canceled by the Rights Agent. No Rights Certificates shall be countersigned in lieu of or in exchange for any Rights Certificates canceled as provided in this Section 2.10, except as expressly permitted by this Agreement. The Rights Agent shall return all canceled Rights Certificates to the Company. 2.11 Agreement of Rights Holders. Every holder of a Right by accepting --------------------------- the same consents and agrees with the Company and the Rights Agent and with every other holder of a Right that: (a) prior to the Separation Time, each Right will be transferable only together with, and will be transferred by a transfer of, the associated share of Common Stock; (b) after the Separation Time, the Rights Certificates will be transferable only on the Rights Register as provided herein; -9-

(c) prior to due presentment of a Rights Certificate (or, prior to the Separation Time, the associated Common Stock certificate) for registration of transfer, the Company, the Rights Agent and any agent of the Company or the Rights Agent may deem and treat the person in whose name the Rights Certificate (or, prior to the Separation Time, the associated Common Stock certificate) is registered as the absolute owner thereof and of the Rights evidenced thereby for all purposes whatsoever, and neither the Company nor the Rights Agent shall be affected by any notice to the contrary; (d) Rights beneficially owned by certain Persons will, under the circumstances set forth in Section 3.1(b), become void; (e) this Agreement may be supplemented or amended from time to time pursuant to Section 2.4(b) or 5.4; and (f) notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, neither the Company nor the Rights Agent shall have any liability to any holder of a Right or other Person as a result of the Rights Agent's inability to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement by reason of any preliminary or permanent injunction or other order, decree or ruling issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by a governmental, regulatory or administrative agency or commission, or any statute, rule, regulation or executive order promulgated or enacted by any governmental authority, prohibiting or otherwise restraining performance of such obligation; provided, however, the Company must use its best efforts to have any such order, decree or ruling lifted or otherwise overturned as soon as possible. ARTICLE III ADJUSTMENTS TO THE RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS --------------------------------- 3.1 Flip-In. (a) In the event that prior to the Expiration Time a Flip- ------- In Date shall occur, except as provided in this Section 3.1, each Right shall constitute the right to purchase from the Company, upon exercise thereof in accordance with the terms hereof (but subject to Section 5.10), that number of shares of Common Stock having an aggregate Market Price on the Stock Acquisition Date equal to twice the Exercise Price for an amount in cash equal to the Exercise Price (such right to be appropriately adjusted in order to protect the interests of the holders of Rights generally in the event that on or after such Stock Acquisition Date an event of a type analogous to any of the events described in Section 2.4(a) or (b) shall have occurred with respect to the Common Stock). (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Rights that are or were Beneficially Owned on or after the Stock Acquisition Date by an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof or by any transferee, direct or indirect, of any of the foregoing shall become void and any holder of such Rights (including transferees) shall thereafter have no right to exercise or transfer such Rights under any provision of this Agreement. If any Rights Certificate is presented for assignment or exercise and the Person presenting the same will not complete the certification set forth at the end of the form of assignment or notice of election to exercise and provide such additional evidence of the identity of the Beneficial Owner and its Affiliates and Associates (or former Beneficial Owners and their Affiliates and Associates) as the Company shall reasonably request, then the Company shall be entitled conclusively to deem the Beneficial Owner thereof to be an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof or a transferee of any of the foregoing and accordingly will deem the Rights evidenced thereby to be void and not transferable or exercisable. (c) The Board of Directors of the Company may, at its option, at any time after a Flip-In Date and prior to the time that an Acquiring Person becomes the Beneficial Owner of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, elect to exchange all (but not less than all) the then-outstanding Rights (other than Rights that have become void pursuant to the provisions of Section 3.1(b)) for shares of Common Stock at an exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock per Right (appropriately adjusted in order to protect the interests of holders of Rights generally in the event that after the Separation Time an event of a type analogous to any of the events described in -10-

Section 2.4(a) or (b) shall have occurred with respect to the Common Stock) (such exchange ratio, as adjusted from time to time, being hereinafter referred to as the "Exchange Ratio"). Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of the Company electing to exchange the Rights, without any further action and without any notice, the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and each Right (other than Rights that have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)) will thereafter represent only the right to receive a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the Exchange Ratio. Promptly after the action of the Board of Directors of the Company electing to exchange the Rights, the Company shall give notice thereof (specifying the steps to be taken to receive shares of Common Stock in exchange for Rights) to the Rights Agent and the holders of the Rights (other than Rights that have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)) outstanding immediately prior thereto by mailing such notice in accordance with Section 5.9. Each Person in whose name any certificate for shares is issued upon the exchange of Rights pursuant to this Section 3.1(c), Section 3.1(d) or Section 3.1(e) shall for all purposes be deemed to have become the holder of record of the shares represented thereby on, and such certificate shall be dated, the date upon which the Rights Certificate evidencing such Rights was duly surrendered and payment of any applicable taxes and other governmental charges payable by the holder was made; provided, however, that if the date of such surrender and payment is a date upon which the stock transfer books of the Company are closed, such Person shall be deemed to have become the record holder of such shares on, and such Certificate shall be dated, the next succeeding Business Day on which the stock transfer books of the Company are open. (d) Whenever the Company shall become obligated under Section 3.1(a) or (c) to issue shares of Common Stock upon exercise of or in exchange for Rights, the Company, at its option, may substitute therefor shares of Preferred Stock, at a ratio of one one-thousandth (1/1000th) of a share of Preferred Stock for each share of Common Stock so issuable. (e) In the event that there shall not be sufficient treasury shares or authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock or Preferred Stock of the Company to permit the exercise or exchange in full of the Rights in accordance with Section 3.1(a) or (c), the Company shall either (i) call a meeting of shareholders seeking approval to cause sufficient additional shares to be authorized (provided that if such approval is not obtained the Company will take the action specified in clause (ii) of this sentence) or (ii) take such action as shall be necessary to ensure and provide, to the extent permitted by applicable law and any agreements or instruments in effect on the Stock Acquisition Date to which it is a party, that each Right shall thereafter constitute the right to receive, (x) at the Company's option, either (A) in return for the Exercise Price, cash, debt or equity securities or other assets (or a combination thereof) having a fair value equal to twice the Exercise Price, or (B) without payment of consideration (except as otherwise required by applicable law), cash, debt or equity securities or other assets (or a combination thereof) having a fair value equal to the Exercise Price, or (y) if the Board of Directors of the Company elects to exchange the Rights in accordance with Section 3.1(c), debt or equity securities or other assets (or a combination thereof) having a fair value equal to the product of the Market Price of a share of Common Stock on the Flip-In Date times the Exchange Ratio in effect on the Flip-In Date, where in any case set forth in (x) or (y) above the fair value of such debt or equity securities or other assets shall be as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors of the Company, after consultation with a nationally recognized investment banking firm. 3.2 Flip-Over. (a) Prior to the Expiration Time, the Company shall not --------- enter into any agreement with respect to, consummate or permit to occur any Flip-Over Transaction or Event unless and until it shall have entered into a supplemental agreement with the Flip-Over Entity, for the benefit of the holders of the Rights (other than holders of Rights that have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)), providing that, upon consummation or occurrence of the Flip- Over Transaction or Event (i) each Right (other than Rights that have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)) shall thereafter constitute the right to purchase from the Flip-Over Entity, upon exercise thereof in accordance with the terms hereof, that number of shares of Flip-Over Stock of the Flip-Over Entity having an aggregate Market Price on the date of consummation or occurrence of such Flip-Over Transaction or Event equal to twice the Exercise Price for an amount in cash equal to the Exercise Price (such right to be appropriately adjusted in order to protect the interests of the holders of Rights generally (other than holders of Rights that have become void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)) in the event that after such date of consummation or occurrence an event of a type -11-

analogous to any of the events described in Section 2.4(a) or (b) shall have occurred with respect to the Flip-Over Stock) and (ii) the Flip-Over Entity shall thereafter be liable for, and shall assume, by virtue of such Flip-Over Transaction or Event and such supplemental agreement, all the obligations and duties of the Company pursuant to this Agreement. The provisions of this Section 3.2 shall apply to successive Flip-Over Transactions or Events. (b) Prior to the Expiration Time, unless the Rights will be redeemed pursuant to Section 5.1 in connection therewith, the Company shall not enter into any agreement with respect to, consummate or permit to occur any Flip-Over Transaction or Event if at the time thereof there are any rights, warrants or securities outstanding or any other arrangements, agreements or instruments that would eliminate or otherwise diminish in any material respect the benefits intended to be afforded by this Rights Agreement to the holders of Rights upon consummation of such transaction. ARTICLE IV THE RIGHTS AGENT ---------------- 4.1 General. (a) The Company hereby appoints the Rights Agent to act as ------- agent for the Company in accordance with the terms and conditions hereof, and the Rights Agent hereby accepts such appointment. The Company agrees to pay to the Rights Agent reasonable compensation for all services rendered by it hereunder and, from time to time, on demand of the Rights Agent, its reasonable expenses and counsel fees and other disbursements incurred in the administration and execution of this Agreement and the exercise and performance of its duties hereunder. The Company also agrees to indemnify the Rights Agent, its directors, officers, employees and agents for, and to hold each of them harmless against, any loss, liability, or expense, incurred without gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on the part of the Rights Agent or such other indemnified party, for anything done or suffered or omitted to be done by the Rights Agent in connection with the acceptance and administration of this Agreement or the exercise or performance of its duties hereunder, including the costs and expenses of defending against any claim of liability. The indemnity provided in this Section 4.1(a) shall survive the expiration of the Rights and the termination of this Agreement. (b) The Rights Agent shall be fully protected and shall incur no liability for or in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it in connection with its administration of this Agreement or the exercise or performance of its duties hereunder in reliance upon any certificate for securities purchasable upon exercise of Rights, Rights Certificate, certificate for other securities of the Company, instrument of assignment or transfer, power of attorney, endorsement, affidavit, letter, notice, direction, consent, certificate, statement, or other paper or document believed by it to be genuine and to be signed, executed and, where necessary, verified or acknowledged, by the proper person or persons. 4.2 Merger or Consolidation or Change of Name of Rights Agent. (a) Any --------------------------------------------------------- Person into which the Rights Agent or any successor Rights Agent may be merged or with which it may be consolidated, or any corporation resulting from any merger or consolidation to which the Rights Agent or any successor Rights Agent is a party, or any corporation succeeding to the shareholder services business of the Rights Agent or any successor Rights Agent, will be the successor to the Rights Agent under this Agreement without the execution or filing of any paper or any further act on the part of any of the parties hereto, provided that such Person would be eligible for appointment as a successor Rights Agent under the provisions of Section 4.4. In case at the time such successor Rights Agent succeeds to the agency created by this Agreement any of the Rights Certificates have been countersigned but not delivered, any such successor Rights Agent may adopt the countersignature of the predecessor Rights Agent and deliver such Rights Certificates so countersigned; and in case at that time any of the Rights Certificates have not been countersigned, any successor Rights Agent may countersign such Rights Certificates either in the name of the predecessor Rights Agent or in the name of the successor Rights Agent; and in all such cases such Rights Certificates will have the full force provided in the Rights Certificates and in this Agreement. (b) In case at any time the name of the Rights Agent is changed and at such time any of the Rights Certificates shall have been countersigned but not delivered, the Rights Agent may adopt the countersignature under its prior name and deliver Rights Certificates so countersigned; and in case at that time any of the Rights Certificates -12-

shall not have been countersigned, the Rights Agent may countersign such Rights Certificates either in its prior name or in its changed name; and in all such cases such Rights Certificates shall have the full force provided in the Rights Certificates and in this Agreement. 4.3 Duties of Rights Agent. The Rights Agent undertakes the duties and ---------------------- obligations imposed by this Agreement upon the following terms and conditions, by all of which the Company and the holders of Rights Certificates, by their acceptance thereof, shall be bound: (a) The Rights Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be legal counsel for the Company), and the advice or opinion of such counsel will be full and complete authorization and protection to the Rights Agent as to any action taken, suffered or omitted by it in good faith and in accordance with such advice or opinion. (b) Whenever in the performance of its duties under this Agreement the Rights Agent deems it necessary or desirable that any fact or matter be proved or established by the Company prior to taking or suffering any action hereunder, such fact or matter (unless other evidence in respect thereof be herein specifically prescribed) may be deemed to be conclusively proved and established by a certificate signed by a person believed by the Rights Agent to be the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Financial Officer, any Vice President, the Treasurer or any Assistant Treasurer or the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary of the Company and delivered to the Rights Agent; and such certificate will be full authorization to the Rights Agent for any action taken, suffered or omitted in good faith by it under the provisions of this Agreement in reliance upon such certificate. (c) The Rights Agent will be liable hereunder only for its own gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct. (d) The Rights Agent will not be liable for or by reason of any of the statements of fact or recitals contained in this Agreement or in the certificates for securities purchasable upon exercise of Rights or the Rights Certificates (except its countersignature thereof) or be required to verify the same, but all such statements and recitals are and will be deemed to have been made by the Company only. (e) The Rights Agent will not be under any responsibility in respect of the validity of any provision of this Agreement or the execution and delivery hereof (except the due authorization, execution and delivery hereof by the Rights Agent) or in respect of the validity or execution of any certificate for securities purchasable upon exercise of Rights or Rights Certificate (except its countersignature thereof); nor will it be responsible for any breach by the Company of any covenant or condition contained in this Agreement or in any Rights Certificate; nor will it be responsible for any change in the exercisability of the Rights (including the Rights becoming void pursuant to Section 3.1(b)) or any adjustment required under any provision of this Agreement or responsible for the manner, method or amount of any such adjustment or the ascertaining of the existence of facts that would require any such adjustment (except with respect to the exercise of Rights after receipt of the certificate contemplated by Section 2.4 describing any such adjustment); nor will it by any act hereunder be deemed to make any representation or warranty as to the authorization or reservation of any securities purchasable upon exercise of Rights or any Rights or as to whether any securities purchasable upon exercise of Rights will, when issued, be duly and validly authorized, executed, issued and delivered and fully paid and nonassessable. (f) The Company agrees that it will perform, execute, acknowledge and deliver or cause to be performed, executed, acknowledged and delivered all such further and other acts, instruments and assurances as may reasonably be required by the Rights Agent for the carrying out or performing by the Rights Agent of the provisions of this Agreement. (g) The Rights Agent is hereby authorized and directed to accept instructions with respect to the performance of its duties hereunder from any person believed by the Rights Agent to be the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Financial Officer, or any Vice President or the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary or the Treasurer or any Assistant Treasurer of the Company, and to apply to such persons for advice or instructions in connection with its duties, and it shall not be liable for any action taken, suffered or omitted by it in good faith in accordance with instructions of any such person, or for any delay in acting while awaiting -13-

instructions. Any application by the Rights Agent for written instructions from the Company may, at the option of the Rights Agent, set forth in writing any action proposed to be taken, suffered or omitted by the Rights Agent under this Agreement and the date on or after which such action shall be taken or such omission shall be effective. The Rights Agent shall not be liable for any action taken by, or omission of, the Rights Agent in accordance with a proposal included in any such application on or after the date specified in such application (which date shall not be less than five Business Days after the date any officer of the Company actually receives such application, unless any such officer shall have consented in writing to an earlier date) unless, prior to taking any such action (or the effective date in the case of an omission), the Rights Agent shall have received written instructions in response to such application specifying the action to be taken, suffered or omitted. (h) The Rights Agent and any shareholder, director, officer or employee of the Rights Agent may buy, sell or deal in Common Stock, Rights or other securities of the Company or become pecuniarily interested in any transaction in which the Company may be interested, or contract with or lend money to the Company or otherwise act as fully and freely as though it were not Rights Agent under this Agreement. Nothing herein shall preclude the Rights Agent from acting in any other capacity for the Company or for any other Person. (i) The Rights Agent may execute and exercise any of the rights or powers hereby vested in it or perform any duty hereunder either itself or by or through its attorneys or agents, and the Rights Agent will not be answerable or accountable for any act, default, neglect or misconduct of any such attorneys or agents or for any loss to the Company resulting from any such act, default, neglect or misconduct, provided the Rights Agent was not grossly negligent in the selection and continued employment thereof. (j) The Rights Agent undertakes only the express duties and obligations imposed on it by this Agreement and no implied duties or obligations shall be read into this Agreement against the Rights Agent. (k) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in no event shall the Rights Agent be liable for special, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever (including but not limited to lost profits). (l) No provision of this Agreement shall require the Rights Agent to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur any financial liability in the performance of any of its duties hereunder or in the exercise of its rights if there shall be reasonable grounds for believing that repayment of such funds or adequate indemnification against such risk or liability is not reasonably assured to it. 4.4 Change of Rights Agent. The Rights Agent may resign and be discharged ---------------------- from its duties under this Agreement upon 90 days notice (or such lesser notice as is acceptable to the Company) in writing mailed to the Company and to each transfer agent of Common Stock by registered or certified mail, and to the holders of the Rights in accordance with Section 5.9. The Company may remove the Rights Agent upon 30 days notice in writing, mailed to the Rights Agent and to each transfer agent of the Common Stock by registered or certified mail, and to the holders of the Rights in accordance with Section 5.9. If the Rights Agent should resign or be removed or otherwise become incapable of acting, the Company will appoint a successor to the Rights Agent. If the Company fails to make such appointment within a period of 30 days after such removal or after it has been notified in writing of such resignation or incapacity by the resigning or incapacitated Rights Agent or by the holder of any Rights (which holder shall, with such notice, submit such holder's Rights Certificate for inspection by the Company), then the holder of any Rights may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a new Rights Agent. Any successor Rights Agent, whether appointed by the Company or by such a court, shall be (a) a corporation organized and doing business under the laws of the United States or of the State of Georgia or any other State of the United States, in good standing, which is authorized under such laws to exercise the powers of the Rights Agent contemplated by this Agreement and is subject to supervision or examination by federal or state authority and which has at the time of its appointment as Rights Agent a combined capital and surplus of at least $100,000,000 or (b) an Affiliate of a corporation described in the immediately preceding clause (a). After appointment, the successor Rights Agent will be vested with the same powers, rights, duties and responsibilities as if it had been originally named as Rights Agent without further act or deed; but the predecessor Rights Agent shall deliver and transfer to the successor Rights Agent any property at the time held by it hereunder, and execute and deliver any further assurance, -14-

conveyance, act or deed necessary for the purpose. Not later than the effective date of any such appointment, the Company will file notice thereof in writing with the predecessor Rights Agent and each transfer agent of the Common Stock, and mail a notice thereof in writing to the holders of the Rights. Failure to give any notice provided for in this Section 4.4, however, or any defect therein, shall not affect the legality or validity of the resignation or removal of the Rights Agent or the appointment of the successor Rights Agent, as the case may be. ARTICLE V MISCELLANEOUS ------------- 5.1 Redemption. (a) The Board of Directors of the Company may, at its ---------- option, at any time prior to the Close of Business on the Flip-In Date elect to redeem all (but not less than all) of the then outstanding Rights at the Redemption Price and the Company, at its option, may pay the Redemption Price, either in cash or shares of Common Stock or other securities of the Company deemed by the Board of Directors of the Company, in the exercise of its sole discretion, to be at least equivalent in value to the Redemption Price. (b) Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of the Company electing to redeem the Rights (or, if the resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company electing to redeem the Rights states that the redemption will not be effective until the occurrence of a specified future time or event, upon the occurrence of such future time or event), without any further action and without any notice, the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and each Right will thereafter represent only the right to receive the Redemption Price in cash or securities, as determined by the Board of Directors. Promptly after the Rights are redeemed, the Company shall give notice of such redemption to the Rights Agent and the holders of the then outstanding Rights by mailing such notice in accordance with Section 5.9. 5.2 Expiration. The Rights and this Agreement shall expire at the ---------- Expiration Time and no Person shall have any rights pursuant to this Agreement or any Right after the Expiration Time, except, if the Rights are exchanged or redeemed, as provided in Section 3.1 or 5.1. 5.3 Issuance of New Rights Certificates. Notwithstanding any of the ----------------------------------- provisions of this Agreement or of the Rights to the contrary, the Company may, at its option, issue new Rights Certificates evidencing Rights in such form as may be approved by its Board of Directors to reflect any adjustment or change in the number or kind or class of shares of stock purchasable upon exercise of Rights made in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. In addition, in connection with the issuance or sale of shares of Common Stock by the Company following the Separation Time and prior to the Redemption Time or Expiration Time pursuant to the terms of securities convertible or redeemable into shares of Common Stock or to options, in each case issued or granted prior to, and outstanding at, the Separation Time, the Company shall issue to the holders of such shares of Common Stock, Rights Certificates representing the appropriate number of Rights in connection with the issuance or sale of such shares of Common Stock; provided, however, in each case, (i) no such Rights Certificate shall be issued, if, and to the extent that, the Company shall be advised by counsel that such issuance would create a significant risk of material adverse tax consequences to the Company or to the Person to whom such Rights Certificates would be issued, (ii) no such Rights Certificates shall be issued if, and to the extent that, appropriate adjustment shall have otherwise been made in lieu of the issuance thereof, and (iii) the Company shall have no obligation to distribute Rights Certificates to any Acquiring Person or Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person or any transferee of any of the foregoing. 5.4 Supplements and Amendments. The Company and the Rights Agent may -------------------------- from time to time supplement or amend this Agreement without the approval of any holders of Rights (i) prior to the Close of Business on the Flip-In Date, in any respect and (ii) after the Close of Business on the Flip-In Date, to make any changes that the Company may deem necessary or desirable and that shall not materially adversely affect the interests of the holders of Rights generally (other than an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or an Associate of an Acquiring Person) or in order to cure any ambiguity or to correct or supplement any provision contained herein that may be inconsistent with any other provisions herein or otherwise defective. The Rights Agent will duly execute and deliver any supplement or amendment hereto requested by the Company upon receipt of a certificate from the Company that such supplement or amendment satisfies the terms of the preceding sentence. Notwithstanding anything contained in -15-

this Agreement to the contrary, no supplement or amendment that changes the rights and duties of the Rights Agent under this Agreement shall be effective without the consent of the Rights Agent. 5.5 Fractional Shares. If the Company elects not to issue certificates ----------------- representing fractional shares upon exercise or redemption of Rights, the Company shall, in lieu thereof, in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, either (a) evidence such fractional shares by depositary receipts issued pursuant to an appropriate agreement between the Company and a depositary selected by it, providing that each holder of a depositary receipt shall have all of the rights, privileges and preferences to which such holder would be entitled as a beneficial owner of such fractional share, or (b) sell such shares on behalf of the holders of Rights and pay to the registered holder of such Rights the appropriate fraction of price per share received upon such sale. 5.6 Rights of Action. Subject to the terms of this Agreement (including ---------------- Section 3.1(b)), rights of action in respect of this Agreement, other than rights of action vested solely in the Rights Agent, are vested in the respective holders of the Rights; and any holder of any Rights, without the consent of the Rights Agent or of the holder of any other Rights, may, on such holder's own behalf and for such holder's own benefit and the benefit of other holders of Rights, enforce, and may institute and maintain any suit, action or proceeding against the Company to enforce, or otherwise act in respect of, such holder's right to exercise such holder's Rights in the manner provided in such holder's Rights Certificate and in this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing or any remedies available to the holders of Rights, it is specifically acknowledged that the holders of Rights would not have an adequate remedy at law for any breach of this Agreement and will be entitled to specific performance of the obligations under, and injunctive relief against actual or threatened violations of, the obligations of any Person subject to this Agreement. 5.7 Holder of Rights Not Deemed a Shareholder. No holder, as such, of ----------------------------------------- any Rights shall be entitled to vote, receive dividends or be deemed for any purpose the holder of shares or any other securities which may at any time be issuable on the exercise of such Rights, nor shall anything contained herein or in any Rights Certificate be construed to confer upon the holder of any Rights, as such, any of the rights of a shareholder of the Company or any right to vote for the election of directors or upon any matter submitted to shareholders at any meeting thereof, or to give or withhold consent to any corporate action, or to receive notice of meetings or other actions affecting shareholders (except as provided in Section 5.8), or to receive dividends or subscription rights, or otherwise, until such Rights shall have been exercised or exchanged in accordance with the provisions hereof. 5.8 Notice of Proposed Actions. In case the Company shall propose after -------------------------- the Separation Time and prior to the Expiration Time (i) to effect or permit occurrence of any Flip-Over Transaction or Event or (ii) to effect the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, then, in each such case, the Company shall give to each holder of a Right, in accordance with Section 5.9, a notice of such proposed action, which shall specify the date on which such Flip-Over Transaction or Event, liquidation, dissolution, or winding up is to take place, and such notice shall be so given at least 20 Business Days prior to the date of the taking of such proposed action. 5.9 Notices. Notices or demands authorized or required by this Agreement ------- to be given or made by the Rights Agent or by the holder of any Rights to or on the Company shall be sufficiently given or made if delivered or sent by first- class mail, postage prepaid, addressed (until another address is filed in writing with the Rights Agent) as follows: Global Payments Inc. Four Corporate Square Atlanta, Georgia 30329 Attention: Secretary Any notice or demand authorized or required by this Agreement to be given or made by the Company or by the holder of any Rights to or on the Rights Agent shall be sufficiently given or made if delivered or sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, addressed (until another address is filed in writing with the Company) as follows: -16-

SunTrust Bank, Atlanta P.O. Box 4625 Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4625 Attention: Department Manager Notices or demands authorized or required by this Agreement to be given or made by the Company or the Rights Agent to or on the holder of any Rights shall be sufficiently given or made if delivered or sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to such holder at the address of such holder as it appears upon the registry books of the Rights Agent or, prior to the Separation Time, on the registry books of the transfer agent for the Common Stock. Any notice that is mailed in the manner herein provided shall be deemed given on the third Business Day after mailing, whether or not the holder receives the notice. Failure to give a notice pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity of any action taken hereunder. 5.10 Suspension of Exercisability. To the extent that the Company ---------------------------- determines in good faith that some action will or need be taken pursuant to Section 2.3(g) or Section 3.1 or otherwise to comply with federal or state securities laws, the Company may suspend the exercisability of the Rights for 90 days and any additional period that may be reasonable in order to take such action or comply with such laws. In the event of any such suspension, the Company shall issue as promptly as practicable a public announcement stating that the exercisability or exchangeability of the Rights has been temporarily suspended. Notice thereof pursuant to Section 5.9 shall not be required. 5.11 Costs of Enforcement. The Company agrees that if the Company or -------------------- any other Person the securities of which are purchasable upon exercise of Rights fails to fulfill any of its obligations pursuant to this Agreement, then the Company or such Person will reimburse the holder of any Rights for the costs and expenses (including legal fees) incurred by such holder in actions to enforce such holder's rights pursuant to any Rights or this Agreement. 5.12 Successors. All the covenants and provisions of this Agreement by ---------- or for the benefit of the Company or the Rights Agent shall bind and inure to the benefit of their respective successors and assigns hereunder. 5.13 Benefits of this Agreement. Nothing in this Agreement shall be -------------------------- construed to give to any Person other than the Company, the Rights Agent and the holders of the Rights any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under this Agreement and this Agreement shall be for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Company, the Rights Agent and the holders of the Rights. 5.14 Determination and Actions by the Board of Directors, etc. The -------------------------------------------------------- Board of Directors of the Company shall have the exclusive power and authority to administer this Agreement and to exercise all rights and powers specifically granted to the Board of Directors of the Company or to the Company, or as may be necessary or advisable in the administration of this Agreement, including, without limitation, the right and power to (i) interpret the provisions of this Agreement and (ii) make all determinations deemed necessary or advisable for the administration of this Agreement. All such actions, calculations, interpretations and determinations (including, for purposes of clause (y) below, all omissions with respect to the foregoing) which are done or made by the Board of Directors of the Company, in good faith, shall (x) be final, conclusive and binding on the Company, the Rights Agent, the holders of the Rights and all other parties, and (y) not subject the Board of Directors of the Company to any liability to the holders of the Rights. 5.15 Descriptive Headings. Descriptive headings appear herein for -------------------- convenience only and shall not control or affect the meaning or construction of any of the provisions hereof. 5.16 Governing Law. THIS AGREEMENT AND EACH RIGHT ISSUED HEREUNDER SHALL ------------- BE DEEMED TO BE A CONTRACT MADE UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND FOR ALL PURPOSES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF SUCH STATE APPLICABLE TO CONTRACTS TO BE MADE AND PERFORMED ENTIRELY WITHIN SUCH STATE. -17-

5.17 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of ------------ counterparts and each of such counterparts shall for all purposes be deemed to be an original, and all such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument. 5.18 Severability. If any term or provision of this Agreement or the ------------ application thereof to any circumstance shall, in any jurisdiction and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, such term or provision shall be ineffective as to such jurisdiction to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without invalidating or rendering unenforceable the remaining terms and provisions hereof or the application of such term or provision to circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid or unenforceable. [SIGNATURES APPEAR ON FOLLOWING PAGE] -18-

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed as of the date first above written. GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. By: /s/ Suellyn P. Tornay --------------------- Name: Suellyn P. Tornay Title: General Counsel SUNTRUST BANK, ATLANTA, as Rights Agent By: /s/ Sue Hampton --------------- Name: Sue Hampton Title: Vice President -19-

EXHIBIT A --------- (Form of Rights Certificate) Certificate No. R- _______ Rights THE RIGHTS ARE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION OR MANDATORY EXCHANGE, AT THE OPTION OF THE COMPANY, ON THE TERMS SET FORTH IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT(AS DEFINED BELOW). RIGHTS BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY ACQUIRING PERSONS OR AFFILIATES OR ASSOCIATES THEREOF (AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT) OR TRANSFEREES OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE VOID. Rights Certificate GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. This certifies that _______________________, or registered assigns, is the registered holder of the number of Rights set forth above, each of which entitles the registered holder thereof, subject to the terms, provisions and conditions of the Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement, dated as of January 26, 2001 (as amended from time to time, the "Rights Agreement"), between Global Payments Inc., a Georgia corporation (the "Company"), and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, as rights agent (the "Rights Agent," which term shall include any successor rights agent under the Rights Agreement), to purchase from the Company at any time after the Separation Time (as such term is defined in the Rights Agreement) and prior to the Close of Business on January 26, 2011, one one- thousandth (1/1000) of a fully paid share of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value (the "Preferred Stock"), of the Company (subject to adjustment as provided in the Rights Agreement) at the Exercise Price referred to below, upon presentation and surrender of this Rights Certificate with the Form of Election to Exercise duly executed at the principal office of the Rights Agent. The Exercise Price shall initially be $100 per Right and shall be subject to adjustment in certain events as provided in the Rights Agreement. In certain circumstances described in the Rights Agreement, the Rights evidenced hereby may entitle the registered holder thereof to purchase securities of an entity other than the Company or securities or assets of the Company other than Preferred Stock, all as provided in the Rights Agreement. This Rights Certificate is subject to all of the terms, provisions and conditions of the Rights Agreement, which terms, provisions and conditions are hereby incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof and to which Rights Agreement reference is hereby made for a full description of the rights, limitations of rights, obligations, duties and immunities hereunder of the Rights Agent, the Company and the holders of the Rights Certificates. Copies of the Rights Agreement are on file at the principal office of the Company and are available without cost upon written request. Capitalized terms used in this Rights Certificate and not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Rights Agreement. This Rights Certificate, with or without other Rights Certificates, upon surrender at the office of the Rights Agent designated for such purpose, may be exchanged for another Rights Certificate or Rights Certificates of like tenor evidencing an aggregate number of Rights equal to the aggregate number of Rights evidenced by the Rights Certificate or Rights Certificates surrendered. If this Rights Certificate shall be exercised in part, the registered holder shall be entitled to receive, upon surrender hereof, another Rights Certificate or Rights Certificates for the number of whole Rights not exercised. Subject to the provisions of the Rights Agreement, each Right evidenced by this Certificate may be (a) redeemed by the Company under certain circumstances, at its option, at a redemption price of $0.01 per Right, or (b) exchanged by the Company under certain circumstances, at its option, for one share of Common Stock or one one-thousandth (1/1000) of a share of Preferred Stock per Right (or, in certain cases, other securities or assets of the Company), subject in each case to adjustment in certain events as provided in the Rights Agreement.

No holder of this Rights Certificate, as such, shall be entitled to vote or receive dividends or be deemed for any purpose the holder of any securities which may at any time be issuable on the exercise hereof, nor shall anything contained in the Rights Agreement or herein be construed to confer upon the holder hereof, as such, any of the rights of a shareholder of the Company or any right to vote for the election of directors or upon any matter submitted to shareholders at any meeting thereof, or to give or withhold consent to any corporate action, or to receive notice of meetings or other actions affecting shareholders (except as provided in the Rights Agreement), or to receive dividends or subscription rights, or otherwise, until the Rights evidenced by this Rights Certificate shall have been exercised or exchanged as provided in the Rights Agreement. This Rights Certificate shall not be valid or obligatory for any purpose until it shall have been countersigned by the Rights Agent. WITNESS the facsimile signature of the proper officers of the Company. Date: ------------------ ATTEST: GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. By: - ---------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Countersigned: SUNTRUST BANK, ATLANTA By: ------------------------------- -2-

[Form of Reverse Side of Rights Certificate] FORM OF ASSIGNMENT ------------------ (To be executed by the registered holder if such holder desires to transfer this Rights Certificate.) FOR VALUE RECEIVED, _______________________________ hereby sells, assigns and transfers unto ____________________________________________________________ (Please print name and address of transferee) this Rights Certificate, together with all right, title and interest therein, and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint ____________________________ attorney-in-fact, to transfer the within Rights Certificate on the books of the within-named company, with full power of substitution. Dated: ___________________, _____. Signature Guaranteed: ________________________________________ Signature (Signature must correspond to name as written upon the face of this Rights Certificate in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever) Signatures must be guaranteed by an eligible guarantor institution (a bank, stockbroker, savings and loan association or credit union with membership in an approved signature guarantee medallion program) pursuant to Rule 17Ad-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. _______________________________________________________________________________ (To be completed if true) The undersigned hereby represents, for the benefit of the Company and all holders of Rights and shares of Common Stock, that the Rights evidenced by this Rights Certificate are not, and, to the knowledge of the undersigned, have never been, Beneficially Owned by an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof (as defined in the Rights Agreement). ________________________________________ Signature _______________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE ------ In the event the certification set forth above is not completed in connection with a purported assignment, the Company will deem the Beneficial Owner of the Rights evidenced by the enclosed Rights Certificate to be an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof (as defined in the Rights Agreement) or a transferee of any of the foregoing and accordingly will deem the Rights evidenced by such Rights Certificate to be void and not transferable or exercisable.

[To be attached to each Rights Certificate] FORM OF ELECTION TO EXERCISE ---------------------------- (To be executed if holder desires to exercise the Rights Certificate.) TO: GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. The undersigned hereby irrevocably elects to exercise _________________ whole Rights represented by the attached Rights Certificate to purchase the shares of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock issuable upon the exercise of such Rights and requests that certificates for such shares be issued in the name of and delivered to: Name: ____________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ Social Security or other Taxpayer ID No.: ________________ If such number of Rights shall not be all the Rights evidenced by this Rights Certificate, a new Rights Certificate for the balance of such Rights shall be registered in the name of and delivered to: Name: ____________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ Social Security or other Taxpayer ID No.: ________________ Dated: _________________, ______ Signature Guaranteed: _____________________________________ Signature (Signature must correspond to name as written upon the face of this Rights Certificate in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever ) Signatures must be guaranteed by an eligible guarantor institution (a bank, stockbroker, savings and loan association or credit union with membership in an approved signature guarantee medallion program) pursuant to Rule 17Ad-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. _______________________________________________________________________________ (To be completed if true) The undersigned hereby represents, for the benefit of the Company and all holders of Rights and shares of Common Stock, that the Rights evidenced by this Rights Certificate are not, and, to the knowledge of the undersigned, have never been, Beneficially Owned by an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof (as defined in the Rights Agreement). ________________________________________ Signature _______________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE ------ In the event the certification set forth above is not completed in connection with a purported assignment, the Company will deem the Beneficial Owner of the Rights evidenced by the enclosed Rights Certificate to be an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof (as defined in the Rights Agreement) or a transferee of any of the foregoing and accordingly will deem the Rights evidenced by such Rights Certificate to be void and not transferable or exercisable.

EXHIBIT B --------- ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. 1. The name of the corporation is "Global Payments Inc." 2. The Articles of Incorporation of Global Payments are amended by: (i) Adding the following paragraph to the end of Article Two: 2.2 Designation of Preferences and Other Rights of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock. The designation of the preferences and other rights of the Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, without par value, of the Corporation, for which sufficient authorized shares are available pursuant to paragraph 2.1 of Article Two, is attached as Appendix A to these Articles of Incorporation, as amended of Global Payments Inc. (ii) Adding the attached Appendix A as Appendix A to the Articles of Incorporation of Global Payments Inc. 3. The foregoing amendments were adopted on January 26, 2001. 4. The foregoing amendments were duly adopted by the Board of Directors of Global Payments Inc. without shareholder action. The foregoing amendments did not require shareholder action. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Global Payments Inc. has caused these Articles of Amendment to be executed as of January 26, 2001. GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. By: ___________________________________ Name: _________________________________ Its: __________________________________

APPENDIX A TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. DESIGNATING THE PREFERENCES, LIMITATIONS AND RELATIVE RIGHTS OF SERIES A JUNIOR PARTICIPATING PREFERRED STOCK There is hereby designated, out of the authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock of the Corporation, a series thereof, and the number of shares, voting powers, designation, preferences, and relative, participating, optional, and other special rights, and the qualifications, limitations, and restrictions thereof, of the shares of such series (in addition to those set forth in the Articles of Incorporation which are applicable to the Preferred Stock of all series), shall be as follows: 1. Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock. There is hereby --------------------------------------------- established a series of Preferred Stock, no par value per share, of the Corporation, and the designation and certain terms, powers, preferences and other rights of the shares of such series, and certain qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereon, are hereby fixed as follows: (i) The distinctive serial designation of this series shall be "Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock" (hereinafter called "this Series"). Each share of this Series shall be identical in all respects with the other shares of this Series except as to the dates from and after which dividends thereon shall be cumulative. (ii) The number of shares in this Series shall initially be 200,000 which number may from time to time be increased or decreased (but not below the number then outstanding) by the Board of Directors. Shares of this Series purchased by the Corporation shall be canceled and shall revert to authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock undesignated as to series. Shares of this Series may be issued in fractional shares, which fractional shares shall entitle the holder, in proportion to such holder's fractional share, to all rights of a holder of a whole share of this Series. (iii) The holders of full or fractional shares of this Series shall be entitled to receive, when and as declared by the Board of Directors, but only out of funds legally available therefor, dividends, (A) on each date that dividends or other distributions (other than dividends or distributions payable in Common Stock of the Corporation) are payable on or in respect of Common Stock comprising part of the Reference Package (as defined below), in an amount per whole share of this Series equal to the aggregate amount of dividends or other distributions (other than dividends or distributions payable in Common Stock of the Corporation) that would be payable on such date to a holder of the Reference Package and (B) on the last day of March, June, September and December in each year, in an amount per whole share of this Series equal to the excess (if any) of $1.00 over the aggregate dividends paid per whole share of this Series during the three-month period ending on such last day. Each such dividend shall be paid to the holders of record of shares of this Series on the date, not exceeding 60 days preceding such dividend or distribution payment date, fixed for that purpose by the Board of Directors in advance of payment of each particular dividend or distribution. Dividends on each full and each fractional share of this Series shall be cumulative from the date such full or fractional share is originally issued; provided that any such full or fractional share originally issued after a dividend record date and on or prior to the dividend payment date to which such record date relates shall not be entitled to receive the dividend payable on such dividend payment date or any amount in respect of the period from such original issuance to such dividend payment date. The term "Reference Package" shall initially mean 1000 shares of Common Stock, no par value ("Common Stock"), of the Corporation. In the event the Corporation shall at any time (A) declare or pay a dividend on any Common Stock payable in Common Stock, (B) subdivide any Common Stock or (C) combine any Common Stock into a smaller number of shares, then and in each such case the Reference Package after such event shall be the Common Stock that a holder of the Reference Package immediately prior to such event would hold thereafter as a result thereof.

Holders of shares of this Series shall not be entitled to any dividends, whether payable in cash, property or stock, in excess of full cumulative dividends, as herein provided, on this Series. So long as any shares of this Series are outstanding, no dividend (other than a dividend in Common Stock or in any other stock ranking junior to this Series as to dividends and upon liquidation) shall be declared or paid or set aside for payment or other distribution declared or made upon the Common Stock or upon any other stock ranking junior to this Series as to dividends or upon liquidation, nor shall any Common Stock nor any other stock of the Corporation ranking junior to or on a parity with this Series as to dividends or upon liquidation be redeemed, purchased or otherwise acquired for any consideration (or any moneys be paid to or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption of any shares of any such stock) by the Corporation (except by conversion into or exchange for stock of the Corporation ranking junior to this Series as to dividends and upon liquidation), unless, in each case, the full cumulative dividends (including the dividend to be due upon payment of such dividend, distribution, redemption, purchase or other acquisition) on all outstanding shares of this Series shall have been, or shall contemporaneously be, paid. (iv) In the event of any merger, consolidation, reclassification or other transaction in which the shares of Common Stock are exchanged for or changed into other stock or securities, cash and/or any other property, then in any such case the shares of this Series shall at the same time be similarly exchanged or changed in an amount per whole share equal to the aggregate amount of stock, securities, cash and/or any other property (payable in kind), as the case may be, that a holder of the Reference Package would be entitled to receive as a result of such transaction. (v) In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, the holders of full and fractional shares of this Series shall be entitled, before any distribution or payment is made on any date to the holders of the Common Stock or any other stock of the Corporation ranking junior to this Series upon liquidation, to be paid in full an amount per whole share of this Series equal to the greater of (A) $1.00 or (B) the aggregate amount distributed or to be distributed prior to such date in connection with such liquidation, dissolution or winding up to a holder of the Reference Package (such greater amount being hereinafter referred to as the "Liquidation Preference"), together with accrued dividends to such distribution or payment date, whether or not earned or declared. If such payment shall have been made in full to all holders of shares of this Series, the holders of shares of this Series as such shall have no right or claim to any of the remaining assets of the Corporation. In the event the assets of the Corporation available for distribution to the holders of shares of this Series upon any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, shall be insufficient to pay in full all amounts to which such holders are entitled pursuant to the first paragraph of this Section (v), no such distribution shall be made on account of any shares of any other class or series of Preferred Stock ranking on a parity with the shares of this Series upon such liquidation, dissolution or winding up unless proportionate distributive amounts shall be paid on account of the shares of this Series, ratably in proportion to the full distributable, amounts for which holders of all such parity shares are respectively entitled upon such liquidation, dissolution or winding up. Upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, the holders of shares of this Series then outstanding shall be entitled to be paid out of assets of the Corporation available for distribution to its shareholders all amounts to which such holders are entitled pursuant to the first paragraph of this Section (v) before any payment shall be made to the holders of Common Stock or any other stock of the Corporation ranking junior upon liquidation to this Series. For the purposes of this Section (v), the consolidation or merger of, or binding share exchange by, the Corporation with any other corporation shall not be deemed to constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the corporation. (vi) The shares of this Series shall not be redeemable. (vii) In addition to any other vote or consent of shareholders required by law or by the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, each whole share of this Series shall, on any matter, vote as a class with any other capital stock comprising part of the Reference Package and voting on such matter and shall have the number of votes thereon that a holder of the Reference Package would have.

EXHIBIT 99.2 Press Release

[GLOBAL PAYMENTS LETTERHEAD] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Betty Feezor, (404) 728-2916 Global Payments Inc. Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2001--Global Payments Inc. (NYSE-GPN) announced that its Board of Directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan on January 26, 2001. The shareholder rights plan, first described in the Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 8, 2001, is intended to enable all shareholders to realize the long-term value of their investment in Global Payments. In connection with the adoption of the plan, the Board declared a dividend of one share purchase Right on each outstanding share of common stock. Future issuances of Global Payments' common stock will include share purchase rights. Generally, the Rights will be exercisable only if a person or group (other than certain entities explicitly named in the rights plan or certain existing shareholders) acquires 20% or more of Global Payments' common stock or announces a tender offer. Each Right will entitle shareholders to buy one one-thousandth of a share of junior participating preferred stock of the Company at an exercise price of $100 per Right. Prior to the time they become exercisable, the Rights are redeemable for one cent per Right at the option of the Board. If Global Payments is acquired in a merger or other business combination initiated by a person or group that has acquired 20% or more of the Company's outstanding common stock, subject to certain exceptions detailed in the rights plan, each Right will entitle its holder to purchase, at the Right's then- current exercise price, a number of shares of the acquiring company's common stock having a market value of twice such price. The Rights will be distributed on January 30, 2001 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 30, 2001. Unless earlier redeemed or exchanged by the Board of Directors, the Rights will expire at the close of business on January 26, 2011. Shareholders will receive additional information from Global Payments on the plan within the near future and do not need to take any action to receive the Rights. Global Payments provides electronic transaction processing and funds transfer services to merchants, corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies.

When used in this press release and elsewhere by management of Global Payments, from time to time, the words "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans" and similar expressions and statements that necessarily are dependent on future events are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning Global Payments' business operations, economic performance and financial condition, including in particular, Global Payments' business strategy and means to implement that strategy, the amount of future capital expenditures, the success in developing and introducing new products and expanding its business, and the timing of the introduction of new and modified products or services. For these statements, the protection of the safe harbor for forward- looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 is applicable and invoked. These statements are based on a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Global Payments, and reflect business decisions regarding future conditions that are subject to change. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in Global Payments' forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed from time to time in the Company's reports and other information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Global Payments undertakes no obligations to update forward-looking or other statements or to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or thereof, as the case may be, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. -2-