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                       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.
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               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

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        Georgia                           001-16111                     58-257903
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(State or Other Jurisdiction       (Commission File Number)          (I.R.S. Employer
    of Incorporation)                                               Identification No.)
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                             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
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         (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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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

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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)
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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.

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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.

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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:


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      EXHIBIT NO.                                   DESCRIPTION
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          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
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                                   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

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                                  EXHIBIT 99.1



                    Shareholder Protection Rights Agreement

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                    SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION RIGHTS AGREEMENT



                                    BETWEEN

                                        
                              GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC.



                                      AND



                    SUNTRUST BANK, ATLANTA, AS RIGHTS AGENT








                                January 26, 2001
                                        

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                               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
 

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                    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)

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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).

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     "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
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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.
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     "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,

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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
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     2.1  Summary of Rights.  As soon as practicable after the Record Time, the
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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
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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.

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     2.3  Exercise of Rights; Separation of Rights.  (a)  Subject to Sections
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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
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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.

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     (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
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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
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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
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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.
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(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
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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.

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     (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
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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
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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
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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
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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;

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     (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
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     3.1  Flip-In. (a) In the event that prior to the Expiration Time a Flip-
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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
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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
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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

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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
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     4.1  General. (a) The Company hereby appoints the Rights Agent to act as
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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,

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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
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     5.1  Redemption.  (a) The Board of Directors of the Company may, at its
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:

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     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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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     5.17  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in any number of
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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
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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.



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     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

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                                                                       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.

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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:
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                 [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.

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                  [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.

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                                                                       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: __________________________________



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                                   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.

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          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.



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                                  EXHIBIT 99.2


                                 Press Release

                                        

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                          [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.

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     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.

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