Alliance Data Systems acquires Capstone Consulting Partners, Inc.

DALLAS, Nov. 22, 2004 — Alliance Data Systems’ Utility Services Division, a provider of business process outsourcing for regulated and deregulated utilities, announced that it has acquired Capstone Consulting Partners, Inc., a provider of management consulting and technical services to the energy industry. Capstone brings tenured consultants with a recognized level of in-depth utility expertise. Alliance Data will utilize this expertise to provide clients additional value around systems implementation and business transformation initiatives.

The acquisition of Capstone will enable Alliance Data to expand its capabilities for utility clients beyond billing and customer care to services within the field service, construction/ maintenance, and administrative departments of utilities. These areas typically encompass critical systems such as automated dispatch and mobile data systems, work
management, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

“Utilities today are entertaining an array of options for provisioning services and systems,” said Kurt Zuch, Managing Partner of Capstone. “At Capstone, we built our business around helping companies navigate these complex challenges. We are delighted to be joining Alliance Data, a company with a strong history of providing innovative solutions to utilities and many other industries.”

Mike Beltz, president of Utility Services at Alliance Data Systems, said, “The acquisition of Capstone enhances our utility industry service offerings. Capstone’s business consulting and implementation expertise, combined with Alliance Data’s demonstrated operational strength will provide our clients and prospects added value and a more robust set of business process outsourcing services.”

About Alliance Data Systems [ ]

Based in Dallas, Alliance Data Systems is a leading provider of transaction services, credit services and marketing services. The company assists retail, petroleum, utility and financial services clients in managing the critical interactions between them and their customers. Alliance Data manages approximately 95 million consumer relationships for some of North America’s most recognizable companies and operates and markets the largest coalition loyalty program in Canada. Alliance Data Systems employs approximately 7,500 associates at more than 30 locations in the United States and Canada.

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