PULSE Signs Long-term Agreement with Busey Bank

  PULSE Signs Long-term Agreement with Busey Bank

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- December 06, 2012

PULSE, one of the nation’s leading debit/ATM networks, and Busey Bank, a
premier provider of financial services, have extended their affiliation
through a long-term agreement that includes PIN point-of-sale (POS) debit and
ATM services. Busey’s relationship with PULSE originated in 2005.

Busey, based in Champaign, Ill., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Busey
Corporation. The bank has total assets of approximately $3.5 billion and 43
banking center locations in Illinois, Indianapolis, Ind. and Florida. The
expanded agreement with PULSE ensures that Busey customers will continue to
enjoy the convenience of paying at retail POS terminals across the U.S.
through PULSE PAY^®, and have access to a nationwide network of more than
380,000 ATMs.

“Busey customers expect to be able to manage their finances whenever they
want, and wherever they are,” said Don Schlorff, Busey’s Executive Vice
President of Corporate Administration. “With debit and ATM services playing a
significant role in how consumers spend and access their accounts, it has
never been more important to provide our customers with reliable debit
services. This was a vital consideration in continuing our partnership with
PULSE.”

Busey also has elected to utilize two additional PULSE services – the PULSE^®
Debit Dashboard, a web-based application that allows the bank to analyze the
performance of its debit program, and DebitProtect^®, an advanced fraud
detection system, which helps combat debit card fraud.

“Busey has been a valued PULSE participant for several years and we are
pleased they have chosen to further our relationship,” said Leah Henderson,
PULSE Executive Vice President, Sales and Account Management. “PULSE is
committed to delivering innovative debit products and services that provide
value to all our financial institutions. We look forward to growing our
long-term relationship with Busey.”

About PULSE

PULSE, a Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) company, is a leading
debit/ATM network, serving more than 6,300 financial institutions across the
United States. This includes 4,300 issuers with which PULSE has direct
relationships and more than 2,000 additional issuers through agreements PULSE
has with other debit networks. PULSE links cardholders with ATMs and POS
terminals at retail locations nationwide. Through its global ATM network,
PULSE provides worldwide cash access for Diners Club and Discover cardholders
through more than 850,000 ATM locations in more than 100 countries. The
company also is a source of electronic payments research and is committed to
providing its participants with education on emerging products, services and
trends in the payments industry. For more information, visit
www.pulsenetwork.com or follow PULSE on Twitter @PULSENetwork.

About First Busey Corporation

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) is a $3.5 billion financial holding
company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Bank, First Busey
Corporation’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is headquartered in Champaign,
Illinois and has thirty-one full service and four limited service banking
centers serving Illinois, a full service banking center in Indianapolis,
Indiana, and seven full service banking centers serving southwest Florida.
Busey Bank had total assets of $3.5 billion as of September 30, 2012. Busey
Bank also provides electronic delivery of financial services through its
website, www.busey.com.

Contact:

PULSE
Patty Sendelbach, APR
832-214-0395
patty.sendelbach@pulsenetwork.com
or
DPK Public Relations
Daniel Keeney
832-467-2904
dkeeney@dpkpr.com