Cardtronics, Inc.
CARDTRONICS INC (Form: S-1, Received: 03/10/2004 15:00:35)
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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 10, 2004
Registration No. 333-          


UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


Form S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933


Cardtronics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


         
Delaware   7389   76-0681190
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
  (Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

3110 Hayes Road, Suite 300

Houston, Texas 77082
(281) 596-9988
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

J. Chris Brewster

Chief Financial Officer
Cardtronics, Inc.
3110 Hayes Road, Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77082
(281) 596-9988
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)


Copies to:

     
Bruce C. Herzog
David P. Oelman
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
1001 Fannin, Suite 2300
Houston, Texas 77002-6760
(713) 758-2222
  Robert Evans III
Thomas J. Friedmann
Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10022
(212) 848-4000

      Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: As soon as practicable after this registration statement becomes effective.

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CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

         


Proposed Maximum
Title of Each Class of Aggregate Offering Amount of
Securities to be Registered Price(1) Registration Fee

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share
  $115,000,000   $14,571


(1)  Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(o) under the Securities Act of 1933.


      The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said section 8(a), may determine.




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The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities, and we are not soliciting offers to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED                     , 2004

                                           Shares

(CARDTRONICS, INC. LOGO)

Cardtronics, Inc.

Common Stock


        Prior to this offering there has been no public market for our common stock. The initial public offering price of our common stock is expected to be between $           per share and $           per share. We expect to qualify our common stock for quotation on The Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “CATM.”

      We are selling                      shares of common stock and the selling stockholders are selling                      shares of common stock. We will not receive any proceeds from the shares of common stock sold by the selling stockholders.

      The underwriters have an option to purchase a maximum of                      additional shares from us to cover over-allotments of shares.

      Investing in our common stock involves risks. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 7.

                 
Underwriting Proceeds to
Price to Discounts and Proceeds to Selling
  Public Commissions Cardtronics Stockholders




Per share
  $   $   $   $
Total
  $   $   $   $

      Delivery of the shares of common stock will be made on or about                     , 2004.

      Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

Credit Suisse First Boston

  Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
  Wachovia Securities
  William Blair & Company

The date of this prospectus is                     , 2004.


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  Palm Desert National Bank ATM Cash Agreement
  Revised Exhibit "E", 2nd Reg. to Exhibit 10.1
  ATM Vault Cash Agreement
  NCR Corporation "ATM" Services Addendum
  Quality Care Maintenance Agreement
  Service Agreement Addendum No. 2
  ATM Maintenance Agreement
  Concord Processing Agreement
  Core Data Resources, Inc. EFT Processing Agreement
  Employment Agreement - Jack M. Antonini
  1st Amend. to Employment Agmt.-Jack M. Antonini
  Employment Agreement - Michael H. Clinard
  Employment Agreement - Thomas E. Upton
  Subsidiaries of the Company
  Consent of KPMG LLP


      You should rely only on the information contained in this document or to which we have referred you. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different. This document may only be used where it is legal to sell these securities. The information in this document may only be accurate on the date of this document.

      Cardtronics is our registered trademark. This prospectus contains trade names, trademarks and service marks of other companies. We do not intend our use or display of other parties’ trade names, trademarks or service marks to imply a relationship with, or the endorsement or sponsorship of, these other companies.

Dealer Prospectus Delivery Obligation

      Until                     , 2004 (25 days after the commencement of the offering), all dealers that effect transactions in these securities, whether or not participating in the offering, may be required to deliver a prospectus. This is in addition to the dealer’s obligation to deliver a prospectus when acting as an underwriter and with respect to unsold allotments or subscriptions.


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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

      This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary sets forth the material terms of the offering, but does not contain all of the information that you should consider before investing in our common stock. You should read the entire prospectus carefully before making an investment decision, especially the risks of investing in our common stock discussed under “Risk Factors.” The terms “we,” “us,” “our” and “Cardtronics” refer to Cardtronics, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless the context otherwise requires. We refer to automated teller machines as ATMs throughout this prospectus. Industry data is derived from publicly available sources that we have not independently verified, unless otherwise indicated.

Cardtronics, Inc.

Our Business

      We own and operate one of the largest and fastest growing networks of ATMs in the United States. On the date of this prospectus, our network included over 12,000 ATMs operating in all 50 states. For the three months ended December 31, 2003, our ATMs dispensed over $1.2 billion in cash and processed more than 20.5 million transactions. Our nationwide ATM network is strengthened by relationships with nationally known merchants in a variety of businesses, such as Amerada Hess, Circle K, Costco, Duane Reade, ExxonMobil, Mills Malls, Sunoco, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie. Our merchant customers operate high consumer traffic locations, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, membership warehouses, drug stores, shopping malls and in airports. Our merchant relationships are typically governed by multi-year contracts with initial terms of five years or more.

      Our revenue is recurring in nature and is primarily derived from ATM surcharge fees paid by cardholders and interchange fees paid by their financial institutions. We generate additional revenue by allowing financial institutions to brand our ATMs, resulting in added convenience for their customers and increased usage of our ATMs. We provide our merchant customers with all of the services required to operate an ATM, which may include transaction processing, cash management, maintenance and monitoring. We believe that our nationwide network of ATMs provides significant scale advantages that lower our operating costs. Our focus on customer service, together with our experience and scale, has enabled us to develop and maintain relationships with leading national and regional merchants.

      We are the largest non-bank owner of ATMs with the fourth largest network of owned and managed ATMs as of September 2003, according to industry sources. Our ATM network has grown and financial results have improved significantly as a result of strategic acquisitions and organic growth initiatives. During the three years ended December 31, 2003, our ATM network grew from approximately 3,300 to over 12,000 ATMs, representing a compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 53.3%. From 2001 to 2003, the total number of annual transactions processed within our network increased from approximately 19.9 million to approximately 64.6 million, representing a CAGR of 80.3%. Our revenue increased from $45.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2001 to $110.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2003, representing a CAGR of 56.5%.

Our Market Opportunity

      The ATM industry has undergone significant expansion in recent years, largely from growth in the number of ATMs installed at non-bank locations, which are referred to as off-premise ATMs. Off-premise ATMs are found at locations such as convenience stores, supermarkets, membership warehouses, drug stores, shopping malls, hotels and airports, offering a convenient alternative to obtaining cash from bank tellers or drive-through facilities. According to industry sources, ATMs are the preferred method of obtaining cash among cardholders by a margin of eight to one over any other method. Both merchants and their customers benefit from the presence of an ATM in a store. Merchants benefit from increased consumer traffic, reduced check-writing and credit card processing fees, and merchant fees received from

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us, while cardholders benefit from increased access to their cash. As a result of the increasing recognition of the convenience and value of ATMs:

  •  the number of off-premise ATMs operated in the United States grew from approximately 156,000 in March 2000 to approximately 238,000 in March 2003, representing a CAGR of 15.1%;
 
  •  the number of off-premise ATMs in the United States outnumbered banking branches by nearly three times as of June 2003; and
 
  •  more than 64% of the ATMs in the United States were off-premise ATMs as of March 2003.

      We believe significant opportunities exist in our industry for both organic and acquisition-driven growth for the following reasons:

  •  Continued industry growth. We expect that the number of transactions at off-premise ATMs will continue to grow as cardholders take advantage of the convenience and added functionality of ATMs. According to industry sources, approximately 77% of all ATM transactions are cash withdrawals, with the remainder representing other basic banking functions, such as balance inquiries, transfers and deposits. We believe significant opportunities exist for ATM owners and operators to provide advanced functionality, such as check cashing, off-premise deposits and withdrawals of cash from payroll cards, which will result in increased ATM usage. We anticipate that we will participate in this growth as our key merchants permit us to deploy and operate ATMs in more of their existing stores and in new store locations.
 
  •  Financial institution opportunities. We believe that our large ATM network is attractive to financial institutions seeking to extend their brand and service offerings to their customers. By branding our ATMs with their logos, financial institutions can interact with their customers more frequently, increase brand awareness and provide their customers increased service. In addition, while financial institutions have historically owned and operated most of their ATMs, we believe that some financial institutions are considering outsourcing certain ATM management functions in order to simplify operations and lower costs. We believe that increased off-premise branding and the outsourcing of ATM management functions for financial institutions should provide us with substantial opportunities for additional long-term growth. In addition, we believe some financial institutions may seek to divest all or a portion of their off-premise ATMs, which could provide us with acquisition opportunities.
 
  •  Industry consolidation. The non-bank off-premise ATM industry remains fragmented, with the top ten operators accounting for only approximately 29% of the non-bank off-premise ATMs in the United States, according to industry sources. Some ATM operators may lack the operational scale and financial resources required to effectively compete with us and other operators of large ATM networks for business and growth opportunities, which may result in asset sales by ATM operators. We believe that the existing fragmented ownership and the potential for divestitures will lead to future consolidation and provide us with numerous acquisition opportunities.

Our Strengths

  •  Nationwide network of leading merchants under multi-year contracts. Our focus on customer service, together with our experience and size, has enabled us to develop and expand relationships with national and regional merchants, such as Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Amerada Hess, Kroger, Costco and Mills Malls. Our merchant contracts typically have an initial term of at least five years.
 
  •  Scaleable and low-cost operating structure. Our operating structure is efficient and scaleable. We outsource some functions, such as on-site maintenance and cash management, and can take advantage of our large scale to obtain favorable pricing from our vendors.
 
  •  Recurring and predictable revenue and operating cash flow. Our large base of ATMs is generally operated under multi-year contracts that provide us with a recurring and predictable source of

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  transaction-based revenue. For the year ended December 31, 2003, we derived 92.3% of our total revenues from recurring ATM transaction and branding fees.
 
  •  Proven ability to grow. We have grown through both organic growth initiatives and strategic acquisitions.

  •  Organic growth. Since the beginning of 2001, our number of operated ATMs has grown by 2,990. This growth has been achieved by deploying ATMs in our merchants’ existing locations that currently do not have an ATM, installing ATMs in new locations as these merchants expand, adding new merchants and entering into branding arrangements.
 
  •  Acquisitions and integration. Since May 2001, we have acquired eight networks of ATMs. We typically integrate these acquisitions rapidly with reasonable associated costs and little or no increase in our number of employees. As a result, we have often significantly improved the operating cash flow of our acquired networks of ATMs.

  •  Exclusive focus on ATM industry. We believe we are the largest company in the United States exclusively focused on the ATM industry. We believe our success to date is largely attributable to our focus on generating maximum profitability at every ATM and our high level of customer service.
 
  •  Industry leadership and experienced management team. We have a strong management team with over 50 years of financial services and payment processing-related experience. Our senior management team has developed extensive contacts and a leadership position in the industry. We believe this leadership role has helped us to attract new merchant customers and has provided us with increased acquisition opportunities.

Our Strategy

      Our strategy is to enhance our position as the leading non-bank owner and operator of ATMs in the United States. In order to execute this strategy we will endeavor to:

  •  Increase penetration of our existing merchant base;
 
  •  Target additional leading merchants;
 
  •  Capitalize on opportunities with financial institutions; and
 
  •  Pursue strategic acquisitions.

Company History and Information

      In June 2001, CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. acquired a majority of the stock of Cardpro, Inc. At the time of the investment by The CapStreet Group, Cardpro, Inc. was converted into a Delaware limited partnership named Cardtronics, LP. Also, in June 2001, we incorporated Cardtronics Group, Inc. under the laws of the state of Delaware to act as a holding company, with Cardtronics Group, Inc. indirectly owning 100% of the equity of Cardtronics, LP. In January 2004, we changed our name from Cardtronics Group, Inc. to Cardtronics, Inc.

      Our principal executive offices are located at 3110 Hayes Road, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77082 and our telephone number is (281) 596-9988. Our website address is www.cardtronics.com. Information contained on our website is not part of this prospectus.

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THE OFFERING

 
Common stock offered            shares by us (or                      shares if the underwriters exercise the over-allotment option in full)
 
           shares by the selling stockholders
 
Total offering            shares (or                      shares if the underwriters exercise the over-allotment option in full)
 
Common stock outstanding after the offering            shares
 
Proposed Nasdaq National Market symbol “CATM”
 
Use of proceeds We intend to use the net proceeds from the sale of shares by us:

  •  to repay all outstanding indebtedness under our credit facility, which was approximately $31.4 million as of December 31, 2003;
 
  •  to redeem all outstanding shares of our series A redeemable preferred stock plus accrued and unpaid dividends, the aggregate redemption price for which was approximately $22.2 million as of December 31, 2003; and
 
  •  for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.
 
Dividend policy We do not expect to pay any dividends on our common stock for the foreseeable future.
 
Risk factors You should carefully read and consider the information set forth under “Risk Factors” and all other information set forth in this prospectus before investing in our common stock.

      Unless specifically indicated otherwise or unless the context otherwise requires, the information in this prospectus (1) gives effect to a           -for-one stock split of our common stock that will occur immediately prior to the closing of the offering; (2) assumes the redemption of all 17,500 shares of our preferred stock, which redemption will occur concurrently with the closing of the offering; and (3) assumes no exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.

      The number of shares of common stock that will be outstanding after the offering is based on the number of shares outstanding as of December 31, 2003. This number does not include:

  •             shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of stock options outstanding as of December 31, 2003 pursuant to the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan; and
 
  •  an aggregate of            shares of common stock reserved for future issuance under our 2004 Stock Incentive Plan.

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SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

      The following summary consolidated financial and operating data should be read together with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. The summary consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2002 and 2003 and the summary consolidated statements of operations data for each of the three years in the three year period ended December 31, 2003 have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus.

                             
Years Ended December 31,

2001(1) 2002 2003(2)



(Dollars in thousands,
except per share data)
Consolidated Statements of Operations:
                       
Revenues:
                       
 
ATM revenues
  $ 43,477     $ 62,241     $ 104,668  
 
Other revenues(3)
    1,611       6,545       5,775  
     
     
     
 
   
Total revenues
    45,087       68,786       110,442  
Cost of revenues:
                       
 
Cost of ATM revenues
    39,801       52,352       83,225  
 
Cost of other revenues
    1,409       5,766       4,964  
     
     
     
 
   
Total cost of revenues
    41,210       58,118       88,189  
   
Gross profit
    3,878       10,668       22,253  
     
     
     
 
Operating expenses:
                       
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    4,925       6,142       7,229  
 
Depreciation and accretion expense
    957       1,650       3,631  
 
Amortization expense
    554       1,641       3,842  
     
     
     
 
   
Total operating expenses
    6,436       9,433       14,702  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) from operations
    (2,559 )     1,235       7,551  
Other expenses:
                       
 
Interest expense
    478       881       3,346  
 
Other(4)
          58       106  
     
     
     
 
   
Total other expenses
    478       939       3,452  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (3,037 )     296       4,099  
Income tax provision (benefit)
    (997 )     154       1,511  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (2,040 )     142       2,588  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle for asset retirement obligations, net of related income tax benefit of $80(5)
                134  
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    (2,040 )     142       2,454  
Dividends on preferred stock
    741       1,880       2,089  
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2,780 )   $ (1,738 )   $ 365  
     
     
     
 

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Years Ended December 31,

2001(1) 2002 2003(2)



(Dollars in thousands,
except per share data)
Net income (loss) per common share:
                       
 
Basic
    (2.03 )     (0.86 )     0.18  
     
     
     
 
 
Diluted
    (2.03 )     (0.86 )     0.17  
     
     
     
 
Weighted average shares outstanding(6):
                       
 
Basic
    1,367       2,025       2,078  
     
     
     
 
 
Diluted
    1,367       2,025       2,145  
     
     
     
 
                         
Years Ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



Operating Data:
                       
Total number of ATMs (at period end)
    6,707       8,298       12,021  
Total transactions (in thousands)
    19,865       36,212       64,605  
Total surcharge transactions (in thousands)
    16,027       28,979       48,778  
                 
As of December 31, 2003

Actual As adjusted(7)


(In thousands)
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 5,554          
Total assets
    64,434          
Total long-term debt, including current portion
    31,371          
Preferred stock(8)
    21,322          
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
    (6,959 )        


(1)  Reflects a stock compensation charge of $1.5 million after taxes related to the vesting of all stock options in connection with changes in our ownership structure. See note 1(a) to our financial statements.
 
(2)  Reflects a stock compensation charge of $1.0 million after taxes related to variable accounting on a restricted stock grant. See note 4 to our financial statements.
 
(3)  Other revenues consist of revenues from the sale of equipment to our associate value added resellers, or VARs.
 
(4)  Other consists of losses on the sale or disposal of assets.
 
(5)  Reflects the effect of our adoption of SFAS 143. See “Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — New Accounting Standards” and note 1(p) to our consolidated financial statements.
 
(6)  Does not give effect to the stock split that is expected to be completed in connection with the offering.
 
(7)  Reflects the sale by us of the shares of common stock offered hereby, deduction of estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us, the application of the estimated net proceeds from this offering to repay approximately $31.4 million of outstanding indebtedness and the redemption by us of all of our outstanding shares of preferred stock on the date of the closing of this offering.
 
(8)  The amount reflected on our balance sheet is net of issuance costs of $0.9 million. The aggregate redemption price for the preferred stock was $22.2 million as of December 31, 2003.

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RISK FACTORS

      Investing in our common stock involves risks. Before making an investment in our common stock, you should carefully consider the following risks, as well as the other information contained in this prospectus, including our consolidated financial statements and the related notes and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” The risks described below are those which we believe are the material risks we face. Any of the risk factors described below could significantly and adversely affect our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations. As a result, the trading price of our common stock could decline and you may lose all or part of your investment.

Risks Related to our Business

 
We rely on third parties to provide us with the cash we require to operate many of our ATMs.

      We rely on agreements with Palm Desert National Bank and First Bank & Trust to provide us with all of the cash that we use in approximately 4,700 of our ATMs where cash is not provided by the merchant. This cash is referred to as “vault cash” under federal banking regulations, and throughout this prospectus we refer to our vault cash arrangement with these providers as our cash management program. As of December 31, 2003, the balance of cash from these providers held in our ATMs was $237.7 million, a substantial majority of which was from Palm Desert. We pay a fee for our usage of their cash based on the total amount of the cash that we are using at any given time. At all times during our use of this cash, it belongs to the cash providers, and the cash providers have the right to demand the return of all or any portion of their cash at any time upon the occurrence of certain events beyond our control. If these providers were to demand return of their cash or terminate their arrangement with us and remove their cash from our ATMs, or if they were to fail to provide us with cash as and when we need it for our ATM operations, our ability to operate these ATMs would be adversely affected, and we would need to locate alternative sources of cash in order to operate these ATMs. We can give no assurance that alternate sources would be available on reasonable terms or at all. Additionally, if our cash providers were to increase their fees to such an extent that our use of their services were no longer commercially feasible, we would need to seek alternate arrangements for cash provision and management. We are currently exploring supplemental and alternative arrangements for providing cash for use in our ATMs, but we have not entered into any such arrangements at this time. See “Business — Government Regulation.”

 
We operate in a changing and unpredictable regulatory environment.

      The ATM industry involves the electronic transfer of funds. The Federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act provides the basic framework establishing the rights, liabilities and responsibilities of participants in electronic funds transfer, or EFT, systems. Additionally, some states have varying obligations such as notification or bank sponsorship requirements for the operation of an ATM within the state. In the event that these regulations are made more restrictive or new regulations are enacted, the cost of complying with such regulations could increase significantly, which would reduce or eliminate our operating income. Additionally, there have been various state and local efforts to ban or limit surcharge fees, which make up a large portion of our revenues. We can offer no assurance that surcharge fees will not be banned or limited in the future in the cities and states where we operate. The passage of legislation banning or limiting surcharge fees could result in a substantial loss of revenues or a total loss of our business.

      The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, currently includes provisions regulating the amount of clear floor space required in front of each ATM, prescribing the maximum height and reach depth of each ATM, and mandating that instructions and all information for use of the ATM be made accessible to and independently usable by persons with vision impairments. The Department of Justice is currently in the process of issuing new accessibility guidelines under the ADA that will cover virtually all aspects of commercial activity vis-à-vis the disabled. We expect that these new guidelines will include provisions addressing ATMs and how to make them more accessible to the disabled. Under the current proposals, height and reach requirements would be shortened, keypads would be required to be laid out in the manner of telephone keypads, and ATMs would be required to possess speech capabilities. These new

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guidelines would affect the manufacture of ATM equipment going forward, and could require us to retire or retrofit many of the ATMs in our network. We are unable at this time to determine whether, and to what extent, any new regulations will impact our business.

      In recent years, advances in data encryption have made ATMs more tamper-resistant. One of the more recently developed advanced data encryption standards is commonly referred to as Triple DES. Triple DES encryption helps to ensure the security of data transmitted in connection with ATM transactions. As of December 31, 2003, most of our ATMs, like the vast majority of ATMs across the nation, were not equipped with Triple DES encryption. We have adopted a policy that any new ATMs that we acquire from a manufacturer must be Triple DES compliant. We have budgeted $15.0 million to accomplish the Triple DES conversion of all of our ATMs by the end of 2007. Currently, MasterCard International, which is an operator of one of the nation’s largest EFT networks, has advised all ATM operators that any ATM using its network must be Triple DES compliant by March 31, 2005. We have requested an extension of this deadline. If the extension is not granted, we will either have to accelerate our conversion plan to meet MasterCard’s deadline, or we will use alternate network providers. We are unable at this time to determine whether, and to what extent, a failure to obtain an extension from MasterCard or the use of alternate network providers will impact our business.

      In addition, there have been reports in the press regarding the fraudulent use of ATMs. As a result, legislation currently is being considered that would require state or federal licensing and background checks of ATM operators. Some jurisdictions, including California, New York and New Jersey, have proposed requiring the licensing of non-financial institution ATM merchants, and other jurisdictions currently require such licensing. New license requirements could increase our cost of doing business in those markets. We cannot predict how we will be affected by the implementation of any such licensing requirements.

 
We derive a substantial portion of our revenue from ATMs placed with a small number of merchants. If one or more of our top merchants were to cease doing business with us, or to substantially reduce its dealings with us, our revenues could decline.

      For the year ended December 31, 2003, we derived approximately 30.1% of our total revenues from ATMs placed at the locations of our five largest merchants. We expect to continue to depend upon a relatively small number of merchants for a significant percentage of our revenues. The loss of any of our largest merchants, or a decision by any one of them to reduce the number of our ATMs placed in their locations, would decrease our revenues. In addition, our contract with one of our five largest merchants expires in October 2004. These merchants may elect not to renew their contracts when they expire. Even if such contracts are renewed, the renewal terms may be less favorable to us than the current contracts. If any of our five largest merchants fail to renew their contracts upon expiration, or if the renewal terms with any of them are less favorable to us than under our current contracts, this could have a material adverse impact on our business, growth, financial condition and results of operations.

      Furthermore, our third largest merchant, which accounted for 5.6% of our total revenues in 2003, has recently announced a restructuring of its operations in response to financial and operational difficulties. Though we are unable to predict what effect, if any, these difficulties will have on the revenues generated from our ATMs located in their stores, any negative effect could have a material adverse impact on our business, growth, financial condition and results of operations.

 
The ATM industry is highly competitive and such competition is likely to increase, which may adversely affect our profit margins.

      The ATM business is and can be expected to remain highly competitive. While our principal competition comes from national and regional financial institutions, we also compete with other independent ATM companies. Some of these competitors offer services similar to ours. Several of these competitors are larger, more established and have greater financial and other resources than we do. Such competition could prevent us from obtaining or maintaining desirable locations for our ATMs, cause us to

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reduce the surcharge revenue generated by transactions at our ATMs or cause us to pay higher merchant fees, thereby reducing our profits. In addition to our current competitors, additional competitors may enter the market. We can offer no assurance that we will be able to compete effectively against these current and future competitors. Increased competition could result in transaction fee reductions, reduced gross margins and loss of market share.
 
Our growth initiatives may not be successful, and if we fail to effectively manage our growth, our financial results could be adversely affected.

      The continued expansion and development of our business will depend on various factors, including the increases in demand for ATM services in the market, the ability to locate appropriate ATM sites and obtain necessary approvals for the installation and operation of ATMs, the ability to install ATMs in an efficient and timely manner, the expansion of our business into new markets as currently planned, the ability to obtain sufficient numbers of ATMs from manufacturers on a timely basis and the availability of financing for such expansion. In addition, such expansion may involve acquisitions which, if made, could involve other risks, including the following:

  •  the operations, technology and personnel of any acquired companies may be difficult to integrate;
 
  •  the allocation of management resources to consummate these transactions may disrupt our day-to-day business; and
 
  •  acquired networks may not achieve anticipated revenues, earnings or cash flow. Such a shortfall could require us to write down the carrying value of the intangible assets associated with any acquired company, which would adversely affect our reported earnings.

      Since May 2001, we have acquired eight ATM networks. To date, we have acquired the assets of deployed ATM networks, rather than companies and their related infrastructure. Although we anticipate that future acquisitions will be of the same nature, it is possible that we may elect to acquire an existing company or the operations, technology and personnel of another ATM provider. If we do so, we may assume some or all of the liabilities associated with the acquired company and face new and added challenges integrating this acquisition into our operations.

      In addition, our recent growth and any future growth may strain our management systems, information systems and resources. We will need to continue to invest in and improve our financial and managerial controls, reporting systems and procedures as we continue to grow and expand our business. As we grow, we must also continue to hire, train, supervise and manage new employees. We may not be able to hire, train, supervise and manage sufficient personnel or develop management and operating systems to manage our expansion effectively.

      Any inability on our part to manage effectively our past or future growth or to successfully grow the revenue and profitability of our business could have a material adverse effect on our business, growth, financial condition and results of operations. See “Business — Strategy.”

 
The full impact of our recent acquisitions on our operating results is not fully reflected in our historical financial results, which as a result are not necessarily indicative of our future results of operations.

      Since May 2001, we have acquired eight ATM networks. These acquisitions contributed a substantial portion of our total revenues in the year ended December 31, 2003. The full impact of these acquisitions on our operating results is not fully reflected in our historical results of operations due to their recent nature and their varying degrees of integration during those periods. As a result, our historical results may not be indicative of results to be expected in future periods.

 
Changes in interest rates could adversely affect our results.

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adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations by increasing our operating costs and expenses.
 
If we, or our transaction processors or our EFT network or other service providers, experience system failures, the ATM products and services we provide could be delayed or interrupted, which would harm our business.

      Our ability to provide reliable service largely depends on the efficient and uninterrupted operations of our transaction processors, telecommunications network systems and other service providers. Any significant interruptions could severely harm our business and reputation and result in a loss of revenue. Additionally, if any such interruption is caused by us, such interruption could result in the loss of the affected merchants or damage our relationships with such merchants. Our systems and operations and those of our transaction processors and our EFT network and other service providers, could be exposed to damage or interruption from fire, natural disaster, unlawful acts, terrorist attacks, power loss, telecommunications failure, unauthorized entry and computer viruses. We cannot be certain that any measures we and our service providers have taken to prevent system failures will be successful or that we will not experience service interruptions. Further, our property and business interruption insurance may not be adequate to compensate us for all losses or failures that may occur.

 
We depend on ATM transaction fees for substantially all of our revenues and would be adversely affected by a decline in usage of our ATMs.

      Transaction fees charged to cardholders and their financial institutions for transactions processed on our ATMs, including surcharge and interchange transaction fees, have historically accounted for most of our revenues. We expect that revenues from ATM transaction fees will continue to account for a substantial majority of our revenues for the foreseeable future. Consequently, our future operating results will depend on (1) the continued market acceptance of our services in our target markets, (2) maintaining the level of transaction fees we receive, (3) our ability to install, acquire and operate more ATMs and (4) continued usage of our ATMs by cardholders. For example, increased acceptance of credit and debit cards by merchants and service providers or any loss of confidence by the consuming public in the safety and security of ATM transactions could result in decreased usage of our ATMs. In addition, it is possible that alternative technologies to our ATM services will be developed and implemented. If such alternatives are successful, we will likely experience a decline in the usage of our ATMs. A decline in usage of our ATMs by ATM cardholders or in the levels of fees received by us in connection with such usage would have a material adverse impact on our business, growth, financial condition and results of operations.

 
Fraudulent activity by third parties, whether through tampering with our ATM machines or otherwise, could expose us to protracted and costly litigation.

      Recently, there have been reports in the press regarding the use of ATMs to defraud cardholders and their financial institutions. We cannot assure you that we can prevent the unauthorized use of ATMs to defraud cardholders and financial institutions. Although the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and its implementing regulations generally place the risk of such fraud with regard to the consumer and the card issuer upon the card issuer, such fraudulent activity could nevertheless expose us to protracted and costly litigation.

 
If we fail to adapt our products and services to changes in technology or in the marketplace, we could lose existing customers and be unable to attract new business.

      As new technology that increases ATM functionality is developed, our existing ATMs could become obsolete. We expect new uses of ATMs to continue to be developed by manufacturers and others, that will compete with, and may reduce the demand for, our products and services. Our products’ life cycles are difficult to estimate. Our future success may depend on our ability to enhance our current products and to introduce new products or services that keep pace with technological developments and emerging industry standards. We can offer no assurance that we will be successful in developing new services and marketing,

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licensing and selling new products, product enhancements or services that meet changing cardholder, merchant and EFT network demands. Nor can we offer any assurance that we will not experience delays in developing new services and introducing and marketing new products or services or that our new products, product enhancements or services will adequately meet the demands of the marketplace and achieve market acceptance.
 
We rely on EFT network providers, transaction processors and maintenance providers; if they fail or no longer agree to provide their services, we could lose business.

      We rely on agreements with several EFT network providers, transaction processors and maintenance providers to enable us to provide card authorization, data capture, settlement and maintenance services to the merchants we serve. Although typically these agreements are for periods of up to two or three years each, some expire this year. Any inability on our part to renew these agreements with these or similar service providers or our failure to perform services efficiently and effectively may adversely affect our relationships with our merchants and may permit those merchants to terminate their agreements with us.

 
We depend on our key personnel.

      Our success depends upon the continued services of our senior management and other key employees, including Jack Antonini, our President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, our success depends in large part upon the reputation and influence within the industry of our senior management. The loss of the services of one or more of our key employees may have an adverse effect on our operations. Any damage to the reputation of our senior management may adversely affect our business. We do not maintain any key person life insurance on any of our employees.

 
Taxes imposed at the state level may decrease our net income.

      We conduct substantially all of our operations through our indirectly wholly owned subsidiary, Cardtronics, LP, a Delaware limited partnership. Because of widespread state budget deficits, several states are evaluating ways to subject partnerships to taxation through the implementation of state income, franchise or other forms of taxation. If any state were to impose a tax upon our operating subsidiary as a stand-alone entity, our consolidated net income, if any, may decrease.

Risks Related to the Offering

 
The price of our common stock may fluctuate significantly, and you could lose all or part of your investment.

      Volatility in the market price of our common stock may prevent you from being able to sell your shares at or above the price you paid for your shares. The market price of our common stock could fluctuate significantly for various reasons which include:

  •  our quarterly or annual earnings or those of other companies in our industry;
 
  •  the public’s reaction to our press releases, our other public announcements and our filings with the SEC;
 
  •  changes in earnings estimates or recommendations by research analysts who track our common stock or the stocks of other companies in our industry;
 
  •  new laws or regulations or new interpretations of laws or regulations applicable to our business;
 
  •  changes in accounting standards, policies, guidance, interpretations or principles;
 
  •  changes in general conditions in the United States and global economies or financial markets, including those resulting from war, incidents of terrorism or responses to such events; and
 
  •  sales of common stock by our directors and executive officers.

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      In addition, in recent years, the stock market has experienced significant price and volume fluctuations. This volatility has had a significant impact on the market price of securities issued by many companies, including companies in our industry. The changes frequently appear to occur without regard to the operating performance of the affected companies. Hence, the price of our common stock could fluctuate based upon factors that have little or nothing to do with our company, and these fluctuations could materially reduce our share price.

 
If our share price is volatile, we may be the target of securities litigation, which can be costly and time-consuming to defend.

      In the past, following periods of market volatility in the price of a company’s securities, security holders have often instituted class action litigation. If the market value of our common stock experiences adverse fluctuations and we become involved in this type of litigation, regardless of the outcome, we could incur substantial legal costs and our management’s attention could be diverted from the operation of our business, causing our business to suffer.

 
The requirements of being a public company may strain our resources and distract management.

      As a public company, we will be subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or Exchange Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or Sarbanes-Oxley Act. These requirements may place a strain on our systems and resources. The Exchange Act requires that we file annual, quarterly and current reports with respect to our business and financial condition. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires that we maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls for financial reporting. We currently do not have an internal audit group. In order to maintain and improve the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting, significant resources and management oversight will be required. This may divert management’s attention from other business concerns, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. In addition, we will need to hire additional accounting and financial staff with appropriate public company experience and technical accounting knowledge, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to do so in a timely or cost effective fashion.

 
We do not intend to pay dividends on our common stock and, consequently, your only opportunity to achieve a return on your investment is if the price of our stock appreciates.

      We do not plan to declare dividends on shares of our common stock in the foreseeable future. Consequently, your only opportunity to achieve a return on your investment in us will be if the market price of our common stock appreciates and you sell your shares at a profit. There is no guarantee that the price of our common stock that will prevail in the market after this offering will ever exceed the price that you pay.

 
There is no existing market for our common stock, and we do not know if one will develop to provide you with adequate liquidity.

      There has not been a public market for our common stock. We cannot predict the extent to which investor interest in us will lead to the development of an active trading market on The Nasdaq National Market or otherwise or how liquid that market might become. If an active trading market does not develop, you may have difficulty selling any of our common stock that you buy. The initial public offering price for the shares will be determined by negotiations between us and the representative of the underwriters and may not be indicative of prices that will prevail in the open market following this offering. Consequently, you may not be able to sell shares of our common stock at prices equal to or greater than the price paid by you in this offering.

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Future sales of our common stock in the public market could lower our stock price, and any additional capital raised by us through the sale of equity or convertible debt securities may dilute your ownership in us.

      We may sell additional shares of common stock in subsequent public offerings. We may also issue additional shares of common stock or convertible debt securities to finance future acquisitions. After the completion of this offering, we will have                     outstanding shares of common stock. This number includes                      shares that we are selling in this offering, which may be resold immediately in the public market. The remaining                     shares, or      % of our total outstanding shares, are restricted from immediate resale under the federal securities laws and the lock-up agreements between our current stockholders and the underwriters described in “Underwriting,” but may be sold into the market in the near future. These shares will become available for sale at various times following the expiration of the lock-up agreements which, without the prior consent of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC, is 180 days after the date of this prospectus, subject to volume limitations and manner-of-sale requirements under Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, or the Securities Act.

      All of our existing stockholders are parties to a registration rights agreement with us. Under that agreement, these stockholders will have the right, after the expiration of the lock-up period, to require us to effect the registration of their shares. In addition, if we propose to register, or are required to register following the exercise of registration rights, any of our shares of common stock under the Securities Act, all the stockholders who are parties to the registration rights agreement will be entitled to include their shares of common stock in that registration.

      We cannot predict the size of future issuances of our common stock or the effect, if any, that future issuances and sales of shares of our common stock will have on the market price of our common stock. Sales of substantial amounts of our common stock (including shares issued in connection with an acquisition), or the perception that such sales could occur, may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our common stock.

 
Anti-takeover provisions in our certificate of incorporation, our bylaws and Delaware law could discourage a change of control that our stockholders may favor, which could negatively affect our stock price.

      Provisions in our certificate of incorporation and our bylaws and applicable provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may make it more difficult and expensive for a third party to acquire control of us even if a change of control would be beneficial to the interests of our stockholders. These provisions could discourage potential takeover attempts and could adversely affect the market price of our common stock. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws, which will be in effect at the time this offering is consummated, and the Delaware General Corporation Law will:

  •  authorize the issuance of blank check preferred stock that could be issued by our board of directors to thwart a takeover attempt;
 
  •  classify the board of directors into staggered, three-year terms, which may lengthen the time required by a third party to gain control of our board of directors;
 
  •  discourage, delay or prevent a change in control by prohibiting us from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder for a period of two years after the person becomes an interested stockholder, unless such a transaction has met certain fair market value requirements;
 
  •  prohibit cumulative voting in the election of directors, which would otherwise allow holders of less than a majority of stock to elect some directors;
 
  •  require super-majority voting to effect amendments to certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation or bylaws, including those provisions concerning the composition of the board of directors and certain business combinations;
 
  •  limit who may call special meetings of both the board of directors and stockholders;

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  •  prohibit stockholder action by written consent, requiring all actions to be taken at a meeting of the stockholders;
 
  •  establish advance notice requirements for nominating candidates for election to the board of directors or for proposing matters that can be acted upon by stockholders at stockholders’ meetings; and
 
  •  require that vacancies on the board of directors, including newly-created directorships, be filled only by a majority vote of directors then in office.
 
Our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders will continue to own a large percentage of our voting stock after this offering, which may allow them to control substantially all matters requiring stockholder approval, and their interests may not align with the interests of our other stockholders.

      Immediately after this offering, our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders will, in the aggregate, directly or indirectly hold approximately      % of our outstanding shares. Accordingly, in the event that all or some of these stockholders decided to act in concert, they could control us through their ability to determine the outcome of the election of our directors, to amend our certificate of incorporation and bylaws and to take other actions requiring the vote or consent of stockholders, including mergers, going private transactions and other extraordinary transactions, and the terms of any of these transactions. The CapStreet Group, LLC is the ultimate general partner of two of our stockholders, CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. We refer to The CapStreet Group, LLC, CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. collectively as The CapStreet Group in this prospectus. These two stockholders will, in the aggregate, hold approximately      % of our outstanding shares after the offering. Two of our directors, Fred R. Lummis and Frederick W. Brazelton, are officers of The CapStreet Group, LLC. The ownership positions of these stockholders may have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change in control or a change in the composition of our board of directors.

 
We will have broad discretion in applying a portion of the net proceeds of the offering and may not use those proceeds in ways that will enhance our market value.

      We have significant flexibility in applying the portion of the net proceeds we receive in the offering that will remain after the repayment of all outstanding indebtedness under our credit facility and the redemption of all of our preferred stock. As part of your investment decision, you will not be able to assess or direct how we apply that portion of the net proceeds. If we do not apply these funds effectively, we may lose significant business opportunities. Furthermore, our stock price could decline if the market does not view our use of the proceeds from the offering favorably.

 
You will suffer immediate and substantial dilution.

      The initial public offering price per share is substantially higher than the pro forma net tangible book value per share immediately after the offering. As a result, you will pay a price per share that substantially exceeds the book value of our assets after subtracting our liabilities. At the offering price of $          , you will incur immediate and substantial dilution in the amount of $           per share. We also have outstanding stock options to purchase shares of our common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $           per share. To the extent these options are exercised, there will be further dilution.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

      This prospectus contains “forward-looking statements,” which include information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment, regulation and availability of resources. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding: proposed new programs; expectations that regulatory developments or other matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or liquidity; statements concerning projections, predictions, expectations, estimates or forecasts as to our business, financial and operational results and future economic performance; and statements of management’s goals and objectives and other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, identify forward-looking statements.

      You should not read forward-looking statements as a guarantee of future performance or results. They will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at or by which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. They are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to:

  •  reliance on third parties for cash management services;
 
  •  increased regulation and regulatory uncertainty;
 
  •  decreases in the number of ATMs we can place with our top merchants;
 
  •  increased industry competition;
 
  •  our ability to continue to execute our growth strategies;
 
  •  risks associated with the acquisition of other ATM networks;
 
  •  changes in interest rates;
 
  •  declines in, or system failures that interrupt or delay, ATM transactions;
 
  •  changes in the ATM transaction fees we receive;
 
  •  changes in ATM technology;
 
  •  general and economic conditions; and
 
  •  other factors discussed under the headings “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Business.”

      Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, you should draw no inference that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

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USE OF PROCEEDS

      The net proceeds from the sale of the                      shares of common stock offered by us will be approximately $          million, based on an estimated initial public offering price of $           per share (the mid-point of the range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus) and after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us. We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares to be sold by the selling stockholders.

      The primary purposes of the offering are to create a public market for our common stock, obtain additional equity capital and facilitate future access to public markets. We expect to use the net proceeds from this offering:

  •  to repay all outstanding indebtedness under our credit agreement, which was approximately $31.4 million as of December 31, 2003;
 
  •  to redeem all of our outstanding preferred stock plus accrued and unpaid dividends, the aggregate redemption price for which was approximately $22.2 million as of December 31, 2003; and
 
  •  the remainder of the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.

      Management will have broad discretion in the use of the net proceeds remaining after the allocation of net proceeds for the uses specified in the prior paragraph.

      Our credit agreement provides for a revolving facility, a term loan and an acquisition facility. The revolving facility and the acquisition facility mature in August 2008 and the term loan matures in July 2008. Borrowings under our credit agreement bear interest at a variable rate based upon LIBOR or prime rate, at our option. At December 31, 2003, the weighted average interest rate on our borrowings was approximately 5.18%. We intend to repay borrowings under our credit agreement with the proceeds of the offering. Under a new revolving credit facility that will replace our existing credit agreement and that we expect to enter into concurrently with or shortly after the closing of this offering, we expect to have the ability to borrow up to $75.0 million for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.

      Depending on future events, we may determine at a later time to use the net proceeds for different purposes. Pending their use, the proceeds of the offering will be invested in short-term, investment grade, interest-bearing securities.

DIVIDEND POLICY

      Historically we have not paid dividends on our common stock. Following consummation of this offering, we do not anticipate declaring or paying any dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. Instead, we currently anticipate that we will retain all of our future earnings, if any, to fund the operation and expansion of our business and to use as working capital and for other general corporate purposes. Our board of directors will determine whether to pay dividends in the future based on conditions then existing, including our earnings, financial condition and capital requirements and the availability of third-party financing, as well as any economic and other conditions that our board of directors may deem relevant. In addition, our ability to declare and pay any dividends may be restricted under the credit agreement for our expected new credit facility.

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CAPITALIZATION

      The following table sets forth our cash and cash equivalents and our capitalization as of December 31, 2003:

  •  on an actual basis;
 
  •  on an as adjusted basis, giving effect to (1) our sale of shares of our common stock in this offering (at an initial public offering price of $           per share); and (2) the application of the proceeds from that sale as discussed under “Use of Proceeds.”

      You should read this table together with the “Use of Proceeds,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Description of Capital Stock” and our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus.

                       
As of December 31, 2003

Actual As adjusted


(unaudited)
(In thousands, except
share data)
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 5,554     $    
     
     
 
Long-term debt, including current portion(1)
    31,371          
Series A redeemable preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share; 17,500 shares authorized; 17,500 shares issued and outstanding on an actual basis; zero shares issued and outstanding on an as adjusted basis
    21,322          
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):
               
 
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share,            shares authorized;            shares issued and outstanding on an actual basis;         shares issued and outstanding on an as adjusted basis(2)
    0          
 
Additional paid-in capital
    1,039          
   
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
    (6,959 )        
     
     
 
     
Total capitalization
  $ 45,734     $    
     
     
 


(1)  At December 31, 2003, we had $6.5 million available for borrowing under our revolving facility. It is a term of our credit agreement that the amount available for borrowing is reduced by the amount of outstanding letters of credit issued under the revolving facility. As of December 31, 2003, we had letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $1.0 million outstanding under our revolving facility. We intend to replace our existing credit agreement with a new revolving credit facility in connection with this offering. Please see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Liquidity and Capital Resources.”
 
(2)  For further information regarding our stock and stock option plans, see “Management” and “Description of Capital Stock.”

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DILUTION

      If you invest in our common stock, your interest will be diluted to the extent of the difference between the initial public offering price per share of our common stock and the pro forma net tangible book value per share of our common stock after the offering. Dilution results from the fact that the per share offering price of the common stock is substantially in excess of the book value per share attributable to the existing stockholders for the presently outstanding stock. Our net tangible book value at December 31, 2003 was $16.4 million, or $           per share of common stock. Pro forma net tangible book value per share represents the amount of total tangible assets less total liabilities, divided by the number of shares of common stock outstanding after giving effect to:

  •  a           -for-one split of our common stock; and
 
  •  the redemption of all 17,500 outstanding shares of our preferred stock at the aggregate redemption price of $22.2 million.

      After giving effect to our sale of                      shares of common stock in the offering at the initial public offering price of $           per share (the mid-point of the range set forth on the cover of this prospectus) and after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, our pro forma net tangible book value after this offering would have been $           million, or $           per share. This represents an immediate increase in pro forma net tangible book value of $           per share to existing stockholders and an immediate dilution of $           per share to investors purchasing common stock in the offering. The following table illustrates this per share dilution:

         
Assumed initial public offering price per share of common stock
  $    
Net tangible book value per share at December 31, 2003
       
Pro forma net tangible book value per share of common stock after this offering
       
Increase in pro forma net tangible book value per share of common stock attributable to investors in this offering
       
     
 
Dilution per share to new investors
  $    
     
 

      The following table summarizes, on a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2003, the differences between existing stockholders and the new investors with respect to the number of shares of common stock purchased from us, the total consideration paid and the average price per share paid before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and our estimated offering expenses, assuming an initial public offering price of $           per share.

                                         
Shares Purchased Total Consideration


Average Price
Number Percent Amount Percent Per Share





Existing stockholders
              %   $           %   $    
New investors
                                       
     
     
     
     
         
Total
              %   $           %   $    
     
     
     
     
         

      The discussion and tables above assume no exercise of stock options outstanding as of December 31, 2003. As of the consummation of this offering, we expect to have options outstanding to purchase a total of                      shares of common stock with a weighted average exercise price of $           per share. To the extent that any of these options are exercised, there will be further dilution to new investors. See “Description of Capital Stock” and “Management.”

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      If the underwriters’ over-allotment option is exercised in full:

  •  the percentage of our shares of common stock held by our existing holders of capital stock will decrease to approximately      % of the total number of common shares outstanding after this offering; and
 
  •  the number of shares of common stock held by investors purchasing common stock in this offering will increase by                      shares, to approximately      % of the total number of shares of common stock outstanding after this offering.

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SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

      The following selected consolidated financial and operating data should be read together with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. The selected consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2002 and 2003 and the selected consolidated statements of operations data for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2003 have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. The balance sheet data as of December 31, 1999, 2000 and 2001 and the statements of operations data for the years ended December 31, 1999 and 2000 have been derived from our audited financial statements, which are not included in this prospectus. Historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected in the future.

                                             
Years Ended December 31,

1999 2000 2001(1) 2002 2003(2)





(In thousands)
Consolidated Statements of Operations:
                                       
Revenues:
                                       
 
ATM revenues
  $ 14,747     $ 26,034     $ 43,477     $ 62,241     $ 104,668  
 
Other revenues(3)
                1,611       6,545       5,775  
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total revenues
    14,747       26,034       45,087       68,786       110,442  
Cost of revenues:
                                       
 
Cost of ATM revenues
    10,776       22,179       39,801       52,352       83,225  
 
Cost of other revenues
                1,409       5,766       4,964  
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total cost of revenues
    10,776       22,179       41,210       58,118       88,189  
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
Gross profit
    3,971       3,855       3,878       10,668       22,253  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Operating expenses:
                                       
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    2,392       2,190       4,925       6,142       7,229  
 
Depreciation and accretion expense
    338       528       957       1,650       3,631  
 
Amortization expense
                554       1,641       3,842  
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total operating expenses
    2,730       2,718       6,436       9,433       14,702  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) from operations
    1,241       1,137       (2,559 )     1,235       7,551  
Other expenses:
                                       
 
Interest expense
    187       278       478       881       3,346  
 
Other(4)
                      58       106  
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
Total other expenses
    187       278       478       939       3,452  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    1,054       858       (3,037 )     296       4,099  
Income tax provision (benefit)
    360       317       (997 )     154       1,511  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    694       542       (2,040 )     142       2,588  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle for asset retirement obligations, net of related income tax benefit of $80(5)
                            134  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    694       542       (2,040 )     142       2,454  
Dividends on preferred stock
                741       1,880       2,089  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ 694     $ 542     $ (2,780 )   $ (1,738 )   $ 365  
     
     
     
     
     
 

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Years Ended December 31,

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003





Net income (loss) per common share:
                                       
 
Basic
    0.66       0.51       (2.03 )     (0.86 )     0.18  
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Diluted
    0.65       0.46       (2.03 )     (0.86 )     0.17  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Weighted average shares outstanding(6):
                                       
 
Basic (in thousands)
    1,053       1,053       1,367       2,025       2,078  
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Diluted (in thousands)
    1,072       1,183       1,367       2,025       2,145  
     
     
     
     
     
 
Operating Data:
                                       
Total number of ATMs (at period end)
    1,845       3,339       6,707       8,298       12,021  
Total transactions (in thousands)
    4,259       8,622       19,865       36,212       64,605  
Total surcharge transactions (in thousands)
    4,235       7,400       16,027       28,979       48,778  
                                         
As of December 31,

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003





(In thousands)
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 228     $ 333     $ 2,975     $ 3,184     $ 5,554  
Total assets
    5,286       8,864       25,373       34,840       64,434  
Total long-term debt, including current portion
    2,577       2,723       8,620       18,475       31,371  
Preferred stock(7)
                15,453       19,233       21,322  
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
    1,266       2,094       (7,065 )     (8,909 )     (6,959 )


(1)  Reflects a stock compensation charge of $1.5 million after taxes related to the vesting of all stock options in connection with changes in our ownership structure. See note 1(a) to our financial statements.
 
(2)  Reflects a stock compensation charge of $1.0 million after taxes related to variable accounting on a restricted stock grant. See note 4 to our financial statements.
 
(3)  Other revenues consist of revenues from the sale of equipment to our associate VARs.
 
(4)  Other consists of losses on the sale or disposal of assets.
 
(5)  Reflects the effect of our adoption of SFAS 143. See “Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — New Accounting Standards” and note 1(p) to our consolidated financial statements.
 
(6)  Does not give effect to the stock split that is expected to be completed in connection with the offering.
 
(7)  The amount reflected on our balance sheet is net of issuance costs of $0.9 million. The aggregate redemption price for the preferred stock was $22.2 million as of December 31, 2003.

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

      You should read the following discussion together with the financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections about our business and operations. Our actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated and expressed in such forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those we discuss under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus.

Overview

      We own and operate a network of ATMs in the United States. On the date of this prospectus, our network included over 12,000 ATMs operating in all 50 states. For the three months ended December 31, 2003, our ATMs dispensed over $1.2 billion in cash and processed more than 20.5 million transactions. Our nationwide ATM network is strengthened by relationships with nationally known merchants in a variety of businesses, such as Amerada Hess Corporation, Circle K Stores, Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, Duane Reade, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Mills Corporation (Mills Malls), Sunoco, Inc., Walgreen Co. and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Our merchant customers operate in high consumer traffic locations, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, membership warehouses, drug stores and shopping malls. We typically enter into multi-year contractual relationships with our merchants.

Acquisitions

      Since May 2001, we have acquired eight ATM networks. In each acquisition, we acquired only assets consisting of ATMs and, in certain cases, contractual rights to place and operate ATMs in certain locations. We have not acquired any legal entities and generally do not assume employees, physical facilities, sales force or trade names. All supporting activities, including supply of cash, communications, network processing services, maintenance services, customer service, sales and administration, are changed to our operating platform and service providers. The migration of the purchased ATMs to our platform represents a fundamental shift in the way the ATMs operate. Once we purchase the ATMs and integrate them into our operating platform, operating expenses are typically significantly reduced, enhancing the profitability of the ATMs and allowing us to profitably operate ATMs where others cannot. In addition, the revenues produced by the ATMs typically change significantly as we alter the mix between surcharge, interchange and branding arrangements with our merchant clients and financial sponsors.

      Our acquisitions have significantly increased the size of our operations over the periods discussed in “Results of Operations” below and, accordingly, fundamentally affect the comparability of our results of operations for the periods discussed in this discussion and analysis. For example, revenues increased from $26.0 million in 2000 to $110.4 million in 2003, while our gross profit increased from $3.9 million to $22.3 million over the same period. The full impact of the acquisitions we completed in 2003 are not fully reflected in our historical results of operations due to their recent completion. These and any future acquisitions will continue to affect our results of operations.

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      We have set forth below a summary of our acquisition activity since 2001. After acquiring a network of ATMs, we track its growth and operating performance on a stand-alone basis, as well as on a consolidated basis with our results as a whole. We believe this information is helpful in understanding the effect of these acquisitions on our growth, as well as the growth experienced through increased deployment of ATMs with the acquired merchant base in each of these ATM networks following its acquisition and integration.

                           
Number of ATMs

As of
December 31,
At Closing 2003 Increase



2001 Acquisitions
    878       1,085       23.6 %
2002 Acquisitions
    1,125       1,273       13.2  
2003 Acquisitions
    3,689       3,695       0.2  
     
     
     
 
 
Total
    5,692       6,053       6.3 %
     
     
     
 
 
2001 Acquisitions

      We acquired ATM networks from Financial Services Plus, Inc., a subsidiary of McLane Company, Inc., in two separate transactions.

      McLane I. In June 2001, we closed the first McLane transaction, pursuant to which we acquired 264 ATMs. Prior to this transaction, McLane had been a leading ATM service provider to large convenience store chains. This network of ATMs consisted of corporate accounts with Amerada Hess, ConocoPhillips and Tetco, Incorporated.

      McLane II. We acquired another network of ATMs from Financial Services Plus in September 2001. This acquisition included 614 ATMs, the majority of which were placed in locations operated by Sunoco.

      We believe the existing relationships we acquired through the McLane transactions have been instrumental in helping us to build other relationships with national convenience store chains, such as Circle K and ExxonMobil.

 
2002 Acquisitions

      ATM Plus. In 2002, we acquired a network of ATMs from ATM Plus, Inc., consisting of 25 ATMs principally located in northern California.

      Diebold. In September 2002, we acquired a network of approximately 1,100 ATMs from Diebold, Incorporated consisting of arrangements with ExxonMobil, Marc Glassman, Inc., Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc., Uni-Marts, Inc. and Rite Aid Corporation. Diebold is one of the largest manufacturers of ATM equipment in the world and is a leading ATM service provider to both bank and non-bank owners of ATMs.

 
2003 Acquisitions

      CenterCourt Cash. In 2003, we purchased a network of 26 ATMs from CenterCourt Cash, Inc. These ATMs are located primarily in large shopping centers in California.

      XtraCash. In February 2003, we acquired a network of ATMs in 938 Winn-Dixie stores from XtraCash ATM Inc., a division of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. These ATMs are located in Winn-Dixie stores throughout the Southeastern United States.

      National Bank Equipment. In May 2003, we acquired a network of 1,025 ATMs, primarily located in the Northeast United States, from National Bank Equipment Corporation. This network consists primarily of independently-owned merchant locations.

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      American Express. In August 2003, we purchased a network of 1,700 ATMs from American Express Company. This network includes relationships with substantial national and regional accounts, such as Duane Reade, Giant Food Inc., The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P), Costco, Mills Malls and Walgreens.

Critical Accounting Policies

      We have prepared the consolidated financial statements included in this prospectus in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, which require that management make numerous estimates and assumptions. Actual results could differ from those estimates and assumptions, impacting our reported results of operations and financial position. We describe our significant accounting policies more fully in note 1 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. The significant accounting policies described here are those that are most important to the depiction of our financial condition and results of operations and the application of which requires management’s most subjective judgments in making estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain.

      Revenue recognition. Transaction-based revenue, which includes surcharge fees, interchange fees, branding fees and other fees from our membership in ATM alliances, is recorded as services are performed. We recognize revenue related to the sale of an ATM when the machine is delivered to a customer and we have completed all required installation and set-up procedures. These sales were 22.1% of our total revenues in 2001, 3.7% in 2002 and 1.1% in 2003. We offer maintenance services to certain customers who purchase ATMs. We recognize service agreement revenue monthly as earned, and we recognize expenses relating to repairs under service agreements as incurred. We recognize and invoice other revenues related to the sale of equipment to associate VARs when the equipment is shipped from the manufacturer to the VAR. We extend thirty day terms and receive payment directly from the associate VAR irrespective of ultimate sale to a third party.

      Cash management. We have cash management arrangements with two banks under which they place their vault cash into our ATMs and insure such cash for a fee. We do not take title to this cash and it is not reflected on our balance sheet. The cost of this service is reflected in our statement of operations under costs of ATM revenue. The balance of cash from our cash providers in use in our ATMs was $237.7 million as of December 31, 2003 and $65.9 million as of December 31, 2002.

      Income taxes. Income tax provisions are based on taxes payable or refundable for the current year and deferred taxes on temporary differences between the amount of taxable income and income before income taxes and between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts in our financial statements. We include deferred tax assets and liabilities in our financial statements at currently enacted income tax rates. As changes in tax laws or rates are enacted, we adjust our deferred tax assets and liabilities through income tax provisions.

      Property and equipment, net. Property and equipment, net is stated at cost, less accumulated depreciation calculated using the straight-line method. We depreciate equipment over three to seven years. We amortize leasehold improvements and property acquired under capital leases over the useful life of the asset or the lease term, whichever is shorter. The cost of property and equipment held under capital leases, primarily ATMs, is equal to the lower of the net present value of the minimum lease payments or the estimated fair value of the leased property at the inception of the lease. We also include in property and equipment new ATMs we have acquired for future installation. These ATMs are held as “deployments in process” and are not depreciated. In 2003, we began recognizing deferred costs associated with expected deinstallation of ATMs owned by us. SFAS 143 requires us to capitalize the expected cost of deinstallation of ATMs upon expiration of merchant contracts by increasing the carrying amount of the related equipment asset. These amounts are depreciated over the life of the related assets.

      Intangible assets, net. Intangible assets, net includes merchant contracts/relationships acquired in connection with acquisitions of ATM assets ( i.e. , the right to receive future cash flows related to transactions of these applicable merchant customers) and exclusive license agreements ( i.e. , the right to be the exclusive ATM service provider, at specific locations, for the time period under contract with a

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merchant customer) and deferred financing costs relating to credit agreements. Intangible assets, net totaled $23.4 million at December 31, 2003. We amortize all intangibles on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful life ranging from four to eight years. We determine estimated useful lives for merchant contracts/relationships based on a review of the weighted average life of the expected after-tax cash flows from the underlying merchant contracts and the terms of the contracts themselves, as well as our expectations of renewals based on industry experience. Amortized financing costs are recognized as interest expense.

ATM Management Programs

      We deploy ATMs under three distinct arrangements with our merchants:

  •  Turnkey. Under a turnkey arrangement, we own or lease the ATM and are responsible for controlling substantially all aspects of its operation. These responsibilities include what we refer to as first line maintenance, such as replacing paper, clearing paper or bill jams, resetting the ATM and any telecommunications and power issues or other maintenance that does not require a trained service technician. Under our turnkey operations, we are also responsible for what we refer to as second line maintenance, or more complex maintenance procedures that require trained service technicians and often involve replacing component parts. In addition to first and second line maintenance, under turnkey agreements we are responsible for arranging for cash, cash loading, supplies, telecommunications service and all other services required for the operation of the ATM, other than electricity. Under a turnkey arrangement, we pay a fee, either periodically, on a per-transaction basis or a combination of both, to the merchant on whose premises the ATM is physically located. Under turnkey arrangements, we are responsible for purchasing the ATM, as well as almost all of the expenses related to its operation. Typically, we deploy ATMs under turnkey arrangements for our national and regional merchant customers, such as Amerada Hess, Circle K, Duane Reade, ExxonMobil and Sunoco. A majority of the ATMs we have acquired since May 2001 are operated under turnkey arrangements. Because turnkey ATMs are owned or leased by us and usually located in major national chains, we have the opportunity to generate additional revenues from branding. In recent years, we have been successful in increasing the number and percentage of our ATMs operated under turnkey arrangements.
 
  •  Merchant-owned. Under a merchant-owned arrangement, the merchant owns the ATM and is responsible for its maintenance and most of the operating costs. We typically operate ATMs with our independent merchant customers under merchant-owned arrangements. A merchant who purchases an ATM from us is responsible for providing cash for the ATM and all maintenance. The merchant is also responsible for cash loading, supplies, telecommunication and electrical services. Under these arrangements, we sometimes retain responsibility for second line maintenance for an additional fee, and we provide all transaction processing services. Because the merchant bears more of the costs associated with operating ATMs under this arrangement, the merchant typically receives a higher fee on a per-transaction basis than is the case under a turnkey arrangement. In a limited number of our merchant-owned arrangements, we have assumed responsibility for providing and loading cash. Accordingly, under these arrangements, the merchant receives a smaller fee on a per-transaction basis than in the typical merchant-owned arrangement.
 
  •  Merchant-assisted. Merchant-assisted arrangements are a hybrid between turnkey and merchant-owned arrangements. In these arrangements, we own or lease the ATM and provide all transaction processing services, but the merchant generally is responsible for providing and loading cash for the ATM and first line maintenance. Under these arrangements, the merchant is sometimes responsible for supplies, telecommunication and electrical services. As a result, the merchant typically receives a higher fee on a per-transaction basis than it would be under a turnkey arrangement, but receives less than it would under a merchant-owned arrangement.

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Components of Revenues, Cost of Revenues and Expenses

      Revenues. We derive our revenues primarily from providing ATM services and, to a lesser extent, from our branding arrangements and our sales of ATM equipment. Our revenues from ATM services have increased rapidly in recent years due to the acquisitions we completed since 2001, as well as through internal expansion of our existing and acquired ATM networks. In our consolidated statement of operations, we present our revenues from ATM services, the sale of ATMs in connection therewith and branding arrangements as “ATM revenues” and our revenues from sales of equipment to persons that do not purchase ATM services from us as “Other revenues.” Our ATM revenues consist of the revenues we receive under our turnkey, merchant-assisted and merchant-owned arrangements with our customers. These revenues include the fees we earn per transaction completed on our network and fees we generate from branding arrangements, as well as the amounts we receive from the sale of ATMs to merchants operating ATMs under merchant-owned arrangements. Because the majority of our ATM revenues are generated from machines owned by us and operated under turnkey arrangements rather than our merchant customers (merchant-assisted and merchant-owned), sales of ATMs represent a small and declining percentage of our ATM revenues.

      Our “Other revenues” consist of sales of ATM equipment to associate VARs. We do not expect to generate ATM service revenues from ATMs sold under VAR arrangements, and, accordingly, segregate the presentation of these revenues from our ATM revenues.

      Our ATM revenues primarily consist of the following components:

  •  Surcharge revenue. A surcharge fee represents a convenience fee paid by the cardholder for making a cash withdrawal from an ATM. Surcharge fees are most typically associated with cash withdrawal transactions and generally are not generated by balance inquiries, fund transfers and, in some cases, cash withdrawals from ATMs from which we earn branding revenues. Surcharge fees often vary by the type of arrangement under which we place our ATMs. Our transaction surcharges averaged approximately $1.42 per surcharge-bearing transaction during the year ended December 31, 2003. Surcharge fees can vary widely based on the location of the ATM and the nature of the contracts negotiated with our merchants.
 
  •  Interchange revenue. An interchange fee is a fee paid by the cardholder’s financial institution for the use of the applicable electronic funds transfer, or EFT, network that transmits data between the ATM and the cardholder’s financial institution in connection with any ATM transaction, including balance inquiries, transfers and surcharge-free transactions. We receive a portion of the interchange fee paid to the EFT network. Unlike surcharge fees, interchange fees are earned not only on cash withdrawal transactions, but also on other ATM transactions such as balance inquiries and fund transfers. Interchange fees are set by the EFT networks and vary according to EFT network arrangements with financial institutions, as well as the type of transaction. Interchange fees are typically lower for balance inquiries and fund transfers and higher for withdrawals. For the year ended December 31, 2003, we received $29.1 million in interchange fees, or an average of approximately $0.60 per surcharge-bearing transaction and approximately $0.45 per transaction.
 
  •  Branding revenue. We generate branding revenue in a variety of ways. We allow financial institutions to place signage on, or brand, our ATMs. Under this arrangement, we allow the branding financial institution’s customers to use branded ATMs without paying a surcharge fee. In exchange, the branding financial institution pays us a fixed monthly fee per branded ATM. This type of branding arrangement typically results in an increase in transaction levels at the branded ATMs. We also generate branding revenue from the ATMs we include in the Allpoint Network, a surcharge-free ATM alliance of which we are a member. Under this arrangement, cardholders of the institutions that are members of Allpoint use our ATMs included in the alliance free of surcharge fees in exchange for Allpoint’s payment to us of a share of the fixed monthly fee per cardholder included in the network. We also derive branding revenue from an EFT network that places signage on our ATMs. Fees paid for branding an ATM vary widely within our industry, as well as within our own operations.

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      The profitability of any particular ATM location, and of our entire ATM services operation, is driven by a combination of surcharge, interchange and branding revenues, as well as the level of our related costs. Accordingly, material changes in our average surcharge fee or average interchange fee may be offset by branding or other ancillary revenues, or by changes in our cost structure. Because a variance in our average surcharge fee or our average interchange fee is not necessarily indicative of a commensurate change in our profitability, you should consider these measures only in the context of our overall financial results.

      Our other revenues are comprised of revenue from the sale of equipment to associate VARs. These other revenues have been enhanced by our master VAR designation with NCR Corporation. This designation allows us to purchase equipment from NCR at preferential prices. We expect to continue to derive a portion of our revenues from direct sales of ATMs in the future; however, we expect this source of revenue to continue to decrease as a percentage of total revenues in future periods.

      Cost of revenues. Our cost of revenues associated with ATM transactions completed on our ATM network includes:

  •  Merchant fees. We pay our merchants a fee that depends on a variety of factors, including the type of arrangement under which the ATM is placed and the number of transactions at that ATM. In recent years, we have been successful in increasing the percentage of our ATMs operated under turnkey arrangements, which typically have lower associated merchant fees on a per-transaction basis than other deployment arrangements.
 
  •  Processing fees. We pay fees to third-party vendors for processing transactions originated at our ATMs. These vendors, which include Star Systems, Fiserv, Inc. and Genpass Inc., communicate with the cardholder’s financial institution through EFT networks to gain transaction authorization and to settle transactions.
 
  •  Cost of cash. Cost of cash includes all costs associated with the provision of cash to our turnkey and certain merchant-owned ATMs, including fees for the use of cash, armored courier services, insurance, cash reconciliation and associated wire fees. As our mix of placements has moved more toward turnkey arrangements, our cost of cash has increased in absolute terms. Changes in interest rates could affect our cost of cash.
 
  •  Communications. Under our turnkey and certain merchant-assisted arrangements, we are responsible for expenses associated with providing telecommunications capabilities to the ATMs, allowing the ATMs to connect with the applicable EFT network.
 
  •  Repairs and maintenance. Depending on the type of arrangement with the merchant, we may be responsible for first and/or second line maintenance for the ATM. We typically manage the provision of these services by third parties with national operations. Our primary maintenance vendors are Diebold, NCR, EFMARK Service Company of Illinois, Inc. and Genpass.
 
  •  Direct operations. These expenses consist of costs associated with managing our ATM network, including expenses for program managers, technicians and customer service representatives.
 
  •  Cost of equipment revenue. In connection with the sale of equipment to merchants and VARs, we incur costs associated with purchasing equipment from manufacturers, as well as delivery and installation expenses.

      Any significant decrease in transaction volumes would lead to a decrease in the profitability of our transaction-based operations, as a significant portion of our costs of transaction-based revenues is fixed in nature.

      Our indirect operating expenses include general and administrative expenses related to administration, salaries, benefits, advertising and marketing, depreciation of the ATMs we own, amortization of our acquired merchant contracts, and interest expense related to borrowings under our credit agreement. We depreciate our capital equipment on a straight-line basis over the estimated life of such equipment and amortize the value of acquired merchant contracts over the estimated lives of such assets. Because we

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intend to repay borrowings under our credit agreement with the proceeds of the offering, our interest expense in the near-term should decline. Under a new revolving credit facility that we expect to enter into concurrently or shortly after closing this offering, we expect to have the ability to borrow up to $75.0 million for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions. See “— Liquidity and Capital Resources.”

Results of Operations

      The following table sets forth our statement of operations information as a percentage of total revenues for the period indicated.

                             
Years Ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



Revenues:
                       
 
ATM revenues
    96.4 %     90.5 %     94.8 %
 
Other revenues
    3.6       9.5       5.2  
     
     
     
 
   
Total revenues
    100.0       100.0       100.0  
Cost of revenues:
                       
 
Cost of ATM revenues
    88.3       76.1       75.4  
 
Cost of other revenues
    3.1       8.4       4.5  
     
     
     
 
   
Total cost of revenues
    91.4       84.5       79.9  
     
     
     
 
   
Gross profit
    8.6       15.5       20.1  
     
     
     
 
Operating expenses:
                       
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    10.9       8.9       6.5  
 
Depreciation and accretion expense
    2.1       2.4       3.3  
 
Amortization expense
    1.2       2.4       3.5  
     
     
     
 
   
Total operating expenses
    14.3       13.7       13.3  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) from operations
    (5.7 )     1.8       6.8  
Other expenses:
                       
 
Interest expense
    1.1       1.3       3.0  
 
Other
          0.1       0.1  
     
     
     
 
   
Total other expenses
    1.1       1.4       3.1  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (6.7 )     0.4       3.7  
Income tax provision (benefit)
    (2.2 )     0.2       1.4  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (4.5 )     0.2       2.3  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle for asset retirement obligations, net of related income tax benefit
                0.1  
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    (4.5 )%     0.2 %     2.2 %
     
     
     
 
 
Years Ended December 31, 2003 (2003) and December 31, 2002 (2002)

      Revenues. Total revenues increased $41.7 million, or 60.6%, to $110.4 million for 2003, from $68.8 million for 2002. We generate revenues primarily from our ATM services, including ATM transaction fees and sales of ATMs in connection with our merchant-assisted and merchant-owned arrangements, and, to a lesser extent, through sales of equipment in connection with our master VAR

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designation with NCR. Revenues derived from ATM transaction fees accounted for approximately 92.3% of our total revenues and 97.4% of our ATM revenues in 2003, compared to 86.0% and 95.1% in 2002.

      ATM revenues increased $42.4 million, or 68.2%, to $104.7 million for 2003, from $62.2 million for 2002. The portion of our ATM revenues derived from sales of ATMs in connection with merchant-assisted and merchant-owned arrangements was less than 2.0% in 2003, compared to 4.1% in 2002. The growth in ATM revenues resulted primarily from increased ATM transaction volume and the transaction revenue associated with the acquisition of several ATM networks, including Diebold (September 2002), XtraCash (February 2003), National Bank Equipment (May 2003), American Express (August 2003), and the award of a new contract by ExxonMobil (May 2003). Transactions on which we charged a surcharge fee increased 68.3% in number to 48.8 million transactions in 2003, from 29.0 million transactions in 2002. The number of ATMs that we owned or operated at year-end increased 44.9% to 12,021 ATMs for 2003, from 8,298 ATMs for 2002. In 2003, surcharge revenue and interchange revenue remained relatively unchanged on a per transaction basis. ATMs added through acquisitions and organic growth included 2,993 under turnkey and merchant-assisted arrangements and 730 under merchant-owned arrangements.

      Other revenues decreased $770,000, or 11.8%, to $5.8 million for 2003, from $6.5 million for 2002. This decrease resulted primarily from a decrease in the amount of equipment sold by us to our associate VARs.

      Cost of revenues. Total cost of revenues increased $30.1 million, or 51.7%, to $88.2 million for 2003, from $58.1 million for 2002.

      Cost of ATM revenues increased $30.9 million, or 59.0%, to $83.2 million for 2003, from $52.4 million for 2002. The largest component of this increase, merchant fees, increased $9.7 million, or 34.2%, to $38.0 million for 2003, from $28.3 million for 2002. This was the result of the merchant fees payable with respect to the 3,723 additional ATMs we operated in 2003 over 2002. On a per surcharge-bearing transaction basis, however, merchant fees decreased to $0.78, or 20.2%, in 2003, from $0.98 in 2002. This was primarily a result of a shift in our mix of transaction-based services to more turnkey and merchant-assisted arrangements and less merchant-owned arrangements. Two other primary components of the cost of ATM revenues, cost of cash and armored courier fees, increased $6.2 million, or 89.6%, to $13.1 million for 2003, from $6.9 million for 2002. This increase also resulted from the increase in the proportion of our ATMs operated under turnkey arrangements as compared to merchant-owned arrangements and was partially offset by more favorable pricing from our vendors resulting from our increased size. As discussed above, we incur higher operating costs in connection with turnkey arrangements but typically these costs are offset by lower merchant fees on a per-transaction basis with respect to such ATMs.

      Cost of other revenues decreased $802,000, or 13.9%, to $5.0 million for 2003, from $5.8 million for 2002. This decrease resulted primarily from the decrease in equipment sales in the period as we placed less emphasis on these sales.

      Gross profit. Gross profit represented 20.1% of total revenues for 2003, compared to 15.5% for 2002. Gross profit as a percentage of total revenues increased primarily due to higher margins from acquired turnkey ATMs and negotiated reductions in operating costs due to our increased size and scope.

      Selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $1.1 million or 17.7%, to $7.2 million for 2003, from $6.1 million for 2002. These expenses increased primarily due to the addition of employees and related expenses necessary to support our growth. In the future, we expect to add additional personnel to manage our incremental growth and to perform the administrative activities required of a public company. We also expect to incur increased accounting and legal costs as a result of being a public company.

      Depreciation and accretion expense. Depreciation of property and equipment increased $2.0 million, or 120.1%, to $3.6 million for 2003, from $1.6 million for 2002. Depreciation of property and equipment increased due to capital expenditures associated with our acquisition of several ATM networks, increases in ATMs deployed through organic growth initiatives, the replacement of ATMs under expired operating

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leases and the increase in the proportion of our ATMs operated under turnkey arrangements as compared to merchant-owned arrangements. In the future, we expect that our depreciation expense will grow in proportion to the increase in the number of ATMs we own. In 2003, we began recognizing an accretion expense to offset the increasing value of liability associated with expected future cash outflows for expected equipment deinstallation, as required by SFAS 143.

      Amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets (primarily merchant contracts acquired in acquisitions) increased $2.2 million, or 134.1%, to $3.8 million for 2003, from $1.6 million for 2002. Amortization of intangible assets represented 3.5% of total revenues for 2003, compared to 2.4% for 2002. Amortization of intangible assets increased due to an increase in overall intangible assets as a result of our acquisitions.

      Interest expense. Interest expense increased $2.5 million, or 279.7%, to $3.3 million for 2003, from $881,000 for 2002. The increase was attributable to additional outstanding amounts under our credit agreement. In addition, a significant portion of the increase was related to our write-off of prior loan origination costs in conjunction with negotiated increases in our borrowing base in 2003. We expect our interest expense to decline after this offering due to our planned repayment of amounts outstanding under our existing credit agreement. However, we intend to replace our existing credit agreement with a new revolving credit facility concurrently with, or shortly after the consummation of this offering, and borrowings, if any, under such facility could cause our interest expense in future periods to match or exceed historical levels.

      Income tax provision (benefit). For 2003, our income tax provision was $1.5 million compared to $154,000 for 2002. This increase resulted from an increase in taxable income in 2003, partially offset by a decrease in our effective tax rate.

      Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of tax. For 2003, our cumulative effect of change in accounting principle was $134,000, compared to $0 in 2002. This increase resulted from the adoption of FAS 143 as of January 1, 2003.

 
Years Ended December 31, 2002 (2002) and December 31, 2001 (2001)

      Revenues. Total revenues increased $23.7 million, or 52.6%, to $68.8 million for 2002, from $45.1 million for 2001.

      ATM revenues increased $18.8 million, or 43.2%, to $62.2 million for 2002, from $43.5 million for 2001. The portion of our ATM revenues derived from sales of ATMs in connection with merchant-assisted and merchant-owned arrangements was less than 5.0% in 2002, compared to 23.0% in 2001. The growth in ATM revenues resulted primarily from increased transaction volume and the revenue associated with the acquisition of several ATM networks from Diebold (September 2002), McLane FSP (June and September 2001), and the award of a new contract by Circle K (mid 2002). Transactions on which we charged a surcharge increased 80.8% in number to 29.0 million transactions in 2002, from 16.0 million transactions in 2001. The number of ATMs that we owned or operated at year-end increased 23.7% to 8,298 ATMs for 2002, from 6,707 ATMs for 2001. In 2002, surcharge revenue and interchange revenue declined slightly on a per transaction basis as a result of the acquisition of ATMs with lower than average surcharges per transaction. ATMs added through acquisitions and organic growth included 1,630 under turnkey arrangements, with a decrease of 39 in the number of ATMs operated under merchant-owned arrangements.

      Other revenues increased $4.9 million, or 306.3%, to $6.5 million for 2002, from $1.6 million for 2001. This increase resulted primarily from an increase in the amount of equipment sold by us to our associate VARs.

      Cost of revenues. Total cost of revenues increased $16.9 million, or 41.0%, to $58.1 million for 2002, from $41.2 million for 2001.

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      Cost of ATM revenues increased $12.6 million, or 31.5%, to $52.4 million for 2002, from $39.8 million for 2001. The largest component of this increase, merchant fees, increased $9.0 million, or 46.8%, to $28.3 million for 2002, from $19.3 million for 2001. This was the result of the merchant fees payable with respect to the 1,591 additional ATMs we operated in 2002 over 2001. On a per surcharge-bearing transaction basis, however, merchant fees decreased to $0.98, a decrease of 18.3%, in 2002, from $1.20 in 2001. This was primarily a result of a shift in our mix of transaction-based services to more turnkey arrangements and less merchant-owned arrangements. Two other primary components of the cost of ATM revenues, cost of cash and armored courier fees, increased $3.1 million, or 81.7%, to $6.9 million for 2002, from $3.8 million for 2001. This increase also resulted from the increase in ATMs operated under turnkey and merchant-assisted arrangements as compared to merchant-owned arrangements. As discussed above, we incur higher operating costs in connection with turnkey arrangements but typically these costs are offset by lower merchant fees with respect to such ATMs.

      Cost of other revenues increased $4.4 million, or 309.2%, to $5.8 million for 2002, from $1.4 million for 2001. This increase resulted primarily from the increase in equipment sales in the period.

      Gross profit. Gross profit represented 15.5% of total revenues for 2002, compared to 8.6% for 2001. Gross profit as a percentage of total revenues increased primarily due to higher margins from acquired turnkey ATMs and negotiated reductions in operating costs due to our increased size and scope.

      Selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $1.2 million, or 24.7%, to $6.1 million for 2002, from $4.9 million for 2001. These expenses increased primarily due to the addition of employees and related expenses necessary to increase our infrastructure to support our growth.

      Depreciation and accretion expense. Depreciation of property and equipment increased $692,000, or 72.3%, to $1.6 million for 2002, from $957,000 for 2001. Depreciation of property and equipment increased due to capital expenditures associated with our acquisition of several ATM networks, increases in ATMs deployed through organic growth initiatives and the replacement of ATMs under expired operating leases.

      Amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets increased $1.1 million, or 196.0%, to $1.6 million for 2002, from $554,000 for 2001. Amortization of intangible assets represented 2.4% of total revenues for 2002, compared to 1.2% for 2001. Amortization of intangible assets increased due to an increase in overall intangible assets as a result of our acquisitions.

      Interest expense. Interest expense increased $403,000, or 84.4%, to $881,000 for 2002, from $478,000 for 2001. The increase was attributable to additional amounts outstanding under our credit agreement.

      Income tax provision (benefit). For 2002, our income tax provision was $154,000 compared to an income tax benefit of $1.0 million for 2001 because of the increase in net income over the period.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 
Statement of Cash Flow

      The following table sets forth information from our statement of cash flow for the each of the three years ended December 31, 2003.

                         
Years Ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



(In thousands)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
  $ (1,929 )   $ 4,491     $ 21,629  
Net cash used by investing activities
    (7,496 )     (15,023 )     (29,664 )
Net cash provided by financing activities
    12,066       10,741       10,404  

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internally generated growth. We have also used cash to fund increases in working capital and to pay interest, and repay principal, on our borrowings.

      At December 31, 2003 and 2002, we had cash and cash equivalents totaling $5.6 million and $3.2 million, respectively.

      Net cash provided by operating activities was $21.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2003. Accounts payable and accrued and other liabilities increased $8.6 million in the period largely as a result of the increase in the number of ATMs we own. Net cash provided by operating activities was $4.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2002 and net cash used in operating activities was $1.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2001. During the year ended December 31, 2002, net cash provided by operating activities was primarily used for the payment of accounts payable and funding our organic growth. During the year ended December 31, 2001, net cash used in operating activities was primarily used to fund our organic growth.

      Net cash used in investing activities was $29.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2003. We used net cash of $15.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2002 and $7.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2001. During each of these periods, substantially all cash used in investing activities was used to acquire eight ATM networks, to make capital expenditures related to such acquisitions and to install additional ATMs in connection with acquired merchant relationships. Total capital expenditures were $30.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2003, $15.0 million for 2002 and $7.5 million for 2001. We currently have no material purchase commitments, but we continually evaluate opportunities to acquire additional ATM networks.

      In future periods, we expect to make capital expenditures to convert our ATMs to Triple DES compliant. We have budgeted $15.0 million to accomplish the Triple DES conversion on all of our ATMs by the end of 2007. Of this total, we anticipate spending $5.0 million in 2004. In addition, we may be required to make additional capital expenditures in future periods to comply with anticipated new ADA regulations concerning the accessibility of ATMs by disabled persons. See “Risk Factors — We operate in a changing and unpredictable regulatory environment” and “Business — Government and Industry Regulation.”

      Net cash provided by financing activities was $10.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2003, $10.7 million for 2002 and $12.1 million for 2001. During the year ended December 31, 2001, substantially all cash provided by financing activities resulted from our issuances of long-term debt and preferred stock. The amounts raised from these activities were offset by our repurchase of common stock in connection with The CapStreet Group’s initial investment in us. During the years ended December 31, 2002 and 2003, substantially all cash provided by financing activities resulted from our issuances of additional long-term debt, offset, in each period, by our repayments of other long-term debt and capital leases.

      As of December 31, 2003, we owed to third parties approximately $31.4 million aggregate principal amount under capital lease obligations and our credit agreement.

      We believe that our cash on hand and our current credit agreement would be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements and contractual commitments until at least December 31, 2004. We expect to fund our working capital needs from revenues generated from our operations. We may need additional financing if we expand faster than planned, need to respond to competitive pressures or acquire additional ATM networks.

      If we raise additional funds through the sale of equity or convertible debt securities, these transactions may dilute the value of our outstanding common stock. We may also decide to issue securities, including debt securities, that have rights, preferences and privileges senior to our common stock. We cannot assure you that we will be able to raise additional funds on terms favorable to us or at all. If future financing is not available or is not available on acceptable terms, we may not be able to fund our future needs. This may prevent us from increasing our market share, capitalizing on new business opportunities or remaining competitive in our industry.

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Our Credit Agreement

      As of December 31, 2003, we had a credit agreement with a syndicate of banks led by BNP Paribas that allows us to borrow up to an aggregate of $65.0 million. This credit agreement consists of a $7.5 million revolving facility, a $42.5 million term loan and a $15.0 million acquisition facility. The revolving facility and the acquisition facility mature in August 2008 and the term loan matures in July 2008. Borrowings under this credit agreement bear interest at a variable rate based upon LIBOR or prime rate, at our option. At December 31, 2003, the weighted average interest rate on our borrowings was approximately 5.18%. Borrowings are secured by a lien on substantially all of our assets and contain customary covenants and events of default. As of December 31, 2003, we had $31.4 million of outstanding indebtedness under our credit agreement.

      We intend to repay $31.4 million of our outstanding indebtedness with the estimated net proceeds of this offering. Please see “Use of Proceeds.” Concurrent with the completion of this offering we expect to replace our existing credit agreement with a new revolving credit facility which will provide aggregate credit of up to $75.0 million to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions. Borrowing under this credit facility will bear interest at a variable rate based upon LIBOR or prime rate, at our option.

Commitments

      The following table and discussion reflect our significant contractual obligations and other commercial commitments as of December 31, 2003:

                                                         
Contractual Obligations Total 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Thereafter








(In thousands)
Long-term debt
  $ 31,371           $ 6,123     $ 7,438     $ 13,812     $ 3,998        
Capital lease obligations
    56     $ 56                                
Operating lease obligations
    11,950       4,797       3,251       2,666       708       264     $ 264  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Total contractual cash obligations
  $ 43,377     $ 4,853     $ 9,374     $ 10,104     $ 14,520     $ 4,262     $ 264  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

      We intend to use approximately $31.4 million of the estimated net proceeds from this offering to repay outstanding indebtedness and $22.2 million to redeem our outstanding redeemable preferred securities. We expect that we will be able to fund our remaining obligations and commitments with cash flow from operations. To the extent we are unable to fund these obligations and commitments with cash flow from operations, we intend to fund these obligations and commitments with proceeds from borrowings under our new revolving credit facility or future debt or equity financings.

Effects of Inflation

      Our monetary assets, consisting primarily of cash and receivables, are not significantly affected by inflation. Our non-monetary assets, consisting primarily of tangible and intangible assets, are not affected by inflation. We believe that replacement costs of equipment, furniture and leasehold improvements will not materially affect our operations. However, the rate of inflation affects our expenses, such as those for employee compensation and telecommunications, which may not be readily recoverable in the price of services offered by us.

Disclosure About Market Risk

      We transact business with merchants exclusively in the United States and receive payment for our services exclusively in U.S. dollars. As a result, our financial results are unlikely to be affected by factors such as changes in foreign currency exchange rates or weak economic conditions in foreign markets.

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floating rates. We do not currently engage in hedging strategies to protect ourselves from increasing interest rates, though we may do so in the future.

      We do not hold derivative financial or commodity instruments, nor engage in any foreign currency denominated transactions, and all of our cash and cash equivalents are held in money market and checking funds.

New Accounting Standards

      In June 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations, or SFAS 143. SFAS 143 addresses financial accounting and reporting for obligations associated with the retirement of tangible long-lived assets and the related asset retirement costs. The fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation is to be recognized in the period in which it is incurred and can be reasonably estimated. Companies are to capitalize such asset retirement costs as part of the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset and depreciated over the asset’s estimated useful life. Fair value estimates of liabilities for asset retirement obligations will generally involve discounted future cash flows. Periodic accretion of such liabilities due to the passage of time is to be recorded as an operating expense. The provisions of SFAS 143 are effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2002, with initial application as of the beginning of the fiscal year. In our case, we adopted SFAS 143 for our 2003 fiscal year. The adoption of SFAS 143 resulted in the recognition of liabilities amounting to $1.6 million for contingent retirement obligations under certain merchant agreements (included in other long-term liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet), the recognition of asset retirement costs amounting to $1.6 million (included in property and equipment on our consolidated balance sheet), and the recognition of a charge for the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle amounting to $134,000 (net of related income tax benefit of $80,000). Accretion expense related to liabilities for contingent retirement obligations (included in depreciation, amortization and accretion on our consolidated statement of operations) amounted to $162,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2003. At December 31, 2003, liabilities for contingent retirement obligations amounted to $3.0 million.

      In December 2002, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 148, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation — Transition and Disclosure, or SFAS 148. SFAS 148 amends Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation, or SFAS 123, to provide alternative methods of transition for a voluntary change to the fair value method of accounting for stock-based employee compensation. In addition, SFAS 148 amends the provisions of SFAS 123 to require more prominent disclosures in both annual and interim financial statements about the method of accounting for stock-based employee compensation and the effect of the method used on reported results of operations. Certain of the disclosure modifications are required for interim and annual periods ending after December 15, 2002 and are included in the notes to our consolidated financial statements.

      In May 2003, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 150, Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Characteristics of both Liabilities and Equity, or SFAS 150. SFAS 150 requires that mandatorily redeemable financial instruments issued in the form of shares be classified as liabilities, and specifies certain measurement and disclosure requirements for such instruments. The provisions of SFAS 150 were effective at the beginning of the first interim period beginning after June 15, 2003. The adoption of SFAS 150 did not have an impact on our financial statements.

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THE ATM INDUSTRY

History of the ATM Industry

      The first ATMs in the United States were installed in the early 1970s and by 1980 approximately 18,500 ATMs were in use throughout the nation. These ATMs initially were located at financial institution branches. According to industry sources, as of March 2003, there were estimated to be approximately 371,000 ATMs in the United States, the majority of which are located at non-bank locations.

      Early in the development of the ATM industry, regional and national electronic authorization data networks, or EFT networks, connected ATMs to financial institutions that were members of a particular EFT network. Regional EFT networks in different parts of the United States were not electronically connected to each other. For example, customers of a bank in New York could not travel to Los Angeles and access their cash at an ATM because the networks serving New York and Los Angeles were not connected. During the 1990s, many regional EFT networks merged or entered into reciprocal processing agreements with other networks, which helped to increase ATM usage and spur consumer demand for ATM services.

      Although ATMs were originally located only at financial institution branches, they soon began to appear in a variety of off-premise locations, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, drug stores, shopping malls, hotels and airports. Deployment of off-premise ATMs, however, was impeded by the prevailing strategy among financial institutions not to charge their cardholders surcharge fees for the convenience of accessing their financial institution accounts at non-financial institution locations. Until 1996, most EFT networks did not allow surcharge fees for ATM transactions that were routed over their networks. However, beginning in that year, the two largest EFT networks, Cirrus and Plus, began to allow surcharge fees and other networks followed. Surcharging revenue made the deployment of off-premise ATMs economically feasible and attractive for non-financial institutions. Following this shift, the number of off-premise ATMs in the United States grew at a rapid pace.

A Typical ATM Transaction

      A typical ATM transaction involves the withdrawal of cash from an ATM. The cardholder presents an ATM card, issued by his or her financial institution, at an ATM that may or may not be owned by the same financial institution. The cardholder then enters a personal identification number, or PIN, to verify identity, the cardholder’s account is checked for adequate funds and, if everything is satisfactory, cash is dispensed. All of these communications are routed across one or more EFT networks that electronically connect ATMs and financial institutions and allow transactions to appear seamless and nearly instantaneous.

      When a cardholder withdraws cash from an ATM that is not owned by the cardholder’s financial institution, there are two charges applied. The first charge is the surcharge fee paid by the cardholder for using the ATM. The second charge is an interchange fee that the EFT network charges the cardholder’s financial institution for routing a transaction over its network. This fee is divided between the EFT network routing the transaction and the ATM operator. Often, the cardholder’s financial institution also charges the cardholder a fee called a foreign fee for using an ATM not owned by that financial institution. This charge helps the financial institution defray the cost of the interchange fee it pays.

Developing Trends in the ATM Industry

      Financial Institution Outsourcing Opportunity. Our industry experience, vendor relationships and economy of scale advantages provide us with the opportunity to offer ATM services to financial institutions. Today, many financial institutions own significant networks of ATMs that serve as extensions of their branch networks and increase the level of service offered to their customers. Large ATM networks, however, are costly to operate and typically do not provide significant revenue for financial institutions. According to an industry source, large financial institutions typically incur a monthly operating expense of approximately $1,500 per off-premise ATM. On average, large non-bank ATM operators are able to

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operate off-premise ATMs at an approximate cost of $1,000 per month. We believe there is an opportunity for large non-bank ATM operators, such as us, to contract with financial institutions to manage their ATM networks. Such an outsourcing arrangement could reduce a financial institution’s operational costs while extending their customer service.

      Check 21 Opportunity. Recent legislation enacted by Congress, the “Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act,” provides a legal framework to facilitate the conversion of a deposited check into an electronic transaction, with electronic transmission of the image to the depository bank. When this image is received, a substitute check can be printed for traditional processing. Prior to this legislation, the acceptance of deposits at ATMs typically was limited to ATMs owned and operated by a given financial institution and required the daily retrieval and manual processing of the deposited items. The process of accepting deposits at ATMs was costly, subjected financial institutions to risk of fraud, and was not fully embraced by cardholders as an alternative to making deposits at financial institutions’ branch offices. We believe that the ability to convert checks deposited at ATMs into electronic transactions will further increase the use by cardholders of envelope-free, image-enabled, deposit-accepting ATMs that should be easier and more convenient for cardholders than depositing paper checks in envelopes. In addition, it should be less costly for financial institutions to provide this service to their customers. We expect financial institutions to begin to expand their ATM coverage to take advantage of this development, and that this may lead to increased branding by financial institutions of ATMs capable of converting deposits into electronic transactions.

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BUSINESS

General

      We own and operate one of the largest and fastest growing networks of ATMs in the United States. On the date of this prospectus, our network included over 12,000 ATMs operating in all 50 states. For the three months ended December 31, 2003, our ATMs dispensed over $1.2 billion in cash and processed more than 20.5 million transactions. Our nationwide ATM network is strengthened by relationships with nationally known merchants in a variety of businesses, such as Amerada Hess, Circle K, Costco, Duane Reade, ExxonMobil, Mills Malls, Rite Aid Corporation, Sunoco, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie. Our merchant customers operate high consumer traffic locations, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, membership warehouses, drug stores, shopping malls and in airports. Our merchant relationships are typically governed by multi-year contracts with initial terms of five years or more.

      Our revenue is recurring in nature and is primarily derived from ATM surcharge fees paid by cardholders and interchange fees paid by their financial institutions. We generate additional revenue by allowing financial institutions to brand our ATMs, resulting in added convenience for their customers and increased usage of our ATMs. We provide our merchant customers with all of the services required to operate an ATM, which may include transaction processing, cash management, maintenance and monitoring. We believe that our nationwide network of ATMs provides significant scale advantages that lower our operating costs. Our focus on customer service, together with our experience and scale, has enabled us to develop and maintain relationships with leading national and regional merchants.

      We are the largest non-bank owner of ATMs with the fourth largest network of owned and managed ATMs as of September 2003, according to industry sources. Our ATM network has grown and financial results have improved significantly as a result of strategic acquisitions and organic growth initiatives. During the three years ended December 31, 2003, our ATM network grew from approximately 3,300 to over 12,000 ATMs, representing a CAGR of 53.3%. From 2001 to 2003, the total number of annual transactions processed within our network increased from approximately 19.9 million to approximately 64.6 million, representing a CAGR of 80.3%. Our revenue increased from $45.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2001 to $110.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2003, representing a CAGR of 56.5%.

 
Our Market Opportunity

      The ATM industry has undergone significant expansion in recent years, largely from growth in the number of off-premise ATMs. Off-premise ATMs are found at locations such as convenience stores, supermarkets, membership warehouses, drug stores, shopping malls, hotels and airports, offering a convenient alternative to obtaining cash from bank tellers or drive-through facilities. According to industry sources, ATMs are the preferred method of obtaining cash among cardholders by a margin of eight to one over any other method. Both merchants and their customers benefit from the presence of an ATM in a store. Merchants benefit from increased consumer traffic, reduced check writing and credit card processing fees, and merchant fees received from us, while cardholders benefit from increased access to their cash. As a result of the increasing recognition of the convenience and value of ATMs:

  •  the number of off-premise ATMs operated in the United States grew from approximately 156,000 in March 2000 to approximately 238,000 in March 2003, representing a CAGR of 15.1%;
 
  •  the number of off-premise ATMs in the United States outnumbered banking branches by nearly three times as of June 2003; and
 
  •  more than 64% of the ATMs in the United States were off-premise ATMs as of March 2003.

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      We believe significant opportunities exist in our industry for both organic and acquisition-driven growth for the following reasons:

  •  Continued Industry Growth. We expect that the number of transactions at off-premise ATMs will continue to grow as cardholders take advantage of the convenience and added functionality of ATMs. According to industry sources, approximately 77% of all ATM transactions are cash withdrawals, with the remainder representing other basic banking functions, such as balance inquiries, transfers and deposits. We believe significant opportunities exist for ATM owners and operators to provide advanced functionality, such as check cashing, off-premise deposits and withdrawals of cash from payroll cards, which will result in increased ATM usage. We anticipate that we will participate in this growth as our key merchants permit us to deploy and operate ATMs in more of their existing stores and in new store locations.
 
  •  Financial Institution Opportunities. We believe that our large ATM network is attractive to financial institutions seeking to extend their brand and their service offerings to their customers. By branding our ATMs with their logos, financial institutions can interact with their customers more frequently, increase awareness of their brand and provide their customers increased service. In addition, while financial institutions have historically owned and operated most of their ATMs, we believe that some financial institutions are considering outsourcing certain ATM management functions. One industry source estimates that ATM operating costs exceeded $15.0 billion in North America in 2002, of which 14% was outsourced. Outsourced services include transaction processing, maintenance, currency management and various other services required to operate ATMs. Owners of ATMs can contract with multiple providers of these different services or a single provider who can provide multiple services on a bundled basis, either directly or through other providers. As financial institutions increasingly recognize the cost advantages of outsourcing and become more comfortable with third party service providers, we expect ATM outsourcing to increase. In addition, we believe ATM owners will increasingly opt for bundled outsourcing services, such as those offered by us, in order to simplify operations and lower costs. We believe that increased off-premise branding and the outsourcing of ATM management functions for financial institutions should provide us with substantial opportunities for additional long-term growth. In addition, we believe some financial institutions may seek to divest all or a portion of their off-premise ATMs, which could provide us with acquisition opportunities.
 
  •  Industry Consolidation. The non-bank off-premise ATM industry remains fragmented, with the top ten operators accounting for only approximately 29% of the non-bank off-premise ATMs in the United States, according to industry sources. Some ATM operators may lack the operational scale and financial resources required to effectively compete with us and other operators of large ATM networks for business and growth opportunities, which may result in asset sales by ATM operators. We believe that the existing fragmented ownership and the potential for divestitures will lead to future consolidation and provide us with numerous acquisition opportunities.

Our Strengths

  •  Nationwide network of leading merchants under multi-year contracts. Our focus on customer service, together with our acquisitions, experience and size, has enabled us to develop and expand relationships with national and regional merchants. We have established relationships with major merchants, including drug stores, such as Duane Reade and Walgreens; convenience stores, such as Circle K, ExxonMobil, Sunoco and Amerada Hess; supermarkets, such as The Kroger Co. and Winn-Dixie; membership warehouses, such as Costco; and shopping mall operators, such as Mills Malls. Our merchant contracts typically have an initial term of at least five years.
 
  •  Scaleable and low-cost operating structure. Our operating structure is efficient and scaleable. We outsource some functions, such as on-site maintenance and cash management, and can take advantage of our large scale to obtain favorable pricing from our vendors. We believe our size and low-cost operating structure give us an advantage over our competitors.

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  •  Recurring and predictable revenue and operating cash flow. Our large base of ATMs is generally operated under multi-year contracts that provide us with a recurring and predictable source of transaction-based revenue. For the year ended December 31, 2003, we derived 92.3% of our total revenues from recurring ATM transaction and branding fees. Historically, we have experienced high renewal rates within our merchant customer base, which we believe are a result of our strong operating performance, our focus on customer service and our emphasis on building relationships with our merchant customers.
 
  •  Proven ability to grow. We have grown through both organic growth initiatives and strategic acquisitions.

  •  Organic growth. Since the beginning of 2001, our number of operated ATMs has grown by 2,990. This growth has been achieved by deploying ATMs in our merchants’ existing locations that currently do not have an ATM, installing ATMs in new locations as these merchants expand, adding new merchants and entering into branding arrangements.
 
  •  Acquisitions and integration. Since May 2001, we have acquired eight networks of ATMs. We typically integrate these acquisitions rapidly with reasonable associated costs and little or no increase in our number of employees. We can often reduce operating costs for acquired ATMs by taking advantage of our existing vendor contracts. As a result, we have often significantly improved the operating cash flow of our acquired networks of ATMs.

  •  Exclusive focus on ATM industry. We believe we are the largest company in the United States exclusively focused on the ATM industry. Many of our competitors entered the ATM industry as a way to support or extend other lines of business, such as consumer banking. Financial institutions, ATM manufacturers, retailers and others have entered the ATM business with varying degrees of success. We believe our success to date is largely attributable to our focus on generating maximum profitability at every ATM and our high level of customer service.
 
  •  Industry leadership and experienced management team. We have a strong management team with over 50 years of financial services and payment processing-related experience. Our senior management team has developed extensive contacts and a leadership position in the industry. We believe this leadership role has helped us to attract new merchant customers and has provided us with increased acquisition opportunities.

Our Strategy

      Our strategy is to enhance our position as the leading non-bank owner and operator of ATMs in the United States. In order to execute this strategy we will endeavor to:

  •  Increase penetration of our existing merchant base. We have three principal opportunities to increase the number of ATM sites with our existing merchants: first, by deploying ATMs in our merchants’ existing locations that currently do not have an ATM; second, by displacing existing ATM operators in our merchants’ other locations; and third, as our merchants open new locations, by installing ATMs in those locations.
 
  •  Target additional leading merchants. We believe our expertise, national footprint and strong record of customer service, combined with our successful track record of working with leading merchants, positions us to successfully market to, and enter into long-term contracts with, other leading national and regional merchants.
 
  •  Capitalize on opportunities with financial institutions. We believe we are strongly positioned to work with financial institutions to fulfill their ATM requirements. Our ATM services offered to financial institutions include branding our ATMs with their logos, managing their off-premise ATM networks or buying their off- premise networks in combination with branding arrangements.
 
  •  Pursue strategic acquisitions. We will continue to pursue strategic acquisitions that complement our existing ATM network using our proven, disciplined acquisition and integration methodology.

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  We pursue strategic acquisitions that we believe will expand our network and increase our profitability.

Our Products and Services

      We own and operate our own ATMs and provide merchant customers with all of the services they require to operate their own ATMs. In connection with the operations of our or our customers’ ATMs, we generate revenue on a per-transaction basis from the surcharge fees charged to cardholders for the convenience of using ATMs and from interchange fees charged to such cardholders’ financial institutions for processing the ATM transactions. We also take advantage of the preferential pricing we receive from NCR due to our Master VAR status and resell equipment to our merchant customers and others. During 2003, we processed approximately 48.8 million surcharge bearing ATM transactions, and we received interchange fees in connection with approximately 58.6 million transactions.

      We deploy and operate ATMs primarily under three types of arrangements: turnkey, merchant-owned and merchant-assisted. Differences in these arrangements include which party owns the ATM and the level of responsibility the merchant undertakes in operating the ATM. Under all of these types of arrangements, we typically enter into multi-year contractual relationships with a merchant. We pay the merchant a fee that depends on a variety of factors, including the type of arrangement for the ATM ( i.e. , turnkey, merchant-owned or merchant-assisted) and the number of transactions. In general, the greater the merchant’s responsibilities in owning and operating the ATM, the higher its fee will be on a per-transaction basis.

      The following table provides detail relating to the number of ATMs we owned and operated under our various arrangements as of December 31, 2003.

                                 
Merchant- Merchant-
Turnkey Owned Assisted
ATMs ATMs ATMs Total




Number of ATMs
    4,651       5,871       1,499       12,021  
Percent of total ATMs
    38.7 %     48.8 %     12.5 %     100.0 %
Average monthly surcharge transactions per ATM
    606       250       304       381  

  •  Turnkey. Under a turnkey arrangement, we own or lease the ATM and are responsible for controlling substantially all aspects of its operation. These responsibilities include what we refer to as first line maintenance, such as replacing paper, clearing paper or bill jams, resetting the ATM and any telecommunications and power issues or other maintenance that does not require a trained service technician. Under our turnkey operations, we are also responsible for what we refer to as second line maintenance, or more complex maintenance procedures that require trained service technicians and often involve replacing component parts. In addition to first and second line maintenance, under turnkey agreements we are responsible for arranging for cash, cash loading, supplies, telecommunications service and all other services required for the operation of the ATM other than electricity. Under a turnkey arrangement, we pay a fee, either periodically, on a per-transaction basis or a combination of both, to the merchant on whose premises the ATM is physically located. Under turnkey arrangements, we are responsible for purchasing the ATM, as well as almost all of the expenses related to its operation. Typically, we deploy ATMs under turnkey arrangements for our national and regional merchant customers, such as Amerada Hess, Circle K, Duane Reade, ExxonMobil and Sunoco. A majority of the ATMs we have acquired since May 2001 are operated under turnkey arrangements. Because turnkey ATMs are owned or leased by us and usually located in major national chains, we have the opportunity to generate additional revenues from branding. In recent years, we have been successful in increasing the number and percentage of our ATMs operated under turnkey arrangements.
 
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  purchases an ATM from us is responsible for providing cash for the ATM and all maintenance. The merchant is also responsible for cash loading, supplies, telecommunication and electrical services. Under these arrangements, we sometimes retain responsibility for second line maintenance for an additional fee, and we provide all transaction processing services. Because the merchant bears more of the costs associated with operating ATMs under this arrangement, the merchant typically receives a higher fee on a per-transaction basis than is the case under a turnkey arrangement. In a limited number of our merchant-owned arrangements, we have assumed responsibility for providing and loading cash. Accordingly, under these arrangements, the merchant receives a smaller fee on a per-transaction basis than in the typical merchant-owned arrangement.
 
  •  Merchant-assisted. Merchant-assisted arrangements are a hybrid between turnkey and merchant-owned arrangements. In these arrangements, we own or lease the ATM and provide all transaction processing services, but the merchant generally is responsible for providing and loading cash for the ATM and first line maintenance. In these arrangements, the merchant is sometimes responsible for supplies, telecommunication and electrical services. As a result, the merchant is typically paid a higher fee on a per-transaction basis than it would be under a turnkey arrangement, but receives less than it would under a merchant-owned arrangement.

      Recently, we have entered into arrangements with financial institutions to brand certain of our turnkey ATMs. A branding arrangement allows a bank to expand its geographic presence for a fraction of the cost of building a branch location, and typically for less than the cost of placing one of its own ATMs at that location, allowing a bank to rapidly increase its number of branded ATM sites and, defensively, prevent other financial institutions from entering into these locations. Under these arrangements, the branding bank’s customers are typically allowed to use the branded ATM without paying a surcharge fee to us. In return, we receive monthly fees on a per-ATM basis from the branding bank, while retaining our standard fee schedule for other cardholders using the branded ATM. In addition, we typically receive increased interchange revenue as a result of increased usage of our ATMs by the branding bank’s customers. We intend to pursue additional opportunities to enter into bank branding arrangements as part of our growth strategy. We currently have branding arrangements in place with three financial institutions. Another branding arrangement is our participation in Allpoint, a surcharge-free alliance. Cardholders of the financial institutions that are members of Allpoint can use our ATMs free of surcharges in exchange for Allpoint’s payment to us of a fixed monthly fee per cardholder included in the alliance. We have also allowed EFT networks to place signage on our ATMs for which we receive a fixed fee per ATM.

      We offer outsourcing services to financial institutions where we manage ATMs on their behalf. We currently provide outsourced ATM management services for one large financial institution on a limited basis and will seek to expand this relationship and pursue additional outsourcing opportunities with other financial institutions in the future.

      We have found that the primary factor affecting transaction volume at a given ATM is its location. Our strategy in deploying our ATMs, particularly those placed under turnkey arrangements, is to identify and deploy ATMs at locations that provide high visibility and high transaction volume. Our experience has demonstrated that the following locations often meet these criteria: convenience stores and combination convenience stores and gas stations, grocery stores, airports and major regional and national retail outlets. We have entered into multi-year agreements with a number of merchants with these types of locations, including A&P, Amerada Hess, Bloomingdale’s, Circle K, Costco, Duane Reade, ExxonMobil, Giant, Kroger, R.H. Macy and Company, Inc. (Macy’s), Mills Malls, Rite Aid, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Sears), Sunoco, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie. We believe that once a cardholder establishes a pattern of using a particular ATM, the cardholder will generally continue to use that ATM.

Sales and Marketing

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to tailor our offering to the specific requirements of each merchant customer. Our sales and marketing team is composed of 12 employees, who receive a combination of incentive-based compensation and a base salary.

      In addition to targeting new business opportunities, our sales and marketing team supports our acquisition initiatives by building and maintaining relationships with newly acquired merchants. We seek to identify growth opportunities within each merchant account by analyzing the merchant’s sales at each of its locations, foot traffic and various demographic data to determine the best opportunities for new ATM placements. We also pursue branding and outsourcing opportunities with financial institutions to manage and operate their ATM networks.

Primary Vendor Relationships

      To maintain an efficient and flexible operating structure, we outsource certain aspects of our operations, including transaction processing, cash management and maintenance. Due to the number of ATMs we operate, we believe we have obtained favorable pricing terms from most of our major vendors. We contract for the provision of the services described below in connection with our operations.

      Transaction processing. We contract with and pay fees to third parties who process transactions originating from our ATMs. These processors communicate with the cardholder’s financial institution through an EFT network to obtain transaction authorization and settle transactions. These transaction processors include Star Systems, Fiserv and Genpass.

      EFT network services. Our transactions are routed over various EFT networks, such as Star, Pulse, NYCE, Cirrus and Plus, to obtain authorization for a cash disbursement and provide account balances. EFT networks set the interchange fees that they charge to the financial institutions, as well as the amount paid to us. We attempt to maximize the utility of our ATMs to cardholders by participating in as many EFT networks as practical.

      ATM equipment. We purchase substantially all of our ATMs from national manufacturers, including NCR, Diebold, Tidel Technologies Inc., and Triton Systems, Inc. The large quantity of ATMs that we purchase from these manufacturers enables us to receive favorable pricing and payment terms. In addition, we maintain close working relationships with these manufacturers in the course of our business, allowing us to stay informed regarding product updates and to minimize technical problems with purchased equipment. Under our turnkey arrangements, we deploy high quality, multi-function ATMs, typically purchased from NCR and Diebold. Under our merchant-assisted or merchant-owned arrangements, we deploy ATMs that are cost-effective and appropriate for the merchant. These are purchased from a variety of ATM vendors. Although we currently purchase a substantial majority of our ATMs from NCR, we believe our relationships with our other ATM suppliers are good and that we would be able to purchase the ATMs we require for our turnkey and merchant-assisted operations from other ATM manufacturers if we were no longer able to purchase ATMs from NCR.

      ATM maintenance. We typically contract with third-party service providers for the provision of on-site maintenance services. We have multi-year maintenance agreements with Diebold, NCR, Genpass and EFMARK.

      Cash management. We obtain cash to fill our turnkey, and in some cases merchant-owned, ATMs under arrangements with our cash providers, Palm Desert and First Bank & Trust. We pay a prime rate-based fee on the daily outstanding cash balance. As of December 31, 2003, we had $237.7 million in cash in our ATMs under these arrangements.

      Our cash providers also provide cash management services, which include reporting, armored courier coordination, cash ordering, cash insurance, reconciliation of ATM cash balances, ATM cash level monitoring and claims processing with armored couriers, financial institutions and processors.

      Cash replenishment. We contract with armored courier services to transport and transfer cash to our ATMs. We use leading armored couriers such as Brink’s Incorporated, Loomis, Fargo & Co., EFMARK

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Premium Armored Services, Inc. and Bantek West, Inc. Under these arrangements, the armored couriers pick up the cash in bulk and, using instructions received from our cash providers, prepare the cash for delivery to each ATM on the designated fill day. Following a predetermined schedule, the armored couriers visit each location on the designated fill day, load cash into each ATM by either adding additional cash into a cassette, or by swapping out the remaining cash for a new fully loaded cassette, and then balance the machine and provide cash reporting to the applicable cash provider.

Technology

      Our technology and operations platform consists of ATM equipment, ATM and internal network infrastructure, cash management and customer service. This platform is designed to provide our merchant customers with what we believe is a high quality suite of services.

      ATM equipment. We use ATMs from national manufacturers, including NCR, Diebold, Tidel Technologies and Triton Systems. The wide range of advanced technology available from these ATM manufacturers provides our merchant customers with advanced features and reliability through sophisticated diagnostics and self-testing routines. The different machine types can perform basic functions, such as dispensing cash and displaying account information. Some of our ATMs are modular and upgradeable so they can be adapted to provide additional services in response to changing technology and consumer demand. For example, a portion of our ATMs can be upgraded to accept deposits through the installation of additional hardware and software components.

      ATM network. We place significant emphasis on providing quality service with a high level of security and minimal interruption. We have carefully selected support vendors who are leaders in their industries to optimize the performance of our ATM network. In addition, our transaction processors provide sophisticated security analysis and monitoring 24 hours a day.

      Internal systems. Our internal systems include multiple layers of security to help protect our systems from unauthorized access. These systems are protected by detailed security rules to limit access to all critical systems. Our systems components are directly accessible by a limited number of employees on a need-only basis. Our gateway connections to our EFT network service providers provide us with real-time access to transaction details, such as cardholder verification, authorization and funds transfer. We have installed these communications circuits with backup connectivity to help protect us from telecommunications problems in any particular circuit.

      We use custom software that continuously monitors the performance of the ATMs in our network, including details of transactions at each ATM and expenses relating to that ATM, including fees payable to the merchant. This software permits us to generate detailed financial information for each ATM location, allowing us to monitor each location’s profitability. We analyze transaction volume and profitability data to determine whether to continue operating at a given site, how to price various operating arrangements with merchants and branding arrangements, and to create a profile of successful ATM locations so as to assist us in deciding the best locations for additional ATM deployments.

      Cash management. We have our own internal cash management department that utilizes data generated by our cash providers, internally generated data and a proprietary methodology to confirm daily orders, audit delivery of cash to armored couriers and ATMs, monitor cash balances for cash shortages, coordinate and manage emergency cash orders and audit costs from both armored couriers and cash providers.

      Our cash management department uses proprietary analytical models to determine the necessary fill frequency and load amount for each ATM. Based on location, day of the week, upcoming holidays and events and other factors, we project cash requirements for each ATM on a daily basis. After receiving a cash order from us, the cash provider transfers the requested amount of cash to a bank near the ATM where the designated armored courier can access the cash and subsequently transport it to the ATM.

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proprietary software that continuously monitors the performance of our ATMs for service interruptions and notifies our maintenance vendors for prompt dispatch of necessary service calls.

      We also offer our merchant customers customized ATM activity reporting that includes daily, weekly or monthly transaction and uptime reporting. Our standard reporting to our merchants includes summary transaction reports that are made available in the first week of every month. In addition, we are developing an interactive website that will allow our merchant customers to access real-time information.

      We maintain a proprietary database of transactions made on and performance metrics for all of our ATM locations. This data is aggregated into individual merchant customer profiles that are readily accessible by our customer service representatives and managers. We believe our proprietary database enables us to provide superior quality and accessible and reliable customer support.

Merchant Customers

      We have contracts with approximately 40 major national and regional merchants, including convenience stores, supermarkets, drug stores and other high traffic retail chains, and approximately 6,000 independent merchants. For the year ended December 31, 2003, no single merchant customer accounted for 10% or more of our revenues.

      The terms of our merchant contracts vary as a result of negotiations at the time of execution. In the case of turnkey arrangements, which are typically employed with our major national and regional merchants, the contact terms vary, but typically include the following:

  •  an initial term of at least five years;
 
  •  ATM exclusivity at locations where we install an ATM;
 
  •  protection for us against underperforming locations by permitting us to increase the surcharge fee or remove ATMs;
 
  •  provisions permitting us to terminate or remove ATMs or renegotiate the fees paid to the merchant if surcharge fees are generally reduced or eliminated by law; and
 
  •  provisions making the merchant’s fee dependent on the number of ATM transactions.

Our contracts under merchant-owned or merchant-assisted arrangements typically include similar terms, as well as the following additional terms:

  •  provisions prohibiting in-store check cashing by the merchant or the operation of any other cash-back devices;
 
  •  provisions imposing an obligation on the merchant to operate the ATM at any time his or her store is open to the public;
 
  •  provisions permitting us to raise ATM surcharge fees; and
 
  •  provisions that require a merchant to have a purchaser of the merchant’s store assume our contract.

Competition

      We compete with financial institutions and other independent ATM companies for additional ATM placements, new merchant accounts and acquisitions. Several of our competitors are larger, more established and have greater financial and other resources than us. However, many of our competitors do not have a singular focus on ATM management, and we believe this focus gives us a significant competitive advantage. In addition, we believe the scale of our extensive ATM network and our focus on customer service also provide significant competitive advantages.

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Government and Industry Regulation

      Our principal business, ATM network ownership and operation, is not subject to significant government regulation. However, various aspects of our business are subject to state regulation. Our failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could result in restrictions on our ability to provide our products and services in such states, as well as the imposition of civil fines.

      Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA currently includes provisions regulating the amount of clear floor space required in front of each ATM, prescribing the maximum height and reach depth of each ATM, and mandating that instructions and all information for use of the ATM be made accessible to and independently usable by persons with vision impairments. The Department of Justice is currently in the process of issuing new accessibility guidelines under the ADA that will cover virtually all aspects of commercial activity vis-à-vis the disabled. We expect that these new guidelines will include provisions addressing ATMs and how to make them more accessible to the disabled. Under the current proposals, height and reach requirements would be shortened, keypads would be required to be laid out in the manner of telephone keypads, and ATMs would be required to possess speech capabilities. These new guidelines would affect the manufacture of ATM equipment going forward, and could require us to retire or retrofit certain ATMs in our network.

      Triple DES. In recent years, advances in data encryption have made ATMs more tamper-resistant. One of the more recently developed advanced data encryption standards is commonly referred to as Triple DES. As of December 31, 2003, most of our ATMs, like the vast majority of ATMs across the nation, were not equipped with Triple DES encryption. We have adopted a policy that any new ATMs that we acquire from a manufacturer must be Triple DES compliant. We have budgeted $15.0 million to accomplish the Triple DES conversion on all of our ATMs by the end of 2007. Currently, MasterCard International, which is an operator of one of the nation’s largest EFT networks, has advised all ATM operators that any ATM using its network must be Triple DES compliant by March 31, 2005. We have requested an extension of this deadline. If the extension is not granted, we will either have to accelerate our conversion plan to meet MasterCard’s deadline, or we will use alternate network providers.

      Surcharge regulation. The imposition of surcharges is not currently subject to federal regulation. There have been, however, various state and local efforts to ban or limit surcharges, generally as a result of activities of consumer advocacy groups that believe that surcharges are unfair to cardholders. Generally, United States federal courts have ruled against these efforts. We are not aware of any existing surcharging bans or limits applicable to us in any of the jurisdictions in which we currently do business. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that surcharges will not be banned or limited in the cities and states where we operate. Such a ban or limit would have a material adverse effect on us.

      EFT network regulations. EFT regional networks have adopted extensive regulations that are applicable to various aspects of our operations and the operations of other ATM network operators. We believe that we are in material compliance with these regulations and, if any deficiencies were discovered, that we would be able to correct them before they had a material adverse impact on our business.

      Regulation of our cash provider. We obtain the cash for approximately 4,700 of our ATMs from our cash providers, Palm Desert and First Bank & Trust. Our cash providers are subject to various regulations, which have an impact on our arrangements with them. Our cash providers classify the cash that we obtain from them as “vault cash” and, under federal banking laws, the cash providers must therefore have full rights of ownership to the cash and have the cash immediately available to them to satisfy their depositors’ needs, with the cash at all times being reasonably nearby to them. Accordingly, our arrangements with our cash providers generally allows them to demand the return of all or any portion of the cash that we are using for reasons that are not within our control, including if:

  •  the cash provider is directed to do so by state or federal regulatory agencies;
 
  •  the cash provider needs the cash to satisfy the claims of its depositors; or
 
  •  the cash is determined not to be “vault cash” for reserve purposes under federal banking laws.

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      If our cash providers were to require the return of their cash for any of these reasons, our ability to operate our ATMs that use this cash would be adversely affected, and we would need to locate alternative sources of cash in order to operate these ATMs. In order to mitigate this risk to some extent, we are exploring supplemental and alternative arrangements for obtaining cash for use in our ATMs.

Legal Proceedings

      In the ordinary course of our business, we are subject to periodic lawsuits, investigations and claims. Although we cannot predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of lawsuits, investigations and claims asserted against us, we do not believe that any currently pending legal proceeding to which we are a party will have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, cash flows or financial condition.

Employees

      As of December 31, 2003, we had 108 employees. None of our employees is represented by a union or covered by a collective bargaining agreement. We believe that our relations with our employees are good.

Facilities

      Our principal executive offices are located at 3110 Hayes Road, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77082, and our telephone number is (281) 596-9988. We lease approximately 27,000 square feet of space under our Houston office lease and the lease for our satellite office in Temple, Texas. Our facilities are leased pursuant to operating leases for various terms. We believe that our leases are at competitive or market rates and do not anticipate any difficulty in leasing suitable additional space upon expiration of our current lease terms.

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MANAGEMENT

Executive Officers and Directors

      The following table sets forth the names, ages and positions of our executive officers and directors.

                 
Name Age Position



Jack Antonini
    50       Chief Executive Officer, President and Director  
J. Chris Brewster
    54       Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer  
Michael H. Clinard
    36       Chief Operating Officer  
Thomas E. Upton
    47       Chief Administrative Officer  
Fred R. Lummis
    50       Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors  
Robert P. Barone
    66       Director  
Frederick W. Brazelton
    33       Director  
Ralph H. Clinard
    70       Director  
Ron Coben
    46       Director  

      The following biographies describe the business experience of our executive officers and directors.

      Jack Antonini has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since January 2003. From November 2000 to December 2002, Mr. Antonini served as a consultant for JMA Consulting, providing consulting services to the financial industry. During 2000, Mr. Antonini served as chief executive officer and president of Globeset, Inc., an electronic payment products and services company. From August 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Antonini served as executive vice president of consumer banking at First Union Corporation of Charlotte, N.C. From September 1995 to July 1997, he served as vice chairman and chief financial officer of First USA Corporation, which was acquired by Bank One in June 1997. Mr. Antonini held various positions from March 1985 to August 1995 at San Antonio-based USAA Federal Savings Bank, serving as vice chairman, president and chief executive officer from August 1991 to August 1995. He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science degree in business and accounting from Ferris State University in Michigan. Mr. Antonini also serves as a director of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association, or EFTA.

      J. Chris Brewster has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since joining us in February 2004. From September 2002 until February 2004, Mr. Brewster provided consulting services to various businesses. From October 2001 until September 2002, Mr. Brewster served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Imperial Sugar Company, a Nasdaq-quoted refiner and marketer of sugar and related products. From March 2000 to September 2001, Mr. Brewster served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of WorldOil.com, a privately-held Internet, trade magazine, book and catalog publishing business. From January 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Brewster served as a partner of Bellmeade Capital Partners, LLC, a merchant banking firm specializing in the consolidation of fragmented industries. From March 1992 to September 1996, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Sanifill, Inc., an NYSE-listed environmental services company. From May 1984 to March 1992, he served as Chief Financial Officer of National Convenience Stores, Inc., an NYSE-listed operator of 1,100 convenience stores. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.

      Michael H. Clinard has served as our Chief Operating Officer since he joined the company in August 1997. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Howard Payne University. Mr. Clinard also serves as a director and treasurer of the ATM Industry Association, or ATMIA.

      Thomas E. Upton has served as our Chief Administrative Officer since February 2004. From June 2001 to February 2004, Mr. Upton served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. From February 1998 to May 2001, Mr. Upton was the chief financial officer of Alegis Group LLC, a national collections firm. Prior to joining Alegis, Mr. Upton served as a financial executive for several companies. He is a

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certified public accountant with membership in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Houston.

      Fred R. Lummis has served as a director and our Chairman of the board since June 2001. Mr. Lummis is a co-founder and managing partner of The CapStreet Group, LLC, CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. From June 1998 to May 2000, Mr. Lummis served as chairman and chief executive officer of Advantage Outdoor Company, an outdoor advertising company. From September 1994 to June 1998, Mr. Lummis served as chairman and chief executive officer of American Tower Corporation, a nationwide communication tower owner and operator. Mr. Lummis now serves as a director of American Tower Corporation, Southwest Bancorporation of Texas, Inc. and several private companies. Mr. Lummis holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

      Robert P. Barone has served as a director since September 2001. Mr. Barone has more than 40 years of sales, marketing and executive leadership experience in various positions at Diebold, NCR, Xerox and the EFTA. Since December 1999, Mr. Barone has served as a consultant for SmartNet Associates, Inc., a private financing service. Additionally, from May 1997 to November 1999, Mr. Barone served as Chairman of the Board of PetsHealth Insurance, Inc., a pet health insurance provider. From September 1988 to September 1994, he served as board vice-chairman, president and chief operating officer at Diebold. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Western Michigan University and a master of business administration degree from Indiana University. A founder and past chairman of the EFTA, Mr. Barone is now chairman emeritus of the EFTA.

      Frederick W. Brazelton has served as a director since June 2001. Mr. Brazelton is a partner of The CapStreet Group, which he joined in August 2000. From July 1996 to July 1998, Mr. Brazelton worked for Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, a private equity firm in Dallas, and from June 1994 to June 1995, he worked for Willis, Stein & Partners, a private equity firm in Chicago. He holds a bachelor of business administration from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and a master of business administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Brazelton also serves as the chairman of the board of directors of River Oaks Imaging and Diagnostic Group, Inc., a provider of diagnostic imaging services, and as a director of MessagePro, Inc., a call center company.

      Ralph H. Clinard has served as a director since June 2001. Mr. Clinard founded the predecessor to our company in 1989 and was with us until he retired as president and chief executive officer in January 2003. Prior to founding our predecessor, Mr. Clinard served with Exxon Corporation, an integrated oil company, working in various positions for almost 30 years. Mr. Clinard holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Muskingum College and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Clinard is currently retired.

      Ron Coben has served as a director since July 2002. Mr. Coben has also served as the President and CEO of MessagePro, Inc. since November 2001. From October 1989 to June 1996, Mr. Coben was senior vice president, and from June 1996 to November 2001, Mr. Coben was executive vice president of consumer and business banking for Bank United Corp., which was acquired by Washington Mutual, Inc. in February 2001. Mr. Coben also served as executive vice president at Washington Mutual, Inc. from February 2001 to November 2001. Mr. Coben holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Our Board of Directors

      Upon completion of this offering, our board will consist of eight persons, a majority of whom satisfy the independence requirements of The Nasdaq National Market and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Consequently, we are in the process of appointing two additional directors in connection with this offering.

      Our executive officers are appointed by the board on an annual basis and serve until their successors have been duly elected. There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers, except that Ralph H. Clinard, a director, is the father of Michael H. Clinard, our Chief Operating Officer.

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Terms of Directors and Executive Officers

      Upon completion of the offering, our board of directors will be divided into three classes, with each class of directors having a three-year term. Messrs. Coben, Barone and Ralph Clinard will serve as Class I directors (whose terms expire in 2005), Messrs. Brazelton and one of our new directors will serve as Class II directors (whose terms expire in 2006), and Messrs. Lummis, Antonini and another of our new directors will serve as Class III directors (whose terms expire in 2007). At each annual meeting of stockholders, the successors to directors whose terms will then expire will be elected to serve from the time of election and qualification until the third annual meeting following election. Any additional directorships resulting from an increase in the number of directors will be distributed among the three classes so that, as nearly as possible, each class will consist of one-third of the total number of directors. The classification of our board of directors may have the effect of delaying or preventing changes in control or management of Cardtronics.

      Each executive officer is appointed by, and serves at the discretion of, our board of directors.

Committees of the Board

      Upon completion of this offering, our board of directors intends to appoint an audit committee and a compensation committee. It is currently contemplated that Mr. Coben and our two new directors will serve on the audit committee and that Messrs. Barone, Brazelton and Lummis shall serve on the compensation committee. The composition of the board committees will comply with the requirements of The Nasdaq National Market and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, including that at least one member of the audit committee will meet the definition of an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in Item 401(h) of Regulation S-K.

      On an annual basis, the audit committee will select, on behalf of our board of directors, an independent public accounting firm to be engaged to audit our financial statements, discuss with the independent auditors their independence, review and discuss the audited financial statements with the independent auditors and management and recommend to our board of directors whether the audited financials should be included in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC. The audit committee will be comprised of three independent directors.

      The compensation committee will review and either approve, on behalf of our board of directors, or recommend to the board of directors for approval (1) the annual salaries and other compensation of our executive officers and (2) individual stock and stock option grants. The compensation committee also will provide assistance and recommendations with respect to our compensation policies and practices and assist with the administration of our compensation plans. We expect that the compensation committee will be comprised of at least two independent directors.

      We will not have a nominating and corporate governance committee. The independent directors of our board will fulfill the responsibilities of a nominating and corporate governance committee and will assist our board of directors in fulfilling its responsibilities by identifying and approving individuals qualified to serve as members of our board of directors, selecting director nominees for our annual meetings of stockholders, evaluating the performance of our board of directors, and developing and recommending to our board of directors corporate governance guidelines and oversight with respect to corporate governance and ethical conduct.

      We are planning to adopt a code of business conduct and ethics that complies with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and The Nasdaq National Market.

Director Compensation

      Following our initial public offering we anticipate that we will pay each of our non-employee directors $10,000 annually, as well as $3,000 per board meeting attended. In addition, the chairman of our audit committee, the chairman of our compensation committee and the Chairman of our board will receive $20,000 as an annual retainer. Finally, the members of our audit committee and our compensation

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committee will receive $3,000 per meeting. Directors who are also are employed by us will not receive fees for attending board or committee meetings. All of our directors will be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses in attending board and committee meetings. In addition, we are in the process of establishing a plan which would permit each director to receive compensation for board service in the form of common shares and to defer receipt of this compensation for a period of time selected by the director that terminates no later than the date he ceases to be a director.

Executive Compensation

      The table below sets forth summary information concerning the compensation awarded to our chief executive officer and our three other executive officers in the year ended December 31, 2003. The individuals listed below are referred to in this prospectus as our named executive officers.

Summary Compensation Table

                   
Annual Compensation

Name and Principal Position Salary Bonus



Jack Antonini
  $ 271,153        
 
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
               
J. Chris Brewster(1)
           
 
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
               
Michael H. Clinard
    194,463     $ 27,780  
 
Chief Operating Officer
               
Thomas E. Upton
    162,750       23,250  
 
Chief Administrative Officer
               


(1)  Mr. Brewster joined us in February 2004 and did not receive any compensation prior to that time.

Option Grants in 2003

      None of our named executive officers was granted options to purchase our common stock during the year ended December 31, 2003.

Option Exercises in Last Fiscal Year and Year-End Option Values

      The following table presents information concerning the stock options exercised during the last fiscal year by each of our named executive officers and the fiscal year-end value of unexercised options held by each of our named officers as of December 31, 2003.

                                                 
Number of Shares Value of Unexercised
Underlying Unexercised in-the-Money Options at
Options at Year-End Year-End(1)
Shares Acquired

on Exercise Value Realized Exercisable Unexercisable Exercisable Unexercisable






Jack Antonini
                                   
J. Chris Brewster(2)
                                   
Michael H. Clinard
          $ 219,060                     $ 233,071     $ 591,933  
Thomas E. Upton
          $ 116,977                           $ 1,066,878  


(1)  There was no public market for our common stock on December 31, 2003. Accordingly, we calculated these values in accordance with the rules of the SEC, on the basis of the estimated initial public offering price per share of $          , less the applicable exercise price.
 
(2)  Mr. Brewster joined us in February 2004.

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Employment-Related Agreements of Named Executive Officers

      Employment Agreement with Jack Antonini. In January 2003, we entered into an employment agreement with Jack Antonini. This agreement provides for an initial term ending January 20, 2006. Under the employment agreement, Mr. Antonini is entitled to receive a current monthly base salary of $26,250.

      Employment Agreement with Michael H. Clinard. In June 2001, we entered into an employment agreement with Michael H. Clinard. This agreement provides for an initial term ending June 4, 2004. Under the employment agreement, Mr. Clinard is entitled to receive a current monthly base salary of $17,500, subject, on each anniversary of the agreement, to increases as determined by the compensation committee of our board of directors in its sole discretion, with such increases being targeted to be 5% of the previous year’s base salary. In addition, (a) if he terminates his employment for good reason, as defined in the employment agreement, then he is entitled to continue to receive payments of base salary from us for a period of time following his termination, and (b) if he dies or becomes totally disabled, as defined in the employment agreement, then he is entitled to receive the difference between his base salary and any disability benefits received by him under our disability benefit plans for a period of time following his death or disability, as applicable.

      Employment Agreement with Thomas E. Upton. In June 2001, we entered into an employment agreement with Thomas E. Upton. This agreement provides for an initial term ending June 1, 2005. Under the employment agreement, Mr. Upton is entitled to receive a current monthly base salary of $16,667.

      Common Provisions of Employment-Related Agreements of Named Executive Officers. Several provisions are common to the employment agreements of our named executive officers. For example:

  •  Each employment agreement requires the employee to protect the confidentiality of our proprietary and confidential information.
 
  •  Each employment agreement requires that the employee not compete with us or solicit our employees or customers for a period of 24 months following the term of his employment.
 
  •  Each employment agreement provides that the employee may be paid an annual bonus based on certain factors and objectives set by our compensation committee, with the ultimate amount of any bonus paid determined at the direction of our compensation committee.

Existing Stock and Stock Option Plans

 
2004 Stock Incentive Plan

      In February 2004, our board of directors and the stockholders adopted and approved our 2004 Stock Incentive Plan. The purpose of the 2004 Stock Incentive Plan is to provide directors, employees, advisors and consultants of the company and its affiliates additional incentive and reward opportunities designed to enhance the profitable growth of the company and its affiliates. The plan provides for the granting of incentive stock options intended to qualify under Section 422 of the Code, options that do not constitute incentive stock options, restricted stock awards, performance awards, and phantom stock awards. The plan will be administered by the compensation committee of our board of directors. In general, the compensation committee is authorized to select the recipients of awards and to establish the terms and conditions of those awards. In connection with the adoption of the plan, the board amended our 2001 Stock Incentive Plan so that no further awards will be granted under that plan.

      The number of shares of common stock that may be issued under the plan may not exceed                 shares (subject to adjustment to reflect stock dividends, stock splits, recapitalizations and similar changes in the company’s capital structure). Shares of common stock that are attributable to awards that have expired, terminated or been canceled or forfeited are available for issuance or use in connection with future awards. The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be subject to options, restricted stock awards and performance awards denominated in shares of common stock granted under the plan to any one individual during the term of the plan may not exceed 50% of the aggregate number of shares of common stock that may be issued under the plan (as adjusted from time to time in accordance with the

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provisions of the plan). The maximum amount of compensation that may be paid under all performance awards under the plan denominated in cash (including the fair market value of any shares of common stock paid in satisfaction of such performance awards) granted to any one individual during any calendar year may not exceed $          , and any payment due with respect to a performance award shall be paid no later than 10 years after the date of grant of such performance award.

      The price at which a share of common stock may be purchased upon exercise of an option granted under the plan will be determined by the compensation committee, but (a) in the case of an incentive stock option, such purchase price will not be less than the fair market value of a share of common stock on the date such option is granted, and (b) in the case of an option that does not constitute an incentive stock option, such purchase price will not be less than 50% of the fair market value of a share of common stock on the date such option is granted. Additionally, a stock appreciation right may be granted in connection with the grant of an option. A stock appreciation right allows the holder to surrender the right to purchase shares under the related option in return for a payment in cash, shares of common stock, or a combination thereof, in an amount equal to the difference between the fair market value of the shares of common stock on the date such right is exercised over the purchase price for such shares under the related option.

      Shares of common stock that are the subject of a restricted stock award under the plan will be subject to restrictions on disposition by the holder of such award and an obligation of such holder to forfeit and surrender the shares to the Company pursuant to certain forfeiture restrictions. The forfeiture restrictions will be determined by the compensation committee in its sole discretion, and the compensation committee may provide that the forfeiture restrictions will lapse upon (a) the attainment of one or more performance targets established by the compensation committee that are based on (1) the price of a share of common stock, (2) Cardtronics’ earnings per share, (3) Cardtronics’ market share, (4) the market share of a business unit of Cardtronics designated by the compensation committee, (5) Cardtronics’s sales, (6) the sales of a business unit of Cardtronics designated by the compensation committee, (7) the net income (before or after taxes) of Cardtronics or any business unit of Cardtronics designated by the compensation committee, (8) the cash flow return on investment of Cardtronics or any business unit of Cardtronics designated by the compensation committee, (9) the earnings before or after interest, taxes, depreciation, and/or amortization of Cardtronics or any business unit of Cardtronics designated by the compensation committee, (10) the economic value added, (11) the return on stockholders’ equity achieved by Cardtronics, or (12) the total stockholders’ return achieved by Cardtronics (the goals described in items (1) through (12) are referred to as the enumerated performance goals), (b) the award holder’s continued employment with Cardtronics or continued service as a consultant or director for a specified period of time, (c) the occurrence of any event or the satisfaction of any other condition specified by the compensation committee in its sole discretion, or (d) a combination of any of the foregoing.

      A performance award under the 2004 Stock Incentive Plan is an award of shares of common stock, cash payments, or a combination thereof that may be earned based on the satisfaction of various performance targets established by the compensation committee that are based upon one or more of the enumerated performance goals. At the time of the grant of a performance award, the compensation committee will establish the maximum number of shares of common stock subject to, or the maximum value of, such award and the period over which the performance applicable to the award will be measured.

      Phantom stock awards under the plan are awards of common stock (or the fair market value thereof), or rights to receive amounts equal to share appreciation over a specific period of time. Such awards vest over a period of time established by the compensation committee, without satisfaction of any performance criteria or objectives. Payment of a phantom stock award may be made in cash, common stock, or a combination thereof.

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all performance awards and phantom stock awards have been satisfied or expired. The board of directors in its discretion may terminate the plan at any time with respect to any shares of common stock for which awards have not been granted. The plan may be amended, other than to increase the maximum aggregate number of shares that may be issued under the plan or to change the class of individuals eligible to receive awards under the plan, by the board of directors without the consent of the stockholders of the company. No change in any award previously granted under the plan may be made which would impair the rights of the holder of such award without the approval of the holder.
 
2001 Stock Incentive Plan

      Our 2001 Stock Incentive Plan provides for the granting of stock options to eligible employees and directors, including non-employee directors and consultants of the company. Stock options granted under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan consist of nonstatutory stock options, which are options not intended to qualify as “incentive stock options” within the meaning of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, which we refer to as the Code.

      A maximum of                     shares of our common stock are authorized for issuance under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. As of December 31, 2003,            shares of common stock were issuable upon the exercise of outstanding options granted under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan at a weighted average exercise price of $6.62,                     shares of common stock have been issued upon exercise of options at exercise prices ranging between $0.04 and $11.76, and            shares of common stock remained available for future issuance under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. The 2001 Stock Incentive Plan was adopted by our board of directors in June 2001 and was approved by our stockholders in June 2001. Unless terminated earlier by our board of directors, the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan will terminate in June 2011. In connection with our initial public offering, we are adopting the 2004 Stock Incentive Plan as described above. Accordingly, we do not anticipate making any additional awards under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. Awards previously made under this plan will remain outstanding and vest in accordance with their terms.

      The 2001 Stock Incentive Plan may be administered by the board of directors or a committee appointed by the board of directors to administer the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. The administrator of the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan has the authority to grant options and to determine the terms of these awards, provided these grants are not inconsistent with the terms of the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. Stock options granted under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan are generally not transferable, although the administrator has the discretion to allow transferability.

401(k) Plan

      We maintain a plan qualified under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under our 401(k) plan, a participant may contribute a maximum of 15% of his or her pre-tax salary, commissions and bonuses through payroll deductions, up to the statutorily prescribed annual limit ($12,000 in calendar year 2003). The plan allows us to make matching contributions. To date, no matching contributions have been made. The percentage elected by more highly compensated participants may be required to be lower.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

      None of our executive officers has served as a director or member of the compensation committee of any other entity whose executive officers served as a director or member of our compensation committee.

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RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Investors Agreement

      On June 4, 2001, we entered into an investors agreement with CapStreet II, L.P., our majority stockholder, CapStreet Parallel II, L.P., an affiliate of CapStreet II, L.P., Ralph H. Clinard, a current director and our then president and chief executive officer, Michael H. Clinard, our chief operating officer, Brian R. Archer, our executive vice president of marketing, and the other stockholders of the company. All of our stockholders are parties to the investors agreement.

      Registration Rights. The investors agreement grants CapStreet II, L.P. (on behalf of itself, CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. and any permitted transferee thereof) the right to demand that we file a registration statement with the SEC to register the sale of all or a portion of their shares of common stock. Subject to certain limitations, we will be obligated to register these shares upon the demand of The CapStreet Group, for which we will be required to pay the registration expenses. In connection with any such demand registration, the other stockholders who are parties to the investors agreement may be entitled to include their shares in that registration under certain piggyback registration rights granted under the investors agreement to these other stockholders. In addition, if we propose to register securities for our own account, the stockholders who are parties to the investors agreement may be entitled to include their shares in that registration as well. In connection with any registration, we will indemnify each holder of registrable securities covered by a registration statement against liabilities arising out of or related to such registration statement or the preliminary prospectus or prospectus included as part of such registration statement.

      Waiver. All holders of registrable securities have agreed not to exercise their registration rights until 180 days following the date of this prospectus without the prior written consent of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC as described under “Underwriting” below.

Transactions with our Directors and Officers

      Fred R. Lummis, the chairman of our board of directors, is also a managing director of The CapStreet Group, LLC, the ultimate general partner of CapStreet II, L.P., our majority shareholder, and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P., another one of our shareholders. Frederick W. Brazelton, one of our directors, is also a partner of The CapStreet Group, LLC. Ron Coben, one of our directors, is also the president and chief executive officer of MessagePro, Inc. CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. together own a majority interest in MessagePro, Inc., and Fred R. Lummis and Frederick W. Brazelton are each members of the board of directors of MessagePro, Inc.

      Prior to the completion of this offering, we had loans outstanding to the following individuals: Mr. Antonini, who borrowed $940,800 from us during 2003 to purchase                of our restricted shares, of which $940,800 is currently outstanding; Mr. Michael Clinard, who borrowed $292,342 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase                 shares of our common stock, of which $292,342 is currently outstanding; Mr. Keller, who borrowed $123,787 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase                 shares of our common stock, of which $123,787 is currently outstanding; and Mr. Upton, who borrowed $131,205 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase                 shares of our common stock, of which $131,205 is currently outstanding. Additionally, Mr. Ralph Clinard borrowed $442,319 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase                 shares of our common stock. Mr. Ralph Clinard repaid his loan in full on January 15, 2004. The rate of interest on each of these loans is 5% per annum. Concurrent with the closing of this offering, the outstanding loans will be refinanced through unaffiliated third-party commercial loan arrangements.

      We have issued and outstanding shares of series A redeemable preferred stock, which are held by CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. The preferred stock is not convertible by its terms into common stock. We plan to redeem all shares of our preferred stock and pay all the accrued and unpaid amounts on the preferred stock with a portion of the proceeds of the offering.

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      In 2003, our board of directors approved the issuance of restricted stock to Jack Antonini. The terms of his restricted stock award are set forth in a restricted stock agreement between us and Mr. Antonini. Beginning on the date of grant, Mr. Antonini, as the owner of the shares, has the right to vote his shares. Mr. Antonini is a signatory to our investors agreement.

      In accordance with the requirements of The Nasdaq National Market, all future related party transactions will be approved by our independent directors.

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PRINCIPAL AND SELLING STOCKHOLDERS

      The following table sets forth information regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of December 31, 2003, and as adjusted to reflect the sale of shares in the offering by:

  •  each person known to us to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock;
 
  •  each of the executive officers identified in the summary compensation table;
 
  •  each of our directors;
 
  •  all directors and named executive officers as a group; and
 
  •  each selling stockholder.

      To our knowledge, each selling stockholder purchased the shares of our stock in the ordinary course of business and, at the time of purchase of the securities to be resold, the selling stockholder had no agreements or understandings, directly or indirectly, with any person to distribute the securities.

      Footnote 1 below provides a brief explanation of what is meant by the term “beneficial ownership.” For the purpose of calculating the percentage of shares beneficially owned by any stockholder, the number of shares of common stock deemed outstanding “Before Offering” includes shares of common stock subject to options held by beneficial owners that are currently exercisable. This table assumes the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters is not exercised.

      The number of shares of common stock outstanding “After Offering” includes an additional                      shares of common stock offered by us in the offering. Except as indicated in the footnotes to this table and subject to applicable community property laws, the persons named in this table have the sole voting power with respect to all shares of common stock listed as beneficially owned by them. The address for each executive officer and director set forth below, unless otherwise indicated, is c/o Cardtronics, Inc., 3110 Hayes Road, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77082. The address of each of CapStreet II, L.P., CapStreet Parallel II, L.P., and Messrs. Lummis and Brazelton is c/o The CapStreet Group, LLC, 600 Travis Street, Suite 6110, Houston, Texas 77002.

                                         
After Offering
Before Offering

Number of Percent of
Percent of Number of Shares of Common
Number of Shares Common Stock Shares Offered Common Stock Stock
of Common Stock Beneficially in This Beneficially Beneficially
Name of Beneficial Owner(1) Beneficially Owned Owned Offering Owned Owned






Selling Stockholders:
                                       
CapStreet II, L.P.(2)
            57.9 %                        
CapStreet Parallel II, L.P.(2)
            6.8 %                        
Ralph H. Clinard(3)
            23.9 %                        
Directors and Executive Officers:
                                       
Fred R. Lummis(4)
            64.7 %                        
Jack Antonini
            3.5 %                        
J. Chris Brewster
                                   
Michael H. Clinard(5)
            3.7 %                        
Thomas E. Upton(6)
            *                          
Robert P. Barone(7)
            *                          
Frederick W. Brazelton
                                   
Ron Coben(8)
            *                          
All executive officers and directors as a group (9 persons)
            96.8 %                        

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Less than 1% of the outstanding common stock.

(1)  “Beneficial ownership” is a term broadly defined by the SEC in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, and includes more than the typical forms of stock ownership, that is, stock held in the person’s name. The term also includes what is referred to as “indirect ownership,” meaning ownership of shares as to which a person has or shares investment or voting power. For the purpose of this table, a person or group of persons is deemed to have “beneficial ownership” of any shares as of December 31, 2003 that such person or group has the right to acquire within 60 days after such date.
 
(2)  CapStreet II, L.P. owns 15,661 shares of our preferred stock, and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. owns 1,839 shares of our preferred stock. We intend to use a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to redeem all of our preferred stock for cash.
 
(3)  Mr. Clinard is a member of our board of directors. Includes options to purchase                      shares of common stock exercisable by Ralph H. Clinard.
 
(4)  The shares indicated as being beneficially owned by Mr. Lummis are owned directly by CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. Mr. Lummis serves as a Managing Director of The CapStreet Group, the ultimate general partner of both CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. As such, Mr. Lummis may be deemed to have voting and dispositive power over the shares owned by CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. Mr. Lummis disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.
 
(5)  Includes options to purchase                      shares of common stock exercisable by Michael H. Clinard.
 
(6)  Includes options to purchase                      shares of common stock exercisable by Thomas E. Upton.
 
(7)  Represents options to purchase                      shares of common stock exercisable by Robert P. Barone.
 
(8)  Represents options to purchase                      shares of common stock exercisable by Ron Coben.

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

General

      Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, which will be filed immediately prior to the closing of this offering, authorizes the issuance of up to                      shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and      shares of preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share.

      The following description of the material terms of our capital stock and our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws is only a summary. You should refer to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws as in effect upon the closing of this offering, which are included as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part.

Common Stock

      As of December 31, 2003, there were 2,373,398 shares of common stock outstanding, which were held of record by 17 stockholders. Prior to or concurrently with the completion of this offering (1) we will effect a                     -for-one common stock split and (2) we will redeem in accordance with their terms all shares of our preferred stock. Consequently, upon completion of this offering, there will be                      shares of common stock outstanding (assuming no exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option and no outstanding preferred shares).

      Voting rights. The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote per share for each share held of record on any matter to be voted upon by stockholders. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation does not provide for cumulative voting in connection with the election of directors and, accordingly, holders of more than 50% of the shares voting will be able to elect all of the directors standing for election.

      Dividend rights. All shares of our common stock are entitled to share equally in any dividends our board of directors may declare from legally available sources. Our credit agreement currently imposes restrictions on our ability to declare dividends with respect to our capital stock.

      Liquidation rights. Upon liquidation or dissolution of our company, whether voluntary or involuntary, all shares of our common stock would be entitled to share equally in the assets available for distribution to stockholders after payment of all of our prior obligations, including the liquidation preference and unpaid dividends, if any, on our preferred stock.

      Other matters. The holders of our common stock have no preemptive or conversion rights and our common stock is not subject to further calls or assessments by us. There are no redemption or sinking fund provisions applicable to the common stock. All outstanding shares of our common stock, including the common stock offered in this offering, are fully paid and non-assessable.

Preferred Stock

      Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides for the authorization of                      shares of preferred stock. Concurrently with the completion of this offering, all outstanding shares of our preferred stock will be redeemed. Consequently, no shares of preferred stock will be outstanding immediately following completion of this offering.

      The shares of preferred stock may be issued from time to time at the discretion of our board of directors without stockholder approval. The board of directors is authorized to issue these shares in different classes and series and, with respect to each class or series, to determine the dividend rate, the redemption provisions, conversion provisions, liquidation preference and other rights and privileges not in conflict with our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. No shares of our preferred stock will be outstanding immediately following completion of this offering, and we have no immediate plans to issue any preferred stock. The issuance of any of our preferred stock could provide needed flexibility in

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connection with possible acquisitions and other corporate purposes. However, any issuance could also make it more difficult for a third party to acquire a majority of our outstanding voting stock or discourage an attempt by a third party to gain control of us. In addition, our board of directors, without stockholder approval, can issue shares of preferred stock with voting and conversion rights that could adversely affect the voting power and other rights of the holders of common stock. The listing requirements of The Nasdaq National Market, which would apply so long as the common stock is listed on The Nasdaq National Market, require stockholder approval of certain issuances of capital stock or securities exchangeable or convertible into 20% or more of the then outstanding voting power of then outstanding number of shares of common stock. Any such additional shares may be used for a variety of corporate purposes, including future public offerings, to raise additional capital or to facilitate acquisitions.

Directors’ Exculpation and Indemnification

      Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that none of our directors will be liable to us or our stockholders for monetary damages for any breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except to the extent otherwise required by the Delaware General Corporation Law, or the DGCL. The effect of this provision is to eliminate our rights, and our stockholders’ rights, to recover monetary damages against a director for breach of a fiduciary duty of care as a director, except to the extent otherwise required by the DGCL. This provision does not limit or eliminate our right, or the right of any stockholder, to seek non-monetary relief, such as an injunction or rescission in the event of a breach of a director’s duty of care. In addition, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that, if the DGCL is amended to authorize the further elimination or limitation of the liability of a director, then the liability of the directors will be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as so amended. These provisions will not alter the liability of directors under federal or state securities laws.

      We expect to enter into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and key officers. These indemnification agreements will provide that we will indemnify our directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by law for liabilities they may incur because of their status as directors and officers. These agreements also will provide that we will advance expenses to our directors and officers relating to claims for which they may be entitled to indemnification. These indemnification agreements also will provide that we will maintain directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.

      Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers or persons controlling us under the provisions described above, we have been informed that, in the opinion of the SEC, this indemnification is against public policy, as expressed in the Securities Act and is therefore unenforceable.

Registration Rights

      Our investors agreement dated June 4, 2001 grants CapStreet II, L.P. (on behalf of itself, CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. and permitted transferees thereof) the right to demand that we file a registration statement with the SEC to register the sale of all or part of their shares of common stock. Subject to certain limitations, we will be obligated to register these shares upon CapStreet II, L.P.’s demand, for which we will be required to pay the registration expenses. In connection with any such demand registration, the stockholders who are parties to the investors agreement may be entitled to include their shares in that registration. In addition, if we propose to register securities for our own account, the stockholders who are parties to the investors agreement may be entitled to include their shares in that registration.

      All of these registration rights are subject to conditions and limitations, which include certain rights to limit the number of shares included in a registration under some circumstances.

Certain Provisions of Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws

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defined as a person who owns 15% or more of our outstanding voting stock, from engaging in business combinations with us for three years following the time that such person becomes an interested stockholder. These restrictions do not apply if:

  •  before the person becomes an interested stockholder, our board of directors approves the business combination or the transaction in which the person becomes an interested stockholder;
 
  •  upon completion of the transaction that results in such person becoming an interested stockholder, the interested stockholder owns at least 85% of our outstanding voting stock at the time the transaction commenced, excluding for the purposes of determining the number of shares outstanding, those shares owned by persons who are directors and officers, as well as shares held by employee stock plans in which employee participants do not have the right to determine confidentially whether shares held by such plan will be tendered in a tender or exchange offer; or
 
  •  at or following the time of the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder, the business combination is approved by our board of directors and authorized at an annual or special meeting of our stockholders, and not by written consent, by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of our outstanding voting stock not owned by the interested stockholder.

      In addition, the law does not apply to interested stockholders such as The CapStreet Group or Mr. Ralph Clinard, who became an interested stockholder before our common stock was quoted on The Nasdaq National Market.

      The law defines the term “business combination” to encompass a wide variety of transactions with or caused by an interested stockholder, including mergers, asset sales and other transactions in which the interested stockholder receives or could receive a benefit on other than a pro rata basis with other stockholders. This law could have an anti-takeover effect with respect to transactions not approved in advance by our board of directors, including discouraging takeover attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for shares of our common stock.

      Election and removal of directors. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws provide for the division of our board of directors into three classes as nearly equal in size as possible and with staggered three-year terms. Any vacancy on our board of directors, including a vacancy resulting from an enlargement of our board of directors, may be filled only by the vote of a majority of the directors then in office. The classification of our board of directors and the limitation on filling of vacancies could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire, or discourage a third party from attempting to acquire, control of our company.

      Board meetings. Our amended and restated bylaws provide that special meetings of the board of directors may be called only by the chairman of our board of directors, our chief executive officer or a majority of the directors in office.

      Stockholder meetings. Our amended and restated bylaws provide that any action required or permitted to be taken by our stockholders at an annual meeting or special meeting of stockholders may only be taken if it is properly brought before such meeting and may not be taken by written action in lieu of a meeting. Our bylaws further provide that special meetings of the stockholders may only be called by the chairman of our board of directors, by a committee that is duly designated by the board or by resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of the majority of the board of directors.

      Requirements for advance notification of stockholder nominations and proposals. Our amended and restated bylaws establish advance notice procedures with respect to stockholder proposals and the nomination of candidates for election as directors, other than nominations made by or at the direction of our board of directors or a committee of the board of directors. In order for any matter to be considered “properly brought” before a meeting, a stockholder must comply with requirements regarding advance notice and provide certain information to us. These provisions could have the effect of delaying until the next stockholders’ meeting stockholder actions that are favored by the holders of a majority of our outstanding voting securities. These provisions could also discourage a third party from making a tender

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offer for our common stock, because even if it acquired a majority of our outstanding voting securities, it would be able to take action as a stockholder (such as electing new directors or approving a merger) only at a duly called stockholders’ meeting and not by written consent.

      Stockholder action by written consent. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws provide that stockholder action may be taken only at a duly called annual or special meeting of stockholders of our common stock.

      Cumulative voting. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that our stockholders will have no cumulative voting rights.

      Amendment of certificate of incorporation and bylaws. Amendment of the provisions described above in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation generally will require the affirmative vote of a majority of our directors, as well as the affirmative vote of the holders of at least 66 2/3% of our then outstanding voting stock. Our amended and restated bylaws may be amended (1) by the affirmative vote of the majority of our board of directors, (2) in the case of certain provisions concerning takeovers or changes of control, by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the directors in office or (3) on the recommendation of our board of directors, by the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of our then outstanding voting stock.

Nasdaq Trading

      We expect to qualify our common stock for quotation on The Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “CATM.”

Transfer Agent and Registrar

      The transfer agent and registrar issues stock certificates and keeps track of the registered holders of our stock. Our transfer agent and registrar is                     .

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SHARES ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE SALE

      Prior to this offering, there has not been a public market for our common stock. Future sales of substantial amounts of our common stock in the public market, or the possibility of these sales, could adversely affect the trading price of our common stock and could impair our future ability to raise capital through the sale of our equity at a time and price we deem appropriate.

      Upon completion of this offering, we will have outstanding                      shares of common stock. Of these shares, the                      shares sold in this offering will be freely tradable without restriction or further registration under the Securities Act, except for any shares purchased by our “affiliates,” as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, which would be subject to the limitations and restrictions described below.

      Assuming the underwriters’ over-allotment option is not exercised, the remaining                      shares of common stock that will be held by existing stockholders will be “restricted securities,” as defined in Rule 144. Restricted securities may be sold in the public market only if registered or if they qualify for an exemption from registration under Rules 144 and 144(k) promulgated under the Securities Act, which rules are summarized below. Included among these restricted securities will be                      shares of common stock owned by a limited number of our stockholders that are parties to a registration rights agreement with us. That agreement provides certain of the stockholders that are parties to it with the right, after the expiration of the lock-up agreements described in “Underwriting,” to require us to register their shares. In addition, if we propose to register, or are required to register following the exercise of a “demand” registration right as described in the previous sentence, any of our shares of common stock under the Securities Act, all of our stockholders that are parties to the registration rights agreement will be entitled to include their shares of common stock in that registration. For a description of the registration rights agreement, see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions — Investors Agreement.”

      Taking into account the lock-up agreements described in “Underwriting” and the provisions of Rules 144 and 144(k), the restricted securities will be available for sale in the public market as follows:

     
Number of Shares Date


    After the date of this prospectus.
    After 90 days from the date of this prospectus.
    After 180 days from the date of this prospectus.

      All of these restricted securities will be eligible for sale in the public market, subject in some cases to the volume limitations and other restrictions of Rule 144, beginning upon expiration of the lock-up agreements described in “Underwriting.” The numbers of shares of common stock listed above do not include                      shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of stock options granted under our stock plans that were unexercised as of December 31, 2003. Upon completion of the offering, we intend to file a registration statement on Form S-8 with the SEC to register                      shares of our common stock reserved for issuance or sale under our incentive stock plans. As of December 31, 2003, there were outstanding options to purchase a total of            shares of common stock of                     of which were vested. Shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of options granted or to be granted under our stock option plans will be freely tradable without restriction under the Securities Act, unless such shares are held by an affiliate of ours.

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Rule 144

      In general, under Rule 144 as currently in effect, beginning 90 days after this offering, a person (or persons whose shares are required to be aggregated), including an affiliate, who has beneficially owned shares of our common stock for at least one year is entitled to sell in any three-month period a number of shares that does not exceed the greater of:

  •  1% of then outstanding shares of common stock, or                      shares; and
 
  •  the average weekly trading volume in the common stock on The Nasdaq National Market during the four calendar weeks preceding the date on which notice of sale is filed, subject to restrictions.

      Sales under Rule 144 are also subject to manner of sale provisions and notice requirements and to the availability of current public information about us.

Rule 144(k)

      In addition, a person who is not deemed to have been an affiliate of ours at any time during the 90 days preceding a sale and who has beneficially owned the shares proposed to be sold for at least two years, would be entitled to sell those shares under Rule 144(k) without regard to the manner of sale, public information, volume limitation or notice requirements of Rule 144. To the extent that our affiliates sell their shares, other than pursuant to Rule 144 or a registration statement, the purchaser’s holding period for the purpose of effecting a sale under Rule 144 commences on the date of transfer from the affiliate.

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CERTAIN U.S. FEDERAL TAX CONSIDERATIONS

FOR NON-U.S. HOLDERS

      The following is a general discussion of certain U.S. federal income and estate tax consequences of the ownership and taxable disposition of common stock by Non-U.S. Holders. A “Non-U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of common stock that holds the common stock as a capital asset ( i.e. , generally, for investment) and who is:

  •  an individual who is not a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
 
  •  a corporation (or entity treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes) that is not created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States or of any political subdivision thereof;
 
  •  an estate whose income is not includible in gross income for U.S. federal income tax purposes regardless of source; or
 
  •  a trust that is not subject to the primary supervision of a court within the United States and the control of one or more U.S. persons and that has not elected to be treated as a U.S. domestic trust.

      The following discussion does not consider specific facts and circumstances that may be relevant to a particular Non-U.S. Holder’s tax position and does not consider U.S. state and local or non-U.S. tax consequences. Further, it does not consider Non-U.S. Holders subject to special tax treatment under the federal income tax laws (including partnerships or other pass-through entities, banks and insurance companies, dealers in securities, holders of securities held as part of a “straddle,” “hedge,” “conversion transaction” or other risk-reduction transaction, controlled foreign corporations, passive foreign investment companies, foreign personal holding companies, companies that accumulate earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax, foreign tax-exempt organizations, former U.S. citizens or residents, and persons who hold or receive common stock as compensation). The following discussion is based on provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code, applicable Treasury regulations, and administrative and judicial interpretations as of the date of this prospectus, all of which are subject to change, possibly on a retroactive basis, and any change could affect the continuing validity of this discussion.

      The following summary is included herein for general information only. Accordingly, each prospective Non-U.S. Holder is urged to consult its own tax advisor with respect to the federal, state, local or non-U.S. tax consequences of holding and disposing of the common stock.

U.S. Trade or Business Income

      For purposes of the following discussion, dividends (as determined for U.S. federal income tax purposes) and gains on the sale, exchange or other disposition of the common stock will be considered to be “U.S. trade or business income” if such income or gain is (i) effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business and (ii) in the case of a treaty resident, attributable to a permanent establishment (or, in the case of an individual, a fixed base) in the United States. Generally, U.S. trade or business income is not subject to U.S. federal withholding tax (provided the Non-U.S. Holder complies with applicable certification and disclosure requirements); instead, such income generally is subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net income basis at regular graduated tax rates. Any U.S. trade or business income received by a Non-U.S. Holder that is a corporation may, under specific circumstances, be subject to an additional “branch profits tax” at a 30% rate or a lower rate that an applicable income tax treaty may specify.

Dividends

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30% rate. However, we or our paying agent generally may elect not to withhold on a dividend to the extend that such dividend is not paid out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits (based on a reasonable estimate made by us under applicable Treasury regulations). The 30% withholding rate may be reduced if the Non-U.S. Holder is eligible for the benefits of an income tax treaty that provides for a lower rate. Generally, to claim the benefits of an income tax treaty, a Non-U.S. Holder of common stock will be required to provide a properly executed IRS Form W-8BEN and satisfy applicable certification and other requirements. A Non-U.S. Holder of common stock that is eligible for a reduced rate of U.S. federal withholding tax under an income tax treaty may obtain a refund or credit of any excess amounts withheld by filing an appropriate claim for a refund with the Internal Revenue Service, or the IRS. A Non-U.S. Holder should consult its own tax advisor on its entitlement to benefits under a relevant income tax treaty.

Disposition of Common Stock

      A Non-U.S. Holder generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax in respect of any gain on a disposition of common stock unless:

  •  the gain is U.S. trade or business income, as defined above;
 
  •  the Non-U.S. Holder is an individual who is present in the United States for 183 or more days in the taxable year of the disposition and meets other requirements;
 
  •  the Non-U.S. Holder is subject to U.S. federal income tax under provisions of U.S. federal income tax law applicable to certain U.S. expatriates (including certain former citizens or residents of the U.S.); or
 
  •  we are or have been a “U.S. real property holding corporation,” or USRPHC, for U.S. federal income tax purposes at any time during the shorter of the five-year period ending on the date of disposition and the Non-U.S. Holder’s holding period for the common stock.

      The tax relating to stock in a USRPHC does not apply to a Non-U.S. Holder whose holdings, actual and constructive, at all times during the applicable period, amount to 5% or less of the common stock, provided that the common stock is regularly traded on an established securities market. Generally, a corporation is a USRPHC if the fair market value of its “U.S. real property interests” equals or exceeds 50% of the sum of the fair market value of its worldwide real property interests and its other assets used or held for use in a trade or business. We believe that we have not been and are not currently a USRPHC for U.S. federal income tax purposes, nor do we anticipate becoming a USRPHC in the future. However, no assurance can be given that we will not be a USRPHC, or that our common stock will be considered “regularly traded” for this purpose, when a Non-U.S. Holder sells its shares of common stock.

Federal Estate Taxes

      Common stock owned or treated as owned by an individual who is a Non-U.S. Holder at the time of death will be included in the individual’s gross estate for U.S. federal estate tax purposes and may be subject to U.S. federal estate tax, unless an applicable estate tax treaty provides otherwise.

Information Reporting Requirements and Backup Withholding Tax

 
Dividends

      We must report annually to the IRS and to each Non-U.S. Holder any dividend income that is subject to withholding or that is exempt from U.S. federal withholding tax pursuant to an income tax treaty. Copies of these information returns also may be made available under the provisions of a specific treaty or agreement to the tax authorities of the country in which the Non-U.S. Holder resides. Under certain circumstances, the Code imposes a backup withholding obligation at a current rate of 28%. Dividends paid to a Non-U.S. Holder of common stock generally will be exempt from backup withholding

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if the Non-U.S. Holder provides a properly executed IRS Form W-8BEN or otherwise establishes an exemption.
 
Disposition of Common Stock

      The payment of the proceeds from the disposition of common stock to or through the U.S. office of any broker, U.S. or foreign, will be subject to information reporting and possible backup withholding unless the owner certifies as to its non-U.S. status under penalties of perjury or otherwise establishes an exemption, provided that the broker does not have actual knowledge that the holder is a U.S. person or that the conditions of any other exemption are not, in fact, satisfied. The payment of the proceeds from the disposition of common stock to or through a non-U.S. office of a non-U.S. broker will not be subject to information reporting or backup withholding unless the non-U.S. broker has certain types of relationships with the United States. (a “U.S. related person”). In the case of the payment of the proceeds from the disposition of common stock to or through a non-U.S. office of a broker that is either a U.S. person or a U.S. related person, the Treasury regulations require information reporting (but not backup withholding) on the payment unless the broker has documentary evidence in its files that the owner is a Non-U.S. Holder and the broker has no knowledge to the contrary. Non-U.S. Holders should consult their own tax advisors on the application of information reporting and backup withholding to them in their particular circumstances (including upon their disposition of common stock).

      Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld under the backup withholding rules from a payment to a Non-U.S. Holder will be refunded or credited against the holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability, if any, if the holder provides the required information to the IRS.

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UNDERWRITING

      Under the terms and subject to the conditions contained in an underwriting agreement dated                     , we and the selling stockholders have agreed to sell to the underwriters named below, for whom Credit Suisse First Boston LLC is acting as the representative, the following respective numbers of shares of common stock:

           
Underwriter

Credit Suisse First Boston LLC
       
Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. 
       
Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC
       
William Blair & Company, L.L.C. 
       
     
 
 
Total
       
     
 

      The underwriting agreement provides that the underwriters are obligated to purchase all the shares of common stock in the offering if any are purchased, other than those shares covered by the over-allotment option described below. The underwriting agreement also provides that if an underwriter defaults the purchase commitments of non-defaulting underwriters may be increased or the offering may be terminated.

      We have granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase on a pro rata basis up to            additional outstanding shares from us at the initial public offering price less the underwriting discounts and commissions. The option may be exercised only to cover any over-allotments of common stock.

      The underwriters propose to offer the shares of common stock initially at the public offering price on the cover page of this prospectus and to selling group members at that price less a selling concession of $           per share. The underwriters and selling group members may allow a discount of $           per share on sales to other broker/ dealers. After the initial public offering, the representative may change the public offering price and concession and discount to broker/ dealers.

      The following table summarizes the compensation and estimated expenses we and the selling stockholders will pay:

                                 
Per Share Total


Without With Without With
Over-allotment Over-allotment Over-allotment Over-allotment




Underwriting discounts and commissions paid by us
  $       $       $       $    
Expenses payable by us
  $       $       $       $    
Underwriting discounts and commissions paid by selling stockholders
  $       $       $       $    
Expenses payable by selling stockholders
  $       $       $       $    

      The representative has informed us that the underwriters do not expect discretionary sales to exceed 5% of the shares of common stock being offered.

      We have agreed that we will not offer, sell, contract to sell, pledge or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, or file with the SEC a registration statement under the Securities Act, relating to any shares of our common stock or securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for any shares of our common stock, or publicly disclose the intention to make any offer, sale, pledge, disposition or filing, without the prior written consent of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC for a period of 180 days after the date of this prospectus, except that we may issue shares of common stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities or the exercise of warrants or options, in each case

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outstanding on the date of this prospectus, or grant employee stock options or purchases by employees pursuant to the terms of a plan in effect on the date of this prospectus and described in this prospectus.

      Our officers, directors, stockholders and optionholders have agreed that they will not offer, sell, contract to sell, pledge or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, any shares of our common stock or securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for any shares of our common stock, enter into a transaction that would have the same effect, or enter into any swap, hedge or other arrangement that transfers, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of our common stock, whether any of these transactions are to be settled by delivery of our common stock or other securities, in cash or otherwise, or publicly disclose the intention to make any offer, sale, pledge or disposition, or to enter into any transaction, swap, hedge or other arrangement, without, in each case, the prior written consent of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC for a period of 180 days after the date of this prospectus. The exercise of options granted to these persons will not be subject to or prohibited by these lock-up agreements. In addition, the lock-up agreements will not prohibit (1) pledges existing on this offering’s closing date by specified officers to secure specified personal loans and (2) the disposition of the pledged securities by a lender exercising its remedies as a secured party upon a default under the specified personal loans.

      The underwriters have reserved for sale at the initial public offering price up to                      shares of the common stock for employees, directors and other persons associated with us who have expressed an interest in purchasing common stock in the offering. The number of shares available for sale to the general public in the offering will be reduced to the extent these persons purchase the reserved shares. Any reserved shares not so purchased will be offered by the underwriters to the general public on the same terms as the other shares.

      We and the selling stockholders have agreed to indemnify the underwriters against liabilities under the Securities Act, or contribute to payments that the underwriters may be required to make in that respect.

      We expect to qualify our common stock for quotation on The Nasdaq National Market.

      Certain of the underwriters and their respective affiliates have from time to time performed, and may in the future perform, various financial advisory, commercial banking and investment banking services for us and our affiliates in the ordinary course of business, for which they received, or will receive, customary fees and expenses. An affiliate of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC manages a group of investment funds that hold limited partnership interests in CapStreet II, L.P., our largest stockholder and one of the selling stockholders in this offering. These funds collectively own approximately 7.6% of the limited partnership interests in CapStreet II, L.P.

      Prior to the offering, there has been no market for our common stock. The initial public offering price will be determined by negotiation between us and the underwriters and will not necessarily reflect the market price of the common stock following the offering. The principal factors that will be considered in determining the public offering price will include:

  •  the information presented in this prospectus and otherwise available to the underwriters;
 
  •  the history of and the prospects for the industry in which we will compete;
 
  •  the ability of our management;
 
  •  the prospects for our future earnings, if any;
 
  •  the present state of our development and our current financial condition;
 
  •  the recent market prices of, and the demand for, publicly traded common stock of generally comparable companies; and
 
  •  the general condition of the securities markets at the time of the offering.

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      We offer no assurances that the initial public offering price will correspond to the price at which the common stock will trade in the public market subsequent to this offering or that an active trading market for the common stock will develop and continue after the offering.

      In connection with the offering the underwriters may engage in stabilizing transactions, over-allotment transactions, syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids in accordance with Regulation M under the Exchange Act.

  •  Stabilizing transactions permit bids to purchase the underlying security so long as the stabilizing bids do not exceed a specified maximum.
 
  •  Over-allotment involves sales by the underwriters of shares in excess of the number of shares the underwriters are obligated to purchase, which creates a syndicate short position. The short position may be either a covered short position or a naked short position. In a covered short position, the number of shares over-allotted by the underwriters may not be greater than the number of shares that they may purchase in the over-allotment option. In a naked short position, the number of shares involved will be greater than the number of shares in the over-allotment option. The underwriters may close out any covered short position by either exercising their over-allotment option and/or purchasing shares in the open market.
 
  •  Syndicate covering transactions involve purchases of the common stock in the open market after the distribution has been completed in order to cover syndicate short positions. In determining the source of shares to close out the short position, the underwriters will consider the price of shares available for purchase in the open market as compared to the price at which they may purchase shares through the over-allotment option. If the underwriters sell more shares than could be covered by the over- allotment option, a naked short position, the position can only be closed out by buying shares in the open market. A naked short position is more likely to be created if the underwriters are concerned that there could be downward pressure on the price of the shares in the open market after pricing that could adversely affect investors who purchase shares in the offering.
 
  •  Penalty bids permit the representative to reclaim a selling concession from a syndicate member when the common stock originally sold by the syndicate member is purchased in a stabilizing or syndicate covering transaction to cover syndicate short positions.

      These stabilizing transactions, syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids may have the effect of raising or maintaining the market price of our common stock or preventing or retarding a decline in the market price of the common stock. As a result, the price of our common stock may be higher than the price that might otherwise exist in the open market. These transactions may be effected on The Nasdaq National Market or otherwise and, if commenced, may be discontinued at any time.

      A prospectus in electronic format may be made available on the web sites maintained by one or more of the underwriters, or selling group members, if any, participating in the offering and one or more of the underwriters participating in this offering may distribute prospectuses electronically. The representative may agree to allocate a number of shares to underwriters and selling group members for sale to their online brokerage account holders. Internet distributions will be allocated by the underwriters and selling group members that will make internet distributions on the same basis as other allocations.

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NOTICE TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS

Resale Restrictions

      The distribution of the common stock in Canada is being made only on a private placement basis exempt from the requirement that we and the selling stockholders prepare and file a prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each province where trades of common stock are made. Any resale of the common stock in Canada must be made under applicable securities laws which will vary depending on the relevant jurisdiction, and which may require resales to be made under available statutory exemptions or under a discretionary exemption granted by the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authority. Purchasers are advised to seek legal advice prior to any resale of the common stock.

Representations of Purchasers

      By purchasing common stock in Canada and accepting a purchase confirmation a purchaser is representing to us, the selling stockholders and the dealer from whom the purchase confirmation is received that

  •  the purchaser is entitled under applicable provincial securities laws to purchase the common stock without the benefit of a prospectus qualified under those securities laws,
 
  •  where required by law, that the purchaser is purchasing as principal and not as agent, and
 
  •  the purchaser has reviewed the text above under Resale Restrictions.

Rights of Action — Ontario Purchasers Only

      Under Ontario securities legislation, a purchaser who purchases a security offered by this prospectus during the period of distribution will have a statutory right of action for damages, or while still the owner of the shares, for rescission against us and the selling shareholders in the event that this prospectus contains a misrepresentation. A purchaser will be deemed to have relied on the misrepresentation. The right of action for damages is exercisable not later than the earlier of 180 days from the date the purchaser first had knowledge of the facts giving rise to the cause of action and three years from the date on which payment is made for the shares. The right of action for rescission is exercisable not later than 180 days from the date on which payment is made for the shares. If a purchaser elects to exercise the right of action for rescission, the purchaser will have no right of action for damages against us or the selling stockholders. In no case will the amount recoverable in any action exceed the price at which the shares were offered to the purchaser and if the purchaser is shown to have purchased the securities with knowledge of the misrepresentation, we and the selling stockholders will have no liability. In the case of an action for damages, we and the selling stockholders will not be liable for all or any portion of the damages that are proven to not represent the depreciation in value of the shares as a result of the misrepresentation relied upon. These rights are in addition to, and without derogation from, any other rights or remedies available at law to an Ontario purchaser. The foregoing is a summary of the rights available to an Ontario purchaser. Ontario purchasers should refer to the complete text of the relevant statutory provisions.

Enforcement of Legal Rights

      All of our directors and officers as well as the experts named in this prospectus and the selling stockholders may be located outside of Canada and, as a result, it may not be possible for Canadian purchasers to effect service of process within Canada upon us or those persons. All or a substantial portion of our assets and the assets of those persons may be located outside of Canada and, as a result, it may not be possible to satisfy a judgment against us or those persons in Canada or to enforce a judgment obtained in Canadian courts against us or those persons outside of Canada.

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Taxation and Eligibility for Investment

      Canadian purchasers of common stock should consult their own legal and tax advisors with respect to the tax consequences of an investment in the common stock in their particular circumstances and about the eligibility of the common stock for investment by the purchaser under relevant Canadian legislation.

LEGAL MATTERS

      The validity of the shares of common stock offered by this prospectus will be passed upon for us by Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Houston, Texas. The underwriters have been represented by Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, New York.

EXPERTS

      The consolidated financial statements and schedule of Cardtronics, Inc. as of December 31, 2002 and 2003, and for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2003, have been included herein and in the registration statement in reliance upon the reports of KPMG LLP, independent accountants, appearing elsewhere herein, and upon the authority of said firm as experts in accounting and auditing. The audit report covering the December 31, 2003 financial statements refers to the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations on January 1, 2003.

      Our consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 1999 referred to in this prospectus were audited by Arthur Andersen LLP, independent certified public accountants. In 2002, Arthur Andersen ceased operations following its conviction on charges arising from the U.S. federal government’s investigation of Enron Corporation. Accordingly, Arthur Andersen has not performed any procedures in connection with this offering. Events arising out of its indictment and conviction will likely preclude Arthur Andersen from satisfying any claims arising from their provision of auditing services to us, including claims that may arise out of Arthur Andersen’s audit of financial statements referred to in this prospectus. We intend to rely on the relief provided by Rule 437(a) of the Securities Act because we will not be able to file a written consent of Arthur Andersen with respect to inclusion of information from the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1999 in the prospectus.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      We have filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-1 under the Securities Act relating to the common stock we are offering. This prospectus, which constitutes a part of the registration statement, does not contain all the information that is included in the registration statement and its exhibits and schedules. Certain portions of the registration statement have been omitted as allowed by the rules and regulations of the SEC. Statements in this prospectus which summarize documents are not necessarily complete, and in each case you should refer to the copy of the document filed as an exhibit to the registration statement. You may read and copy the registration statement, including exhibits and schedules filed with it, and reports or other information we may file with the SEC at the public reference facilities of the SEC at 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Room 1024, Washington, D.C. 20549. You may call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information regarding the operation of the public reference rooms. In addition, the registration statement and other public filings can be obtained from the SEC’s internet site at http://www.sec.gov.

      Upon completion of this offering, we will become subject to information and periodic reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, and we will file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. We intend to furnish our stockholders written annual reports containing financial statements audited by our independent auditors, and make available to our stockholders quarterly reports for the first three quarters of each year containing unaudited interim financial statements.

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INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

         
Page

Independent Auditors’ Report
    F-2  
Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2002 and 2003.
    F-3  
Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003
    F-4  
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Deficit for the years ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
    F-5  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003
    F-6  
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
    F-7  

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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

  Cardtronics, Inc.:

      We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Cardtronics, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2002 and 2003, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ deficit, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2003. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.

      We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

      In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Cardtronics, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2002 and 2003, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2003, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

      As discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company adopted the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations on January 1, 2003.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Houston, Texas

March 3, 2004

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CARDTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of December 31, 2002 and 2003
                   
December 31,

2002 2003


Assets
               
Current assets:
               
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 3,184,307     $ 5,553,763  
 
Restricted cash
    250,000        
 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $80,000 and $69,819 as of December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively
    2,574,625       4,738,012  
 
Notes receivable short term, net of allowance for doubtful notes short term of $238,612 as of December 31, 2002 and 2003
    1,009,026       784,999  
 
Inventory
    1,175,630       1,748,223  
 
Prepaid, deferred costs, and other current assets
    572,497       1,777,259  
 
Deferred tax asset
    1,728,275       1,303,266  
     
     
 
Total current assets
    10,494,360       15,905,522  
Restricted cash
    31,009       31,660  
Notes receivable, net of allowance for doubtful notes of $281,095 and $147,795 as of December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively
    1,441,209       706,338  
Property and equipment, net
    12,811,551       24,135,494  
Intangible assets, net
    10,039,144       23,360,664  
Prepaid and other assets
    23,035       294,316  
     
     
 
Total assets
  $ 34,840,308     $ 64,433,994  
     
     
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit
               
Current liabilities:
               
 
Current portion of long-term debt
    3,666,157        
 
Current portion of obligations under capital leases
    258,306       54,468  
 
Accounts payable
    579,072       991,706  
 
Accounts payable to affiliates
    267,289       300,404  
 
Accrued liabilities
    3,541,479       10,532,371  
 
Income tax payable
          27,766  
     
     
 
Total current liabilities
    8,312,303       11,906,715  
Long-term liabilities:
               
 
Long-term debt, net of current portion
    14,808,556       31,370,701  
 
Obligations under capital leases, net of current portion
    55,343        
 
Deferred tax liability
    1,135,710       2,060,154  
 
Other long-term liabilities
    204,122       4,733,249  
     
     
 
Total liabilities
    24,516,034       50,070,819  
     
     
 
Series A redeemable preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 17,500 shares authorized; 17,500 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2002 and 2003; liquidation value of $20,120,435 and $22,209,190 at December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively
    19,233,214       21,321,975  
Stockholders’ deficit:
               
 
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,500,000 shares authorized; 2,373,398 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2002 and 2003
    237       237  
 
Subscriptions receivable (at face value)
          (2,304,244 )
 
Additional paid-in capital
          1,038,710  
 
Accumulated deficit
    (4,939,166 )     (4,797,041 )
 
Treasury stock; 341,170 and 79,350 shares at cost at December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively
    (3,970,011 )     (896,462 )
     
     
 
Total stockholders’ deficit
    (8,908,940 )     (6,958,800 )
     
     
 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit
  $ 34,840,308     $ 64,433,994  
     
     
 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CARDTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Years Ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003
                             
Years ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



Revenues:
                       
 
ATM revenues
  $ 43,476,803     $ 62,241,497     $ 104,667,744  
 
Other revenues
    1,610,690       6,544,856       5,774,602  
     
     
     
 
   
Total revenues
    45,087,493       68,786,353       110,442,346  
Cost of revenues:
                       
 
Cost of ATM revenues
    39,800,909       52,352,399       83,224,957  
 
Cost of other revenues
    1,409,060       5,765,535       4,963,972  
     
     
     
 
   
Total cost of revenues
    41,209,969       58,117,934       88,188,929  
   
Gross profit
    3,877,524       10,668,419       22,253,417  
Operating expenses:
                       
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    4,924,662       6,142,198       7,228,545  
 
Depreciation and accretion expense
    957,285       1,649,753       3,631,371  
 
Amortization expense
    554,409       1,641,234       3,842,429  
     
     
     
 
   
Total operating expenses
    6,436,356       9,433,185       14,702,345  
Income (loss) from operations
    (2,558,832 )     1,235,234       7,551,072  
Other expenses:
                       
 
Interest expense
    477,855       881,268       3,345,745  
 
Other
          57,963       106,313  
     
     
     
 
   
Total other expenses
    477,855       939,231       3,452,058  
Income (loss) before income taxes and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (3,036,687 )     296,003       4,099,014  
     
     
     
 
Income tax provision (benefit)
    (996,966 )     153,845       1,511,245  
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (2,039,721 )     142,158       2,587,769  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle for asset retirement obligations, net of related income tax benefit of $80,026
                133,663  
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss)
    (2,039,721 )     142,158       2,454,106  
Dividends on preferred stock
    740,530       1,879,905       2,088,760  
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2,780,251 )   $ (1,737,747 )   $ 365,346  
     
     
     
 
Per common share — basic:
                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.24  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                0.06  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.18  
     
     
     
 
Per common share — diluted:
                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.23  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                0.06  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.17  
     
     
     
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                       
 
Basic
    1,366,863       2,024,890       2,078,057  
 
Diluted
    1,366,863       2,024,890       2,144,789  

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

For the Years Ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003
                                                           
Retained Unearned
Additional Earnings/ Stock
Common Paid-in Treasury Accumulated Compensation Subscriptions
Stock Capital Stock Deficit Expense Receivable Total







 
January 1, 2001
  $ 105     $ 2,527,456           $ 823,308     $ (2,167,305 )         $ 1,183,564  
 
Non-cash compensation charges
                            2,167,305             2,167,305  
 
Issuance of capital stock
    143       13,040                               13,183  
 
Repurchase of capital stock
              $ (6,257,432 )                       (6,257,432 )
 
Repurchase of stock options
          (148,992 )                             (148,992 )
 
Purchase of capital stock
    (11 )     (1,242,515 )                             (1,242,526 )
 
Dividends on preferred stock
          (740,530 )                             (740,530 )
 
Net income (loss)
                      (2,039,721 )                 (2,039,721 )
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balances — December 31, 2001
  $ 237     $ 408,459     $ (6,257,432 )   $ (1,216,413 )               $ (7,065,149 )
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Issuance of capital stock
          (369,743 )     2,360,933       (1,985,006 )                 6,184  
 
Repurchase of stock options
          (38,716 )                             (38,716 )
 
Repurchase of capital stock
                (73,512 )                       (73,512 )
 
Dividends on preferred stock
                      (1,879,905 )                 (1,879,905 )
 
Net income (loss)
                      142,158                   142,158  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balances — December 31, 2002
  $ 237           $ (3,970,011 )   $ (4,939,166 )               $ (8,908,940 )
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Issuance of restricted stock
                940,800                 $ (940,800 )      
 
Issuance of capital stock
                2,132,749       (769,305 )           (1,363,444 )      
 
Dividends on preferred stock
          (546,084 )           (1,542,676 )                 (2,088,760 )
 
Non-cash compensation charges
          1,584,794                               1,584,794  
 
Net income (loss)
                      2,454,106                   2,454,106  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balances — December 31, 2003
  $ 237     $ 1,038,710     $ (896,462 )   $ (4,797,041 )         $ (2,304,244 )   $ (6,958,800 )
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the Years Ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003
                                 
Years ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



Cash flows from operating activities:
                       
 
Net income (loss)
  $ (2,039,721 )   $ 142,158     $ 2,454,106  
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
                       
   
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense
    1,511,694       3,290,987       7,473,800  
   
Amortization of deferred financing costs
    70,710       152,849       1,716,937  
   
Non-cash compensation expense
    2,167,305             1,584,795  
   
Deferred income taxes
    (677,766 )     153,845       1,429,479  
   
Loss on sale of assets
          57,963       106,313  
   
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                133,663  
   
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
                       
     
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable, net
    (2,449,670 )     658,130       (2,163,387 )
     
(Increase) decrease in prepaid, deferred costs and other current assets
    (670,244 )     256,634       (1,204,762 )
     
(Increase) decrease in inventory
    (2,192,115 )     1,292,751       523,409  
     
(Increase) decrease in notes receivable, net
    (1,602,566 )     1,258,219       958,898  
     
(Increase) decrease in other assets
    38,990       (248,054 )     (21,932 )
     
(Increase) decrease in income tax receivable
    (306,439 )     307,138        
     
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable
    2,375,507       (3,701,121 )     412,634  
     
Increase in accrued liabilities
    1,845,532       790,770       6,747,134  
     
Increase in other liabilities
          79,122       1,478,281  
     
     
     
 
       
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    (1,928,783 )     4,491,391       21,629,368  
Cash flows from investing activities:
                       
 
Additions to property and equipment
    (2,029,229 )     (2,280,546 )     (7,299,492 )
 
Sale of property and equipment
          19,693       334,949  
 
Additions to property and equipment related to acquisitions
    (1,780,303 )     (5,923,071 )     (6,283,498 )
 
Acquisition of merchant contracts and other intangibles
    (3,686,296 )     (6,838,891 )     (16,415,487 )
     
     
     
 
       
Net cash used in investing activities
    (7,495,828 )     (15,022,815 )     (29,663,528 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
                       
 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
    9,816,361       13,650,000       42,500,000  
 
Repayments of long-term debt and capital leases
    (4,293,419 )     (4,205,862 )     (29,863,194 )
 
Issuance of preferred stock
    14,712,796       1,899,983        
 
Issuance of capital stock
    13,183       6,184        
 
Purchase of capital stock
    (7,499,958 )     (73,512 )      
 
Purchase of stock options
    (148,992 )     (38,716 )      
 
Debt issuance costs
    (533,764 )     (497,107 )     (2,233,190 )
     
     
     
 
       
Net cash provided by financing activities
    12,066,207       10,740,970       10,403,616  
     
     
     
 
       
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
    2,641,596       209,546       2,369,456  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
    333,165       2,974,761       3,184,307  
     
     
     
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
  $ 2,974,761     $ 3,184,307     $ 5,553,763  
     
     
     
 
 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
                       
   
Cash paid for interest
  $ 413,596     $ 579,681     $ 1,665,799  
   
Cash paid (refunded) for income taxes
    (70,000 )     (328,559 )     38,999  

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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(1)  Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
 
      (a)  Description of Business and Basis of Presentation

      Cardtronics, Inc. (the Company) owns and operates over 12,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) in all 50 states. The Company is the largest non-bank owner of ATMs in the United States and provides ATM management and equipment-related services to both nationally known, as well as small business, merchant customers. The Company typically enters into multi-year contractual relationships with its merchant customers.

      In June 2001, CapStreet II, L.P. and CapStreet Parallel II, L.P. (together with The CapStreet Group, LLC, The CapStreet Group) acquired a majority of the stock of Cardpro, Inc. At the time of The CapStreet Group investment, Cardpro, Inc. was converted into a Delaware limited partnership named Cardtronics, LP. Also, in June 2001, Cardtronics Group, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware to act as a holding company, with Cardtronics Group, Inc. indirectly owning 100% of the equity of Cardtronics, LP. In January 2004, the Company changed its name from Cardtronics Group, Inc. to Cardtronics, Inc.

 
  (b)  Principles of Consolidation

      The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries Cardtronics GP, Inc., the general partner, and Cardtronics LP, Inc., the limited partner, of Cardtronics, LP, a limited partnership and the principal operating entity that holds all of the Company’s operating assets. All significant accounts, transactions and profits between the consolidated companies have been eliminated in consolidation. Significant accounts and transactions between the Company, including its subsidiaries, and its directors and officers are disclosed as related party transactions (note 4).

 
      (c)  Cash and Cash Equivalents

      For purposes of reporting financial condition and cash flows, cash and cash equivalents include cash in bank and short-term deposit sweep accounts.

      The Company had a restricted cash balance in the amount of $281,009 and $31,660 at December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively. The balance in 2002 consists primarily of $250,000 invested in a time deposit account related to an obligation due to a broker who provided services related to one of the Company’s acquisitions. In addition, the Company is required to maintain a $25,000 certificate of deposit at one of the banks that the Company utilizes to provide vault cash for the ATMs.

 
      (d)  ATM Vault Cash

      The Company relies on agreements with Palm Desert National Bank and First Bank & Trust to provide it with all of the cash that it uses in its ATMs for which cash is not provided by the merchant. This cash is referred to as “vault cash” under federal banking regulations, and the Company refers to its vault cash arrangement with these providers as its cash management program. The Company pays a fee for its usage of this cash based on the total amount of the cash that it is using at any given time. At all times during the use of this cash, it belongs to the cash providers, and the cash providers have the right to demand the return of all or any portion of their cash at any time upon the occurrence of certain events beyond our control.

      The amount of vault cash in the Company’s ATMs was approximately $65,900,000 and $237,700,000 at December 31, 2002 and 2003, respectively.

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      (e)  Accounts Receivable

      Accounts receivable are primarily comprised of amounts due from the Company’s clearing and settlement banks for ATM transaction revenues earned on transactions processed during the month ending on the balance sheet date. Trade accounts receivable are recorded at the invoiced amount and do not bear interest. The allowance for doubtful accounts is the Company’s best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in the Company’s existing accounts receivable. The Company reviews its allowance for doubtful accounts monthly and determines the allowance based on an analysis of its past due accounts. All past due balances over 90 days are reviewed individually for collectibility. Account balances are charged off against the allowance after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote.

 
      (f)  Notes Receivable

      Notes receivable relate to ATM financing arrangements with terms that exceed one year. At the beginning of 2002, the Company discontinued the financing of the sale of ATMs through the notes receivable program. These notes typically bear interest at an implicit rate ranging from 8% to 10% that is recognized over the life of the note. The ATMs that are financed pursuant to these arrangements serve as collateral for the notes receivable.

      The allowance for doubtful notes is the Company’s best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in the Company’s existing notes portfolio. The allowance is determined by using historical rates of default and extrapolating that data over the notes portfolio. Notes are written off against the allowance when all possible means of collection have been exhausted, and the potential for recovery is considered remote.

 
      (g)  Inventory

      Inventory consists principally of ATMs, ATM spare parts and ATM supplies and is stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the average cost method.

                   
2002 2003


ATMs
  $ 428,562     $ 1,154,759  
ATM parts and supplies
    747,068       593,464  
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 1,175,630     $ 1,748,223  
     
     
 
 
      (h)  Property and Equipment, net

      Property and equipment are stated at cost and depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method. Equipment is depreciated over three to seven years. Leasehold improvements and property acquired under capital leases are amortized over the useful life of the asset or the lease term, whichever is shorter. The cost of property and equipment held under capital leases, primarily ATMs, is equal to the lower of the net present value of the minimum lease payments or the fair value of the leased property at the inception of the lease. Also included in property and equipment are new ATMs the Company has acquired for future installation and these ATMs are held as “deployments in process” (DIPs) and are not depreciated. Depreciation expenses for property and equipment for 2002 and 2003 was $1,649,753 and $3,469,054, respectively. See note 1(p) regarding asset retirement obligations associated with the Company’s ATMs.

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      (i)  Intangible Assets, net

      Intangible assets include merchant contracts/relationships acquired in connection with acquisitions of ATM assets ( i.e. , the right to receive future cash flows related to ATM transactions occurring at these merchant locations), exclusive license agreements ( i.e. , the right to be the exclusive ATM service provider, at specific locations, for the time period under contract with a merchant customer) and deferred financing costs relating to credit agreements (note 11). All intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful life ranging from 4 to 8 years. Amortized financing costs are recognized as interest expense.

      Estimated useful lives are determined by management of the Company for merchant contracts/ relationships based on a review of the weighted average life of the expected after-tax cash flows from the underlying merchant contracts and the terms of the contracts themselves, as well as the Company’s expectations based on industry experience.

      During 2001, 2002 and 2003, the Company amortized intangible assets of $554,409, $1,641,234 and $3,842,429, respectively. As of December 31, 2003, estimated amortization expense for each of the five succeeding years is expected as follows:

                                           
Amortization expense for the next five years:

As of December 31, 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008






Contract intangibles
  $ 4,533,796     $ 3,630,066     $ 3,520,771     $ 3,275,944     $ 3,175,704  
Exclusive license agreements
    63,406       63,233       63,233       63,233       1,707  
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 4,597,202     $ 3,693,299     $ 3,584,004     $ 3,339,177     $ 3,177,411  
     
     
     
     
     
 

      Estimated future amortization expense is based on intangible amounts recorded as of December 31, 2003.

 
      (j)  Income Taxes

      The Company accounts for income taxes pursuant to the provisions of SFAS No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes . Provisions for income taxes are based on taxes payable or refundable for the current year and deferred taxes on temporary differences between the amount of taxable income and income before provision for income taxes and between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts in the financial statements. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are included in the consolidated financial statements at current income tax rates. As changes in tax laws or rates are enacted, deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted through the provision for income taxes.

 
      (k)  Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

      The Company places significant value on the installed ATMs that it owns and manages in merchant locations and the underlying merchant contracts/relationships. The recoverability of the carrying value of long-lived assets is reviewed whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. To assess recoverability, the Company evaluates the carrying value of long-lived assets and compares them to the respective projected future undiscounted cash flows. An impairment loss is recognized if the sum of the expected net cash flows is less than the carrying amount of the long-lived assets being evaluated. The Company does not believe that any impairment of its intangibles or other long-lived assets has occurred.

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      (l)  Use of Estimates in the Preparation of Financial Statements

      The preparation of the consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Significant items subject to such estimates include the carrying amount of intangibles and valuation allowances for receivables, inventories and deferred income tax assets. Actual results could differ from those assumed in the Company’s estimates.

 
      (m)  Revenue Recognition

      Substantially all of the Company’s revenues are generated from ATM transaction-based fees and services, which include surcharge fees, interchange fees, branding fees and monthly fees. Transaction-based fees are recognized at the time the ATM transactions are processed and service fees are recognized at the time the service is performed. The Company offers a maintenance service agreement to certain customers purchasing ATMs. The Company recognizes service agreement revenue monthly as earned, and expenses relating to repairs under service agreements as incurred. The Company recognizes revenue related to the sale of ATMs when the equipment is delivered to the merchant customer and the Company has completed all required installation and set-up procedures.

      The Company’s other revenues are derived from sales of equipment to associate value-added resellers (VARs). The Company does not expect to generate future ATM service revenues from these transactions, and, accordingly, segregates the presentation of these revenues from the Company’s ATM transaction-based revenues. The Company recognizes and invoices revenue related to the sale of equipment to VARs when the equipment is shipped from the manufacturer to the VAR. We extend thirty day terms and receive payment directly from the VAR irrespective of ultimate sale to a third party.

 
      (n)  Net Income and Loss per Share

      The Company reports net income or loss per share in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 128, Earnings per Share (EPS). Under SFAS No. 128, basic EPS, which excludes dilution, is computed by dividing income or loss available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Net income or loss available to common stockholders represents reported net income or loss less dividends on the series A redeemable preferred stock (preferred stock).

      Diluted EPS reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock. Dilutive EPS includes in-the-money stock options using the treasury stock method. During a net loss period, the assumed exercise of in-the-money stock options has an anti-dilutive effect, and therefore are excluded from the computation of dilutive EPS.

      Per share information is based on the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during each period for the basic computation and, if dilutive, the weighted-average number of potential common shares resulting from the assumed conversion of outstanding stock options, warrants, convertible preferred stock and convertible senior notes for the diluted computation.

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      A reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted per share computations is as follows:

                             
Years Ended December 31,

2001 2002 2003



Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ (2,039,721 )   $ 142,158     $ 2,587,769  
Dividends on preferred stock
    740,530       1,879,905       2,088,760  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle available to common stockholders
    (2,780,251 )     (1,737,747 )     499,009  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                133,663  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2,780,251 )   $ (1,737,747 )   $ 365,346  
     
     
     
 
Denominator for basic earnings per share — weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period
    1,366,863       2,024,890       2,078,057  
   
Incremental common shares attributable to exercise of outstanding dilutive options
                66,732  
     
     
     
 
Denominator for diluted earnings per share
    1,366,863       2,024,890       2,144,789  
Per common share — basic:
                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.24  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                0.06  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.18  
     
     
     
 
Per common share — diluted:
                       
 
Income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.23  
 
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                0.06  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.17  
     
     
     
 
 
      (o)  Stock Based Compensation

      The Company accounts for stock based compensation plans in accordance with the intrinsic value based method of Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25 as permitted by SFAS No. 123 and SFAS No. 148. Compensation cost related to stock options issued to employees is calculated on the date of grant only if the current market price of the underlying stock exceeds the exercise price. Compensation expense is then recognized on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, generally four years. The Company also recognized compensation expense relating to accelerated vesting of options and variable plan accounting related to a restricted stock grant. The Company recognized $2,167,305, $0 and $1,584,795 of compensation expense during the years ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively. Had compensation cost for the plans been determined based on the fair value method at the grant dates as specified in SFAS No. 123, the Company’s net earnings would have been reduced to the following pro forma amounts:

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2001 2002 2003



Net income (loss), as reported
  $ (2,039,721 )   $ 142,158     $ 2,454,106  
Add: Stock-based employer compensation expense included in reported net loss, net of tax
    1,453,330              
Deduct: Total stock-based employee compensation expense determined under fair value based method for all awards, net of tax
    (1,459,461 )            
     
     
     
 
Net income (loss), as adjusted
    (2,045,852 )     142,158       2,454,106  
Dividends on preferred stock
    740,530       1,879,905       2,088,760  
     
     
     
 
   
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders, as adjusted
  $ (2,786,382 )   $ (1,737,747 )   $ 365,346  
     
     
     
 
Income (loss) per common share — basic
                       
 
As reported
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.18  
 
As adjusted
    (2.04 )     (0.86 )     0.18  
Income (loss) per common share — diluted
                       
 
As reported
  $ (2.03 )   $ (0.86 )   $ 0.17  
 
As adjusted
    (2.04 )     (0.86 )     0.17  

      Additional information regarding the stock option plans is included in note 3.

 
      (p)  New Accounting Pronouncements

      In June 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations (SFAS 143). SFAS 143 addresses financial accounting and reporting for obligations associated with the retirement of tangible long-lived assets and the related asset retirement costs. SFAS 143 requires the Company to estimate the fair value of future retirement costs associated with its ATMs. The fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation is to be recognized in the period in which it is incurred and can be reasonably estimated. Such asset retirement costs are to be capitalized as part of the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset and depreciated over the asset’s estimated useful life. Fair value estimates of liabilities for asset retirement obligations will generally involve discounted future cash flows. Periodic accretion of such liabilities due to the passage of time is to be recorded as an operating expense. The provisions of SFAS 143 are effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2002, with initial application as of the beginning of the fiscal year. The adoption of SFAS 143 resulted in the recognition of: (i) liabilities amounting to $1,641,870 for contingent retirement obligations under certain merchant contracts (included in other long-term liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet); (ii) asset retirement costs amounting to $1,561,407 (included in property and equipment on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet); and (iii) a charge for the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle amounting to $133,663 (net of related income tax benefit of $80,026). Accretion expense related to liabilities for contingent retirement obligations (included in depreciation and accretion on the Company’s consolidated statement of operations) amounted to $162,317 for the year ended December 31, 2003. At December 31, 2003, liabilities for contingent retirement obligations amounted to $3,004,957.

      In December 2002, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 148, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation – Transition and Disclosure (SFAS 148). SFAS 148 amends Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation (SFAS 123), to provide alternative methods of transition for a voluntary change to the fair value method of accounting for stock-based employee compensation. In addition, SFAS 148 amends the provisions of SFAS 123 to require more prominent disclosures in both annual and interim financial statements about the

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method of accounting for stock-based employee compensation and the effect of the method used on reported results of operations. Certain of the disclosure modifications are required for interim and annual periods ending after December 15, 2002 and are included in the notes to these consolidated financial statements (see note 3).

      In May 2003, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 150, Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Characteristics of both Liabilities and Equity (SFAS 150). SFAS 150 requires that mandatorily redeemable financial instruments issued in the form of shares be classified as liabilities, and specifies certain measurement and disclosure requirements for such instruments. The provisions of SFAS 150 were effective at the beginning of the first interim period beginning after June 15, 2003. The adoption of SFAS 150 did not have an impact on the Company’s financial statements.

 
(2)  Acquisitions

      During 2001, the Company acquired a total of 23 merchant contracts/relationships representing approximately 878 ATMs through two separate ATM asset acquisitions. The cost of the acquisitions totaled $5,750,000 and the purchase price was allocated $1,780,000 to ATM equipment (recorded as property and equipment in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet), $40,000 to inventory and $3,930,000 to merchant contracts/relationship (recorded as an intangible asset in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet). Total consideration paid represented the fair value of the ATM assets as of the acquisition dates.

      During 2002, the Company acquired a total of 30 merchant contracts/relationships representing approximately 1,125 ATMs through two separate ATM asset acquisitions. The cost of the acquisitions totaled $13,130,000 and the purchase price was allocated $5,920,000 to ATM equipment, $370,000 to inventory and $6,840,000 to merchant contracts/relationships. Total consideration paid represented the fair value of the ATM assets as of the acquisition dates.

      During 2003, the Company acquired more than 1,200 merchant contracts/relationships representing approximately 3,690 ATMs through four separate ATM asset acquisitions. The cost of the acquisitions totaled $23,480,000 and the purchase price was allocated $6,330,000 to ATM equipment, $660,000 to inventory and $16,490,000 to merchant contracts/relationships. Total consideration paid represented the fair value of the ATM assets as of the acquisition dates.

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(3)  Stock Compensation

      In June 2001, the board of directors of the Company approved a stock option plan that permits the Company to grant stock options to employees. Stock options generally vest over a four-year period and expire ten years after the grant date. The Company has reserved 476,114 shares for issuance under the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan. A summary of the 2001 Stock Incentive Plan as of December 31, 2003 is presented below:

                                                   
2001 2002 2003



Weighted Weighted Weighted
Average Average Average
Exercise Exercise Exercise
Shares Price Shares Price Shares Price






Beginning balance
    209,000     $ 0.12       357,483     $ 5.41       392,556     $ 7.03  
Granted
    272,999       7.05       70,839       11.73              
Exercised
    124,516       0.12       35,766       0.20       181,820       7.50  
Forfeited
                                   
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Ending balance
    357,483     $ 5.41       392,556     $ 7.03       210,736     $ 6.62  
     
             
             
         
Weighted average of fair value of options:
                                               
 
Granted
    272,999             70,839                    
 
Exercised
    124,516     $ 11.63       35,766             181,820        

      Additional information regarding options outstanding as of December 31, 2003, is as follows:

                             
Weighted
Average Shares
Exercise price Shares Remaining Life Exercisable




$ 0.04       37,001             37,001  
  0.20       11,717             11,717  
  5.88       86,854       0.76       33,085  
  11.73       75,146       1.15       10,384  

      The weighted-average fair value at date of grant of options granted during 2001 and 2002 were $0.00 and $0.00, respectively. See note 1 for a tabular presentation of the pro forma effect of the Company’s net income (loss) and income (loss) per share as if compensation had been recognized for stock options issued at their fair value on the date of the grant. Fair values were estimated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the weighted-average assumptions of total fair value/ total shares outstanding presented above.

      Black-Scholes assumptions

                         
2001 2002 2003



Expected dividend yield
                 
Expected stock price volatility
                 
Risk-free interest rate
    5.39 %     3.97 %      
Expected life of options
    5.00       5.00        
 
(4)  Related Party Transactions

      The CapStreet Group owns a minority interest in Susser Holdings, LLC; a majority interest in MessagePro, Inc.; and, indirectly, a majority interest in Talent Tree Employhr Services, Inc. (TTHR).

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The Company engages in business activities in the normal course of business with each of these entities. Payments to MessagePro, a call center company, and to TTHR, a human resource and payroll service company, each represented significantly less than one percent of our total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2003. Susser Holdings, for whom the Company provides ATM management services, accounted for less than 5% of our total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2003.

      Fred R. Lummis, the chairman of the Company’s board of directors, is also a managing director of The CapStreet Group, LLC, the ultimate general partner of CapStreet II and CapStreet Parallel II. Frederick W. Brazelton, one of the Company’s directors, is also a partner of The CapStreet Group, LLC. Ron Coben, one of the Company’s directors, is also the president and chief executive officer of MessagePro, Inc. The CapStreet Group owns a majority interest in MessagePro, Inc., and Fred R. Lummis and Frederick W. Brazelton are each members of the board of directors of MessagePro, Inc. Our board members are reimbursed for customary travel expenses and meals.

 
Investors Agreement

      On June 4, 2001, the Company entered into an investors agreement with CapStreet II, CapStreet Parallel II, Ralph H. Clinard, a current director and the Company’s then president and chief executive officer, Michael H. Clinard, the Company’s chief operating officer, Brian R. Archer, the Company’s executive vice president of marketing, and the other stockholders of the company. All of the Company’s stockholders are parties to the investors agreement. It is currently anticipated that this agreement will be terminated in connection with the Company’s proposed initial public offering (see note 20).

      Registration Rights. The investors agreement grants CapStreet II (on behalf of itself, CapStreet Parallel II and any permitted transferee thereof) the right to demand that the Company file a registration statement with the SEC to register the sale of all or a portion of their shares of common stock. Subject to certain limitations, the Company will be obligated to register these shares upon the demand of The CapStreet Group, for which the Company will be required to pay the registration expenses. In connection with any registration, the Company will indemnify each holder of registrable securities covered by a registration statement against liabilities arising out of or related to such registration statement or the preliminary prospectus or prospectus included as part of such registration statement.

 
Transactions with the Company’s Directors and Officers

      Prior to the completion of this offering, the Company had loans outstanding to the following individuals: Mr. Antonini, who borrowed $940,800 from us during 2003 to purchase 80,000 of the Company’s restricted shares, of which $940,800 is currently outstanding; Mr. Michael Clinard, who borrowed $292,530 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase 43,484 shares of the Company’s common stock, of which $292,530 is currently outstanding; Mr. Keller, who borrowed $123,787 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase 10,553 shares of the Company’s common stock, of which $123,787 is currently outstanding; and Mr. Upton, who borrowed $131,205 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase 21,104 shares of the Company’s common stock, of which $131,205 is currently outstanding. Additionally, Mr. Ralph Clinard borrowed $442,319 from us during 2003 to exercise stock options and purchase 64,938 shares of the Company’s common stock. Mr. Ralph Clinard repaid his loan in full on January 15, 2004. The rate of interest on each of these loans is 5% per annum. Concurrent with the closing of this offering, the outstanding loans will be refinanced through unaffiliated third-party commercial loan arrangements. In addition to the loans described above, the Company has extended loans to other non-executive officers in an aggregate amount of $373,603 in connection with the exercise of options.

      The Company has issued and outstanding shares of preferred stock, which are held by CapStreet II and CapStreet Parallel II. The preferred stock is not convertible by its terms into common stock. The

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Company plans to redeem all shares of its preferred stock and pay all the accrued and unpaid amounts on the preferred stock with a portion of the proceeds of the offering (see note 20).

      Pursuant to a restricted stock agreement dated January 20, 2003, the Company sold Jack Antonini, the president and chief executive officer of the Company, 80,000 shares of common stock in exchange for a promissory note in the amount of $940,800. The agreement permits the Company to repurchase a portion Mr. Antonini’s shares prior to January 20, 2007 in certain circumstances. The agreement also contained a provision allowing Mr. Antonini to “put” to the Company an amount of his shares sufficient to retire the entire unpaid principal balance of the promissory note plus accrued interest. On February 4, 2004, the Company and Mr. Antonini amended the restricted stock agreement to remove Mr. Antonini’s “put” right. The Company anticipates that Mr. Antonini will repay in full his promissory note in connection with the Company’s initial public offering. The compensation expense the Company recognized as a result of the sale of the common stock to Mr. Antonini has been reflected in the Company’s financial statements using variable accounting treatment for the period from January 20, 2003 to the date of the amendment of the agreement.

(5) Prepaid, Deferred Costs, and Other Current Assets

      A summary of prepaid, deferred costs, and other current assets expense is as follows:

                   
2002 2003


Prepaids
  $ 486,211     $ 1,220,454  
Deferred costs and other current assets
    86,286       556,805  
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 572,497     $ 1,777,259  
     
     
 

(6) Property and Equipment, net

      A summary of property and equipment is as follows:

                   
2002 2003


ATM equipment and related costs
  $ 13,847,671     $ 27,236,773  
Office furniture, fixtures, and other
    1,998,318       3,129,365  
     
     
 
 
Total
    15,845,989       30,366,138  
Less accumulated depreciation
    3,034,438       6,230,644  
     
     
 
 
Net property and equipment
  $ 12,811,551     $ 24,135,494  
     
     
 

(7) Intangible Assets, net

      A summary of intangible assets is as follows:

                   
2002 2003


Contract intangibles
  $ 11,429,021     $ 27,669,639  
Exclusive license agreements
          307,000  
Loan origination fees
    1,030,870       1,660,219  
     
     
 
 
Total
    12,459,891       29,636,858  
Less accumulated amortization
    2,420,747       6,276,194  
     
     
 
 
Net intangible assets
  $ 10,039,144     $ 23,360,664  
     
     
 

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(8) Preferred Stock

      On June 4, 2001, the Company issued 12,500 shares of preferred stock in exchange for $12,500,000 in cash. On December 10, 2001, the Company issued 500 shares of preferred stock in exchange for $500,000 in cash. On December 21, 2001, the Company issued 2,500 shares of preferred stock in exchange for $2,500,000 in cash. On January 23, 2002, the Company issued 2,000 shares of preferred stock in exchange for $2,000,000 in cash.

      The preferred stock has a provision requiring the Company to redeem the preferred stock upon the occurrence of certain events, including an initial public offering by the Company that results in the Company receiving gross proceeds of at least $40 million. The preferred stock also has a liquidation provision. Upon the occurrence of a Liquidating Event, as defined in the Certificate of designations, preferences and rights, the holders of preferred stock are entitled to a preference in an amount equal to their original investment plus an accreted amount equal to the issue price of the preferred stock multiplied by 10% per annum, compounded quarterly, from the date of issuance. No other dividends accumulate or are paid on the preferred stock.

      The Company has 17,500 shares of preferred stock outstanding at December 31, 2003, in an amount of $16,612,928, net of issuance costs of $887,072. All of the preferred stock is owned by CapStreet II and CapStreet Parallel II.

      The Company plans to redeem all shares of preferred stock and pay all the accrued and unpaid amounts on the preferred stock with a portion of the proceeds of the offering (see note 20).

(9) Accrued Liabilities

      The Company’s accrued liabilities include accrued vault cash fees, maintenance obligations, and fees owed to merchants. Other accrued expenses include processing, sales tax, compensation, armored fees and other miscellaneous charges. A summary of the Company’s accrued liabilities as of December 31 for each of the periods presented below is as follows:

                   
2002 2003


Accrued vault cash fees
  $ 286,125     $ 925,737  
Accrued maintenance
          1,819,767  
Accrued merchant fees
    496,420       1,171,405  
Other accrued expenses
    2,758,934       6,615,462  
     
     
 
 
Total
  $ 3,541,479     $ 10,532,371  
     
     
 

(10) Obligations Under Capital Leases

      At December 31, 2002 and 2003, the Company was committed under capital leases which expire on various dates through 2004. Minimum lease rentals have been capitalized and the related asset and obligation recorded using the interest rate implicit in the lease (ranging from 8.77% to 13%). At December 31, 2002 and 2003, the gross amount of ATM equipment and related accumulated amortization recorded under capital leases were as follows:

                   
2002 2003


ATMs
  $ 1,577,488     $ 1,577,488  
Less accumulated amortization
    951,225       1,176,581  
     
     
 
 
Net book value
  $ 626,263     $ 400,907  
     
     
 

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      The Company also has several operating leases, primarily for ATMs, that expire at various times during the next three years. Rental expense under these leases for the periods ended December 31, 2002 and 2003 was approximately $2,991,931 and $4,827,857, respectively.

      Future minimum capital lease payments and future minimum lease payments under operating leases (with initial or remaining lease terms in excess of one year) as of December 31, 2003 are as follows:

                   
Capital Operating
leases leases


2004
  $ 56,055     $ 4,796,966  
2005
          3,252,275  
2006
          2,665,588  
2007
          707,638  
2008
          264,000  
Thereafter
          264,000  
     
     
 
 
Total minimum lease payments
  $ 56,055     $ 11,950,467  
             
 
Less amounts representing interest
    1,587          
     
         
 
Present value of net minimum capital lease payments
    54,468          
Less current installments of obligations under capital leases
    54,468          
     
         
 
Obligations under capital leases, excluding current installments
  $ 0          
     
         

(11) Long-Term Debt

      Borrowings under the Company’s line of credit and long-term notes payable at December 31, 2002 and 2003 consist of the following:

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