SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Payment Data Systems (OTCQB:PYDS), an integrated electronic payments solutions provider announced today that each payment processing business unit achieved all-time records for transactions processing in the fourth quarter of 2013. Credit card processing volumes fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest in the history of the company. Credit cards dollars processed during fourth quarter of 2013 were up 20% over the same time period in 2012. Credit cards transactions processed during fourth quarter of 2013 were up 54% over the same time period in 2012. The fourth quarters of 2013's electronic check transaction volumes were up 690% and returned check transactions were up 2934% as compared to third quarter of 2013. This growth was driven from the addition of new customers. Total dollars processed for the fourth quarter of 2013 set a new record for the company exceeding $525,000,000 and breaking the previous record that was achieved in third quarter of 2013 of $70,000.000. Michael Long, CEO, said, "The fourth quarter was tremendous for us. Our ACH processing volumes and credit card processing volumes both set all-time records. The growth was driven primarily from the addition of new customers and partially from an increase charitable giving from our existing church and other charity related clients. This growth has led to a dramatic, positive increase in revenues, gross profit and operating income for the quarter. We expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future due to the addition of new clients." Our annual earnings for 2013 are anticipated being released in our 10K annual report on or about March 31, 2014. About Payment Data Systems, Inc. Payment Data Systems is an integrated payment solutions provider to merchants and billers. The organization provides an extensive set of products to deliver world-class payment acceptance. Payment Data has solutions for merchants, billers, banks, service bureaus and card issuers. The strength of the company is its ability to offer specifically tailored solutions for card issuance, payment acceptance and bill payments.