Global Payments Reports First Quarter Earnings and Increases Fiscal 2017 Outlook

ATLANTA--()--Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended August 31, 2016.

“Our fiscal 2017 is off to a terrific start, with organic growth accelerating sequentially across our key markets in the first quarter,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer. “Heartland continued its strong growth momentum in the United States. Our businesses in Europe performed exceptionally well, and our Asia business produced its highest rate of organic revenue growth in several quarters.” Sloan concluded, “We also could not be more pleased with our Heartland integration efforts, which continue to track ahead of our expectations.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Summary

  • GAAP revenues were $939.5 million, compared to $748.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016; diluted earnings per share were $0.55 compared to $0.66 in the prior year; and operating margin was 12.9% compared to 18.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Adjusted net revenue grew 52% to $817.3 million, compared to $537.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. On a constant currency basis, adjusted net revenue grew 55%.
  • Adjusted earnings per share grew 9% to $0.86, compared to $0.79 in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. On a constant currency basis, adjusted earnings per share grew 15%.
  • Adjusted operating margin was 29.5%, which includes the impact of Heartland. On a constant currency basis, adjusted operating margin was 29.9%.

Fiscal 2017 Outlook

“As a result of our strong first quarter performance and progress with Heartland integration efforts, we are increasing our outlook for fiscal 2017 adjusted earnings per share to a range of $3.45 to $3.55, reflecting growth of 16% to 19% over fiscal 2016,” stated Cameron Bready, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We also now expect adjusted operating margin for fiscal 2017 to expand by as much as 50 basis points. We continue to expect adjusted net revenue to range from $3.2 billion to $3.3 billion, or growth of 47% to 52% over fiscal 2016.”

Capital Allocation

Global Payments’ Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.01 per share payable November 25, 2016 to shareholders of record as of November 11, 2016.

Conference Call

Global Payments’ management will host a conference call today, October 5, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss financial results and business highlights. Callers may access the conference call via the investor relations page of the company’s website at www.globalpaymentsinc.com; or callers in North America may dial 877-674-6428 and callers outside North America may dial 970-315-0457. A replay of the call will be archived on the company's website within two hours of the live call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Global Payments supplemented revenues, income and earnings per share information determined in accordance with GAAP by providing those measures on an adjusted basis in this earnings release to assist with evaluating performance. In addition to GAAP measures, management uses these non-GAAP measures to focus on the factors the company believes are pertinent to the daily management of our operations.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in the schedules to this release.

About Global Payments

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services that delivers innovative solutions driven by customer needs globally. Our technologies, partnerships and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of products and services that allow our customers to accept all payment types across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. For more information about Global Payments, our Service. Driven. Commerce brand and our technologies, please visit www.globalpaymentsinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement and comments made by Global Payments' management during the conference call may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe-harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including revenue and earnings estimates and management’s expectations regarding future events and developments, are forward-looking statements and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated by such forward-looking statements include our potential failure to safeguard our data; our ability to maintain Visa and MasterCard registration and financial institution sponsorship; our reliance on financial institutions to provide clearing services in connection with our settlement activities; our potential failure to comply with card network requirements; increased merchant, referral partner or ISO attrition; our ability to increase our share of existing markets and expand into new markets; political, economic and regulatory changes in the foreign countries in which we operate; system interruptions in service; increases in credit card network fees; future performance, integration and conversion of acquired operations; and other risk factors presented in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent SEC filings, which we advise you to review. We undertake no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect future circumstances or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

   
SCHEDULE 1

UNAUDITED GAAP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended

August 31,

2016

   

August 31,

2015

    % Change  
 
Revenues $ 939,492 $ 748,796 25.5 %
 
Operating expenses:
Cost of service 462,626 272,666 69.7 %
Selling, general and administrative 355,760   338,358   5.1 %
818,386   611,024   33.9 %
 
Operating income 121,106   137,772   (12.1 )%
 
Interest and other income 42,473 1,142 NM
Interest and other expense (43,077 ) (13,243 ) 225.3 %
(604 ) (12,101 ) (95.0

)%

 
Income before income taxes 120,502 125,671 (4.1 )%
Provision for income taxes (28,044 ) (32,623 ) (14.0 )%
Net income 92,458 93,048 (0.6 )%
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of income tax (7,365 ) (6,402 ) 15.0 %
Net income attributable to Global Payments $ 85,093   $ 86,646   (1.8 )%
 
Earnings per share attributable to Global Payments1:
Basic $ 0.55 $ 0.66 (16.7 )%
Diluted $ 0.55 $ 0.66 (16.7 )%
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding1:
Basic 153,901 130,328
Diluted 154,875 131,146
 

1 Earnings per share data and weighted-average shares outstanding for prior periods have been adjusted for a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend paid on November 2, 2015.

 
NM - Not meaningful.
 
   
SCHEDULE 2
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended

August 31,

2016

   

August 31,

2015

    % Change

 

Adjusted net revenue $ 817,255 $ 536,953 52.2 %
 
Adjusted operating income $ 240,718 $ 163,566 47.2 %
 
Adjusted net income $ 133,682 $ 103,025 29.8 %
 
Adjusted EPS1: $ 0.86 $ 0.79 8.9 %
 
 

1 Earnings per share data and weighted-average shares outstanding for prior periods have been adjusted for a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend paid on November 2, 2015.

 

2 See Schedule 6 for a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP measure and Schedule 8 for a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.

 
           
SCHEDULE 3
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
August 31, 2016     August 31, 2015 % Change
GAAP     Non-GAAP1 GAAP     Non-GAAP1 GAAP Non-GAAP1
 
Revenues:
North America $ 711,765 $ 608,671 $ 530,857 $ 340,431 34.1 % 78.8 %
Europe 169,565 150,422 168,357 146,940 0.7 % 2.4 %
Asia-Pacific 58,162   58,162   49,582   49,582   17.3 % 17.3 %
$ 939,492   $ 817,255   $ 748,796   $ 536,953   25.5 % 52.2 %
 
Operating income:
North America $ 105,700 $ 178,361 $ 83,513 $ 96,966 26.6 % 83.9 %
Europe 65,539 72,113 72,733 77,031 (9.9 )% (6.4 )%
Asia-Pacific 14,022 16,490 12,233 13,810 14.6 % 19.4 %
Corporate (64,155 ) (26,246 ) (30,707 ) (24,241 ) 108.9 % 8.3 %
$ 121,106   $ 240,718   $ 137,772   $ 163,566   (12.1 )% 47.2 %
 

1 See Schedule 7 for a reconciliation of adjusted net revenue and adjusted operating income by segment to the most comparable GAAP measures and Schedule 8 for a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.

 
       
SCHEDULE 4
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands, except share data)

 
August 31, 2016 May 31, 2016
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 977,776 $ 1,044,728
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $326 and $353, respectively 286,645 281,612
Claims receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $5,106 and $4,868, respectively 7,974 6,799
Settlement processing assets 1,105,470 1,336,326
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 206,964   181,848  
Total current assets 2,584,829 2,851,313
Goodwill 4,849,015 4,829,405
Other intangible assets, net 2,211,954 2,264,708
Property and equipment, net 512,079 493,678
Deferred income taxes 20,921 22,719
Other 58,982   48,129  
Total assets $ 10,237,780   $ 10,509,952  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Settlement lines of credit $ 332,078 $ 378,436
Current portion of long-term debt 182,012 135,542
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 702,277 696,414
Settlement processing obligations 1,015,805   1,220,315  
Total current liabilities 2,232,172 2,430,707
Long-term debt 4,289,666 4,379,744
Deferred income taxes 724,023 744,862
Other noncurrent liabilities 86,707   77,235  
Total liabilities 7,332,568   7,632,548  
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Preferred stock, no par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized and none issued
Common stock, no par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 153,684,060 issued and outstanding at August 31, 2016 and 154,421,585 issued and outstanding at May 31, 2016
Paid-in capital 1,913,164 1,976,715
Retained earnings 1,099,026 1,015,811
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (265,511 ) (246,050 )
Total Global Payments shareholders’ equity 2,746,679 2,746,476
Noncontrolling interests 158,533   130,928  
Total equity 2,905,212   2,877,404  
Total liabilities and equity $ 10,237,780   $ 10,509,952  
 
   
SCHEDULE 5
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
August 31, 2016     August 31, 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 92,458 $ 93,048
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 22,657 17,909
Amortization of acquired intangibles 80,529 20,848
Share-based compensation expense 7,619 6,467
Provision for operating losses and bad debts 9,626 4,263
Deferred income taxes (20,861 ) 3,584
Gain on sale of investments (41,150 )
Other, net 8,855 1,333
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of the effects of acquisitions:
Accounts receivable (7,726 ) (7,512 )
Claims receivable (7,097 ) (12,261 )
Settlement processing assets and obligations, net 30,409 402,676
Prepaid expenses and other assets (50,498 ) (18,114 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities 30,846   1,151  
Net cash provided by operating activities 155,667   513,392  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (34,563 ) (241,530 )
Capital expenditures (41,381 ) (16,858 )
Proceeds from sale of investments 37,717    
Net cash used in investing activities (38,227 ) (258,388 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net payments on settlement lines of credit (47,336 ) (236,041 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 215,000 2,821,425
Principal payments of long-term debt (261,219 ) (2,626,925 )
Payment of debt issuance costs (4,934 )
Repurchase of common stock (67,633 ) (34,296 )
Proceeds from stock issued under share-based compensation plans 3,037 2,513
Common stock repurchased - share-based compensation plans (22,204 ) (8,154 )
Tax benefit from share-based compensation plans 12,303 5,760
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (5,475 ) (8,158 )
Dividends paid (1,539 ) (1,305 )
Net cash used in financing activities (175,066 ) (90,115 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (9,326 ) (12,319 )
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (66,952 ) 152,570
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period 1,044,728   650,739  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 977,776   $ 803,309  
 
     
SCHEDULE 6
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO GAAP MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

THREE MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2016 AND 2015

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended August 31, 2016
GAAP    

Net Revenue

Adjustments1

   

Earnings

Adjustments2

   

Income Taxes

on

Adjustments3

    Non-GAAP
Revenues $ 939,492 $ (122,237 ) $ $ $ 817,255
 
Operating income $ 121,106 $ $ 119,612 $ $ 240,718
 
Net income attributable to Global Payments $ 85,093 $ $ 76,992 $ (28,403 ) $ 133,682
 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Global Payments4 $ 0.55 $ 0.86
 
Three Months Ended August 31, 2015
GAAP

Net Revenue

Adjustments1

Earnings

Adjustments2

Income Taxes

on

Adjustments3

Non-GAAP
Revenues $ 748,796 $ (211,843 ) $ $ $ 536,953
 
Operating income $ 137,772 $ $ 25,794 $ $ 163,566
 
Net income attributable to Global Payments $ 86,646 $ $ 24,916 $ (8,537 ) $ 103,025
 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Global Payments4 $ 0.66 $ 0.79
 

1Represents adjustments to revenues for gross-up related payments (included in operating expenses) associated with certain wholesale lines of business to reflect economic benefits to the company.

 

2 Earnings adjustments to operating income for the three months ended August 31, 2016 include $81.7 million and $37.9 million in cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively. Adjustments to cost of service include amortization of acquired intangibles of $81.1 million and other adjustments of $0.6 million. Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses include share-based compensation expense of $7.4 million and merger-related costs of $30.5 million. Net income attributable to Global Payments was also adjusted to remove a gain on the sale of membership interests in Visa Europe of $41.2 million.

 

Earnings adjustments to operating income for the three months ended August 31, 2015 include $19.3 million and $6.5 million in cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively. Adjustments to cost of service represent amortization of acquired intangibles of $20.8 million and other adjustments of $1.5 million. Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses include share-based compensation expense of $6.5 million.

 

3 Income taxes on adjustments reflect the tax effect of earnings adjustments to income before income taxes. The tax rate used in determining the tax impact of earnings adjustments is either the jurisdictional statutory rate in effect at the time of the adjustment or the jurisdictional expected annual effective tax rate for the period, depending on the nature and timing of the adjustment.

 

4 Adjusted EPS is calculated by dividing adjusted net income attributable to Global Payments by the diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding. The shares outstanding and diluted earnings per share for prior periods have been adjusted for a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend paid on November 2, 2015.

 

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" discussion on Schedule 8.

 
       
SCHEDULE 7
RECONCILIATION OF SEGMENT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO GAAP MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

THREE MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2016 AND 2015

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended August 31, 2016 Three Months Ended August 31, 2015
GAAP    

Net Revenue

Adjustments1

   

Earnings

Adjustments2

   

Non-

GAAP

GAAP    

Net Revenue

Adjustments1

   

Earnings

Adjustments2

   

Non-

GAAP

Revenues:            
North America $ 711,765 $ (103,094 ) $ $ 608,671 $ 530,857 $ (190,426 ) $ $ 340,431
Europe 169,565 (19,143 ) 150,422 168,357 (21,417 ) 146,940
Asia-Pacific 58,162       58,162   49,582       49,582  
$ 939,492   $ (122,237 ) $   $ 817,255   $ 748,796   $ (211,843 ) $   $ 536,953  
 
Operating income:
North America $ 105,700 $ $ 72,661 $ 178,361 $ 83,513 $ $ 13,453 $ 96,966
Europe 65,539 6,574 72,113 72,733 4,298 77,031
Asia-Pacific 14,022 2,468 16,490 12,233 1,577 13,810
Corporate (64,155 )   37,909   (26,246 ) (30,707 )   6,466   (24,241 )
$ 121,106   $   $ 119,612   $ 240,718   $ 137,772   $   $ 25,794   $ 163,566  
 

1 Represents adjustments to revenues for gross-up related payments (included in operating expenses) associated with certain wholesale lines of business to reflect economic benefits to the company.

 

2 Earnings adjustments to operating income for the three months ended August 31, 2016 include $81.7 million and $37.9 million in cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively. Adjustments to cost of service include amortization of acquired intangibles of $81.1 million and other adjustments of $0.6 million. Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses include share-based compensation expense of $7.4 million and merger-related costs of $30.5 million.

 

Earnings adjustments to operating income for the three months ended August 31, 2015 include $19.3 million and $6.5 million in cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively. Adjustments to cost of service represent amortization of acquired intangibles of $20.8 million and other adjustments of $1.5 million. Adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses include share-based compensation expense of $6.5 million.

 

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" discussion on Schedule 8.

 
           
SCHEDULE 8
OUTLOOK SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)

GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(In billions, except per share data)

 

Fiscal 2016

Actual

Fiscal 2017

Outlook

% Change
Revenues:
GAAP revenues $ 2.90 $3.70 to $3.80 28% to 31%
Adjustments1 (0.73 ) (0.50 )  
Adjusted net revenue $ 2.17   $3.20 to $3.30 47% to 52%
 
Earnings Per Share ("EPS"):
GAAP diluted EPS $ 2.04 $1.88 to $1.98 (8)% to (3)%
Acquisition-related amortization expense, share-based compensation expense and non-recurring items2 0.94   1.57    
Adjusted EPS $ 2.98   $3.45 to $3.55 16% to 19%
 

1Represents adjustments to revenues for gross-up related payments (included in operating expenses) associated with certain wholesale lines of business to reflect economic benefits to the company.

 

2 Fiscal 2016 reflects adjustments for acquisition related amortization expense of $0.58, share-based compensation expense of $0.14 and non-recurring items of $0.22, including merger-related costs, employee termination benefits and a reserve for litigation in Russia, partially offset by recoveries associated with a U.K. vendor outage. Earnings adjustments to GAAP diluted EPS include the items affecting operating income as well as noncontrolling interests, net of tax.

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Global Payments supplements revenues, income and earnings per share ("EPS") information determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP by providing these measures with certain adjustments (such measures being non-GAAP financial measures) in this document to assist with evaluating our performance. In addition to GAAP measures, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to focus on the factors the company believes are pertinent to the daily management of our operations. Management believes adjusted net revenue more closely reflects the economic benefits to the company's core business and allows for better comparisons with industry peers. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, together with other metrics, to set goals for and measure the performance of the business and to determine incentive compensation. Adjusted net revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS should be considered in addition to, and not as substitutes for, revenues, operating income, net income and EPS determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures reflect management's judgment of particular items, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Adjusted net revenue excludes gross-up related payments associated with certain wholesale lines of business to reflect economic benefits to the company. On a GAAP basis, these payments are presented gross in both revenues and operating expenses.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS exclude acquisition-related amortization expense, share-based compensation and certain other items specific to each reporting period as more fully described in the accompanying reconciliations in Schedule 6 and Schedule 7. The tax rate used in determining the net income impact of earnings adjustments is either the jurisdictional statutory rate in effect at the time of the adjustment or the jurisdictional expected annual effective tax rate for the period, depending on the nature and timing of the adjustment.

Contacts

Global Payments Inc.
Investor contact:
Isabel Janci, 770-829-8478
investor.relations@globalpay.com
or
Media contact:
Amy Corn, 770-829-8755
media.relations@globalpay.com

Contacts

Global Payments Inc.
Investor contact:
Isabel Janci, 770-829-8478
investor.relations@globalpay.com
or
Media contact:
Amy Corn, 770-829-8755
media.relations@globalpay.com