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Global Payments Reports Second Quarter Earnings, Sets Calendar 2017 Growth Targets and Increases Synergy Estimates

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended November 30, 2016.

“The strong momentum from our first quarter accelerated in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. We delivered double digit organic growth across our key markets, including in our U.S. direct business and across most of Europe and Asia Pacific,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer. “Our technology enabled businesses continue to spearhead our growth, with particularly strong performance from our integrated payments businesses, OpenEdge and Ezidebit, and from our software led solutions at Heartland Commerce and Campus Solutions. We achieved these results while also making significant progress integrating Heartland. We have raised our expectations for synergies from the merger, highlighting ongoing strength in execution.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Summary

  • GAAP revenues were $941.8 million, compared to $722.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016; diluted earnings per share were $0.32 compared to $0.60 in the prior year; and operating margin was 11.2% compared to 17.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Adjusted net revenue grew 58% to $817.2 million, compared to $518.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. On a constant currency basis, adjusted net revenue grew 61%.
  • Adjusted earnings per share grew 17% to $0.89, compared to $0.76 in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. On a constant currency basis, adjusted earnings per share grew 22%.
  • Adjusted operating margin was 29.5%. On a constant currency basis, adjusted operating margin was 30.0%, a 50 basis point increase over the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

“We exceeded our expectations for organic adjusted net revenue growth, operating margin expansion and adjusted earnings per share growth for the quarter,” stated Cameron Bready, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “As a result of this strong performance and momentum, we are introducing accelerated growth expectations for calendar 2017. We are also raising our expectation for expense synergies from the Heartland merger to $135 million, a $10 million increase from our prior target.”

Calendar 2017 Outlook

For calendar 2017, the company expects reported adjusted net revenue of $3.35 to $3.45 billion, representing estimated growth of 18% to 21% over our calendar 2016 estimate, or 20% to 24% on a constant currency basis. The company further expects reported adjusted earnings per share of $3.70 to $3.90, which represents estimated growth of 16% to 23% over our calendar 2016 estimate, or 21% to 27% on a constant currency basis. Calendar 2017 adjusted earnings per share expectations represents annualized growth of approximately 17% relative to the company’s last fiscal 2017 guide, or approximately 20% on a constant currency basis.

Capital Allocation

Global Payments’ Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.01 per share payable February 24, 2017 to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2017. The board also approved an increase to the existing authorization for the company’s share repurchase program, raising the total available authorization to $300 million.

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.

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.