Global Payments Reports Second Quarter 2018 Earnings and Announces Agreement to Acquire AdvancedMD

August 2, 2018

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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“We delivered double digit organic growth across our markets in the second quarter with results accelerating from the first quarter, highlighting ongoing business momentum globally,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer. “We are also delighted to announce the expansion of our software-driven payments strategy by entering the healthcare vertical market through an agreement to acquire AdvancedMD, a leading provider of cloud-based SaaS solutions to small-to-medium sized physician practices in the United States. This transaction will further shift our business mix toward technology enablement, enhancing future growth opportunities and highlighting our competitive differentiation through to the next decade.”

Second Quarter 2018 Summary

GAAP revenues were $833.2 million, compared to $962.2 million in the second quarter of 2017; diluted earnings per share were $0.68 compared to $0.44 in the prior year; and operating margin was 22.9% compared to 13.7% in the second quarter of 2017; 2018 results reflect the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Adjusted net revenue plus network fees grew 18% to $982.5 million, compared to $831.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. Adjusted earnings per share grew 37% to $1.29, compared to $0.94 in the second quarter of 2017. Adjusted operating margin expanded 160 basis points to 31.4%.

2018 Outlook

“We are extremely pleased with our performance in the second quarter and year-to-date period, which positions us well to achieve our 2018 expectations, despite facing incremental pressure from foreign currency exchange rates,” stated Cameron Bready, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We continue to expect adjusted net revenue plus network fees to range from $3.90 billion to $3.975 billion, or growth of 13% to 15% over 2017 and adjusted operating margin to expand by as much as 120 basis points. Adjusted earnings per share is now expected to be in a range of $5.05 to $5.20, reflecting growth of 26% to 30% over 2017.”

The outlook for 2018 does not include any impact from the AdvancedMD acquisition, which is expected to be immaterial to 2018 adjusted earnings per share.

Capital Allocation

Global Payments’ Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.01 per share payable September 28, 2018 to shareholders of record as of September 14, 2018.

Conference Call

Global Payments’ management will host a conference call today, August 2, 2018 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, and other measures, 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 and software solutions delivering innovative services driven by customer needs globally. Our technologies, solutions and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of products and services that allow our customers to accept all payment types and operate their businesses more efficiently across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with customers 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, earnings estimates and management’s expectations regarding future events and developments, statements about the benefits of the proposed acquisition of AdvancedMD including future financing and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts, 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 ability to safeguard our data; increased competition from larger companies and non-traditional competitors, our ability to update our services in a timely manner; 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; potential systems interruptions or failures; software defects or undetected errors; increased attrition of merchants, referral partners or independent sales organizations; our ability to increase our share of existing markets and expand into new markets; a decline in the use of cards for payment generally; unanticipated increases in chargeback liability; increases in credit card network fees; change in laws, regulations or network rules or interpretations thereof; foreign currency exchange and interest rate risks; political, economic and regulatory changes in the foreign countries in which we operate; future performance, integration and conversion of acquired operations, including without limitation difficulties and delays in integrating or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits of our acquisitions at all or within the expected time period; fully realizing anticipated annual interest expense savings from refinancing our corporate debt facilities; our loss of key personnel and other risk factors presented in Item 1- Risk Factors of our Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any subsequent SEC filings, which we advise you to review.

Additional important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those anticipated by our forward-looking statements or historical performance associated with the proposed acquisition of AdvancedMD include the ability to meet closing conditions at all or on the expected terms and schedule, business disruption during the pendency of the acquisition or thereafter making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships, including the possibility that our announcement of the acquisition could disrupt AdvancedMD’s relationships with financial institutions, customers, employees or other partners; and difficulties and delays in fully realizing benefits of the acquisition.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing our plans and expectations as of any subsequent date. We undertake no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect future circumstances or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

See Schedules 6 and 7 for a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP measure and Schedule 10 for a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.

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