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.”
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.
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.
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.