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EVERTEC REPORTS STRONG FIRST QUARTER 2018 - RESULTS INCREASES 2018 GUIDANCE RANGE

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - May 1, 2018 - EVERTEC, Inc. (NYSE: EVTC) (“Evertec” or the “Company”) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights

  • Revenue grew 9% to $110.3 million
  • GAAP Net Income attributable to common shareholders was $23.0 million or $0.31 per diluted share flat when compared with the prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10% to $54.0 million
  • Adjusted earnings per common share was $0.47, an increase of 4%

 

Mac Schuessler, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “We are very pleased with our first quarter financial results that significantly exceeded our expectations. We are encouraged by the recovering sales volumes in Puerto Rico, the positive contribution of our PayGroup acquisition and our continued solid execution.  Due to our strong first quarter results and our expectations of continued elevated spending driven by relief programs and insurance proceeds in Puerto Rico, we have increased our 2018 guidance. "

 

First Quarter 2018 Results

 

Revenue. Total revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $110.3 million an increase of 9% compared with $101.3 million in the prior year. Revenue growth in the quarter reflected the impact of the acquisition of PayGroup as well as elevated sales volumes in Puerto Rico driven by post-hurricane recovery activity, federal relief and benefit programs and insurance proceeds.

 

Net Income attributable to common shareholders. For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, GAAP Net Income attributable to common shareholders was $23.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, flat as compared to the prior year.

 

Adjusted EBITDA. For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, Adjusted EBITDA was $54.0 million, an increase of 10% compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenues) increased 40 basis points to 48.9% compared with 48.5% in the prior year. The increase  in Adjusted EBITDA margin was primarily driven by revenue mix changes, the contribution of Paygroup as well as expense management actions.

 

Adjusted Net Income. For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, Adjusted Net Income was $34.6 million, an increase of 5% compared with $33.0 million in the prior year and included the impact of increased interest expense and a higher tax rate in the current year. Adjusted earnings per common share was $0.47, an increase of 4% as compared to $0.45 in the prior year.

 

Share Repurchases

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company did not repurchase stock and a total of approximately $72 million remains authorized and available for future repurchases under its share repurchase program. The Company may repurchase shares in the open market, through an accelerated share repurchase program or in privately negotiated transactions, subject to business opportunities and other factors.

 

Debt Repayment and Reduction in Revolving Loan Facility in April

 

On April 17, 2018, the Company paid the final installment of its 2018 Term Loan A of $26 million with a combination of cash on hand and a revolver draw. After this payment, Long-term debt was reduced to approximately $582 million. In addition, on the same date, $35 million of the Revolving Facility expired and the total borrowing capacity of the Facility is $65 million.

 

2018 Outlook

 

The Company is revising its financial outlook for 2018 as follows:

 

  • Total consolidated revenue between $430 million and $440 million representing growth of 6% to 8%
  • Adjusted earnings per common share guidance of $1.51 to $1.66 representing a range of 3% to13% as compared to $1.47 in 2017
  • Capital expenditures ranging between $35 and $40 million
  • Non-GAAP effective tax rate ranging between 12% to 13%

 

Earnings Conference Call and Audio Webcast

 

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2018 financial results today at 4:30 p.m. ET. Hosting the call will be Mac Schuessler, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Peter Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 338-7153 or for international callers by dialing (412) 317-5117. A replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 for international callers; the pin number is 10110465. The replay will be available through Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The call will be webcast live from the Company’s website at www.evertecinc.com under the Investor Relations section or directly at http://ir.evertecinc.com. A supplemental slide presentation that accompanies this call and webcast can be found on the investor relations website at ir.evertecinc.com and will remain available after the call.

 

About Evertec

 

EVERTEC, Inc. (NYSE: EVTC) is a leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America, providing a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business solutions services. The Company manages a system of electronic payment networks that process more than two billion transactions annually, and offers a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. In addition, Evertec owns and operates the ATH® network, one of the leading personal identification number (“PIN”) debit networks in Latin America. Based in Puerto Rico, the Company operates in 26 Latin American countries and serves a diversified customer base of leading financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies with “mission-critical” technology solutions. For more information, visit www.evertecinc.com.

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

 

The non-GAAP measures referenced in this release material are supplemental measures of the Company’s performance and are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). They are not measurements of the Company’s financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to total revenue, net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities, as indicators of operating performance or as measures of the Company’s liquidity. 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 the Company’s operations and believes that they are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the industry. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in the schedules to this release. These non-GAAP measures include EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per common share and are defined below.

 

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

 

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude unusual items and other adjustments. This measure is reported to the chief operating decision maker for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to the segments and assessing their performance. For this reason, Adjusted EBITDA, as it relates to our segments, is presented in conformity with Accounting Standards Codification 280, Segment Reporting, and is excluded from the definition of non-GAAP financial measures under the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is substantially consistent with the equivalent measurements that are contained in the senior secured credit facilities in testing EVERTEC Group’s compliance with covenants therein such as the senior secured leverage ratio.

 

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income adjusted to exclude unusual items and other adjustments

 

Adjusted Earnings per common share is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by diluted shares outstanding

 

We use Adjusted Net Income to measure our overall profitability because we believe better reflects our comparable operating performance by excluding the impact of the non-cash amortization and depreciation that was created as a result of Apollo Global Management LLC’s acquisition of a 51% indirect ownership in EVERTEC Group. In addition, in evaluating EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per common share, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses such as those excluded in calculating them. Further, our presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that our future operating results will not be affected by unusual or nonrecurring items.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of, and subject to the protection of, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of EVERTEC to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements preceded by, followed by, or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” and “plans” and similar expressions of future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may,” and “could” are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events, circumstances or results are forward-looking statements.

Various factors that could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those estimated by management include, but are not limited to: the Company’s reliance on its relationship with Popular for a significant portion of revenue; our ability to renew our client contracts on terms favorable to us; the effectiveness of our risk management procedures; our dependence on our processing systems, technology infrastructure, security systems and fraudulent-payment-detection systems, and the risk that our systems may experience breakdowns or fail to prevent security breaches or fraudulent transfers; our ability to develop, install and adopt new technology; a decreased client base due to consolidations in the banking and financial-services industry; the credit risk of our merchant clients, for which we may also be liable; the continuing market position of the ATH® network; reduction in consumer confidence leading to decreased consumer spending; the Company’s dependence on credit card associations; regulatory limitations on our activities, including the potential need to seek regulatory approval to consummate transactions, due to our relationship with Popular and our role as a service provider to financial institutions; changes in the regulatory environment and changes in international, legal, tax, political, administrative or economic conditions; the geographical concentration of the Company’s business in Puerto Rico; operating an international business in multiple regions with potential political and economic instability; increased compliance risks associated with operating an international business; operating in countries and counterparties that put us at risk of violating U.S. sanctions laws; our ability to execute our expansion and acquisition strategies; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; our ability to comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; evolving industry standards; the Company’s high level of indebtedness and restrictions contained in the Company’s debt agreements; and the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash to service the Company’s indebtedness and to generate future profits.

Consideration should be given to the areas of risk described above, as well as those risks set forth under the headings “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the reports the Company files with the SEC from time to time, in connection with considering any forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company and its businesses generally. We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events unless we are required to do so by law.

 

Investor Contact

Kay Sharpton

(787) 773-5442

IR@evertecinc.com