Planet Payment Inc.

Planet Payment Announces 2014 Results

Planet Payment Reports Significant Improvement in Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA for the Fourth Quarter and for the Full Year

LONG BEACH, N.Y., March 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Planet Payment, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLPM), a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services, today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter 2014

Financial Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2014

Refer to Table 1 for reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Table 2 for explanation of key metrics.

Operational Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2014

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015

NASDAQ Compliance

As of February 9, 2015, a majority of the Board is now comprised of directors who meet the independence requirements as set forth in NASDAQ Rule 5605(b)(1), which requires that a NASDAQ-listed company's board of directors consist of a majority of "independent directors" (as defined in Rule 5605(a)(2) of the NASDAQ Rules). The Company has received a letter from NASDAQ confirming that the Company is again in compliance with NASDAQ Rule 5605(b)(1) and that the matter is closed.

Commenting on the results, Carl Williams, Chairman and CEO of Planet Payment, Inc., said:

"2014 was a year of both challenges and achievements, but I believe that the commitment to our strategic plan is building the foundation for Planet Payment's future growth. As we look to 2015, we will remain focused on those opportunities that position Planet Payment to achieve maximum profitability and revenue growth."

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter 2014 financial results today at 5:00 pm New York time. Carl Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Robert Cox, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer will host the call. The call will be webcast live from the Company's investor relations website at The conference call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 407-3982, or for international callers (201) 493-6780. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed on our website or by dialing (877) 870-5176, or for international callers (858) 384-5517, and entering the conference ID 13598683. The replay will be available until our next earnings call on our website or via telephone until Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Additional analysis of the Company's performance can be found in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed at and posted on the Company's investor relations website.

About Planet Payment

Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services. We provide our services in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our more than 70 acquiring bank and processor customers. Our point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and together with our ATM services are integrated within the payment card transaction flow enabling our acquiring customers, their merchants and consumers to shop, pay, transact and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels.

Planet Payment is headquartered in New York and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Bermuda, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai and Singapore. Visit for more information about the Company and its services. For up-to-date information follow Planet Payment on Twitter at @PlanetPayment or join Planet Payment's Facebook page.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.

Information contained in this announcement may include 'forward-looking statements'. All statements other than statements of historical facts included herein, including, without limitation, those regarding the financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations of both Planet Payment and its business partners, net revenue, net income, Adjusted EBITDA, diluted earnings per share, future service launches with customers and new initiatives and customer pipeline are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions regarding Planet Payment's present and future business strategies, and the environment in which Planet Payment expects to operate in future, which assumptions may or may not be fulfilled in practice. Implementation of some or all of the new services referred to is subject to regulatory or other third party approvals. Actual results may vary materially from the results anticipated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors, including the risk that implementation, adoption and offering of the service by processors, acquirers, merchants and others may take longer than anticipated, or may not occur at all, regulatory changes and changes in card association regulations and practices, changes in domestic and international economic conditions and changes in volume of international travel and commerce and others. Additional risks may arise, with respect to commencing operations in new countries and regions, of which Planet Payment is not fully aware at this time. See the Company's Annual Report Form 10-K, filed at for other risk factors which investors should consider. These forward-looking statements speak only as to the date of this announcement and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Planet Payment expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company provides certain non-GAAP financial measures in this statement. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with our results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliations, provides useful information about our period-over-period results. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because management believes it provides additional information with respect to the performance of our fundamental business activities and is also frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of comparable companies. We also rely on Adjusted EBITDA as a primary measure to review and assess the operating performance of our company and our management team in connection with our executive compensation. These non-GAAP key business indicators, which include Adjusted EBITDA, should not be considered replacements for and should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) adjusted to exclude: (1) interest expense, (2) interest income, (3) provision (benefit) for income taxes, (4) depreciation and amortization, (5) stock‑based compensation expense and (6) certain other items management believes affect the comparability of operating results. Please see "Adjusted EBITDA" below for more information and for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Table 1. Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
For the three months and year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013
 Three months endedTwelve months ended
 December 31,December 31,
Net income $2.0 $0.2 $3.2 $0.0
Interest expense 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
Interest income 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Provision for income taxes 0.5 0.0 0.8 0.0
Depreciation and amortization 0.7 0.7 3.0 2.9
Stock‑based compensation expense 0.3 0.4 1.1 1.2
Restructuring charges 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $3.5 $1.3 $9.4 $4.2
Table 2. Explanation of Key Metrics
 Year ended December 31,
Consolidated gross billings(1)  $ 127,833,982  $ 123,766,535
Total settled dollar volume processed(2)  $ 8,226,291,479  $ 7,054,447,195
Total active merchant locations (at period end)(3) 93,381 61,029
Total settled transactions processed(4) 107,892,854 64,438,090
Multi-currency processing services key metrics:    
Active merchant locations (at period end)(3) 43,624 23,628
Settled transactions processed(5) 13,423,672 12,496,150
Gross foreign currency mark-up(6)  $ 111,469,328  $ 107,013,919
Settled dollar volume processed(7)  $ 2,651,052,999  $ 2,645,757,541
Average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed(8) 1.17% 1.13%
Payment processing services key metrics:    
Active merchant locations (at period end)(3) 49,779   37,424
Payment processing services revenue(9)  $ 16,414,654  $ 16,752,616
Settled transactions processed(10)  94,469,182 51,941,940
Settled dollar volume processed(11)  $ 5,575,238,480  $ 4,408,689,654
(1) Represents gross foreign currency mark-up plus payment processing services revenue.
(2) Represents total settled dollar volume processed through both our multi-currency and payment processing services.
(3) We consider a merchant location to be active as of a date if the merchant completed at least one revenue-generating transaction at the location during the 90-day period ending on such date. The total number of active merchant locations exceeds the total number of merchants, as merchants may have multiple locations. As of December 31, 2014 and 2013, there were 22 and 23 active merchant locations, respectively, included in both multi-currency and payment processing active merchant locations but are not included in total active merchant locations, in order to eliminate counting these locations twice.
(4) Represents total settled transactions (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).
(5) Represents settled transactions processed using our multi-currency processing services (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).
(6) Represents the gross foreign currency mark-up amount on settled dollar volume processed using our multi-currency processing services. Gross foreign currency mark-up represents multi-currency processing services net revenue plus amounts paid to acquiring banks and their merchants associated with such multi-currency processing transactions. Management believes this metric is relevant because it provides the reader an indication of the gross mark-up derived from multi-currency transactions processed through our platform during a given period. 
(7) Represents the total settled dollar volume processed using our multi-currency processing services.
(8) Represents the average net mark-up percentage earned on settled dollar volume processed using our multi-currency processing services. The average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed is calculated by taking the reported total multi-currency processing services net revenue ($31.0 million and $29.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively) and dividing by settled dollar volume processed.
(9) Represents revenue earned and reported on payment processing services.
(10) Represents settled transactions processed using our payment processing services (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).
(11) Represents the total settled dollar volume processed using our payment processing services.
Table 3. Reconciliation of Prospective Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
For the year ending December 31, 2015
Net income  $6.0 $7.0
Interest expense  0.0 0.0
Interest income  0.0 0.0
Provision for income taxes  0.6 0.6
Depreciation and amortization  3.2 3.2
Stock‑based compensation expense  1.2 1.2
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)  $ 11.0 $ 12.0
Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated balance sheets
 December 31,
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $9,837,791 $6,572,468
Restricted cash 4,167,560 3,471,023
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $0.1 million and $0.2 million as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively 6,948,595 6,016,296
Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,136,821 1,457,660
Total current assets 22,090,767 17,517,447
Other assets:    
Restricted cash 432,094 446,044
Property and equipment, net 2,139,747 2,198,640
Software development costs, net 4,612,457 4,904,415
Intangible assets, net 2,046,700 2,820,909
Goodwill 319,671 362,063
Security deposits and other assets 2,289,858 2,141,620
Total other assets 11,840,527 12,873,691
Total assets $33,931,294 $30,391,138
Liabilities and stockholders' equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $512,057 $585,604
Accrued expenses 2,918,645 5,032,620
Due to merchants 4,352,199 3,018,900
Current portion of capital leases 458,812 466,010
Total current liabilities 8,241,713 9,103,134
Long‑term liabilities:    
Long‑term portion of capital leases and deferred revenue 1,560,310 1,432,513
Total long‑term liabilities 1,560,310 1,432,513
Total liabilities 9,802,023 10,535,647
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' equity:    
Convertible preferred stock—10,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, $0.01 par value: Series A—2,243,750 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013; $8,975,000 aggregate liquidation preference 22,438 22,438
Common stock—250,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, $0.01 par value, and 55,680,999 and 55,177,899 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014, and 55,037,488 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 556,810 550,375
Treasury stock, at cost, 503,100 shares as of December 31, 2014 (822,603) -- 
Additional paid‑in capital 103,277,253 101,038,685
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (173,774) 135,231
Accumulated deficit (78,730,853) (81,891,238)
Total stockholders' equity 24,129,271 19,855,491
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $33,931,294 $30,391,138
Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated statements of operations
 Year ended December 31,
Net revenue $47,368,739 $46,566,065 $43,578,016
Operating expenses:      
Cost of revenue:      
Payment processing service fees 10,403,679 11,236,262 10,943,290
Processing and service costs 13,483,282 13,048,294 11,010,778
Total cost of revenue 23,886,961 24,284,556 21,954,068
Selling, general and administrative expenses 18,370,691 22,241,656 25,865,652
Restructuring charges 1,227,204 -- --
Total operating expenses 43,484,856 46,526,212 47,819,720
Income (loss) from operations 3,883,883 39,853 (4,241,704)
Other income (expense):      
Interest expense (65,122) (66,905) (55,987)
Interest income 2,212 1,038 1,236
Other income (expense), net 139,875 88,889 (8,739)
Total other income (expense), net 76,965 23,022 (63,490)
Income (loss) from operations before provision for income taxes 3,960,848 62,875 (4,305,194)
Provision for income taxes (800,463) (40,869) (147,111)
Net income (loss) $3,160,385 $22,006 $(4,452,305)
Basic net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders $0.05 $0.00 $(0.09)
Diluted net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders $0.05 $0.00 $(0.09)
Weighted average common stock outstanding (basic) 53,494,952 52,943,203 52,187,144
Weighted average common stock outstanding (diluted) 54,633,181 54,465,285 52,187,144
Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated statements of cash flows
 Year ended December 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $3,160,385 $22,006 $(4,452,305)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Stock‑based compensation expense 1,263,660 1,227,369 1,075,079
Depreciation and amortization expense 3,016,783 2,872,167 2,831,379
Provision for doubtful accounts 46,652 326,457 136,350
Deferred tax benefit (583,420) (66,009)
Disposal of property and equipment 4,979 86,388
Expensing of deferred IPO costs 2,346,210
Accrued insurance proceeds (100,000)
Gain on insurance settlement (301,281)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities net of effects of acquisitions:      
Decrease (increase) in settlement assets 1,055,984 (703,407) (575,707)
Increase in accounts receivables, prepaid expenses and other current assets (743,358) (657,188) (1,725,523)
Increase in security deposits and other assets (62,992) (482,065) (11,575)
(Decrease) increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses (2,005,464) 336,367 1,713,071
(Decrease) increase in due to merchants (419,222) 472,760 409,076
Other (66,529) (14,594) (65,018)
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,245,899 2,520,150 1,601,416
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Insurance proceeds 401,281
Increase in restricted cash (1,738,571) (26,638) (9,448)
Increase in merchant reserves 1,752,521
Purchase of property and equipment (117,412) (828,730) (269,557)
Capitalized software development (1,292,314) (1,443,010) (1,360,091)
Purchase of intangible assets (125,980) (162,181) (149,420)
Cash paid for business combination, net of cash acquired (1,577,829)
Net cash used in investing activities (1,521,756) (2,059,278) (3,366,345)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 934,032 589,131 774,749
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (570,249) (479,992) (324,795)
Purchases of treasury stock (822,603)
Payment of IPO costs (354,531)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (458,820) 109,139 95,423
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 3,265,323 570,011 (1,669,506)
Beginning of period 6,572,468 6,002,457 7,671,963
End of period $9,837,791 $6,572,468 $6,002,457
Supplemental disclosure:      
Cash paid for:      
Interest $64,585 $63,352 $53,994
Income taxes 765,807 568,055 541,933
Non cash investing and financing activities:      
Common stock issued for BPS acquisition 1,596,862
Common stock issued for stock options and warrants exercised 1,390 2,273 13,335
Assets acquired under capital leases 429,611 728,082 530,984
Accrued capitalized hardware, software and fixed assets 74,017 27,566
Capitalized stock‑based compensation 52,473 52,133
Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated statements of changes in convertible preferred stock andstockholders' equity
 preferred stockCommon stock          
 $0.01 par value—$0.01 par value—          
 4,000,000 shares80,000,000 shares          
 authorized as ofauthorized as of          
 December 31,December 31, 2011          
 2011 andand 250,000,000          
 10,000,000 sharesshares          
  authorized as ofauthorized as of          
 December 31, 2012,December 31,          
 2013 and 2014 2012, 2013 Common Stock,  Accumulated    
 Series Aand 2014 In TreasuryAdditionalother  Total
 IssuedPar ValueIssuedPar ValueIssuedPar Valuecapital(loss) incomedeficitequity
Balance—December 31, 2011 2,243,750 $22,438 51,764,405 $517,644 $— $95,706,552 $(40,729) $(77,460,939) $18,744,966
Stock issued 488,337 4,884 1,596,862 1,601,746
Warrants exercised 917,602 9,176 (9,176)
Options exercised 488,513 4,885 769,864 774,749
Stock‑based compensation expense. 1,135,047 1,135,047
Cumulative translation adjustment 78,654 78,654
Net loss (4,452,305) (4,452,305)
Balance—December 31, 2012 2,243,750 22,438 53,658,857 536,589 99,199,149 37,925 (81,913,244) 17,882,857
Restricted stock issued 860,739 8,607 (23,918) (15,311)
Warrants exercised 213,123 2,131 (2,131)
Options exercised 304,769 3,048 586,083 589,131
Stock‑based compensation expense. 1,279,502 1,279,502
Cumulative translation adjustment 97,306 97,306
Net income 22,006 22,006
Balance—December 31, 2013 2,243,750 22,438 55,037,488 550,375 101,038,685 135,231 (81,891,238) 19,855,491
Treasury stock 503,100 (822,603) (822,603)
Restricted stock issued (243) (3) (5,159) (5,162)
Warrants exercised 79,677 797 (797)
Options exercised 564,077 5,641 928,391 934,032
Stock‑based compensation expense. 1,316,133 1,316,133
Cumulative translation adjustment (309,005) (309,005)
Net income 3,160,385 3,160,385
Balance—December 31, 2014 2,243,750 $22,438 55,680,999 $556,810 503,100 $(822,603) $103,277,253 $(173,774) $(78,730,853) $24,129,271

Planet Payment, Inc.

Notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements

1. Business description and basis of presentation

Business description

Planet Payment, Inc. together with its wholly owned subsidiaries ("Planet Payment," the "Company," "we," or "our") is a provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi‑currency processing services. The Company provides its services to approximately 93,000 active merchant locations in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through its acquiring bank and processor customers, as well as through its own direct sales force. The Company provides banks and their merchants with innovative services to accept, process and reconcile electronic payments. The Company's point‑of‑sale and e‑commerce services are integrated within the payment card transaction process enabling its acquiring customers to process and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels. The Company's ATM services provide its domestic and international acquirers with additional processing capabilities to help them increase revenue and improve customer satisfaction. The Company also offers non‑financial transaction processing services that allow merchants to offer a range of commercial services including pre‑paid mobile phone top‑up and bill payments using the same point‑of‑sale devices deployed to accept payment cards. The Company is a registered third party processor with the major card associations and operates in accordance with industry standards, including the Payment Card Industry, or PCI, Security Council's Data Security Standards.

Company structure

Planet Payment was incorporated in the State of Delaware on October 12, 1999 as Planet Group Inc. and changed its name to Planet Payment, Inc. on June 18, 2007.

From March 2006 to August 2014, shares of the Company's common stock traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc, or AIM under the symbol "PPT". From March 2006 to June 2013 shares of our common stock also traded on AIM under the symbol "PPTR." From November 2008 until December 2012, shares of our common stock traded on the OTCQX market under the symbol "PLPM." On December 17, 2012 shares of our common stock began trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol "PLPM."

Basis of presentation

The consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("US GAAP").

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Planet Payment, Inc. and its wholly‑owned subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.

CONTACT: Planet Payment, Inc.

         Robert Cox (CFO and COO)

         Tel: + 1 516 670 3200