Planet Payment Inc.
08/04/2015

Planet Payment Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

Second Quarter Revenue Increased 7%

LONG BEACH, N.Y., Aug. 04, 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015


Operational Highlights for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015


Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015

Planet Payment reaffirms its revenue, net income and adjusted EBITDA guidance for the full year 2015 as follows:


Stock Repurchase Program

On August 4, 2015, Planet Payments' Board of Directors expanded its share repurchase authorization by an incremental $5.2 million, bringing its total current authorization to $6.0 million. Under the Company's new authorization, Planet Payment may repurchase shares in the open market or as otherwise may be determined by the company, subject to market conditions, business opportunities and other factors. The company has no obligation to repurchase shares under this program. This authorization has no expiration date and may be suspended or terminated at any time.

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

"I believe that the results in this quarter demonstrate that the plan that we have formulated has set the right strategic direction for the Company. Our improving results and financial performance reflect a renewed focus on our core product offerings that both differentiate Planet Payment from other processors and deliver the highest margins."

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2015 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 http://ir.planetpayment.com/. 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 Tuesday, August 11, 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 to be filed at www.sec.gov 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 www.planetpayment.com 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 the 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 Quarterly Report Form 10-Q, filed at www.sec.gov 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 and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 
              
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 
  2015 2014 2015  2014
 
              
ADJUSTED EBITDA:             
              
Net income $  1,875,328  $  1,509,414  $  3,586,954  $  730,124  
Interest expense    13,830     15,816     28,443     31,986  
Interest income    (365)    (288)    (791)    (463) 
Provision for income taxes    105,319     199,705     215,732     193,695  
Depreciation and amortization    714,605     730,984     1,439,778     1,477,297  
Stock-based compensation expense    228,128     274,669     461,590     550,660  
Restructuring charges   —    53,752    —    682,967  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $  2,936,845  $  2,784,052  $  5,731,706  $  3,666,266  


Table 2.  Explanation of Key Metrics
              
  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, 
  2015 2014 2015 2014 
              
KEY METRICS:             
Consolidated gross billings(1) $ 33,884,508 $ 31,637,314 $ 67,131,157 $ 63,469,886 
Total settled dollar volume processed(2) $2,406,133,032 $ 1,660,041,299 $ 4,433,031,467 $ 3,360,421,147 
Total active merchant locations (at period end)(3)   103,049   77,176   103,049   77,176 
Total settled transactions processed(4)   41,612,210   27,012,624   86,328,135   51,367,356 
Multi-currency processing services key metrics:             
Active merchant locations (at period end)(3)   35,398   34,145   35,398   34,145 
Settled transactions processed(5)   3,587,580   3,293,739   7,075,396   6,465,430 
Gross foreign currency mark-up(6) $ 29,262,838 $ 27,878,255 $ 58,058,482 $ 55,974,145 
Settled dollar volume processed(7) $ 654,266,953 $ 660,128,540 $ 1,319,372,365 $ 1,340,698,984 
Average net mark-up percentage on settled             
dollar volume processed(8)   1.20  1.14%  1.16  1.12%
Payment processing services key metrics:             
Active merchant locations (at period end)(3)   68,763   44,348   68,763   44,348 
Payment processing services revenue(9) $ 4,621,670 $ 3,759,059 $ 9,072,675 $ 7,495,741 
Settled transactions processed(10)   38,024,630   23,718,885   79,252,739   44,901,926 
Settled dollar volume processed(11) $ 1,751,866,079 $ 999,912,759 $ 3,113,659,102 $ 2,019,722,163 
              
(1)  Represents gross foreign currency mark-up (see footnote 6) plus payment processing services revenue (see footnote 9). 
(2)  Represents total settled dollar volume processed through both our multi-currency and payment processing services. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the total settled dollar volume processed was updated from the amount originally reported of $2,104,436,930 and $4,099,711,638, respectively.
(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. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, total active merchant locations was updated from the amount originally reported of 79,811.  In addition, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, multi-currency processing and payment processing services active merchant locations were updated from the amounts originally reported of 34,720 and 45,113, respectively. The total number of active merchant locations exceeds the total number of merchants, as merchants may have multiple locations. As of June 30, 2015 and 2014, there were 1,112 and 1,317 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. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, active merchant locations included in both multi-currency and payment processing was updated from the amount originally reported of 22.
(4)   Represents total settled transactions (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups). For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the total settled transactions processed was updated from the amounts originally reported of 26,339,466 and 50,330,376, respectively.  Furthermore, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, total settled transactions processed was updated from the amount originally reported of 45,350,822.
(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. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 total settled dollar volume processed was updated from the amount originally reported of $660,276,149.
(8)  Represents the average net foreign currency 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 total multi-currency processing services net revenue ($7.9 million and $7.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $15.3 million and $15.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively) and dividing by settled dollar volume processed. For purposes of calculating "Average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed," multi-currency processing services revenue includes revenue related to multi-currency transactions only.
(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). For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the total settled transactions processed using our payment processing services was updated from the amount originally reported of 23,045,727 and 43,864,946, respectively. Furthermore, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, settled transactions processed using our payment processing services was updated from the originally reported amount of 41,863,006.
(11) Represents the total settled dollar volume processed using our payment processing services. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the total settled dollar volume processed using our payment processing services was updated from the originally reported amounts of $1,444,308,390 and $2,759,654, respectively. Furthermore, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, total settled dollar volume processed using our payment processing services was updated from the originally reported amount of $1,414,414,701.
              


Table 3. Reconciliation of Prospective Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
 
For the year ending December 31, 2015
        
  Range 
ADJUSTED EBITDA: Millions 
        
Net income $ 6.0 $ 7.0 
Interest expense   —   — 
Interest income   —   — 
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       
        
  As of June 30, As of December 31, 
  2015 2014 
       
Current assets: (unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents $  13,531,160  $  9,837,791  
Restricted cash    4,280,412     4,167,560  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $0.1 million as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively    5,847,020     6,948,595  
Prepaid expenses and other assets    1,666,586     1,136,821  
Total current assets    25,325,178     22,090,767  
Other assets:       
Restricted cash    552,187     432,094  
Property and equipment, net    2,061,489     2,139,747  
Software development costs, net    4,409,050     4,612,457  
Intangible assets, net    1,659,934     2,046,700  
Goodwill    291,823     319,671  
Security deposits and other assets    4,231,071     2,289,858  
Total other assets    13,205,554     11,840,527  
Total assets $  38,530,732  $  33,931,294  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable $  378,145  $  512,057  
Accrued expenses    4,712,290     2,918,645  
Due to merchants    4,460,634     4,352,199  
Current portion of capital leases    364,800     458,812  
Total current liabilities    9,915,869     8,241,713  
Long-term liabilities:       
Long-term portion of capital leases and deferred revenue    2,270,985     1,560,310  
Total long-term liabilities    2,270,985     1,560,310  
Total liabilities    12,186,854     9,802,023  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders' equity:       
Convertible preferred stock—10,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $0.01 par value: Series A—2,243,750 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014; $8,975,000 aggregate liquidation preference    22,438     22,438  
Common stock—250,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $0.01 par value, and 55,174,561 issued and 53,779,920 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015, and 55,680,999 issued and 55,177,899 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014    551,746     556,810  
Treasury stock, at cost, 1,394,641 shares as of June 3, 2015 and 503,100 shares as of December 31, 2014, respectively    (2,469,814)    (822,603) 
Additional paid-in capital    103,754,000     103,277,253  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (370,593)    (173,774) 
Accumulated deficit    (75,143,899)    (78,730,853) 
Total stockholders' equity    26,343,878     24,129,271  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $  38,530,732  $  33,931,294  


Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated statements of operations (unaudited)
              
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2015 2014 2015 2014 
Revenue:             
Net revenue $ 12,683,359  $ 11,884,605  $  24,816,129  $  23,059,722  
Operating expenses:             
Cost of revenue:             
Payment processing service fees   2,590,885    2,374,857     5,179,089     4,893,678  
Processing and service costs   3,385,658    3,245,321     6,623,598     6,959,914  
Total cost of revenue   5,976,543    5,620,178    11,802,687    11,853,592  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   4,712,704    4,502,977     9,183,104     9,584,770  
Restructuring charges   —   53,752    —    682,967  
Total operating expenses   10,689,247    10,176,907    20,985,791     22,121,329  
Income from operations   1,994,112    1,707,698    3,830,338     938,393  
Other (expense) income:             
Interest expense   (13,830)   (15,816)    (28,443)    (31,986) 
Interest income   365    288     791     463  
Other income   —   16,949    —    16,949  
Total other (expense) income, net   (13,465)   1,421    (27,652)   (14,574) 
Income from operations before provision for income taxes   1,980,647    1,709,119    3,802,686    923,819  
Provision for income taxes   (105,319)   (199,705)    (215,732)    (193,695) 
Net income $ 1,875,328  $ 1,509,414  $ 3,586,954  $ 730,124  
Basic net income per share applicable to common stockholders $ 0.03  $ 0.02  $  0.06  $  0.01  
Diluted net income per share applicable to common stockholders $ 0.03  $ 0.02  $  0.06  $  0.01  
Weighted average common stock outstanding (basic)   53,082,296    53,802,936    53,439,467    53,621,071  
Weighted average common stock outstanding (diluted)   53,830,534    54,767,440     54,090,469    55,288,195  


Planet Payment, Inc. unaudited consolidated statements of cash flows (unaudited)
        
  Six Months Ended June 30 
  2015 2014 
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net income $  3,586,954  $  730,124  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:       
Stock-based compensation expense    461,590     585,793  
Depreciation and amortization expense    1,439,778     1,477,297  
(Recovery) provision for doubtful accounts    (193)    3,248  
Gain on insurance settlement    (517,930)   — 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
(Increase) decrease in settlement assets    (244,451)    1,291,208  
Decrease in accounts receivables, prepaid expenses and other current assets    1,529,933     3,881  
Increase in security deposits and other assets    (181,213)    (203,770) 
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses    239,331     (1,289,370) 
Increase (decrease) in due to merchants    240,034     (1,345,015) 
Other    (53,259)    6,611  
Net cash provided by operating activities    6,500,574     1,260,007  
Cash flows from investing activities:       
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash    11,506     (2,233,940) 
Decrease (increase) in merchant reserves    (131,599)    2,113,823  
Purchase of property and equipment    (168,282)    (87,681) 
Capitalized software development    (593,946)    (718,593) 
Purchase of intangible assets    (13,454)    (81,453) 
Net cash used in investing activities    (895,775)    (1,007,844) 
Cash flows from financing activities:       
Proceeds from issuance of common stock    22,949     782,598  
Purchases of treasury stock    (1,647,211)   — 
Principal payments on capital lease obligations    (287,168)    (270,652) 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities    (1,911,430)    511,946  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   —   — 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents    3,693,369     764,109  
Beginning of period    9,837,791     6,572,468  
End of period $  13,531,160  $  7,336,577  
Supplemental disclosure:       
Cash paid for:       
Interest $  30,785  $  32,552  
Income taxes    395,294     396,692  
Non cash investing and financing activities:       
Assets acquired under capital leases    79,291     287,275  
Accrued capitalized hardware, software and fixed assets    12,071     88,992  
Capitalized stock-based compensation    20,015     21,560  


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 103,000 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. 

Enquiries:
Planet Payment, Inc.
Robert Cox (CFO and COO)

Tel: + 1 516 670 3200
www.planetpayment.com