Planet Payment Inc.
Planet Payment Inc (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/11/2015 16:15:40)

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
PART IV

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 10-K



(Mark One)    

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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

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o

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from            to            .

Commission file number: 001-35699



PLANET PAYMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

  13-4084693
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

670 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (516) 670-3200



         Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

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         As of June 30, 2014, the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter, the aggregate market value of the registrant's common stock held by non-affiliates based on the closing price of the registrant's common stock on June 30, 2014 as reported on The NASDAQ Stock Market was $89,498,473. This number is provided only for the purpose of this report on Form 10-K and does not represent an admission by either the registrant or any such person as to the status of such person

         As of February 28, 2015, 55,216,316 shares of the registrant's common stock were outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

         Portions of the Definitive Proxy Statement for the registrant's 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after registrant's fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 are incorporated by reference in Items 10 -14 of Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

   


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PART I

 

Item 1

 

Business

    4  

Item 1A

 

Risk Factors

    26  

Item 1B

 

Unresolved Staff Comments

    48  

Item 2

 

Properties

    48  

Item 3

 

Legal Proceedings

    49  

Item 4

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

    49  

PART II

 

Item 5

 

Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

    50  

Item 6

 

Selected Financial Data

    51  

Item 7

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

    52  

Item 7A

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

    76  

Item 8

 

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

    77  

Item 9

 

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures

    118  

Item 9A

 

Controls and Procedures

    118  

Item 9B

 

Other Information

    119  

PART III

 

Item 10

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

    120  

Item 11

 

Executive Compensation

    120  

Item 12

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

    120  

Item 13

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

    120  

Item 14

 

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

    120  

PART IV

 

Item 15

 

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedule

    121  

Signatures and Power of Attorney

    122  

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, our business strategy and plans and our objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives, and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described in "Item 1A. Risk Factors." In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future events and trends discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

        Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.

Emerging Growth Company Status

        We are an "emerging growth company," as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act enacted in April, 2012, and, for as long as we continue to be an "emerging growth company", we may choose to take advantage of exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We will remain an "emerging growth company" until the earliest of (i) the last day of the fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenues of $1 billion or more; (ii) the last day of the fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of an initial public offering of our equity securities; (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt during the prior three year period; and (iv) the date on which we are deemed to be a "large accelerated filer."

        Under Section of 107(b) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards until such time as those standards apply to private companies. We have irrevocably elected not to avail our self of this exemption from new or revised accounting standards and, therefore, we will be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

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PART I

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS

Overview

        We believe Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services. We provide our services to approximately 93,000 active merchant locations in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our acquiring bank and processor customers, as well as through our own direct sales force. We provide banks and their merchants with innovative services to accept, process and reconcile electronic payments. Our point-of-sale multi-currency payment processing services are designed for merchants in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality environments. We also provide payment services for e-commerce and mail and telephone order merchants. Our point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and are integrated within the international payment card transaction process enabling our acquiring customers to process and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels. Our ATM services provide our domestic and international acquirers with additional processing capabilities to help them increase revenue and improve customer satisfaction. We also offer 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. We are a registered third party processor with the major card associations and operate in accordance with industry standards, including the Payment Card Industry, or PCI, Security Council's Data Security Standards.

        Our services help banks, processors and merchants enhance revenue, broaden their product set and open new sales channels. Our payment processing services enable the authorization and settlement of payment transactions by providing the connections between the merchant, its bank and the card association. In addition, we provide online access to advanced reconciliation and reporting services and localized language support to our customers. Our flagship offerings are our multi-currency processing services, which include Pay In Your Currency, Shop In Your Currency and Bank In Your Currency. These services enable merchants to offer customized pricing in multiple currencies. Additionally, acquiring banks, processors and merchants all benefit from the ease of settlement and reporting in their local currency.

        Our proprietary, currency-neutral payment processing technology platform enables us to develop and deliver a broad range of international payment services, quickly enter new markets and provide a range of differentiated solutions and analytical tools that are easily integrated within our customers' existing business processes. We provide our customers with worldwide connectivity to our payments infrastructure that is secure, compliant and regularly updated. Our secure platform is highly scalable to facilitate growth and meet the needs of new customers, and flexible to provide a broad range of capabilities, including the unique regional requirements of the various markets in which we operate.

        We distribute and cross sell our services across a variety of points-of-sale and e-commerce payment channels with customized solutions in specific verticals, such as hospitality, restaurants and retail. We believe our business model creates powerful network effects which will help drive growth and operating leverage in our business while our contracts, which generally have an initial term of three to five years, provide a stable customer base. In 2014, we generated 69% of our revenue internationally and 31% in the United States, through a recurring revenue model that generates fees every time a purchase is made across our network. We manage our business through two operating segments: our multi-currency processing services and our payment processing services. For the year ended December 31, 2014, our multi-currency processing services represented approximately 65% of our revenue and our payment processing services represented approximately 35% of our revenue.

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        We were incorporated in Delaware in October 1999 and our common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market, or NASDAQ. Our corporate headquarters are located at 670 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, New York 11561, and our main telephone number is (516) 670-3200. We maintain a website at www.planetpayment.com . The contents of our website are not incorporated into, or otherwise to be regarded as part of, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The global payments industry

        We operate in the global payments industry, with a specific focus on international payment processing. We believe there are three primary trends which drive growth in our industry:

    continued global shift toward electronic payment transactions;

    increased international travel and commerce; and

    increased e-commerce on a global scale.

As a result of the trends that are driving growth and change in our industry, we believe acquiring banks, processors and merchants are facing new challenges and competitive pressures and are demanding secure, reliable and differentiated solutions to more efficiently and effectively process payments. In addition, we believe consumers are increasingly seeking a more transparent and convenient way to pay.

Our solutions to industry challenges

        Our payment processing and multi-currency processing services comprise solutions designed to enable acquiring banks, processors and merchants to respond to these challenges by integrating our secure and reliable processing platform into their existing systems. These services are designed to expand the market reach and merchant portfolio of our acquiring bank customers, increase sales and provide an attractive new revenue stream for merchants, and improve the buying experience for consumers.

Acquiring banks, processors and card associations

        Through our platform, acquiring banks, processors and card associations are able to offer differentiated services to merchant customers that enhance merchant loyalty, attract new merchants, and open new sales channels. In addition, by securing a share of the foreign exchange rate margin, customers using our multi-currency processing services gain access to a new, high-margin revenue stream. By partnering with us, our customers get access to our next-generation technology and are able to cost-effectively enhance the processing services they offer to merchants and the ATM services they offer to cardholders. Our acquiring bank and processor customers also gain a competitive advantage by being able to more easily expand their merchant and ATM portfolios and open new sales channels without incurring significant up-front costs. We provide our customers with worldwide connectivity to our leading payments infrastructure that is secure, compliant and regularly updated.

Merchants

        Merchants can use our services to attract more international customers, and make the buying experience more convenient and transparent and share in a financial incentive. Merchants that use our services are also able to provide customized solutions that are adapted for their specific business. For example, in the restaurant vertical where the payment card is frequently swiped at a location away from the customer, we developed our patented "Cardholder Choice" service, which presents the two currency amounts and disclosure information on the receipt itself and allows the customer to make their selection on that same receipt. Because of the flexibility and scalability of our platform, merchants can enjoy a single processing solution that is integrated and consistent across multiple locations. Our

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solutions also provide merchants with the ability to offer commercial services, including prepaid mobile phone top-up and bill payments, using the same point-of-sale devices deployed to accept payment cards.

Consumers

        Consumers benefit from the advanced multi-currency services we provide to our customers, enjoying greater clarity as to the final cost of the transaction in their native currency for point-of-sale purchases, online transactions or cash withdrawals.

Our competitive strengths

Domain knowledge of international payments

        Since our founding in 1999, we have established deep domain knowledge of international payments and multi-currency payment processing based on our multi-currency capabilities, patented technology, our proprietary transaction-level reconciliation, global reporting and data analytics services, and our support for local language and market requirements. Given the breadth of our offerings, the global scope of our services, our brand recognition in the industry and the proprietary nature of our technology, we believe we are one of the leading providers of international payment processing in the world.

Broad international footprint and distribution

        We provide our services to more than 70 acquiring banks, processors and card associations who offer our payment and multi-currency services to their own network of merchants. We utilize our direct sales force and have leveraged the geographic footprints and distribution capabilities of our acquiring customers to build a diversified base of approximately 93,000 active merchant locations in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In North America, we offer our payment processing services directly to merchants in certain channels.

Versatile and scalable proprietary technology platform

        We have developed and operate a single, currency-neutral payment processing platform that enables us to quickly enter new markets and respond to new opportunities. Our proprietary platform is highly scalable to meet the needs of large volume customers, is highly flexible to provide a broad range of capabilities, and meets the regional requirements of the various markets in which we operate. Given the unified architecture of our single platform, once new enhancements and solutions have been implemented, they are available to all of our customers around the world. Planet Switch is our front-end system, which communicates with the merchant's system and provides transaction authorization, switching and security services. Merchant Accounting System, or MAS, is our back-end system, which makes a financial record of transactions between a merchant, acquirer and a card association; calculates, effects settlement and prepares statements of payments, costs, losses and adjustments with respect to transactions in all supported currencies. MAS also comprises our reconciliation and reporting system, which also provides certain fraud and risk management tools, as well as web-based reporting and email alerts with local language support. Our platform has dedicated endpoints which allow us to connect directly to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and UnionPay, and provide an end-to-end service for our customers without the need for third-party processors. We also provide a proprietary Internet payment gateway service, iPAY Gateway, which is fully integrated into our platform, to provide a range of online payment processing and multi-currency services to e-commerce customers. Our Commercial Services Platform, or CSP, enables us to provide processing services for other transaction types including pre-paid mobile phone top-up and bill payments allowing merchants to use the same point-of-sale device deployed to accept payment cards.

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Differentiated and innovative suite of payment and transaction services

        Our proprietary platform offers a broad range of domestic and international point-of-sale and e-commerce processing services. Our suite of services is comprised of our:

    Payment processing service that provides end-to-end processing of both domestic and multi-currency transactions, including authorization, capture, clearing and settlement services, along with support for local language and market requirements.

    Internationalization of our platform, which includes support for local language and market requirements, local card types such as UnionPay (Asia-Pacific), Interac (Canada) and Maestro and regional interchange regimes.

    Pay In Your Currency service that enables international consumers to make purchases in their own currency for greater transparency using our patented rate mark-up technology, while merchants enjoy the ease of settlement and reporting in their local currency.

    Shop In Your Currency service that enables Internet, point-of-sale, and mail order and telephone order, or MOTO, merchants to target international consumers by allowing them to view pricing and make purchases in their home currencies.

    Bank In Your Currency service that enables international consumers to pay for ATM withdrawals in their own currency for greater transparency, while banks enjoy the ease of settlement and reporting in their settlement currency.

    iPAY Gateway that provides fully-integrated domestic and multi-currency processing services with connectivity to a range of processors that enables acceptance of all major payment types and methods. iPAY also provides other card-not-present payment services such as subscription and recurring billing services, fraud and security tools and a virtual terminal.

    Global Consolidated Reporting and Data Analytics that provide merchants with valuable insights into their operations, with in-depth profiles of customer spending habits and country of origin and enables them to create personalized marketing programs to attract international consumers.

    Non-financial or commercial transaction service that allows merchants to offer a range of commercial services including pre-paid mobile phone top-up and bill payments using the same point-of-sale device deployed to accept payment cards.

Customized vertical specific solutions

        We leverage our platform and services to create a suite of customized solutions for specific verticals and channels, such as hospitality and retail, which we believe provide a differentiated value proposition for our customers. We have also created solutions for specific point-of-sale systems, such as support for MICROS integrated systems, which enable merchants to utilize our multi-currency processing services easily without any further integration. For the e-commerce vertical, our iPAY service provides customers with fully integrated domestic and multi-currency processing services.

Business model with network effects

        We believe there are significant and powerful network effects in our business model, which will help drive growth and operating leverage in our business. As we continue to add new acquiring bank and processing customers, we gain the benefits of their sales force and distribution capabilities as well as their network of merchants. As we gain additional market penetration, our customers' competitors have recognized the value we provide and have sought to partner with us to provide our services. As we board new merchants, we gain additional market penetration and we are able to demonstrate the benefits of our services to other merchants who may also choose to implement our services.

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Our strategy

        We seek to extend our leading position and enhance the network effects in our business model by continuing to penetrate our existing markets and expand in new geographies and market segments. Our goal is to continue to deliver innovative payment services to our customers that help merchants sell more goods and services and improve their business efficiencies. The key components of our strategy include:

Continued focus on existing customer base

        We intend to continue collaborating with our existing acquiring bank, processor customers and card associations in order to increase participation by merchants in the various services that we offer together. We believe that with our existing acquiring bank and processor customers and card associations, we have a large addressable market, which consists of their existing pool of merchants, as well as additional merchants that they may acquire in the future.

Cross-sell to existing customers

        We intend to continue to cross sell our innovative services to our acquiring banks, processors, merchants and card associations. Our range of services and solutions enable cross-selling opportunities that are intended to increase revenue from our existing customers by helping them broaden their product set with additional value-add services. We believe these cross-sale opportunities are at a very early stage of penetration and represent a significant incremental margin opportunity for us because there are lower customer acquisition and integration expenses.

Add new customers

        Our sales and business development group will continue to target new acquiring banks, processors, merchants and card associations in existing regions. In 2014 we added 8 new acquiring banks in existing regions. We believe acquiring banks, processors and card associations are seeking differentiated turnkey solutions, such as ours, to provide them with international payment processing services as well as multi-currency processing capabilities, which they can offer to merchants. We believe merchants are increasingly seeking global payment processing services, such as ours, that are integrated into their existing business processes, enabling them to consolidate reporting and data from different international business units, regardless of geographic location or acquirer.

Enter new markets

        We are leveraging our platform to enter new geographies and business sectors. We are working to implement our services in new countries to expand our footprint and support the growth of our customers. We are targeting geographies with higher levels of international purchase volume, such as in Brazil, in which we launched services in 2014. We are also expanding into additional business areas where we can offer our differentiated technology and services. We believe the expansion of our services will increase our market opportunity and continue to facilitate our growth into the future.

Enhance our technology platform capabilities

        We will continue to use our technology resources to develop advanced platform capabilities in order to enhance our market position and enable our customers to retain and attract new business. We believe that platform enhancements, will lead to increased revenue. For example, adding support for the EMV international payment card standard, also known as "chip and PIN," as required in certain regions, significantly opened the market opportunity for our multi-currency processing services around the world. We are therefore already in a position to support the advent of EMV cards in the United States in the coming year.

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Develop new services and solutions

        As the payment industry continues to evolve, we aim to be at the forefront by developing new services and solutions that leverage our platform and core competencies and thereby enable us to enter new markets, attract new customers and retain existing ones. We believe the development of new services and solutions will be an important revenue source in the future, enable us to continue to differentiate our platform and capabilities, and accelerate the network effects of our business model. For example, we are developing innovative mobile payment and mobile commerce solutions for our partners and channels that leverage the core competencies of our payment processing platform. As payment systems quickly move to mobile devices, a multitude of mobile payment solutions and technologies are competing in the marketplace. To help our customers stay competitive in this market, we intend to partner with emerging technology providers and other value-added solution providers to develop additional international mobile payment solutions. We have also leveraged our platform and services to develop new solutions for our customers, such as hosting the MICROS Payment Gateway that enables users of MICROS integrated point-of-sale systems around the world to directly access our international payment processing and multi-currency processing services.

Pursue selective acquisitions

        We intend to selectively pursue acquisitions that will help us achieve our strategic goals, enhance our technology and capabilities, and accelerate growth. We believe pursuing these types of acquisitions will increase our ability to work with existing customers, add new customers, enter new markets, develop new services and enhance our processing platform capabilities. However, we have no commitments with respect to any such acquisitions at this time.

Our services

        We provide a range of international payment processing and multi-currency processing services that are integrated within the payment card transaction flow. Our services enable our customers to process and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels at the point-of-sale and through e-commerce, including:

Payment processing

        Our advanced payment processing services provide an end-to-end solution for our customers. Merchants wishing to accept electronic payments as opposed to cash and paper checks require a broad range of payment processing services. These encompass support for many payment types, including major credit and debit cards, regional debit products and Automated Clearing House, or ACH, payments. Merchants need the ability to accept payments online, from a mobile device, as well as at physical points of sale. All these solutions have to be offered with the highest levels of fraud and security protection.

        Our authorization and capture processing services are integrated into the transaction flow of acquiring banks, processors, and card associations to provide seamless support to merchants. Our processing services support authorization of various regional card and debit payments, including: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, UnionPay, Diners Club International, Interac, JCB, and Maestro. We provide these services for both EMV and magnetic stripe transactions.

        Our platform front end accepts transactions from a broad range of point-of-sale devices, mobile devices and payment gateways for e-commerce and telephone / mail order merchants. The MICROS Payment Gateway is a fully-managed payment solution hosted by Planet Payment and integrated to our processing platform that enables integrated payment processing for MICROS point-of-sale and property management system products. Planet Payment's iPay online payment solution is designed to help e-Commerce and mail and telephone order merchants accept online payments securely, quickly and in any currency.

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        At the end of each day, regardless of the source of the transactions, we capture all of the transactions processed during the day for each merchant and submit them to the card associations as part of the clearing and settlement process. Thereafter, we reconcile and provide reporting to our customers on the transactions that have been processed.

        On the back-end, we deploy our Merchant Accounting System, or MAS, comprising a single, flexible and scalable platform that supports acquiring banks, processors and card associations across multiple geographies and payment systems. The key functions of MAS, include clearing to the major card associations; intra-country, intra-regional and international interchange support; flexible merchant pricing structures; online exception and chargeback management tools; multiple language support for acquirers and merchants, including the ability to support double-byte character sets, such as for Mandarin and Cantonese.

        As part of our processing services we also offer our acquiring bank and processor customers advanced transaction reconciliation and reporting services, including the capability for segregated reporting by region, market and currency, available via our secure web portal, at all times, at the touch of a button.

        Merchant using our Commercial Services Platform or CSP can accept payment transactions and provide commercial services such as mobile phone top up and bill payments, all processed from a single point-of-sale device. The CSP connects to our transaction front and back-end for processing of the financial transactions and to the third party content provider for the commercial services.

        In the United States and Canada, we can also provide these services bundled with a merchant account facility, which enable us to provide a comprehensive payment solution to ISO's and acquirers, as well as directly to merchant customers.

Multi-currency processing

        Our flagship offering is multi-currency processing, which empowers acquiring banks, processors and merchants to provide Pay In Your Currency, Shop In Your Currency and Bank In Your Currency by means of our single, currency-neutral proprietary payment processing technology platform.

        Our multi-currency processing services are designed for a variety of payment environments, from customer-facing terminals to fully integrated front-desk systems and ATMs as well as through our online e-commerce gateway or a third-party e-commerce gateway.

Pay In Your Currency

        Pay In Your Currency is a customer service feature in which a payment card purchase initially priced in the merchant's local currency is converted, after the card is presented, in real time at the point-of-sale into the consumer's native currency while the merchant continues to receive settlement in its local currency. We believe this creates a personalized shopping experience and allows international consumers to enjoy the clarity and convenience of paying for their purchase in their native currency.

        To further illustrate the advantages of Pay In Your Currency, the chart below sets forth a representative transaction flow for processing: (1) a traditional card-based payment by a U.S. consumer

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to a Hong Kong merchant; and (2) a card-based payment by a U.S. consumer to a Hong Kong merchant using our multi-currency service:

 
  Traditional cross-border transaction
(U.S. Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars)
  Planet Payment Pay In Your Currency transaction
(U.S. Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars)
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  The U.S. consumer presents the Hong Kong merchant with a payment card. The consumer will not know the final cost of the transaction in U.S. Dollars (the sum of fees, foreign exchange rate and cost of the purchased item) until receipt of his or her card statement.   The U.S. consumer presents the Hong Kong merchant with a payment card and the merchant offers the consumer a choice of paying in U.S. Dollars or Hong Kong Dollars. The consumer knows the final transaction amount in U.S. Dollars before the sale is completed.



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The merchant terminal transmits the card information and transaction amount (in Hong Kong Dollars) to the acquiring bank or its third-party processor.

 

If U.S. Dollars are selected, the merchant (1) uses our technology to show the consumer the price in U.S. Dollars and the exchange rate with a margin agreed to by Planet Payment and the acquiring bank and (2) transmits the card information and transaction amount (in U.S. Dollars) to Planet Payment (on behalf of the acquiring bank).



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The acquiring bank or its third-party processor submits the authorization request (in Hong Kong Dollars) to the card association. Upon eventual settlement of the transaction by the card association, the card association pays the acquiring bank the amount of the charge in Hong Kong Dollars, so that the acquiring bank can pay the merchant what it expects to be paid in the merchant's local currency.

 

We (on behalf of the acquiring bank) submit the authorization request (in U.S. Dollars) to the card association. Upon eventual settlement of the transaction by the card association, the card association converts the amount back to Hong Kong Dollars and pays the acquiring bank, so that the acquiring bank can pay the merchant what it expects to be paid in its local currency. The margin that was included in the exchange rate is shared by the acquiring bank, the merchant and Planet Payment.



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  Traditional cross-border transaction
(U.S. Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars)
  Planet Payment Pay In Your Currency transaction
(U.S. Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars)
Card Association
(Visa or MasterCard)
  The card association typically (1) converts the amount from Hong Kong Dollars into U.S. Dollars using their internal treasury rates and (2) routes the authorization request in U.S. Dollars to the card issuing bank for response.   The card association routes the authorization request in U.S. Dollars to the card issuing bank for response.



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The card issuing bank approves or declines the transaction and that response is transmitted back through the chain to the merchant. Upon eventual settlement of the transaction (1) the card association charges the card issuing bank and the acquiring bank certain fees for the international transaction and (2) the card issuing bank reflects the final cost of the transaction (the sum of fees, foreign exchange rate and cost of the purchased item) on the consumer's card statement in U.S. Dollars.

 

The card issuing bank approves or declines the transaction and that response is transmitted back through the chain to the merchant. Upon eventual settlement of the transaction (1) the card association charges the card issuing bank and the acquiring bank certain fees for the international transaction and (2) the card issuing bank reflects the final cost of the transaction on the consumer's card statement in the consumer's native currency, U.S. Dollars, as agreed to by the consumer at the point-of-sale.

Shop In Your Currency

        Merchants use Shop In Your Currency, primarily in e-commerce, to target and reach international markets more effectively by offering their customers the ability to view pricing in multiple currencies and pay in the currency of their choice. With Shop In Your Currency, the merchant continues to receive settlement in its preferred currency, thereby enabling each party to the sale to transact business in the currency of their choice.

        With Shop In Your Currency, the merchant prices its goods and services in various currencies and the customer makes the decision to purchase the goods and services in the currency of their choice. The consumer then presents his or her card at the point-of-sale and completes the transaction in the chosen currency as displayed by the merchant, and as far as the consumer is concerned no conversion takes place. The transaction is submitted to the card associations in the chosen transaction currency. Upon settlement by the card association to the acquiring bank, the transaction is converted back into the merchant's settlement currency so that the acquiring bank can pay the merchant what it expected to be paid for the transaction in its local currency.

Bank in Your Currency

        Banks and ATM operators using our Bank in Your Currency service offer improved customer service for international travelers using their ATM's for their cash needs abroad. With this service, international travelers can withdraw local currency from participating ATMs, using their foreign MasterCard card. These travelers enjoy the convenience of knowing, at time of withdrawal, the exact amount debited from their bank account, in their home currency. The service operates in a similar way to the Pay in Your Currency Service, in that the cardholder is offered the choice whether to be billed in local currency or the currency of the card at the time of making a cashing withdrawal. The

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settlement with the bank or ATM operator continues to be made in the local currency, just as it would be for any other cash transaction.

iPAY Gateway

        Our iPAY service provides PCI-compliant payment gateway services for e-commerce, call center, mail-order and telephone order merchants. iPAY provides our customers with fully integrated domestic and multi-currency processing services, which we believe are highly differentiated in the marketplace for a number of reasons, including the following:

    we believe iPAY is the only gateway that offers both Pay In Your Currency and Shop in Your Currency services via the same interface as domestic processing;

    merchants can use iPAY's subscription billing features to establish many types of recurring billing plans in multiple currencies and are able to do so in real-time using online tools, and we do not believe other gateways offer this level of flexibility for merchants; and

    iPAY is fully integrated into our platform whereas most other gateways are operated by stand-alone gateway companies, which are not full service, registered third-party processors.

        iPAY enables acceptance of all major payment types and methods and offers merchants flexibility in configuring iPAY to meet their business and processing needs. We are currently providing iPAY to customers in the United States and Canada and have also recently made it available to our customers in all other regions where we operate iPAY support for UnionPay's new UnionPay Online Payment or UPOP service, provides merchants with the additional facility to authenticate and process UnionPay debit cards online, providing merchants with better access to the Chinese e-commerce market.

        Our broad range of services to both business-to-business and business-to-consumer merchant platforms include credit card, purchase card, and debit card acceptance and multi-currency processing. Using the iPAY recurring billing engine, merchants can track various customers billing and payment data, define payment schedules and offer trial periods. Our secure tokenization and sophisticated fraud and chargeback management tools help merchants manage the risks of conducting business in a card-not-present environment. All of the above services can be supported as a fully-integrated solution within our platform or can be integrated with the platforms of other supported processors.

Global consolidated reporting and data analytics

        Our global consolidated reporting and data analytics offer merchants valuable insights into their operations. These services can provide in-depth profiles of consumers' spending habits and country of origin. Our centralized reporting platform can provide transactional data in a uniform, consolidated on-line format across a merchant's international operations with the ability to focus upon selected data according to a merchant's particular requirements.

Non-financial or commercial transaction services

        Our CSP technology enables us to offer commercial transaction processing services, in addition to the processing of financial transactions using payment cards. This allows merchants to offer a range of commercial services including pre-paid mobile phone top-up and bill payments using the same point-of-sale device deployed to accept payment cards. The CSP connects to the relevant processor, be it our own payments platform, or a third party platform for the commercial services, in order to deliver the relevant transactions where they need to be processed. The technology also enables us to manage the point-of-sale device applications remotely, which can simplify the process of updating the software and adding new applications that can operate on the same devices.

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Customer service

        We offer a full service customer support center based in our Delaware and Hong Kong facilities. Calls are answered and we respond to customer queries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call center is divided into consumer, merchant and corporate services teams to help streamline the process. These teams are trained to deal with Level I type issues, which involve support for our direct merchant portfolio in North America, where we are the first point of contact. Level II type issues, where we are supporting our acquiring bank and processor customers on their technical issues and in response to more difficult Level I type issues our customers receive from their merchants, are escalated to the appropriate support team (in the United States or Hong Kong) for resolution via a problem ticket management system. All calls are entered as cases into a customer relationship management case management system to ensure integrity and continuity of service.

Our acquiring banks, processors and card associations

        We provide our services to more than 70 acquiring banks, processors and card associations in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Our relationship with acquiring banks, processors and card associations provides us with broad market coverage by leveraging their distribution network and global portfolio of merchants. Our acquiring bank, processor and card association customers include: Global Payments, Inc., Network International LLC, Vantiv, LLC, Visa, Inc., and TSYS Acquiring Solutions LLC. In 2014, Global Payments, Inc. represented 21% of our revenue.

        We typically enter into three to five year contracts with our acquiring banks, processors and card associations which contain "evergreen" renewal clauses, so that they automatically renew for a further period, unless one party positively terminates the contract. Our acquiring banks, processors and card associations typically either renew or extend their contracts at the expiration of the term.

Our sponsor banks

        In order to offer merchant acquiring services for Visa and MasterCard transactions as we do in North America, we must be sponsored by a financial institution that is a principal member of the Visa and MasterCard networks. The sponsor bank must register us with Visa as an independent sales organization and with MasterCard as a member service provider. We have therefore entered into sponsorship agreements with member banks of the Visa and MasterCard networks, which we refer to as our sponsor banks that allow us to offer card acquiring services directly to merchants.

        The sponsorship agreements with our sponsor banks require, among other things, that we abide by the laws and regulations of the Visa and MasterCard networks. Pursuant to the sponsorship agreements, we are required to pay bank sponsorship fees. These fees are included in our consolidated statements of operations as "payment processing service fees." If we breach a sponsorship agreement, our sponsor bank may terminate the agreement and, under the terms of the agreement, we are entitled to a reasonable transitional period to make arrangements with an alternative sponsor bank.

Our merchants

        We provide our services to approximately 93,000 active merchant locations around the world. We serve these merchant locations, either indirectly through our acquiring banks, processors and card associations or directly through our sales force, and deliver innovative payment services that help merchants sell more goods and services. As of December 31, 2014, our active merchant locations grew 53% compared to December 31, 2013. 16% of the multi-currency processing services transaction volume processed in December 2014 was attributed to new merchants activated in the year ended December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2014, multi-currency services processing transaction volume from retail, lodging, restaurant, e-commerce, MOTO merchant locations comprised

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50%, 35%, 8%, 6%, and 1%, respectively, of the total multi-currency processing transaction volume we processed during that period.

Sales and marketing

        Our sales force is comprised of business development, key account relationship management and direct sales professionals responsible for developing and maintaining our relationships with our customers. Our sales force is focused on supporting our current customers, as well as nurturing relationships with prospective customers in key international markets. Our relationship managers support the development of sales presentation materials and training of our customers' sales personnel to assist them in marketing our services, either directly or indirectly, to merchants. We also directly train and support selected key merchants' employees and technology providers in order to grow active merchant locations, increase utilization of our services and solidify relationships. In addition, we employ a direct sales force which targets merchants in North America for our payment processing services.

        Our marketing staff is focused on marketing our company, our services and our acquiring bank and processor customers' services. Managing our corporate website presence is a key responsibility for the marketing team, with a focus on acquiring bank and processor acquisition and describing our services to merchants. Since we allow our acquiring bank and processor customers to market our services under their own brands, our marketing team also assists our customers with the development of marketing materials to encourage adoption of our multi-currency processing services.

Technology

        We believe that our wholly owned, currency-neutral processing platform is a major reason why leading international banks, processors and card associations use our services. The platform enables us to operate as an international independent third-party processor with direct connectivity to card associations around the world. Since our platform is maintained internally, we are able to efficiently respond to customer needs and market opportunities. Our platform consists of seven synchronized processing centers linked by a global telecommunications network. Our primary data centers are located in secure facilities in Elmsford, New York, and New Castle, Delaware. We also host facilities in Bermuda, Dublin, Shanghai and Macau and host two facilities in Hong Kong, through co-location arrangements. The following is a summary of key attributes of our processing platform:

    Singular platform.   We operate a single platform that supports all the currencies, languages and regional card products that we offer our customers. Our platform is built on a unified architecture with a centralized database as opposed to the processing platforms of some of our primary competitors that use a regionalized architecture and regionalized database, with differing levels of functionality and a variety of interface technologies. Our singular platform enable consistency in our services, rapid response to emerging technologies and changing industry standards, and allows us to efficiently offer our services across geographies. Merchants operating across multiple territories can conveniently access a consolidated view of their transaction activity and use their preferred point-of-sale technology. As a result, our merchants can deliver a consistent customer experience in any region, which reduces implementation costs and customer training for both sales and operations.

    Individualized exchange rates.   Our acquiring banks and merchants can use our patented technology to offer individualized exchange rates for each transaction based on a number of different factors, including merchant location, the customer's native currency and any special offers. The platform can also accept multiple exchange rate sources and provide rate guarantees for a specific time period; for example, for e-commerce merchants where delivery of the product may take place several days after the payment transaction.

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    Scalability.   Our platform can expand to add new banks and merchants, increase transaction volumes and enter new markets. Our unified global platform utilizes a distributed architecture, which improves flexibility and scalability. The number of payment card transactions that we can process is limited by the number of transactions per second that can be processed by our authorization system and the storage limits of our MAS. We have developed sophisticated exception management processes and procedures that are critical to maintaining our ability to scale effectively by allowing us to monitor and fine-tune our processes as transaction volumes increase. We have been able to increase the capacity of both systems by installing additional hardware on a managed, modular basis on a single platform without significant increases in capital expenditures.

    High level of security.   Given the sensitive nature of the consumer data that we process and the strict security requirements of our acquiring bank customers, we built our platform with a strong focus on system security. We utilize next generation security safeguards using third party hardware and software encryption, as well as our proprietary tokenization services. Our platform is compliant with the PCI Security Council's Data Security Standards and is annually audited and certified by an independent security assessor. We proactively monitor our systems and network for any security threat and we are constantly maintaining and improving the security features of our platform to help our customers minimize risk.

    Reliability.   Our global telecommunications network and processing centers are designed for redundancy and fail-over. During the two years ended December 31, 2014, our two core processing platform components, MAS and Planet Switch, each had average system uptime availability of at least 99.9%.

Processing platform components

        The platform was designed with a modular architecture to enhance scalability and easily offer additional components. The primary components of our processing platform include (1) MAS, (2) Planet Switch, (3) iPAY, (4) our card association endpoints, and (5) the CSP.

        Merchant Accounting System.     MAS creates end-of-day clearing files to the card associations, reports on merchant and acquiring bank transaction activity, creates and transmits payment instructions for our acquiring banks, and serves as the system of record for all transactions cleared through our platform. MAS tracks foreign exchange fluctuations on a daily basis to facilitate comprehensive reconciliation of each aspect of the credit card authorization and settlement processes.

        MAS is a unified transaction processing system, for all regions, all currencies and all languages that we support, with a web-based management and reporting interface for use by our back-office staff, acquiring bank back-office staff, and merchants. The customer facing web-application and reporting infrastructure currently supports Cantonese, English, French, Canadian French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. MAS also provides acquiring banks, processors and merchants with comprehensive reporting of the status of their transactions and funding cycles as well as other pertinent credit card operational needs including image processing, chargebacks, retrievals and representments.

        Planet Switch.     Planet Switch is an authorization host for both domestic and foreign credit and debit card transactions communicating directly with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, UnionPay, and Diners Club International. Planet Switch also functions as a point-of- sale terminal and integrated system driver for credit card transactions. Planet Switch was designed for multi-currency payment processing and supports our real-time foreign exchange logic at the point-of-sale. Planet Switch receives the inbound authorization request, converts the sale amount into the consumer's home billing currency, and forwards the request to the card association endpoints for completion. Planet Switch supports debit interfaces including Maestro, Interac (Canada) and UnionPay as well as the UnionPay online (e-commerce) service—UPOP (UnionPay Online Payments).

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        Planet Switch drives 'smart' ATM's as well as supporting host to host connectivity to major brands of ATM hosting software (e.g. ACI). Planet Switch connects to Visa Plus and the MasterCard Debit Switch (MDS) for ATM transactions.

        iPAY Gateway.     We offer a fully integrated e-commerce gateway differentiated by its multi-currency capabilities that processes all major card brands and ACH transactions. Additionally, iPAY has a virtual terminal payment application for MOTO transactions and enables recurring payments. Given the increased risk of fraud associated with a card-not-present environment, we offer our own and third party advanced fraud monitoring, tokenization and other security tools to protect acquiring banks, merchants and consumers.

        Card association endpoints.     We have the capability to submit transaction data directly to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and UnionPay in the regions in which we do business, through leased hardware provided by Visa or MasterCard and certified interfaces to American Express, JCB and UnionPay. This capability enables us to control the transaction flow and eliminates the need to use third-party processors. In order to utilize these endpoints, we have built support for interchange qualification in the United States, Canada, the Asia Pacific region, the European Union, the Middle East and Africa and have the ability to quickly and effectively develop support for additional local card brands and regional interchange regimes.

Commercial Services Platform

        The CSP comprises a platform which enables merchants to provide commercial services and process non-financial transactions such as mobile phone top up and bill payments. In addition, CSP can centrally manage the merchant's point-of-sale device without the need to individually update each device. The CSP has been integrated into our platform in order to enable enhanced functionality to be quickly deployed to merchants' POS devices that are connected to our platform.

Platform innovation and enhancements

        We will continue to use our technology resources to develop advanced platform capabilities in order to enhance our market position and enable our customers to retain and attract new business. Given the unified architecture of our single platform, once new enhancements and solutions have been implemented they are available to all of our customers around the world. During 2014, we continued to enhance our proprietary systems in order to offer acquiring banks, processors, and merchants increased opportunities to capture additional revenue with new services. For example, in 2014 we:

    Enhanced our interfaces to VISA and MC to support the processing of Quasi Cash transactions.

    Expanded our support for DCC and Domestic Cash Withdrawal transactions in the US with support for different brands of ATMs.

    Developed additional domestic interchange support for a number of international markets to enable us to provide full-service outsourced processing to our customers in those countries.

    Expanded support for ATMs in Mexico by implementing the BICISO interface to support Domestic and DCC ATM Cash Withdrawal transactions.

    Enhance our Merchant Accounting Systems' reporting capability to better serve our customers.

Technology partners

        In order to facilitate the provision of our services, technology and service providers to the electronic payments industry, including point-of-sale system providers, such as e-commerce gateways, terminal manufacturers and other processors, have certified their solutions to our platform. Our technology partners, once integrated to our platform, have the ability to support merchants wherever they are, without having to replicate development efforts to connect to different regional platforms. We have comprehensive implementation documents to guide our technology partners through development and a team of implementation and certification specialists to assist in the process.

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Competition

        Competition in our market is intense and involves rapidly changing technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent introductions of new products and services, and changes in customer requirements. To maintain and improve our competitive position, we must keep pace with the evolving needs of our customers and continue to develop and introduce new features, services and solutions in a timely and efficient manner. Our primary competitors are international payment processors, multi-currency payment service providers and global e-commerce payment service providers.

International payment processors

        Currently, there is a high level of concentration in the international payment processing industry, with a few large processors providing payment card processing services to acquiring banks on a multi-national and multi-regional basis. The payment processing industry is mostly regionalized, with many acquiring banks, processors and card associations providing services focused specifically on their local region or country. International processors with whom we compete include: First Data Corporation, with its OmniPay Limited subsidiary operating a multi-currency platform; Elavon, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp that operates in the Americas; and WorldPay (UK) Limited, that also primarily services North America and Europe, and which in 2014 acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia, a leading provider of payment solutions in Latin America. We compete with these entities primarily based on the specialized solutions and quality of services that we provide. While we compete with international payment processors for acquiring bank customers, in certain situations, we also work cooperatively with them to process transactions. International processors with whom we currently partner under multi-currency processing agreements, include Global Payments, Inc. in the Asia Pacific region, the United States and Canada, and First Data Corporation under its First Data Merchant Solutions brand in the Asia Pacific region. We also work with large, regional processors under multi-currency processing agreements, including TSYS Acquiring Solutions in the United States, Vantiv, LLC in the United States, and Network International LLC in the Middle East. We may also compete against prospective acquiring bank customers and regional processors that may prefer to develop and offer their own payment processing solution. We believe the payment industry will continue to consolidate and outsource processing to benefit from access to new services without significant investment or modifications to their existing systems.

Multi-currency payment service providers

        The multi-currency payment service industry is largely segmented among large, international processors, which provide multi-currency processing services as part of their broader international payment processing service, including those referenced above, and smaller companies who work on a regional or local basis to provide dynamic currency conversion, or DCC, or multi-currency processing services on behalf of acquiring banks or merchants. Specialized DCC providers include: FEXCO Holdings; Travelex Holdings Limited; Global Blue; Monex Financial Services Limited; Euronet Worldwide, Pure Commerce Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Euronet; Fintrax Group; and Continuum Commerce Ltd.. Since many of these competitors come from the foreign exchange sector, their business models are based upon trading settlement currencies. As a result, many of these companies work with a multi-currency enabled acquiring bank or processor, which we believe gives rise to additional complexity and inefficiencies in implementation and processing. We compete with these companies primarily based on the quality of our offerings and process efficiencies. Some of these competitors may attempt to compete with us by significantly undercutting our prices or offering substantial incentives.

Global e-commerce payment service providers

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subsidiary of Visa, MasterCard International Gateway Services, or MIGS, PayPal, Inc., GlobalCollect, Borderfree, Inc., WorldPay (UK) Limited, and Payvision. In the United States, we compete against acquiring banks offering multi-currency processing solutions to online merchants, including Chase Paymentech and Bank of America. In the Asia Pacific region, we compete against regional providers, including AsiaPay Limited, Joint Electronic Teller Services Ltd., or JETCO, and eNETS Pte Ltd, but also support MIGS and AsiaPay Limited. We compete with these entities primarily based on the specialized solutions and quality of services that we can provide, in addition to price. In North America, a number of locally-focused payment gateway providers primarily concentrate on delivering domestic online payment services. Our iPAY service competes with them based on the specialized multi-currency solutions we offer. We also work cooperatively with several payment gateway providers to offer Shop In Your Currency services online, including RocketGate, USAePAY and Plug'n Pay, but also support our services through certain competitors including CyberSource, MIGS and PayPal.

Regulatory and legal environment

        Our customers are subject to numerous laws and regulations applicable to banks and other financial institutions in the United States and elsewhere and, as a consequence, our business is affected by such laws and regulations. Our contracts with acquiring banks, processor, and card association customers require us to comply with applicable laws and regulations in the United States and in the various jurisdictions in which we and our customers operate, including:

    banking regulations, and monetary and other governmental authority requirements relating to the processing of payment card transactions;

    anti-money laundering laws, regulations and related requirements, such as the USA PATRIOT Act in the United States;

    privacy and data security regulations, including rules regarding safeguarding personal information, such as rules implementing the privacy provisions of Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, or GLBA, in the United States;

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, and other taxing authority reporting requirements;

    card association and payment network organization rules; and

    other laws and regulations.

Banking regulations

        The financial services industry is subject to significant legislative and regulatory scrutiny. Interchange fees, which are typically paid by the acquiring bank to the card issuing bank in connection with transactions, are being reviewed by regulatory authorities and central banks in a number of jurisdictions in which we operate and are subject to increasingly intense legal, regulatory, and legislative scrutiny worldwide. For instance, in the United States, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or Dodd-Frank Act, requires the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to regulate the fees charged or received by issuers for processing point-of-sale debit card transactions, as well as other restrictions on routing debit card transactions and network exclusivity. Regulatory actions such as this one, even if not directed at us, may have a significant and negative impact on our customers in the United States because they may require significant efforts to change our systems and services and may require changes to how we price our services and solutions to our current and potential customers. We do not expect that the Dodd-Frank Act or other regulations governing interchange fees will have a significant negative effect on our business, as our business model is predominantly based on credit cards and we are primarily serving acquiring banks outside of the United States that are not subject to the Dodd-Frank Act. However, we cannot predict the effect of these and any prospective regulatory changes on our customers, our operations and financial condition.

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        The Canadian Department of Finance issued a voluntary Code of Conduct for payment card industry participants in Canada. Visa and MasterCard adopted the Code of Conduct in the form proposed by the Canadian government. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to demonstrate the industry's commitment to:

    ensuring that merchants are fully aware of the costs associated with accepting credit and debit card payments, thereby allowing merchants to reasonably forecast their monthly costs related to accepting such payments;

    providing merchants with increased pricing flexibility to encourage consumers to choose the lowest-cost payment option; and

    allowing merchants to freely choose which payment options they will accept.

        The requirements for increased transparency and disclosure to merchants have required us to change the formats of our merchant statement and certain other documentation in order to enable our customers in Canada to comply with the new Code of Conduct. At this time, it is not possible to predict what effect the other provisions of the Code of Conduct will have on our customers, operations and financial condition.

        The banking and/or monetary authorities of some jurisdictions, such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, require acquiring banks to obtain their permission before outsourcing processing services to us. In accordance with our agreements with our customers, we are subject to compliance audits by our customers and by their regulators, as well as by the card associations. Although most of our customers conduct annual or other periodic reviews of various aspects of our services, we have not been subject to any audit or inspection by any government regulator to date. MasterCard has conducted periodic reviews of our operations under its Fraud Management Program (formerly known as Risk Assessment Management Program) and found that we are a risk aware service provider with the tools and knowledge required to assist member banks in the mitigation of fraud losses. Government regulators and regulatory bodies, such as the card associations, could change or impose additional requirements on us and our customers with respect to outsourcing, or the introduction of new services could require additional authorization from such regulators.

        In April 2005, the People's Bank of China along with other Chinese government authorities issued the Various Opinions Concerning the Promotion of the Bank Card Industry, or the Opinions. One of the goals set out in the Opinions is to strengthen bank card risk management and to establish a risk prevention mechanism. As one of the measures to be taken to achieve this goal, the Opinions call for Chinese government authorities to strengthen access to and supervision of the outsourcing of bank card data processing and related operations. The Opinions specifically note the need for specific regulations with respect to foreign-invested organizations that engage in related services in the People's Republic of China, or China. Notwithstanding the Opinions, we are not aware of any regulations directly applicable to bank card data processing operations or operators, whether domestic or foreign-invested, which have been publicly promulgated to date.

        In January 2011, the China Bank Regulatory Commission, or CBRC, issued the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Credit Card Business of Commercial Banks , or the Measures. The Measures impose a number of requirements on commercial banks involving credit card businesses, particularly in relation to information security and the ability to ensure the integrity and security of customer information and operational data. These requirements are applicable to acquiring banks and not their service providers, such as us. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that CBRC and other relevant authorities may decide to issue new laws or regulations or otherwise extend the reach of the Measures or other existing regulations in a manner that will impact the operations of third-party data processors, such as us.

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Anti-money laundering laws

        Most jurisdictions in which we and our customers operate have implemented, amended or have pending anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism regulation. We are subject to the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, which requires the creation and implementation of comprehensive anti-money laundering programs. In general, this requires that we make certain efforts to prevent the use of our payment processing system to facilitate money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities, including, for example, the designation of a compliance officer, training of employees, adoption of internal policies and procedures to mitigate money laundering risks, and periodic audits. As are all U.S. citizens and U.S. entities, we are subject to regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, which prohibit or restrict financial and other transactions with specified countries, and designated individuals and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers.

        As a payments processor that does not handle customer funds, our primary responsibilities in this area relate to the underwriting and monitoring of merchants in our direct merchant portfolio. Our acquiring bank customers have the responsibility for underwriting merchants in their own portfolios, for which we are just acting as the processor, and the primary responsibility for monitoring unusual transactions. We have procedures and controls in place that are designed to protect against having direct business dealings with countries, individuals or entities that are subject to OFAC-administered sanctions. However, due to the complexity of the payments systems in which our customers participate, such as MasterCard and Visa, it is possible our computer systems may be used in the processing of transactions involving countries or parties subject to OFAC-administered sanctions.

        Anti-money laundering regulations are constantly evolving, and we cannot predict how future regulations or changes thereto might affect us. Therefore, we monitor our compliance with anti-money laundering regulations to ensure that we comply with the most current legal requirements. Complying with future regulation could be expensive or require us to change the way we operate our business.

Privacy and data security regulation

        We collect and store consumers' personally identifiable information on behalf of our customers, including names, card account numbers and expiration dates, and maintain a database of consumer data relating to specific transactions, including card numbers, in order to process transactions and assist our customers with retrieval requests, chargebacks and refunds. We also collect and store personally identifiable information about merchants and individual principals of these merchants, in connection with the underwriting of merchants in our direct merchant business, including names, addresses, social security numbers and employer identification numbers. As a service provider to financial institutions in the United States, we comply with the privacy provisions of GLBA and its implementing regulations and, as applicable with various other federal, state and foreign privacy statutes and regulations, and the PCI Security Standards Council's Data Security Standards, each of which is subject to change at any time. We may only use and disclose the personal information we receive on behalf of our customers for the purposes for which it was provided to us and consistent with each acquiring bank and processor's own data privacy and security obligations.

        In order to comply with our obligations under GLBA, applicable state and foreign laws and our contractual agreements with our acquiring banks and processors, we are required to safeguard and protect the privacy of personally identifiable information we receive. As part of their compliance with the requirements, each of our U.S. customers is expected to have a program in place for responding to unauthorized access to, or use of, consumer information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to consumers. A majority of U.S. states have enacted security breach legislation, requiring varying levels of consumer notification in the event of a security breach, which could result in significant costs to us and significant damage to our reputation. Outside of the United States, most of

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the jurisdictions in which we or our customers operate have laws regulating the protection of personal data. We may be subject to these laws as a result of our contractual arrangement with our customers.

        The interpretation of pending and existing laws and regulations is evolving and, therefore, these laws and regulations may be applied inconsistently. It is possible that our current data protection policies and practices may be deemed inconsistent with new legal requirements or interpretations thereof, and breaches in the security of our payment processing platform and technology could result in a violation of these laws and regulations.

Internal Revenue Service regulations

        The IRS adopted Section 1.6050W-1 of the Code requiring acquiring banks, processors, and card associations to file Form 1099-K reports regarding sales volumes processed on behalf of merchants using payment cards, commencing January 2012. This regulation imposes obligations on us to collect and report on information regarding the sales activities of merchants in the United States for which we process transactions. This regulation required us to modify our systems and processes and resulted in additional costs and imposed additional requirements on the way we provide our services to our customers, and may, in the future, result in further costs and require substantial internal development work. This regulation may be subject to change or may be supplemented by additional regulations and it is not possible to predict the impact of such new regulations on our business and operations.

Card association and payment network organization rules

        The acquiring banks that are our customers, or that sponsor the bank identification numbers for Visa transactions and interbank card association number for MasterCard transactions that our customers use, whether or not such acquiring banks are our customers, must register us with Visa and MasterCard as a third party processor. Visa and MasterCard set the standards with which we and the acquiring banks must comply. As a result of being registered as a third- party processor, we are subject to card association rules and standards, and if we fail to comply with those rules and standards, the card association or network organization may subject our acquiring banks to a variety of fines or other penalties for which we could be responsible, including the termination of our ability to process transactions routed through these entities. Each card association and network organization has the power to audit us, as well as our merchant and acquiring bank customers, from time to time to ensure compliance with their rules and standards. We continue to work with our acquiring banks, processors and card associations to implement and maintain appropriate policies and programs, as well as adapt our business practices in order to comply with all applicable rules and standards.

        The card association rules and standards have included and may in the future include rules impacting DCC and multi-currency pricing services such as ours. For example, Visa maintains a prohibition on performing DCC services on cash withdrawal transactions performed at ATMs with Visa cards and card associations other than Visa and MasterCard, such as JCB and American Express, only permit Shop In Your Currency services on transactions undertaken with their cards in certain circumstances. We currently have a limited agreement with JCB that enables us to offer our Shop In Your Currency service only in North America for Japanese Yen and U.S. Dollars and we also have an agreement with American Express to offer our Shop In Your Currency service for e-commerce transactions in many markets around the world. Visa and MasterCard operating rules are subject to change at any time and in particular include twice yearly "compliance updates" each April and October. Such changes or updates often require us to modify our systems and processes and may result in additional costs, require substantial internal development work and change, or impose additional requirements on, the way we provide our services.

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whether to accept the currency conversion. The specific disclosure requirements and procedures vary for each card type and may also differ according to the merchant's industry vertical. In addition, Visa has established a certification regime that requires all new DCC services, and all changes to certified DCC solutions, to undergo a certification process and be approved by Visa. Visa also charges acquiring banks an annual fee of $45,000 for each country and territory in which they offer a DCC service. Additionally, both Visa and MasterCard charge additional cross-border fees for transactions involving DCC. Visa's compliance regime for DCC includes unannounced "mystery shopping" audits of our customer's merchants, to access how merchants are complying with the regulations applicable to DCC. Repeated failure by an acquiring bank or merchant to comply with regulations can result in substantial fines and ultimately a prohibition upon their offering DCC. Remediation of negative audit findings can be costly and time consuming for our customers.

Other laws and regulations

        As we develop new services and solutions, we may become subject to additional laws or regulations. These additional laws or regulations could substantially restrict the nature of the business in which we may engage. In addition, changes in current or future laws or regulations may restrict our ability to operate our business and may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

        In addition, changes to laws and regulations, or the interpretation or enforcement thereof, could have a negative financial effect on our business. Even an inadvertent failure to comply with laws and regulations could damage our business or our reputation. We cannot predict the substance or impact of pending or future legislation or regulation, or the application thereof, although enactment of such legislation would affect how we and our customers operate and could significantly increase costs, impede the efficiency of internal business processes and limit our ability to pursue business opportunities in an efficient manner.

Intellectual property

        Our intellectual property rights are a key component of our business success. We rely on a combination of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade secret laws, as well as confidentiality procedures and contractual restrictions, to establish, maintain and protect our proprietary rights. These laws, procedures and restrictions provide only limited protection and any of our intellectual property rights may be challenged, invalidated, circumvented, infringed or misappropriated. Further, the laws of certain countries do not protect proprietary rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States and, therefore, in certain jurisdictions, we may be unable to protect our proprietary technology. We generally require employees, consultants, customers, suppliers and partners to execute confidentiality agreements with us that restrict the disclosure of our intellectual property. We also generally require our employees and consultants to execute invention assignment agreements with us that protect our intellectual property rights. Despite these precautions, third parties may obtain and use without our consent intellectual property that we own or license. Any unauthorized use of our intellectual property by third parties, and the expenses incurred in protecting our intellectual property rights, may adversely affect our business.

        As of December 31, 2014, we had four issued patents in the United States, Australia, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. We also have patent applications pending in the United States and several other jurisdictions, all of which are counterparts to our patents and patent applications in the United States. Our patents generally have a duration of 20 years from the relevant priority date of each patent. We cannot ensure that any of our pending patent applications will be granted or that any of our issued patents will adequately protect our intellectual property. Any patents that may be issued to us may be contested, circumvented, found unenforceable or invalidated and we may not be able to prevent third parties from infringing them. The

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patent laws in the United States and foreign countries in which we have issued patents and/or pending applications may change, making it more difficult or impossible to obtain or enforce patent rights related to our business. In addition, third parties could claim invalidity, co-inventorship or make similar claims with respect to any of our currently issued patents or any patents that may be issued to us in the future. Any such claims, whether or not successful, could be extremely costly to defend, divert management's time, attention and resources, damage our reputation and brand, and substantially harm our business. Therefore, the exact effect of having a patent cannot be predicted with certainty.

        We own and use distinctive trademarks on or in connection with our products and services, including both unregistered common law marks and issued trademark registrations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico and the European Union. We also have trademark applications pending to register marks in the United States, Canada and China. We have also registered numerous Internet domain names.

        While we actively take steps to protect our proprietary rights, such steps may not be sufficient to prevent third parties from infringing or misappropriating our intellectual property. Trade secrets are difficult to protect.

        From time to time, we may become involved in disputes over rights and obligations concerning intellectual property. Although we believe that our product offerings do not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, we have not performed any significant freedom-to-operate analyses with respect to U.S. or foreign patent rights, nor can we be certain that we will prevail in any intellectual property dispute. If we do not prevail in these disputes, we may lose some or all of our intellectual property protection, be enjoined from further sales of our products that are determined to infringe the rights of others, and/or be forced to pay substantial license fees or royalties to a third party, any of which would adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Employees

        As of December 31, 2014, we had a total of 167 regular full-time employees, including 62 employees located outside the United States. None of our employees are represented by a union or covered by a collective bargaining agreement. We consider our employee relations to be good.

    Executive Officers of the Registrant

        The following sets forth certain information with regard to our executive officers, including their ages as of February 28, 2015:

Name
  Age   Position

Carl J. Williams

    63   Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President

Robert J. Cox III

    49   Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer

Kieth W. Flaherty

    47   Executive Vice President of Operations and Delivery

Charles J. Giglia

    63   Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Alan M. Lubitz

    63   Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Product Development

Jason A. Taylor

    43   Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Network and Infrastructure

         Carl J. Williams' has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors since February 2015. Mr. Williams has served as a director since August 2013, as our President since November 2013 and as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2014. Mr. Williams was previously an advisor to the Company from April 2010 until he joined our Board of Directors. Mr. Williams is a founder and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Baikal Group, LLC, a management consulting firm, since March 2002. He served as a Managing Director of Pay Anywhere, LLC, a mobile credit card processing system, from May 2012 until July 2013. Mr. Williams previously served as advisor of business

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development and international operations at Global Payments Inc., a payment processing company, from November 2008 until June 2013. From March 2004 until November 2008, Mr. Williams was the President of World Wide Payment Processing for Global Payments. From May 1996 to February 2002, Mr. Williams was President of Spherion Assessment Group, a business unit of Spherion Inc., a recruiting and staffing service, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HR Easy, Inc. from 1996 until 1998 until it was acquired by Spherion Inc. Mr. Williams previously served as the Divisional President of Merchant Services of National Processing Company, a payment processing company. Mr. Williams holds a B.A. from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

         Robert J. Cox III has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since November 2009 and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. From June 2009 to November 2009, Mr. Cox served as the Chief Financial Officer of Harris Interactive, Inc., a market research firm. From 2001 to May 2009, Mr. Cox served as the Chief Financial Officer of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc., an automotive retail software solution provider. Prior to that, Mr. Cox served as Chief Financial Officer at Triton International Inc. and Green Stamp America Inc. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in the audit practice at KPMG LLP. Mr. Cox holds a B.A. in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

         Kieth W. Flaherty has served as our Executive Vice President, Operations and Delivery since January 2015. From November 2006 until December 2014, Mr. Flaherty served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Project Management. From April 2002 to November 2006, Mr. Flaherty served as the Chief Technology Officer at Transworld Payment Solutions, a provider of payment solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Flaherty held various senior positions with Bank of Bermuda, Arab National Bank and First Ecommerce Data Services.

         Charles J. Giglia has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer since January 2015. Mr. Giglia was a independent management consultant, advising businesses on a broad range of strategic and technology matters. In 2000 Mr. Giglia founded DealerTrack Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of on demand solutions for the retail auto industry, where he served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer from 2000 to 2009 and as a Senior Vice President from 2009 to 2011. From 1976 to 2000, Mr. Giglia held various roles at JP Morgan Chase most recently as the Vice President of Software and Infrastructure Engineering—Chase Retail Lending, from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Giglia holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.B.A. in Management from New York Institute of Technology.

         Alan M. Lubitz has served as our Chief Technology Officer since November 2003 and our Senior Vice President, Product Development since July 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Lubitz spent over 17 years holding various senior positions at Paymentech, TermNet Merchant Services, National Card Processing Systems and Chase Merchant Services. Mr. Lubitz holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and an M.B.A. from the Boston College School of Management.

         Jason A. Taylor has served as our Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Security, Network and Infrastructure since January 2015. From June 2009 to January 2015, Mr. Taylor served as our Chief Information Officer and from November 2006 to June 2009, served as our Senior Vice President of Card Systems and Quality Assurance. From October 2001 to October 2006, Mr. Taylor was Manager, Card Systems, at TransWorld Payment Solutions, a third party payment processor. Mr. Taylor holds a B.S. in Business from Kwantlen University.

Available Information

        We make available our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, free of charge on our website at

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www.planetpayment.com , as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC. Information contained on our website is not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or our other filings with the SEC. Additionally, copies of materials filed by us with the SEC may be accessed at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549 or at the internet site maintained by the SEC that contains reports, proxy statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov. For information about the SEC's Public Reference Room, contact 1-800-SEC-0330.

ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS

         An investment in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below and all other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including our consolidated financial statements and the related notes, before making a decision to invest in our common stock. Our business, operating results, financial condition or prospects could be materially and adversely affected by any of these risks and uncertainties. In that case, the trading price of our common stock could decline and you might lose all or part of your investment. In addition, the risks and uncertainties discussed below are not the only ones we face. Our business, operating results, financial performance or prospects could also be harmed by risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently do not believe are material. In assessing the risks and uncertainties described below, you should also refer to the other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K before making a decision to invest in our common stock.

Risks related to our business and industry

We have a history of losses and may not achieve profitability in the future.

        We had net income of $3.2 million and $22,006 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 respectively, and have incurred losses since our inception, except in 2014, 2013 and 2011. We had an accumulated deficit of $78.7 million as of December 31, 2014.

        Our ability to achieve profitability in the future will likely depend on our ability to continue to increase our revenue, which is subject to a number of factors including our ability to continue to increase multi-currency processing revenue, increase new merchant deployments in the regions in which we currently operate, and add new acquiring banks, processor and card association customers in new geographies. Our revenue is also impacted by factors beyond our control such as global economic and political conditions, particularly those affecting cross-border travel and commerce, such as the continuing uncertainty in global economic conditions. Our ability to achieve profitability in the future also depends on our expense levels, including our selling, general and administrative expenses, and other expenses related to improvements in our technology, launches of new services, and our expansion into new geographic and vertical markets. In addition, our fees, interchange and assessments may also be influenced by increased competition and changes in card association rules and governmental regulations. Our efforts to grow our business may prove more expensive than we currently anticipate and we may not succeed in increasing our revenue to offset higher expenses. These expenses, among other things, may cause our net income and working capital to decrease. If we fail to grow our revenue, manage our expenses and maintain or improve our gross profit margin, we may not achieve profitability in the future.

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If the card associations do not allow our services to be offered, either generally or in certain geographies, then we cannot sell our services to acquiring banks, processors and merchants in those geographies and our ability to grow our business may be harmed.

        Our services require us to interconnect with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and UnionPay card associations, and if these card associations do not allow acquiring banks and processors to offer certain services, either generally or in certain geographies, then we cannot sell our services to acquiring banks, processors and merchants, either generally or in those geographies. For example, in April 2010, Visa announced a moratorium on all new acquiring banks and merchants offering dynamic currency conversion, or DCC, services, such as our Pay In Your Currency service, and studied the impact of DCC on Visa cardholders and the Visa brand. In October 2010, Visa lifted the moratorium and established certain rule changes that removed a prior prohibition on offering DCC services in certain regions, namely Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to the lifting of this moratorium we were unable to provide DCC services in those regions to potential customers. If the card associations do not allow the offering of certain services, either generally or in certain geographies, then we will not be able to sell our services to potential customers generally or in those geographies and our ability to grow our business may be harmed.

A limited number of our customers are responsible for a significant portion of our revenue and a decrease in revenue from these customers could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and cash flow.

        A significant portion of our revenue is derived from agreements with a limited number of customers. Specifically, for the year ended December 31, 2014, subsidiaries of Global Payments Inc. represented 21% of our revenue. Our contractual arrangements with these customers do not obligate them to offer our services and may not dictate the timing of implementation. Additionally, if these customers lose merchants or if their merchants do not use our services, then our revenue will decrease.

        We expect that a limited number of customers will continue to account for a significant portion of our revenue in future periods. If we do not adequately perform under, or successfully renew or renegotiate, our agreements with these or other customers, our business will suffer. Our acquiring bank and processor customers typically enter into agreements with three- or five-year terms and upon the termination of that initial contractual term, customers have the opportunity to consider other providers or renegotiate the terms of the contract. The loss of our contracts with existing customers, our failure to renegotiate contracts with existing customers on terms as favorable as in the past, or a significant decline in the number of transactions we process for them could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

        In addition, the financial position of our customers and their willingness to pay for our services and solutions are affected by general market conditions, competitive pressures and operating margins within the banking industry. Any of these factors could negatively affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We rely on third parties to implement our services and to market them to consumers.

        We rely on acquiring banks, processors and merchants to integrate our services within their services and ultimately to offer our services to consumers in order to generate revenue for us. Although we have contracts with our customers, they are not obligated to offer our services and if they choose to do so, the agreements do not dictate the timing of implementation. If the pace of adoption of our services is slower than anticipated it could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. Following initial implementation of our services, we continue to be significantly dependent on our relationships with acquiring banks, processors and card associations to market our services to their merchants and customers. Even those contractual arrangements with our customers that contain exclusivity provisions are not perpetual, and customers could reassess their commitments to

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us in the future, purchase alternative services and/or develop their own competitive services following the expiration of the exclusivity period, which in several cases does not run for the full term of the agreement.

        Also, we collaborate with service providers that facilitate the provision of our services, technology and service providers to the electronic payments industry, including point-of-sale system providers, such as e- commerce gateways, terminal manufacturers and other processors that have certified their solutions to our platform. These third parties include acquiring banks, processors, merchants and card associations, each of which could be a customer, as well as a supplier, in addition to commercial communications providers. If these service providers fail to perform in accordance with the requirements of the technological specifications necessary for us to provide our services to our customers, it could result in our failure to provide our services in accordance with our contracts, potentially exposing us to liability to our customers. In these cases, we may have to rely on an indemnity or other contractual obligation from the service provider in order to avoid ultimate liability or suffering damages. However, due to the inherent risk of litigation, such indemnity or other obligation may not prove to be enforceable against the service provider, or even if favorable judgment is obtained, the service provider may not have the financial ability to meet its obligations, thereby exposing us to bearing the burden of the loss.

        In many cases, we have little or no direct access to our customers' merchant bases and are heavily reliant on our customers' sales forces to promote our services. It is ultimately up to our customers or our customers' merchants to offer our services to consumers and to do so in an effective manner, and there is no guarantee that these merchants or their consumers will continue to use our services. Our customers may not be as effective at selling our services and solutions as our own sales personnel. Our customers are also competing with other participants in the industry for processing business and may have other actual or perceived disadvantages relative to such competitors, which may affect their ability to generate business, whether or not such business includes our services and solutions. As a result, much of our business depends on the continued success and competitiveness of our acquiring banks, processors, and card associations. We further rely on the success of the merchants. If these merchants experience a reduction in transaction volume or become financially unstable, we may lose revenue. The performance of our customers and our customers' merchants is subject to general economic conditions and their impact on consumer spending.

        In addition, we rely on the continuing expansion of merchant and consumer acceptance of the card associations' brands and programs. There can be no guarantee that merchant and consumer acceptance will continue to expand, and if the rate of merchant acceptance growth slows or reverses itself, our business could suffer.

Any security and privacy breaches in our systems may damage client relations, our reputation and expose us to liability.

        We electronically collect and store sensitive personal information, such as credit card numbers, about consumers. We process that data and deliver our products and services by using computer systems and telecommunications networks operated by both us and by third party service providers. The confidentiality of the consumer information that resides on our systems is critical to our business. Although, we have what we believe to be sufficient security around our systems to prevent unauthorized access, we cannot be certain that our measures will be successful and sufficient to counter all current and emerging technology threats designed to breach our systems or otherwise gain unauthorized access to confidential information. If we are unable to protect, or our customers perceive that we are unable to protect, the security and privacy of our electronic transactions:

    our clients may lose confidence in our services;

    our reputation may be harmed;

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    we may be exposed to unbudgeted or uninsured financial liability;

    it may become more difficult for us to register with card associations;

    we may be subject to increased regulatory scrutiny; and

    our expenses may increase as a result of potential remediation costs.

        Our ability to attract and retain customers and employees could be adversely affected to the extent our reputation is damaged. While we believe we use proven applications and processes designed for data security and integrity to process electronic transactions, there can be no assurance that our use of these applications and processes will be sufficient to counter all current and emerging technology threats designed to breach our systems or otherwise gain unauthorized access to confidential client information or our intellectual property or address the security and privacy concerns of existing and potential customers. Any failures in our security and privacy measures could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Any new laws, regulations, card association rules or other industry standards affecting our business, or any changes made to them, in any of the geographic regions in which we operate may require significant development efforts or have an unfavorable impact on our financial results.

        We are subject to regulations that affect the electronic payments industry in the countries and territories in which we operate. Regulation and proposed regulation of the payments industry has increased significantly in recent years. Failure to comply with regulations may result in the suspension or revocation of a license or registration, the limitation, suspension or termination of service, and the imposition of civil and criminal penalties, including fines, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition. For example, we are subject to:

    the rules of Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, UnionPay and other payment networks;

    applicable privacy and information security regulations in the regions where we operate and of the card associations;

    banking and financial regulations or monetary authority rules in the jurisdictions in which we operate; and

    governmental regulation of the payments, payment processing and financial services industries.

        For example, in April 2010, Visa announced a moratorium on all new acquiring banks and merchants offering DCC services, including our Pay In Your Currency service, and studied the impact of DCC on Visa cardholders and the Visa brand. In October 2010, Visa lifted the moratorium and also established certain rule changes that removed a prior prohibition on offering DCC services in certain regions, namely Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to the lifting of this moratorium we were unable to provide DCC services in those regions to existing or potential customers. In addition, Visa now charges acquiring banks an annual fee of $45,000 for each country or territory in which they offer a DCC service. Both Visa and MasterCard may also charge additional cross-border fees for transactions involving DCC. Visa's new compliance regime for DCC includes unannounced "mystery shopping" audits of our customer's merchants, to assess merchant compliance with the regulations applicable to DCC. Repeated failure by an acquiring bank or merchant to comply with regulations can result in substantial fines and could ultimately result in a prohibition upon such acquiring bank or merchant offering DCC. Remediation of negative audit findings can be costly and time consuming for our customers and the mere risk of such fines may reduce the number of acquiring banks willing to offer Pay in Your Currency services.

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        Interchange fees, which are typically paid by the acquiring bank to the card issuing bank in connection with transactions, are subject to increasingly intense legal, regulatory, and legislative scrutiny worldwide. For instance, in the United States, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or Dodd-Frank Act, requires the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to regulate the fees charged or received by card issuing banks for processing point-of-sale debit card transactions. Rules limiting point-of-sale debit card interchange fees and restricting routing rules and network exclusivity became effective in 2011, although a number of the rules regulating the limit on debit card interchange fees were struck down in 2013 by a U.S. Federal Court. Certain of our customers or potential customers may experience difficulty complying with any new regulations and as a result, reduce or eliminate purchases of services such as ours. In addition, regulatory actions that impact our industry, even if not directed at us, may require significant efforts and costs to change our services and may require changes to how we price our services to customers. We cannot predict the impact of any of these changes on our operations and financial condition.

        Although we are registered with the card associations and other payment networks as a third party processor and an independent sales organization, or ISO, we do not actively participate in their affairs by, for example, participating in the development of operating rules and procedures. The card associations could adopt new operating rules or interpretations of the existing rules that could be damaging to our competitive position because, for example, compliance might be difficult for us or our customers, but not for other participants.

        Changes in the electronic payments industry in general, or changes in the laws and regulations that affect the electronic payments industry, or interpretation or enforcement thereof, could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, even an inadvertent failure to comply with laws and regulations could damage our business or our reputation.

We rely on our management team and will need to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled personnel to grow our business, and the loss of one or more key employees or our inability to attract and retain qualified personnel could harm our business.

        Our success and future growth depend on the skills, working relationships and continued services of our management team and other key personnel. The loss of any of member of our senior management team could adversely affect our business. All of our employees in the United States work for us on an at-will basis, which means they may terminate their employment relationship with us at any time. We do not maintain key-person life insurance on any of our employees.

        Our future success will also depend on our ability to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled personnel who have experience with our operations, the rapidly changing transaction processing industry, and the selected markets in which we offer our services. Competition for these types of personnel is intense, particularly in the New York metro area, where our headquarters are located. Additionally, we have significant operations abroad, including developing countries, and attracting highly skilled personnel with the necessary experience in these locations may be difficult.

        Volatility or lack of successful performance in our stock price may also affect our ability to attract and retain our key personnel. Many of our senior management personnel and other key employees have become, or will soon become, vested in a substantial amount of stock or stock options. Employees may be more likely to leave us if the shares they own or the shares underlying their vested stock options have significantly appreciated in value relative to the original purchase prices of the shares or the exercise prices of the options, or if the exercise prices of the options that they hold are significantly above the market price of shares of our common stock. We cannot guarantee that we will continue to attract, retain or motivate such personnel, and our inability to do so could adversely affect our business.

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We are required to be registered with Visa and MasterCard in order to provide our services, and we rely on the sponsorship of our acquiring bank customers for this registration.

        Our services require us to interconnect with the Visa and MasterCard card associations, and to therefore be registered with those card associations. Since we are not a bank, Visa and MasterCard operating regulations require us to be sponsored by an acquiring bank in order to process payment card transactions. We are currently registered with Visa and MasterCard through the sponsorship of acquiring banks that are members of the card associations and a significant majority of our revenue is from transactions processed using Visa and MasterCard payment cards. If these sponsorships are terminated and we are unable to secure another bank sponsor, we will not be able to process payment card transactions. By registering with card associations, we are subject to card association rules that could subject us or our customers to fines or penalties that may be levied by the card associations for certain acts or omissions. If we or our acquiring bank sponsors fail to comply with the applicable requirements of the card associations, the card associations could fine us, suspend us or terminate our registration. The termination or suspension of our registration could require us to stop providing payment processing services, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

In order for us to continue to grow and improve our operating results, we must continue to increase participation by existing customers, develop new services, cross sell additional services and add new customers in existing and new geographies.

        Our future growth depends in part upon our ability to increase participation by our acquiring bank and processor customers' merchants in the various services that we offer, develop new services, cross sell additional services to existing acquiring bank, processor and merchant customers, and add new acquiring banks, processors, card associations and merchants in existing and new geographies.

        In order to increase participation by our customers and their merchants in the various services that we offer together, we need to collaborate with our customers. However, our existing acquiring bank and processor customers may not assist us in increasing participation by their merchants or their merchants may be unreceptive to using our services. If we are not successful in developing, selling and deploying new services (whether in response to market demand or technological changes), we may not be able to achieve planned growth and any development costs incurred may be wasted. If our existing customers do not appreciate, and our sales force does not demonstrate, the benefits of our additional services, we will not be able to effectively cross sell to existing customers. Our expansion into new geographies is also dependent upon our ability to deploy our existing platform or to develop new services to meet the particular service needs of each new geographic location. We may not have adequate financial or technological resources to develop effective and secure services that will satisfy the demands of these new markets.

        If we fail to increase participation by existing customers, develop new services, cross sell additional services and add new customers in existing and new geographies, we may not be able to continue to grow and improve our operating results.

Fees that may be charged in connection with our Pay In Your Currency processing service are subject to change.

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providing such service, as they have done from time to time, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

        In addition, some card issuing banks impose a fee on consumers for any foreign transaction, irrespective of the currency in which it occurred. Where this occurs, the consumer will pay the card issuing bank an extra fee on a foreign transaction in addition to any margin reflected by us in the cost of the converted amount for our Pay In Your Currency service. This additional cost, and other efforts by the card issuing banks to discourage consumers from utilizing our services, may adversely affect consumers' willingness to use our services.

We are subject to international business uncertainties.

        Our ability to grow our business and our future success will depend to a significant extent on our ability to expand our operations and customer base worldwide. Operating in international markets requires significant resources and management attention. Historically, a significant majority of our revenue has been generated from international customers, including international customers of North American merchants. For example, in 2014, we generated 69% of our revenue internationally and 31% in the United States. International revenue and operations may be subject to risks such as:

    difficulties in staffing and managing foreign operations;

    burdens of complying with a wide variety of laws, regulations and standards;

    controls on or obstacles to the repatriation of earnings and cash;

    currency exchange rate fluctuations;

    different tax burdens;

    preference for local vendors;

    trade restrictions;

    changes in tariffs;

    the imposition of government controls;

    nationalization or seizure by banking regulators of our customers;

    political instability;

    exposure to a business culture in which improper sales practices may be prevalent; and

    terrorist activities.

        The legal systems of developing countries continue to rapidly evolve, the interpretations of many laws, regulations and rules are not always uniform and enforcement of these laws, regulations and rules involve uncertainties, which may limit legal protections available to you and us. In certain instances, local implementation rules and/or the actual implementation are not consistent with the regulations at the national level. Additionally, the laws of certain countries do not protect our intellectual property to the same extent as do the laws of the United States. Our failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could subject us to administrative penalties and injunctive relief, as well as civil remedies, including fines, injunctions and recalls of our services and solutions.

        International expansion and market acceptance depend on our ability to modify our business approach and technology to take into account such factors as differing customer business models, services requirements and needs, the applicable regulatory and business environment, labor costs and other economic conditions. There can be no assurance that these factors will not have an adverse effect

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on our future international revenue and, consequently, on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

        Additionally, we are subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or the FCPA, and other laws in the United States and elsewhere that prohibit improper payments or offers of payments to foreign governments and their officials and political parties for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. We have operations in and deal with countries known to experience corruption. Our activities in these countries create the risk of unauthorized payments or offers of payments by one of our employees, contractors or customers that could be in violation of various laws, including the FCPA, even though these parties are not always subject to our control. We have implemented safeguards to discourage these practices by our employees, consultants and customers. However, our existing safeguards and any future improvements may prove to be less than effective, and our employees, contractors or customers may engage in conduct for which we might be held responsible. Violations of the FCPA or similar laws may result in severe criminal or civil sanctions and we may be subject to other liabilities, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Adverse changes in political and economic policies of the Chinese government could impede the overall economic growth of China, which could reduce the demand for our services and solutions and damage our business.

        We conduct significant operations, including through an indirect subsidiary and a branch office, and generate a significant portion of our revenue, in China, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, which are special administrative regions of China.

        Accordingly, our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects are affected significantly by economic, political and legal developments in China. The Chinese economy differs from the economies of most developed countries in many respects, including:

    a higher level of government involvement;

    an early stage of development of the market-oriented sector of the economy;

    a rapid growth rate;

    a higher level of control over foreign exchange; and

    the control over the allocation of resources.

        As the Chinese economy transitions from a planned economy to a more market-oriented economy, the Chinese government has implemented various measures to encourage economic growth and guide the allocation of resources. Although these measures may benefit the overall Chinese economy, they may have a negative effect on us. Although the Chinese government has in recent years implemented measures emphasizing the utilization of market forces for economic reform, the Chinese government continues to exercise significant control over economic growth in China through the allocation of resources, controlling the payment of foreign currency-denominated obligations, setting monetary policy, state ownership and imposing policies that impact particular industries or companies in different ways. For example, the Chinese government has suggested that Chinese government authorities should strengthen access and supervision with respect to the outsourcing of bank card data processing and related operations, specifically noting the need for specific regulations with respect to foreign-invested organizations that engage in related services in China.

        Our ability to operate in China may be harmed by changes in its laws and regulations, including those relating to taxation, import and export tariffs, environmental regulations, land use rights, property and other matters. Government actions in the future, including any decision not to continue to support recent economic reforms and to return to a more centrally planned economy or regional or local

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variations in the implementation of economic policies, could have a significant effect on economic conditions in China or particular regions thereof.

        Any adverse change in economic conditions or government policies in China could have a material adverse effect on the overall economic growth in China, which in turn could lead to a reduction in demand for our services and solutions and consequently adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We derive a significant percentage of our net revenue from a limited number of countries and territories, and any natural disasters or other adverse changes could harm our business.

        A significant portion of our net revenue is derived from six countries and territories. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we derived 31%, 16%, 16%, 6%, 5% and 5% of our net revenue, from the United States, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Latin America, China and Canada, respectively. We expect that a limited number of countries and territories will continue to account for a significant portion of our net revenue in future periods. If any of these countries or territories are affected by acts of terrorism, political unrest, natural disasters, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of diseases or other significant adverse changes, cross-border travel to these countries and territories could decline, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Adverse changes in general economic or political conditions in any of the major countries or territories in which we do business could adversely affect our operating results.

        Our business can be affected by a number of factors that are beyond our control, such as general geopolitical, economic, and business conditions. As a result of the continuing global economic uncertainty, concerns over the downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt and monetary and financial uncertainties internationally, international travel and spending may be reduced. We cannot predict the reoccurrence of any economic slowdown or the strength or sustainability of the economic recovery, or the magnitude of any changes in geopolitical or economic conditions and the affect they would have on our business. Continuing economic uncertainty or a further weakening in the global economy may reduce the number of settled transactions and dollar volumes processed and, as a result, reduce our revenue.

        Additionally, we generate a significant amount of our revenue from cross- border transactions. Thus, revenue from processing cross-border transactions for our customers fluctuates with cross-border travel and the need for transactions to be converted into a different currency. Cross-border travel may be adversely affected by world geopolitical, economic and other conditions. These include the threat of terrorism, natural disasters, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of diseases, such as the Ebola virus, war, such as in Ukraine and the Middle East and political unrest, such as the recent demonstrations in 2013 and 2014 in Brazil, Hong Kong and other countries. A decline in cross-border travel could adversely affect our revenue. A decline in the need for conversion of currencies might also adversely affect our revenue and profitability.

        Additionally, because we are domiciled in the United States, a negative perception of the United States arising from its political or other positions could harm the perception of our company and our brand. Any of these factors could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Consolidation among financial institutions, including the merger of our customers with entities that are not our customers or the sale of portfolios of merchants by our customers to entities that are not our customers could materially impact our financial position and results of operation.

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impacting our existing agreements and projected revenue with these customers. Consolidation among financial institutions results in an increasingly concentrated client base of large acquiring banks and processors which could increase the bargaining power of our current and future customers. In addition, any nationalization or seizure of one of our acquiring bank customers by banking regulators in any of the jurisdictions in which we operate may also impact the services that we provide. Any significant changes in the ownership or operation of our customers, as a result of consolidation or otherwise, could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

If our services and solutions do not interoperate with our customers' systems or experience defects, errors, or delays, the purchase or deployment of our services and solutions may be delayed or cancelled.

        Our services are based on sophisticated software and computing systems and are designed to interface with our customers' payment card systems, each of which may have different specifications and utilize different standards. If we find errors in the existing software or defects in the hardware used in our customers' systems, or if there are errors or delays in our processing of electronic transactions or defects in our software, we may need to modify our services or solutions to fix or overcome these errors, delays and defects and/or our customers may need to modify or fix their systems so that our services and solutions will interoperate with the existing software and hardware. Either of these solutions could result in additional development costs, diversion of technical and other resources from our other development efforts, loss of credibility with current or potential customers, harm to our reputation, breaches in security and/or exposure to liability claims. Such errors and defects and any delays in fixing them, whether in our system or those of our customers could impact the processing of transactions, which would have an adverse effect on our revenues derived from transaction processing. In addition, if our services and solutions do not interoperate with our customers' systems, customers may seek to hold us liable and demand for our services and solutions could be adversely affected. Any of these events could hurt our operating results, damage our reputation, and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Interruptions or delays in service from our systems and processing centers could impair the delivery of our services and harm our business.

        We currently serve our customers out of seven synchronized processing centers linked by a global telecommunications network. Our primary data centers are located in Elmsford, New York, and New Castle, Delaware, but we also host facilities in Bermuda, Dublin, Shanghai and Macau and host two facilities in Hong Kong, through co-location arrangements. We depend on the efficient and uninterrupted operation of our computer network systems, software, telecommunications networks, and processing centers, as well as the systems and services of third parties.

        Our systems and processing centers are vulnerable to damage or interruption from, among other things, fire, natural disaster, power loss, telecommunications failure, terrorist acts, war, unauthorized entry, human error, and computer viruses or other defects. They may also be subject to break-ins, sabotage, intentional acts of vandalism and similar misconduct.

        We have security, backup and recovery systems in place, as well as business continuity plans designed to ensure our systems will not be inoperable. However, there is still a risk that a system outage or data loss may occur which would not only damage our reputation but as a result of contractual commitments could also require the payment of penalties to our clients if our systems do not meet certain operating standards. Despite precautions taken at these facilities, the occurrence of a natural disaster or an act of sabotage or terrorism, a decision to close the facilities without adequate notice or other unanticipated problems at these facilities could result in lengthy interruptions in our service. Our property and business interruption insurance may not be applicable or adequate to compensate us for all losses or failures that may occur.

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        Any damage to, failure of, or defects in our systems or those of third parties, errors or delays in the processing of payment transactions, telecommunications failures or other difficulties could result in loss of revenue, loss of merchants, loss of merchant and consumer data, harm to our business or reputation, exposure to fraud losses or other liabilities, negative publicity, additional operating and development costs, and diversion of technical and other resources.

If we fail to respond to evolving technological changes, our services and solutions could become obsolete or less competitive.

        Our industry is characterized by new and rapidly evolving technologies, developing industry standards and legal regulations and customer requirements and preferences. Recent technological developments include smart cards, money transfer, mobile commerce and radio frequency and proximity payment devices, such as contactless cards. Accordingly, our operating results depend upon, among other things, our ability to anticipate and respond to these industry and customer changes in order to remain competitive. The process of developing new technologies and services and solutions is complex, and carry the risks associated with any research and development effort, including cost overruns, delays in delivery and performance problems.

        Our markets are experiencing rapid technological change. Any delay in the delivery of new services or solutions or the failure to differentiate our services and solutions could render them less desirable to our customers, or possibly even obsolete. In addition, our services and solutions are designed to process complex transactions and deliver reports and other information on those transactions, all at high volumes and processing speeds. Any failure to deliver an effective and secure service or solution, or any performance issue that arises with a new service or solution could result in significant processing or reporting errors, possibly resulting in losses.

        If we are unable to develop enhancements and new features for our existing services and solutions or new services and solutions that keep pace with technological developments, industry standards, legal regulations, and customer requirements and preferences, our services and solutions may become obsolete and less marketable, and our business could be significantly harmed. Additionally, if there are delays in the introduction of new features or new services and solutions to the market, our business could be significantly harmed.

We operate in a highly competitive industry and we compete against many companies with substantially greater financial and other resources, and our business may be harmed if we are unable to respond to our competitors effectively.

        Competition in our market is intense and involves rapidly changing technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new product and service introductions, and changes in customer requirements. To maintain and improve our competitive position, we must keep pace with the evolving needs of our customers and continue to develop and introduce new features, services and solutions in a timely and efficient manner. Our primary competitors are international payment processors, multi-currency payment service providers and global e-commerce payment service providers.

        Currently, there is a high level of concentration in the international payment processing industry, with a few large processors providing payment card processing services to acquiring banks on a multi-national and multi-regional basis. International processors with whom we compete include: First Data Corporation, with its OmniPay Limited subsidiary operating a multi-currency platform; Elavon, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, that operates in the Americas; and WorldPay (UK) Limited, that also primarily services the Americas and Europe and which in 2014 acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia, a leading provider of payment solutions in Latin America. We may also compete against prospective acquiring bank customers and regional processors that may prefer to develop and offer their own payment processing solution.

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        The multi-currency payment service industry is largely segmented among large, international processors, which provide multi-currency processing services as part of their broader international payment processing service, including those referenced above, and smaller companies who work on a regional or local basis to provide DCC or multi-currency processing services on behalf of acquiring banks or merchants. Specialized DCC providers include: FEXCO Holdings; Travelex Holdings Limited; Global Blue; Monex Financial Services Limited; Euronet Worldwide, Pure Commerce Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide; Fintrax Group, Ltd.; and Continuum Commerce Ltd.

        In the global e-commerce payment space, our Shop In Your Currency service and iPAY Gateway, or iPAY, compete with several international online payment service providers, including CyberSource Corporation, a subsidiary of Visa, MasterCard International Gateway Services, or MIGS, PayPal, Inc., Borderfree, Inc., GlobalCollect, WorldPay (UK) Limited, and Payvision. In the United States, we compete against acquiring banks offering multi-currency processing solutions to online merchants, including Chase Paymentech and Bank of America. In the Asia Pacific region, we compete against regional providers, including AsiaPay Limited, or JETCO, and eNETS Pte Ltd, but also support MIGS and AsiaPay Limited. Our iPAY service competes with them based on the specialized multi-currency solutions we offer. We also work cooperatively with several payment gateway providers to offer Shop In Your Currency services online, including RocketGate, USAePAY and Plug'n Pay but also support our services through certain competitors including CyberSource, MIGS and PayPal.

        Several of our competitors enjoy substantial competitive advantages such as:

    greater name and brand recognition and longer operating histories;

    larger sales and marketing budgets and resources;

    greater resources to make acquisitions of other competitors or products, services and technologies that strengthen their service and solution offerings and increase their presence in the market;

    lower labor and development costs;

    larger intellectual property portfolios related to electronic payment methods and systems; and

    substantially greater financial, technical, customer support and other resources.

        Conditions in our market could change rapidly and significantly as a result of technological advancements or market consolidation. For example, one of our smaller payment processing competitors may be acquired by a larger company with significant resources, and could leverage those resources to become a more significant competitive presence in our market. The development and market acceptance of alternative technologies could decrease the demand for our services and solutions or render them obsolete.

        Our competitors may have the ability to devote more financial and operational resources than we can to the development of new technologies, including Internet payment processing services that provide improved operating functionality and features to their service and solution offerings. If successful, their development efforts could render our services and solutions less desirable to customers. If we are unable to compete successfully in the future, our business may be harmed.

We have experienced rapid growth in recent periods. If we fail to manage our growth effectively, our financial performance may suffer.

        We have substantially expanded our overall business, customer base, employee headcount and operations in recent periods both domestically and internationally. Our expansion has placed, and our expected future growth will continue to place, a significant strain on our managerial, customer operations, research and development, sales and marketing, manufacturing, administrative, financial and

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other resources. In particular, we provided our services to approximately 17,000 active merchant locations in 16 countries and territories as of December 31, 2010 and approximately 93,000 active merchant locations in 23 countries and territories as of December 31, 2014. Our growth strategy contemplates further increasing the number of our customers and active merchant locations, however, the rate at which we have been able to establish relationships with our customers and active merchant locations in the past may not be indicative of the rate at which we will be able to do so in the future.

        Our success will depend in part upon the ability of our management team to manage growth effectively. Our ability to grow also depends upon our ability to successfully hire, train, supervise, and manage new employees, obtain financing for our capital needs, expand our systems effectively, control increasing costs, allocate our human resources optimally, enhance and improve our operational functions and our finance and accounting functions, and manage the pressures on our management and administrative, operational and financial infrastructure. There can be no assurance that we will be able to accurately anticipate and respond to the changing demands we will face as we continue to expand our operations or that we will be able to manage growth effectively or to achieve further growth at all. If our business does not continue to grow or if we fail to effectively manage any future growth, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

Our quarterly results are inherently unpredictable and subject to substantial fluctuations, and, as a result, we may fail to meet the expectations of securities analysts and investors, which could adversely affect the trading price of shares of our common stock.

        We expect our quarterly revenue and operating results may vary significantly from quarter to quarter due to a number of factors, many of which are outside of our control and any of which may cause our stock price to fluctuate. The factors that may affect the unpredictability of our quarterly results include, but are not limited to:

    our dependence on a limited number of customers;

    our reliance on acquiring banks, processors, merchants and other technology providers to integrate our services within their services and to offer our services to consumers;

    the timing of new service launches with new and existing customers;

    our inability to increase sales to existing customers, retain existing customers and attract new customers;

    seasonality in the use of our services, as our revenue has historically been seasonal with the second and third quarters of our year traditionally having less revenue compared to the first and fourth fiscal quarters;

    changes in our pricing policies;

    the amount and timing of operating expenses and capital expenditures related to the expansion of our operations and infrastructure;

    the timing of revenue and expenses related to the development or acquisition of technologies, products, services or businesses;

    changing market conditions;

    competition;

    failures of our services that result in contractual penalties or terminations; and

    economic, regulatory and political conditions in the markets where we operate or anticipate operating, particularly those impacting cross-border travel and commerce.

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        As a result, we believe that quarter-to-quarter comparisons of operating results are not necessarily a good indication of what our future performance will be. It is likely that in some future quarters, our operating results may be below the expectations of securities analysts or investors, in which case the price of shares of our common stock may decline and we could face costly securities class action suits or other unanticipated issues.

Seasonality may cause fluctuations in our operating results.

        Our revenue has historically been seasonal with the first quarter of our year traditionally having less revenue compared to the prior fourth fiscal quarter. We have experienced that increased international travel and spending by consumers around the holiday season during the fourth quarter of our year to have relatively higher revenue than our other quarters. Our seasonal volumes and revenue trends could change from those we have historically experienced upon our entry into new geographies.

        In addition, the timing of signing a contract and implementing our services with a large acquiring bank or processor and bringing their merchants on board may overshadow seasonal factors in any particular quarterly period. In the future, we may experience revenue growth from additional other factors such as regulatory mandates that could continue to mask underlying seasonality of our business. Seasonal or cyclical variations in our operations may become more pronounced over time and may materially affect our results of operations in the future. We expect seasonality to continue to impact our business in the future.

Where we have direct contractual acquiring relationships with merchants, we incur chargeback liability when our merchants fail to reimburse chargebacks resolved in favor of their customers. We cannot accurately anticipate these liabilities, which may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

        In the event a billing dispute between a consumer and a merchant is not resolved in favor of the merchant, the transaction is normally "charged back" to the merchant and the purchase price is credited or otherwise refunded to the consumer. If we are acting as the acquiring bank by virtue of our status as an ISO or under our acquiring agreements with American Express, Discover, JCB and UnionPay and are unable to collect such amounts from the merchant's account or reserve account (if applicable), or if the merchant refuses or is unable, due to closure, bankruptcy or other reasons, to reimburse us for a chargeback, we bear the loss for the amount of the refund paid to the consumer. The risk of chargebacks is typically greater with those merchants that promise future delivery of goods and services rather than delivering goods or rendering services at the time of payment. Although only a small part of our revenue is derived from direct contractual acquiring relationships with merchants, any increase in chargebacks not paid by our merchants may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Where we have direct contractual acquiring relationships with merchants, fraud by merchants or others or the violation of card association requirements by merchants could have an adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition.

        We have potential liability for fraudulent bankcard transactions or credits initiated by merchants or others where we are acting as the acquiring bank by virtue of our status as an ISO or under our acquiring agreements with American Express, Discover, JCB and UnionPay. Examples of merchant fraud include when a merchant processes fraudulent debit transactions or credits an accomplice's payment card for transactions that did not occur or intentionally fails to deliver the merchandise or services sold in an otherwise valid transaction. Criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods to engage in illegal activities such as counterfeit and fraud. While we have systems and procedures designed to detect and reduce the impact of fraud, we cannot ensure the effectiveness of these measures. It is possible that incidents of fraud could increase in the future. Failure to effectively manage risk and prevent fraud would increase our chargeback liability or other liability. Additionally, if

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a merchant fails to comply with the applicable requirements of the card associations, including for example where a merchant is a victim of fraud or its data is compromised due to a failure to comply with PCI or card association data security standards, it could be subject to a variety of fines or penalties that may be levied by the card associations. If we cannot collect such amounts from the applicable merchant, we could end up bearing such fines or penalties. Although only a small part of our revenue are derived from direct contractual relationships with merchants, increases in chargebacks or other liability could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We are exposed to currency exchange risk.

        We perform currency conversion data processing services, which involves processing and accounting for payments in multiple currencies. The currency conversion underlying such services is presently carried out through the card associations and certain acquiring banks with different exchange rates being applied to a transaction on authorization and subsequent settlement. In most cases, we may have exposure to between one and three days of currency exchange risk. Daily fluctuations will occur in the rate of exchange of the various currencies for which we offer multi-currency payment processing. These fluctuations may be favorable or adverse. Although there can be no guarantee that future fluctuations will match events to date, our analysis of these variations over an extended period of years indicates that variations over the short run have been substantially less than the margin that we charge for multi- currency payment processing transactions, and over the long run to date, the average variation has been nominal. In most cases, we share revenue with acquiring banks and processors and merchants after taking into account foreign exchange fluctuations, and therefore the risk is borne proportionately by us and the other parties participating in these transactions. Although we do not currently engage in hedging or other techniques to minimize exposure to currency exchange risk, we may decide to do so in the future as international transactional volume increases, and such techniques would introduce additional risks, including the risk that a counterparty may be unable to fulfill its obligations to us under such contracts.

        Additionally, in the future, it is possible that an increasing proportion of our revenue will be received in non-U.S. currencies that may be subject to foreign currency risk as international currencies fluctuate relative to the value of the U.S. Dollar. Resulting exchange gains and losses are included in our net income. This may give rise to an exchange risk against the U.S. Dollar upon repatriation of foreign currency earnings or upon consolidation for financial account purposes. We will consider strategies for managing and hedging such risks once the volume of foreign earnings reaches certain threshold levels. Furthermore, we may become subject to exchange control regulations that might restrict or prohibit the conversion of its revenue currencies into U.S. Dollars or other freely tradable currencies. The occurrence of any of these factors could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our business may suffer if it is alleged or found that our services infringe the intellectual property rights of others.

        The operation of our business may subject us to claims of infringement or misappropriation of third party intellectual property. Responding to such claims, regardless of their merit, can be time consuming, costly to defend in litigation, divert management's attention and resources, damage our reputation and brand, and cause us to incur significant expenses. Even if we are indemnified against such costs, the indemnifying party may be unable to uphold its contractual obligations. Further, claims of intellectual property infringement might require us to redesign or replace affected services, delay affected service offerings, enter into costly settlement or license agreements or pay costly damage awards or face a temporary or permanent injunction prohibiting us from marketing, selling or distributing the affected services. If we cannot or do not license the infringed technology on reasonable terms or at all, or substitute similar technology from another source, our revenue and earnings could be

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adversely impacted. Additionally, our customers may not purchase our services if they are concerned that our services infringe third party intellectual property rights. This could reduce the market opportunity for the sale of our services and solutions.

        For example, a competitor holds a patent for a particular method of performing DCC in several countries and territories including Canada, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan, which could obstruct or impair us from doing business in those jurisdictions. Other parties, including other competitors, have filed patent applications or obtained patents with respect to various aspects of DCC in the United States and abroad. We closely monitor these applications and the actions of other parties who hold patents relating to DCC. Our ability to do business in particular jurisdictions may be severely impaired in the event that a third party successfully argues that any of our services, including Pay In Your Currency, infringe a patent held by such third party. Any pre-emptive legal action or legal action to defend against a lawsuit may not be successful, and could result in substantial legal fees, which could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

        Further, we are contractually obligated to indemnify certain customers or other third parties that use our services for losses suffered or incurred in the event our services are alleged to infringe a third party's intellectual property rights. The term of these indemnity provisions is generally perpetual after execution of the customer agreement subject to the statute of limitations.

        The occurrence of any of these events may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The success of our business depends on our ability to protect and enforce our intellectual property rights.

        We rely on a combination of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, as well as confidentiality procedures and contractual restrictions, to establish, maintain and protect our proprietary rights. These laws, procedures and restrictions provide only limited protection and any of our intellectual property rights may be challenged, invalidated, circumvented, infringed or misappropriated. Further, the laws of certain countries do not protect proprietary rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States and, to the extent available, may be very difficult to enforce and, therefore, in certain jurisdictions, we may be unable to protect our proprietary technology adequately against unauthorized third party copying, infringement or use, which could adversely affect our competitive position.

        As of December 31, 2014, we had four issued patents in the United States, Australia, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. We also have patent applications pending in the United States and several other jurisdictions, all of which are counterparts to our patents and patent applications in the United States. Our patents generally have a duration of 20 years from the relevant priority date of each patent. We cannot ensure that any of our pending applications will be granted or that any of our issued patents will adequately protect our intellectual property. Any patents that may be issued to us may be contested, circumvented, found unenforceable or invalidated and we may not be able to prevent third parties from infringing them. In addition, third parties could claim invalidity, co-inventorship, re-examination, or similar claims with respect to any of our currently issued patents or any patents that may be issued to us in the future. Any such claims, whether or not successful, could be extremely costly to defend, divert management's attention and resources, damage our reputation and brand, and substantially harm our business.

        In addition to patented technology, we rely on our unpatented technology and trade secrets. We generally seek to protect this information by confidentiality, non-disclosure and assignment of invention agreements with our employees and contractors and with parties with which we do business. These agreements may be breached and we may not have adequate remedies for any such breach. We cannot be certain that the steps we have taken will prevent unauthorized use or reverse engineering of our technology. Moreover, our trade secrets may be disclosed to or otherwise become known or be

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independently developed by competitors. To the extent that our employees, contractors, or other third parties with whom we do business use intellectual property owned by others in their work for us, disputes may arise as to the rights in related or resulting know-how and inventions.

        In order to protect or enforce our proprietary technology, we may initiate litigation against third parties, such as patent infringement suits or patent interference proceedings. Litigation may be necessary to assert claims of infringement, enforce our patents, protect our trade secrets or know-how, or determine the enforceability, scope and validity of the proprietary rights of others. Any lawsuits that we initiate could be expensive, take significant time and divert management's attention from other business concerns. Litigation also puts our patents at risk of being invalidated or interpreted narrowly and our patent applications at risk of not issuing. Additionally, we may provoke third parties to assert claims against us. We may not prevail in any lawsuits that we initiate and the damages or other remedies awarded, if any, may not be commercially valuable.

        If, for any of the above reasons, our intellectual property is disclosed or misappropriated, it would harm our ability to protect our rights and could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We may not be able to enforce our contracts with our customers, including any exclusivity arrangements.

        If our customers do not comply with the terms of our contracts, such as the payment of fees or exclusivity arrangements, we may lose revenue and this may adversely affect our business. Particularly, if those customers with whom we have exclusivity arrangements do not comply with these provisions, we may lose business to our competitors. If our customers do not comply with the provisions of our contracts, we may be required to enter into expensive litigation in order to enforce our rights. We cannot be certain that any such litigation would be successful. Even if successful, litigation may merely prevent a customer from engaging in competitive activity but would not necessarily require the customer to continue to use our services and, in any event, may severely harm the working relationship with such customer and other existing and potential customers that may learn of the litigation.

The costs and effects of litigation, investigations or similar matters, or adverse facts and developments related thereto, could materially affect our financial position and results of operations .

        From time to time, we may be involved in various litigation matters and governmental or regulatory investigations or similar matters arising out of our business. Our insurance may not cover all claims that may be asserted against it, and any claims asserted against us, regardless of merit or eventual outcome, may harm our reputation. Should the ultimate judgments or settlements in any pending or future litigation or investigation significantly exceed our insurance coverage, they could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations In addition, we may not be able to obtain appropriate types or levels of insurance in the future, nor may we be able to obtain adequate replacement policies with acceptable terms, if at all. In addition, the expense of defending litigation may be significant, the amount of time to resolve lawsuits is unpredictable and defending ourselves may divert management's attention from the day-to-day operations of our business, any of which could adversely affect our business, results of operations and cash flows.

Our inability to acquire and integrate other businesses, services or technologies could seriously harm our competitive position.

        In order to remain competitive, obtain key competencies or accelerate our time to market, we may seek to acquire additional businesses or technologies and new products. To date, we have a limited history of acquisitions. Most recently, in May 2012, we completed the acquisition of Branded Payment Solutions Ltd, or BPS, a payments technology company headquartered in Ireland. If we identify an appropriate acquisition candidate, we may not be successful in negotiating the terms of the acquisition,

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financing the acquisition, or effectively integrating the acquired business, services or technology into our existing business and operations. We may have difficulty integrating acquired technologies or products with our existing services and solutions. Our due diligence may fail to identify all of the problems, liabilities or other shortcomings or challenges of an acquired business, services or technology, including issues related to intellectual property, quality, regulatory compliance practices, revenue recognition or other accounting practices, deficiencies or weaknesses in the disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting, or employee or customer issues. If we finance acquisitions by issuing convertible debt or equity securities, our existing stockholders may be diluted which could affect the market price of shares of our common stock. In addition, any acquisitions we are able to complete may not result in the synergies or any other benefits we had expected to achieve, which could result in substantial write-offs. Contemplating or completing an acquisition and integrating an acquired business, services or technology will significantly divert management and employee time and resources. Further, if the integration process does not proceed smoothly, the following factors, among others, could reduce our revenue and earnings, increase our operating costs, and result in a loss of projected synergies:

    if we are unable to successfully integrate the benefits, duties and responsibilities, and other factors of interest to the management and employees of any acquired business, we could lose employees to our competitors in the region, which could significantly affect our ability to operate the business and complete the integration; and

    if the integration process of any acquired business causes any delays with the delivery of our services, or the quality of those services, we could lose customers to our competitors, which would reduce our revenue and earnings.

We are an "emerging growth company," and any decision on our part to comply with certain reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies could make our common stock less attractive to investors.

        We are an "emerging growth company," as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act enacted in April 2012. We will remain an "emerging growth company" until the earliest of (i) the last fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenues of $1 billion or more; (ii) the last day of the fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of an initial public offering of our equity securities; (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt during the prior three year period; and (iv) the date on which we are deemed to be a "large accelerated filer." For as long as we continue to be an "emerging growth company," we may choose to take advantage of exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We cannot predict if investors will find our common stock less attractive if we choose to rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our common stock less attractive as a result of any choices to reduce future disclosure, there may be a less active trading market for our common stock and our stock price may be more volatile.

        Under Section 107(b) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards until such time as those standards apply to private companies. We have irrevocably elected not to take advantage of this exemption from new or revised accounting standards and, therefore, we will be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

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Our business is subject to changing regulations regarding corporate governance, disclosure controls, internal control over financial reporting and other compliance areas that will increase both our costs and the risk of noncompliance. If we fail to comply with these regulations we could face difficulties in preparing and filing timely and accurate financial reports.

        We are subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the rules and regulations of NASDAQ. Maintaining compliance with these rules and regulations, particularly after we cease to be an emerging growth company, will increase our legal, accounting and financial compliance costs, will make some activities more difficult, time-consuming and costly and may also place increased strain on our personnel, systems and resources.

        The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires, among other things, that we maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and at the time we cease to be an emerging growth company, we will be required to provide attestation that we maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures by our registered public accounting firm. Any failure to develop or maintain effective controls, or any difficulties encountered in their implementation or improvement, could harm our operating results or cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations. Any failure to implement and maintain effective internal control also could adversely affect the results of periodic management evaluations regarding the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting that are required to include in our periodic reports filed with the SEC, under Section 404(a) of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act or the annual auditor attestation reports regarding effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting that we will be required to include in our periodic reports filed with the SEC, beginning for our year ending December 31, 2017, unless, under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, we meet certain criteria that would require such reports to be included prior to then, under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Ineffective disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting could also cause investors to lose confidence in our reported financial and other information, which would likely have a negative effect on the trading price of shares of our common stock.

        In order to maintain the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting going forward, we will need to expend significant resources and provide significant management oversight. There is a substantial effort involved in continuing to implement appropriate processes, document our system of internal control over relevant processes, assess their design, remediate any deficiencies identified and test their operation. As a result, management's attention may be diverted from other business concerns, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition. These efforts will also involve substantial accounting- related costs. Prior to becoming subject to the Exchange Act in December 2012, we were not required to test our internal controls within a specified period and, as a result, we may experience difficulty in meeting these reporting requirements in a timely manner.

        If we are unable to maintain key controls currently in place or that we implement in the future and pending such implementation, or if any difficulties are encountered in their implementation or improvement, (1) our management might not be able to certify, and our independent registered public accounting firm might not be able to report on, the adequacy of our internal control over financial reporting, which would cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations, (2) misstatements in our financial statements may occur that may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis and (3) we may be deemed to have significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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        Implementing any appropriate changes to our internal controls may require specific compliance training of our directors, officers and employees, entail substantial costs in order to modify our existing accounting systems, and take a significant period of time to complete. Such changes may not, however, be effective in maintaining the adequacy of our internal controls, and any failure to maintain that adequacy, or consequent inability to produce accurate financial statements on a timely basis, could increase our operating costs and could materially impair our ability to operate our business. In the event that we are not able to demonstrate compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a timely manner, our internal controls are perceived as inadequate or that we are unable to produce timely or accurate financial statements, our stock price could decline and we could be subject to sanctions or investigations by NASDAQ, the SEC or other regulatory authorities, which would require additional financial and management resources.

        The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the rules and regulations of NASDAQ may make it more difficult and more expensive for us to maintain directors' and officers' liability insurance, and we may be required to accept reduced coverage or incur substantially higher costs to maintain or increase coverage. If we are unable to maintain adequate directors' and officers' insurance, our ability to recruit and retain qualified directors, especially those directors who may be considered independent for purposes of NASDAQ rules, and officers may be curtailed.

Changes in financial accounting standards or practices may cause adverse, unexpected financial reporting fluctuations and affect our reported results of operations.

        A change in accounting standards or practices can have a significant effect on our reported results and may even affect our reporting of transactions completed before the change is effective. New accounting pronouncements and varying interpretations of accounting pronouncements have occurred and may occur in the future. Changes to existing rules or the questioning of current practices may adversely affect our reported financial results or the way we conduct our business.

We may not be able to secure additional financing on favorable terms, or at all, to meet our future capital needs.

        In the future, we may require additional capital to respond to business opportunities, challenges, acquisitions or unforeseen circumstances and may determine to engage in equity or debt financings or enter into credit facilities for other reasons. We may not be able to timely secure additional debt or equity financing on favorable terms, or at all. Any debt financing obtained by us in the future could involve restrictive covenants relating to our capital raising activities and other financial and operational matters, which may make it more difficult for us to obtain additional capital and to pursue business opportunities, including potential acquisitions. If we raise additional funds through further issuances of equity, convertible debt securities or other securities convertible into equity, our existing stockholders could suffer significant dilution in their percentage ownership of our company, and any new equity securities we issue could have rights, preferences and privileges senior to those of holders of our common stock. If we are unable to obtain adequate financing or financing on terms satisfactory to us, when we require it, our ability to continue to grow or support our business and to respond to business challenges could be significantly limited.

We may not be able to utilize a significant portion of our net operating loss carry forwards, which could adversely affect our results.

        As of December 31, 2014, we had available federal net operating loss carry forwards of $67.2 million, state net operating loss carry forwards, primarily the state of New York, of $68.1 million, and various foreign net operating loss carry forwards, the most significant of which expire between 2020 and 2033. Realization of these net operating loss carry forwards is dependent upon future income arising prior to the expiration dates and other factors under the relevant provisions of the Internal

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Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code. Our existing net operating loss carry forwards could expire and be unavailable to offset future income tax liabilities or the use of our net operating loss carry forwards could be limited, which would adversely affect our results.

Our business and financial performance could be negatively impacted by the application of new tax regulations or changes in existing tax laws or regulations.

        We are subject to taxation by various jurisdictions on our net income or fees charged to customers for our services. New income, sales, use or other tax laws, statutes, rules, regulations or ordinances could be enacted at any time. Additionally, existing tax laws, statutes, rules, regulations or ordinances could be interpreted, changed, modified or applied adversely to us. These events could require us or our customers to pay additional tax amounts on a prospective or retroactive basis, as well as require us or our customers to pay fines and/or penalties and interest for past amounts deemed to be due. If we raise our prices to offset the costs of these changes, existing and potential future customers may elect not to continue or purchase our services and solutions in the future. If we are unable to pass these tax expenses on to our customers, our costs will increase, reducing our earnings. Any or all of these events could adversely impact our business and financial performance.

Risks related to ownership of our common stock

To date, there has been only a limited market for our common stock in the United States and an active trading market for our common stock may not develop in the United States.

        To date, there has been a limited public market for shares of our common stock in the United States. From 2006 to August 2014, our common stock traded on AIM under the symbol "PPT" and from 2006 to June 2013 our common stock also traded on AIM under the symbol "PPTR." From 2008 until December 2012, our common stock traded on the OTCQX in the United States under the symbol "PLPM" and since December 2012, our common stock has traded on the NASDAQ. There is currently a limited volume of trading in our common stock on the NASDAQ, which affects the liquidity of common stock. We cannot predict when or whether investor interest in our common stock might lead to an increase in its market price or the development of a more active trading market. An active trading market for our shares in the United States may never develop or be sustained. If an active market for our common stock does not develop, it may be difficult to sell shares of our common stock without depressing the market price for the shares, or at all.

        In addition, the stock markets have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have affected and continue to affect the market prices of equity securities of listed companies. The market price of our common stock, like the securities of many other technology companies, fluctuates over a wide range, and will continue to be highly volatile in the future. During 2014, the closing price of our common stock on The NASDAQ Stock Market ranged from $1.37 to $3.95 per share. Stock prices of many newly public companies have fluctuated in a manner unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies. In the past, stockholders have instituted securities class action litigation following periods of market volatility. If we were to become involved in securities litigation, it could subject us to substantial costs, divert resources and the attention of management from our business and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

A significant portion of our total outstanding shares may be sold into the market pursuant to registration rights of certain stockholders. If there are substantial sales of shares of our common stock, the price of shares of our common stock could decline.

        The price of shares of our common stock could decline if there are substantial sales of our common stock, particularly sales by our directors, executive officers and significant stockholders, or if there is a large number of shares of our common stock available for sale. As of February 28, 2015, we

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had 62,067,460 shares of common stock (which includes 55,216,316 shares of common stock outstanding and 6,851,144 shares of common stock issuable upon the conversion of preferred stock).

        The holders of up to an aggregate of 6,768,874 shares of our common stock (which includes shares of our Series A Preferred Stock on an as-converted to common stock basis) outstanding as of February 28, 2015 have rights, subject to some conditions, to require us to file registration statements covering their shares or to include their shares in registration statements that we may file for ourselves or our stockholders.

        Additionally, we have registered shares of common stock that we issue under our employee equity incentive plans. These shares may be sold freely in the public market upon issuance. The market price of the shares of our common stock could decline as a result of sales of a substantial number of our shares in the public market or the perception in the market that the holders of a large number of shares intend to sell their shares.

If securities or industry analysts in the United States do not continue to publish research or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, our stock price and trading volume could decline.

        The trading market for our common stock will depend in part on the research and reports that securities or industry analysts publish about us or our business. We do not have widespread research coverage by securities analysts in the United States, and industry analysts that currently cover us may cease to do so. If there is limited securities analysts' coverage of our company, or if industry analysts cease coverage of our company, the trading price for our stock would be negatively impacted. If one or more of the analysts who cover us downgrade our stock or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, our stock price would likely decline. If one or more of these analysts cease coverage of our company or fail to publish reports on us regularly, demand for our stock could decrease, which might cause our stock price and trading volume to decline.

Our directors, executive officers and principal stockholders have substantial control over us and could delay or prevent a change in corporate control.

        As of February 28, 2015, our directors, executive officers and holders of more than 5% of our common stock (which includes preferred stock on an as converted to common stock basis), together with their affiliates, beneficially own, in the aggregate, 43.2% of our outstanding capital stock. As a result, these stockholders, acting together, would have the ability to control the outcome of matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, including the election of directors and any merger, consolidation or sale of all or substantially all of our assets. In addition, these stockholders, acting together, would have the ability to control the management and affairs of our company. Accordingly, this concentration of ownership might harm the market price of shares of our common stock by:

    delaying, deferring or preventing a change of control of us;

    impeding a merger, consolidation, takeover or other business combination involving us; or

    discouraging a potential acquirer from making a tender offer or otherwise attempting to obtain control of us.

We do not intend to pay dividends for the foreseeable future.

        We have never declared or paid cash dividends on our capital stock. We currently intend to retain any future earnings to finance the operation and expansion of our business, and we do not expect to declare or pay any dividends in the foreseeable future. As a result, you may only receive a return on your investment in our common stock if the market price of shares of our common stock increases.

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Holders of our Series A Preferred Stock have rights that are superior to holders of our common stock.

        If we ever liquidate or sell our company to another company or transfer substantially all of our assets or a majority of our stock to another company, the holders of our outstanding Series A Preferred Stock may be entitled to receive proceeds prior and in preference to the holders of our common stock pursuant to the rights set forth in our certificate of incorporation. Accordingly, it is possible that you will receive nothing in exchange for your shares in the event of a bankruptcy, liquidation or sale of our company.

Delaware law and provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws could make a merger, tender offer or proxy contest difficult, thereby depressing the trading price of shares of our common stock.

        We are a Delaware corporation and the anti-takeover provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may discourage, delay or prevent a change of control by prohibiting us from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder for a period of three years after the person becomes an interested stockholder, even if a change of control would be beneficial to our existing stockholders. In addition, our certificate of incorporation and bylaws contain provisions that may make the acquisition of our company more difficult without the approval of our Board of Directors, including the following:

    our Board of Directors is classified into three classes of directors with staggered three-year terms;

    only our chairman of the board, our chief executive officer, our president or a majority of our Board of Directors is authorized to call a special meeting of stockholders;

    our stockholders may only take action at a meeting of stockholders and not by written consent;

    vacancies on our Board of Directors may be filled only by our Board of Directors and not by stockholders;

    directors may be removed from office only for cause;

    our certificate of incorporation authorizes undesignated preferred stock, the terms of which may be established, and shares of which may be issued, without stockholder approval, and authorizes shares of our Series A Preferred Stock, which are currently outstanding;

    advance notice procedures apply for stockholders to nominate candidates for election as directors or to bring matters before an annual meeting of stockholders; and

    if two-thirds of our Board of Directors approves the amendment of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, or any provisions thereof, then such amendment need only be approved by stockholders holding a majority of our outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote; otherwise, such amendment must be approved by stockholders holding two-thirds of our outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote.

ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

        None.

ITEM 2.    PROPERTIES

        Our corporate headquarters are located in Long Beach, New York, where we occupy facilities totaling approximately 16,300 square feet under a lease that expires on December 31, 2016. We have an option to renew the lease for an additional five-year term if we give notice to the landlord at least 180 days prior to December 31, 2016. We use our headquarter facilities for administration, marketing

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and sales, research and development, operations and information technology. We also lease office space for our subsidiaries around the world, including Delaware, which also hosts one of our data centers, Georgia and Florida in the United States, Bermuda, Beijing and Shanghai in China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. In addition, we rent space for one of our data centers in a secure facility in New York, and also host facilities in Bermuda, Dublin, Shanghai, Macau and Hong Kong through co-location arrangements.

        We may procure additional space as we add employees and expand geographically. We believe that our facilities are adequate to meet our needs for the immediate future, and that, should it be needed, suitable additional space will be available to accommodate any such expansion of our operations.

ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

        From time to time, we may be involved in legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. While any litigation contains an element of uncertainty, we have no reason to believe that the outcome of such proceedings or claims will have a material adverse effect on the financial condition or results of operations of Planet Payment.

ITEM 4.    MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

        Not applicable.

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PART II

ITEM 5.    MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Market Information

        From 2006 to August 2014, shares of our common stock were traded on AIM under the symbols "PPT" and from 2006 to June 2013, our common stock also traded on AIM under the symbol "PPTR." From 2008 to December 2012, shares of our common stock traded on the OTCQX under the symbol "PLPM." On December 17, 2012, shares of our common stock began trading on NASDAQ under the symbol "PLPM." The following table sets forth, for the quarters indicated, the high and low intra-day sales prices per share of our common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol "PLPM," AIM under the symbols "PPT" and "PPTR" for each quarter of our two most recent fiscal years:

 
  Shares Traded
on NASDAQ
under the ticker
"PLPM"
(US Dollars)
  Shares Traded
on AIM under
the ticker
"PPT"
(British Pound)
  Shares Traded
on AIM under
the ticker
"PPTR"
(British Pound)
 
Fiscal Period
  High   Low   High   Low   High   Low  

Fiscal Year ending December 31, 2014

                                     

First Quarter

  $ 4.03   $ 2.69     £2.36     £1.53          

Second Quarter

    3.04     2.12     1.66     1.29          

Third Quarter

    3.03     1.94     1.64     1.27          

Fourth Quarter

    2.11     1.33                  

Fiscal Year ending December 31, 2013

                                     

First Quarter

  $ 3.74   $ 2.38     £2.13     £1.80     £2.00     £1.83  

Second Quarter

    3.27     2.48     2.00     1.70     2.00     1.93  

Third Quarter

    3.14     1.97     1.86     1.36          

Fourth Quarter

    2.89     2.05     1.65     1.39            

Holders of Common Equity

        As of February 28, 2015, there were outstanding 62,067,460 shares of our common stock (which includes preferred stock on an as-converted to common stock basis) held by approximately 212 stockholders of record. There is no trading market for shares of our Series A Preferred Stock nor do we expect there to be one.

Dividend Policy

        We have never declared or paid cash dividends on our capital stock. We currently intend to retain any future earnings and do not expect to declare or pay any dividends in the foreseeable future. Any further determination to pay dividends on our capital stock will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend on our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and other factors that our Board of Directors considers relevant.

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

        There were no sales of unregistered securities during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

        In October 2014, our Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program under which we may spend up to $6.0 million to repurchase shares of our common stock. Stock repurchases under this program may be made on the open market, through 10b5-1 programs, or in privately negotiated

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transactions in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The transactions may be made from time to time without prior notice and in such amounts as our management deems appropriate and will be funded from cash on hand. The number of shares to be repurchased and the timing of repurchases will be based on several factors, including the price of our common stock, legal or regulatory requirements, general business and market conditions, and other investment opportunities.

 
  Total number of
shares purchased
  Average price
paid per share
  Total number of shares
purchased as part of publicly
announced plans or programs
  Dollar value of
shares that may
yet be purchased
 

October 2014

                 

November 2014

    165,100   $ 1.61     165,100   $ 5.7 million  

December 2014

    338,000   $ 1.62     503,100   $ 5.2 million  

ITEM 6.    SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

        The consolidated statements of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012 have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The consolidated statements of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 have been derived from our audited financial statements not included in this Annual Report. You should read the following selected historical consolidated financial data in conjunction with Item 7 "Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations" and the consolidated financial statements, related notes and other financial information appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Consolidated Statements of Operations Data

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  

Consolidated statements of operations data:

                               

Net revenue

  $ 47,368,739   $ 46,566,065   $ 43,578,016   $ 41,858,166   $ 30,553,164  

Income (loss) from operations

  $ 3,883,883   $ 39,853   $ (4,241,704 ) $ 2,935,466   $ (1,892,419 )

Net income (loss)

  $ 3,160,385   $ 22,006   $ (4,452,305 ) $ 2,384,729   $ (3,064,787 )

Basic net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders

  $ 0.05   $ 0.00   $ (0.09 ) $ 0.04   $ (0.08 )

Diluted net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders

  $ 0.05   $ 0.00   $ (0.09 ) $ 0.04   $ (0.08 )

Weighted average common stock outstanding (basic)

    53,494,952     52,943,203     52,187,144     49,348,033     40,431,073  

Weighted average common stock outstanding (diluted)

    54,633,181     54,465,285     52,187,144     52,167,492     40,431,073  

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Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

 
  As of December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  

Consolidated balance sheet data

                               

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 9,837,791   $ 6,572,468   $ 6,002,457   $ 7,671,963   $ 5,182,499  

Working capital(1)

    13,849,054     8,414,313     7,429,390     9,468,507     6,908,916  

Total assets

    33,931,294     30,391,138     27,318,502     24,854,144     19,168,991  

Total liabilities

    9,802,023     10,535,647     9,435,645     6,109,178     13,492,281  

Accumulated deficit

    (78,730,853 )   (81,891,238 )   (81,913,244 )   (77,460,939 )   (79,845,668 )

Total stockholders' equity

    24,129,271     19,855,491     17,882,857     18,744,966     5,676,710  

(1)
Working capital is defined as current assets less current liabilities.

ITEM 7.    MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

         You should read the following discussion and analysis in conjunction with the information set forth above under "—Selected consolidated financial data" and our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The statements in this discussion regarding our expectations of our future performance, liquidity and capital resources, and other non-historical statements in this discussion are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described under "Item 1A. Risk factors" and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form10-K. Our actual results may differ materially from those contained in or implied by any forward-looking statements.

Business overview

        We believe Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services. We provide our 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 our acquiring bank and processor customers, as well as through our own direct sales force. Our point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers and, together with our ATM services, enable our acquiring customers to process and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels.

        To ensure our long-term success and the success of our customers:

    we invest in new services and in enhancing our processing platform to facilitate more convenient and innovative payment methods, mobile payments and e-commerce; as well as the processing of non-financial transactions such as mobile phone top-up.

    we continually work to improve the speed, efficiency, security and performance of our platform and our payments and transaction processing services to enhance the reliability of our global processing infrastructure and protect the security of cardholder information.

        In 2014, we produced 69% of our revenue internationally and 31% in the United States through a recurring revenue model that generates fees every time a purchase is made across our network. We manage our business through two operating segments: our multi-currency processing services and our payment processing services. Our multi-currency processing services, which include Pay In Your Currency and Shop In Your Currency, enable merchants to offer customized pricing in multiple currencies. Our payment processing services comprise end-to-end authorization, capture, clearing and

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settlement services to our customers along with localized language support and online access to advanced reconciliation, reporting and analytics services. For the year ended December 31, 2014, our multi-currency processing services represented approximately 65% of our revenue and our payment processing services represented approximately 35% of our revenue.

        For the years 2014, 2013 and 2012, our net revenue was $47.4 million, $46.6 million and $43.6 million, respectively. In the same periods, our net income (loss) was $3.2 million, $22,006 and $(4.5) million, respectively, and our Adjusted EBITDA was $9.4 million, $4.2 million and $2.4 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). For information on how we calculate Adjusted EBITDA, see "—Key metrics—Adjusted EBITDA."

Key trends

        Our financial results have been and we believe will continue to be impacted by trends in the international payment processing industry, including the global shift toward electronic-based methods of payments and away from paper-based methods of payment, the increasing levels of international travel and commerce and the rapid adoption of e-commerce on a global scale. Our results are impacted by the changes in levels of international spending using electronic methods, and as a result, negative trends in the global economy and other factors which negatively impact international travel may negatively impact the growth in total transaction volume processed using our platform. The global economy has been undergoing a period of economic uncertainty and stock markets are experiencing high levels of volatility, and it is difficult to predict how long this uncertainty and volatility will continue.

        Despite these negative macro-economic trends, we plan to grow our business by increasing the use of our services by the merchants of our existing and future acquiring bank and processor customers. If we are successful in increasing our share of this currently addressable market, as well as by adding new acquiring bank and processor customers and expanding into new geographies and business sectors, we would expect our revenue to continue to grow. In addition, based on the positive trends in the international payment processing industry noted above, we anticipate that as and when more payments are made using electronic methods, such as those that we offer, our revenue would also increase.

Key metrics

        Our management relies on certain performance indicators to manage and assess our business. The key performance indicators set forth below help us evaluate growth trends, establish budgets, measure the effectiveness of our sales and marketing efforts and assess operational efficiencies. We believe that improvements in these metrics will result in improvements in our financial performance over time. We monitor our non-GAAP financial measures and other business statistics as a measure of operating performance in addition to net income (loss) and the other measures included in our consolidated financial statements.

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        The following is a table consisting of non-GAAP financial measures and certain other business statistics that management monitors:

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

KEY METRICS:

                   

Consolidated gross billings(1)

  $ 127,883,982   $ 123,766,535   $ 117,945,131  

Total settled dollar volume processed(2)

  $ 8,226,291,479   $ 7,054,447,195   $ 6,114,241,521  

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(3)

  $ 9,377,048   $ 4,228,278   $ 2,425,570  

Capitalized expenditures

  $ 1,662,196   $ 2,513,620   $ 1,921,766  

Total active merchant locations (at period end)(4)

    93,381     61,029     40,918  

Total settled transactions processed(5)

    107,892,854     64,438,090     45,968,171  

Multi-currency processing services key metrics :

                   

Active merchant locations (at period end)(4)

    43,624     23,628     22,015  

Settled transactions processed(6)

    13,423,672     12,496,150     11,883,366  

Gross foreign currency mark-up(7)

  $ 111,469,328   $ 107,013,919   $ 103,174,205  

Settled dollar volume processed(8)

  $ 2,651,052,999   $ 2,645,757,541   $ 2,628,252,265  

Average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed(9)

    1.17 %   1.13 %   1.10 %

Payment processing services key metrics :

                   

Active merchant locations (at period end)(4)

    49,779     37,424     18,921  

Payment processing services revenue(10)

  $ 16,414,654   $ 16,752,616   $ 14,770,926  

Settled transactions processed(11)

    94,469,182     51,941,940     34,084,805  

Settled dollar volume processed(12)

  $ 5,575,238,480   $ 4,408,689,654   $ 3,485,989,256  

(1)
Represents gross foreign currency mark-up (see footnote 7) plus payment processing services revenue (see footnote 10).

(2)
Represents total settled dollar volume processed through both our multi-currency and payment processing services.

(3)
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 from options and warrants 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.

(4)
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, 2013 and 2012, there were 22, 23 and 18 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.

(5)
Represents total settled transactions (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).

(6)
Represents settled transactions processed using our multi-currency processing services (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).

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(7)
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. Refer to our segment disclosure in Note 17 of our consolidated financial statements for information on our net revenue from multi-currency processing services.

(8)
Represents the total settled dollar volume processed using our multi-currency processing services.

(9)
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 the reported total multi-currency processing services net revenue ($31.0 million, $29.8 million and $28.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively) and dividing by settled dollar volume processed.

(10)
Represents revenue earned and reported on payment processing services.

(11)
Represents settled transactions processed using our payment processing services (excluding other transaction types such as authorizations and rate look-ups).

(12)
Represents the total settled dollar volume processed using our payment processing services.

Adjusted EBITDA

        This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes information about Adjusted EBITDA that is not prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and is not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included below.

        Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents 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.

        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.

        Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;

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    although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;

    non-cash compensation is and will remain a key element of our long-term incentive compensation for our employees, although we exclude it from Adjusted EBITDA when evaluating our ongoing performance for a particular period; and

    Adjusted EBITDA does not include the impact of certain charges or gains resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations.

        Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only as a supplement to our GAAP results.

        The following table sets forth the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), our most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with GAAP:

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

ADJUSTED EBITDA:

                   

Net income (loss)

  $ 3,160,385   $ 22,006   $ (4,452,305 )

Interest expense

    65,122     66,905     55,987  

Interest and other (income) expense

    (2,212 )   (1,038 )   7,503  

Provision for income taxes

    800,463     40,869     147,111  

Depreciation and amortization

    3,016,783     2,872,167     2,831,379  

Expensing of deferred IPO costs(1)

            2,578,770  

Stock-based compensation expense

    1,109,303     1,227,369     1,135,047  

Restructuring charges

    1,227,204          

Acquisition deal costs

            122,078  

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

  $ 9,377,048   $ 4,228,278   $ 2,425,570  

(1)
In July 2011 we filed our first Registration Statement on Form S-1. From July 2011 through August 2012 we continued to update and amend the Registration Statement on Form S-1. During the quarter ended September 30, 2012, we determined that it was likely that our IPO would be postponed for a period in excess of 90 days and as a result deemed it to be an aborted offering in accordance with the guidance set forth in ASC 340- 10-S99-1. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, we expensed previously deferred IPO costs of $2.3 million associated with our Registration Statement on Form S-1 as well as any IPO costs incurred in the third quarter to selling, general and administrative expenses. The total amount of the third quarter expense was $2.6 million.

Components of operating results

Sources of revenue

        We derive our revenue principally through transaction fees earned under fixed contractual arrangements with customers who use our international payment and multi-currency processing services. We operate the business in two reportable segments:

    Multi-currency processing services revenue.   Revenue derived from foreign currency transaction fees earned on processing and converting a credit or debit card transaction from one currency into

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      another currency. Foreign currency transactions fees earned under our agreements with our multi-currency processing services customers have traditionally been based on a fixed percentage applied to the net foreign currency margin earned, after deducting any merchant revenue and other contractual costs. Also included are fees for non-transactional services.

    Payment processing services revenue.   Revenue derived from transaction fees earned on processing services provided in facilitating the sale of goods and services by means of credit and debit cards and other electronic payments, the processing of certain non-financial transactions and professional services fees related to the payment processing business.

Geographic and customer concentration

        We conduct our business primarily in three geographical regions: Asia Pacific, or APAC, the Americas, and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, or CEMEA. The following table provides multi-currency processing services revenue concentration by geographical region. Revenue by region is based upon where the transaction originated. We conduct our payment processing services primarily in North America.

        Analysis of revenue by segment and geographical region:

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Revenue:

                   

APAC

  $ 16,621,147   $ 15,666,192   $ 16,248,880  

The Americas

    6,893,337     6,165,431     5,000,064  

CEMEA

    7,439,601     7,981,826     7,558,146  

Total multi-currency processing services revenue

    30,954,085     29,813,449     28,807,090  

Payment processing services revenue

    16,414,654     16,752,616     14,770,926  

Net revenue

  $ 47,368,739   $ 46,566,065   $ 43,578,016  

        A significant portion of our revenue is derived from agreements with a limited number of customers. Specifically, for the year ended December 31, 2014, subsidiaries of Global Payments, Inc. represented 21% and of our revenue.

Operating expenses

        Cost of revenue.     Cost of revenue primarily consists of two categories: (1) payment processing services fees, which includes payment processing transactions fees such as sponsorship fees, interchange and card association fees and assessments; and (2) processing and service costs, which include certain expenses related to multi-currency processing segment, expenses of running our platform infrastructure, including: internet connectivity, hosting and data storage expenses, amortization expense on acquired intangibles and capitalized software development costs, compensation and related benefits and a portion of general overhead expenses.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses.     Selling, general and administrative expenses consist primarily of compensation and related benefits, facility costs, public company costs and professional service fees for our sales, marketing, customer service, administrative functions, and a portion of general overhead expenses.

        In July 2011 we filed our first Registration Statement on Form S-1. During the quarter ended September 30, 2012 we determined that it was likely that our IPO would be postponed for a period in excess of 90 days and as a result deemed it to be an aborted offering in accordance with the guidance

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set forth in ASC 340-10-S99-1. For the three months ending September 30, 2012, we expensed previously deferred IPO costs of $2.3 million associated with our Registration Statement on Form S-1 as well as any IPO costs incurred in the third quarter to selling, general and administrative expenses. The total amount of the third quarter expense was $2.6 million.

        In October 2012, the east coast of the United States was hit by Hurricane Sandy, including the city of Long Beach, where our corporate offices are located. For the year ended December 31, 2012 we recorded a selling, general and administration expense of $0.1 million primarily related to disposal of property and equipment that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy which was offset by a pre-funding insurance reimbursement of $0.1 million. For the year ended December 31, 2013, we recorded capital additions related to Hurricane Sandy of approximately $0.5 million primarily related to leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures and computer hardware. In 2013 we received $0.3 million in insurance proceeds, which was recorded as a gain in selling, general and administrative expenses.

        We allocate overhead such as occupancy, telecommunication charges and depreciation expense based on headcount, as we believe this to be the most accurate measure. As a result, a portion of general overhead expenses is reflected in both our cost of revenue and selling, general and administrative expenses.

        Restructuring charges.     The Company recorded restructuring charges in connection with a realignment of its workforce. These charges primarily include employee severance and benefits.

Other income (expense), net

        Other income (expense), net, primarily consists of non-operating income as well as interest expense related to our capital leases.

Critical accounting policies and estimates

        Our critical accounting policies are those that we believe are both important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations and that involve difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. The estimates are based on historical experience and on various assumptions about the ultimate outcome of future events. Our actual results may differ from these estimates if unforeseen events occur or should the assumptions used in the estimation process differ from actual results. We consider an accounting policy to be critical if it is important to our financial condition and results of operations, and if it requires significant judgment, subjectivity and complexity on the part of management in its application. We believe the following to be our critical accounting policies.

Revenue recognition

        We derive revenue principally through fees earned under fixed contractual arrangements with customers who use our international payment and multi-currency processing services. We have two revenue streams:

Multi-currency processing services revenue

        Multi-currency processing services revenue is the foreign currency transaction fee earned on processing and converting of a credit or debit card transaction from one currency into another currency. Multi-currency transaction processing services revenue is recognized upon settlement of the transaction.

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Payment processing services revenue

        We follow the requirements of Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") topic 605-45, Revenue Recognition—Principal Agent Considerations , in determining our payment processing services revenue reporting. Generally, where we have merchant portability, credit risk and ultimate responsibility for the merchant, revenue is reported at the time of settlement on a gross basis equal to the full amount of the discount charged to the merchant. This amount may include interchange paid to card issuing banks and assessments paid to payment card associations.

        Payment processing services revenue is transaction based and priced either as a fixed fee per transaction or calculated based on a percentage of the transaction value. The fees are charged for processing services provided in facilitating the sale of goods and services by means of credit, debit and prepaid cards and other electronic payments and do not include the gross sales price paid by the ultimate buyer. Payment processing services revenue is recognized upon settlement of the transaction.

        Our revenue is presented net of a provision for sales credits, which is estimated based on historical results and established in the period in which services are provided. As of the periods presented, there were no such provisions.

Software development costs and amortization

        We develop software that is used in providing payment processing services to customers. Capitalization of internally developed software, primarily associated with our operating platform, occurs when we have completed the preliminary project stage, management authorizes the project, management commits to funding the project, it is probable the project will be completed and the project will be used to perform the function intended. The preliminary project stage consists of the conceptual formulation of alternatives, the evaluation of alternatives, the determination of existence of needed technology and the final selection of alternatives.

        We capitalize costs of materials and consultants, payroll and payroll-related costs incurred by employees involved in developing internal use computer software during the application development stage. Costs incurred during the preliminary project and post-implementation stages are charged to processing and service costs, which are included in cost of revenue as incurred. Software development costs are amortized to processing and service costs, which are included in cost of revenue on a straight-line basis over estimated useful lives of approximately three to five years. We perform periodic reviews to ensure that unamortized software costs remain recoverable from future cash flows.

Goodwill, intangibles and long-lived assets

        We record as goodwill the excess of purchase price over the fair value of the tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired. Other acquired intangible assets, which primarily include identifiable acquired technology, are being amortized on a straight-line basis over five years, which approximates the pattern in which the assets are utilized, over their estimated useful lives.

        We perform reviews to determine if the carrying value of our goodwill is impaired. We review goodwill for impairment at least annually during the fourth quarter, or more frequently if an event occurs indicating the potential for impairment. We review goodwill for impairment utilizing either a qualitative assessment or a two-step process. If we decide that it is appropriate to perform a qualitative assessment and conclude that the fair value of a reporting unit more likely than not exceeds its carrying value, no further evaluation is necessary. For reporting units where we perform the two-step process, the first step requires us to estimate the fair value of each reporting unit and compare that fair value to the respective carrying value, which includes goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying value, the goodwill is not considered impaired and no further evaluation is necessary. If the carrying value is higher than the estimated fair value, there is an indication that impairment may exist

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and the second step is required. In the second step, the implied fair value of goodwill is calculated as the excess of the fair value of a reporting unit over the fair values assigned to its assets and liabilities. If the implied fair value of goodwill is less than the carrying value of the reporting unit's goodwill, the difference is recognized as an impairment charge.

        For reporting units where we decide to perform a qualitative assessment, management assesses and makes judgments regarding a variety of factors which potentially impact the fair value of a reporting unit, including general economic conditions, industry and market-specific conditions, customer behavior, cost factors, our financial performance and trends, our strategies and business plans, capital requirements, management and personnel issues, and our stock price, among others. Management then considers the totality of these and other factors, placing more weight on the events and circumstances that are judged to most affect a reporting unit's fair value or the carrying amount of its net assets, to reach a qualitative conclusion regarding whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount.

        For reporting units where we perform the two-step process, we may utilize a combination of the following approached to assess fair value: (a) an income based approach, using projected discounted cash flows, (b) a market based approach, using multiples of comparable companies, and (c) a transaction based approach, using multiples for recent acquisitions of similar businesses made in the marketplace.

        Our estimate of fair value of each reporting unit may be based on a number of subjective factors, including: (a) appropriate consideration of valuation approaches (income approach, comparable public company approach, and comparable transaction approach), (b) estimates of future cost structure, (c) discount rates for estimated cash flows, (d) selection of peer group companies for the public company and the market transaction approaches, (e) required levels of working capital, (f) assumed terminal value, and (g) time horizon of cash flow forecasts.

        The entire goodwill balance as of December 31, 2014 is attributable to the acquisition of BPS. We did not record any impairment of goodwill for the three years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

        We evaluate long-lived assets, including property and equipment, capitalized software and finite-lived intangible assets for potential impairment on an individual asset basis or at the lowest level asset grouping for which cash flows can be separately identified. Long-lived asset impairments are assessed whenever changes in circumstances could indicate that the carrying amounts of those productive assets exceed their projected undiscounted cash flows. When it is determined that impairment exists, the related asset group is written down to its estimated fair market value. The determination of future cash flows and the estimated fair value of long-lived assets, involve significant estimates on the part of management. In order to estimate the fair value of a long-lived asset, we may engage a third party to assist with the valuation. We did not record any impairment of long-lived assets for the year ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

        Our process for assessing potential triggering events may include, but is not limited to, analysis of the following:

    any sustained decline in our stock price below book value;

    results of our goodwill impairment test;

    sales and operating trends affecting products and groupings;

    the impact of current and future operating results;

    any losses of key acquired customer relationships; and

    changes to or obsolescence of acquired technology, data, and trademarks.

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        We also evaluate the remaining useful life of our long-lived assets on a periodic basis to determine whether events or circumstances warrant a revision to the remaining estimated amortization period.

Stock-based compensation expense and assumptions

        Stock-based compensation expense is measured at the grant date based on fair value and recognized as an expense over the requisite service period, net of an estimated forfeiture rate.

Stock-based compensation expense assumptions and vesting requirements

        Determining the appropriate fair value model and calculating the fair value of stock-based awards require the input of highly subjective assumptions, including the expected life, expected stock price volatility, and the number of expected stock-based awards that will be forfeited prior to the completion of the vesting requirements. We use the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model to determine the fair value of stock option awards, the fair-market value of our common stock on the date the award is approved to measure fair value for service-based and performance-based awards, and binomial lattice-based valuation pricing models to value its market condition awards.

Expected life

        Due to our limited public company history, the expected life for our stock-based awards granted was determined based on the "simplified" method under the provisions of ASC 718-10, Compensation—Stock Compensation .

Expected stock price volatility

        We estimate its expected volatility using a time-weighted average of its historical volatility in combination with the historical volatility of similar entities whose common shares are publicly traded.

Risk-free interest rate and dividend yield

        The risk-free interest rates used for our stock-based awards granted were the U.S. Treasury zero-coupon rates for bonds matching the expected life of a stock-based award on the date of grant.

        The expected dividend yield is not applicable as we have not paid any dividends and intend to retain any future earnings for use in our business.

Vesting requirements

        Options granted to employees generally vest 1/3rd of the amount of shares subject to each option on each 12-month anniversary from the vesting commencement date over a three year period and expire ten years from the grant date.

        Restricted stock awards are earned upon the achievement of certain performance targets and/or other vesting conditions.

        On an annual basis the Board of Director's are granted either stock options or restricted stock awards. A director's annual grant vests and becomes exercisable as to 1/12th of the shares each month from the vesting commencement date for option awards, or 12-months from the grant date in the case of a restricted stock award. A director's initial grant vests and becomes exercisable as to 1/3rd of the shares on the 12-month anniversary from the vesting commencement date and then 1/36th of the shares each month thereafter, such that the grant vests in full after three years. All directors' options expire ten years from the grant date.

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all of our assets or liquidation of the company, at the discretion of our Board of Directors. Our 2006 Equity Incentive Plan provides that if outstanding options are not assumed or replaced by a successor corporation, options shall immediately vest as to 100% of the shares at such time and on such conditions as our Board of Directors shall determine. Our 2012 Equity Incentive Plan provides that if outstanding options are not assumed or replaced by successor corporations options shall immediately vest as to 100% of the shares (and any applicable right of repurchase shall fully lapse prior to relevant event).

Fair value inputs

        The fair market value of each stock option award granted has been estimated on the grant date using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model with the following assumptions:

 
  Year ended December 31,
 
  2014   2013   2012

Expected life (in years)

  5.88 - 6.02   5.51 - 5.98   5.25 - 6.00

Expected volatility (percentage)

  38.48 - 41.98   40.74 - 42.41   45.13 - 47.36

Risk-free interest rate (percentage)

  1.77 - 2.02   0.94 - 1.77   0.91 - 1.39

Expected dividend yield

     

        For all option grants our Board of Directors set the exercise price of stock options based on a price per share not less than the fair value of our common stock on the date of grant. From the time that our shares of common stock began trading on AIM in 2006, to the time that our shares of common stock began trading on NASDAQ, our Board of Directors determined that the fair value of the shares of common stock on the date of grant was the closing price of shares of our common stock that traded under the AIM symbol "PPTR." The underlying security for all options and warrants issued prior to the effectiveness of our Registration Statement on Form S-8 was our common stock trading under "PPTR."

        Following the effectiveness of our Registration Statement on Form 10 and Registration Statement on Form S-8 our Board of Directors has determined that the fair value of the shares of common stock on the date of grant is the closing price of shares of our common stock that trade under the NASDAQ symbol "PLPM." The underlying security for all issued and outstanding options and warrants is our common stock trading under "PLPM" / "PPT."

Income taxes

        We account for income taxes on the asset and liability method. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequence attributable to differences between the financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carry-forwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities due to a change in tax rates is recognized in results of operations in the period during which the tax change occurs. Our operations are conducted in various geographies with different tax rates. As our operations evolve this may impact our future effective tax rate.

        We are required to assess whether it is necessary to establish a valuation allowance to reduce the deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Our process includes evaluating both positive (for example, sources of taxable income) and negative (for example, historical losses) evidence and determining whether it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

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        ASC 740-10, Income Taxes , prescribes a comprehensive model for how companies should recognize, measure, present, and disclose uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken on a tax return. We initially and subsequently measure such tax positions as the largest amount of tax benefit that is greater than 50% likely of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority assuming full knowledge of the position and all relevant facts. We reviewed and evaluated the relevant technical merits of each of our tax positions, for all periods presented, and determined that there are no uncertain tax positions that would have a material impact on our financial statements.

Deferred IPO costs

        In July 2011 we filed our first Registration Statement on Form S-1. From July 2011 through August 2012 we continued to update and amend the Registration Statement on Form S-1. During the quarter ended September 30, 2012, we determined that it was likely that our IPO would be postponed for a period in excess of 90 days and as a result deemed it to be an aborted offering in accordance with the guidance set forth in ASC 340-10-S99-1. During the three months ended September 30, 2012, we expensed previously deferred IPO costs of $2.3 million associated with our Registration Statement on Form S-1 as well as any IPO costs incurred in the third quarter to selling, general and administrative expenses. The total amount of the third quarter expense was $2.6 million.

Emerging growth company

        Under Section 107(b) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards until such time as those standards apply to private companies. We have irrevocably elected not to avail ourselves of this exemption from new or revised accounting standards and, therefore, we will be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

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Results of operations

        The following tables set forth our consolidated results of operations for the periods presented and as a percentage of our net revenue for those periods. The period-to-period comparison of financial results is not necessarily indicative of financial results to be achieved in future periods.

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  
 
  $ amount   % of
revenue
  $ amount   % of
revenue
  $ amount   % of
revenue
 

Revenue:

                                     

APAC

  $ 16,621,147     35.1 % $ 15,666,192     33.6 % $ 16,248,880     37.3 %

The Americas

    6,893,337     14.6     6,165,431     13.2     5,000,064     11.5  

CEMEA

    7,439,601     15.7     7,981,826     17.1     7,558,146     17.3  

Total multi-currency processing services revenue

    30,954,085     65.4     29,813,449     63.9     28,807,090     66.1  

Payment processing services revenue

    16,414,654     34.6     16,752,616     36.1     14,770,926     33.9  

Net revenue

    47,368,739     100.0     46,566,065     100.0     43,578,016     100.0  

Operating expenses:

                                     

Cost of revenue:

                                     

Payment processing services fees

    10,403,679     22.0     11,236,262     24.1     10,943,290     25.1  

Processing and service costs

    13,483,282     28.5     13,048,294     28.0     11,010,778     25.3  

Total cost of revenue

    23,886,961     50.5     24,284,556     52.1     21,954,068     50.4  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    18,370,691     38.8     22,241,656     47.8     25,865,652     59.4  

Restructuring charges

    1,227,204     2.6                  

Total operating expenses

    43,484,856     91.9     46,526,212     99.9     47,819,720     109.8  

Income (loss) from operations

    3,883,883     8.1     39,853     0.1     (4,241,704 )   (9.8 )

Other income (expense):

                                     

Interest expense

    (65,122 )   (0.1 )   (66,905 )   (0.1 )   (55,987 )   (0.1 )

Interest income

    2,212     0.0     1,038     0.0     1,236     0.0  

Other income (expense), net

    139,875     0.3     88,889     0.1     (8,739 )   (0.0 )

Total other income (expense), net

    76,965     0.2     23,022     0.0     (63,490 )   (0.1 )

Income (loss) from operations before provision for income taxes

    3,960,848     8.3     62,875     0.1     (4,305,194 )   (9.9 )

Provision for income taxes

    (800,463 )   (1.7 )   (40,869 )   (0.1 )   (147,111 )   (0.3 )

Net income (loss)

    3,160,385     6.6 % $ 22,006     0.0 % $ (4,452,305 )   (10.2 )%

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Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

Revenue

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

APAC

  $ 16,621,147   $ 15,666,192   $ 954,955     6 %

The Americas

    6,893,337     6,165,431     727,906     12  

CEMEA

    7,439,601     7,981,826     (542,225 )   (7 )

Total multi-currency processing services revenue

    30,954,085     29,813,449     1,140,636     4  

Payment processing services revenue

    16,414,654     16,752,616     (337,962 )   (2 )

Net revenue

  $ 47,368,739   $ 46,566,065   $ 802,674     2  

        Net revenue increased $0.8 million, or 2%, to $47.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $46.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The year over year increase in revenue was primarily due to the overall increase in total settled dollar volume processed and total active merchant locations processing transactions through our payment processing platform. This increase related to total sales volume and total merchant locations was partially offset by the decreases in CEMEA average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume and a decrease in total sales volume processes by our direct acquiring payment processing customers.

Multi-currency processing services revenue

        APAC multi-currency processing services revenue.     APAC multi-currency processing services revenue increased $1.0 million, or 6%, to $16.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $15.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The increase in APAC multi-currency processing services revenue was driven by changes in the following key business metrics:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

APAC multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    14,340     12,967     1,373     11 %

APAC multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    6,106,752     5,632,093     474,659     8  

APAC multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 64,711,495   $ 60,922,423   $ 3,789,072     6  

APAC multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 1,492,706,712   $ 1,439,068,345   $ 53,638,367     4  

APAC average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    1.11 %   1.09 %   0.02 %   2  

        The 4% increase in settled dollar volume processed resulted in a $0.6 million increase to revenue. APAC multi-currency processing revenue was further increased by a 2% increase in our average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed, which resulted in a $0.4 million increase to revenue. The increase in settled dollar volume processed was primarily due to new acquirer implementation and the increase in average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed was primarily due to a pricing mix of services during the period.

        The Americas multi-currency processing services revenue.     The Americas multi-currency processing services revenue increased $0.7 million to $6.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from

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$6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Americas multi-currency processing services revenue key business metrics are as follows:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

The Americas multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    13,966     3,351     10,615     317 %

The Americas multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    2,763,093     2,942,280     (179,187 )   (6 )

The Americas multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 14,082,388   $ 13,948,801   $ 133,587     1  

The Americas multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 331,353,923   $ 381,903,219   $ (50,549,296 )   (13 )

The Americas average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    1.67% *   1.61 %   0.06 %   4  

        The 12% increase in Americas multi-currency processing revenue is due to revenues earned on non-transactional services of $1.3 million partially offset by a 13% decrease in settled dollar volume processed, which resulted in a $0.6 million dollar decrease to revenue. The primary reason for the decrease in settled dollar volume processed is due to a decrease in volume for a specific currency and certain retail merchants.

*
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.

        CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue.     CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue decreased $0.5 million to $7.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue key business metrics are as follows:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

CEMEA multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    15,318     7,310     8,008     110 %

CEMEA multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    4,553,827     3,921,777     632,050     16  

CEMEA multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 32,675,445   $ 32,142,695   $ 532,750     2  

CEMEA multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 826,992,364   $ 824,785,977   $ 2,206,387     0  

CEMEA average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    0.90 %   0.97 %   (0.07 )%   (7 )

        The 7% decrease in average net mark-up on settled dollar volume processed resulted in a $0.5 million decrease in revenue. This decrease is primarily a result of customer and pricing mix.

Payment processing services revenue

        Payment processing services revenue is primarily earned from transaction processing services for customers in the Americas. Payment processing services revenue decreased $0.3 million, or 2%, to $16.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $16.7 million for the year ended

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December 31, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to professional services fees recognized in 2013 but not in 2014.

Cost of revenue

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

Payment processing services fees

  $ 10,403,679   $ 11,236,262   $ (832,583 )   (7 )%

Processing and service costs

    13,483,282     13,048,294     434,988     3  

Total cost of revenue

  $ 23,886,961   $ 24,284,556   $ (397,595 )   (2 )

Payment processing services fees

        The decrease in payment processing service fees of $0.8 million, or 7%, to $10.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $11.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 is a direct result of the decrease in payment processing service revenue.

Processing and service costs

        The increase in processing and service costs of $0.4 million, or 3%, to $13.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $13.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 was primarily the result of an increase of $0.4 million in multi-currency referral commissions earned by third party agents for new multi-currency customers and a decrease of $0.5 in capitalized technology salaries expense. These increases are partially offset by a decrease in salary compensation and related benefits of $0.4 million as a result of our restructuring during 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  $ 18,370,691   $ 22,241,656   $ (3,870,965 )   (17 )%

        Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $3.9 million, or 17%, to $18.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to a decrease in salary compensation and related benefits of $2.2 million, a decrease to professional fees of $0.3 million, a decrease to travel and entertainment expenses of $0.4 million, a decrease in stock-based compensation expense of $0.1 million, a decrease to recruiting fees of $0.2 million, a decrease to telecom expenses of $0.1 million, a decrease to sales and marketing of $0.2 million and a decrease to public company costs of $0.2 million.

Other income (expense), net

 
  Year ended
December 31,
  Variance  
 
  2014   2013   Amount   Percent  

Interest expense

  $ (65,122 ) $ (66,905 ) $ 1,783     (3 )%

Interest income

    2,212     1,038     1,174     113  

Other income

    139,875     88,889     50,986     57  

Total other income, net

  $ 76,965   $ 23,022   $ 53,943     234  

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        Total other income, net, increased $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in total other income was primarily due to an increase in our research and development tax credit.

Restructuring charges

        The Company recorded $1.2 million of restructuring charges in connection with a realignment of its workforce for the year ended December 31, 2014. The $1.2 million of restructuring charges primarily consist of $1.0 million of employee severance and benefits and $0.2 million of stock based compensation.

Provision for income taxes

        Provision for income taxes increased to $0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 from $0.04 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The increase in the tax provision of $0.8 million related primarily to increased profitability of certain foreign subsidiaries. Our effective tax rate could fluctuate depending on the mix of earnings from foreign jurisdictions taxed at substantially lower statutory rates, primarily Bermuda and Hong Kong.

Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

Revenue

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

APAC

  $ 15,666,192   $ 16,248,880   $ (582,688 )   (4 )%

North America

    6,165,431     5,000,064     1,165,367     23  

CEMEA

    7,981,826     7,558,146     423,680     6  

Total multi-currency processing services revenue

    29,813,449     28,807,090     1,006,359     3  

Payment processing services revenue

    16,752,616     14,770,926     1,981,690     13  

Net revenue

  $ 46,566,065   $ 43,578,016   $ 2,988,049     7  

        Net revenue increased $3.0 million, or 7%, to $46.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $43.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The year over year increase in revenue was primarily due to the overall increase in total active merchant locations processing transactions through our payment processing platform and an increase in transactions from our direct acquiring payment processing customers. This increase related to merchant locations was partially offset by the decreases in APAC settled dollar volume processed and average mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume as described below.

Multi-currency processing services revenue

        APAC multi-currency processing services revenue.     APAC multi-currency processing services revenue decreased $0.6 million, or 4%, to $15.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from

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$16.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decrease in APAC multi-currency processing services revenue was driven by changes in the following key business metrics:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

APAC multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    12,967     11,945     1,022     9 %

APAC multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    5,632,093     5,736,247     (104,154 )   (2 )

APAC multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 60,922,423   $ 60,411,967   $ 510,456     1  

APAC multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 1,439,068,345   $ 1,458,852,664   $ (19,784,319 )   (1 )

APAC average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    1.09 %   1.11 %   (0.02 )%   (2 )

        The 1% decrease in settled dollar volume processed resulted in a $0.2 million decrease to revenue. APAC multi-currency processing revenue was further decreased by a 2% decrease in our average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed, which resulted in a $0.4 million decrease to revenue. The decrease in average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed was primarily due to a re-pricing of certain contracts that have been renewed on a long-term basis coupled with the pricing mix of services during the period.

        North America multi-currency processing services revenue.     North America multi-currency processing services revenue increased $1.2 million to $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $5.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. North America multi-currency processing services revenue key business metrics are as follows:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

North America multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    3,351     3,463     (112 )   (3 )%

North America multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    2,942,280     3,163,363     (221,083 )   (7 )

North America multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 13,948,801   $ 12,305,935   $ 1,642,866     13  

North America multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 381,903,219   $ 389,638,679   $ (7,735,460 )   (2 )

North America average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    1.61 %   1.28 %   0.33 %   26  

        The 26% increase in our average net mark-up on settled dollar volume processed resulted in a $1.3 million dollar increase to revenue which was partially offset by a 2% decrease in settled dollar volume processed, which resulted in a $0.1 million dollar decrease to revenue. The primary reason for the increase to our average net mark-up percentage on settled dollar volume processed was due to customer and product mix.

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        CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue.     CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue increased $0.4 million to $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $7.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. CEMEA multi-currency processing services revenue key business metrics are as follows:

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

CEMEA multi-currency processing active merchant locations (at period end)

    7,310     6,607     703     11 %

CEMEA multi-currency processing settled transactions processed

    3,921,777     2,983,756     938,021     31  

CEMEA multi-currency processing gross foreign currency mark-up

  $ 32,142,695   $ 30,456,303   $ 1,686,392     6  

CEMEA multi-currency processing settled dollar volume processed

  $ 824,785,977   $ 779,760,922   $ 45,025,055     6  

CEMEA average net mark-up % on settled dollar volume processed

    0.97 %   0.97 %   0.00 %   0  

        The 6% increase in settled dollar volume processed resulted in a $0.4 million increase in revenue. This increase in settled dollar volume processed was due to the continued merchant rollout for a CEMEA customer.

Cost of revenue

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

Payment processing services fees

  $ 11,236,262   $ 10,943,290   $ 292,972     3 %

Processing and service costs

    13,048,294     11,010,778     2,037,516     19  

Total cost of revenue

  $ 24,284,556   $ 21,954,068   $ 2,330,488     11  

Payment processing services fees

        The increase in payment processing service fees of $0.3 million, or 3%, to $11.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $10.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 was primarily a result of a $1.6 million increase due to the roll-out of new payment processing customers and a $1.3 million decrease as a result of the pricing mix of services for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Processing and service costs

        The increase in processing and service costs of $2.0 million, or 19%, to $13.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $11.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in processing and service costs was primarily the result of an increase of $1.7 million in multi-currency referral commissions earned by third party agents for new multi-currency customers implemented in the fourth quarter 2012 and an increase in salary and compensation and related benefit costs of $0.6 million, which are primarily due to technology headcount additions to support the growth in our existing business and launches into new markets.

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Selling, general and administrative expenses

 
  Year ended December 31,   Variance  
 
  2013   2012   Amount   Percent  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  $ 22,241,656   $ 25,865,652   $ (3,623,996 )   (14 )%

        Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $3.6 million, or 14%, to $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $25.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily the result of expensing $2.6 million of deferred IPO cost in 2012. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was also due to a decrease in professional fees of $1.1 million, sales and marketing costs of $0.3 million, and travel costs, facility costs and other selling, general and administrative costs of $0.3 million, offset by increased salary compensation and related benefit costs of $0.6 million. These increases in salary are primarily due to budgeted head count additions to support the growth in our existing business and our launches into new markets with new customers.

Provision for income taxes

        Provision for income taxes decreased to $0.04 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decrease in the tax provision of $0.06 million related primarily to decreased profitability of certain foreign subsidiaries and the benefit for the reduction of a deferred tax liability established as part of our BPS acquisition. Our effective tax rate could fluctuate depending on the mix of earnings from foreign jurisdictions taxed at substantially lower statutory rates, primarily Bermuda and Hong Kong.

Quarterly results of operations

        The following tables set forth selected unaudited quarterly statements of operations data for the last eight fiscal quarters. The information for each of these quarters has been prepared on the same basis as the audited annual financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10- K and, in the opinion of management, includes all adjustments, which consist only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for the fair presentation of the results of operations for these periods. This data should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. These quarterly operating results are not necessarily indicative of our operating results for any future period.

2014 (unaudited)
  March 31,
2014
  June 30,
2014
  September 30,
2014
  December 31,
2014
 

Net revenue

  $ 11,175,117   $ 11,884,605   $ 11,312,303   $ 12,996,714  

Gross profit(1)

    4,941,703     6,264,427     5,476,368     6,799,280  

(Loss) income from operations

    (769,305 )   1,707,698     594,624     2,350,866  

Net (loss) income

  $ (779,290 ) $ 1,509,414   $ 468,125   $ 1,962,136  

Basic net (loss) income per share applicable to common stockholders(2)

  $ (0.01 ) $ 0.02   $ 0.01   $ 0.03  

Diluted net (loss) income per share applicable to common stockholders(2)

  $ (0.01 ) $ 0.02   $ 0.01   $ 0.03  

Weighted average common stock (basic)

    53,437,184     53,802,936     54,141,669     53,918,370  

Weighted average common stock (diluted)

    53,437,184     54,767,440     54,977,485     54,474,022  

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2013 (unaudited)
  March 31,
2013
  June 30,
2013
  September 30,
2013
  December 31,
2013
 

Net revenue

  $ 12,086,063   $ 11,764,663   $ 10,472,912   $ 12,242,427  

Gross profit(1)

    6,108,127     5,837,073     4,499,516     5,836,793  

Income (loss) from operations

    385,443     388,118     (821,055 )   87,347  

Net income (loss)

  $ 371,916   $ 304,691   $ (808,554 ) $ 153,953  

Basic net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders(2)

  $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ (0.02 ) $ 0.00  

Diluted net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders(2)

  $ 0.01   $ 0.00   $ (0.02 ) $ 0.00  

Weighted average common stock (basic)

    52,779,130     52,832,451     53,051,626     53,193,916  

Weighted average common stock (diluted)

    54,806,026     54,570,476     53,051,626     54,247,382  

(1)
For the purposes of this table, gross profit is defined as net revenue less total cost of revenue.

(2)
The addition of earnings per share by quarter may not equal total earnings per share for the year or interim period.

Liquidity and capital resources

        We currently anticipate that our available cash balances will be sufficient to meet our presently anticipated working capital and capital expenditure requirements for at least the next twelve months. However, we may be required to raise additional funds through public or private debt or equity financing to meet additional working capital requirements. There can be no assurance that this additional financing will be available, or if available, will be on reasonable terms and not dilutive to our stockholders. If adequate funds are not available on acceptable terms, our business and operating results could be adversely affected.

Sources of liquidity

        As of December 31, 2014, we had approximately $9.8 million in cash and cash equivalents of which we had $5.0 million in cash held by foreign subsidiaries. Currently, if we were to repatriate cash held by our foreign subsidiaries, to the extent that such repatriation was a taxable event, we could utilize a portion of our $67.2 million net operating loss carry forward to offset the tax obligation, so that no U.S. tax liability would arise. However, our intent is to permanently reinvest these funds outside of the U.S. and our current plans do not demonstrate a need to repatriate them to fund our U.S. operations.

Capital expenditures

        Our capital expenditures related to property and equipment, software development costs, and intangible assets were $1.7 million in 2014, $2.5 million in 2013 and $1.9 million in 2012. The 2014 capital expenditures were primarily attributable to our investment in the business primarily through capital expenditures for network infrastructure and investments in software development and equipment.

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Cash flows

 
  Year ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Cash provided by operating activities

  $ 5,245,899   $ 2,520,150   $ 1,601,416  

Cash used in investing activities

    (1,521,756 )   (2,059,278 )   (3,366,345 )

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

    (458,820 )   109,139     95,423  

Operating activities

        Cash provided by operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 was $5.2 million, comprising $7.5 million of cash generated by operations and a net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $2.2 million. This net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $2.2 million primarily consisted of a $1.0 million decrease in settlement assets. These decreases were partially offset by a $2.0 million decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses, a $0.7 million increase in accounts receivable and other current assets, a $0.4 million decrease in due to merchants and a $0.1 million increase in security deposits and other assets. Cash generated by operations of $7.5 million was inclusive of net income of $3.2 million and non-cash adjustments to net income which primarily include: (i) depreciation and amortization expense of $3.0 million and (ii) stock option expense of approximately $1.3 million.

        Cash provided by operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2013 was $2.5 million, comprising $3.6 million of cash generated by operations and a net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $1.1 million. This net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $1.1 million primarily consisted of a $0.7 million increase in settlement assets, a $0.7 million increase in accounts receivable and other current assets and a $0.5 million increase in security deposits and other assets. These increases were partially offset by a $0.5 million increase in due to merchants and a $0.3 million increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses. Cash generated by operations of $3.6 million was inclusive of non-cash adjustments to net income which primarily include: (i) depreciation and amortization expense of $2.9 million, (ii) stock option expense of $1.2 million and (iii) provision for doubtful accounts of $0.3 million, partially offset by a $0.5 million deferred tax benefit and a $0.3 million insurance settlement gain related to Hurricane Sandy.

        Cash provided by operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2012 was $1.6 million, comprising $1.9 million of cash generated by operations and a net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $0.3 million. This net decrease in our operating assets and liabilities of $0.3 million primarily consisted of a $1.7 million increase in accounts receivable and other current assets, coupled with a $0.6 million increase in our settlement assets. Both increases are generally due to increases in both our MCP and payment processing revenue. These amounts were offset by an increase in current liabilities which include accounts payable, accrued expenses and due to merchants of $2.1 million. The increases in current liabilities are primarily due to increases in accounting and legal professional fees due to our Registration Statement on Form S-1 and Registration Statement on Form 10 filings. Cash generated by operations of $1.9 million was inclusive of a net loss of $4.5 million and total net non-cash charges of $6.4 million. Significant non-cash adjustments to net income primarily included: (i) expensing of previously deferred IPO costs of $2.3 million, (ii) depreciation and amortization expense of $2.8 million and (iii) stock option expense of $1.1 million.

Investing activities

        Cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $1.5 million, which was primarily attributable to a $1.7 million decrease in restricted cash and a $1.5 million investment in the business through capital expenditures for network infrastructure, investments in software development

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and purchases of intangible assets. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in merchant reserves of $1.7 million.

        Cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $2.1 million, which was primarily attributable to a $2.5 million investment in the business through capital expenditures for network infrastructure and investments in software development and tenant improvements at our corporate office following Hurricane Sandy, offset by the receipt of Hurricane Sandy insurance proceeds received of $0.4 million.

        Cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $3.4 million, which was primarily attributable to the acquisition of BPS for $1.6 million and our investment in the business through capital expenditures for network infrastructure and investments in software development.

Financing activities

        Cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $0.5 million, comprising of $0.8 million of treasury stock repurchased and $0.6 million in payments for capital lease obligations, offset by $0.9 million in proceeds from issuance of common stock.

        Cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $0.1 million, comprising of $0.6 million in proceeds from option exercises offset by $0.5 million in payments for capital lease obligations.

        Cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $0.8 million for proceeds from the exercise of options offset by $0.4 million in cash paid for IPO costs and $0.3 million in payments for capital lease obligations.

Stock repurchase program

        In October 2014, our Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program under which we may spend up to $6.0 million to repurchase shares of our common stock. Stock repurchases under this program may be made on the open market, through 10b5-1 programs, or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The transactions may be made from time to time without prior notice and in such amounts as our management deems appropriate and will be funded from cash on hand. The number of shares to be repurchased and the timing of repurchases will be based on several factors, including the price of our common stock, legal or regulatory requirements, general business and market conditions, and other investment opportunities. The stock repurchase program will expire on December 31, 2015, but may be limited or terminated at any time by our Board of Directors without prior notice. From inception of the program through December 31, 2014, we repurchased approximately 500,000 shares of common stock for an aggregate price of approximately $0.8 million. As of December 31, 2014, there was approximately $5.2 million remaining in our stock repurchase program.

Off-balance sheet arrangements

        We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements or relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, such entities often referred to as structured finance or variable interest entities, which are typically established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements or other contractually narrow or limited purpose.

Effects of inflation

        Our monetary assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents and receivables, and our non-monetary assets consist primarily of property and equipment, software development and intangible assets, which are not affected significantly by inflation. We believe the replacement costs of property

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and equipment will not materially affect our operations. However, the rate of inflation affects our expenses, which may not be readily recoverable in the prices of services we offer.

Contractual obligations and commitments

        The following table summarizes our contractual obligations as of December 31, 2014:

 
  Total   Less than
1 year
  1 - 3 years   3 - 5 years   More than
5 years
 

Operating lease obligations

  $ 3,124,168   $ 1,583,575   $ 1,535,104   $ 5,489   $  

Capital lease obligations

    876,085     499,187     373,278     3,620      

Acquiring bank sponsorship agreement obligations

    1,490,001     406,667     783,334     300,000      

Total contractual cash obligations

  $ 5,490,254   $ 2,489,429   $ 2,691,716   $ 309,109   $  

Employment agreements

        Pursuant to employment agreements with certain employees, we had a commitment to pay severance of approximately $0.8 million and $2.0 million as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, in the event of termination without cause, as defined in the agreements. Additionally, in the event of termination upon a change of control, as defined in the agreements, we had a commitment to pay severance of $1.0 million and $2.3 million as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Uncertain tax positions

        We have reviewed and evaluated the relevant technical merits of each of our tax positions and determined that there are no uncertain tax positions that would have a material impact on our financial statements.

Recent accounting pronouncements

        In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) ("ASU 2014-09), which outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes most current revenue recognition guidance, including industry-specific guidance. The new guidance includes a cohesive set of disclosure requirements intended to provide users of financial statements with comprehensive information about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from a company's contracts with customers. ASU 2014-09 will be effective January 1, 2017 and early application is not permitted. The standard allows for either retrospective application to each reporting period presented or retrospective application with the cumulative effect of initially applying this update recognized at the date of initial application. The Company is currently evaluating the effect ASU 2014-09 will have on the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and disclosures.

        In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-12, Accounting for Share-based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period (Topic 718 ) ("ASU 2014-12"), which requires that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition and should not be reflected in the estimate of the grant-date fair value of the award. The guidance is effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2015. The guidance can be applied prospectively for all awards granted or modified after the effective date or retrospectively to all awards with performance targets outstanding as of the beginning of the earliest annual period presented in the financial statements and

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to all new or modified awards thereafter. We do not expect a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows from the adoption of this guidance.

ITEM 7A.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Interest rate risk

        We had cash and cash equivalents totaling $9.8 million and $6.6 million as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The cash and cash equivalents are held for working capital purposes. We did not have any derivative financial instruments as of December 31, 2014 and 2013. We are not exposed, nor do we anticipate being exposed, to material risks due to changes in market interest rates given the historic low levels of interest being earned on the short- term fixed-rate cash operating accounts.

Foreign currency exchange risk

        We have foreign currency risks related to our revenue and operating expenses denominated in currencies other than the U.S. Dollar, principally the Hong Kong Dollar. The volatility of exchange rates depends on many factors that we cannot forecast with reliable accuracy. Although we have experienced and will continue to experience fluctuations in our net income (loss) as a result of transaction gains (losses), we believe such a change would not have a material impact on our results of operations as Hong Kong is not considered to be a highly inflationary or deflationary economy and historically the Hong Kong Dollar has traded in a very narrow band of exchange rates against the U.S. Dollar. Based upon our historical financial statements, for every 1% change in the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Hong Kong Dollar, our net income (loss) would be impacted by approximately $10,000 and the carrying value of assets on our balance sheet would be impacted by approximately $0.1 million.

        In the event our foreign sales and expenses increase and expand into other currencies, our operating results may be more greatly affected by fluctuations in the exchange rates of the currencies in which we do business. At this time we do not enter into derivatives or other financial activities in an attempt to hedge our foreign currency exchange risk, but may do so in the future. It is difficult to predict the impact any hedging activities would have on our results of operations.

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ITEM 8.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 
  Page  

Consolidated Balance Sheets

    80  

Consolidated Statements of Operations

    81  

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

    82  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    83  

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders' Equity

    84  

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

    85  

Schedule II—Valuation and qualifying accounts

    118  

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Stockholders
Planet Payment, Inc.
Long Beach, New York

        We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Planet Payment, Inc. (the "Company") as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), changes in convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity, and cash flows for the years then ended. In connection with our audits of the consolidated financial statements, we have also audited the financial statement schedule for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 listed in the accompanying index at Item 15. These financial statements and schedule are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedule based on our audits.

        We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements and schedule. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Planet Payment, Inc. at December 31, 2014 and 2013 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

        Also, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

New York, New York
March 11, 2015

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Planet Payment, Inc.
Long Beach, New York

        We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), changes in convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity, and cash flows of Planet Payment, Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") for the year ended December 31, 2012. Our audit also included the financial statement schedule for the year ended December 31, 2012 listed in the Index at Item 15. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audit.

        We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the results of operations and cash flows of Planet Payment, Inc. and subsidiaries for the year ended December 31, 2012, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule for the year ended December 31, 2012, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole presents fairly in all material respects the information set forth therein.

/s/DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

New York, New York
March 25, 2013

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Planet Payment, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 
  December 31,  
 
  2014   2013  

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 (Note 8)

             

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