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Planet Payment Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

First quarter revenue increased 9% / Planet Payment Reports Significant Improvement in Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA for the First Quarter

LONG BEACH, N.Y., May 7, 2015 — Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLPM), a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2015

· Net revenue for the quarter was $12.1 million compared to $11.2 million for 2014.
· Net income for the quarter was $1.7 million compared to a net loss of $(0.8) million for 2014.
· Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $2.8 million compared to $0.9 million for 2014.
· Total settled dollar volume processed for the quarter was $2.1 billion compared to $1.7 billion for 2014.
· Total settled transactions processed for the quarter was 45.4 million compared to 24.4 million for 2014.

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

Operational Highlights for the First Quarter 2015

· Executed a 5 year extension of our agreement with Global Payments to service existing and new markets around the world.
· Launched Pay in Your Currency with CIMB Bank in Malaysia.
· Continued roll out of Pay in Your Currency® service with Cielo, S.A. in Brazil and with PT Bank of Central Asia in Indonesia.
· Continued roll out of processing solution for Visa initiative in Mexico.
· Continued increase of UPOP e-commerce processing volume for domestic and multi-currency UnionPay acquiring and processing services.
· Continued roll out of Pay in Your Currency services with Columbia Data Services to their network of ATMs in the Unites States.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015

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

· Net revenue estimated to be in the range of $49.0 million to $51.0 million
· Net income estimated to be in the range of $6.0 million to $7.0 million
· Adjusted EBITDA estimated to be in the range of $11.0 million to $12.0 million (see Table 3 for reconciliation of prospective net income to Adjusted EBITDA)
· Fully diluted earnings per share estimated to be in the range of $0.09 to $0.11 based on 56 million fully diluted common shares outstanding.

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

“Our first quarter results continue to demonstrate Planet Payment’s commitment to our strategic plan. We intend to build on this momentum by remaining committed to our sales centric approach and our focus on operational efficiency to deliver top line growth and improved profitability.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2015 financial results today at 5:00 pm New York time. Carl Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Robert Cox, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer will host the call. The call will be webcast live from the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.planetpayment.com/. The conference call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 407-3982, or for international callers (201) 493-6780. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed on our website or by dialing (877) 870-5176, or for international callers (858) 384-5517, and entering the conference ID 13598683. The replay will be available until our next earnings call on our website or via telephone until Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Additional analysis of the Company’s performance can be found in the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” included in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed at www.sec.gov and posted on the Company’s investor relations website.

About Planet Payment

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

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

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.

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

Enquiries:
Planet Payment, Inc.
Robert Cox (CFO and COO)
Tel: + 1 516 670 3200
www.planetpayment.com

Non-GAAP Financial Information

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

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