Planet Payment Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results

Third Quarter Revenue Increases 8%

LONG BEACH, N.Y., November 2, 2016 — Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLPM), a provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.


Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016


  • Total revenue for the quarter grew 8% to $13.6 million, compared to $12.6 million for 2015.
  • Net income for the quarter increased to $2.2 million, compared to $0.1 million for 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins for the quarter nearly doubled to $3.7 million and 28%, respectively, compared to $1.9 million and 15%, respectively, for 2015.


Refer to Table 1 for reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure).


Operational Highlights


  • Announced partnership with UATP for the offering of UnionPay to UATP’s global network of airlines and travel agents .
  • Launched Pay in Your Currency® with Redeban Multicolor in Colombia.
  • Launched Pay in Your Currency with Ahli United Bank in Bahrain.
  • Announced contract extension with Mashreq Bank for Pay in Your Currency in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Announced contract extension with the Bank of Communications of China, renewing Pay in Your Currency and adding DCC at ATMs.
  • Launched Multi-Currency Pricing with Moneris Solutions Corporation in Canada.


Revised Revenue Outlook for Fiscal Year 2016


Planet Payment revises its revenue guidance, while reaffirming its net income, Adjusted EBITDA and fully diluted earnings per share guidance for the full year 2016 as follows:


  • Net revenue for the year is estimated to be in the range of $56.0 million and $57.0 million, a change from our prior guidance of $57.0 million and $59.2 million.
  • Net income for the year is estimated to be in the range of $8.6 million and $9.6 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the year is estimated to be in the range of $14.1 million and $15.1 million (see Table 3 for reconciliation of prospective net income to Adjusted EBITDA).
  • Fully diluted earnings per share is estimated to be in the range of $0.15 and $0.17 based on 51.6 million fully-diluted common shares outstanding.


Stock Repurchase Program


From August 2, 2016 to September 30, 2016, the Company repurchased approximately 1.6 million shares of common stock for an aggregate price of $6.0 million.  As of September 30, 2016, the total amount of common stock repurchased under the program was 6.5 million shares for an aggregate price of $17.5 million.


On November 1, 2016, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $10.0 million of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock.


 “This past quarter we announced several new partnership and merchant wins across multiple industries, from the Americas and EMEA to Asia-Pacific,” said Carl Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Planet Payment.  “We are continuing to expand into growing and profitable avenues, while maintaining our core existing business, creating a steady framework for success.”

Conference Call


The Company will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 financial results today at 5:00 pm New York time.  Carl J. Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Cox, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Raymond D’Aponte, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.  The call will be webcast live from the Company’s investor relations website at  The conference call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 407-3982, or for international callers (201) 493-6780.  A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed on our website or by dialing (844) 512-2921, or for international callers (412) 317-6671, and entering the conference ID 13646668.  The replay will be available until our next earnings call on our website or via telephone until November 9, 2016.


Additional analysis of the Company’s performance can be found in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 to be filed at and posted on the Company’s investor relations website.


About Planet Payment


Planet Payment is a 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 74 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.


Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.


Information contained in this announcement may include “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical facts included herein, including, without limitation, those regarding the financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations of both Planet Payment and its business partners, net revenue, net income, Adjusted EBITDA, diluted earnings per share, future service launches with customers and new initiatives and customer pipeline are forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions regarding Planet Payment’s present and future business strategies, and the environment in which Planet Payment expects to operate in the future, which assumptions may or may not be fulfilled in practice. Implementation of some or all of the new services referred to is subject to regulatory or other third party approvals.  Actual results may vary materially from the results anticipated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors, including the risk that implementation, adoption and offering of the service by processors, acquirers, merchants and others may take longer than anticipated, or may not occur at all; regulatory changes and changes in card association regulations and practices; changes in domestic and international economic conditions; and changes in volume of international travel and commerce and others. Additional risks may arise with respect to commencing operations in new countries and regions, of which Planet Payment is not fully aware at this time. See the Company’s Quarterly Report Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 to be filed at for other risk factors which investors should consider.  These forward-looking statements speak only as to the date of this announcement and cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance. Planet Payment expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.







Planet Payment, Inc.

Raymond D’Aponte (CFO)

Tel: + 1 516 670 3200


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 adjusted to exclude: (1) interest expense, (2) interest income, (3) provision 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, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

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