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EPay impairments hit Euronet Worldwide results

16 February 2011  |  3068 views  |  0 Source: Euronet Worldwide

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. ("Euronet" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EEFT), a leading electronic payments provider, today announced its full year and fourth quarter 2010 financial results.

Euronet reported the following consolidated results for 2010:

* Revenues of $1,038.2 million, compared to $1,032.7 million for 2009.
* Operating income of $5.2 million, compared to $72.3 million for 2009.
* Adjusted operating income(1) of $76.8 million, compared to $77.8 million for 2009
* Adjusted EBITDA(2) of $143.6 million, compared to $141.6 million for 2009.
* Net loss of $38.4 million, or $0.75 diluted loss per share, compared to net income of $30.4 million, or $0.59 diluted earnings per share, for 2009.
* Adjusted cash earnings per share(3) of $1.36, compared to $1.31 for 2009.
* Transactions of 1,704 million, compared to 1,498 million for 2009.

Euronet reported the following consolidated results for the fourth quarter 2010:

* Revenues of $283.8 million, compared to $285.6 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Operating loss of $49.8 million, compared to operating income of $22.5 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted operating income of $21.8 million compared to $22.5 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $39.5 million, compared to $39.6 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Net loss of $60.7 million, or $1.19 diluted loss per share, compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.16 diluted earnings per share, for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted cash earnings per share of $0.40, compared to $0.37 for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Transactions of 475 million, compared to 396 million for the fourth quarter 2009.

See the reconciliation of non-GAAP items in the attached supplemental data.

"I am very pleased that our fourth quarter adjusted cash earnings per share exceeded guidance," said Michael Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This was the result of solid performance across our three segments and certain year-end tax benefits in some countries."

Mr. Brown added, "From a full year perspective, we grew both revenues and adjusted EBITDA, even with substantial Polir perspective,, even with substantial Polir perspective, we grew both revenues and adjusted EBITDA, even with substantial Polish ATM interchange reductions announced earlier in 2010 and economic challenges in the U.S., the U.K. and Spain. In spite of these challenges, our leadership teams delivered impressive performance that included increased adjusted cash earnings per share, double digit fourth quarter and full year operating income growth in the Money Transfer Segment and fourth quarter adjusted operating income growth in the epay Segment. We also strengthened Euronet's strategic position by introducing new products and services across all segments, expanding our global ATM and money transfer networks, and completing an important strategic acquisition in Brazil."

In the fourth quarter 2010, the Company completed its annual goodwill impairment test and recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $70.9 million related to the Company's epay acquisitions in the U.K., Spain and Romania. These impairments were the result of a number of market-specific factors, including general economic conditions, limited growth prospects in maturing markets and products and margin pressure from certain mobile operators. The full year 2009 results included a goodwill and intangible impairment charge of $9.9 million related to the acquisition of Ria, the Company's money transfer business.

The impact of fluctuations in foreign currency values against the U.S. dollar did not significantly impact the Company's consolidated or segment results for the full year or fourth quarter 2010 compared to 2009.

Segment and Other Results

The EFT Processing Segment reported the following results for 2010:

* Revenues of $194.9 million, compared to $197.7 million for 2009.
* Operating income of $38.1 million, compared to $48.3 million for 2009.
* Adjusted operating income of $38.1 million, compared to $43.9 million for 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $57.6 million, compared to $62.5 million for 2009.
* Transactions of 794 million, compared to 703 million for 2009.

The EFT Processing Segment reported the following results for the fourth quarter 2010:

* Revenues of $50.7 million, compared to $55.0 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Operating income of $9.7 million, compared to $14.3 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $14.9 million, compared to $19.4 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Transactions of 210 million, compared to 187 million for the fourth quarter 2009.

Adjusted operating income for the full year 2009 excludes $4.4 million in contract termination revenues.

The EFT Processing Segment's revenues decreased for the full year and fourth quarter 2010 largely due to the lower Polish ATM interchange fee announced in April 2010. Transactions grew 13% and 12% for the full year and fourth quarter 2010, respectively, over the same 2009 periods. Transaction growth outpaced revenue growth as a result of the lower Polish interchange fees together with a shift in the mix of transactions to lower priced transactions in markets such as India, Serbia and the Company's cross-border product, while the volume of certain higher priced transactions decreased.

The EFT Processing Segment's operating income and adjusted EBITDA decreased for both the full year and fourth quarter 2010 largely due to lower Polish interchange fees and discounts provided in connection with contract extensions. These profit reductions were partially offset by the full year 2010 effects of higher transaction fees in Germany, additional ATMs under management, reduced operating losses from the Company's European cross-border product, the benefits of additional value added product offerings and effective cost management.

Although the Company benefited from higher German ATM transaction fees since the middle of 2009, effective January 15, 2011, as expected, the German practice shifted to a market-driven, uncapped surcharge structure that has resulted in considerably lower ATM transaction rates. Because of the surcharge change in Germany, the Company continues to expect the EFT Processing Segment's revenue and operating income to be reduced by approximately $10.0 million ($7.0 million after tax) for the full year 2011.

The EFT Processing Segment operated 10,786 ATMs as of December 31, 2010 an increase of 1,066 over 9,720 ATMs as of December 31, 2009.

The epay Segment reported the following results for 2010:

* Revenues of $598.8 million, compared to $602.0 million for 2009.
* Operating loss of $24.1 million, compared to operating income of $49.3 million for 2009.
* Adjusted operating income of $47.5 million, compared to $49.3 million for 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $64.1 million, compared to $64.5 million for 2009.
* Transactions of 891 million, compared to 777 million for 2009.

The epay Segment reported the following results for the fourth quarter 2010:

* Revenues of $167.9 million, compared to $168.7 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Operating loss of $57.7 million, compared to operating income of $12.8 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted operating income of $13.9 million, compared to $12.8 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $18.4 million, compared to $16.9 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Transactions of 260 million, compared to 204 million for the fourth quarter 2009.

Adjusted operating income for the full year and fourth quarter 2010 excludes the goodwill impairment charge of $70.9 million related to the Company's epay entities in the U.K., Spain and Romania and a $0.7 million charge for contingent consideration related to the Brazil acquisition.

Transaction growth of 15% and 27% for the full year and fourth quarter 2010, respectively, over the same 2009 periods was driven by double-digit volume increases in Germany, Italy, India and the Company's ATX subsidiary, as well as the acquisition in Brazil. These volume increases were partially offset by volume declines in the U.K., Australia, Spain, the U.S. and Poland primarily due to economic challenges and consumer shifts from prepaid to other plans in some markets.

Although transactions increased for both the full year and fourth quarter 2010 periods compared to the same 2009 periods, the Segment's revenues remained flat due to mobile phone operator rate decreases in certain markets, most of which were passed through to retailers, and a shift in the mix of transactions to markets with lower transaction fee-based revenues. The increases in adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2010 over the fourth quarter 2009 were largely due to the contributions of epay Brazil and higher gross profit margins on non-mobile phone products.

As of December 31, 2010, the epay Segment increased its point-of-sale ("POS") presence to approximately 563,000 POS terminals at 276,000 retailer locations in Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, North America and South America.

The Money Transfer Segment reported the following results for 2010:

* Revenues of $244.7 million, compared to $233.0 million for 2009.
* Operating income of $13.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $0.3 million for 2009.
* Adjusted operating income of $13.3 million, compared to $9.6 million for 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $33.8 million, compared to $30.3 million for 2009.
* Total money transfers of 18.8 million, compared to 17.6 million for 2009.

The Money Transfer Segment reported the following results for the fourth quarter 2010:

* Revenues of $65.4 million, compared to $61.9 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Operating income of $3.9 million, compared to $2.3 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Adjusted EBITDA of $9.2 million, compared to $7.8 million for the fourth quarter 2009.
* Total money transfers of 4.9 million, compared to 4.6 million for the fourth quarter 2009.

Adjusted operating income for the full year 2009 excludes the goodwill and intangible impairment charge of $9.9 million related to the acquisition of Ria recorded in the first quarter 2009.

Total transfers grew 7% for both the full year and fourth quarter 2010 over the same periods in 2009, driven by growth from non-U.S. markets of 18% and 17% for the full year and fourth quarter 2010, respectively. Growth in money transfers from non-U.S. markets was principally driven by expansion of the agent and correspondent payout networks and the addition of new products. Total transfers from the U.S. were flat for the full year 2010 and increased 2% for the fourth quarter 2010 over the same periods in 2009, reflecting growth in corridors from the U.S. to countries other than Mexico. Transfers from the U.S. to Mexico declined 9% for the full year 2010 and 6% for the fourth quarter 2010, from the same periods in 2009. Operating income and adjusted EBITDA grew faster than revenue due to growth in more profitable markets and continued leveraging of fixed operating costs.

As of December 31, 2010, the Money Transfer Segment increased its presence to 134 countries through a network of approximately 110,000 locations, compared to 82,000 locations as of December 31, 2009.

Corporate and other had $22.1 million of operating expenses for 2010, compared to $25.0 million for 2009. Fourth quarter 2010 operating expenses were $5.7 million compared to $6.9 million for 2009. The reduction in expenses is primarily attributable to lower professional fees and incentive compensation accruals.

Balance Sheet and Financial Position

The Company's unrestricted cash on hand was $187.2 million as of December 31, 2010, compared to $178.7 million as of September 30, 2010 and $183.5 million as of December 31, 2009. Euronet's total indebtedness was $293.4 million as of December 31, 2010, compared to $292.4 million as of September 30, 2010 and $327.9 million as of December 31, 2009. The decrease in total indebtedness from the prior year was due primarily to repayment of amounts borrowed on the Company's revolving credit facility at December 31, 2009.

Guidance

The Company currently expects adjusted cash earnings per share for the first quarter 2011 to be approximately $0.31, assuming foreign currency rates remain stable through the end of the quarter. Expectations for the first quarter 2011 reflect lower transaction fees in Germany and a seasonal reduction in transactions following the higher transaction levels during the fourth quarter holiday season. Absent unusual circumstances, such as acquisitions or significant fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, we estimate that each of the Company's three business segments' overall revenue will be approximately 5% to 10% lower during the first quarter of each year compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year, reflecting normal seasonality.

Non-GAAP Measures

We believe that adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted cash earnings per share provide useful information to investors because they are indicators of the actual operating performance of our ongoing business operations. These calculations are used to more fully describe the results of the business and are commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the operating performance and value of companies within the payment processing industry.

The Company's management analyzes historical results adjusted for certain items that are non-cash, non-operational or non-recurring. Management believes the exclusion of these items provides a more complete and comparable basis for evaluating the underlying business unit performance. The attached schedules provide a full reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

(1) Adjusted operating income is defined as operating income excluding goodwill and intangible impairment charges, changes in the value of acquisition contingent consideration and other non-operating or non-recurring items. Although these items are considered operating income or expenses under U.S. GAAP, these non-operating or non-recurring items have been excluded to enable a more complete understanding of the Company's core operating performance.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as adjusted operating income excluding depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation expenses and other non-operating or non-recurring items. Although these items are considered operating costs under U.S. GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period allocations of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired in prior periods. Similarly, expense recorded for share-based compensation does not represent a current or future period cash cost.

(3) Adjusted cash earnings per share is defined as diluted U.S. GAAP earnings per share excluding the tax-effected impacts of: a) foreign exchange gains or losses, b) discontinued operations, c) gains or losses from the early retirement of debt, d) share-based compensation, e) acquired intangible asset amortization, f) non-cash interest expense, g) non-cash income tax expense, and h) other non-operating or non-recurring items. Adjusted cash earnings per share includes shares potentially issuable in settlement of convertible bonds or other obligations, if the assumed issuances are dilutive to adjusted cash earnings per share.

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