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First Data Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

  • Record quarterly results since privatization for GAAP Consolidated revenue, Segment revenue and Adjusted EBITDA
  • Q4 GAAP Consolidated revenue of $3.0 billion, up 3%; up 5% excluding currency impacts
  • Q4 Segment revenue of $1.8 billion, up 2%; up 4% excluding currency impacts
  • Q4 Adjusted EBITDA of $762 million, up 7%; Adjusted EBITDA margin expands 200 basis points to 41.6%
  • Q4 GAAP Net loss of $1.2 billion due to $1.3 billion of debt extinguishment charges and one-time IPO-triggered expenses
  • Adjusted net income of $299 million, up 58%, driven by improved operating results and lower interest expense
  • Significant balance sheet actions, reducing annualized cash interest to $1.0 billion, a $0.5 billion reduction

NEW YORK, February 9, 2016 - First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015. Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter was $3.0 billion, up 3% versus the prior year period, or up 5% excluding currency impacts. Segment revenue, which modifies consolidated revenue for pass-through items and other impacts, was $1.8 billion for the quarter, up 2% versus the prior year period, or up 4% excluding currency impacts. Fourth quarter constant currency Segment revenue growth was 5% excluding the net impact of the GBS EMEA portfolio sale in the prior year period, an adverse difference in the year over year timing of security software revenue, and a benefit from a change in contract terms for a client in the NSS segment in the fourth quarter of 2015.

For the fourth quarter 2015, the net loss attributable to First Data was $1.2 billion, which compares to net income of $12 million in the prior year period. The decline was driven by debt extinguishment charges and one-time IPO-triggered expenses which totaled $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter. Adjusted Net Income, which modifies net income for items such as debt extinguishment charges, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition intangibles, restructuring costs and other non-normal course items, was $299 million, up $110 million or 58% versus the prior year period, driven by improved operating results and lower interest expense.

For the fourth quarter 2015, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) was $762 million, up 7% versus the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin improved 200 basis points to 41.6% in the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA benefited in the quarter by $11 million from gains on the revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated assets and liabilities in Argentina, and $8 million from the previously mentioned change in contract terms for a NSS client.

As a result of capital market transactions announced since September 30, 2015, the Company reduced its average borrowing costs from approximately 7.3% at September 30th, 2015 to approximately 5.5% at current interest rates, and reduced its annualized cash interest expense by $0.5 billion to approximately $1.0 billion.

"During a quarter that saw First Data return to public ownership, we were pleased to post continued revenue growth, solid margin expansion, and the refinancing of all our high cost debt earlier than planned,” said Frank Bisignano, First Data Chairman and CEO. “We expect 2016 to be a year focused on the execution of our growth initiatives and continued expense management,” Bisignano added.

Among recent highlights for First Data, beyond significant capital structure improvements, were the release of its Clover Go point-of-sale device, and continued progress on expense management initiatives which included consolidation of real estate. In addition, First Data continues to see wins with large enterprise clients across all three segments.

Segment Results

Global Business Solutions (GBS) provides retail point-of-sale merchant acquiring and eCommerce services, next-generation offerings such as mobile payment services, as well as the company's cloud-based Clover® point-of-sale operating system and its marketplace of proprietary and third-party business apps. Approximately 78% of GBS revenue is generated in North America and approximately 13% is generated in EMEA.

Segment revenue for the fourth quarter 2015 was $1.0 billion, down 1% versus the prior year period, or up 2% on a constant currency basis. GBS constant currency revenue growth was adversely impacted by 2 percentage points by the non-recurrence of the previously mentioned EMEA portfolio sale in the prior year period and an adverse difference in the year over year timing of fourth quarter security software revenue.

Within geographic regions, fourth quarter 2015 North America revenue of $802 million was flat versus the prior year period as increased product sales and 6% transaction growth were offset by a lower blended yield, and the timing difference in security software revenue which adversely impacted GBS North America revenue growth by approximately one percentage point. EMEA revenue was $144 million, down 7%, or up 3% on a constant currency basis, driven by 14% transaction growth, partially offset by the non-recurrence of the portfolio sale that benefited the prior period by $12 million.

Fourth quarter 2015 GBS adjusted expenses were $603 million, down 2% versus the prior year period, aided by a $7 million benefit from gains on the revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated assets and liabilities in Argentina during the quarter.

Fourth quarter 2015 Segment EBITDA was $436 million, flat versus the prior year period which included the $12 million benefit from the EMEA portfolio sale. Segment EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 42.0%, up 50 basis points versus the prior year period.

Global Financial Solutions (GFS) provides credit and retail private-label card processing, output services and next-generation offerings, such as its VisionPLUS Flex software, which enables card issuers to manage all of their payments-related products and services as a single, integrated “one-stop-shop” solution. Approximately 59% of GFS revenue is generated in North America and approximately 29% is generated in EMEA.

Fourth quarter 2015 Segment revenue was $394 million, up 1% versus the prior year period, or up 5% on a constant currency basis. Within geographic regions, North America revenue of $234 million was up 9% primarily due to growth from new business, internal growth and increased card personalization volume due to EMV demand. North America GFS card accounts on file grew 14% year over year. EMEA revenue was $117 million, down 10%, or down 2% on a constant currency basis, as internal growth was offset by lower blended yield.

Fourth quarter 2015 GFS adjusted expenses were $232 million, down 4% versus the prior year period, aided by a $4 million benefit from gains on the revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated assets and liabilities in Argentina during the quarter.

Fourth quarter 2015 Segment EBITDA was $162 million, up 8% versus the prior year period. Segment EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 41.1%, up 270 basis points versus the prior year period.

Network & Security Solutions (NSS) provides a wide range of network services such as Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Network Solutions, Stored Value Network Solutions, and Security and Fraud Management Solutions. Nearly all of NSS revenue is generated in North America.

Fourth quarter 2015 Segment revenue was $398 million, up 11% versus the prior year period. Revenue growth in the quarter was primarily driven by transaction growth in EFT Network Solutions, growth in merchant security solutions and increased stored value volume. Stored value revenues also benefited by $10 million from a change in contract terms for one client.

Fourth quarter 2015 NSS adjusted expenses were $207 million, up 4% versus the prior year period, driven by increased cost of goods associated with revenue growth and investment in certain products.

Fourth quarter 2015 Segment EBITDA was $191 million, up 19% versus the prior year period. Segment EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 48.0%, up 340 basis points versus the prior year period.

Cash Flow

In the fourth quarter 2015, the company generated $108 million in cash flow from operations, down $328 million versus the prior year period. Free cash flow, which the company defines as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures and distributions to minority interests, was $(116) million in the current quarter, down $331 million versus the prior year period. The declines in both measures were driven by $349 million of accelerated cash interest payments related to the debt pay downs and refinancing activity during the quarter, and a one-time cost triggered by the IPO. The company finished the quarter with approximately $1.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

Improvements to Capital Structure

In October 2015, First Data raised approximately $2.8 billion from issuing approximately 176,000,000 shares of Class A common stock.

On November 18, 2015, First Data issued $3.4 billion in senior unsecured notes with an interest rate of 7.0%. The proceeds of these notes, together with net proceeds from the initial public offering and borrowings under the senior secured revolving credit facility, were used to redeem all of the outstanding 12.625% senior notes due 2021, all of the outstanding 10.625% senior notes due 2021, and all of the outstanding 11.75% senior subordinated notes due 2021, along with fees and expenses. The new notes mature in December 2023.

On November 25, 2015, First Data issued $1.0 billion in first lien senior secured notes with an interest rate of 5.0% and $2.2 billion in second lien senior secured notes with an interest rate of 5.75%. The proceeds of these notes were used to redeem all of the outstanding 8.25% second lien notes due 2021 and all of the outstanding 8.75% second lien notes due 2022 ($250 million was redeemed in December 2015 and $750 million was redeemed in January 2016), along with fees and expenses. The new notes mature in January 2024.

In November 2015, First Data also replaced the Company’s $1.5 billion senior secured term loan facility due March 2017 with incremental term loans of $1.25 billion and €200 million due July 2022 with an interest rate of LIBOR plus 375 basis points.

On December 31, 2015, First Data entered into an accounts receivables securitization program. On January 14, 2016, the Company borrowed $240 million securitized by accounts receivable of certain subsidiaries at a rate of LIBOR plus 200 basis points.

Non-GAAP Measures

In certain circumstances, results have been presented that are non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) measures and should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, the company's reported results. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of our business. Investors are strongly encouraged to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain items and other adjustments and is used by management as a measure of operating performance. The company believes that the inclusion of supplementary adjustments to EBITDA applied in presenting Adjusted EBITDA are appropriate to provide additional information to investors about certain material non-cash items and about non-recurring items that the company does not expect to continue at the same level in the future. Adjusted Net Income, a measure used by management to measure operating performance, is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) attributable to First Data as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Additionally, Adjusted Net Income is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow available for management’s discretionary use as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income is helpful in highlighting trends because Adjusted Net Income excludes the results of items that may mask underlying trends in the business. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

Certain measures in this release are presented excluding the estimated impact of foreign currency changes (constant currency). To present this information, monthly results in the current period for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are translated into United States dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the corresponding month of the prior fiscal year, rather than the actual average exchange rates in effect during the current fiscal year. Once translated, each month in the period is added together to calculate the constant currency current period results.

Reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures are available in the accompanying schedules and in the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at investor.firstdata.com.

Investor Conference Call

The company will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 8 a.m. EST to review the fourth quarter 2015 financial results.

To listen to the call, dial +1 (800) 708-4540 (U.S.) or +1 (847) 619-6397 (outside the U.S.); passcode 41578957, at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The call will be webcast on the “Investor Relations” section of the First Data website at investor.firstdata.com and a slide presentation to accompany the call will also be available on the website.

A replay of the call will be available through February 24, 2016, at +1 (888) 843-7419 (U.S.) or +1 (630) 652-3042 (outside the U.S.); passcode 41578957 and via webcast at investor.firstdata.com.

Please note: Other than the replay, First Data has not authorized, and disclaims responsibility for any recording, replay or distribution of any transcription of this call.

About First Data

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. The company’s 23,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year.

Contact

Peter Poillon
Investor Relations
First Data
212-266-3565
Peter.Poillon@firstdata.com

Liidia Liuksila
Public Relations
First Data
212-515-0174
Liidia.Liuksila@firstdata.com

  Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2015   2014   % Change   2015   2014   % Change
Revenues:                      
Transaction and processing service fees (a) $1691   $1646   3%   $6597   $6510   1%
Product sales and other 323   326   -1%   1167   1038   12%
Total revenues (excluding reimbursable items) 2014   1972   2%   7764   7548   3%
Reimbursable PIN debit fees, postage, and other 950   911   4%   3687   3604   2%
Total revenues 2964   2883   3%   11451   11152   3%
Expenses:                      
Cost of services 816   697   17%   2871   2668   8%
Cost of products sold 99   90   10%   356   330   8%
Selling, general and administrative 725   505   44%   2292   2043   12%
Depreciation and amortization 262   260   1%   1022   1056   -3%
Other operating expenses - Restructuring, net 13   2   N/M   53   13   N/M
Total expenses (excluding reimbursable items) 1915   1554   23%   6594   6110   8%
Reimbursable PIN debit fees, postage and other 950   911   4%   3687   3604   2%
Total expenses 2865   2465   16%   10281   9714   6%
Operating profit 99   418   -76%   1170   1438   -19%
Interest expense, net (338)   (403   -16%   (1,537)   (1,728   -11%
Loss on debt extinguishment (960)   —   N/M   (1,068)   (274   N/M
Other income (b) 28   21   33%   29   161   -82%
(Loss) income before income taxes and equity earnings in affiliates (1,171)   36   N/M   (1,406)   (403)   249%
Income tax expense 56   28   100%   101   82   23%
Equity earnings in affiliates (a) 64   57   12%   239   220   9%
Net (loss) income (1,163)   65   N/M   (1,268)   (265)   N/M
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interest 54   53   2%   213   193   10%
Net (loss) income attributable to First Data Corporation $(1,217)   $12   N/M   $(1,481)   $(458)   N/M
(See accompanying notes)
  1. Segment Adjustments represent proportional consolidation, Independent Sales Organization commissions (ISOs), other non wholly owned adjustments, Reimbursable PIN debit fees, postage, and other
  2. Includes $million of stock-based compensation expense recognized in conjunction with the IPO
  3. Includes a $million management termination fee paid to KKR triggered by the IPO
  4. Basic and diluted weightedaverage common shares outstanding in the Adjusted column assumes the Company’s initial public offering and related activities occurred on October 1, 2015
ADJUSTED NET INCOME
Three Months Ended December 31, 2014
    Adjustments          
  GAAP Segment Adjustments (a) Stock-based compensation MTM adjustment for derivatives and non-hedged euro-denominated debt   Restructuring, impairment, litigation and other Adjusted
Total revenues $2883 $(1,084) —   $1799
Total expenses 2465 (1,088) (5) —   (20) 1188
Operating profit 418 4 5 —   20 611
Interest (expense) benefit, net (403) — — —   14 (389)
Other income (expense) 21 — — (25)   4 —
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity earnings in affiliates 36 4 5 (25)   38 222
Income tax expense 28 — — —   3 33
Equity earnings in affiliates 57 (57) — —   — —
Net income (loss) 65 (53) 5 (25)   35 189
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interest 53 (53) — —   — —
Net income (loss) attributable to First Data Corporation $12 — 5   $162 $35 $189
  1. Segment Adjustments represent proportional consolidation, Independent Sales Organization commissions (ISOs), other non wholly owned adjustments, Reimbursable PIN debit fees, postage, and other.
  Three Months Ended December 31,       Twelve Months Ended December 31,    
  2015 2014 % Change   2015 2014 % Change
GBS:              
North America merchant transactions (a) 11,232 10,576 6%   43,362 41,453 5%
International merchant transactions (b) 1,882 1,645 14%   6,867 6,030 14%
               
GFS:              
North America card accounts on file (c)         813 714 14%
International card accounts on file (d)         146 132 11%
               
NSS:              
Network transactions (EFT and Stored Value) (e) 5,067 4,686 8%   18,918 17,435 9%
  1. North American merchant transactions include acquired Visa and MasterCard credit and signature debit, American Express and Discover, PINdebit, electronic benefits transactions, processed-only and gateway customer transactions at the POS. North American merchant transactions reflect 100% of alliance transactions.
  2. International transactions include Visa, MasterCard, and other payment network merchant acquiring transactions for clients outside the U.S. and Canada. Transactions include credit, signature debit, PINdebit POS, POS gateway, and ATM transactions.
  3. North America card accounts on file reflect the total number of bankcard credit and retail credit accounts as of the end of the periods presented.
  4. International card accounts on file reflect total bankcard and retail accounts outside the United States and Canada as of the end of the periods presented.
  5. Network transactions include the debit issuer processing transactions, STAR Network issuer transactions, and closed loop and open loop POS transactions.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA        
    As of   As of
    31-Dec-15   31-Dec-14
         
Cash and cash equivalents   $429   $358
Current settlement assets   8,150   7,555
Total assets   34,362   34,034
         
Short-term and current portion of long-term borrowings   856   161
Settlement obligations   8,150   7,557
Long-term borrowings   18,737   20,697
Total liabilities   30,625   31,434
         
Redeemable noncontrolling interest   77   70
         
Total First Data Corporation shareholder's equity (deficit)   668   -570
Noncontrolling interests   2,992   3,100
Total equity   3,660   2,530
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015 Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2014
Source/(Use) of cash        
Net cash provided by operating activities $108 $436 $795 $1035
         
Net cash used in investing activities (131) (164) (685) (329)
         
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 93 (291) (16) (743)
         
Supplemental cash flow data        
Cash interest payments on long-term debt (a) (b) $470 $220 $1800 $1717
  1. For purposes of this schedule, long-term debt excludes interest on capital leases.
  2. Cash interest payments increased $271 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the same periods in 2014 due to the acceleration of cash interest payments as a result of our 2015 debt extinguishments.
OPERATING TO FREE CASH FLOW
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 % Change
Operating cash flows   108 436 (75)%
Capital expenditures   (145) (157) (8)%
Distribution to minority interest   (79) (64) 23%
Free Cash Flow   $(116) $215 N/M
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2015 Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 % Change
Total segment revenues $1831 $1799 2%
Currency impact 48 —  
Portfolio sale — (12)  
Security software revenue timing — (8  
NSS client contract change (10) —  
Normalized segment revenue growth $1869 $1779 5%

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