Global Payments Reports Results for Third Quarter 2019 and Increases 2019 Outlook

31 October, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pdf PDF Version

ATLANTA, October 31, 2019 - Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

"We delivered another terrific quarter of double digit growth, continuing our track record of outstanding execution," said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer. "We are also delighted to have closed our industry defining partnership with TSYS, and our ongoing integration work provides us with the confidence to now raise our synergy expectations for the combination."

"And we are further advancing our technology-enabled strategies and solidifying our leadership position in payments globally. Our new partnerships with Desjardins, one of Canada’s leading financial institutions, and Citi, among the largest money center banks globally, validate our pure play payments focus," Sloan continued. "We look forward to many more successes at the new Global Payments with our colleagues and partners."

Third Quarter 2019 Summary

  • GAAP revenues were $1.106 billion, compared to $857.7 million in the third quarter of 2018; diluted earnings per share were $0.54 compared to $1.11 in the prior year; and operating margin was 15.7% compared to 26.0% in 2018.
  • Adjusted net revenue plus network fees grew 27.4% to $1.306 billion, compared to $1.025 billion in 2018.
  • Adjusted earnings per share grew 18.1% to $1.70, compared to $1.44 in 2018.
  • Adjusted operating margin expanded 80 basis points to 33.8%.

“We are excited to have successfully finalized our merger with TSYS, our largest transaction to date,” stated Cameron Bready, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are already making significant progress on the integration of our two leading pure play payments businesses and now expect to realize annual run-rate revenue synergies of at least $125 million and annual run-rate expense synergies of at least $325 million within three years. We could not be more optimistic about the future ahead as we build on our competitive advantages and payments leadership position.”

2019 Outlook

“We are pleased with our outstanding financial results in the third quarter,” said Paul Todd, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We now expect adjusted net revenue plus network fees for 2019 to range from $5.60 billion to $5.63 billion, reflecting growth of 41% to 42% over 2018. We are also increasing our 2019 outlook for adjusted earnings per share to a range of $6.12 to $6.20, reflecting growth of 18% to 20% over 2018,” Todd concluded.

Capital Allocation

Global Payments’ Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.195 per share payable December 27, 2019 to shareholders of record as of December 13, 2019.

Conference Call

Global Payments’ management will host a conference call today, October 31, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss financial results and business highlights. Callers may access the conference call via the investor relations page of the company’s website at; or callers in North America may dial 877-674-6428 and callers outside North America may dial 970-315-0457. A replay of the call will be archived on the company's website within two hours of the live call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Global Payments supplemented revenues, income, operating income and earnings per share information determined in accordance with GAAP by providing those measures on an adjusted basis, and other measures, in this earnings release to assist with evaluating performance. In addition to GAAP measures, management uses these non-GAAP measures to focus on the factors the company believes are pertinent to the daily management of our operations.
Reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in the schedules to this release.

About Global Payments

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading pure play payments technology company delivering innovative software and services to our customers globally. Our technologies, services and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of solutions that allow our customers to operate their businesses more efficiently across a variety of channels in many markets around the world.
Headquartered in Georgia with over 24,000 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with worldwide reach spanning over 100 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. For more information, visit and follow Global Payments on Twitter (@globalpayments), LinkedIn and Facebook. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the matters discussed in this communication which are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which Global Payments operates, beliefs of and assumptions made by Global Payments management, and the anticipated outcome and benefits of the merger of Global Payments and TSYS, involve uncertainties that could significantly affect the financial condition, results of operations, business plans and the future performance of Global Payments. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “targeted,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “projects,” “plans,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the strategic rationale and financial benefits of the merger transaction, including expected future financial and operating results and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future —including statements relating to projections of revenue, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; statements of plans and objectives of Global Payments or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; and statements of future economic performance — are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.

Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained, and therefore actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward- looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in Global Payments’ reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Global Payments or its or TSYS’ current or former directors; difficulties, delays and higher than anticipated costs related to integrating the businesses of Global Payments and TSYS, including with respect to implementing systems to prevent a material security breach of any internal systems or to successfully manage credit and fraud risks in business units; failing to fully realize anticipated cost savings and other anticipated benefits of the merger when expected or at all; business disruptions from the merger or integration that will harm Global Payments’ business, including current plans and operations; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the merger, including as it relates to the businesses’ ability to successfully renew existing client contracts on favorable terms or at all and obtain new clients; failing to comply with the applicable requirements of Visa, Mastercard or other payment networks or card schemes or changes in those requirements; the ability of Global Payments to maintain Visa and MasterCard registration and financial institution sponsorship; the ability of Global Payments to retain and hire key personnel; the diversion of management’s attention from ongoing business operations; uncertainty as to the long-term value of the common stock of Global Payments following the merger, including the dilution caused by Global Payments’ issuance of additional shares of its common stock in connection with the transaction; the continued availability of capital and financing following the merger; the business, economic and political conditions in the markets in which Global Payments operates; increased competition in the markets in which Global Payments operates and our ability to increase our market share in existing markets and expand into new markets; our ability to safeguard our data; risks associated with our indebtedness, foreign currency exchange and interest rate risks; the impact of new or changes in current laws, regulations, credit card association rules or other industry standards, including privacy and, cybersecurity laws and regulations; and events beyond Global Payments’ control, such as acts of terrorism. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication or as of the date they were made, and Global Payments undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, also see the information under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Global Payments’ annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, under the caption “Risk Factors” in Global Payments’ Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed in connection with our merger with TSYS and in other documents that Global Payments files with the SEC, which are available at
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