Strong First Quarter Performance with Ongoing Growth and Further Deleveraging

Pending Acquisition of Finxera Positions Significant Business Expansion

Capital Refinancing Strengthens the Balance Sheet and Liquidity

ALPHARETTA, Ga., May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTH) ("Priority" or the "Company"), a leading payments technology company helping customers collect, store and send money, today announced its first quarter 2021 financial results.     

Highlights of Consolidated Results

First Quarter 2021, Compared with First Quarter 2020

The first quarter 2020 includes results of the RentPayment business sold to MRI Software in September 2020.  Financial highlights of first quarter 2021 compared with first quarter 2020, are as follows (gross profit, gross profit margin, and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures1):

  • Revenue of $113.3 million increased 16.9% from $96.9 million.
  • Gross profit of $31.4 million increased 2.8% from $30.6 million.
  • Gross profit margin of 27.7% decreased from 31.5%.
  • Income from operations of $4.5 million increased 27.2% from $3.6 million, including non-recurring expenses of $3.6 million and $1.4 million in first quarter 2021 and 2020, respectively.
  • Diluted loss per share of $0.04 compares with a diluted loss per share of $0.09.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million increased 13.9% from $15.8 million.
  • Total net leverage ratio of 5.44x at March 31, 2021 decreased from 5.85x at December 31, 20201.

The first quarter 2021 results compared with first quarter 2020 results, excluding the RentPayment business sold in September 2020 and non-recurring expenses from both quarters2,3, are as follows:

  • Revenue of $113.3 million increased 21.7% from $93.1 million.
  • Gross profit of $31.4 million increased 16.0% from $27.1 million.
  • Gross profit margin of 27.7% decreased 140 basis points from 29.1%.
  • Income from operations of $8.2 million increased 132.9% from $3.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million increased 37.0% from $13.1 million.

The Company announced during first quarter 2021 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Finxera Holdings, Inc. ("Finxera"). That acquisition is expected to close in third quarter 2021. In first quarter 2021, Finxera generated revenue of $16.8 million, gross profit of $15.6 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million. On a pro forma basis4, including first quarter results of Finxera, together with the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition, first quarter 2021 financial results (excluding revenue and cost synergies) are as follows:

  • Revenue of $130.1 million.
  • Gross profit of $50.9 million.
  • Gross profit margin of 39.2%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $33.5 million.

(1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliations of Gross Profit, Gross Profit Margin, and Adjusted EBITDA to their most comparable GAAP measures, and the calculation of Total Net Leverage Ratio as of March 31, 2021 provided below for additional information.
(2) See "Results With and Without RentPayment" for a summary of the results for the three months ended March 31, 2020, excluding the actual results of the RentPayment business sold in September 2020.
(3) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for the details of non-recurring expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.  
(4) See "Pro Forma Results" for a presentation of first quarter 2021 results including the actual first quarter 2021 results of Finxera and the April 2021 acquisition.

"Our consistent focus on solving payment pain points for our customers and partners has driven us to achieve another powerful quarter on the heels of an excellent finish to 2020," said Tom Priore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Priority.  "With the pending Finxera acquisition, we continue to build momentum towards fulfilling our mission to be the premier platform to collect, store and send money with a full breadth of payment and virtual banking capabilities. The future of digital commerce will be won by those with complete control of the payment rails for payment authorization, settlement, account ledgering and disbursement.  We are well equipped to deploy those capabilities to activate new solutions, including payment facilitation, in new market segments quickly and at scale."

Conference Call

Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.'s leadership will host a conference call on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss its first quarter financial results and business developments. Participants can access the call by Phone: US/Canada: (877) 501-3161 or International: (786) 815-8443.

Internet webcast link and accompanying slide presentation can be accessed at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/8k5v6qka and will also be posted in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.PRTH.com.

An audio replay of the call will be available shortly after the conference call until May 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. To listen to the audio replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and enter conference ID number 4385375. Alternatively, you may access the webcast replay in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.PRTH.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This communication includes certain non-GAAP financial measures that we regularly review to evaluate our business and trends, measure our performance, prepare financial projections, allocate resources, and make strategic decisions. We believe these non-GAAP measures help to illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to our results of operations and comparability between current and prior periods. We also use these non-GAAP measures to establish and monitor operational goals. However, these non-GAAP measures are not superior to or a substitute for prominent measurements calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rather, the non-GAAP measures are meant to be a complement to understanding measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin

The Company's non-GAAP gross profit metric represents revenues less costs of services. Gross profit margin is gross profit divided by revenues. We review these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our underlying profit trends. The reconciliation of gross profit to its most comparable GAAP measure is provided below:

 

(in thousands)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

    

Revenues

$

113,297

  

$

96,933

Costs of Services

(81,863)

  

(66,364)

Gross Profit

$

31,434

  

$

30,569

    

Gross Profit Margin

27.7

%

 

31.5

%

        

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are performance measures. EBITDA is earnings before interest, income tax, and depreciation and amortization expenses ("EBITDA"). Adjusted EBITDA begins with EBITDA but further excludes certain non-cash costs, such as stock-based compensation and the write-off of the carrying value of investments or other assets, as well as debt extinguishment and modification expenses and other expenses and income items considered non-recurring, such as acquisition integration expenses, certain professional fees, and litigation settlements.  Consolidated adjusted EBITDA, which is a liquidity measure used in determining our total net leverage ratio, is adjusted EBITDA further adjusted for items specified in the definition of consolidated adjusted EBITDA within our debt agreements, which include the pro-forma impact of acquisitions and dispositions and other specified adjustments. We review the non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA measure to evaluate our business and trends, measure our performance, prepare financial projections, allocate resources, and make strategic decisions. 

We review the non-GAAP consolidated adjusted EBITDA to evaluate compliance with our total net leverage ratio at each measurement period.  The reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP measure is provided below:

 

(in thousands) 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 

 

2021

 

2020

Net loss (GAAP)

$

(2,679)

  

$

(5,869)

 

   Interest expense

9,168

  

10,315

 

   Income tax benefit

(2,231)

  

(1,233)

 

   Depreciation and amortization

9,070

  

10,272

 

EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

13,328

  

13,485

 

   Non-cash stock-based compensation

558

  

338

 

   Selling, general and administrative

3,627

  

1,394

 

   Debt modification expenses

  

376

 

   Write-off of equity-method investment

  

211

 

   Other non-operating expense

488

  

 

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$

18,001

  

$

15,804

 
    

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the last twelve months ended March 31,
2021 and the calculation of the Total Net Leverage Ratio at March 31, 2021 are provided below:

    

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$

72,530

   

   Allowable Board fee add-back

1,500

   

   Other adjustments

160

   

   RentPayment adjusted EBITDA

(5,553)

   

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$

68,637

   
    

Consolidated Total Debt at March 31, 2021:

   

   Current portion of long-term debt

24,302

   

   Long-term debt, net

350,667

   

   Unamortized discounts and costs

4,135

   
 

379,104

   

Less unrestricted cash

(5,827)

   

Consolidated Net Debt

$

373,277

   
    

Total Net Leverage Ratio

5.44x

   

 

Further detail of certain of these adjustments, and where these items are recorded in our consolidated statements of operations, is provided below:

 

(in thousands)

  
 

Three Months Ended March 31,

  
 

2021

 

2020

 

Segment

      

Selling, general and administrative expense:

     

Litigation settlement costs

$

  

$

2

  

Corporate

Certain legal fees and expenses

1,843

  

472

  

Corporate

Professional, accounting and consulting fees

1,784

  

24

  

Corporate

Acquisition transition services

  

896

  

Integrated Partners

 

$

3,627

  

$

1,394

   
      

Salary and employee benefit expense:

     

Non-cash stock-based compensation

$

95

  

$

107

  

Consumer

Non-cash stock-based compensation

30

  

34

  

Commercial

Non-cash stock-based compensation

433

  

197

  

Corporate

 

$

558

  

$

338

   
      

Other expenses, net

     

   Debt modification expenses

$

  

$

376

   

   Write-off of equity-method investment

  

211

   

   Other non-operating expense

488

  

   
 

$

488

  

$

587

   

Priority does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures because it could not do so without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of the information needed to calculate reconciling items and due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the adjusting items that would be excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures in future periods. When planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, the Company does so primarily on a non-GAAP basis without preparing a GAAP analysis as that would require estimates for various cash and non-cash reconciling items that would be difficult to predict with reasonable accuracy. For example, stock-based compensation expense would be difficult to estimate because it depends on the Company's future hiring and retention needs, as well as the future fair market value of the Company's common stock, all of which are difficult to predict and subject to constant change. As a result, the Company does not believe that a GAAP reconciliation would provide meaningful supplemental information about the Company's outlook.

Pro-Forma Results

On a pro forma basis, including first quarter results of Finxera, together with the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition, first quarter 2021 financial results (excluding revenue and cost synergies) are as follows:

 

(in thousands)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 (a)

 

Priority

 

Finxera

 

Tuck-in
Acquisition

 

Pro Forma

Revenues

$

113,297

  

$

16,769

  

$

  

$

130,066

        

Gross Profit

$

31,434

  

$

15,647

  

$

3,855

  

$

50,936

Gross Profit Margin

27.7

%

 

93.3

%

   

39.2

%

        

Adjusted EBITDA

$

18,001

  

$

11,680

  

$

3,855

  

$

33,536

        

(a) Actual first quarter 2021 results of Priority, Finxera and the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition.

                

 

About Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.

Priority is a leading provider of merchant acquiring, integrated payment software and commercial payment solutions, offering unique product and service capabilities to its merchant network and distribution partners. Priority's enterprise operates from a purpose-built business platform that includes tailored customer service offerings and bespoke technology development, allowing the Company to provide end-to-end solutions for payment and payment-adjacent opportunities. Additional information can be found at www.PRTH.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services, and other statements identified by words such as "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "plans," "future," "intends," "could," "estimate," "predict," "projects," "targeting," "potential" or "contingent," "guidance," "outlook" or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expected timing of the closing of Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.'s ("Priority", "we", "our", or "us") merger with Finxera Holdings, Inc. ("Finxera") and our 2021 outlook and statements regarding our market and growth opportunities. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed, or implied by such forward-looking statements.   These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our revenues and financial operating results.  Our actual results could differ materially, and potentially adversely, from those discussed or implied herein.

We caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of the risks and uncertainties disclosed in our SEC filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 31, 2021. These filings are available online at www.sec.gov or www.PRTH.com.

We caution you that the important factors referenced above may not contain all of the factors that are important to you. In addition, we cannot assure you that we will realize the results or developments we expect or anticipate or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences we anticipate or affect us or our operations in the way we expect. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a predictor of future performance. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

 

 

PRIORITY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Unaudited

 

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

REVENUES

$

113,297

  

$

96,933

 
    

OPERATING EXPENSES:

   

Costs of services

81,863

  

66,364

 

Salary and employee benefits

9,548

  

10,129

 

Depreciation and amortization

9,070

  

10,272

 

Selling, general and administrative

8,289

 

6,609

 

Total operating expenses

108,770

  

93,374

 
    

Income from operations

4,527

  

3,559

 
    

OTHER EXPENSES:

   

Interest expense

(9,168)

  

(10,315)

 

Other expenses, net

(269)

  

(346)

 

Total other expenses, net

(9,437)

  

(10,661)

 
    

Loss before income taxes

(4,910)

  

(7,102)

 
    

Income tax benefit

(2,231)

  

(1,233)

 
    

Net loss

$

(2,679)

  

$

(5,869)

 
    

Loss per common share:

   

Basic and diluted

$

(0.04)

  

$

(0.09)

 
    

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

   

Basic and diluted

67,543

  

67,061

 

 

PRIORITY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC. 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

(in thousands)

Unaudited

  
 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

   

Current assets:

   

Cash

$

5,827

  

$

9,241

 

Restricted cash

58,933

  

78,879

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

50,886

  

41,321

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,083

  

3,500

 

Current portion of notes receivable, net of allowance

1,829

  

2,190

 

Settlement assets

1,220

  

753

 

Total current assets

122,778

  

135,884

 
    

Notes receivable, less current portion

5,084

  

5,527

 

Property, equipment, and software, net

23,791

  

22,875

 

Goodwill

106,832

  

106,832

 

Intangible assets, net

91,062

  

98,057

 

Deferred income taxes, net

48,996

  

46,697

 

Other non-current assets

1,949

  

1,957

 

Total assets

$

400,492

  

$

417,829

 
    

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

   

Current liabilities:

   

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

29,880

  

$

29,821

 

Accrued residual commissions

30,300

  

23,824

 

Customer deposits and advance payments

5,488

  

2,883

 

Current portion of long-term debt

24,302

  

19,442

 

Settlement obligations

50,820

  

72,878

 

Total current liabilities

140,790

  

148,848

 
    

Long-term debt, net of current portion, discounts and debt issuance costs

350,667

  

357,873

 

Other non-current liabilities

8,790

  

9,672

 

Total long-term liabilities

359,457

  

367,545

 
    

Total liabilities

500,247

  

516,393

 
    

Stockholders' deficit:

   

Preferred stock

  

 

Common stock

68

  

68

 

Additional paid-in capital

7,257

  

5,769

 

Treasury stock, at cost

(2,388)

  

(2,388)

 

Accumulated deficit

(104,692)

  

(102,013)

 

Total stockholders' deficit

(99,755)

  

(98,564)

 
    

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit

$

400,492

  

$

417,829

 

 

PRIORITY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Unaudited

 

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

   

Net loss

$

(2,679)

  

$

(5,869)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

   

Depreciation and amortization of assets

9,070

  

10,272

 

Equity-classified and liability-classified stock-based compensation

558

  

338

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts

590

  

460

 

Deferred income tax benefit, net of change in allowance

(2,299)

  

(1,233)

 

Payment-in-kind interest

1,924

  

1,391

 

Other non-cash items, net

(64)

  

208

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

   

Accounts receivable

(9,575)

  

631

 

Settlement assets and obligations, net

(22,526)

  

(7,047)

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(583)

  

390

 

Notes receivable

862

  

(927)

 

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

8,633

  

(3,541)

 

Customer deposits and advance payments

2,604

  

(1,647)

 

Other assets and liabilities, net

59

  

(680)

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(13,426)

  

(7,254)

 
    

Cash flows from investing activities:

   

Additions to property, equipment, and software

(2,754)

  

(2,281)

 

Acquisitions of intangible assets

(2,937)

  

(948)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(5,691)

  

(3,229)

 
    

Cash flows from financing activities:

   

Repayment of long-term debt

(4,860)

  

(1,002)

 

Debt modification costs paid

  

(2,749)

 

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

  

3,500

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

617

  

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,243)

  

(251)

 
    

Net change in cash and restricted cash:

   

Net decrease in cash and restricted cash

(23,360)

  

(10,734)

 

Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period

88,120

  

50,465

 

Cash and restricted cash at end of period

$

64,760

  

$

39,731

 

 

PRIORITY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC.

Reportable Segments' Results

Unaudited 

 

(in thousands)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

  

2021

 

2020

Consumer Payments:

    

Revenue

 

$

108,393

  

$

86,031

 

Operating expenses

 

95,030

  

78,879

 

Income from operations

 

$

13,363

  

$

7,152

 

Operating margin

 

12.3

%

 

8.3

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

$

8,579

  

$

8,583

 
     

Key indicators:

    

Merchant bankcard processing dollar value

 

$

11,871,939

  

$

10,386,748

 

Merchant bankcard transaction volume

 

127,488

  

119,431

 
     

Commercial Payments:

    

Revenue

 

$

3,500

  

$

6,368

 

Operating expenses

 

3,909

  

5,604

 

(Loss) income from operations

 

$

(409)

  

$

764

 

Operating margin

 

(11.7)

%

 

12.0

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

$

74

  

$

76

 
     

Key indicators:

    

Merchant bankcard processing dollar value

 

$

63,477

  

$

72,677

 

Merchant bankcard transaction volume

 

38

  

25

 
     

Integrated Partners:

    

Revenue

 

$

1,404

  

$

4,534

 

Operating expenses

 

1,312

  

4,166

 

Income from operations

 

$

92

  

$

368

 

Operating margin

 

6.6

%

 

8.1

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

$

129

  

$

1,311

 
     

Key indicators:

    

Merchant bankcard processing dollar value

 

$

11,372

  

$

124,518

 

Merchant bankcard transaction volume

 

95

  

448

 
     

Income from operations of reportable segments

 

$

13,046

  

$

8,284

 

Less:  Corporate expense

 

(8,519)

  

(4,725)

 

Consolidated income from operations

 

$

4,527

  

$

3,559

 

Corporate depreciation and amortization

 

$

288

  

$

302

 
     

Key indicators:

    

Merchant bankcard processing dollar value

 

$

11,946,788

  

$

10,583,943

 

Merchant bankcard transaction volume

 

127,621

  

119,904

 

 

PRIORITY TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC.

Results With and Without RentPayment

Unaudited

 
  

(in thousands)

  

First Quarter 2020

  

Consolidated

 

RentPayment

 

Excl RentPayment

       

Revenues

 

$

96,933

  

$

3,844

  

$

93,089

 
       

Operating Expenses:

      

Costs of services

 

66,364

  

374

  

65,990

 

Salary and employee benefits

 

10,129

  

539

  

9,590

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

10,272

  

1,216

  

9,056

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

6,609

  

1,159

  

5,450

 

Total operating expenses

 

93,374

  

3,288

  

90,086

 
       

Income from operations

 

3,559

  

556

  

3,003

 
       

Depreciation and amortization

 

10,272

  

1,216

  

9,056

 

Other income, net

 

241

  

  

241

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation

 

338

  

  

338

 

Legal and professional fees

 

496

  

  

496

 

Legal settlements

 

2

  

  

2

 

Acquisition integration services

 

896

  

896

  

 
       

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

15,804

  

$

2,668

  

$

13,136

 

 

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