updated 5/5/2011 9:45:34 PM ET 2011-05-06T01:45:34

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NetSpend Holdings, Inc. ("NetSpend") (Nasdaq:NTSP) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Q1 2011 Highlights:

  • Number of active cards with direct deposit up 36% to 834,000 as of March 31, 2011 as compared to 611,000 as of March 31, 2010
  • Percentage of active cards1 with direct deposit of 36% as of March 31, 2011 as compared to 29% as of March 31, 2010
  • GPR card revenues up 19% to $80.2 million in Q1 2011 as compared to $67.4 million in Q1 2010
  • GAAP net income up 68% to $7.8 million in Q1 2011 as compared to $4.6 million in Q1 2010
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 up 17% in Q1 2011 to $20.1 million as compared to $17.2 in Q1 2010
  • Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share up 60% in Q1 2011 to $0.08 as compared to $0.05 in Q1 2010
  • Adjusted Diluted Net Income Per Share up 10% in Q1 2011 to $0.11 as compared to $0.10 in Q1 2010
  • Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) of $3.2 billion during Q1 2011 as compared to $2.6 billion during Q1 2010

Refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2011 for a description of key business metrics.

"Our first quarter results are a reflection of our continued focus on key revenue and business drivers—most notably direct deposit enrollments which we were able to grow significantly from our previous year benchmark," said Dan Henry, chief executive officer of NetSpend. "In addition to today's financial results, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into a new strategic alliance with BET Networks, the leading provider of media and entertainment for African Americans, to provide financial solutions to its audience."

Pursuant to NetSpend's agreement with BET, NetSpend and BET are jointly developing a GPR card program to serve underbanked African American consumers in the U.S. The program will be marketed through BET's media channels, which include cable networks that combined reach over 90 million U.S. households.

Fiscal First Quarter 2011 Results

Revenues were $80.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of approximately 16% over the $69.5 million of revenues recorded in the same quarter of 2010. This increase was due primarily to an increase in the number of active cards of approximately 10% and a 36% increase in NetSpend's direct deposit customer base, offset in part by the decline in gift card related revenue due to NetSpend's decision in 2008 to cease marketing gift cards. Gift card revenue declined approximately $1.5 million to $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Net income was $7.8 million, an increase of 68% over net income of $4.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. NetSpend's net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 includes an aggregate amount of $9.2 million of net interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 also includes approximately $3.2 million in stock-based compensation expense. For the quarter ended March 31, 2010, the comparable amount of net interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization was $7.1 million, and NetSpend incurred approximately $1.5 million in stock-based compensation. In addition, in the quarter ended March 31, 2010, NetSpend recognized a $4.0 million contingent loss related to a patent infringement dispute.

2011 Outlook

NetSpend reported that it expects full year 2011 revenue to be between $323 and $333 million. Based on NetSpend's intention to make a specific investment in the BET program, the Company now expects adjusted EBITDA to fall between $83 and $88 million and its adjusted net income per fully diluted share to be between $0.43 and $0.48.

The foregoing expectations reflect the following assumptions:

  • An effective tax rate of approximately 40%;
  • Non-cash equity compensation of between approximately $9.5 and $10.5 million;
  • Cash outlays for capital expenditures for the full year of between approximately $7 and $9 million;
  • An effective cost of debt capital of approximately 3.5%; and
  • Fully diluted shares outstanding for the full year of approximately 95 million.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

NetSpend will host an investor conference call to discuss its first quarter 2011 results today, May 5, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 853-5634 or for international callers (707) 287-9375. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291 for international callers; the conference ID is 61772553. The call will be webcast live from NetSpend's website at http://investor.netspend.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement NetSpend's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), this press release includes EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are not measures of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, they should not be considered a substitute for net income, operating income or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to management and investors regarding underlying trends in NetSpend's business and provides improved comparability between periods in different years.  Reconciliations between GAAP measures and non-GAAP measures and between actual results and adjusted results are provided at the end of this press release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, and Rule 3(b)-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, among other things, statements regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements contained in this release, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. NetSpend cautions you that reliance on any forward-looking statement involves risks and uncertainties and that although NetSpend believes that the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of those assumptions could prove to be inaccurate, and, as a result, the forward-looking statements based on those assumptions could be materially incorrect.  These factors include but are not limited to:

  • NetSpend's dependence on a limited number of distributors of its products;
  • increasing competition in the prepaid card industry;
  • exposure to cardholder and other losses;
  • NetSpend's reliance on its relationships with its issuing banks;
  • future actions against, or restrictions imposed upon, MetaBank by OTS;
  • regulatory, legislative and judicial developments in NetSpend's operations area;
  • changes in regulations impacting interchange fees;
  • changes in card association or network rules;
  • NetSpend's ability to protect against unauthorized disclosure of cardholder data;
  • fluctuations in customer retention rates;
  • general economic conditions;
  • NetSpend's ability to promote its brand;
  • NetSpend's reliance on payment processors and service providers;
  • changes in NetSpend's relationships with its issuing banks; and
  • NetSpend's ability to protect its intellectual property rights.

The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those projected are discussed in greater detail in NetSpend's filings, which are available on NetSpend's website at www.netspend.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of May 5, 2011, and, except as required by law, NetSpend does not intend to update this information as a result of future events or developments.

About NetSpend

NetSpend Holdings, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading provider of general-purpose reloadable prepaid debit cards to underbanked consumers in the United States. NetSpend is one of the largest dedicated providers of GPR cards in the U.S., focused on providing the estimated 60 million underbanked U.S. consumers with innovative and affordable financial products. More information about NetSpend can be found at http://www.netspend.com.

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1 The number of active cards as of March 31, 2011 was 2.3 million as compared to 2.1 million as of March 31, 2010.  

2 Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income to net income are provided in the tables immediately following the consolidated statements of cash flows. Additional information about the Company's non-GAAP financial measures can be found under the caption "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

NetSpend Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended 

March 31,
  2011 2010
  (in thousands, except per share data)
     
 Operating Revenues   $ 80,750  $ 69,520
     
 Operating Expenses     
 Direct operating costs   40,133  32,713
 Salaries, benefits and other personnel costs   14,933  13,079
 Advertising, marketing and promotion costs   3,585  3,841
 Other general and administrative costs   5,167  4,212
 Depreciation and amortization   3,698  2,779
 Other losses   --   4,000
 Total operating expenses   67,516  60,624
     
 Operating income   13,234  8,896
     
 Other Income (Expense)     
 Interest income   20  6
 Interest expense   (503)  (1,012)
 Total other expense   (483)  (1,006)
     
 Income before income taxes   12,751  7,890
     
 Provision for income taxes   4,972  3,272
     
     
 Net income   $ 7,779  $ 4,618
     
Net income per share of common stock:    
 Basic   $ 0.08  $ 0.05
 Diluted   $ 0.08  $ 0.05
     
Shares used in the computation of earnings per share:    
 Basic   88,183  85,357
 Diluted   93,682  86,391
 
NetSpend Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
As of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010
     
  March 31,

2011
December 31,

2010
  (Unaudited)  
  (in thousands, except share and per share

data)
 
 Assets     
 Current assets     
 Cash and cash equivalents   $ 73,725  $ 67,501
 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $211 and $147 as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively   6,062  5,441
 Prepaid card supply   1,374  1,605
 Prepaid expenses   2,501  2,380
 Other current assets   994  1,007
 Deferred tax assets   3,982  3,916
 Total current assets   88,638  81,850
     
 Property and equipment, net   21,385  21,007
 Goodwill   128,567  128,567
 Intangible assets   24,858  25,739
 Long-term investment   2,473  2,067
 Other assets   5,706  4,673
 Total assets   $ 271,627  $ 263,903
     
 Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity     
 Current liabilities     
 Accounts payable   $ 2,275  $ 2,850
 Accrued expenses   21,122  25,067
 Income tax payable   3,291  332
 Cardholders' reserve   5,219  4,789
 Deferred revenue   1,094  1,333
 Capital lease   1,026  1,354
 Total current liabilities   34,027  35,725
     
 Long-term debt   58,500  58,500
 Deferred tax liabilities   8,257  9,855
 Other non-current liabilities   3,072  3,007
 Total liabilities   103,856  107,087
     
 Total stockholders' equity   167,771  156,816
     
 Total liabilities & stockholders' equity   $ 271,627  $ 263,903
     
NetSpend Holdings, Inc.    
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows     
Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010    
(Unaudited)    
     
  March 31,

2011
March 31,

2010
  (in thousands of dollars)
     
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income  $ 7,779  $ 4,618
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities    
Depreciation and amortization   3,698  2,779
Amortization of debt issuance costs   81  134
Stock-based compensation   3,162  1,503
Tax benefit associated with stock options  (2)  -- 
Provision for cardholder losses   3,326  1,613
Deferred income taxes   (1,664)  (1,295)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities     
 Accounts receivable   (621)  (44)
 Prepaid card supply   231  247
 Prepaid expenses   (121)  590
 Other current assets   13  315
 Other long-term assets   (1,114)  (114)
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (4,520)  2,756
 Income tax payable   2,961  4,183
 Cardholders' reserve   (2,896)  (1,312)
 Other liabilities   (174)  (299)
 Net cash provided by operating activities   10,139  15,674
     
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchases of property and equipment   (3,195)  (1,930)
Long-term investment  --   (3,210)
 Net cash used in investing activities   (3,195)  (5,140)
     
Cash flows from financing activities    
Dividend equivalents paid   (353)  (176)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options  54  69
Tax benefit associated with stock options  2  -- 
Issuance costs of public offering  (95)  -- 
Principal payments on debt   (328)  (12,121)
Treasury stock purchase   --   (5,670)
 Net cash used in financing activities   (720)  (17,898)
     
Net change in cash and cash equivalents  6,224  (7,364)
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  67,501  21,154
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 73,725  $ 13,790
     
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:    
Cash paid for interest  $ 871  $ 954
Cash paid for income taxes  3,634  189
 
NetSpend Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income 
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended

March 31, 
  2011 2010
   
Net income   $ 7,779  $ 4,618
     
Interest income  (20)  (6)
Interest expense  503  1,012
Income tax expense  4,972  3,272
Depreciation and amortization  3,698  2,779
EBITDA  16,932  11,675
     
Stock-based compensation expense  3,162  1,503
Other losses  --   4,000
Adjusted EBITDA (1)(3)  $ 20,094  $ 17,178
 
NetSpend Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to Net Income 
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended

March 31,
  2011 2010
   
Net income  $ 7,779  $ 4,618
     
Stock-based compensation expense  3,162  1,503
Amortization of intangibles  881  788
Other losses  --   4,000
Total pre-tax adjustments  4,043  6,291
     
Tax rate 39.0% 39.6%
Tax adjustment  1,577  2,492
     
Adjusted net income (2)(3)  $ 10,245  $ 8,417
     
Adjusted net income per share:    
 Basic   $ 0.12  $ 0.10
 Diluted   $ 0.11  $ 0.10

(1)  We use a non-GAAP financial metric that we label "Adjusted EBITDA" to evaluate our financial performance. We compute Adjusted EBITDA by adjusting net income or net loss to remove the effect of income and expenses related to interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and then adjusting for stock-based compensation, and other non-recurring gains and losses. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is an important metric for the following reasons:

  • It provides a meaningful comparison of our operating results over several periods because it removes the impact of income and expense items that are not a direct result of our core operations, such as goodwill and intangible impairments, legal settlements and one-time settlement gains and losses on the early extinguishment of long-term debt;
  • We use it as a tool to assist in our planning for the effect of strategic operating decisions and for the prediction of future operating results;
  • We use it to evaluate our capacity to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand our business.

Other losses during the three months ended March 31, 2010 relate to a $4.0 million contingent loss related to a patent infringement dispute, which was later adjusted to $3.5 million in a subsequent period when the dispute was settled.

(2)  In addition to Adjusted EBITDA, we use a second non-GAAP financial metric that we label "Adjusted Net Income" to evaluate our financial performance. We compute Adjusted Net Income by adjusting net income or net loss to remove tax-effected amortization expense, stock-based compensation and other non-recurring gains and losses. We believe that Adjusted Net Income is an important metric that is useful to our board of directors, management and investors for the following reasons:

  • Assets being depreciated will often have to be replaced in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any expenditure for these items;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the payments necessary to service interest payments on our debt;
  • Adjusted Net Income provides a meaningful comparison of our operating results over several periods because it removes the impact of income and expense items that are not a direct result of our core operations, such as goodwill and intangible impairments, legal settlements, one-time settlement gains and losses on the early extinguishment of long-term debt; and
  • It functions as a threshold target for our company-wide employee bonus compensation; and
  • We believe Adjusted Net Income measurements are used by investors as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies in our industry. 

Other losses during the three months ended March 31, 2010 relate to a $4.0 million contingent loss related to a patent infringement dispute, which was later adjusted to $3.5 million in a subsequent period when the dispute was settled.

(3)  By providing this non-GAAP financial measure, together with the above reconciliation, we believe we are enhancing investors' understanding of our business and our results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well we are executing strategic initiatives. Our Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are not necessarily comparable to what other companies define as Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are not measures defined by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as substitutes for or alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or other financial information as determined by U.S. GAAP. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income should not be construed as an implication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         George Gresham
         Chief Financial Officer
         (866) 979-1996
         investor@netspend.com
         
         Media Contact:
         Brad Russell
         Corporate Communications
         (512) 539-5932
         brussell@netspend.com

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