Cardtronics Announces First Quarter 2011 Results

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

HOUSTON, April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cardtronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CATM) (the "Company"), the world's largest non-bank owner of ATMs, today announced its financial and operational results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Key financial and operational statistics in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010 include:

  • Consolidated revenues of $138.0 million, up by 8%
  • Gross margin of 32.5%, up from 31.1%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $33.5 million, up by 15%
  • Adjusted Net Income per diluted share of $0.27, up by 42% from $0.19
  • GAAP Net Income of $6.5 million, up from $4.0 million
  • Continued improvements in several key operating metrics (amounts presented exclude transactions from the Company's managed services offerings):
  • Total transactions increased by approximately 14%;
  • Total cash withdrawal transactions increased by approximately 11%; and
  • Total cash withdrawal transactions per ATM increased by approximately 8%

Please refer to the "Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Information" contained later in this release for definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income. For additional financial information, including reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to the supplemental schedules of selected financial information at the end of this release.

"We kicked off 2011 with a continuation of the positive revenue and earnings trends seen over the past few years," commented Steven Rathgaber, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rathgaber continued, "We won several new contracts in the quarter and continued to grow with our existing premier merchant account base. We are pleased with our continued growth and are excited about what we expect to be another strong year for Cardtronics."

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net new installations for the quarter of over 250 ATMs with our existing core customer base, which include the Company's domestic Company-owned ATM placement, managed services business, as well as its international operations.
  • Agreements reached to place approximately 600 new ATMs with new retailers including Ralph's, Tom Thumb, Wegmans Food Markets, and EZCORP, of which approximately 80% were under full-service Managed Services arrangements.
  • Execution of new bank branding contracts on approximately 240 ATMs.
  • Addition of customers to the Company's Allpoint network, such as the agreement with Intuit Inc. to provide surcharge-free ATM access for all Intuit Refund Card and Intuit Pay Card customers.
  • Announcement of an agreement between Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico's third largest financial institution by deposits and loans, and Cardtronics Mexico, to brand up to 2,000 Cardtronics Mexico-owned machines located in Latin America's largest convenience store chain, OXXO.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

For the first quarter of 2011, consolidated revenues totaled $138.0 million, representing an 8% increase (7.3% on a constant currency basis) from the $127.8 million in consolidated revenues generated during the first quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase is attributable to a combination of increases in transactions per machine, increased revenues from managed services agreements, higher equipment sales, unit growth expansion, and growth in Allpoint, the Company's leading surcharge-free network.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $33.5 million, compared to $29.3 million during the first quarter of 2010, and Adjusted Net Income totaled $11.6 million ($0.27 per diluted share) compared to $7.9 million ($0.19 per diluted share) during the first quarter of 2010. Approximately half of the year-over-year improvement in Adjusted Net Income per share is attributable to our revenue growth and strong gross margin expansion from 31.1% to 32.5%, demonstrating the Company's continued ability to leverage its fixed-cost infrastructure to generate strong margins from higher revenues. The Company's cash interest expense was also $2.5 million lower than a year ago, driving about $0.04 in Adjusted Net Income per share improvement. The interest expense savings were enabled by strong free cash flows over last year and the refinancing of the Company's debt executed in the third quarter of 2010. Specific costs excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are detailed in a reconciliation included at the end of this press release.

GAAP Net Income for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $6.5 million, compared to $4.0 million during the same quarter in 2010. The year-over-year increase was attributable to the factors identified in the discussion of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income above.

2011 GUIDANCE

The Company is updating the financial guidance it previously issued regarding its anticipated full-year 2011 results, and now expects the following:

  • Revenues of $565.0 million to $575.0 million;
  • Overall gross margins of approximately 32.5% to 32.9%;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $137.5 million to $142.5 million;
  • Depreciation and accretion expense of $45.0 to $45.8 million;
  • Cash interest expense of $18.3 million;
  • Adjusted Net Income of $1.16 to $1.22 per diluted share, based on approximately 42.4 million to 42.7 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding; and
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $50.0 million, net of noncontrolling interests.

This Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income guidance excludes the impact of $8.8 million of anticipated stock-based compensation expense and $15.0 million of expected intangible asset amortization expense, both on a pre-tax basis. Additionally, this guidance is based on average foreign currency exchange rates of $1.60 U.S. to £1.00 U.K. and $12.00 Mexican pesos to $1.00 U.S.

For reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to the supplemental schedules at the end of this release.

LIQUIDITY

The Company continues to maintain a very strong liquidity position, with $123.6 million in available borrowing capacity under the Company's $175.0 million revolving credit facility as of March 31, 2011. The Company's outstanding indebtedness as of March 31, 2011 consisted of $200.0 million in senior subordinated notes due 2018, $47.1 million in borrowings under its revolving credit facility due 2015, and $8.3 million in equipment financing notes associated with its majority-owned Mexico subsidiary. Additionally, as noted in the previous earnings release, during January 2011 the Company significantly expanded and extended the terms of the interest rate hedging program it utilizes to stabilize its vault cash rental costs in the United States.

DISCLOSURE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Free Cash Flow, and amounts provided on a constant currency basis are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted within the United States of America ("GAAP") and may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies. Management believes that the presentation of these measures and the identification of unusual, non-recurring, or non-cash items enhance an investor's understanding of the underlying trends in the Company's business and provide for better comparability between periods in different years.

Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, accretion, and amortization expense as these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within the Company's industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures, and the method by which the assets were acquired. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income also do not reflect our obligations for the payment of income taxes, interest expense or other obligations such as capital expenditures. Free Cash Flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less payments for capital expenditures, including those financed through direct debt. The measure of Free Cash Flow does not take into consideration certain other non-discretionary cash requirements such as, for example, mandatory principal payments on portions of the Company's long-term debt. Amounts provided on a constant currency basis are calculated by applying the foreign exchange rate in effect for the applicable prior period to the current year amounts denominated in the respective local currencies. The non-GAAP financial measures presented herein should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income, cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities, or other income or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in tabular form at the end of this press release.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company will host a conference call today, Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Central Time (5:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. To access the call, please call the conference call operator at:


Please call in fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time and request to be connected to the "Cardtronics First Quarter Earnings Conference Call." Additionally, a live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online through the investor relations section of the Company's website at .

A digital replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, May 12, 2011, and can be accessed by calling (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291 and entering 57829549 for the conference ID. A replay of the conference call will also be available online through the Company's website subsequent to the call through May 28, 2011.

ABOUT CARDTRONICS

Cardtronics (Nasdaq:CATM) is the world's largest non-bank owner of ATMs. The Company operates over 33,200 ATMs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the Caribbean, primarily with well-known retailers such as 7-Eleven®, Chevron®, Costco®, CVS®/pharmacy, ExxonMobil®, Hess®, Rite Aid®, Safeway®, Target®, and Walgreens®. Cardtronics also assists in the operation of approximately 4,000 ATMs under managed services contracts with customers such as Kroger®, Travelex®, and Circle K®. In addition to its retail ATM operations, the Company provides services to large and small banks, credit unions, and prepaid card issuers, allowing them to place their brands on over 12,000 Cardtronics' ATMs and providing surcharge-free access through Cardtronics' Allpoint Network. For more information, visit .

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment, regulation, and availability of resources. The forward-looking statements contained in this release include, among other things, statements concerning projections, predictions, expectations, estimates or forecasts as to the Company's business, financial and operational results and future economic performance, and statements of management's goals and objectives and other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the Company's financial outlook and the financial outlook of the ATM industry;
  • the Company's ability to respond to recent and future regulatory changes, including implementation of regulations under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which may impact the ATM and financial services industries;
  • the Company's ability to respond to potential reductions in the amount of interchange fees that it receives from global and regional debit networks for transactions conducted on its ATMs;
  • the Company's ability to provide new ATM solutions to financial institutions;
  • the Company's ATM vault cash rental needs, including potential liquidity issues with its vault cash providers;
  • the implementation of the Company's corporate strategy, including successful implementation of certain strategic organizational changes that were recently initiated;
  • the Company's ability to compete successfully with new and existing competitors;
  • the Company's ability to renew and strengthen its existing customer relationships and add new customers;
  • the Company's ability to meet the service levels required by its service level agreements with its customers;
  • the Company's ability to pursue and successfully integrate acquisitions;
  • the Company's ability to successfully manage its existing international operations and to continue to expand internationally;
  • the Company's ability to prevent security breaches;
  • the Company's ability to manage the risks associated with its third-party service providers failing to perform their contractual obligations;
  • the Company's ability to manage concentration risks with key customers, vendors and service providers;
  • changes in interest rates and foreign currency rates; and
  • the additional risks the Company is exposed to in its armored transport business.

Other factors that could cause the Company's actual performance or results to differ from its projected results are described in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. You should not read forward-looking statements as a guarantee of future performance or results. They will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at or by which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made and are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information.

 

 

CONTACT: Investors: Chris Brewster, Chief Financial Officer 832-308-4128 cbrewster@cardtronics.com Media: Nick Pappathopoulos, Director - Public Relations 832-308-4396 npappathopoulos@cardtronics.com