Global Payments Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Earnings

ATLANTA, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended May 31, 2011.  For the full year, revenues grew 13% to $1,859.8 million compared to $1,642.5 million in the prior fiscal year.  Normalized diluted earnings per share from continuing operations grew 9% to $2.77 compared to $2.54 in the prior year (See Schedule 2 for Normalized Earnings).  On a GAAP basis, the company reported fiscal 2011 full year diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $2.61 compared to $2.52 in the prior year (See Schedule 1 for GAAP Consolidated Statements of Income).

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For the fourth quarter, revenues grew 22% to $519.8 million compared to $425.1 million in the prior year.  Normalized diluted earnings per share from continuing operations grew 31% to $0.76 compared to $0.58 in the prior year quarter.  On a GAAP basis, the company reported fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.72 compared to $0.56 in the prior year quarter.

Normalized fourth quarter and full year results exclude expenses related to certain start-up and duplicative costs for the company's Global Service Center in Manila, Philippines.  These results also exclude certain employee termination and relocation benefits.  (See Schedules 7 and 8 for Reconciliations of Normalized and Cash Earnings to GAAP).  

Chairman and CEO Paul R. Garcia stated, "We are pleased with our strong fiscal year 2011 financial performance which was driven by solid execution of our business strategy across our regions and the December 2010 addition of Spain.  We delivered exceptional results in the fourth quarter, driven by strong performance in North America and outstanding results in our International segment.  Our execution during fiscal 2011 established a basis from which we expect to drive margin expansion of as much as 30 basis points in fiscal 2012."  

David E. Mangum, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, stated, "On a cash basis, the company reported fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and full year diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.86 and $3.08, respectively, which represents 32% and 10% growth over the respective prior year periods.  

For the full year of fiscal 2012, the company expects annual revenue of $2,100 million to $2,150 million, or 13% to 16% growth over fiscal 2011.  The company expects annual fiscal 2012 diluted earnings per share on a cash basis of $3.35 to $3.43, reflecting 9% to 11% growth over fiscal 2011.  Annual fiscal 2012 GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $3.02 to $3.09," said Mangum.

Cash earnings exclude normalized adjustments and acquisition intangible amortization expense from continuing operations.  (See Schedule 3 for Cash Earnings and Schedule 4 for Segment Information).

Conference Call

Global Payments will hold a conference call today, July 21, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss financial results and business highlights.  Callers may access the conference call via the company's Web site at www.globalpaymentsinc.com by clicking the "Webcast" button; or callers in North America may dial 1-888-895-3550 and callers outside North America may dial 1-706-758-8809.  The pass code is "GPN."  A replay of the call may be accessed through the Global Payments Web site through August 5, 2011.  

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services for merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.  Global Payments, a Fortune 1000 company, offers a comprehensive line of processing solutions for credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, gift cards, electronic check conversion and check guarantee, verification and recovery including electronic check services, as well as terminal management.  Visit www.globalpaymentsinc.com for more information about the company and its services.