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TSYS Reports First Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 41.2%

Apr 28, 2015

Revises 2015 Adjusted EPS Guidance Growth to 12-14%

COLUMBUS, Ga., Apr. 28, 2015 — TSYS (NYSE: TSS) today reported results for the first quarter.

"Through diligent planning and execution, along with the extraordinary efforts of many to complete the largest credit card portfolio conversion in the history of payments, we delivered exceptional results for the first quarter," said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2015 include:

  • Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations were $0.54, an increase of 41.2%. On a GAAP basis, basic EPS from continuing operations were $0.42, an increase of 60.4%.
  • Income from continuing operations attributable to TSYS’ shareholders was $77.8 million, an increase of 57.7%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $193.5 million, an increase of 29.3%.
  • Total revenues for the quarter were $662.2 million, an increase of 11.7%. Revenues before reimbursable items were $595.8 million, an increase of 11.8%.
  • Adjusted operating margin was 25.9%. GAAP operating margin was 18.5%.

"During the quarter, we repurchased 1.45 million shares of our stock, and including dividends, we returned 73% of available free cash flow to our shareholders. As a result of the great start to the year, we are revising our adjusted EPS guidance to grow between 12-14% from the previous range of 11-13%," said Woods.

(in millions, except per share amounts)
Percent Change
Total Revenues$2,620 to $2,6607% to 9%
Revenues before reimbursable items$2,370 to $2,4108% to 10%
Adjusted EPS attributable to TSYS common shareholders from continuing operations*$2.19 to $2.2312% to 14%
*Average Basic Weighted Shares 185

In other business, M. Troy Woods has assumed the position of chairman, to succeed Philip W. Tomlinson, who will continue to serve as a director.

Conference Call
TSYS will host its quarterly conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 28. The conference call can be accessed via simultaneous Internet broadcast at by clicking on the link under "Webcasts" on the main homepage. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the call. A slide presentation to accompany the call will be available by clicking on the link under "Webcasts" on the main homepage of

Non-GAAP Measures
This press release contains information prepared in conformity with GAAP as well as non-GAAP information. It is management's intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance understanding of its consolidated financial information as prepared in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP information should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are presented so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure. The non-GAAP financial information presented may be determined or calculated differently by other companies.

Additional information about non-GAAP financial measures, including, but not limited to, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS, and a reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included on pages 8 to 11 of this release.

About TSYS
At TSYS® (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people, not the other way around. We call this belief People-Centered Payments®. By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS supports financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Through NetSpend®, A TSYS Company, we empower consumers with the convenience, security, and freedom to be self-banked. TSYS offers issuer services and merchant payment acceptance for credit, debit, prepaid, healthcare and business solutions.

TSYS' headquarters are located in Columbus, Ga., U.S.A., with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS is a member of The Civic 50 and has been named one of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS routinely posts all important information on its website. For more, please visit us at

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" – that is, statements related to future, not past, events. Forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and often contain words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "should," "plan," "potential," "will," "could," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding TSYS' revised earnings guidance for 2015 total revenues, revenues before reimbursable items and adjusted EPS, and the assumptions underlying such statements. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of TSYS' management, are based on management's assumptions and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those contemplated by our forward-looking statements in this press release. Many of these factors are beyond TSYS' ability to control or predict. These factors include, but are not limited to, the material breach of security of any of TSYS' systems; TSYS' ability to integrate acquisitions and achieve the anticipated growth opportunities and other benefits of the acquisitions; the effect of current domestic and worldwide economic conditions; risks associated with foreign operations, including adverse developments with respect to foreign currency exchange rates; expenses are incurred associated with the signing of a significant client; TSYS does not convert clients' portfolios as scheduled; the deconversion of a significant client; changes occur in laws, rules, regulations, credit card association rules, prepaid industry rules or other industry standards affecting TSYS and our clients that may result in costly new compliance burdens on TSYS and our clients and lead to a decrease in the volume and/or number of transactions processed or limit the types and amounts of fees that can be charged to customers; the costs and effects of litigation, investigations or similar matters or adverse facts and developments relating thereto; adverse developments with respect to the payment card industry in general, including a decline in the use of cards as a payment mechanism; and growth rates of TSYS' existing clients are lower than anticipated or attrition rates of existing clients are higher than anticipated. Additional risks and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those contemplated in this release can be found in TSYS' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. We believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Slide Presentation

Shawn Roberts
TSYS Investor Relations