Columbus, Ga., April 24, 2018 – TSYS (NYSE: TSS) today reported results for the first quarter of 2018.  

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TSYS Reports First Quarter Earnings and Increases 2018 Outlook

Apr 24, 2018

Columbus, Ga., April 24, 2018 – TSYS (NYSE: TSS) today reported results for the first quarter of 2018.

“We are off to an outstanding start to 2018, producing diluted earnings per share growth of over 35% for the quarter. We delivered exceptional performance across all three of our segments and were especially pleased with the completion of our Cayan acquisition during the quarter. These outstanding results and expectations for the remainder of the year provided us with great momentum and have allowed us to increase our financial outlook for 2018,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2018 vs. 2017:

  • Total revenues were $987.2 million, a decrease of 16.7%. The decrease is the result of adopting ASC 606.(1)
  • Net revenue (non-GAAP), which excludes reimbursable items, interchange and payment network fees, was $935.5 million, an increase of 12.3%.
  • Net income attributable to TSYS common shareholders was $141.8 million, an increase of 34.0%. Diluted EPS were $0.77, an increase of 35.2%.
  • Adjusted earnings (non-GAAP) were $207.6 million, an increase of 36.3%. Adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP) were $1.13, an increase of 37.6%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $330.9 million, an increase of 15.2%.

(1) On January 1, 2018, TSYS adopted Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" using the modified retrospective transition method. The most significant impact of adopting ASC 606 in 2018 is primarily the result of gross versus net presentation of interchange and payment network fees. In 2018, these fees collected on behalf of the payment networks and card issuers are presented "net" of the amounts paid to them, as opposed to the "gross" presentation for certain of these fees in 2017.

Revised 2018 Outlook

TSYS' revised 2018 guidance is as follows:

(in millions, except per share amounts)2018 Financial Outlook Range(1) (2)Percent Change
Total Revenues (GAAP)$3,900 to $4,000(21%) to (19%)
Net Revenue (non-GAAP)$3,700 to $3,8009% to 12%
Earnings per share:
Diluted EPS (GAAP)$3.00 to $3.10(5%) to (2%)
Adjusted diluted EPS attributable to TSYS common shareholders (non-GAAP)$4.25 to $4.3526% to 29%
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding184

(2)The estimated impact of the adoption of ASC 606(1) on TSYS' revised 2018 Outlook is as follows:

Total revenues
Net revenue
Diluted EPS
Adjusted diluted EPS
($1,640) to ($1,615)
($69) to ($62)
($0.04) to ($0.03)
($0.04) to ($0.03)

Conference Call
TSYS will host its quarterly conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 24. The conference call can be accessed via live webcast on the “Investor Relations” section of TSYS’ website at where an accompanying slide presentation will also be available. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the call.

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, net revenue, adjusted earnings, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted EPS, and a reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is included on pages 11 to 15 in the financial schedules of this release.

About TSYS
TSYS® (NYSE: TSS) is a leading global payments provider, offering seamless, secure and innovative solutions across the payments spectrum — from issuer processing and merchant acquiring to prepaid program management. We succeed because we put people, and their needs, at the heart of every decision. It’s an approach we call ‘People-Centered Payments®’.

Our headquarters are located in Columbus, Ga., U.S.A., with approximately 12,000 team members and local offices across 13 countries. TSYS generated revenue of $4.9 billion in 2017, while processing more than 27.8 billion transactions. We are a member of The Civic 50 and were named one of the 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS is a member of the S&P 500 and routinely posts all important information on its website. For more, visit

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 2018 total revenues, net revenue, diluted EPS and adjusted diluted 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, particularly the recently completed Cayan acquisition; the effect of current domestic and worldwide economic conditions; risks associated with foreign operations, including adverse developments with respect to foreign currency exchange rates, and in particular with respect to the current environment, adverse developments with respect to foreign currency exchange rates as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit); expenses incurred associated with the signing of a significant client; conversions of clients’ portfolios do not occur 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, and in particular the CFPB’s new rule regarding prepaid financial products, including its effective date; the potential for our systems and software to contain undetected errors, viruses or defects; 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. TSYS disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise except as required by law.

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Slide Presentation

Cyle Mims
TSYS Media Relations

Shawn Roberts
TSYS Investor Relations