Globe Newswire 8-Nov-2018 4:05 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:UEPS, JSE: NT1)) today released results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Q1 2019 Highlights:
"Our first quarter signaled the end of an era and the advent of an exciting new chapter for Net1 as our SASSA contract finally came to an end after 78 months," said Herman Kotzé, CEO of Net1. "The last six and a half years allowed us to prove the applicability and robustness of our technology and we are proud of our uninterrupted service record, albeit at the expense of the many complex legal and reputational issues that arose during the contract period. Despite the many challenges we faced during the last three months, the transformation of our business is well underway as we are now free to focus on the reconfiguration of our unparalleled last-mile distribution network to provide the most affordable transactional and financial services to our target market. We are only five weeks into the execution of our new strategy to provide acquiring services to any bank card holder through our unique biometrically-enabled ATM and POS networks (in addition to our card issuing and financial services offerings), and we have already processed more than 2.6 million transactions during this period. Our acquiring strategy is complementary to our EPE issuing strategy in terms of serving our market in South Africa and between EPE customers (account holders) and non-EPE customers (acquiring customers), we expect to have five million monthly transacting customers within one year."
"Regarding our first quarter financial results, we experienced very difficult trading conditions as we had to deploy our full infrastructure to ensure seamless service delivery to an undetermined and declining customer base, as SASSA commenced with their phase-out activities. As a result, we incurred significant operating losses in anticipation of the proposed fee adjustment being sanctioned by the Constitutional Court, which has not yet been executed. In addition, SASSA performed a forced migration of approximately 900,000 EPE customers to SAPO during the last three months of the contract in order to meet their targets for SAPO, which we consider to be illegal and unfortunately requires further legal action. We are disappointed that the last three months of our contract had to end in this manner, but as we have said previously, we expect FY2019 to be both a transitional and transformational year. We are committed to recover from the exogenous shock to our account base during Q1 and to reposition the company to be a commercially focused service provider that will drive new customer acquisition, new products and in turn higher growth and profitability over time. Internationally, the restructuring of IPG was completed during Q1 2019, and as soon as we have received certification from Visa and Mastercard on our new issuing and acquiring platforms, we will be set on a new growth trajectory," concluded Kotzé.
Fiscal 2019 guidance update:
"For fiscal year 2019, we have now factored in the lower than previously expected EPE base as of September, as well as the resulting impact on our financial inclusion businesses, together with lower volumes and higher restructuring costs at IPG during Q1 2019. We therefore expect FEPS of at least $0.65 for fiscal 2019, down from prior guidance of $1.05. Of this reduction, $0.30 relates in equal parts to lower EPE fees due to fewer accounts and a related reduction in associated financial services, while the balance of the change is due to funding costs for our ATMs and losses incurred by IPG," said Alex Smith, CFO of Net1.
This guidance is also based on the following expectations:
Summary Financial Metrics
|Three months ended September 30,|
|2018||2017||% change in USD||% change in ZAR|
|(All figures in USD ‘000s except per share data)|
|GAAP operating income||896||25,006||(96%)||(96%)|
|Adjusted EBITDA (1)||13,240||35,301||(62%)||(58%)|
|GAAP net (loss) income||(5,199||)||19,483||(127%)||(130%)|
|Fundamental net income (1)||774||24,446||(97%)||(96%)|
|GAAP (loss) earnings per share ($)||(0.09||)||0.34||(127%)||(130%)|
|Fundamental earnings per share ($) (1)||0.01||0.43||(98%)||(96%)|
|Fully-diluted shares outstanding (‘000's)||56,773||57,243||(1%)|
|Average period USD/ ZAR exchange rate||14.86||13.17||13%|
(1) Adjusted EBITDA, fundamental net income and earnings per share are non-GAAP measures and are described below under "Use of Non-GAAP Measures—EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, and —Fundamental net income and fundamental earnings per share." See Attachment B for a reconciliation of GAAP operating income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, and GAAP net (loss) income to fundamental net income and earnings per share.
Factors impacting comparability of our Q1 2019 and Q1 2018 results
Results of Operations by Segment and Liquidity
South African transaction processing
Segment revenue was $37.7 million in Q1 2019, down 43% compared with Q1 2018 in USD, and 36% lower on a constant currency basis. The decrease in segment revenue and operating income was primarily due to the substantial decrease in the number of SASSA grant recipients paid under our SASSA contract at the old contracted rate. Our revenue and operating income was also adversely impacted by the significant reduction in the number of SASSA grant recipients with SASSA-branded Grindrod cards linked to Grindrod bank accounts. These decreases in revenue and operating income were partially offset by higher EPE transaction revenue as a result of increased usage of our ATMs. Our operating (loss) income margin for Q1 2019 and 2018 was (9.3%) and 18.6%, respectively.
International transaction processing
Segment revenue was $39.4 million in Q1 2019, down 14% compared with Q1 2018 in USD. Segment revenue was lower during Q1 2019, primarily due to a contraction in IPG transactions processed, specifically meaningfully lower China processing activity due to ongoing global trade negotiations, no Mastertrading working capital finance activities and marginally lower KSNET revenue. Operating income during Q1 2019 was lower due to the decrease in IPG revenues and ongoing losses at Masterpayment, but partially offset by an increased contribution from KSNET. Operating income margin for Q1 2019 and 2018 was 7.0% and 11.6%, respectively.
Financial inclusion and applied technologies
Segment revenue was $53.2 million in Q1 2019, down 2% compared with Q1 2018 in USD and up 11% on a constant currency basis. In ZAR, segment revenue increased primarily due to the inclusion of DNI and increased volumes in our insurance businesses, partially offset by fewer prepaid airtime and value-added services sales, lending revenues, and a decrease in inter-segment revenues. Operating income was moderately higher than Q1, 2018, primarily due to the inclusion of DNI. DNI generated revenue of approximately ZAR 266.5 million and operating income of approximately ZAR 112.8 million during Q1 2019. Operating income margin for the Financial inclusion and applied technologies segment was 21.2% and 25.6% during Q1 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Our corporate expenses have increased primarily due to higher acquired intangible asset amortization and higher transaction-related expenditures.
Cash flow and liquidity
At September 30, 2018, our cash and cash equivalents were $98.6 million and comprised mainly ZAR-denominated balances of ZAR 732.5 million ($51.8 million), KRW-denominated balances of KRW 41.3 billion ($37.2 million), U.S. dollar-denominated balances of $4.1 million, and other currency deposits, primarily Botswana pula, of $5.5 million, all amounts translated at exchange rates applicable as of September 30, 2018. The increase in our cash balances from June 30, 2018, was primarily due the utilization of our debt facilities to fund our ATMs and to finance our lending to Cell C to fund the construction of mobile telephony network infrastructure, the contribution from the inclusion of DNI, and a marginal decrease in our South African lending book, which was partially offset by significantly weaker trading activities, scheduled debt repayments, dividend payments to non-controlling interests and capital expenditures.
Excluding the impact of interest received, interest paid under our South Africa debt and taxes, the decrease in cash flow relates primarily due to a decrease in our South African lending book, partially offset by an increase in lending to Cell to finance the acquisition and/ or requisition of telecommunication towers and significantly weaker trading activity during fiscal 2019 compared to 2018. Capital expenditures for Q1 2019 and 2018 were $3.1 million and $1.5 million, respectively, and have increased primarily due to the acquisition of ATMs in South Africa, computer equipment to maintain our processing activities and the expansion of our branch network. We made a scheduled South African debt facility payment of $10 million (ZAR 151 million) and paid dividends of $1.7 million to non-controlling interests.
Operating metrics and supplemental presentation for Q1 2019 Results
Our operating metrics will be updated and posted on our website (www.net1.com). A supplemental presentation for Q1 2019 will be posted to the Investor Relations page of our website – ir.net1.com one hour prior to our earnings call on Friday, November 9, 2018.
We will host a conference call to review these results on November 9, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, dial 1-508-924-4326 (US and Canada), 0333-300-1418 (U.K. only) or 010-201-6800 (South Africa only) ten minutes prior to the start of the call. Callers should request "Net1 call" upon dial-in. The call will also be webcast on the Net1 homepage, www.net1.com. Please click on the webcast link at least ten minutes prior to the call. A webcast of the call will be available for replay on the Net1 website through November 30, 2018.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
US securities laws require that when we publish any non-GAAP measures, we disclose the reason for using these non-GAAP measures and provide reconciliations to the directly comparable GAAP measures. The presentation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, fundamental net income and fundamental earnings per share and headline earnings per share are non-GAAP measures.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") is GAAP operating income adjusted for depreciation and amortization and, if applicable, impairment losses. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for costs related to acquisitions and transactions consummated or ultimately not pursued.
Fundamental net income and fundamental earnings per share
Fundamental net income and earnings per share is GAAP net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share adjusted for the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (net of deferred taxes), the amortization of intangible assets (net of deferred taxes) related to equity-accounted investments, stock-based compensation charges and reversals, the amortization of South African and South Korean debt facility fees and unusual non-recurring items, including costs related to acquisitions and transactions consummated or ultimately not pursued.
Fundamental net income and earnings per share for fiscal 2019 also includes an adjustment for the non-controlling interest portion of the amortization of intangible assets (net of deferred taxes).
We provide earnings guidance only on a non-GAAP basis and do not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking fundamental earnings per share guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, the amounts of which, based on past experience, could be material.
Management believes that the EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, fundamental net income and earnings per share metric enhances its own evaluation, as well as an investor's understanding, of our financial performance. Attachment B presents the reconciliation between GAAP operating income and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA; and GAAP net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share and fundamental net income and earnings per share.
Headline earnings per share ("HEPS")
The inclusion of HEPS in this press release is a requirement of our listing on the JSE. HEPS basic and diluted is calculated using net (loss) income which has been determined based on GAAP. Accordingly, this may differ to the headline earnings per share calculation of other companies listed on the JSE as these companies may report their financial results under a different financial reporting framework, including but not limited to, International Financial Reporting Standards.
HEPS basic and diluted is calculated as GAAP net (loss) income adjusted for the (profit) loss on sale of property, plant and equipment. Attachment C presents the reconciliation between our net income used to calculate earnings per share basic and diluted and HE(L)PS basic and diluted and the calculation of the denominator for headline diluted earnings per share.
Net1 is a leading provider of transaction processing services, financial inclusion products and services and secure payment technology. Net1 operates market-leading payment processors in South Africa and the Republic of Korea. Net1 offers debit, credit and prepaid processing and issuing services for all major payment networks. In South Africa, Net1 provides innovative low-cost financial inclusion products, including banking, lending and insurance, and is a leading distributor of mobile subscriber starter packs for Cell C, a South African mobile network operator. Net1 leverages its strategic equity investments in Finbond and Bank Frick (both regulated banks), and Cell C to introduce products to new customers and geographies. Net1 has a primary listing on NASDAQ (NASDAQ:UEPS) and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: NT1). Visit www.net1.com for additional information about Net1.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A discussion of various factors that cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect future events.
Investor Relations Contact:
Head of Investor Relations
Phone: +1 917-767-6722
Media Relations Contact:
Bridget von Holdt
Business Director – BCW
|NET 1 UEPS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|Three months ended|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Cost of goods sold, IT processing, servicing and support||72,316||74,652|
|Selling, general and administration||41,878||43,934|
|Depreciation and amortization||10,794||8,966|
|INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE||13||27,929|
|INCOME TAX EXPENSE||6,490||10,277|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME BEFORE EARNINGS FROM EQUITY-ACCOUNTED INVESTMENTS||(6,477||)||17,652|
|EARNINGS FROM EQUITY-ACCOUNTED INVESTMENTS||1,373||2,075|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME||(5,104||)||19,727|
|LESS NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST||95||244|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NET1||$||(5,199||)||$||19,483|
|Net (loss) income per share, in U.S. dollars|
|Basic (loss) earnings attributable to Net1 shareholders||($0.09||)||$0.34|
|Diluted (loss) earnings attributable to Net1 shareholders||($0.09||)||$0.34|
|NET 1 UEPS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|September 30,||June 30,|
|(In thousands, except share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||98,555||$||90,054|
|Pre-funded social welfare grants receivable||-||2,965|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances of – September: $1,260; June: $1,101||113,924||109,683|
|Finance loans receivable, net of allowances of – September: $18,721; June: $16,403||50,811||62,205|
|Total current assets before settlement assets||358,437||277,794|
|Total current assets||427,003||426,841|
|PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net of accumulated depreciation of – September: $130,655; June: $129,185||25,222||27,054|
|INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net of accumulated amortization of – September: $126,694 ; June: $121,466||121,824||131,132|
|DEFERRED INCOME TAXES||8,007||6,312|
|OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS, including reinsurance assets||245,150||256,380|
|Short-term credit facilities for ATM funding||84,778||-|
|Short-term credit facilities||3,313||-|
|Current portion of long-term borrowings||33,937||44,695|
|Income taxes payable||13,898||5,742|
|Total current liabilities before settlement obligations||241,352||133,486|
|Total current liabilities||309,918||282,533|
|DEFERRED INCOME TAXES||43,567||46,606|
|OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES, including insurance policy liabilities||3,419||38,580|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|REDEEMABLE COMMON STOCK||107,672||107,672|
|Authorized: 200,000,000 with $0.001 par value;|
|Issued and outstanding shares, net of treasury - September: 56,833,925; June: 56,685,925||80||80|
|Authorized shares: 50,000,000 with $0.001 par value;|
|Issued and outstanding shares, net of treasury: September: -; June: -||-||-|
|TREASURY SHARES, AT COST: September: 24,891,292; June: 24,891,292||(286,951||)||(286,951||)|
|ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS||(189,528||)||(184,436||)|
|TOTAL NET1 EQUITY||632,892||642,519|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||1,200,605||$||1,219,290|
|(R) – Amounts have been restated as disclosed in the Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 8, 2018. The restatement resulted in an increase in retained income of $25.2 million, and a decrease in other comprehensive income of $25.2 million.|
|NET 1 UEPS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|Three months ended|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Net (loss) income||$||(5,104||)||$||19,727|
|Depreciation and amortization||10,794||8,966|
|Earnings from equity-accounted investments||(1,373||)||(2,075||)|
|Interest on Cedar Cell note||(156||)||-|
|Fair value adjustments and re-measurements||(82||)||91|
|Facility fee amortized||87||133|
|(Profit) Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment||(127||)||105|
|Stock-based compensation charge, net||587||827|
|Dividends received from equity accounted investments||-||912|
|Decrease (Increase) in accounts receivable, pre-funded social welfare grants receivable and finance loans receivable||14,296||(39,141||)|
|Decrease (Increase) in inventory||2,185||(1,526||)|
|(Decrease) Increase in accounts payable and other payables||(9,480||)||3,429|
|Increase in taxes payable||8,354||8,838|
|Decrease in deferred taxes||(3,634||)||(991||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||16,457||(793||)|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment||274||316|
|Return on investment||284||-|
|Investment in Cell C||-||(151,003||)|
|Investment in equity of equity-accounted investments||-||(72,846||)|
|Net change in settlement assets||75,931||212,649|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||73,371||(12,357||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Proceeds from bank overdraft||84,655||31,880|
|Repayment of long-term borrowings||(10,260||)||(14,260||)|
|Long-term borrowings utilized||7,801||95,431|
|Dividends paid to non-controlling interest||(1,729||)||-|
|Payment of guarantee fee||(136||)||(552||)|
|Repayment of bank overdraft||-||(2,952||)|
|Net change in settlement obligations||(75,931||)||(212,649||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||4,400||(103,102||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash||(949||)||(3,846||)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||93,279||(120,098||)|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – beginning of period||90,054||258,457|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – end of period (1)||$||183,333||$||138,359|
(1) Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of September 30, 2018, includes restricted cash of approximately $84.8 million related to cash withdrawn from our various debt facilities to fund ATMs. This cash may only be used to fund ATMs and is considered restricted as to use and therefore is classified as restricted cash.
|Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.
Operating segment revenue, operating income and operating margin:
Three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 and June 30, 2018
|Change - actual||Change – constant exchange rate(1)|
|Key segmental data, in '000, except margins||Q1 ‘19||Q1 ‘18||Q4 ‘18||Q1 ‘19
|South African transaction processing||$37,749||$66,437||$63,954||(43||%)||(41||%)||(36||%)||(23||%)|
|International transaction processing||39,387||46,022||43,580||(14||%)||(10||%)||(3||%)||17||%|
|Financial inclusion and applied technologies||53,206||54,313||53,888||(2||%)||(1||%)||11||%||28||%|
|Subtotal: Operating segments||130,342||166,772||161,422||(22||%)||(19||%)||(12||%)||5||%|
|Operating income (loss):|
|South African transaction processing||($3,513||)||$12,332||$4,275||(128||%)||(182||%)||(132||%)||(207||%)|
|International transaction processing||2,762||5,316||2,089||(48||%)||32||%||(41||%)||72||%|
|Financial inclusion and applied technologies||11,302||13,920||13,747||(19||%)||(18||%)||(8||%)||7||%|
|Subtotal: Operating segments||10,551||31,568||20,111||(67||%)||(48||%)||(62||%)||(32||%)|
|Consolidated operating income||$896||$25,006||$10,072||(96||%)||(91||%)||(96||%)||(88||%)|
|Operating income margin (%)|
|South African transaction processing||(9.3||%)||18.6||%||6.7||%|
|International transaction processing||7.0||%||11.6||%||4.8||%|
|Financial inclusion and applied technologies||21.2||%||25.6||%||25.5||%|
|Consolidated operating margin||0.7||%||16.4||%||6.8||%|
|(1) – This information shows what the change in these items would have been if the USD/ ZAR exchange rate that prevailed during the Q1 2019 also prevailed during Q1 2018 and Q4 2018.|
Earnings from equity-accounted investments:
The table below presents the relative earnings (loss) from our equity-accounted investments:
|Q1 2019||Q1 2018||% change|
|Share of net income||162||-||nm|
|Amortization of intangible assets, net of deferred tax||(144||)||-||nm|
|Share of net income||-||1,408||nm|
|Amortization of intangible assets, net of deferred tax||-||(543||)||nm|
|Earnings from equity-accounted investments||$1,373||$2,075||(34||%)|
(1) DNI was accounted for using the equity method in fiscal 2018 and has been consolidated from June 30, 2018, following the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company. DNI is included in our Financial inclusion and applied technologies operating segment from the acquisition date.
|Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.|
|Reconciliation of GAAP operating income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:|
|Three months and year ended September 30, 2018 and 2017|
|Three months ended
|Operating income - GAAP||896||25,006|
|Depreciation and amortization||10,794||8,966|
Reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share, basic, to fundamental net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share, basic:
Three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
|Net (loss) income
|Net (loss) income
|Intangible asset amortization, net||4,481||2,131||66,578||28,107|
|Intangible asset amortization, net related to non-controlling interest||(876||)||-||(13,016||)||-|
|Stock-based compensation charge||587||827||8,722||10,891|
|Intangible asset amortization, net related to equity accounted investments||144||543||2,140||7,134|
|Facility fees for debt||87||133||1,293||1,751|
| Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.
Reconciliation of net (loss) income used to calculate (loss) earnings per share basic and diluted and headline (loss) earnings per share basic and diluted:
Three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
|Net (loss) income (USD'000)||(5,199||)||19,483|
|Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment||(127||)||105|
|Tax effects on above||36||(29||)|
|Net (loss) income used to calculate headline earnings (USD'000)||(5,290||)||19,559|
|Weighted average number of shares used to calculate net income per share basic (loss) earnings and headline (loss) earnings per share basic (loss) earnings (‘000)||56,723||57,196|
|Weighted average number of shares used to calculate net income per share diluted (loss) earnings and headline (loss) earnings per share diluted (loss) earnings (‘000)||56,773||57,243|
|Headline (loss) earnings per share:|
|Basic, in USD||(0.09||)||0.34|
|Diluted, in USD||(0.09||)||0.34|
Calculation of the denominator for headline diluted (loss) earnings per share
|Q1 ‘19||Q1 ‘18|
|Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding and unvested restricted shares expected to vest under GAAP||56,723||57,196|
|Effect of dilutive securities under GAAP||50||47|
|Denominator for headline diluted earnings per share||56,773||57,243|
Weighted average number of shares used to calculate headline (loss) earnings per share diluted represent the denominator for basic weighted-average common shares outstanding and unvested restricted shares expected to vest plus the effect of dilutive securities under GAAP. We use this number of fully-diluted shares outstanding to calculate headline (loss) earnings per share diluted because we do not use the two-class method to calculate headline earnings per share diluted.
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