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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016

or

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission File Number 001-35872

 

 

EVERTEC, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Puerto Rico   66-0783622

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. employer

identification number)

Cupey Center Building, Road 176, Kilometer 1.3,

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

00926

(Zip Code)

(Address of principal executive offices)  

(787) 759-9999

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒     No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.    ☒

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.:

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

The aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of EVERTEC, Inc.  was approximately $959,986,017 based on the closing price of $15.54 as of the close of business on June 30, 2016.

As of February 17, 2017, there were 72,635,032 outstanding shares of common stock of EVERTEC, Inc.

Documents Incorporated by Reference:

Part III incorporates certain information by reference to the Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

 

 

 


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EVERTEC, Inc.

2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K

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Forward Looking Statements

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Part I

  

Item 1—Business

     4  

Item 1A—Risk Factors

     17  

Item 1B—Unresolved Staff Comments

     37  

Item 2—Properties

     37  

Item 3—Legal Proceedings

     38  

Item 4—Mine Safety Disclosures

     38  

Part II

  

Item  5—Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

     39  

Item 6—Selected Financial Data

     42  

Item  7—Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     44  

Item  7A—Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risks

     65  

Item 8—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

     66  

Item  9—Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

     68  

Item 9A—Controls and Procedures

     68  

Item 9B—Other Information

     69  

Part III

  

Item 10—Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

     70  

Item 11—Executive Compensation

     70  

Item  12—Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

     70  

Item  13—Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

     70  

Item 14—Principal Accounting Fees and Services

     70  

Part IV

  

Item 15—Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

     70  

Signatures

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Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K, or Report, contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of, and subject to the protection of, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “estimates,” “will,” “should,” “plans” or “anticipates” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may involve significant risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may vary materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Among the factors that significantly impact our business and could impact our business in the future are:

 

    our reliance on our relationship with Popular, Inc. (“Popular”) for a significant portion of our revenues and with Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (“Banco Popular”), Popular’s principal banking subsidiary, to grow our merchant acquiring business;

 

    as a regulated institution, we most likely will be required to obtain regulatory approval before engaging in certain new activities or businesses, whether organically or by acquisition, and may be unable to obtain such approval on a timely basis or at all, which may make transactions more expensive or impossible to complete, or make us less attractive to potential sellers;

 

    our ability to renew our client contracts on terms favorable to us, including our contract with Popular;

 

    our dependence on our processing systems, technology infrastructure, security systems and fraudulent payment detection systems, as well as on our personnel and certain third parties with whom we do business, and the risks to our business if our systems are hacked or otherwise compromised;

 

    our ability to develop, install and adopt new software, technology and computing systems;

 

    a decreased client base due to consolidations and failures in the financial services industry;

 

    the credit risk of our merchant clients, for which we may also be liable;

 

    the continuing market position of the ATH network;

 

    a reduction in consumer confidence, whether as a result of a global economic downturn or otherwise, which leads to a decrease in consumer spending;

 

    our dependence on credit card associations, including any adverse changes in credit card association or network rules or fees;

 

    changes in the regulatory environment and changes in international, legal, tax, political, administrative or economic conditions;

 

    the geographical concentration of our business in Puerto Rico, including our business with the government of Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, which are facing severe fiscal challenges;

 

    additional adverse changes in the general economic conditions in Puerto Rico, whether as a result of the government’s debt crisis or otherwise, including the continued migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland, which could negatively affect our customer base, general consumer spending, our cost of operations and our ability to hire and retain qualified employees;

 

    operating an international business in multiple regions with potential political and economic instability, including Latin America;

 

    our ability to execute our geographic expansion and acquisition strategies;

 

    our ability to protect our intellectual property rights against infringement and to defend ourselves against claims of infringement brought by third parties;

 

    our ability to recruit and retain the qualified personnel necessary to operate our business;

 

    our ability to comply with U.S. federal, state, local and foreign regulatory requirements;

 

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    evolving industry standards and adverse changes in global economic, political and other conditions;

 

    our high level of indebtedness and restrictions contained in our debt agreements, including the senior secured credit facilities, as well as debt that could be incurred in the future;

 

    our ability to prevent a cybersecurity attack or breach in our information security;

 

    our ability to generate sufficient cash to service our indebtedness and to generate future profits;

 

    our ability to refinance our debt;

 

    the possibility that we could lose our preferential tax rate in Puerto Rico;

 

    the risk that the counterparty to our interest rate swap agreement fails to satisfy its obligations under the agreement; and

 

    other risks and uncertainties detailed in Part I, Item IA “Risk Factors” in this Report.

These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various factors, including those set forth under “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in this Report. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Report, and we do not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

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INDUSTRY AND MARKET DATA

This Form 10-K includes industry data that we obtained from periodic industry publications, including the July 2015 and the September 2016 Nilson Report and the 2015 and 2016 World Payments Report. Industry publications generally state that the information contained therein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. This Form 10-K also includes market share and industry data that were prepared primarily based on management’s knowledge of the industry and industry data. Unless otherwise noted, statements as to our market share and market position relative to our competitors are approximated and based on management estimates using the above-mentioned latest-available third-party data and our internal analyses and estimates. While we are not aware of any misstatements regarding any industry data presented herein, our estimates, in particular as they relate to market share and our general expectations, involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, including those discussed under “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in this Form 10-K.

 

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Part I

Item 1. Business

Except as otherwise indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, (a) the terms “EVERTEC,” “we,” “us,” “our,” “our Company” and “the Company” refer to EVERTEC, Inc. and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, (b) the term “Holdings” refers to EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, but not any of its subsidiaries and (c) the term “EVERTEC Group” refers to EVERTEC Group, LLC and its predecessor entities and their subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, including the operations of its predecessor entities prior to the Merger (as defined below). EVERTEC Inc.’s subsidiaries include Holdings, EVERTEC Group, EVERTEC Dominicana, SAS, EVERTEC Panamá, S.A., EVERTEC Costa Rica, S.A. (“EVERTEC CR”), EVERTEC Guatemala, S.A., Processa, SAS, EVERTEC USA, LLC and EVERTEC México Servicios de Procesamiento, S.A. de C.V. Neither EVERTEC nor Holdings conducts any operations other than with respect to its indirect or direct ownership of EVERTEC Group.

Company Overview

EVERTEC is a leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean, unless otherwise specified), providing a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business process management services. According to the September 2016 Nilson Report we are one of the largest merchant acquirers in Latin America based on total number of transactions and we believe we are the largest merchant acquirer in the Caribbean and Central America. We serve 18 countries in the region from our base in Puerto Rico. We manage a system of electronic payment networks that process more than two billion transactions annually, and offer a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. In addition, we own and operate the ATH network, one of the leading personal identification number (“PIN”) debit networks in Latin America. We serve a diversified customer base of leading financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies with “mission-critical” technology solutions that enable them to issue, process and accept transactions securely. We believe our business is well-positioned to continue to expand across the fast-growing Latin American region.

We are differentiated, in part, by our diversified business model, which enables us to provide our varied customer base with a broad range of transaction-processing services from a single source across numerous channels and geographic markets. We believe this single-source capability provides several competitive advantages that will enable us to continue to penetrate our existing customer base with complementary new services, win new customers, develop new sales channels and enter new markets. We believe these competitive advantages include:

 

    Our ability to provide best in class products;

 

    Our ability to provide in one package a range of services that traditionally had to be sourced from different vendors;

 

    Our ability to serve customers with disparate operations in several geographies with a single integrated technology solution that enables them to manage their business as one enterprise; and

 

    Our ability to capture and analyze data across the transaction processing value chain and use that data to provide value-added services that are differentiated from those offered by pure-play vendors that serve only one portion of the transaction processing value chain (such as only merchant acquiring or payment processing).

Our broad suite of services spans the entire transaction processing value chain and includes a range of front-end customer-facing solutions such as the electronic capture and authorization of transactions at the point-of-sale, as well as back-end support services such as the clearing and settlement of transactions and account reconciliation for card issuers. These include: (i) merchant acquiring services, which enable point of sales (“POS”) and e-commerce merchants to accept and process electronic methods of payment such as debit, credit, prepaid and

 

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electronic benefit transfer (“EBT”) cards; (ii) payment processing services, which enable financial institutions and other issuers to manage, support and facilitate the processing for credit, debit, prepaid, automated teller machines (“ATM”) and EBT card programs; and (iii) business process management solutions, which provide “mission-critical” technology solutions such as core bank processing, as well as IT outsourcing and cash management services to financial institutions, corporations and governments. We provide these services through a scalable, end-to-end technology platforms that we manage and operate in-house and that generates significant operating efficiencies that enable us to maximize profitability.

We sell and distribute our services primarily through a proprietary direct sales force with established customer relationships. We are also building a variety of indirect sales channels that enable us to leverage the distribution capabilities of partners in adjacent markets, including value-added resellers. We continue to pursue joint ventures and merchant acquiring alliances.

We benefit from an attractive business model, the hallmarks of which are recurring revenue, scalability, significant operating margins and moderate capital expenditure requirements. Our revenue is predominantly recurring in nature because of the mission-critical and embedded nature of the services we provide. In addition, we generally negotiate multi-year contracts with our customers. Our business model enables us to continue to grow our business organically in the primary markets we serve without significant incremental capital expenditures.

We generate revenues based primarily on transaction or discount fees paid by our merchants and financial institutions in our merchant acquiring and payment processing segments and on transaction fees or fees based on number of accounts on file in our business solutions segment. Our total revenues increased from $358.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 to $389.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (“CAGR”) of 2.81%. Our Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Net Income Reconciliation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share”) increased from $177.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 to $187.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, representing a CAGR of 1.82%. Our Adjusted Net Income (as defined in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Net Income Reconciliation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share”) increased from $116.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 to $124.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, representing a CAGR of 2.41%.

Corporate Background

EVERTEC, Inc. (formerly known as Carib Latam Holdings, Inc.) is a Puerto Rico corporation organized in April 2012. Our main operating subsidiary, EVERTEC Group, LLC (formerly known as EVERTEC, LLC and EVERTEC, Inc., hereinafter “EVERTEC Group”), was organized in Puerto Rico in 1988. EVERTEC Group was formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Popular. On September 30, 2010, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as amended, the “Merger Agreement”), AP Carib Holdings, Ltd. (“Apollo”) acquired a 51% indirect ownership interest in EVERTEC Group as part of a merger (the “Merger”) and EVERTEC Group became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holdings.

On April 17, 2012, EVERTEC Group was converted from a Puerto Rico corporation to a Puerto Rico limited liability company (the “Conversion”) for the purpose of improving its consolidated tax efficiency by taking advantage of changes to the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code, as amended (the “PR Code”), that permit limited liability companies to be treated as partnerships that are pass-through entities for Puerto Rico tax purposes. Concurrent with the Conversion, Holdings, which is our direct subsidiary, was also converted from a Puerto Rico corporation to a Puerto Rico limited liability company. Prior to these conversions, EVERTEC, Inc. was formed in order to act as the new parent company of Holdings and its subsidiaries, including EVERTEC Group. The transactions described above in this paragraph are collectively referred to as the “Reorganization.”

 

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History

We have over a 25 year operating history in the transaction processing industry. Prior to the Merger, EVERTEC Group was 100% owned by Popular, the largest financial institution in the Caribbean, and operated substantially as an independent entity within Popular. As mentioned above, following the Merger, Apollo, which is an affiliate of the leading private equity investor Apollo Global Management, LLC, owned a 51% interest in us and shortly thereafter, we began the transition to a separate, stand-alone entity. As a stand-alone company, we have made substantial investments in our technology and infrastructure, recruited various senior executives with significant transaction processing experience in Latin America, enhanced our profitability through targeted productivity and cost savings actions and broadened our footprint beyond the markets historically served.

We continue to benefit from our relationship with Popular. Popular is our largest customer, acts as one of our largest merchant referral partners and sponsors us with the card associations (such as Visa or MasterCard), enabling merchants to accept these card associations’ credit card transactions. Popular also provides merchant sponsorship as one of the participants of the ATH network, enabling merchants to connect to the ATH network and accept ATH debit card transactions. We provide a number of critical products and services to Popular, which are governed by a 15-year Amended and Restated Master Services Agreement (the “Master Services Agreement”) that runs through 2025.

On April 17, 2013, the Company completed its initial public offering of 28,789,943 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $20.00 per share. On September 18, 2013 and December 13, 2013, the Company completed public offerings of 23,000,000 and 15,233,273 shares, respectively, of the Company’s common stock by Apollo Global Management, LLC (“Apollo”), Popular, Inc. (“Popular”), and current and former employees. After the completion of these offerings, Popular owned approximately 11.7 million shares of EVERTEC’s common stock, or 16.05% as of December 31, 2016, and Apollo no longer owns any of the Company’s common stock.

Principal Stockholder

Popular, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPOP), whose principal banking subsidiary’s history dates back to 1893, is the No. 1 bank holding company by both assets and deposits based in Puerto Rico, and, as of September 30, 2016, ranks 49 by total asset balance among U.S. bank holding companies. As of December 31, 2016, Popular owned approximately 16.05% of our common stock.

Industry Trends

Shift to Electronic Payments

The ongoing migration from cash, check and other paper methods of payment to electronic payments continues to benefit the transaction processing industry globally. This migration is driven by factors including customer convenience, marketing efforts by financial institutions, card issuer rewards and the development of new forms of payment. We believe that the penetration of electronic payments in the markets where we principally operate is significantly lower relative to more mature U.S. and European markets and that this ongoing shift will continue to generate important growth opportunities for our business. In addition, in an effort to better capture taxes over generated revenue, recent legislation in Puerto Rico has required most licensed professionals to provide an electronic payment option to their customers, and that all consumer businesses that generate revenues in excess of $50,000 provide an electronic payment option to their customers, with the exception of certain businesses, further expanding the need for an electronic payment network in Puerto Rico.

Fast Growing Latin American and Caribbean Financial Services and Payments Markets

Currently, the penetration of banking products, including electronic payments, in the Latin American and Caribbean region is lower relative to the mature U.S. and European markets. As these markets continue to grow, and financial inclusion increases, the emergence of a larger and more sophisticated consumer base will influence

 

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and drive an increase in card (like debit, credit, prepayment, and EBT) and electronic payments usage. According to the July 2015 Nilson Report, Latin American purchase transactions on cards are projected to increase by 46% from 14.37 billion in 2013 to 21.02 billion in 2018. According to the 2015 World Payments Report, non-cash payment volumes in Latin America grew by 8.6%, while in North America, non-cash payments outperformed GDP growth by 4.6%. While there was a slight decline in growth in non-cash payment transactions in Latin America, the growth rate remains at a higher rate than any market considered mature. The CAGR of non-cash transactions in Latin America from 2010 to 2014 was 10.6%. While in the past mature markets have dominated non-cash transaction volumes, a shift in balance is occurring as the developing markets’ share of global non-cash transaction volumes have increased from 12% to 27%. Latin America’s share of non-cash transaction volumes grew from 25.6 billion in 2010 to 38.3 billion in 2014. If current trends continue, developing markets’ share of global non-cash volumes is expected to increase from 27% in 2013 to 33% by 2020. We believe that the attractive characteristics of our markets and our leadership positions across multiple services and sectors will continue to drive growth and profitability in our businesses.

Ongoing Technology Outsourcing Trends

Financial institutions globally are facing significant challenges including the entrance of non-traditional competitors, the compression of margins on traditional products, significant channel proliferation and increasing regulation that could potentially curb profitability. Many of these institutions have traditionally fulfilled their IT needs through legacy computer systems, operated by the institution itself. Legacy systems are generally highly proprietary, inflexible and costly to operate and maintain and we believe the trend to outsource in-house technology systems and processes by financial institutions will continue. We believe our ability to provide integrated, open, flexible, customer-centric and efficient IT products and services cater to the evolving needs of our customers, particularly for small- and mid-sized financial institutions in the Latin American markets in which we operate.

Industry Innovation

The electronic payments industry experiences ongoing technology innovation. Emerging payment technologies such as prepaid cards, contactless payments, payroll cards, mobile commerce, online “wallets” and innovative POS devices facilitate the continued shift away from cash, check and other paper methods of payment. The increasing demand for new and flexible payment options catering to a wider range of consumer segments is driving growth in the electronic payment processing sector.

Our Competitive Strengths

Market Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

We believe we have an inherent competitive advantage relative to U.S. competitors based on our first-hand knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean markets and technological needs, language and culture. We have built leadership positions across the transaction processing value chain in the key geographic markets that we serve, which we believe will enable us to continue to penetrate our core markets and provide advantages to enter new markets. According to the September 2016 Nilson Report we are one of the largest merchant acquirers in Latin America based on total number of transactions and we believe we are the largest merchant acquirer in the Caribbean and Central America. We own and operate the ATH network, one of the leading ATM and PIN debit networks in Latin America. The ATH network and processing businesses processed over two billion transactions in 2016, which according to management estimates, makes ATH branded products the most frequently used electronic method of payment in Puerto Rico. We offer compelling value to our merchants, as noted in the most recent report published by the Federal Reserve Board regarding debit network fees, the ATH network ranked as one of the most economical networks for merchants. Given our scale and customer base of top tier financial institutions and government entities, we believe we are the leading card issuer and core bank processor in the Caribbean and the only non-bank provider of cash processing services to the U.S. Federal Reserve in the Caribbean. We believe our competitive position and brand recognition increases card acceptance, driving usage of our proprietary network, and presents opportunities for future strategic relationships.

 

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Diversified Business Model across the Transaction Processing Value Chain

Our leadership position in the region is driven in part by our diversified business model which provides a range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business solutions services to financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies across different geographies. We offer end-to-end technology solutions through a single provider and we have the ability to tailor and customize the features and functionality of our products and services to the specific requirements of our customers in various industries and across geographic markets. We believe the breadth of our offerings enables us to penetrate our customer base from a variety of perspectives and positions us favorably to cross-sell our other offerings over time. For example, we may host a client’s electronic cash register software (part of the business solutions segment), acquire transactions that originate at that electronic cash register (part of the merchant acquiring segment), route the transaction through the ATH network (part of the payment processing segment), and finally settle the transaction between the client and the issuer bank (part of the payment processing segment). In addition, we can serve customers with disparate operations in several geographies with a single integrated technology solution that enables them to access one processing platform and manage their business as one enterprise. We believe these services are becoming increasingly complementary and integrated as our customers seek to capture, analyze and monetize the vast amounts of data that they process across their enterprises. As a result, we are able to capture significant value across the transaction processing value chain and believe that this combination of attributes represents a differentiated value proposition vis-à-vis our competitors who have a limited product and service offering.

Broad and Deep Customer Relationships and Recurring Revenue Business Model

We have built a strong and long-standing portfolio of financial institution, merchant, corporate and government customers across Latin America and the Caribbean, which provides us with a reliable, recurring revenue base and powerful references that have helped us expand into new channels and geographic markets. Our Payment Processing and Merchant Acquiring segments, as well as certain business lines representing the majority of our business solutions segment, generate recurring revenues that collectively accounted for approximately 89% of our total revenues in 2016. We receive recurring revenues from services based on our customers’ on-going daily commercial activity such as processing loans, hosting accounts and information on our servers, and processing everyday payments at grocery stores, gas stations and similar establishments. We generally provide these services under one to five year contracts, often with automatic renewals. We also provide a few project-based services that generate non-recurring revenues in our business solutions segment such as IT consulting for a specific project or integration. Additionally, we entered into a 15-year Master Services Agreement with Popular on September 30, 2010. We provide a number of critical payment processing and business solutions products and services to Popular and benefit from the bank’s distribution network and continued support. Through our long-standing and diverse customer relationships, we are able to gain valuable insight into trends in the marketplace that allows us to identify new market opportunities. In addition, we believe the recurring nature of our business model provides us with revenue and earnings stability.

Highly Scalable, End-to-End Technology Platforms

Our diversified business model is supported by our scalable, end-to-end technology platforms which allows us to provide a broad range of transaction processing services and develop and deploy technology solutions to our customers at low incremental costs and increasing operating efficiencies. We have spent over $160 million over the last five years on technology investments, including POS, to continue to build the capacity and functionality of our platforms and we have been able to achieve attractive economies of scale with flexible product development capabilities. We believe that our platforms will allow us to provide differentiated services to our customers and facilitate further expansion into new sales channels and geographic markets.

Experienced Management Team with a Strong Track Record of Execution

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technology improvements and capitalizing on cross-selling opportunities. We have combined new leadership at EVERTEC, bringing many years of industry experience, with long-standing leadership at the operating business level. In April 2015, Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr., former President of International for Global Payments, Inc., joined our management team as President and Chief Executive Officer. In May 2015, Mariana Lischner Goldvarg joined the Company as President for our Latin America operations. Prior to joining the Company, she served as President of Equifax Latin America. In September 2015, Peter J.S. Smith, former Chief Accounting Officer of Fidelity National Information Services, joined our management team as Chief Financial Officer. In 2012, Philip Steurer, former Senior Vice President of Latin America for First Data Corporation, joined our management team as our Chief Operating Officer. Our management has extensive experience managing and growing transaction processing businesses in Latin America as well as North America, Asia and Europe. Collectively our management team benefits from an average of over 20 years of industry experience and we believe they are well positioned to continue to drive growth across business lines and regions. In 2016, Guillermo Rospigliosi, former Managing Director for Latin America at CyberSource, a Visa subsidiary, joined the company as the Executive Vice President of Product Management & Marketing of EVERTEC, with 20 years of experience in the Payments, Financial Services, Innovation, and Technology sectors.

Our Growth Strategy

We intend to grow our business by continuing to execute on the following business strategies:

Continue Cross-Sales to Existing Customers

We seek to grow revenue by continuing to sell additional products and services to our existing merchant, financial institution, corporate and government customers. We intend to broaden and deepen our customer relationships by leveraging our full suite of end-to-end technology solutions. For example, we believe that there is significant opportunity to cross-sell our network services, ATM point-of-sale processing and card issuer processing services to our over 180 existing financial institution customers, particularly in markets outside of Puerto Rico. We will also seek to continue to cross-sell value added services into our existing merchant base.

Leverage Our Franchise to Attract New Customers in the Markets We Currently Serve

We intend to attract new customers by leveraging our comprehensive product and services offering, the strength of our brand and our leading end-to-end technology platform. Furthermore, we believe we are well positioned to develop new products and services to take advantage of our access to and position in markets we currently serve. For example, in markets we serve outside of Puerto Rico, we believe there is a significant opportunity to penetrate small to medium financial institutions with our products and services, as well as to penetrate governments with offerings such as EBT.

Expand in the Latin American Region

We believe there is substantial opportunity to expand our businesses in the Latin American region. We believe that we have a competitive advantage relative to U.S. competitors based on our first-hand knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean markets and technological needs, language and culture. We believe significant growth opportunities exist in a number of large markets such as Colombia, México, and Chile, among others. We also believe that there is an opportunity to provide our services to existing financial institution customers in other regions where they operate. Additionally, we continually evaluate our strategic plans for geographic expansion, which can be achieved through joint ventures, partnerships, alliances or strategic acquisitions. For a description of risks associated with obtaining regulatory approvals and other risks associated with strategic transactions, see “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—Our expansion and selective acquisition strategy exposes us to risks, including the risk that we may not be able to successfully integrate acquired businesses.”

 

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Develop New Products and Services

Our experience with our customers provides us with insight into their needs and enables us to continuously develop new transaction processing services. We plan to continue growing our merchant, financial institution, corporate and government customer base by developing and offering additional value-added products and services to cross-sell along with our core offerings. We intend to continue to focus on these and other new product opportunities in order to take advantage of our leadership position in the transaction processing industry in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Our Business

We offer our customers end-to-end products and solutions across the transaction processing value chain from a single source across numerous channels and geographic markets, as further described below.

Merchant Acquiring

According to the September 2016 Nilson Report, we are one of the largest merchant acquirers in Latin America based on total number of transactions and we believe we are the largest merchant acquirer in the Caribbean and Central America. Our merchant acquiring business provides services to merchants that allow them to accept electronic methods of payment such as debit, credit, prepaid and EBT cards carrying the ATH, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express brands. Our full suite of merchant acquiring services includes, but is not limited to, the underwriting of each merchant’s contract, the deployment and rental of POS devices and other equipment necessary to capture merchant transactions, the processing of transactions at the point-of-sale, the settlement of funds with the participating financial institution, detailed sales reports and customer support. In 2016, our merchant acquiring business processed over 370 million transactions.

Our Merchant Acquiring business generated $91.2 million, or 23.4%, of total revenues and $31.1 million, or 22.2%, of total segment income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Payment Processing

We are the largest card processor and card network service provider in the Caribbean. We provide a diversified suite of payment processing products and services to blue chip regional and global corporate customers, government agencies, and financial institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean. These services provide the infrastructure technology necessary to facilitate the processing and routing of payments across the transaction processing value chain.

At the point-of-sale, we sell transaction processing technology solutions, similar to the services in our merchant acquiring business, to other merchant acquirers to enable them to service their own merchant customers. We also offer terminal driving solutions to merchants, merchant acquirers (including our merchant acquiring business) and financial institutions, which provide the technology to securely operate, manage and monitor POS terminals and ATMs. We also rent POS devices to financial institution customers who seek to deploy them across their own businesses.

To connect the POS terminals to card issuers, we own and operate the ATH network, one of the leading ATM and PIN debit networks in Latin America. The ATH network connects the merchant or merchant acquirer to the card issuer and enables transactions to be routed or “switched” across the transaction processing value chain. The ATH network offers the technology, communications standards, rules and procedures, security and encryption, funds settlement and common branding that allow consumers, merchants, merchant acquirers, ATMs, card issuer processors and card issuers to conduct commerce seamlessly, across a variety of channels, similar to the services provided by Visa and MasterCard. The ATH network and processing businesses processed over two billion transactions in 2016.

 

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To enable financial institutions, governments and other businesses to issue and operate a range of payment products and services, we offer an array of card processing and other payment technology services, such as internet and mobile banking software services, bill payment systems and EBT solutions. Financial institutions and certain retailers outsource to us certain card processing services such as card issuance, processing card applications, cardholder account maintenance, transaction authorization and posting, fraud and risk management services, and settlement. Our payment products include electronic check processing, automated clearing house (“ACH”), lockbox, online, interactive voice response and web-based payments through personalized websites, among others.

We have been the main provider of EBT services to the Puerto Rican government since 1998. Our EBT application allows certain agencies to deliver government benefits to participants through a magnetic card system and serves over 806,000 active participants.

Our Payment Processing business accounted for $111.5 million, or 28.6%, of total revenues and $52.1 million, or 37.2%, of total segment income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Business Solutions

We provide our financial institutions, corporate and government customers with a wide suite of business process management solutions including specifically core bank processing, network hosting and management, IT consulting services, business process outsourcing, item and cash processing, and fulfillment. In addition, we believe we are the only non-bank provider of cash processing services to the U.S. Federal Reserve in the Caribbean.

Our Business Solutions business accounted for $186.8 million, or 47.9%, of total revenues and $56.8 million, or 40.6%, of total segment income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2016.

For additional information regarding the Company’s segments refer to Note 22 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Competition

Competitive factors impacting the success of our services include the quality of the technology-based application or service, application features and functions, ease of delivery and integration, ability of the provider to maintain, enhance, and support the applications or services, and price. We believe that we compete well in each of these categories. In addition, we believe that our relationship with Popular, scale and expertise, and financial institution industry expertise, combined with our ability to offer multiple applications, services and integrated solutions to individual customers, enhances our competitiveness against companies with more limited offerings and helps us compete with large global competitors with similar assets to ours.

In merchant acquiring, we compete with several other service providers and financial institutions, including Vantiv, Inc., First Data Corporation, Global Payments Inc., Elavon, Inc., Sage Payment Solutions, independent sales organizations and some local banks. Also, the card associations and payment networks are increasingly offering products and services that compete with ours. The main competitive factors are price, brand awareness, strength of the relationship with financial institutions, system functionality, integration service capabilities and innovation. Our business is also impacted by the expansion of new payments methods and devices, card association business model expansion, and bank consolidation.

In payment processing, we compete with several other third party card processors and debit networks, including First Data Corporation, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Fiserv, Inc., Total System Services, Inc., Vantiv, Inc., MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and Global Payments Inc. Also, card associations and payment networks are increasingly offering products and services that compete with our products and services. The main competitive factors are price, system performance and reliability, system functionality, security, service capabilities and disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities.

 

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In business solutions, our main competition includes internal technology departments within financial institutions, retailers, data processing or software development departments of large companies and/or large technology and consulting companies. Main competitive factors are price, system performance and reliability, system functionality, security, service capabilities, and disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities.

Intellectual Property

We own numerous registrations for several trademarks in different jurisdictions and own or have licenses to use certain software and technology, which are critical to our business and future success. For example, we own the ATH and EVERTEC trademarks in several jurisdictions, which are associated by the public, financial institutions and merchants with high quality and reliable electronic commerce, payments, and debit network solutions and services. Such goodwill allows us to be competitive, retain our customers, and expand our business. Further, we also use a combination of (i) proprietary software, and (ii) duly licensed third party software to operate our business and deliver secure and reliable products and services to our customers. The licensed software is subject to terms and conditions that we considered within the industry standards. Most are perpetual licenses and the rest are term licenses with renewable terms. In addition, we monitor these license agreements and maintain close contact with our suppliers to ensure their continuity of service.

We seek to protect our intellectual property rights by securing appropriate statutory intellectual property protection in the relevant jurisdictions, including patents. We also protect proprietary know-how and trade secrets through company confidentiality policies, licenses, programs, and contractual agreements.

Employees

As of December 31, 2016, we employed approximately 1,650 persons across 8 countries in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. None of our employees are subject to collective bargaining agreements, and we consider our relationships with our employees to be good. We have not experienced any work stoppages.

Government Regulation and Payment Network Rules

Oversight by the Federal Reserve

Popular is a bank holding company that has elected to be treated as a financial holding company under the provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. As long as we are deemed to be a “subsidiary” of Popular for purposes of the Bank Holding Company (“BHC”) Act, we will be subject to regulation and oversight by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”) and our activities will be subject to several related significant restrictions, the more significant of which are discussed below.

Transactions with Affiliates

As long as we are deemed to be an affiliate of Popular for purpose of the affiliate transaction rules found in Section 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act and Regulation W of the Federal Reserve Board, we will be subject to various restrictions on our ability to borrow from, and engage in certain other transactions with Popular’s bank subsidiaries, Banco Popular and Banco Popular North America (“BPNA”). In general these rules require that any “covered transaction” that we enter into with Banco Popular or BPNA (or any of their respective operating subsidiaries), as the case may be, must be secured by designated amounts of specified collateral and must be limited to 10% of Banco Popular’s or BPNA’s, as the case may be, capital stock and surplus. In addition, all “covered transactions” between Banco Popular or BPNA, on the one hand, and Popular and all of its subsidiaries and affiliates on the other hand, must be limited to 20% of Banco Popular’s or BPNA’s, as the case may be, capital stock and surplus. “Covered transactions” are defined by statute to include a loan or extension of credit, as well as a purchase of securities issued by an affiliate, a purchase of assets (unless otherwise exempted by the Federal Reserve Board) from the affiliate, the acceptance of securities issued by the affiliate as collateral for a loan, and the issuance of a guarantee, acceptance or letter of credit on behalf of an affiliate.

 

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In addition, Section 23B and Regulation W require that as long as we are deemed an affiliate of Banco Popular or BPNA, all transactions between us and either Banco Popular or BPNA be on terms and conditions, including credit standards, that are substantially the same or at least as favorable to Banco Popular or BPNA, as the case may be, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions involving other non-affiliated companies or, in the absence of comparable transactions, on terms and conditions, including credit standards, that in good faith would be offered by Banco Popular or BPNA to, or would apply to, non-affiliated companies.

Permissible Activities

As long as we are deemed to be controlled by Popular for bank regulatory purposes, we may conduct only those activities that are authorized for a bank holding company or a financial holding company under the BHC Act, the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation K and other relevant U.S. federal banking laws. These activities generally include activities that are related to banking, financial in nature or incidental to financial activities. In addition, restrictions placed on Popular as a result of supervisory or enforcement actions may restrict us or our activities in certain circumstances, even if these actions are unrelated to our conduct or business. For as long as we are deemed to be a foreign subsidiary of a bank holding company under the Federal Reserve Board’s regulations, we will rely on the authority granted under the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation K to conduct our data processing, management consulting and related activities outside the United States. The Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation K generally limits activities of a bank holding company outside the United States that are not banking or financial in nature, specifically permitted under Regulation K to foreign subsidiaries or necessary to carry on such activities that are not otherwise permissible for a foreign subsidiary under the banking regulations. We continue to engage in certain activities outside the scope of such permissible activities pursuant to authority under the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation K, which allows a bank holding company to retain, in the context of an acquisition of a going concern, such otherwise impermissible activities if they account for not more than 5% of either the consolidated assets or consolidated revenues of the acquired organization.

New lines of business, other new activities, divestitures or acquisitions that we may wish to commence in the future may not be permissible for us under the BHC Act, Regulation K or other relevant U.S. federal banking laws. Further, as a result of being subject to regulation and supervision by the Federal Reserve Board, we may be required to obtain the approval of the Federal Reserve Board before engaging in certain new activities or businesses, whether organically or by acquisition, unless such activities are considered financial in nature. More generally, the Federal Reserve Board has broad power to approve, deny or refuse to act upon applications or notices for us to conduct new activities, acquire or divest businesses or assets, or reconfigure existing operations. If we are unable to obtain approval on a timely basis, are delayed in receiving approval or do not receive approval, this may make transactions more expensive or may make us less attractive to potential sellers.

Examinations

As a technology service provider to financial institutions, we are also subject to regulatory oversight and examination by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (the “FFIEC”), an interagency body of federal financial regulators that includes the Federal Reserve Board. The office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico also participates in such examinations by the FFIEC. In addition, independent auditors annually review several of our operations to provide reports on internal controls for our clients’ auditors and regulators.

Regulatory Reform and Other Legislative Initiatives

The payment card industry has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators. In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law in the United States. The Dodd-Frank Act sets forth significant structural and other changes to the regulation of the financial services industry and establishes a new agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, to regulate consumer financial products and services (including many offered by us and by our clients). In addition, Section 1075 of the Dodd-Frank Act (commonly referred to as the

 

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“Durbin Amendment”) imposes new restrictions on card networks and debit card issuers. More specifically, the Durbin Amendment provides that interchange transaction fees that a card issuer or payment network may receive or charge for an electronic debit transaction must be “reasonable and proportional” to the cost incurred by the card issuer in authorizing, clearing and settling the transaction. The Federal Reserve Board adopted the final regulations on June 29, 2011 and added a fraud-prevention adjustment on July 27, 2012.

The regulations (a) limit debit transaction interchange fees to $.21 + (5 bps times the value of the transactions) + $.01 (as a fraud adjustment for issuers that have in place policies and measures to address fraud); (b) require that issuers must enable at least two unaffiliated payment card networks on their debit cards without regard to authentication method; and (c) prohibit card issuers and payment card networks from entering into exclusivity arrangements for debit card processing and restrict card issuers and payment networks from inhibiting the ability of merchants to direct the routing of debit card transactions over networks of their choice. The Dodd-Frank Act also allows merchants to set minimum dollar amounts (currently, not to exceed $10) for the acceptance of a credit card and provide discounts or incentives to entice consumers to pay with various payment methods, such as cash, checks, debit cards or credit cards, as the merchant prefers.

In addition to the Dodd-Frank Act, from time to time, various legislative and regulatory initiatives are introduced in Congress and state legislatures, as well as by regulatory agencies. Such initiatives may include proposals to diminish the powers of bank holding companies and their affiliates. Such legislation could change banking statutes and our operating environment in substantial and unpredictable ways. If enacted, such legislation could increase the cost of doing business or limit permissible activities. We cannot predict whether any such legislation will be enacted, and, if enacted, the effect that it, or any implementing regulations, would have on our financial condition or results of operations.

The Dodd-Frank Act assigned most of the regulatory responsibilities previously exercised by the federal banking regulators and other agencies with respect to consumer financial products and services and other additional powers to the CFPB. In addition to rulemaking authority over several enumerated federal consumer financial protection laws, the CFPB is authorized to issue rules prohibiting unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices in connection with any transaction with a consumer for a consumer financial product or service, or the offering of a consumer financial product or service, and has authority to enforce consumer financial protection laws and CFPB rules. We are subject to regulation and enforcement by the CFPB because we are an affiliate of Banco Popular (which is an insured depository institution with greater than $10 billion in assets) for bank regulatory purposes and because we are a service provider to insured depository institutions with assets of $10 billion or more in connection with their consumer financial products and to entities that are larger participants in markets for consumer financial products and services. CFPB rules, examinations and enforcement actions may require us to adjust our activities and may increase our compliance costs. Various proposals have been made to either eliminate or restructure the CFPB. It is possible that during the current administration one or more of the various proposals could become law. It is unclear whether or how any such change could affect the manner in which our consumer product and service activities in which we engage. One possibility is that regulatory responsibility would be reallocated to the various bank regulatory agencies.

Other Government Regulations

In addition to oversight by the Federal Reserve Board, our services are subject to a broad range of complex federal, state, Puerto Rico and foreign regulation, including privacy laws, international trade regulations, the Bank Secrecy Act and other anti-money laundering laws, anti-trust and competition laws, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, the PR Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other Puerto Rico laws and regulations. Failure of our services to comply with applicable laws and regulations could result in restrictions on our ability to provide such services, as well as the imposition of civil fines and/or criminal penalties. The principal areas of regulation (in addition to oversight by the Federal Reserve Board) that impact our business are described below.

 

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Privacy

We and our financial institution clients are required to comply with various U.S. state, federal and foreign privacy laws and regulations, including those imposed under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 which applies directly to a broad range of financial institutions and to companies that provide services to financial institutions. These laws and regulations place restrictions on the collection, processing, storage, use and disclosure of certain personal information, require disclosure to individuals of detailed privacy practices and provide them with certain rights to prevent the use and disclosure of protected information. The regulations, however, permit financial institutions to share information with non-affiliated parties who perform services for the financial institutions. These laws also impose requirements for safeguarding personal information through the issuance of data security standards or guidelines. Certain state laws impose similar privacy obligations, as well as, in certain circumstances, obligations to provide notification to affected individuals, states officers and consumer reporting agencies, as well as businesses and governmental agencies that own data, of security breaches of computer databases that contain personal information. In addition, U.S. state and federal government agencies have been contemplating or developing new initiatives to safeguard privacy and enhance data security. Some foreign privacy laws are stricter than those applicable under U.S. federal, state or Puerto Rican law. As a provider of services to financial institutions, we are required to comply with the privacy regulations and are bound by the same limitations on disclosure of the information received from our customers as apply to the financial institutions themselves. See “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—Security breaches or our own failure to comply with privacy regulations and industry security requirements imposed on providers of services to financial institutions and card processing services could harm our business by disrupting our delivery of services and damaging our reputation.”

Anti-Money Laundering and Office of Foreign Assets Control Regulation

Since we provide data processing services to both foreign and domestic financial institutions, we are required to comply with certain anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws and economic sanctions imposed on designated foreign countries, nationals and others. Specifically, we must adhere to the requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 (collectively, the “BSA”) regarding processing and facilitation of financial transactions, as well as other state, local and foreign laws relating to money laundering. Furthermore, as a data processing company that provides services to foreign parties and facilitates financial transactions between foreign parties, we are obligated to screen transactions for compliance with the sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). These regulations prohibit us from entering into or facilitating a transaction to or from or dealings with specified countries, their governments and, in certain circumstances, their nationals and others, such as narcotics traffickers, and terrorists or terrorist organizations designated by the U.S. Government under one or more sanctions regimes.

A major focus of governmental policy in recent years has been aimed at combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Preventing and detecting money laundering, and other related suspicious activities at their earliest stages warrants careful monitoring. The BSA, along with a number of other anti-money laundering laws, imposes various reporting and record-keeping requirements concerning currency and other types of monetary instruments. Similar anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and proceeds of crime laws apply to movements of currency and payments through electronic transactions and to dealings with persons specified on lists maintained by organizations similar to OFAC in several other countries and which may impose specific data retention obligations or prohibitions on intermediaries in the payment process. These laws and regulations impose obligations to maintain appropriate policies, procedures and controls to detect, prevent and report money laundering and terrorist financing and to verify the identity of their customers. Failure to maintain and implement adequate programs to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, or to comply with all of the relevant laws or regulations, could have serious legal and reputational consequences for us.

 

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Federal Trade Commission Act and Other Laws Impacting our Customers’ Business

All persons engaged in commerce, including, but not limited to, us and our merchant and financial institution customers are subject to Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act prohibiting Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (“UDAP”). In addition, there are other laws, rules and/or regulations, including the Telemarketing Sales Act, that may directly impact the activities of our merchant customers and in some cases may subject us, as the merchant’s payment processor, to investigations, fees, fines and disgorgement of funds in the event we are deemed to have aided and abetted or otherwise provided the means and instrumentalities to facilitate the illegal activities of the merchant through our payment processing services. Federal and state regulatory enforcement agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, and the states’ attorneys general have authority to take action against nonbanks that engage in UDAP or violate other laws, rules and regulations. To the extent we process payments for a merchant that may be in violation of these laws, rules and regulations, we may be subject to enforcement actions and as a result may incur losses and liabilities that may impact our business.

Anti-trust and Competition Laws

We are required to comply with various federal, local and foreign competition and anti-trust laws, including the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, Robinson-Patman Act, Federal Trade Commission Act and Puerto Rico Anti-Monopoly Act. In general, competition laws are designed to protect businesses and consumers from anti-competitive behavior. Competition and anti-trust law investigations can be lengthy and violations are subject to civil and/or criminal fines and other sanctions for both corporations and individuals that participate in the prohibited conduct. Class action civil anti-trust lawsuits can result in significant judgments, including in some cases, payment of treble damages and/or attorneys’ fees to the successful plaintiff. See “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—Failure to comply with U.S. state and federal antitrust requirements, or the Puerto Rico Anti-Monopoly Act, and government investigations into our compliance, could adversely affect our business.”

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), Export Administration and Other

As a data processing company that services both foreign and domestic clients, our business activities in foreign countries, and in particular our transactions with foreign governmental entities, subject us to the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA, as well as the laws and regulations of the foreign jurisdiction where we operate. Pursuant to applicable anti-bribery laws, our transactions with foreign government officials and political candidates are subject to certain limitations. Finally, in the course of business with foreign clients and subsidiaries, we export certain software and hardware that is regulated by the Export Administration Regulations from the United States to the foreign parties. Together, these regulations place restrictions on who we can transact with, what transactions may be facilitated, how we may operate in foreign jurisdictions, and what we may export to foreign countries.

The preceding list of laws and regulations is not exhaustive, and the regulatory framework governing our operations changes continuously. The enactment of new laws and regulations may increasingly affect directly and indirectly the operation of our business, which could result in substantial regulatory compliance costs, litigation expense, loss of revenue, decreased profitability and/or adverse publicity.

Association and Network Rules

Several of our subsidiaries are registered with or certified by card associations and payment networks, including the ATH network, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and numerous debit and EBT networks as members or as service providers for member institutions in connection with the services we provide to our customers. As such, we are subject to applicable card association and network rules, which could subject us to a variety of fines or penalties that may be levied by the card associations or networks for certain acts and/or omissions by us, our acquirer customers, processing customers and/or merchants. For example, “EMV” is a credit and debit card authentication methodology that the card associations are mandating to processors, issuers

 

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and acquirers in the payment industry. Compliance deadlines for EMV mandates vary by country and by payment network. We have invested significant resources and man-hours to develop and implement this methodology in all our payment related platforms. However, we are not certain if or when our financial institution customers will use or accept the methodology and the time it will take for this technology to be rolled-out to all customer ATM and POS devices connected to our platforms or adopted by our card issuing clients. Non-compliance with EMV mandates could result in lost business or financial losses from fraud or fines from network operators. We are also subject to network operating rules promulgated by the National Automated Clearing House Association relating to payment transactions processed by us using the Automated Clearing House Network and to various government laws regarding such operations, including laws pertaining to EBT.

Geographic Concentration

Our revenue composition by geographical area is based in Latin America and Caribbean. Latin America includes, among others, Costa Rica, México, Guatemala, Colombia and Panamá. The Caribbean includes Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands, among others. See Note 22 of Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information related to geographic areas.

Seasonality

Our payment businesses generally experience increased activity during the traditional holiday shopping periods and around other nationally recognized holidays.

Available Information

EVERTEC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports (if applicable) filed or furnished pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) are available free of charge, through our website, http://www.evertecinc.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC. In addition, we make available on our website under the heading of “Corporate Information” our: (i) Code of Ethics; (ii) Code of Ethics for Service Providers; (iii) Corporate Governance Guidelines; (iv) the charters of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees, and also we intend to disclose any amendments to the Code of Ethics. The aforementioned reports and materials can also be obtained free of charge upon written request or telephoning to the following address or telephone number:

EVERTEC, Inc.

Cupey Center Building

Road, 176, Kilometer 1.3

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926

(787) 759-9999

The public may read and copy any materials EVERTEC files with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. In addition, the public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Our filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document retrieval services and at the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Readers should carefully consider, in connection with other information disclosed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the risks and uncertainties described below. The following discussion sets forth some of the more important risk factors that could affect our business, financial condition, operating results or cash flow. However,

 

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other factors, besides those discussed below or elsewhere in this Report or other of our reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), also could adversely affect our business, financial condition, operating results or cash flow. We cannot assure you that the risk factors described below or elsewhere in this document are a complete set of all potential risks we may face; additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or not believed by us to be material may also negatively impact us. These risk factors also serve to describe factors which may cause our results to differ materially from those discussed in forward looking statements included herein or in other documents or statements that make reference to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Please also refer to the section titled “Forward Looking Statements” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Risks Related to Our Business

We expect to continue to derive a significant portion of our revenue from Popular.

Our services to Popular account for a significant portion of our revenues, and we expect that our services to Popular will continue to represent a significant portion of our revenues for the foreseeable future. In 2016, products and services billed to Popular accounted for approximately 45% of our total revenues, of which approximately 83% (or approximately 37% of total revenues) are derived from core bank processing and related services for Popular and approximately 17% (or approximately 8% of total revenues) are transaction processing activities driven by third parties. The majority of Popular’s business is presented in the Business Solutions segment. If Popular were to terminate, fail to perform under, or fail to renew the Master Services Agreement (“MSA”), which currently expires in 2025, or our other material agreements with Popular, our revenues could be materially reduced and our profitability and cash flows could also be materially reduced which, in turn, could potentially limit our ability to renegotiate our debt.

We depend, in part, on our merchant relationships and our alliance with Banco Popular, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Popular, to grow our merchant acquiring business. If we are unable to maintain these relationships and this alliance, our business may be adversely affected.

Growth in our merchant acquiring business is derived primarily from acquiring new merchant relationships, new and enhanced product and service offerings, cross selling products and services into existing relationships, the shift of consumer spending to increased usage of electronic forms of payment, and the strength of our relationship with Banco Popular. A substantial portion of our business is generated from our Independent Sales Organization Sponsorship and Services Agreement with Banco Popular.

Banco Popular acts as a merchant referral source and provides sponsorship into the ATH, Visa, Discover and MasterCard networks for merchants, as well as card association sponsorship, clearing and settlement services. We provide transaction processing and related functions. Both alliance partners may provide management, sales, marketing, and other administrative services. We rely on the continuing growth of our merchant relationships, our alliance with Banco Popular and other distribution channels. There can be no guarantee that this growth will continue and the loss or deterioration of these relationships could negatively impact our business and result in a reduction of our revenue and profit.

If we are unable to renew client contracts at favorable terms, we could lose clients and our results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected.

Failure to achieve favorable renewals of client contracts could negatively impact our business. Our contracts with private clients generally run for a period of one to five years, except for the Master Services Agreement with Popular, which has a term of 15 years, and approximately 9 years remaining on the contract, and provide for termination fees upon early termination. Our government contracts generally run for one year without automatic renewal periods due to requirements of the government procurement rules and related fiscal funding requirements. Our standard merchant contract has an initial term of one or three years, with automatic one-year renewal periods. At the end of the contract term, clients have the opportunity to renegotiate their contracts with

 

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us and to consider whether to engage one of our competitors to provide products and services. If we are not successful in achieving high renewal rates and contract terms that are favorable to us, our results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected.

Our substantial leverage could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry, expose us to interest rate risk to the extent of our variable rate debt and prevent us from meeting our obligations under our notes and senior secured credit facilities.

We are highly leveraged. As of December 31, 2016, the total principal amount of our indebtedness was approximately $659.5 million. Our high degree of leverage could have important consequences for you, including:

 

    increasing our vulnerability to adverse economic, industry or competitive developments;

 

    requiring a substantial portion of cash flow from operations to be dedicated to the payment of principal and interest on our indebtedness, therefore reducing our ability to use our cash flow for other purposes, including for our operations, capital expenditures and future business opportunities;

 

    exposing us to the risk of increased interest rates because our borrowings are predominantly at variable rates of interest;

 

    making it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to our indebtedness, and any failure to comply with the obligations of any of our other debt instruments, including restrictive covenants and borrowing conditions, could result in an event of default under the agreements governing such other indebtedness;

 

    restricting us from making strategic acquisitions or causing us to make non-strategic divestitures;

 

    limiting our ability to obtain additional debt or equity financing for working capital, capital expenditures, business development, debt service requirements, acquisitions and general corporate or other purposes; and

 

    limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business or market conditions and placing us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors who are less highly leveraged and who therefore, may be able to take advantage of opportunities that our leverage prevents us from exploiting.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, our cash interest expense on the senior secured credit facilities amounted to $22.5 million. Our interest expense could increase if interest rates increase because the entire amount of the indebtedness under the senior secured credit facilities bears interest at a variable rate. At December 31, 2016, we had approximately $659.5 million aggregate principal amount of variable rate indebtedness under the senior secured credit facilities of which $200 million is fixed with an interest rate swap. A 100 basis point increase in interest rates over our floor(s) on our debt balances outstanding as of December 31, 2016 under the senior secured credit facilities would increase our annual interest expense by approximately $4.6 million when taking into consideration the referenced fixed interest rate swap.

We rely on our systems, employees and certain counterparties, and certain failures could materially adversely affect our operations.

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sources of operational risk to us, including relating to breakdowns or failures of such parties’ own systems or employees. Any of these occurrences could diminish our ability to operate one or more of our businesses, or result in potential liability to clients, reputational damage and regulatory intervention, any of which could materially adversely affect us.

We may be subject to disruptions of our operating systems arising from events that are wholly or partially beyond our control, which may include, for example, computer viruses or electrical or telecommunications outages, natural disasters, disease pandemics or other unanticipated damage to property or physical assets. Such an incident occurred on January 9, 2016, when our payments network suffered a two hour interruption of service. Such disruptions may give rise to losses in service to customers and loss or liability to us. In addition, there is the risk that our controls and procedures as well as business continuity and data security systems prove to be inadequate. Any such failure could affect our operations, damage our reputation and materially adversely affect our results of operations by requiring us to expend significant resources to correct the defect, by causing a loss of confidence in our services that leads to a decrease in use of our services, and by exposing us to litigation, regulatory fines, penalties or other sanctions or losses not covered by insurance.

If our amortizable intangible assets or goodwill become impaired, it may adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

If our amortizable intangible assets or goodwill were to become impaired, we may be required to record a significant charge to earnings. Under the generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), definitive useful life intangibles are evaluated periodically for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. Goodwill is tested for impairment at least annually.

The goodwill impairment evaluation process requires us to make estimates and assumptions with regards to the fair value of our reporting units. Actual values may differ significantly from these estimates. Such differences could result in future impairment of goodwill that would, in turn, negatively impact our results of operations and the reporting unit where the goodwill is recorded.

For 2016, the Company used a “qualitative assessment” option or “step zero” for the goodwill impairment test for all of its reporting units. With this process, the Company first assesses whether it is “more likely than not” that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If the answer is no, then the fair value of the reporting unit does not need to be measured, and step one and step two are bypassed. In assessing the fair value of a reporting unit, which is based on the nature of the business and reporting unit’s current and expected financial performance, the Company uses a combination of factors such as general macroeconomic conditions, industry and market conditions, overall financial performance and the entity and reporting unit specific events. In 2016, step one and step two were bypassed for all reporting units.

Our risk management procedures may not be fully effective in identifying or helping us mitigate our risk exposure against all types of risks.

We operate in a rapidly changing industry, and we have experienced significant change in the past four years, including our separation from Popular following the Merger, our initial public offering in April 2013 and our listing on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). Accordingly, we may not be fully effective in identifying, monitoring and managing our risks. In some cases, the information we use to perform our risk assessments may not be accurate, complete or up-to-date. In other cases, our risk assessments may depend upon information that we may not have or cannot obtain. If we are not fully effective or we are not always successful in identifying all risks to which we are or may be exposed, we could be subject to losses, penalties, litigation or regulatory actions that could harm our reputation or have a material adverse effect on our business, financial conditions and results of operations.

 

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Security breaches or our own failure to comply with privacy regulations and industry security requirements imposed on providers of services to financial institutions and card processing services could harm our business by disrupting our delivery of services and damaging our reputation.

As part of our business, we electronically receive, process, store and transmit sensitive business information of our customers. In addition, we collect personal consumer data, such as names and addresses, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, cardholder data and payment history records. The uninterrupted operation of our information systems and the confidentiality of the customer/consumer information that resides on such systems are critical to the successful operations of our business. Despite the safeguards we have in place, unauthorized access to our computer systems or databases could result in the theft or publication of confidential information, the deletion or modification of records or could otherwise cause interruptions in our operations. These risks are increased when we transmit information over the Internet. Our visibility in the global payments industry may attract hackers to conduct attacks on our systems that could compromise the security of our data or could cause interruptions in the operations of our businesses and subject us to increased costs, litigation and other liabilities. There is also a possibility of mishandling or misuse, for example, if such information were erroneously provided to parties who are not permitted to have the information, either by fault of our systems, employees acting contrary to our policies, or where such information is intercepted or otherwise improperly taken by third parties. An information breach in the system and loss of confidential information such as credit card numbers and related information could have a longer and more significant impact on the business operations than a hardware failure and could result in claims against us for misuse of personal information, such as identity theft.

Additionally, as a provider of services to financial institutions, such as card processing services, we are subject directly (or indirectly through our clients) to the same laws, regulations, industry standards and limitations on disclosure of the information we receive from our customers that apply to the customers themselves. If we fail to comply with these regulations, standards and limitations, we could be exposed to claims for breach of contract, fines, governmental proceedings, or prohibitions on card processing services. In addition, as more restrictive privacy laws, rules or industry security requirements are adopted in the future on the federal or local level or by a specific industry body, the change could have an adverse impact on us through increased costs or restrictions on business processes. We may be required to expend significant capital and other resources to comply with mandatory privacy and security standards required by law, industry standards or contracts.

Any inability to prevent security or privacy breaches or failure to comply with privacy regulations and industry security requirements could cause our existing customers to lose confidence in our systems and terminate their agreements with us, and could inhibit our ability to attract new customers, damage our reputation and/or adversely impact our relationship with administrative agencies.

We may experience breakdowns in our processing systems that could damage customer relations and expose us to liability.

We depend heavily on the reliability of our processing systems in our core businesses. A system outage or data loss, regardless of reason, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Not only would we suffer damage to our reputation in the event of a system outage or data loss, but we may also be liable to third parties. Some of our contractual agreements with financial institutions require the crediting of certain fees if our systems do not meet certain specified service levels. To successfully operate our business, we must be able to protect our processing and other systems from interruption, including from events that may be beyond our control. Events that could cause system interruptions include, but are not limited to, fire, natural disasters, telecommunications failure, computer viruses, terrorist acts and war. Although we have taken steps to protect against data loss and system failures, there is still risk that we may lose critical data or experience system failures. We perform the vast majority of disaster recovery operations ourselves, though we utilize select third parties for some aspects of recovery. To the extent we outsource our disaster recovery, we are at risk of the vendor’s unresponsiveness in the event of breakdowns in our systems. Furthermore, our property and business interruption insurance may not be adequate to compensate us for all losses or failures that may occur.

 

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Lack of system integrity, fraudulent payments or credit quality related to funds settlement could result in a financial loss.

We settle funds on behalf of financial institutions, other businesses and consumers and process funds transactions from clients, card issuers, payment networks and consumers on a daily basis for a variety of transaction types. Transactions facilitated by us include debit card, credit card, electronic bill payment transactions, ACH payments, electronic benefits transfer transactions and check clearing that supports consumers, financial institutions and other businesses. These payment activities rely upon the technology infrastructure that facilitates the verification of activity with counterparties, the facilitation of the payment and, in some cases, the detection or prevention of fraudulent payments. If the continuity of operations, integrity of processing, or ability to detect or prevent fraudulent payments were compromised this could result in a financial loss to us.

We may experience defects, development delays, installation difficulties, system failure, or other service disruptions with respect to our technology solutions, which would harm our business and reputation and expose us to potential liability.

Many of our services are based on sophisticated software, technology and computing systems, and we may encounter delays when developing new technology solutions and services. Further, the technology solutions underlying our services have occasionally contained and may in the future contain undetected errors or defects when first introduced or when new versions are released. In addition, we may experience difficulties in installing or integrating our technologies on platforms used by our customers. Finally, our systems and operations could be exposed to damage or interruption from fire, natural disaster, power loss, telecommunications failure, unauthorized entry and computer viruses or other cyber-attacks. Attacks on information technology systems continue to grow in frequency, complexity and sophistication, a trend we expect will continue. Such attacks have become a point of focus for individuals, businesses and governmental entities. The objectives of these attacks include, among other things, gaining unauthorized access to systems to facilitate financial fraud, disrupt operations, cause denial of service events, corrupt data, and steal non-public information.

As part of our business, we electronically receive, process, store and transmit a wide range of confidential information, including sensitive customer information and personal consumer data. We also operate payment, cash access and electronic card systems. A successful cyber-attack on our system could result in: (1) interruption of business operations; (2) delay in market acceptance; (3) additional development and remediation costs; (4) diversion of technical and other resources; (5) loss of customers; (6) negative publicity and loss of reputation; or (7) exposure to liability claims.

Any one or more of the foregoing could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

The ability to adopt technology to changing industry and customer needs or trends may affect our competitiveness or demand for our products, which may adversely affect our operating results.

Changes in technology may limit the competitiveness of and demand for our services. Our businesses operate in industries that are subject to technological advancements, developing industry standards and changing customer needs and preferences. Also, our customers continue to adopt new technology for business and personal uses. We must anticipate and respond to these industry and customer changes in order to remain competitive within our relative markets. Our inability to respond to new competitors and technological advancements could impact all of our businesses. For example, the ability to adopt technological advancements surrounding POS technology available to merchants could have an impact on our merchant acquiring business.

Consolidations in the banking and financial services industry could adversely affect our revenues by eliminating existing or potential clients and making us more dependent on a more limited number of clients.

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clients, which could adversely affect our revenues. Further, if our clients fail or merge with or are acquired by other entities that are not our clients, or that use fewer of our services, they may discontinue or reduce their use of our services. It is also possible that the larger banks or financial institutions resulting from mergers or consolidations would have greater leverage in negotiating terms with us or could decide to perform in-house some or all of the services which we currently provide or could provide. Any of these developments could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We are subject to the credit risk that our merchants will be unable to satisfy obligations for which we may also be liable.

We are subject to the credit risk of our merchants being unable to satisfy obligations for which we also may be liable. For example, as the merchant acquirer, we are contingently liable for transactions originally acquired by us that are disputed by the cardholder and charged back to the merchants. For certain merchants, if we are unable to collect this amount from the merchant, due to the merchant’s insolvency or other reasons, we will bear the loss for the amount of the refund or chargeback paid to the cardholder. Notwithstanding our adherence to industry standards with regards to the acceptance of new merchants and certain steps to screen for credit risk, it is possible that a default on such obligations by one or more of our merchants could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Increased competition or changes in consumer spending or payment preferences could adversely affect our business.

A decline in the market for our services, either as a result of increased competition, a decrease in consumer spending or a shift in consumer payment preferences, could have a material adverse effect on our business. We may face increased competition in the future as new companies enter the market and existing competitors expand their services. Some of these competitors could have greater overall financial, technical and marketing resources than us, which could enhance their ability to finance acquisitions, fund internal growth and respond more quickly to professional and technological changes. Some competitors could have or may develop a lower cost structure. New competitors or alliances among competitors could emerge, resulting in a loss of business for us and a corresponding decline in revenues and profit margin. Further, if consumer confidence decreases in a way that adversely affects consumer spending, whether in conjunction with a global economic downturn or otherwise, we could experience a reduction in the volume of transactions we process. In addition, if we fail to respond to changes in technology or consumer payment preferences, we could lose business to competitors.

Changes in credit card association or other network rules or standards could adversely affect our business.

In order to provide our transaction processing services, several of our subsidiaries are registered with or certified by Visa, Discover and MasterCard and other networks as members or as service providers for member institutions. As such, we and many of our customers are subject to card association and network rules that could subject us or our customers to a variety of fines or penalties that may be levied by the card associations or networks for certain acts or omissions by us, acquirer customers, processing customers and merchants. Visa, Discover, MasterCard and other networks, some of which are our competitors, set the standards with respect to which we must comply. The termination of Banco Popular’s or our subsidiaries’ member registration or our subsidiaries’ status as a certified service provider, or any changes in card association or other network rules or standards, including interpretation and implementation of the rules or standards, that increase the cost of doing business or limit our ability to provide transaction processing services to or through our customers, could have an adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.

Changes in interchange fees or other fees charged by card associations and debit networks could increase our costs or otherwise adversely affect our business.

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will result in our merchant acquiring and payment processing businesses absorbing a portion of such increases in the future, which would increase our operating costs, reduce our profit margin and adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

Our revenues from the sale of services to merchants that accept Visa, Discover and MasterCard cards are dependent upon our continued Visa, Discover and MasterCard registration and financial institution sponsorship.

In order to provide our Visa, Discover and MasterCard transaction processing services, we must be registered as a merchant processor of Visa, Discover and MasterCard. These designations are dependent upon our being sponsored by member banks of those organizations. If our sponsor banks should stop providing sponsorship for us, we would need to find another financial institution to serve as a sponsor, which could prove to be difficult and/or more expensive. If we are unable to find a replacement financial institution to provide sponsorship we may no longer be able to provide processing services to the affected customers which would negatively impact our revenues and earnings.

For purposes of the BHC Act, for as long as we are deemed to be controlled by Popular, we will be subject to supervision and examination by U.S. federal banking regulators, and our activities will be limited to those permissible for Popular. Furthermore, as a technology service provider to regulated financial institutions, we are subject to additional regulatory oversight and examination. As a regulated institution, we may be required to obtain regulatory approval before engaging in certain new activities or businesses, whether organically or by acquisition.

For so long as we are deemed to be a “subsidiary” of Popular for purposes of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (the “BHC Act”), in other words deemed to be controlled by Popular, we will be subject to regulation and supervision by the Federal Reserve Board. The BHC Act defines “control” differently than GAAP. As a deemed subsidiary, we may conduct only those activities that are authorized for our deemed parent, which depend on whether it is treated as a bank holding company or a financial holding company. The activities that are permissible for subsidiaries of bank holding companies are those that are treated as closely related to banking; those that are permissible for subsidiaries of financial holding companies generally include activities that are financial in nature or complementary to financial activities. In addition, we are subject to regulatory oversight and examination by the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council because we are a technology service provider to regulated financial institutions, including Banco Popular.

New lines of business, other new activities, acquisitions that we may wish to commence or undertake in the future and the manner in which we conduct our business may not be permissible for us under the BHC Act, Regulation K or other relevant U.S. federal banking laws or may require the approval of the Federal Reserve Board or any other applicable U.S. federal banking regulator. In addition, deals may take longer, be more costly, or make us less attractive as a buyer. Additional regulatory requirements may be imposed if Popular is subject to any enforcement action. More generally, the Federal Reserve Board has broad powers to approve, deny or refuse to act upon applications or notices submitted by Popular on our behalf with respect to new activities, the acquisition of businesses or assets, or the reconfiguration of existing operations. Any such action by the Federal Reserve Board may also depend on our ability to comply with the standards imposed by our regulators. There can be no assurance that any required regulatory approvals will be obtained. In addition, further restrictions placed on Popular as a result of supervisory or enforcement actions may restrict us or our activities in certain circumstances, even if these actions are unrelated to conduct our business.

Changes in laws, regulations and enforcement activities may adversely affect the products and services we provide and markets in which we operate.

We and our customers are subject to U.S. federal, Puerto Rico and other countries’ laws, rules and regulations that affect the electronic payments industry. Our customers are subject to numerous laws, rules and regulations applicable to banks, financial institutions, processors and card issuers in the United States and abroad. We are

 

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subject to regulation because of our activities in the countries where we carry them out and because of our relationship with Popular, and at times we are also affected by the laws, rules and regulations to which our customers are subject. Failure to comply with any of these laws, rules and regulations may result in the suspension or revocation of licenses or registrations, the limitation, suspension or termination of service, and/or the imposition of civil and criminal penalties, including fines which could have an adverse effect on our financial condition. In addition, even an inadvertent failure by us to comply with laws, rules and regulations, as well as rapidly evolving social expectations of corporate fairness, could damage our reputation or brands.

Regulation of the electronic payment card industry, including regulations applicable to us and our customers, has increased significantly in recent years. There is also increasing scrutiny by the U.S. Congress of the manner in which payment card networks and card issuers set various fees, from which some of our customers derive significant revenue. For example, on July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law in the United States. The Durbin Amendment contains requirements relating to payment card networks. To implement this provision, the Federal Reserve adopted rules which took effect on October 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012. These rules, among other things, place certain restrictions on the interchange transaction fees that a card issuer can receive for an electronic debit transaction originated at a merchant and also places various exclusivity prohibitions and routing requirements on such transactions. To date, the Durbin Amendment has had mixed implications for our business, but the overall net impact has been positive due to lower interchange costs improving the overall margins of the business. However, we cannot assure you that this trend will continue, and we believe that any future impact (positive or negative) resulting from the Durbin Amendment and subsequent developments is uncertain due to the competitive landscape in which we operate. Further, banking regulators have been strengthening their examination guidelines with respect to relationships between banks and their third-party service providers, such as EVERTEC. Any such heightened supervision of our relationship with Popular could have an effect on our contractual relationship with Popular as well as on the standards applied in the evaluation of our services. See “Item 1. Business—Government Regulation and Payment Network Rules—Regulatory Reform and Other Legislative Initiatives.”

Further changes to laws, rules and regulations, or interpretation or enforcement thereof, could have a negative financial effect on us. We have structured our business in accordance with existing tax laws and interpretations of such laws. Changes in tax laws or their interpretations could decrease the value of revenues we receive and the amount of our cash flow and have a material adverse impact on our business.

Our business concentration in Puerto Rico and our business with the government of Puerto Rico expose us to significant risks.

For the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, approximately 84% and 86%, respectively, of our total revenues were generated from our operations in Puerto Rico. In addition, some revenues that are generated from our operations outside Puerto Rico are dependent upon our operations in Puerto Rico. As a result, our financial condition and results of operations are highly dependent on the economic and political conditions in Puerto Rico, and could be significantly adversely impacted by adverse economic or political developments in Puerto Rico.

In 2016, the government of Puerto Rico was our second largest customer representing approximately 7% of our total revenues. Revenues from the government of Puerto Rico come from numerous agencies and public corporations. We believe a substantial portion of the services we provide to the government of Puerto Rico are mission-critical or essential. Some of the government-sponsored initiatives we provide are indirectly funded in part by U.S. federal government programs. The government of Puerto Rico is currently experiencing a fiscal crisis (as described further in the following risk factor). A federal law adopted in June 2016 creates an Oversight Board with broad budgetary and financial powers over Puerto Rico’s budget, laws, financial plans and regulation, and imposes an automatic temporary stay on all litigation against Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities to enforce or collect claims against the Puerto Rico government. If the Puerto Rico government defaults in payment, delays or withholds payment to us, we may not be able to enforce our claims against the government until the stay is lifted and may not be able to recover the full amount on the receivables due to us. In addition, the Puerto Rico

 

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government may elect not to renew contracts for our services, or the Oversight Board may decide not to approve the budget for them. While we believe that the government of Puerto Rico will continue to engage our services despite the challenging financial situation it is currently facing, a failure of the government to do so or the Oversight Board to approve the required budget could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

In addition, severe weather conditions that are prevalent in tropical climates and other natural disasters, could negatively affect, among other things, our ability to provide services, as well as our physical locations, property and equipment, and could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

A prolongation of the Government of Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, or worsening of the crisis, could slow the Puerto Rico economy, delay Government payments and negatively affect consumer spending.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been in economic recession since 2006. In August 2015, the government defaulted for the first time on the Public Finance Corporation bonds. In April 2016, the Puerto Rico governor signed a debt moratorium law that gave the governor emergency powers to deal with the fiscal crisis, including the ability to declare a moratorium on any debt payment. On June 30, 2016, the U.S. President signed into law the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). PROMESA establishes a fiscal oversight and management board (the “Oversight Board”) comprised of seven voting members appointed by the President. The Oversight Board was constituted in September of 2016, has broad budgetary and financial powers over Puerto Rico’s budget, laws, financial plans and regulations, including the power to approve restructuring agreements with creditors, file petitions for restructuring and reform the electronic system for the tax collection. The Oversight Board also has ultimate authority in preparing the Puerto Rico government’s budget and any issuance of future debt by the government and its instrumentalities. In addition, PROMESA imposes an automatic stay on all litigation against Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, as well as any other judicial or administrative actions or proceedings to enforce or collect claims against the Puerto Rico government. This stay is currently in effect up to May 2017 and can be extended by the Oversight Board or U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico.

As long as the fiscal crisis endures, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, subject to the oversight of the Oversight Board (collectively the “Government”), may be unable to access the capital markets to place new debt or roll its upcoming maturities, and the Government may reduce spending, impose new taxes, and take other actions which could slow the economy. A prolonged recession or future fiscal measures may negatively impact our business. The continuing challenging economic environment could affect our customer base, depress general consumer spending, and lengthen the Government’s payments, thus increasing our Government accounts receivables; these outcomes, if realized, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

At December 31, 2016, the Company has no direct exposure to the Government’s debt obligations, including those of its instrumentalities or municipalities. The Company has accounts receivable with the Puerto Rico government and its agencies amounting to $18.0 million as of December 31, 2016 down from $18.4 million as of December 31, 2015.

There are risks associated with our presence in international markets, including political or economic instability.

Our financial performance may be significantly affected by general economic, political and social conditions in the emerging markets where we operate. Many countries in Latin America have suffered significant economic, political and social crises in the past, and these events may occur again in the future. Instability in Latin America has been caused by many different factors, including:

 

    exposure to foreign exchange variation;

 

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    substantial fluctuations in economic growth;

 

    high levels of inflation;

 

    exchange controls or restrictions on expatriation of earnings;

 

    high domestic interest rates;

 

    wage and price controls;

 

    changes in governmental economic or tax policies;

 

    imposition of trade barriers;

 

    unexpected changes in regulation which may restrict the movement of funds or result in the deprivation of contract rights or the taking of property without fair compensation; and

 

    overall political, social and economic instability.

Adverse economic, political and social conditions in the Latin America markets where we operate may create uncertainty regarding our operating environment, which could have a material adverse effect on our company.

Our business in countries outside the United States and transactions with foreign governments increase our compliance risks and exposes us to business risks.

Our operations outside the United States could expose us to trade and economic sanctions or other restrictions imposed by the United States or other local governments or organizations. The U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Justice (the “Agencies”), the SEC and other federal agencies and authorities have a broad range of civil and criminal penalties they may seek to impose against corporations and individuals for violations of economic sanctions laws, the FCPA and other federal statutes. Under economic sanctions laws, the Agencies may seek to impose modifications to business practices, including cessation of business activities involving sanctioned countries, and modifications to compliance programs, which may increase compliance costs. In addition, we are also subject to compliance with local government regulations. If any of the risks described above materialize, it could adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition.

These regulations also prohibit improper payments or offers of payments to foreign governments and their officials and political parties by the United States and other business entities for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. We have operations and deal with government entities and financial institutions in countries known to experience corruption, particularly certain emerging countries in Latin America, and further international expansion may involve more of these countries. Our activities in these countries create the risk of unauthorized payments or offers of payments by one of our employees or consultants that could be in violation of various laws including the FCPA, even though these parties are not always subject to our control. Our existing safeguards and any future improvements may prove to be less than effective, and our employees or consultants may engage in conduct for which we may be held responsible. Violations of the FCPA may result in severe criminal or civil sanctions, and we may be subject to other liabilities, which could negatively affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

We are also subject to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security which regulates the export, re-export and re-transfer abroad of covered items made or originating in the United States as well as the transfer of covered U.S.-origin technology abroad. We have adopted an Export Management Compliance Policy, a comprehensive compliance program under which the goods and technologies that we export are identified and classified under the EAR to make sure they are being exported in compliance with the requirements of the EAR. However, there can be no assurance that we have not violated the EAR in past transactions or that our new policies and procedures will prevent us from violating the EAR in every transaction in which we engage. Any such violations of the EAR could result in fines, penalties or other sanctions being imposed on us, which could negatively affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

 

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Moreover, some financial institutions refuse, even in the absence of a regulatory requirement, to provide services to companies operating in certain countries or engaging in certain practices because of concerns that the compliance efforts perceived to be necessary may outweigh the usefulness of the service relationship. Our operations outside the United States make it more likely that financial institutions may refuse to conduct business with us for this type of reason. Any such refusal could negatively affect our business, operating results and financial condition.

We and our subsidiaries conduct business with financial institutions and/or card payment networks operating in countries whose nationals, including some of our customers’ customers, engage in transactions in countries that are the targets of U.S. economic sanctions and embargoes. If we are found to have failed to comply with applicable U.S. sanctions laws and regulations in these instances, we and our subsidiaries could be exposed to fines, sanctions and other penalties or other governmental investigations.

We and our subsidiaries conduct business with financial institutions and/or card payment networks operating in countries whose nationals, including some of our customers’ customers, engage in transactions in countries that are the target of U.S. economic sanctions and embargoes, including Cuba. As a U.S.-based entity, we and our subsidiaries are obligated to comply with the economic sanctions regulations administered by OFAC. These regulations prohibit U.S.-based entities from entering into or facilitating unlicensed transactions with, for the benefit of, or in some cases involving the property and property interests of, persons, governments, or countries designated by the U.S. government under one or more sanctions regimes. Failure to comply with these sanctions and embargoes may result in material fines, sanctions or other penalties being imposed on us or other governmental investigations. In addition, various state and municipal governments, universities and other investors maintain prohibitions or restrictions on investments in companies that do business involving sanctioned countries or entities.

For these reasons, we have established risk-based policies and procedures designed to assist us and our personnel in complying with applicable U.S. laws and regulations. These policies and procedures include the use of software to screen transactions we process for evidence of sanctioned-country and persons involvement. Consistent with a risk-based approach and the difficulties of identifying all transactions of our customers’ customers that may involve a sanctioned country, there can be no assurance that our policies and procedures will prevent us from violating applicable U.S. laws and regulations in every transaction in which we engage, and such violations could adversely affect our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations.

Because we process transactions on behalf of the aforementioned financial institutions through the aforementioned payment networks, we have processed a limited number of transactions potentially involving sanctioned countries and there can be no assurances that, in the future, we will not inadvertently process such transactions. Due to a variety of factors, including technical failures and limitations of our transaction screening process, conflicts between U.S. and local laws, political or other concerns in certain countries in which we and our subsidiaries operate, and/or failures in our ability effectively to control employees operating in certain non-U.S. subsidiaries, we have not rejected every transaction originating from or otherwise involving sanctioned countries, or persons and there can be no assurances that, in the future, we will not inadvertently fail to reject such transactions.

On June 25, 2010, EVERTEC Group discovered potential violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”), which are administered by OFAC, which occurred due to an oversight in the activation of screening parameters for two customers located in Haiti and Belize. Upon discovery of these potential violations, EVERTEC Group initiated an internal review and submitted an initial notice of voluntary self-disclosure to OFAC on July 1, 2010. OFAC responded to this initial report with requests for additional information. EVERTEC Group provided the information requested on September 24, 2010 in its final notice of voluntary self-disclosure, which also included information on the remedial measures and new and enhanced internal controls adopted by EVERTEC Group to avoid this situation in the future. These potential violations involved a small number of processed transactions from Cuba compared to the overall number of transactions processed for these

 

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customers during the two-month period in which the screening failures occurred. We cannot predict the timing or ultimate outcome of the OFAC review, the total costs to be incurred in response to this review, the potential impact on our personnel, the effect of implementing any further measures that may be necessary to ensure full compliance with U.S. sanctions regulations, or to what extent, if at all, we could be subject to penalties or other governmental investigations.

Separately, on September 15, 2010, EVERTEC Group submitted an initial notice of voluntary self-disclosure to OFAC regarding certain activities of its former Venezuelan subsidiary, EVERTEC de Venezuela, C.A. (which ceased being a subsidiary of EVERTEC Group after the closing of the Merger and is now known as Tarjetas y Transacciones en Red TRANRED, C.A. (“Tranred”)) and EVERTEC Group’s Costa Rican subsidiary (which continues to be a subsidiary of EVERTEC Group after the closing of the Merger). This initial self-disclosure informed OFAC that these subsidiaries appeared to have been involved in processing Cuba-related credit card transactions that EVERTEC Group and the subsidiary believed they could not reject under governing local law and policies, but which nevertheless may not be consistent with the CACR. With respect to EVERTEC Group and its former Venezuelan subsidiary, we disclosed that they completely ceased processing Cuba-related transactions for financial institutions operating in Venezuela on September 4, 2010. We also disclosed that EVERTEC Group’s Costa Rican subsidiary completely ceased processing Cuba-related credit card transactions for financial institutions operating in Costa Rica in January 2009. In addition, it was also disclosed that EVERTEC Group’s Costa Rican subsidiary’s switch had served as a conduit through which information about Cuban-related debit card transactions was transmitted to credit card associations and issuer banks, which made the decisions to approve or reject the transactions.

On November 15, 2010, EVERTEC Group submitted its final notice of voluntary self-disclosure on these transactions to OFAC. The final report indicated the measures that we had taken to determine the amount of the credit transactions relating to Cuba that had not been rejected between 2007 and 2010. In addition, we confirmed that EVERTEC Group terminated the routing of the Cuban-related debit card transaction information through its Costa Rican subsidiary on September 30, 2010. While the credit and debit card transactions at issue represent a small proportion of the overall number of transactions processed for these financial institutions, the transactions occurred over an extended period of time.

On August 7, 2013, Popular submitted a voluntary self-disclosure to OFAC regarding certain routed debit card transactions by Tranred between October 2012 and May 2013 that may be in violation of the CACR. The voluntary self-disclosure also states that transactions constitute a small number of transactions compared to the overall number of transactions Tranred processed, and are representative of transactions that may have occurred prior to October 2010 when the entity was subject to the ownership and control of EVERTEC. We have been advised by Popular that effective May 2013, Tranred implemented a new control filter in its debit card transactions routing system to prevent the routing by Tranred of any debit card transaction originating in Cuba.

Should OFAC determine that certain activities identified in the voluntary self-disclosures described above constituted violations of the CACR, civil or criminal penalties could be assessed against EVERTEC Group and/or its subsidiary. Since November 15, 2010, there have been no communications between OFAC and EVERTEC Group regarding the transactions included in the above described voluntary self-disclosures.

Popular agreed to specific indemnification obligations with respect to all of the matters described above and certain other matters, in each case, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Merger Agreement and/or contained in the Venezuela Transition Services Agreement, dated September 29, 2010, as amended. However, we cannot assure you that we will be able to fully collect any claims made with respect to such indemnities or that Popular and/or Tranred will satisfy its indemnification obligations to us.

 

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Our expansion and selective acquisition strategy exposes us to risks, including the risk that we may not be able to successfully integrate acquired businesses.

As part of our growth strategy, we evaluate opportunities for acquiring complementary businesses that may supplement our internal growth. However, there can be no assurance that we will be able to identify and purchase suitable operations. Furthermore, for as long as we are deemed a “subsidiary” of a bank holding company for purposes of the BHC Act, we may conduct only activities authorized under the BHC Act and the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation K and other related regulations for a bank holding company or a financial holding company. These restrictions may limit our ability to acquire other businesses or enter into other strategic transactions. See “—For purposes of the BHC Act, for as long as we are deemed to be controlled by Popular, we will be subject to supervision and examination by U.S. federal banking regulators, and our activities are limited to those permissible for Popular. Furthermore, as a technology service provider to regulated financial institutions, we are subject to additional regulatory oversight and examination. As a regulated institution, we may be required to obtain regulatory approval before engaging in certain new activities or businesses, whether organically or by acquisition.”

In addition, in connection with any acquisitions, we must comply with U.S. federal and other antitrust and/or competition law requirements. Further, the success of any acquisition depends in part on our ability to integrate the acquired company, which may involve unforeseen difficulties and may require a disproportionate amount of our management’s attention and our financial and other resources. Although we conduct due diligence investigations prior to each acquisition, there can be no assurance that we will discover all operational deficiencies or material liabilities of an acquired business for which we may be responsible as a successor owner or operator. The failure to successfully integrate these acquired businesses or to discover such liabilities could adversely affect our operating results.

Failure to protect our intellectual property rights and defend ourselves from potential intellectual property infringement claims may diminish our competitive advantages or restrict us from delivering our services.

Our trademarks, proprietary software, and other intellectual property, including technology/software licenses, are important to our future success. For example, the ATH trademark and trade name is recognized in Latin America and the Caribbean. Therefore, such marks represent substantial intangible assets and are important to our business. Limitations or restrictions on our ability to use such marks or a diminution in the perceived quality associated therewith could have an adverse impact on the growth of our businesses. We also rely on proprietary software and technology, including third party software that is used under licenses. It is possible that others will independently develop the same or similar software or technology, which would permit them to compete with us more efficiently. Furthermore, if any of the third party software or technology licenses are terminated or otherwise determined to be unenforceable, then we would have to obtain a comparable license, which may involve increased license fees and other costs.

Despite our efforts to protect our proprietary or confidential business know-how and other intellectual property rights, unauthorized parties may attempt to copy or misappropriate certain aspects of our services, infringe upon our rights, or to obtain and use information that we regard as proprietary. Policing such unauthorized use of our proprietary rights is often very difficult, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that the steps we have taken will prevent misappropriation of our proprietary software/technology or that the agreements entered into for that purpose will be effective or enforceable in all instances. Misappropriation of our intellectual property or potential litigation concerning such matters could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. Our registrations and/or applications for trademarks, copyrights, and patents could be challenged, invalidated or circumvented by others and may not be of sufficient scope or strength to provide us with maximum protection or meaningful advantage. If we are unable to maintain the proprietary nature of our software or technologies, we could lose competitive advantages and our businesses may be materially adversely affected. Furthermore, the laws of certain foreign countries in which we do business or contemplate doing business in the future may not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as do the laws of the United States or Puerto Rico. Adverse determinations in judicial or administrative proceedings could prevent us from

 

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selling our services and products, or prevent us from preventing others from selling competing services, and may result in a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

If our applications or services or third party applications upon which we rely are found to infringe the proprietary rights of others, we may be required to change our business practices and may also become subject to significant costs and monetary penalties.

As our IT applications and services develop, we are increasingly subject to potential claims for intellectual property infringement, for example, patent or copyright infringement. Any such claims, even if lacking merit, could: (i) be expensive and time-consuming to defend; (ii) cause us to cease making, licensing or using software or applications that incorporate the challenged intellectual property; (iii) require us to redesign our software or applications, if feasible; (iv) divert management’s attention and resources; and (v) require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements in order to obtain the right to use necessary technologies. Unfavorable resolution of these claims could result in us being restricted from delivering the related service and products, liable for damages, or otherwise result in a settlement that could be material to us.

The ability to recruit, retain and develop qualified personnel is critical to our success and growth.

All of our businesses function at the intersection of rapidly changing technological, social, economic and regulatory developments that requires a wide ranging set of expertise and intellectual capital. For us to successfully compete and grow, we must retain, recruit and develop the necessary personnel who can provide the needed expertise across the entire spectrum of our intellectual capital needs. In addition, we must develop our personnel to provide succession plans capable of maintaining continuity in the midst of the inevitable unpredictability of human capital. However, the market for qualified personnel is competitive and we may not succeed in recruiting additional personnel or may fail to effectively replace current personnel who depart with qualified or effective successors. Recruiting and retaining qualified personnel in Puerto Rico is particularly challenging, given the poor state of the Puerto Rican economy. Our effort to retain and develop personnel may also result in significant additional expenses, which could adversely affect our profitability. We cannot assure you that key personnel, including executive officers, will continue to be employed or that we will be able to attract and retain qualified personnel in the future. Failure to retain or attract key personnel could have a material adverse effect on us.

Failure to comply with U.S. state and federal antitrust requirements, or the Puerto Rico Anti-Monopoly Act, and government investigations into our compliance, could adversely affect our business.

Due to our ownership of the ATH network and our merchant acquiring and payment processing business in Puerto Rico, we are involved in a significant percentage of the debit and credit card transactions conducted in Puerto Rico each day. Regulatory scrutiny of, or regulatory enforcement action in connection with, compliance with U.S. state and federal antitrust requirements could potentially have a material adverse effect on our reputation and business.

In February 2016, the Department of Justice of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico announced that it initiated a formal investigation into whether we had engaged in conduct that interferes with free competition with respect to the products and services we provide within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and which conduct could constitute a violation of the Puerto Rico Anti-Monopoly Act, Law 77 of June 25, 1964. In August 2016, we received official confirmation that the Puerto Rico Department of Justice had formally closed its investigation and concluded that we had not engaged in such conduct. However, there can be no assurance that another such investigation will not be initiated in the future. If there is another such investigation, an adverse finding could lead to restrictions on our business, or our being required to take action, that has a materially adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. Any such effect, or the perception by investors as to the likelihood of such an effect, could have a material adverse effect on our stock price.

 

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The market for our electronic commerce services is evolving and may not continue to develop or grow rapidly enough for us to maintain and increase our profitability.

If the number of electronic commerce transactions does not continue to grow or if consumers or businesses do not continue to adopt our services, it could have a material adverse effect on the profitability of our business, financial condition and results of operations. We believe future growth in the electronic commerce market will be driven by the cost, ease-of-use, and quality of products and services offered to consumers and businesses. In order to consistently increase and maintain our profitability, consumers and businesses must continue to adopt our services.

Our subsidiary, EVERTEC Group, benefits from a preferential tax exemption grant from the Puerto Rico Government under the Tax Incentive Act No. 73 of 2008 that imposes certain commitments, conditions and representations on EVERTEC Group. If EVERTEC Group does not comply with the terms of the grant, EVERTEC Group may be subject to reduction of the benefits of the grant, tax penalties, other payment obligations or full revocation of the grant, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and our stock price.

EVERTEC Group has a tax exemption grant under the Tax Incentive Act No. 73 of 2008 from the Government of Puerto Rico. Under this grant, EVERTEC Group will benefit from a preferential income tax rate of 4% on industrial development income, as well as from tax exemptions with respect to its municipal and property tax obligations for certain activities derived from its data processing operations in Puerto Rico. The grant has a term of 15 years effective as of January 1, 2012 with respect to income tax obligations and July 1, 2013 and January 1, 2013 with respect to municipal and property tax obligations, respectively.

The grant contains customary commitments, conditions and representations that EVERTEC Group will be required to comply with in order to maintain the grant. The more significant commitments include: (i) maintaining at least 750 employees in EVERTEC Group’s Puerto Rico data processing operations during 2012 and at least 700 employees for the remaining years of the grant, (ii) investing at least $200.0 million in building, machinery, equipment or computer programs to be used in Puerto Rico during the effective term of the grant (to be made over four year capital investment cycles in $50.0 million increments), (iii) an additional best efforts capital investments requirement of $75.0 million by December 31, 2026 (to be made over four year capital investment cycles in $20.0 million the first three increments and $15.0 million the last increment); and (iv) 80% of EVERTEC Group employees must be residents of Puerto Rico. Failure to meet the requirements could result, among other things, in reductions in the benefits of the grant, tax penalties, other payment obligations or revocation of the grant in its entirety, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and our stock price.

Risks Related to Our Structure, Governance and Stock Exchange Listing

We are a holding company and rely on dividends and other payments, advances and transfers of funds from our subsidiaries to meet our obligations and pay any dividends.

We have no direct operations or significant assets other than the ownership of 100% of the membership interest of Holdings, which in turn has no significant assets other than ownership of 100% of the membership interest of EVERTEC Group. Because we conduct our operations through our subsidiaries, we depend on those entities for dividends and other payments to generate the funds necessary to meet our financial obligations, and to pay any dividends with respect to our common stock. Legal and contractual restrictions in the senior secured credit facilities and other agreements which may govern future indebtedness of our subsidiaries, as well as the financial condition and operating requirements of our subsidiaries, may limit our ability to obtain cash from our subsidiaries. The earnings from, or other available assets of, our subsidiaries may not be sufficient to pay dividends or make distributions or loans or enable us to pay any dividends on our common stock or other obligations.

 

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Any declaration and payment of future dividends to holders of our common stock may be limited by restrictive covenants of our debt agreements, and will be at the sole discretion of our Board and will also depend on many factors.

Any declaration and payment of future dividends to holders of our common stock may be limited by restrictive covenants of our debt agreements, and will be at the sole discretion of our Board and will depend on many factors, including our financial condition, earnings, capital requirements, level of indebtedness, statutory and contractual restrictions applying to the payment of dividends and other considerations that our Board deems relevant. The terms of our senior secured credit facilities may restrict our ability to pay cash dividends on our common stock. We are prohibited from paying any cash dividend on our common stock unless we satisfy certain conditions. The senior secured credit facilities also include limitations on the ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends to us. Furthermore, we will be permitted under the terms of our debt agreements to incur additional indebtedness that may severely restrict or prohibit the payment of dividends. The agreements governing our current and future indebtedness may not permit us to pay dividends on our common stock.

The requirements of having a class of publicly traded equity securities may strain our resources and distract management.

Upon completion of our initial public offering in April 2013, we became subject to additional reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), and the Dodd-Frank Act. The Dodd-Frank Act effects comprehensive changes to public company governance and disclosures in the United States and subjects us to additional federal regulation. Some of the regulation mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act has yet to be adopted or implemented. We cannot predict with any certainty the requirements of the regulations ultimately adopted or how such regulations will impact the cost of compliance for a company with publicly traded common stock. We are currently evaluating and monitoring developments with respect to the Dodd-Frank Act and other new and proposed rules and cannot predict or estimate the amount of the additional costs we may incur or the timing of such costs. These laws, regulations and standards are subject to varying interpretations, in many cases due to their lack of specificity, and, as a result, their application in practice may evolve over time as new guidance is provided by regulatory and governing bodies. This could result in continuing uncertainty regarding compliance matters and higher costs necessitated by ongoing revisions to disclosure and governance practices. We intend to invest resources to comply with evolving laws, regulations and standards, and this investment may result in increased general and administrative expenses and a diversion of management’s time and attention from revenue-generating activities to compliance activities. If our efforts to comply with new laws, regulations and standards differ from the activities intended by regulatory or governing bodies due to ambiguities related to practice, regulatory authorities may initiate legal proceedings against us and our business may be harmed. These new rules and regulations may make it more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance, and we may be required to accept reduced coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain coverage. These factors could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified members of our Board, particularly to serve on our audit committee, and qualified executive officers.

We are required to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting, which could place a strain on our resources, and our failure to do so could require a restatement of our financials and lead to a potential default under our credit facility or a delisting from NYSE.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires that we maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting. These requirements may place a strain on our systems and resources. Under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, we are required to include a report of management on our internal control over financial reporting in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. In order to maintain and improve the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting, significant resources and management oversight is required. This may divert management’s attention from other business concerns, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

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If we are unable to conclude that our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting are effective, or if our independent public accounting firm is unable to provide us with an unqualified report on our internal control over financial reporting in future years, investors may lose confidence in our financial reports and our stock price may decline. In addition, a material weakness in our internal controls over financial reporting could lead to the occurrence of material misstatements in our financial statements and we could be required to restate our financial results. Our failure to file timely and file materially complete and accurate financial information in our reports with the SEC could lead to a number of adverse consequences, including a loss of confidence by our investors, a default under our credit facility, or a violation of NYSE’s listing rules that could lead to our delisting. Any of these results could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations and on the trading price of our common stock.

The price of our common stock may fluctuate significantly and you could lose all or part of your investment.

Volatility in the market price of our common stock may prevent you from being able to sell your common stock at or above the price you paid for your common stock. The market price for our common stock could fluctuate significantly for various reasons, including:

 

    our operating and financial performance and prospects;

 

    changes in earnings estimates or recommendations by securities analysts who track our common stock or industry;

 

    market perception of our success, or lack thereof, in pursuing our growth strategy;

 

    market perception of the challenges of operating a company in Puerto Rico; and

 

    sales of common stock by us, our stockholders, Popular or members of our management team.

In addition, the stock market has experienced significant price and volume fluctuations in recent years. This volatility has had a significant impact on the market price of securities issued by many companies, including companies in our industries. The changes frequently appear to occur without regard to the operating performance of the affected companies. Hence, the price of our common stock could fluctuate based upon factors that have little or nothing to do with us, and these fluctuations could materially reduce our share price.

Future sales or the possibility of future sales of a substantial amount of our common stock may depress the price of shares of our common stock.

We may sell additional shares of common stock in subsequent public offerings or otherwise, including financing acquisitions. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation authorizes us to issue 206,000,000 shares of common stock, of which 72,635,032 are outstanding as of January 31, 2017. All of these shares, other than the 11,654,803 shares held by Popular and the shares held by our officers and directors, are freely transferable without restriction or further registration under the Securities Act.

In addition, we have filed a Form S-8 under the Securities Act covering 12,089,382 shares of our common stock reserved for issuance under our Carib Holdings, Inc. 2010 Equity Incentive Plan (or the 2010 Plan), and our EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive plan (or the 2013 Plan) and certain options and restricted stock granted outside of these plans (which we refer to as the Equity Plans), but subject to the terms and conditions of the 2010 Plan. Accordingly, shares of our common stock registered under such registration statement may become available for sale in the open market upon grants under the Equity Incentive Plans, subject to vesting restrictions, Rule 144 limitations applicable to our affiliates and the contractual lock-up provisions described below.

We cannot predict the size of future issuances of our common stock or the effect, if any, that future issuances and sales of our common stock will have on the market price of our common stock. Sales of substantial amounts of our common stock (including any shares issued in connection with an acquisition), or the perception that such sales could occur, may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our common stock.

 

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If securities analysts stop publishing research or reports about our company, or if they issue unfavorable commentary about us or our industry or downgrade our common stock, the price of our common stock could decline.

The trading market for our common stock will depend in part on the research and reports that third party securities analysts publish about our company and our industry. One or more analysts could downgrade our common stock or issue other negative commentary about our company or our industry. In addition, we may be unable or slow to attract research coverage. Alternatively, if one or more of these analysts cease coverage of our company, we could lose visibility in the market. As a result of one or more of these factors, the trading price of our common stock could decline.

The interests of Popular may conflict with or differ from your interests as a stockholder.

Popular has the right to nominate two members of our Board and, therefore, continues to be able to significantly influence our decisions. The interests of Popular could conflict with your interests as a holder of our common stock. For example, the concentration of ownership held by Popular, the terms of the Stockholder Agreement and our organizational documents (including Popular’s quorum rights and consent rights over amendments to our bylaws) and Popular’s right to terminate certain of its agreements with us in certain situations upon a change of control of EVERTEC Group, could delay, defer or prevent certain significant corporate actions that you as a stockholder may otherwise view favorably, including a change of control of us (whether by merger, takeover or other business combination). See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions” for a description of the circumstances under which Popular may terminate certain of its agreements with us. A sale of a substantial number of shares of stock in the future by Popular could cause our stock price to decline.

Our organizational documents and Stockholder Agreement may impede or discourage a takeover, which could deprive our investors of the opportunity to receive a premium for their shares.

Provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, amended and restated bylaws and the Stockholder Agreement may make it more difficult for, or prevent a third party from, acquiring control of us without the approval of our Board and/or Popular. These provisions include:

 

    a voting agreement pursuant to which Popular agreed to vote its shares in favor of the Popular director nominees (which, constitute the right to appoint two of our nine directors), directors nominated by a committee of our Board in accordance with the Stockholder Agreement and the management director and to remove and replace any such directors in accordance with the terms of the Stockholder Agreement and applicable law and an agreement by us to take all actions within our control necessary and desirable to cause the election, removal and replacement of such directors in accordance with the Stockholder Agreement and applicable law;

 

    requiring that a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board (other than a reconvened meeting with the same agenda as the originally adjourned meeting) consist of (1) a majority of the total number of directors then serving on the Board and (2) at least one director nominated by Popular, for so long as it owns, together with its affiliates, 5% or more of our outstanding common stock;

 

    prohibiting cumulative voting in the election of directors;

 

    authorizing the issuance of “blank check” preferred stock without any need for action by stockholders other than Popular (as further described below);

 

    prohibiting stockholders from acting by written consent unless the action is taken by unanimous written consent;

 

    establishing advance notice requirements for nominations for election to our Board or for proposing matters that can be acted on by stockholders at stockholder meetings, which advance notice requirements are not applicable to any directors nominated in accordance with the terms of the Stockholder Agreement.

 

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Our issuance of shares of preferred stock could delay or prevent a change in control of us. Our Board has authority to issue shares of preferred stock, subject to the approval of at least one director nominated by Popular for so long as it, together with its respective affiliates, owns at least 10% of our outstanding common stock. Our Board may issue preferred stock in one or more series, designate the number of shares constituting any series, and fix the rights, preferences, privileges and restrictions thereof, including dividend rights, voting rights, rights and terms of redemption, redemption price or prices and liquidation preferences of such series. The issuance of shares of our preferred stock may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control without further action by the stockholders, even where stockholders are offered a premium for their shares. In addition, Popular, under and subject to the Stockholder Agreement and our organizational documents, will retain significant influence over matters requiring board or stockholder approval, including the election of directors. See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Related Party Transactions” Together, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, bylaws and Stockholder Agreement could make the removal of management more difficult and may discourage transactions that otherwise could involve payment of a premium over prevailing market prices for our common stock. Furthermore, the existence of the foregoing provisions, as well as the significant common stock owned by Popular and its individual right to nominate a specified number of directors in certain circumstances, could limit the price that investors might be willing to pay in the future for shares of our common stock. They could also deter potential acquirers of us, thereby reducing the likelihood that you could receive a premium for your common stock in an acquisition.

Risks Related to Our Indebtedness

Despite our high indebtedness level, we and our subsidiaries still may be able to incur significant additional amounts of debt, which could further exacerbate the risks associated with our substantial indebtedness.

We and our subsidiaries may be able to incur substantial additional indebtedness in the future, some of which may be secured. Although the agreement governing our senior secured credit facilities contain restrictions on the incurrence of additional indebtedness, these restrictions are subject to a number of significant qualifications and exceptions, and under certain circumstances, the amount of indebtedness that could be incurred in compliance with these restrictions could be substantial.

In addition to the $72 million which was available for borrowing under our revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2016, the terms of the senior secured credit facilities enable us to increase the amount available under the term loan and/or revolving credit facilities if we are able to obtain loan commitments from banks and satisfy certain other conditions. If new debt is added to our and our subsidiaries’ existing debt levels, the related risks that we face would increase.

If we are unable to comply with covenants in our debt instruments that limit our flexibility in operating our business, or obligate us to take action such as deliver financial reports, we may default under our debt instruments and our indebtedness may become due.

The agreement governing the senior secured credit facilities contain, and any future indebtedness we incur may contain, various covenants that limit our ability to engage in specified types of transactions. These covenants limit our and our restricted subsidiaries’ ability to, among other things:

 

    incur additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred shares;

 

    pay dividends on, repurchase or make distributions in respect of our capital stock or make other restricted payments;

 

    make certain investments;

 

    sell certain assets;

 

    create liens;

 

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    enter into certain transactions with our affiliates; and

 

    designate our subsidiaries as unrestricted subsidiaries.

As a result of these covenants, we are limited in the manner in which we conduct our business and we may be unable to engage in favorable business activities or finance future operations or capital needs. In addition, the covenants in the senior secured credit facilities require us to maintain a maximum senior secured leverage ratio and also limit our capital expenditures. In addition, we are required to comply with certain non-monetary covenants, including the timely delivery of financial statements that fairly present, in all material respects in accordance with GAAP, our financial condition and results of operations.

A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under one or more of these agreements, including as a result of cross default provisions and, in the case of our revolving credit facility, permit the lenders to cease making loans to us. Upon the occurrence of an event of default under the senior secured credit facilities, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under the senior secured credit facilities to be immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. Such actions by those lenders could cause cross defaults under our other indebtedness. If we were unable to repay those amounts, the lenders under our senior secured credit facilities could proceed against the collateral granted to them to secure that indebtedness. We have pledged a significant portion of our assets as collateral under the senior secured credit facilities. If the lenders under the senior secured credit facilities accelerate the repayment of borrowings, the proceeds from the sale or foreclosure upon such assets will first be used to repay debt under our senior secured credit facilities and we may not have sufficient assets to repay our unsecured indebtedness thereafter. As a result, our common stock could become worthless.

We may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness and may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our indebtedness, which may not be successful.

Our ability to make scheduled payments on or to refinance our debt obligations depends on our financial condition and operating performance, which is subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business and other factors beyond our control. We may not be able to maintain a level of cash flows from operating activities sufficient to permit us to pay the principal, premium, if any, and interest on our indebtedness.

If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations, we may be forced to reduce or delay investments and capital expenditures, or to sell assets, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness. Our ability to restructure or refinance our debt will depend on the condition of the capital markets and our financial condition at such time. Any refinancing of our debt could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants, which could further restrict our business operations. The terms of existing or future debt instruments may restrict us from adopting some of these alternatives. In addition, any failure to make payments of interest and principal on our outstanding indebtedness on a timely basis would likely result in a reduction of our credit rating, which could harm our ability to incur additional indebtedness. These alternative measures may not be successful and may not permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

Item 2. Properties

Our principal operations are conducted in Puerto Rico. Our principal executive offices are located at Cupey Center Building, Road 176, Kilometer 1.3, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926.

 

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We own one property in Costa Rica, in the province of San Jose, which is used by our Costa Rican subsidiary for its payment processing business. We also lease space in 9 other locations across Latin America and the Caribbean, including our headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico and various data centers and office facilities to meet our sales and operating needs. We believe that our properties are in good operating condition and adequately serve our current business operations. We also anticipate that suitable additional or alternative space, including those under lease options, will be available at commercially reasonable terms for future expansion.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

We are defendants in various lawsuits or arbitration proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. Management believes, based on the opinion of legal counsel and other factors, that the aggregate liabilities, if any, arising from such actions will not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition, results of operations and the cash flows of the Company.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

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Part II

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Our common stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol “EVTC”. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock as reported by the NYSE, for each full quarterly period within the two most recent fiscal years. As of February 17, 2017, the approximate number of record holders of our common stock was 202. The closing price as reported on the NYSE of our common stock on such date was $17.20 per share.

 

     Price Range  
     High      Low  

2016

     

First Quarter

   $ 16.63      $ 11.27  

Second Quarter

     16.32        12.98  

Third Quarter

     17.62        15.13  

Fourth Quarter

     18.60        14.15  

2015

     

First Quarter

     22.87        19.36  

Second Quarter

     23.12        20.13  

Third Quarter

     21.71        17.42  

Fourth Quarter

     19.66        14.93  

Dividends

We currently have a policy under which we pay a regular quarterly dividend on our common stock, subject to the declaration thereof each quarter by our Board. The following table provides a detail of dividend information for 2016 and 2015:

 

Declaration Date

  Record Date   Payment Date   Dividend
per share
 

February 18, 2015

  March 2, 2015   March 19, 2015     0.10  

May 6, 2015

  May 18, 2015   June 5, 2015     0.10  

August 5, 2015

  August 17, 2015   September 3, 2015     0.10  

November 4, 2015

  November 16, 2015   December 4, 2015     0.10  

February 17, 2016

  February 29, 2016   March 17, 2016     0.10  

May 11, 2016

  May 23, 2016   June 10, 2016     0.10  

July 28, 2016

  August 9, 2016   September 2, 2016     0.10  

October 27, 2016

  November 14, 2016   December 2, 2016     0.10  

Any declaration and payment of future dividends to holders of our common stock will be at the discretion of our Board and will depend on many factors, including our financial condition, earnings, available cash, business opportunities, legal requirements, restrictions in our debt agreements and other contracts, capital requirements, level of indebtedness and other factors that our Board deems relevant. The covenants of our senior secured credit facilities may limit our ability to pay dividends on our common stock and limit the ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends to us if we do not meet required performance metrics contained in our debt agreements. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Financial Obligations.”

We are a holding company and have no direct operations. We will only be able to pay dividends from our available cash on hand and funds received from our subsidiaries, Holdings and EVERTEC Group, whose ability to make any payments to us will depend upon many factors, including their operating results and cash flows. In addition, the senior secured credit facilities limit EVERTEC Group’s ability to pay distributions on its equity

 

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interests. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Financial Obligations.”

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Period

   Total number of
shares purchased
     Average price paid
per share
     Total shares purchased
as part of a publicly
announced program
     Aproximate dollar value of
shares that may yet be
purchased under the
program (1)
 

2/1/2016 - 2/29/2016

     212,863         11.555         212,863      

6/1/2016 - 6/30/2016

     830,516         15.827         830,516      

8/1/2016 - 8/31/2016

     210,000         16.980         210,000      

9/1/2016 - 9/30/2016

     625,285         16.836         625,285      

11/1/2016 - 11/30/2016

     428,863         15.701         428,863      

12/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

     196,900         17.861         196,900      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    
     2,504,427       $ 15.950         2,504,427       $ 80,012,223   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1)  On September 24, 2014, the Company announced a stock repurchase program authorizing the purchase of up to $75 million of the Company’s common stock over the next twelve months. On February 17, 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved an increase and extension to the current stock repurchase program, authorizing the purchase of up to $120 million of the Company’s common stock and extended the expiration to December, 31 2017.

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

On September 30, 2010, the board of directors of Holdings adopted the 2010 Plan. Holdings reserved 5,843,208 shares of its Class B Non-Voting Common Stock for issuance upon exercise and grants of stock options, restricted stock and other equity awards under the Plan. On April 17, 2012, in connection with the Reorganization, the Company assumed the 2010 Plan and all of the outstanding equity awards issued thereunder or subject thereto. As a result, each of the then outstanding stock options to purchase shares of Holdings’ Class B Non-Voting Common Stock became a stock option to purchase the same number and class of shares of the Company’s Class B Non-Voting Common Stock, in each case on the same terms (including exercise price) as the original stock option. In connection with our initial public offering in April 2013, all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s Class B Non-Voting Common Stock and stock options to purchase shares of the Company’s Class B Non-Voting Common Stock were converted into and deemed exercisable for, respectively, shares of our common stock on a one-to-one basis. Similarly, each of the then outstanding shares of restricted stock of Holdings was converted into the same number of shares of restricted stock of the Company.

In connection with our initial public offering, we adopted the 2013 Plan and reserved 5,956,882 shares of our Common Stock for issuance upon exercise and grants of stock options, restricted stock and other equity awards. We have filed a Form S-8 under the Securities Act covering 12,089,382 shares of our common stock reserved for issuance under the Equity Plans and certain options and restricted stock granted outside of the Equity Plans but subject to the terms and conditions of the 2010 Plan.

 

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The following table summarizes equity compensation plans approved by security holders and equity compensation plans that were not approved by security holders as of December 31, 2016:

 

Plan Category

   Number of securities to
be issued upon exercise
of outstanding options,
warrants and rights

(A)
     Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
(B)
     Number of securities remaining
available for future issuance
under equity compensation
plans (excluding securities
reflected in column (A))

(C)
 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

     N/A         N/A         N/A   

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

     20,000       $ 6.04         6,648,508   

Stock Performance Graph

The following Performance Graph shall not be deemed incorporated by reference and shall not constitute soliciting material or otherwise considered filed under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.

The following graph shows a comparison from April 12, 2013 (the date our common stock commenced trading on the NYSE) through December 31, 2016 of the cumulative total return for our common stock, the S&P 500 Index and the S&P Technology Index. The graph assumes that $100 was invested on April 12, 2013 in our common stock and each index and that all dividends were reinvested.

Note that historical stock price performance is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance.

Comparison of forty-five months cumulative total return of EVERTEC Inc.

 

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data

The following table sets forth our selected historical consolidated financial data as of the dates and for the periods indicated. The selected consolidated financial data as of and for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 have been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of EVERTEC, included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The results of operations for any period are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any future period. The selected historical consolidated financial data set forth below should be read in conjunction with, and are qualified by reference to, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

     Year ended December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)    2016     2015     2014     2013     2012  

Statements of Income Data:

          

Revenues:

          

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 91,248      $ 85,411      $ 79,136      $ 73,616      $ 69,591   

Payment Processing

     111,507        108,320        104,713        100,104        95,607   

Business Solutions

     186,752        179,797        177,939        184,682        175,437   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     389,507        373,528        361,788        358,402        340,635   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses

          

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below

     175,809        167,916        157,537        162,980        159,183   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     46,986        37,278        41,276        38,810        31,686   

Depreciation and amortization

     59,567        64,974        65,988        70,366        71,492   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     282,362        270,168        264,801        272,156        262,361   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     107,145        103,360        96,987        86,246        78,274   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest income

     377        495        328        236        320   

Interest expense

     (24,617     (24,266     (25,772     (37,417     (54,721

(Losses) earnings of equity method investment

     (52     147        1,140        935        564   

Other income (expenses)

     544        2,306        2,375        (75,682     (8,491
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     83,397        82,042        75,058        (25,682     15,946   

Income tax expense (benefit)

     8,271        (3,335     8,901        1,435        (59,136
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     75,126        85,377        66,157        (27,117     75,082   

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

     90        —          —          —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to EVERTEC Inc.’s common stockholders

   $ 75,036      $ 85,377      $ 66,157      $ (27,117   $ 75,082   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share—basic

   $ 1.01      $ 1.11      $ 0.84      $ (0.34   $ 1.03   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share—diluted

   $ 1.01      $ 1.11      $ 0.84      $ (0.34   $ 0.98   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per common share (1)

   $ 0.40      $ 0.40      $ 0.40      $ 0.20      $ 4.39   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015      2014      2013      2012  

Balance Sheet Data:

              

Cash

   $ 51,920       $ 28,747       $ 32,114       $ 22,275       $ 25,634   

Total assets

     885,662         863,654         885,321         918,863         978,525   

Total long-term liabilities

     648,324         662,939         691,085         705,872         759,387   

Total debt

     650,759         662,699         681,240         725,648         746,787   

Total equity

     108,175         98,214         94,840         87,972         101,593   

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) covers: (i) the results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014; and (ii) the financial condition as of December 31, 2016 and 2015. See Note 1 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about the Company and the basis of presentation of our financial statements. You should read the following discussion and analysis in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere herein. This MD&A contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. See “Forward-Looking Statements” for a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions associated with these statements.

Overview

EVERTEC is a leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America, providing a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business process management services. According to the September 2016 Nilson Report we are one of the largest merchant acquirers in Latin America based on total number of transactions and we believe we are the largest merchant acquirer in the Caribbean and Central America. We serve 18 countries in the region from our base in Puerto Rico. We manage a system of electronic payment networks that process more than two billion transactions annually, and offer a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. In addition, we own and operate the ATH network, one of the leading personal identification number (“PIN”) debit networks in Latin America. We serve a diversified customer base of leading financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies with “mission-critical” technology solutions that enable them to issue, process and accept transactions securely. We believe our business is well-positioned to continue to expand across the fast-growing Latin American region.

We are differentiated, in part, by our diversified business model, which enables us to provide our varied customer base with a broad range of transaction-processing services from a single source across numerous channels and geographic markets. We believe this single-source capability provides several competitive advantages that will enable us to continue to penetrate our existing customer base with complementary new services, win new customers, develop new sales channels and enter new markets. We believe these competitive advantages include:

 

    Our ability to provide in one package a range of services that traditionally had to be sourced from different vendors;

 

    Our ability to serve customers with disparate operations in several geographies with a single integrated technology solution that enables them to manage their business as one enterprise; and

 

    Our ability to capture and analyze data across the transaction processing value chain and use that data to provide value-added services that are differentiated from those offered by pure-play vendors that serve only one portion of the transaction processing value chain (such as only merchant acquiring or payment processing).

Our broad suite of services spans the transaction processing value chain and includes a range of front-end customer-facing solutions such as the electronic capture and authorization of transactions at the point-of-sale, as well as back-end support services such as the clearing and settlement of transactions and account reconciliation for card issuers. These include: (i) merchant acquiring services, which enable point of sales (“POS”) and e-commerce merchants to accept and process electronic methods of payment such as debit, credit, prepaid and electronic benefit transfer (“EBT”) cards; (ii) payment processing services, which enable financial institutions and other issuers to manage, support and facilitate the processing for credit, debit, prepaid, automated teller machines (“ATM”) and EBT card programs; and (iii) business process management solutions, which provide “mission-critical” technology solutions such as core bank processing, as well as IT outsourcing and cash management services to financial institutions, corporations and governments. We provide these services through a highly scalable, end-to-end technology platform that we manage and operate in-house and that generates significant operating efficiencies that enable us to maximize profitability.

 

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We sell and distribute our services primarily through a proprietary direct sales force with established customer relationships. We are also building a variety of indirect sales channels that enable us to leverage the distribution capabilities of partners in adjacent markets, including value-added resellers. We continue to pursue joint ventures and merchant acquiring alliances.

We benefit from an attractive business model, the hallmarks of which are recurring revenue, scalability, significant operating margins and low capital expenditure requirements. Our revenue is predominantly recurring in nature because of the mission-critical and embedded nature of the services we provide. In addition, we generally negotiate multi-year contracts with our customers. Our business model enables us to continue to grow our business organically without significant incremental capital expenditures.

Separation from and Key Relationship with Popular

Prior to the Merger on September 30, 2010, EVERTEC Group was 100% owned by Popular, the largest financial institution in the Caribbean, and operated substantially as an independent entity within Popular. After the consummation of the Merger, Popular retained an approximately 49% indirect ownership interest in EVERTEC Group and is our largest customer. In connection with, and upon consummation of, the Merger, EVERTEC Group entered into a 15-year Master Services Agreement, and several related agreements with Popular. Under the terms of the Master Services Agreement, Popular agreed to continue to use EVERTEC services on an ongoing exclusive basis, for the duration of the agreement, on commercial terms consistent with those of our historical relationship. Additionally, Popular granted us a right of first refusal on the development of certain new financial technology products and services for the duration of the Master Services Agreement. As of December 31, 2016, Popular retained a 16.05% interest in EVERTEC.

2016 Developments

The Company’s Board of Directors approved regular quarterly dividends of $0.10 per common share in February, May, July and October of 2016.

On March 1, 2016, the Company completed the purchase of 65% of the share capital of Processa SAS.

On November 4, 2016, EVERTEC Group, together with certain other direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Company, entered into a third amendment to the Credit Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013. Among other things, the amendment to the Credit Agreement extends the maturity of (a) approximately $219 million of the Borrower’s existing approximately $250 million of term loan A facility to January 17, 2020 and (b) $65 million of the Borrower’s existing $100 million of revolving credit facility to January 17, 2020. The remaining approximately $30 million of term loan A facility and the $35 million of revolving credit facility that were not extended will remain in place and mature as originally scheduled on April 17, 2018.

On December 14, 2016, the Company completed the purchase of certain assets, including the customer relationship, of Accuprint, Inc., a data management and printing services company in Puerto Rico.

Factors and Trends Affecting the Results of Our Operations

The ongoing migration from cash and paper methods of payment to electronic payments continues to benefit the transaction- processing industry globally. We believe that the penetration of electronic payments in the markets in which we operate is significantly lower relative to the U.S. market, and that this ongoing shift will continue to generate substantial growth opportunities for our business. For example, currently the adoption of banking products, including electronic payments, in the Latin American and Caribbean region is lower relative to the mature U.S. and European markets. We believe that the unbanked and underbanked population in our markets will continue to shrink, and therefore drive incremental penetration and growth of electronic payments in Puerto Rico and other Latin American regions. We also benefit from the trend for financial institutions and government

 

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agencies to outsource technology systems and processes. Many medium- and small-size institutions in the Latin American markets in which we operate have outdated computer systems and updating these IT legacy systems is financially and logistically challenging, which presents a business opportunity for us.

Finally, our financial condition and results of operations are, in part, dependent on the economic and general conditions of the geographies in which we operate.

The Puerto Rico government is experiencing a debt crisis and has defaulted on several of its debt payments, stating that it is unable to both service its debt and continue to provide essential services to its citizens. An emergency moratorium on debt payments was implemented by the Puerto Rico government to ensure continuity of essential services to Puerto Rico citizens. The Puerto Rican government is a large customer of ours and many Puerto Rican businesses and if it is unable to pay its obligations as they become due or at all, this will likely have an adverse impact on the island’s economy.

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. President signed into law PROMESA. PROMESA establishes a fiscal oversight and the Oversight Board comprised of seven voting members appointed by the President. The Oversight Board has broad budgetary and financial powers over Puerto Rico’s budget, laws, financial plans and regulations, including the power to approve restructuring agreements with creditors, file petitions for restructuring and reform the electronic system for the tax collection. The Oversight Board will have ultimate authority in preparing the Puerto Rico government’s budget and any issuance of future debt by the government and its instrumentalities. In addition, PROMESA imposes an automatic stay on all litigation against Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, as well as any other judicial or administrative actions or proceedings to enforce or collect claims against the Puerto Rico government. This stay is currently in effect up to May 2017 and can be extended by the Oversight Board or U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico.

As the solution to the Puerto Rican government’s debt crisis remains unclear, we continue to carefully monitor our receivables with the government as well as monitor general economic trends to understand the impact the crisis has on the economy of Puerto Rico and our card payment volumes. To date our receivables with the Puerto Rican government and overall payment transaction volumes have not been significantly affected by the debt crisis, however we remain cautious.

We are also concerned that the crisis could further accelerate the ongoing emigration trend of Puerto Rico residents to the United States, which has a negative impact on the island’s economy and our business.

Critical Accounting Estimates

Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP. In connection with the preparation of our financial statements, we are required to make estimates and assumptions about future events, and apply judgments that affect the reported amounts of certain assets and liabilities, and in some instances, the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the period.

We base our assumptions, estimates, and judgments on historical experience, current events and other factors that management believes to be relevant at the time our consolidated financial statements are prepared. However, because future events are inherently uncertain and their effects cannot be determined with certainty, actual results could differ from our assumptions and estimates, and such differences could be material. A summary of significant accounting policies is included in Note 1 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We believe that the following accounting estimates are the most critical; require the most difficult, subjective or complex judgments; and thus result in estimates that are inherently uncertain.

 

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Revenue Recognition

The Company’s revenue recognition policy follows the guidance from Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 605 Revenue Recognition; ASC 605-25, Revenue Recognition-Multiple Element Arrangements; and; ASC 985, Software, which provide guidance on the recognition, presentation, and disclosure of revenue in consolidated financial statements.

The Company recognizes revenue when the following four criteria are met: (i) persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, (ii) delivery and acceptance has occurred or services have been rendered, (iii) the selling price is fixed or determinable, and (iv) collection is reasonably assured. For multiple deliverable arrangements, EVERTEC evaluates each arrangement to determine if the elements or deliverables within the arrangement represent separate units of accounting pursuant to ASC 605-25. If the deliverables are determined to be separate units of accounting, revenues are recognized as units of accounting are delivered and the revenue recognition criteria are met. If the deliverables are not determined to be separate units of accounting, revenues for the delivered services are combined into one unit of accounting and recognized (i) over the life of the arrangement if all services are consistently delivered over such term, or if otherwise, (ii) at the time that all services and deliverables have been delivered. The selling price for each deliverable is based on vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”) if available, third party evidence (“TPE”) if VSOE is not available, or Management’s best estimate of selling price (“BESP”) if neither VSOE nor TPE is available. EVERTEC establishes VSOE of selling price using the price charged when the same element is sold separately. EVERTEC bifurcates or allocates the arrangement consideration to each of the deliverables based on the relative selling price of each unit of accounting.

The Company has two main categories of revenues according to the type of transactions EVERTEC enters into with the Company’s customers: (a) transaction-based fees and (b) fixed fees and time and material.

Transaction-based fees

The Company provides services that generate transaction-based fees. Typically transaction-based fees depend on factors such as number of accounts or transactions processed. These factors typically consist of a fee per transaction or item processed, a percentage of dollar volume processed or a fee per account on file, or some combination thereof. Revenue derived from the transaction-based fee contracts are recognized when the underlying transaction is processed, which constitutes delivery of service.

Revenues from business contracts in the Company’s Merchant Acquiring segment are primarily comprised of discount fees charged to the merchants based on the sales amount of transactions processed. Revenues include a discount fee and membership fees charged to merchants and debit network fees as well as point-of-sale (“POS”) rental fees. Pursuant to the guidance from ASC 605-45-45, Revenue Recognition–Principal Agent Considerations, EVERTEC records Merchant Acquiring revenues net of interchange and assessments charged by the credit and debit card network associations and recognizes such revenues at the time of the sale (when a transaction is processed).

Payment processing revenues are comprised of revenues related to providing access to the ATH network and other card networks to financial institutions, and related services. Payment processing revenues also include revenues from card issuer processing services (such as credit and debit card processing, authorization and settlement, and fraud monitoring and control to debit or credit card issuers), payment processing services (such as payment and billing products for merchants, businesses and financial institutions) and EBT (which principally consists of services to the Puerto Rico government for the delivery of government benefits to participants). Revenues in EVERTEC’s Payment Processing segment are primarily comprised of fees per transaction processed or per account on file, or a combination of both, and are recognized at the time transactions are processed or on a monthly basis for accounts on file.

 

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Transaction-based fees within EVERTEC’s Business Solutions segment consist of revenues from business process management solutions including core bank processing, business process outsourcing, item and cash processing, and fulfillment. Transaction-based fee revenues generated by the Company’s core bank processing services are derived from fees based on various factors such as the number of accounts on file (e.g. savings or checking accounts, loans, etc.), and the number of transactions processed or registered users (e.g. for online banking services). For services dependent on the number of transactions processed, revenues are recognized as the underlying transactions are processed. For services dependent on the number of users or accounts on file, revenues are recognized on a monthly basis based on the number of accounts on file each month. Item and cash processing revenues are based upon the number of items (e.g. checks) processed and revenues are recognized when the underlying item is processed. Fulfillment services include technical and operational resources for producing and distributing variable print documents such as statements, bills, checks and benefits summaries. Fulfillment revenues are based upon the number pages for printing services and the number of envelopes processed for mailing services. Revenues are recognized as services are delivered based on a fee per page printed or envelope mailed, as applicable.

Fixed fees and time and material

The Company also provides services that generate a fixed fee per month or fees based on time and expenses incurred. These services are mostly provided in EVERTEC’s Business Solutions segment. Revenues are generated from EVERTEC’s core bank solutions, network hosting and management and IT consulting services.

In core bank solutions, the Company mostly provides access to applications and services such as back-up or recovery, hosting and maintenance that enable a bank to operate the related hosted services accessing the Company’s IT infrastructure. These contracts generally contain multiple elements or deliverables which are evaluated by EVERTEC and revenues are recognized according to the applicable guidance. Revenue is derived from fixed fees charged for the use of hosted services and are recognized on a monthly basis as delivered. Set-up fees are billed to the customer when the service is rendered; however, they are deferred and recognized as revenues over the term of the arrangement or the expected period of the customer relationship, whichever is longer, as set-up services rarely provide value to the customer on a stand-alone basis and are interrelated with the service to be provided under the contract.

In network hosting and management, EVERTEC provides hosting services for network infrastructure at EVETEC’s facilities; automated monitoring services; maintenance of call centers; interactive voice response solutions, among other related services. Revenues are primarily derived from monthly fees as services are delivered. Set-up fees are billed up-front to the customer when the set-up service is rendered; however, they are deferred and recognized as revenues over the term of the arrangement or the expected period of the customer relationship, whichever is longer, as set-up services rarely provide value to the customer on a stand-alone basis and are interrelated with the service under the contract. There are some arrangements under this line of service category that may contain undelivered elements. In such cases, the undelivered elements are evaluated and recognized when the services are delivered or at the time that all deliverables under the contract have been delivered.

IT consulting services revenue primarily consists of time billings based upon the number of hours dedicated to each client. Revenue from time billings are recognized as services are delivered.

EVERTEC also charges members of the ATH network an annual membership fee; however, these fees are deferred and recognized as revenues on a straight-line basis over the year and recorded in the Company’s Payment Processing segment. In addition, occasionally EVERTEC is a reseller of hardware and software products and revenues from these resale transactions are recognized when such product is delivered and accepted by the client.

 

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Service level arrangements

The Company’s service contracts may include service level arrangements (“SLA”) generally allowing the customer to receive a credit for part of the service fee when the Company has not provided the agreed level of services. The SLA performance obligation is committed on a monthly basis, thus SLA performance is monitored and assessed for compliance with arrangements on a monthly basis, including determination and accounting for its economic impact, if any.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price and related costs over the value assigned to net assets acquired. Goodwill is not amortized, but is tested for impairment at least annually, or more often if events or circumstances indicate there may be impairment.

For 2016, the Company used a “qualitative assessment” option or “step zero” for the goodwill impairment test for all of its reporting units. With this process, the Company first assesses whether it is “more likely than not” that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If the answer is no, then the fair value of the reporting unit does not need to be measured, and step one and step two, as explained below, are bypassed. In assessing the fair value of a reporting unit, which is based on the nature of the business and reporting unit’s current and expected financial performance, the Company uses a combination of factors such as industry and market conditions, overall financial performance and the entity and reporting unit specific events.

In the past, the goodwill impairment test used was a two-step process at each reporting unit level. The first step used to identify potential impairment, compares the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the fair value of a reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is not considered impaired and the second step of the impairment test is not necessary. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value, there is an indication of potential impairment and the second step of the goodwill impairment analysis is required. The second step consists of comparing the implied fair value of the reporting unit goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill.

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, no impairment losses associated with goodwill were recognized.

Other identifiable intangible assets with a definitive useful life are amortized using the straight-line method or an accelerated method. These intangibles are evaluated periodically for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.

Other identifiable intangible assets with a definitive useful life include a customer relationship, trademark, software packages and a non-compete agreement acquired during September 2010 when Apollo acquired a 51% indirect ownership interest in EVERTEC as part of a merger (the “Merger”); a customer relationship asset acquired in 2015 from a local bank in Puerto Rico, and customer relationship assets acquired as part of business combination transactions in 2016.

The customer relationship assets were valued using the excess earnings method under the income approach. Trademark assets were valued using the relief-from-royalty method under the income approach. Software packages, which include capitalized software development costs, were recorded at cost. The non-compete agreement was valued based on the estimated impact that theoretical competition would have on revenues and expenses.

Income Tax

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tax positions, and its reported amount in the financial statements that will result in taxable or deductible amounts in future years when the reported amount of the asset or liability is recovered or settled, respectively. Deferred tax assets and liabilities represent the future effects on income taxes that result from temporary differences and carryforwards that exist at the end of a period. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates and provisions of the enacted tax law and are not discounted to reflect the time-value of money. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income in the period that includes the enactment date. A deferred tax valuation allowance is established if it is considered more likely than not that all or a portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

The Company recognizes the benefit of uncertain tax positions only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than fifty percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement or disposition of the underlying issue with the taxing authority. Accordingly, the amount of benefit recognized in the consolidated financial statements may differ from the amount taken or expected to be taken in the tax return resulting in unrecognized tax benefits (“UTBs”). The Company recognizes the interest and penalties associated with UTBs as part of the provision for income taxes on its consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. Accrued interest and penalties are included on the related tax liability line in the consolidated balance sheets.

All companies within EVERTEC are legal entities which file separate income tax returns.

Share-based Compensation

The Company estimates the fair value of stock-based awards, on a contemporaneous basis, at the date they are granted using the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model for Tranche A options and the Monte Carlo simulation analysis for Tranche B and Tranche C options and market based restricted stock units (“RSUs”) using the following assumptions: (1) stock price; (2) risk-free rate; (3) expected volatility; (4) expected annual dividend yield and (5) expected term. The risk-free rate is based on the U.S. Constant Maturities Treasury Interest Rate as of the grant date or the yield of a 2-year or 3-year Treasury bond, as applicable. The expected volatility is based on a combination of historical volatility and implied volatility from publicly traded companies in the Company’s industry. The expected annual dividend yield is based on management’s expectations of future dividends as of the grant date and, in certain cases, assumes that those dividends will be reinvested over the performance period. The expected term for stock options granted under the 2010 Plan was based on the vesting time of the options. For the stock options granted under the 2013 Plan, the simplified method was used to estimate the expected term, given that the Company did not have appropriate exercise data on which to base the estimate nor is exercise data relating to employees of comparable companies easily obtainable. Performance and time based RSUs and restricted stock are valued based on the market price of the Company’s stock at the grant date.

Upon option exercise or restricted stock or RSUs release, participants may elect to “net share settle”. Rather than requiring the participant to deliver cash to satisfy the exercise price, for options exercise, and statutory minimum tax withholdings, the Company withholds a sufficient number of shares to cover these amounts and delivers the net shares to the participant. The Company recognizes the associated tax withholding obligation as a reduction of additional paid-in capital.

As compensation expense is recognized, a deferred tax asset is established. At the time stock options are exercised, restricted stock or RSUs are released, a current tax deduction arises based on the value at the time of exercise or release. This deduction may exceed the associated deferred tax asset, resulting in a “windfall tax benefit”. The windfall is recognized in the consolidated balance sheets as an increase to additional paid-in capital, and is included in the consolidated statements of cash flows as a financing inflow.

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associated with share-based awards is dictated by provision in the tax law that identify the sequence in which such benefits are utilized for tax purposes.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

For a description of recent accounting standards, see Note 2 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share, as presented in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, are supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with GAAP. They are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to total revenues, net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities as measures of our liquidity.

For more information regarding EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share, including a quantitative reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial performance measure, which is net income, see “—Net Income Reconciliation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per common share” and “—Covenant Compliance” below.

Overview of Results of Operations

The following briefly describes the components of revenues and expenses as presented in the Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income. Descriptions of the revenue recognition policies are detailed in Note 1 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Merchant Acquiring, net. Merchant Acquiring revenue consists of income from services that allow merchants to accept electronic methods of payment. Our standard merchant contract has an initial term of one or three years, with automatic one-year renewal periods. In the Merchant Acquiring segment, sources of revenue include a discount fee (generally a percentage of the sales amount of a credit or debit card transaction value) and membership fees charged to merchants, debit network fees and rental income from POS devices and other equipment, net of credit card interchange and assessment fees charged by credit card associations (such as VISA or MasterCard) or payment networks.

Payment Processing. Payment Processing revenue comprises income related to providing financial institutions access to the ATH network and other card networks, including related services such as authorization, processing, management and recording of ATM and POS transactions, and ATM management and monitoring. Payment Processing revenue also includes income from card processing services for debit or credit issuers, such as credit and debit card processing, authorization and settlement and fraud monitoring and control services; payment processing services such as payment and billing products for merchants, businesses and financial institutions; and EBT, which principally consists of services to the Puerto Rico government for the delivery of government benefits to participants. Payment products include electronic check processing, automated clearing house (“ACH”), lockbox, interactive voice response and web-based payments through personalized websites, among others.

We generally enter into one to five year contracts with our private payment processing clients and one year contracts with our government payment processing clients. For ATH network and processing services, revenue is driven mainly by the number of transactions processed. Revenue is derived mainly from network fees, transaction switching and processing fees, and leasing of POS devices. For card issuer processing, revenue is dependent mostly upon the number of cardholder accounts on file, transactions and authorizations processed, the

 

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number of cards embossed and other processing services. For EBT services, revenue is derived mainly from the number of beneficiaries on file.

Business Solutions. Business Solutions revenue consists of income from a full suite of business process management solutions including core bank processing, network hosting and management, IT consulting services, business process outsourcing, item and cash processing, and fulfillment. We generally enter into one to five year contracts with our private and government Business Solutions clients.

In addition, we are a reseller of hardware and software products; these resale transactions are generally one-time transactions. Revenue from sales of hardware or software products is recognized once the following four criteria are met: (i) evidence of an agreement exists, (ii) delivery and acceptance has occurred or services have been rendered, (iii) the selling price is fixed or determinable, and (iv) collection of the selling price is reasonably assured or probable, as applicable.

Cost of revenues. This caption includes the costs directly associated with providing services to customers, as well as, product and software sales, including software licensing and maintenance costs; telecommunications costs; personnel and infrastructure costs to develop and maintain applications, operate computer networks and provide associated customer support; and other operating expenses.

Selling, general and administrative. This caption consists mainly of salaries, wages and related expenses paid to sales personnel, administrative employees and management, advertising and promotional costs, audit and legal fees, and other selling expenses.

Depreciation and amortization. This caption consists of our depreciation and amortization expense. Following the completion of the Merger, our depreciation and amortization expense increased as a result of the purchase price allocation adjustments to reflect the fair market value and revised useful life assigned to property and equipment and intangible assets in connection with the Merger.

Results of Operations

The following tables set forth certain consolidated financial information for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014. These tables and the related discussion should be read in conjunction with the information contained in our Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

The following tables present the components of our audited consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income by business segment and the change in those amounts for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

Revenues

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015      Variance  

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 91,248       $ 85,411       $ 5,837         7

Payment Processing

     111,507         108,320         3,187         3

Business Solutions

     186,752         179,797         6,955         4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $ 389,507       $ 373,528       $ 15,979         4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues increased by $16.0 million to $389.5 million when compared with 2015.

 

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Merchant Acquiring revenue increased $5.8 million or 7% when compared with the prior year. The revenue growth was driven by the addition of the FirstBank of Puerto Rico (“FirstBank”) merchant portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2015, partially offset by a contract change for a merchant acquiring customer to payment processing, lower average ticket as well as other merchant mix shifts.

Payment Processing revenue increased by $3.2 million or 3% primarily driven by an increase in transactions processed over the ATH® debit network and revenue related to the Processa acquisition. These increases were partially offset by a reduction related to the shift in revenue from FirstBank from payment processing to merchant acquiring in 2016, as well as a decrease in revenues due to a delayed project amounting to approximately $4.5 million and lower revenues from the government lottery tax contract terminated in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Business Solutions revenue increased approximately $7.0 million or 4% when compared with 2015. The increase is primarily driven by revenues from core banking activities related to an increase in volume and new services provided. In addition, revenues grew modestly in network services, business process outsourcing and IT Consulting. This growth was partially offset by a decrease in revenue from cash and item processing services.

Operating costs and expenses

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015      Variance  

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below

   $ 175,809      $ 167,916      $ 7,893        5

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     46,986        37,278        9,708        26

Depreciation and amortization

     59,567        64,974        (5,407      -8
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

   $ 282,362      $ 270,168      $ 12,194        5
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses increased by $12.2 million or 5% to $282.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. The increase is primarily driven by a $17.6 million increase in cost of revenues and selling general and administrative expenses, partially offset by a decrease of $5.4 million in depreciation and amortization.

Cost of revenues increased 5% to $175.8 million and was primarily driven by a $4.9 million increase in expenses for revenue sharing referral agreements with certain banks in Puerto Rico and increases in equipment expenses, professional fees and other operating taxes. These increases were partially offset by a $4.5 million decrease in compensation expense as the prior year period includes severance payments as part of voluntary termination offers extended to certain employees which included special termination benefits.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $9.7 million primarily driven by a $4.5 million increase in salaries and benefits including higher share based compensation, coupled with a $3.0 million increase in professional fees mostly due to costs incurred in connection with the restatement.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased by $5.4 million or 8% compared with 2015. The decrease resulted from lower amortization of software packages primarily related to software acquired as part of the Merger that became fully amortized during the third quarter of 2015.

 

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Income from operations

The following table presents income from operations by reportable segments.

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015      Variance  

Segment income from operations

           

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 31,051      $ 36,466      $ (5,415      -15

Payment Processing

     52,071        55,429        (3,358      -6

Business Solutions

     56,794        50,200        6,594        13
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total segment income from operations

     139,916        142,095        (2,179      -2

Merger related depreciation and amortization and other unallocated expenses (1)

     (32,771      (38,735      5,964        -15
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income from operations

   $ 107,145      $ 103,360      $ 3,785        4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)  Primarily represents non-operating depreciation and amortization expenses generated as a result of the Merger and certain non-recurring fees and expenses.

Income from operations increased $3.8 million or 4% compared with 2015. The increase was primarily driven by Business Solutions as revenues in the segment increased year over year while maintaining operating expenses relatively stable and reducing depreciation and amortization expenses. In addition, Merger related depreciation and amortization decreased as some assets were fully amortized towards the end of the prior year. These positive variances were partially offset by a decrease in income from operations in our Merchant Acquiring segments as a result of the aforementioned contract change for a merchant acquiring customer to payment processing coupled with revenues at lower margins from FirstBank. The FirstBank relationship also resulted in increased amortization expense from the customer relationship intangible asset recognized as part of the acquisition. In addition, we experience reduced margin contribution due to increased transactions at a lower ticket price and merchant mix shifts that reduced net revenue. The Payment Processing segment was impacted by the aforementioned project delay which decreased revenues by approximately $4.5 million coupled with an increase in depreciation and amortization expense.

See Note 22 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information on the Company’s reportable segments and for a reconciliation of income from operations to net income.

Non-operating expenses

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015      Variance  

Non-operating income (expenses)

           

Interest income

   $ 377      $ 495      $ (118      -24

Interest expense

     (24,617      (24,266      (351      1

(Losses) earnings of equity method investment

     (52      147        (199      -135

Other income, net

     544        2,306        (1,762      -76
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-operating expenses

   $ (23,748    $ (21,318    $ (2,430      11
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-operating expenses increased $2.4 million when compared with the prior year. The increase is driven by the $1.5 million loss on extinguishment recorded as part of the debt refinancing transaction completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, which is included in Other income, net, coupled with a $0.4 million increase in interest

 

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expense and a $0.2 million decrease in earnings from our equity method investment in the Dominican Republic, Consorcio de Tarjetas Dominicanas, S.A. (“CONTADO”).

Income tax expense (benefit)

Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2016 amounted to approximately $8.3 million compared with an income tax benefit of $3.3 million in 2015. The effective tax rate in 2016 was approximately 10%. The prior year tax benefit reflects the reversal of tax liability related to an uncertain tax position for which the statute of limitations expired during the third quarter of 2015.

See Note 18 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding income taxes.

Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

The following tables present the components of our audited consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income by business segment and the change in those amounts for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

Revenues

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2015      2014      Variance  

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 85,411      $ 79,136      $ 6,275        8

Payment Processing

     108,320        104,713        3,607        3

Business Solutions

     179,797        177,939        1,858        1
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $ 373,528      $ 361,788      $ 11,740        3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues increased by $11.7 million to $373.5 million when compared with 2014.

Merchant Acquiring revenue increased $6.3 million or 8% when compared with the prior year. The revenue growth was primarily related to an increase in sales volumes for existing merchants coupled with the addition of the FirstBank of Puerto Rico (“FirstBank”) merchant portfolio and an overall improvement in spread.

Payment Processing revenue increased by $3.6 million or 3%. Revenue growth was driven mainly by an increase in ATH and POS network and processing transactions, partially offset by reduced revenues from contracts with the Puerto Rico government.

Business Solutions revenue increased $1.9 million or 1% when compared with 2014. The increase is primarily driven by an increase in revenues from core banking activities, partially offset by a decrease in IT Consulting and IT Management services.

Operating costs and expenses

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2015      2014      Variance  

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below

   $ 167,916      $ 157,537      $ 10,379        7

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     37,278        41,276        (3,998      -10

Depreciation and amortization

     64,974        65,988        (1,014      -2
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

   $ 270,168      $ 264,801      $ 5,367        2
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Operating costs and expenses increased by $5.4 million or 2% to $270.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase is primarily driven by a $10.4 million increase in cost of revenues, partially offset by a decrease of $4.0 million and $1.0 million in selling, general and administrative expenses and depreciation and amortization, respectively.

Cost of revenues increased 7% when compared with 2014. The increase was primarily driven by a $7.4 million increase in salaries and other benefits as a result of severance payments primarily related to the voluntary termination offers extended to certain employees during 2015 coupled with an increase in share based compensation. Other operating expenses increased by $2.3 million primarily driven by an increase in bad debt expense and operational losses in addition to expenses recorded as a result of the revenue sharing agreement entered into with FirstBank in connection with the purchase of the merchant portfolio during the fourth quarter of 2015. Additionally, professional fees increased by $1.2 million as a result of an increase in project development costs related to a card issuing platform initiative.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 10% when compared with the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by non-recurring expenses recorded in 2014 amounting to $7.9 million associated to the CEO succession and acceleration of vesting of certain stock options, and a $1.1 million decrease in professional expenses related to the debt offering that was withdrawn. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in salaries related to higher share based compensation and the impact of severance payments made related to the aforementioned voluntary termination offers.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased by 2% compared with 2014. The decrease resulted from lower amortization of software packages.

Income from operations

The following table presents income from operations by reportable segments.

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2015      2014      Variance  

Segment income from operations

           

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 36,466       $ 34,362       $ 2,104         6

Payment Processing

     55,429         58,796         (3,367      -6

Business Solutions

     50,200         48,299         1,901         4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total segment income from operations

     142,095         141,457         638         0

Merger related depreciation and amortization and other unallocated expenses (1)

     (38,735      (44,470      5,735         -13
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income from operations

   $ 103,360       $ 96,987       $ 6,373         7
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)  Primarily represents non-operating depreciation and amortization expenses generated as a result of the Merger and certain non-recurring fees and expenses.

Income from operations increased $6.4 million or 7% compared with 2014. The increase in income from operations was primarily driven by an increase in income from Merchant Acquiring and Business Solutions, coupled with a decrease in Merger related depreciation and amortization and other unallocated expenses, partially offset by a decrease in income from Payment Processing. Merchant Acquiring income increased by $2.1 million, primarily driven by an increase in sales volume and spread coupled with increased business from the FirstBank merchant portfolio purchased during the fourth quarter of 2015. Business Solutions income increased by $1.9 million as a result of an increase in Core Banking revenues primarily from the Doral Bank consolidation as well as new projects with Popular. Payment Processing income decreased by $3.4 million as a

 

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result of certain repricings that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2014 and reduced revenues from contracts with the Puerto Rico government.

See Note 22 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information on the Company’s reportable segments and for a reconciliation of income from operations to net income.

Non-operating expenses

 

     Years ended
December 31,
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2015      2014      Variance  

Non-operating income (expenses)

           

Interest income

   $ 495      $ 328      $ 167        51

Interest expense

     (24,266      (25,772      1,506        -6

Earnings of equity method investment

     147        1,140        (993      -87

Other income (expenses)

     2,306        2,375        (69      -3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-operating expenses

   $ (21,318    $ (21,929    $ 611        -3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total non-operating expenses decreased $0.6 million when compared with the prior year. The decrease is primarily driven by a $1.5 million decrease in interest expense mainly as a result of a decrease of 25 basis points in the interest rate as a result of the senior secured leverage ratio decreasing below 3.50x coupled with a lower outstanding loan balance. The decrease was partially offset by a $1.0 million decrease in earnings from our equity method investment in the Dominican Republic, CONTADO.

Income tax (benefit) expense

Income tax benefit for the year ended December 31, 2015 amounted to approximately $3.3 million compared with an income tax expense of $8.9 million in 2014. The $12.6 million increase in tax benefit is primarily driven by the reversal of liabilities related to an uncertain tax position for which the statute of limitations expired during the third quarter of 2015.

See Note 18 of the Notes to Audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding income taxes.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Liquidity

Our principal source of liquidity is cash generated from operations and our primary liquidity requirements are the funding of capital expenditures, principal debt repayments and working capital needs. We also have a $100.0 million revolving credit facility, of which $72 million was available as of December 31, 2016.

At December 31, 2016, we had cash of $51.9 million, of which $35.5 million resides in our subsidiaries located outside of Puerto Rico for purposes of (i) funding the respective subsidiary’s current business operations and (ii) funding potential future investment outside of Puerto Rico. We intend to indefinitely reinvest these funds outside of Puerto Rico, and based on our liquidity forecast, we will not need to repatriate this cash to fund our Puerto Rico operations or to meet debt-service obligations. However, if in the future we determine that we no longer need to maintain such cash balances within our foreign subsidiaries, we may elect to distribute such cash to the Company in Puerto Rico. Distributions from the foreign subsidiaries to Puerto Rico are likely subject to tax withholding and other tax consequences.

 

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Our primary use of cash is for operating expenses, working capital requirements, capital expenditures, dividend payments, share repurchases, debt service, acquisitions and other transactions as opportunities present themselves.

Based on our current level of operations, we believe our cash flows from operations and the available senior secured revolving credit facility will be adequate to meet our liquidity needs for the next twelve months. However, our ability to fund future operating expenses, dividend payments, capital expenditures, mergers and acquisitions, and our ability to make scheduled payments of interest, to pay principal on or refinance our indebtedness and to satisfy any other of our present or future debt obligations will depend on our future operating performance, which will be affected by general economic, financial and other factors beyond our control.

Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

The following table presents our cash flows from operations, investing and financing activities for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

 

     Years ended December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015  

Cash provided by operating activities

   $ 168,054       $ 162,419   

Cash used in investing activities

     (54,083      (53,068

Cash used in financing activities

     (90,798      (112,718
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash

   $ 23,173       $ (3,367
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $168.1 million, an increase of $5.6 million compared with 2015. The increase was driven by less cash used to pay accounts payable and accrued liabilities and an increase in unearned income.

Net cash used in investing activities amounted to $54.1 million, primarily driven by additions to software amounting to $23.8 million, acquisitions of property and equipment of $18.5 million and the completion of the Processa and the Accuprint purchase transactions for $15.6 million in cash.

Net cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2016 amounted to $90.8 million, a decrease of $21.9 million when compared with the prior year. The decrease is driven by less cash used in the repurchase of common stock, coupled with an increase in cash provided by short-term borrowings partially offset by cash paid during the year for amendments made to the Company’s debt agreement, credit amendment fees of $3.6 million and debt issue costs of $4.8 million.

Comparison of the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

The following table presents our cash flows from operations for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014:

 

     Years ended December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2015      2014  

Cash provided by operating activities

   $ 162,419       $ 139,819   

Cash used in investing activities

     (53,068      (25,831

Cash used in financing activities

     (112,718      (104,149
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

(Decrease) increase in cash

   $ (3,367    $ 9,839   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $162.4 million, an increase of $22.6 million compared with 2014. The increase was driven by higher income from operations in 2015, coupled with less cash used to pay accounts payable and accrued liabilities.

 

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Net cash used in investing activities increased by $27.2 million, primarily driven by the FirstBank merchant portfolio transaction in which the Company purchased the FirstBank merchant portfolio and certain POS machines for $11.5 million. In addition, restricted cash increased by $6.1 million.

Net cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 amounted to $112.7 million, an increase of $8.6 million when compared with the prior year. The increase is driven by more cash used in the repurchase of common stock, partially offset by less cash used to pay down short term borrowings during the year.

Capital Resources

Our principal capital expenditures are for hardware and computer software (purchased and internally developed), additions to property and equipment and business combination transactions, including the purchase of Processa and Accuprint during 2016 for $15.6 million. In connection with the Accuprint acquisition, we have recorded a $1.1 million contingent liability to be settled in two years. We invested approximately $57.9 million, $47.0 million, and $25.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Capital expenditures are expected to be funded by cash flow from operations and, if necessary, borrowings under our revolving credit facility.

Dividend Payments

We currently have a policy under which we pay a regular quarterly dividend on our common stock, subject to the declaration thereof each quarter by our Board. Refer to the table below for details regarding our dividends in 2016 and 2015:

 

Declaration Date

  Record Date   Payment Date   Dividend
per share
 

February 18, 2015

  March 2, 2015   March 19, 2015     0.10   

May 6, 2015

  May 18, 2015   June 5, 2015     0.10   

August 5, 2015

  August 17, 2015   September 3, 2015     0.10   

November 4, 2015

  November 16, 2015   December 4, 2015     0.10   

February 17, 2016

  February 29, 2016   March 17, 2016     0.10   

May 11, 2016

  May 23, 2016   June 10, 2016     0.10   

July 28, 2016

  August 9, 2016   September 2, 2016     0.10   

October 27, 2016

  November 14, 2016   December 2, 2016     0.10   

Stock Repurchase

During 2016, the Company repurchased 2,504,427 shares of the Company’s common stock at a cost of $39.9 million. The Company funded such repurchase with cash on hand and borrowings under the existing revolving credit facility.

During 2015, the Company repurchased 3,012,826 shares of the Company’s common stock at a cost of $54.9 million. The Company funded such repurchase with cash on hand and borrowings under the existing revolving credit facility.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company repurchased 1,201,194 shares of the Company’s common stock at a cost of $26.2 million. The Company funded such repurchase with cash on hand and borrowings under the existing revolving credit facility.

Repurchases may be accomplished through open market transactions, privately negotiated transactions, accelerated share repurchase programs and other means.

 

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Financial Obligations

Senior Secured Credit Facilities

On April 17, 2013, EVERTEC Group entered into a credit agreement (the “2013 Credit Agreement”) governing the senior secured credit facilities, consisting of a $300.0 million term loan A facility (the “Term A Loan”), a $400.0 million term loan B facility (the “Term B Loan”) and a $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Term A Loan

The Term A Loan requires principal payments on the last business day of each quarter equal to (a) 1.250% of the original principal amount commencing on September 30, 2013 through June 30, 2016; (b) 1.875% of the original principal amount from September 30, 2016 through June 30, 2017; (c) 2.50% of the original principal amount from September 30, 2017 through March 31, 2018; and (d) the remaining outstanding principal amount on the maturity of the Term A Loan on April 17, 2018. Interest is based on EVERTEC Group LLC’s (“EVERTEC Group”) first lien secured net leverage ratio and payable at a rate equal to, at the Company’s option, either (a) LIBOR Rate plus an applicable margin ranging from 2.00% to 2.50%, or (b) Alternate Base Rate (“ABR”), as defined in the 2013 Credit Agreement, plus an applicable margin ranging from 1.00% to 1.50%. The Term A Loan has no LIBOR or Base Rate minimum or floor.

Term B Loan

The Term B Loan requires principal payments on the last business day of each quarter equal to 0.250% of the original principal amount commencing on September 30, 2013 and the remaining outstanding principal amount on the maturity of the Term B Loan on April 17, 2020. Interest is based on EVERTEC Group’s first lien secured net leverage ratio and payable at a rate equal to, at the Company’s option, either (a) LIBOR Rate plus an applicable margin ranging from 2.50% to 2.75%, or (b) Base Rate plus an applicable margin ranging from 1.50% to 1.75%. The LIBOR Rate and Base Rate are subject to floors of 0.75% and 1.75%, respectively.

Revolving Credit Facility

The revolving credit facility has an available balance up to $100.0 million, with an interest rate on loans calculated the same as the applicable Term A Loan rate. The facility matures on April 17, 2018 and has a “commitment fee” payable one business day after the last business day of each quarter calculated based on the daily unused commitment during the preceding quarter. The commitment fee for the unused portion of this facility ranges from 0.125% to 0.375% and is based on EVERTEC Group’s first lien secured net leverage ratio.

All loans may be prepaid without premium or penalty.

The senior secured credit facilities contain various restrictive covenants. As a result of the Third Amendment (as defined below), the Term A Loan and the revolving credit facility (subject to certain exceptions) require the Company to maintain on a quarterly basis a specified maximum senior secured leverage ratio of up to 4.75 to 1.00 as defined in the 2013 Credit Agreement (total first lien secured debt to adjusted EBITDA) until September 30, 2018 and 4.25 to 1.00 for any fiscal quarter ending thereafter. In addition, the 2013 Credit Agreement, among other things: (a) limits the Company’s ability and the ability of the Company’s subsidiaries to incur additional indebtedness, incur liens, pay dividends or make certain other restricted payments, as all net assets are restricted, and enter into certain transactions with affiliates; (b) restricts the Company’s ability to enter into agreements that would restrict the ability of the Company’s subsidiaries to pay dividends or make certain payments to EVERTEC; and (c) places restrictions on the Company’s ability and the ability of the Company’s subsidiaries to merge or consolidate with any other person or sell, assign, transfer, convey or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets.

 

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Amendments to the 2013 Credit Agreement

During the second quarter of 2016, EVERTEC Group, together with certain other direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Company, entered into a second amendment and waiver to the outstanding Credit Agreement (the “Second Amendment”). The Company paid each lender that consented to the amendment a fee equal to 0.50% of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding term loans and revolving commitments held by such lender. The credit amendment fees paid during the second quarter of 2016 amounted to $3.6 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, EVERTEC Group, together with certain other direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Company, entered into a third amendment (the “Third Amendment”) to the 2013 Credit Agreement. The Third Amendment extends the maturity of (a) approximately $219 million of EVERTEC Group’s existing approximately $250 million of Term A loan facility to January 17, 2020 (the “2020 Term A loan”) and (b) $65 million of EVERTEC Group’s existing $100 million of revolving credit facility to January 17, 2020. The remaining approximately $30 million of Term A loan (the “2018 Term A loan”) and the $35 million of revolving credit facility that were not extended will remain in place and mature as originally scheduled on April 17, 2018. The Term B loan facility will remain in place and mature as originally scheduled on April 17, 2020 (collectively, the “Senior Secured term loans”).

Under the terms of the Third Amendment, the 2018 Term A Loan amortizes on a basis of 1.875% of the original principal amount beginning in the third quarter of 2016 and during each of the next three quarters, and 2.50% of the original principal amount during each of the final three quarters, with the balance payable on the final maturity date. The 2020 Term A Loan amortizes on a basis of 1.50% of the original principal amount beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 and during each of the next five quarters, 1.875% of the original principal amount during each of the four subsequent quarters, and 2.50% of the original principal amount during each of the final three quarters, with the balance payable on the final maturity date.

The applicable margin under the 2013 Credit Agreement is based on, at EVERTEC Group’s option, (i) with respect to any 2018 Term A Loan, 2.50% per annum in the case of any LIBOR Loan and 1.50% per annum in the case of any ABR Loan subject to reduction based on achievement of specific first lien secured leverage ratios, (ii) with respect to any 2020 Term A Loan, 2.50% per annum in the case of any LIBOR Loan and 1.50% per annum in the case of any ABR Loan, (iii) with respect to any Term B Loan, 2.75% per annum in the case of any LIBOR Loan and 1.75% per annum in the case of any ABR Loan subject to reduction based on achievement of specific first lien secured leverage ratios, and (iv) with respect to any Revolving Facility Loan, (A) 2.50% per annum in the case of any LIBOR Loan and (B) 1.50% per annum in the case of any ABR Loan.

The unpaid principal balance at December 31, 2016 of the 2018 Term A Loan, the 2020 Term A Loan and the Term B Loan was $29.5 million, $216.0 million and $386.0 million, respectively. The additional borrowing capacity for the Revolving Facility loan at December 31, 2016 was $72.0 million.

See Note 11 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.

Note payable

In December 2014, June 2015, and May 2016, EVERTEC Group entered into non-interest bearing financing agreements amounting to $4.6 million, $1.1 million and $0.7 million, respectively, and in October 2016 entered into an interest bearing agreement of $1.1 million, to purchase software. As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, the outstanding principal balance of the notes payable was $3.4 million and $4.2 million, respectively. The current portion of these notes is recorded as part of accounts payable and the long-term portion is included in other long-term liabilities.

 

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Interest Rate Swap

As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company has the following interest rate swap agreement converting a portion of the interest rate exposure on the Company’s Term B loan from variable to fixed:

 

Effective date

   Maturity Date      Notional Amount      Variable Rate      Fixed Rate  

January 2017

     April 2020       $ 200 million         1-month LIBOR         1.9225

The Company has accounted for this transaction as a cash flow hedge. The fair value of the Company’s derivative instruments is determined using standard valuation models. The significant inputs used in these models are readily available in public markets, or can be derived from observable market transactions, and therefore have been classified as Level 2. Inputs used in these standard valuation models for derivative instruments include the applicable forward rates and discount rates.

As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, the carrying amount of the derivative on the Company’s balance sheet is as follows:

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)    December 31, 2016      December 31, 2015  

Other long-term liabilities

   $ 1,964       $ 515   

The cash flow hedge is considered highly effective and no impact on earnings is expected due to hedge ineffectiveness.

Covenant Compliance

The credit facilities contain various restrictive covenants. The Term A Loan and the revolving facility (subject to certain exceptions) require EVERTEC Group to maintain on a quarterly basis a specified maximum senior secured leverage ratio of up to 4.75 to 1.00 as defined in the third amendment to the 2013 Credit Agreement (total first lien senior secured debt to Adjusted EBITDA) until September 30, 2018 and 4.25 to 1.00 for any fiscal quarter ending thereafter. In addition, the 2013 Credit Agreement, among other things: (a) limits EVERTEC Group’s ability and the ability of its subsidiaries to incur additional indebtedness, incur liens, pay dividends or make certain other restricted payments and enter into certain transactions with affiliates; (b) restricts EVERTEC Group’s ability to enter into agreements that would restrict the ability of its subsidiaries to pay dividends or make certain payments to its parent company; and (c) places restrictions on EVERTEC Group’s ability and the ability of its subsidiaries to merge or consolidate with any other person or sell, assign, transfer, convey or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of their assets. However, all of the covenants in these agreements are subject to significant exceptions. As of December 31, 2016, the senior secured leverage ratio was 3.38 to 1.00. As of the date of filing of this Form 10-K, except as otherwise disclosed to the Administrative Agent (and for which corrective action has been taken and publicly disclosed by the Company in its Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 14, 2016), no event has occurred that constitutes an Event of Default or Default.

In this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we refer to the term “Adjusted EBITDA” to mean EBITDA as so defined and calculated for purposes of determining compliance with the senior secured leverage ratio based on the financial information for the last twelve months at the end of each quarter.

Net Income Reconciliation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP Measures)

We define “EBITDA” as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA further adjusted to exclude unusual items and other adjustments described below. We define “Adjusted Net Income” as net income adjusted to exclude unusual items and other adjustments described below.

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the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition, our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is consistent with the equivalent measurements that are contained in the senior secured credit facilities in testing EVERTEC Group’s compliance with covenants therein such as the senior secured leverage ratio. We use Adjusted Net Income to measure our overall profitability because it better reflects our operating performance by excluding the impact of the non-cash amortization and depreciation that was created as a result of the Merger. In addition, in evaluating EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses such as those excluded in calculating them. Further, our presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that our future operating results will not be affected by unusual or nonrecurring items.

Some of the limitations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are as follows:

 

    they do not reflect cash outlays for capital expenditures or future contractual commitments;

 

    they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;

 

    although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements;

 

    in the case of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, they do not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest, or principal payments, on indebtedness;

 

    in the case of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, they do not reflect income tax expense or the cash necessary to pay income taxes; and

 

    other companies, including other companies in our industry, may not use EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income or may calculate EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income differently than as presented in this Report, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per common share are not measurements of liquidity or financial performance under GAAP. You should not consider EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per common share as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities or any other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of cash flows, as a measure of liquidity or as an alternative to operating or net income determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

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A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income is provided below:

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)    Year ended
December 31,
2016
 

Net Income

   $ 75,126   

Income tax expense

     8,271   

Interest expense, net

     24,240   

Depreciation and amortization

     59,567   
  

 

 

 

EBITDA

     167,204   

Software maintenance reimbursement and other costs (1)

     521   

Equity income (2)

     (19

Compensation and benefits (3)

     10,482   

Transaction, refinancing and other non-recurring fees (4)

     7,579   

Restatement related expenses (5)

     1,837   
  

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

     187,604   

Operating depreciation and amortization (6)

     (28,468

Cash interest expense, net (7)

     (20,468

Income tax expense (8)

     (13,752

Non-controlling interest (9)

     (258
  

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Income

   $ 124,658   

Net Income per common share (GAAP):

  

Diluted

   $ 1.01   

Adjusted Earnings per common share (Non-GAAP):

  

Diluted

   $ 1.67   

Shares used in computing Adjusted Net Income per common share:

  

Diluted

     74,473,369   

 

1)  Predominantly represents reimbursements received for certain software maintenance expenses as part of the Merger.
2)  Represents the elimination of non-cash equity earnings from our 19.99% equity investment in CONTADO, net of cash dividends received.
3)  Primarily represents share-based compensation and other compensation expense of $6.4 million and severance payments of $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.
4)  Primarily represents fees and expenses associated with corporate transactions as defined in the Credit Agreement, certain fees paid to resolve a software maintenance contract matter, fees paid in connection with the debt refinancing and a software impairment charge.
5)  Represents consulting, audit and legal expenses incurred as part of the restatement.
6)  Represents operating depreciation and amortization expense, which excludes amounts generated as a result of the Merger.
7)  Represents interest expense, less interest income, as they appear on our consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, adjusted to exclude non-cash amortization of the debt issue costs, premium and accretion of discount.
8)  Represents income tax expense calculated on adjusted pre-tax income using the applicable GAAP tax rate.
9)  Represents the 35% non-controlling equity interest in Processa, net of amortization for intangibles created as part of the purchase.

 

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Contractual Obligations

The Company’s contractual obligations as of December 31, 2016 are as follows:

 

     Payment due by periods  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    Total      Less than
1 year
     1-3 years      3-5 years      After
5 years
 

Long-term debt (1)

   $ 692,604       $ 39,932       $ 108,098       $ 544,574       $ —     

Operating leases (2)

     23,472         6,971         13,953         2,144         404   

Short-term borrowings (3)

     28,277         28,277         —           —           —     

Other long-term liabilities

     4,448         3,204         1,055         189         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 748,801       $ 78,384       $ 123,106       $ 546,907       $ 404   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)  Long-term debt includes the payments of cash interest (based on interest rates as of December 31, 2016 for variable rate debt) and aggregate principal amount of the senior secured term loan facilities, as well as commitments fees related to the unused portion of our senior secured revolving credit facility, as required under the terms of the long-term debt agreements.
(2)  Includes certain facilities and equipment under operating leases. See Note 21 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding operating lease obligations.
(3)  Excludes the payments of cash interest related to the outstanding portion of the senior secured revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2016.

The table above excludes other obligations that we may have classified as other long term liabilities in our consolidated balance sheet, because the timing of the related payments is not determinable or because there is no contractual obligation associated with the underlying obligations.

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

In the ordinary course of business, the Company may enter into commercial commitments. As of December 31, 2016, we had an off balance sheet item of $4.2 million related to the unused amount of windfall that is available to offset future taxable income.

See Note 18 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information related to this off balance sheet item.

Seasonality

Our payment businesses generally experiences increased activity during the traditional holiday shopping periods and around other nationally recognized holidays.

Effect of Inflation

While inflationary increases in certain inputs costs, such as occupancy, labor and benefits, and general administrative costs, have an impact on our operating results, inflation has had minimal net impact on our operating results during the last three years as overall inflation has been offset by increased selling process and cost reduction actions. We cannot assure you, however, that we will not be affected by general inflation in the future.

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

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liabilities or future cash flows and earnings. Market risk is the potential loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices.

Interest rate risks

We issued floating-rate debt which is subject to fluctuations in interest rates. Our senior secured credit facilities accrue interest at variable rates and only the Term B Loan is subject to floors or minimum rates. A 100 basis point increase in interest rates over our floor(s) on our debt balances outstanding as of December 31, 2016, under the senior secured credit facilities would increase our annual interest expense by approximately $4.6 million in 2017. The impact on future interest expense as a result of future changes in interest rates will depend largely on the gross amount of our borrowings at that time.

In December 2015, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $200 million, which represents approximately 30% of our outstanding debt. Under this agreement, commencing January 1, 2017, we will receive a rate equal to the LIBOR rate applicable to our Term B loan, and pay a fixed rate equal to 1.9225%. The net effect of the swap agreement is to fix the interest rate on $200 million of our Term B loan at 4.4225%, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending when the Term B loan matures, in April 2020.

The interest rate swap exposes us to credit risk in the event that the counterparty to the swap agreement does not or cannot meet its obligations. The notional amount is used to measure interest to be paid or received and does not represent the amount of exposure to credit loss. The loss would be limited to the amount that would have been received, if any, over the remaining life of the swap. The counterparty to the swap is a major financial institution and we expect the counterparty to be able to perform its obligations under the swap. We use derivative financial instruments for hedging purposes only and not for trading or speculative purposes

See Note 11 of the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information related to the senior secured credit facilities.

Foreign exchange risk

We conduct business in certain countries in Latin America. Some of this business is conducted in the countries’ local currencies. The resulting foreign currency translation adjustments, from operations for which the functional currency is other than the U.S. dollar, are reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss in the audited consolidated balance sheet, except for highly inflationary environments in which the effects would be included in other operating income in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. At December 31, 2016, the Company had $10.4 million in an unfavorable foreign currency translation adjustment as part of accumulated other comprehensive loss compared to an unfavorable foreign currency translation adjustment of $7.1 million at December 31, 2015.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The Audited Consolidated Financial Statements, together with EVERTEC’s independent registered public accounting firms reports, are included herein beginning on page F-1 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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Selected Quarterly Financial Data

 

     Quarters ended,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)    March 31,
2016
    June 30,
2016
    September 30,
2016
    December 31,
2016
 

Revenues

   $ 95,479      $ 97,672      $ 94,467      $ 101,889   

Operating costs and expenses

     68,913        69,480        67,460        76,509   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     26,566        28,192        27,007        25,380   

Non-operating expenses

     (5,523     (5,157     (5,657     (7,411
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     21,043        23,035        21,350        17,969   

Income tax expense

     1,876        2,801        1,639        1,955   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 19,167      $ 20,234      $ 19,711      $ 16,014   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to EVERTEC, Inc.’s common stockholders

   $ 19,148      $ 20,235      $ 19,680      $ 15,972   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—basic

   $ 0.26      $ 0.27      $ 0.27      $ 0.22   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—diluted

   $ 0.26      $ 0.27      $ 0.26      $ 0.22   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Quarters ended,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)    March 31,
2015
    June 30,
2015
    September 30,
2015
    December 31,
2015
 

Revenues

   $ 91,497      $ 93,405      $ 92,941      $ 95,685   

Operating costs and expenses

     64,481        65,958        71,467        68,262   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     27,016        27,447        21,474        27,423   

Non-operating expenses

     (5,697     (5,236     (5,485     (4,900
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     21,319        22,211        15,989        22,523   

Income tax expense (benefit)

     2,775        2,645        (9,347     592   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 18,544      $ 19,566      $ 25,336      $ 21,931   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—basic

   $ 0.24      $ 0.25      $ 0.33      $ 0.29   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—diluted

   $ 0.24      $ 0.25      $ 0.33      $ 0.29   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, has established disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15(b) under the Exchange Act as of December 31, 2016 was performed under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Based upon their evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There have not been any changes, except as provided below, in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended December 31, 2016 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

In our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, management identified a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting. In response to this material weakness, management implemented the following remediation actions to address the control deficiency identified in 2015.

 

    Enhanced control procedures to ensure completeness of documented analyses supporting material tax positions taken by the company.

 

    Enhanced monitoring activities over highly technical tax related aspects of material transactions, including the implementation of formal periodic meetings attended by the Chief Financial Officer, Finance Director, legal and tax departments to ensure that material tax positions, including uncertain tax positions, are vetted fully and continuously monitored for appropriate income tax accounting and disclosure purposes.

Management has determined that the remediation actions discussed above were effectively designed and demonstrated effective operation for a sufficient period of time to enable the Company to conclude that the 2015 material weakness regarding its internal controls associated with the assessment and monitoring of uncertain tax positions and potential obligations has been remediated as of December 31, 2016.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act. Internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and effected by the Company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance

 

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with generally accepted accounting principles. Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements.

Our internal control over financial reporting includes policies and procedures that pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect transactions and dispositions of assets; provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and the directors of the firm; and provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the firm’s assets that could have a material effect on our financial statements.

The Company’s management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016. In making this assessment, management used the criteria established in the Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (the “COSO criteria”). Based on this assessment, management has determined that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016 was effective.

Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, has audited the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016, included in this Form 10-K and, as part of the audit, has issued a report, included as part of Item 8 of this Form 10-K, on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016.

Item 9B. Other Information

None.

 

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Part III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information required by this Item 10 will be included in EVERTEC’s proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 11. Executive Compensation

The information required by this Item 11 will be included in EVERTEC’s proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

The information required by this Item 12 will be included in EVERTEC’s proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

The information required by this Item 13 will be included in EVERTEC’s proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

The information required by this Item 14 will be included in EVERTEC’s proxy statement, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Part IV

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

(a) (1) Financial Statements

The following consolidated financial statements of EVERTEC, Inc. together with the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms, are included in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data:

 

    Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms

 

    Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2016 and 2015

 

    Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

 

    Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

 

    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

 

    Notes to Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

(2) Financial Statement Schedules

Schedule I- Parent Company Only Financial Statements

 

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(3) Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

    2.1    Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated June 30, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc., AP Carib Holdings, Ltd., Carib Acquisitions, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 8, 2010, File No. 001-34084)
    2.2    Amendment to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 5, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc., AP Carib Holdings, Ltd., Carib Acquisition, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.2 of Registration Statement on Form S-4 of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on April 14, 2011, File No. 333-173504)
    2.3    Second Amendment to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 8, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc., AP Carib Holdings, Ltd., Carib Acquisition, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 12, 2010, File No. 001-34084)
    2.4    Third Amendment to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated September 15, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc., AP Carib Holdings, Ltd., Carib Acquisition, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2010, File No. 001-34084)
    2.5    Fourth Amendment to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated September 30, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc., AP Carib Holdings, Ltd., Carib Acquisition, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 6, 2010, File No. 001-34084)
    2.6    Letter Agreement re: amendment to Merger Agreement, dated as of July 31, 2013, by and among Popular, Inc., EVERTEC Group, LLC (on behalf of itself and as successor in interest to Carib Acquisition, Inc.) and AP Carib Holdings, Ltd. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 6, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
    3.1    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of EVERTEC, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
    3.2    Amended and Restated Bylaws of EVERTEC, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
    4.1    Form of common stock certificate of EVERTEC, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.9 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on March 28, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
    4.2    Stockholder Agreement, dated April 17, 2012, by and among EVERTEC, Inc. and the holders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2012, File No. 001-34084)
    4.3    First Amendment to the Stockholder Agreement, dated March 27, 2013, by and among EVERTEC, Inc. and the holders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.10 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 3 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on April 2, 2013, File No. 333-186487)

 

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    4.4    Second Amendment to the Stockholder Agreement, dated June 30, 2013, by and among EVERTEC, Inc. and the holders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 14, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
    4.5    Third Amendment to the Stockholder Agreement, dated November 13, 2013, by and among EVERTEC, Inc. and the holders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.5 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 17, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.1    Credit Agreement, dated April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC Group, LLC, the lenders party thereto from time to time, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, collateral agent swingline lender and L/C issuer, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as joint lead arrangers, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., as joint bookrunners, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., as co-syndication agents, and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Securities LLC, as co-documentation agents (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
  10.2    Amendment No. 1, dated as of May 14, 2013, to the Credit Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC Group, LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 15, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
  10.3    Guarantee Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Group, LLC, the loan parties identified on the signature pages thereof and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
  10.4    Collateral Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC Group, LLC and each subsidiary of EVERTEC Group, LLC identified therein and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as collateral agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 23, 2013, File No. 001-35872)
  10.5++    Amended and Restated Master Service Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2010, by and among Popular, Inc. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 3 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on April 2, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.6    Technology Agreement, made and entered into as of September 30, 2010, by and between Popular, Inc. and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.4 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 6, 2010, File No. 001-34084)
  10.7    Amended and Restated Independent Sales Organization Sponsorship and Services Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2010, by and between Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 of Registration Statement on Form S-4 of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on April 14, 2011, File No. 333-173504)

 

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  10.8    IP Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated June 30, 2010, by and between Popular, Inc. (and Affiliates and Subsidiaries) and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of Popular, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 8, 2010, File. No. 001-34084)
  10.9+    EVERTEC, Inc. Amended and Restated 2010 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 of Current Report on Form 8-K of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on April 18, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.10+    EVERTEC, Inc. Amended and Restated Stock Option Agreement, dated as of May 9, 2012, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Carlos J. Ramírez (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 of Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on May 15, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.11+    EVERTEC, Inc. Amended and Restated Stock Option Agreement, dated as of May 9, 2012, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Miguel Vizcarrondo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.9 of Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on May 15, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.12+    EVERTEC, Inc. Amended and Restated Stock Option Agreement, dated as of May 9, 2012, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Miguel Vizcarrondo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 of Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on May 15, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.13    Tax Payment Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2012, by and among EVERTEC, Inc., EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of Current Report on Form 8-K of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on April 18, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.14    Stock Contribution and Exchange Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2012, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC, Inc., and the holders shares of common stock of EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.41 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on March 14, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.15+    Stock Option Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2012, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Philip E. Steurer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on August 14, 2012, File No. 333-173504)
  10.16++    Amended and Restated ATH Network Participation Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2010, by and between Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and EVERTEC Group, LLC and service riders related thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.48 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.17++    ATH Support Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2010, by and between Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and EVERTEC Group, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.49 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)1
  10.18    Virgin Islands Services Agreement, dated as of September 15, 2010, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.54 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.19    Master Lease Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2004, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.55 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)

 

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  10.20    First Amendment to Master Lease Agreement, dated as of January 1, 2006, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.56 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.21    Second Amendment to Master Lease Agreement, dated as of April 23, 2010, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.57 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.22    Third Amendment to Master Lease Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2010, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.58 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on February 6, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.23+    EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.61 to EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on March 14, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.24    Form of Indemnification Agreement by and among EVERTEC, Inc. and its directors (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.62 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on March 14, 2013, File No. 333-186487)
  10.25+    Amended and Restated Employment agreement dated July 1, 2014, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Juan J. Román Jiménez (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.63 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.26+    Amended and Restated Employment agreement dated July 1, 2014, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Phil Steurer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.66 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.27+    Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement for grants of restricted stock units to directors under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.67 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.28+    Employment Agreement, dated as of October 13, 2014, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Alan I. Cohen (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.68 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.29+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated October 15, 2014, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Alan I. Cohen (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.69 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2014, File No. 001-35872)
  10.30+   

Separation Agreement and General Release, dated as of November 20, 2014, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Peter Harrington (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.36 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

  10.31+   

Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated as of December 17, 2014, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC, and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.37 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

 

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  10.32+   

Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of December 17, 2014, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Thomas W. Swidarski (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.38 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

  10.33+   

Agreement, dated as of December 17, 2014, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Frank G. D’Angelo, relating to terms of appointment as Interim CEO (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.39 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

  10.34+   

Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of January 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Frank G. D’Angelo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.40 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 2, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

  10.35+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 6, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Brian J. Smith. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.41 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.36+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 6, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Jorge Junquera. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.42 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.37+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 13, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Alan I. Cohen (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.44 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.38+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 13, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Philip E. Steurer. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.45 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.39+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 13, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Miguel Vizcarrondo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.47 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.40+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of March 13, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Carlos J. Ramírez (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.48 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.41+    Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.49 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.42+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of April 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.50 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.43+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of April 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.51 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

 

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  10.44+    Employment Agreement, dated as of May 25, 2015, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Mariana Lischner Goldvarg (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.52 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.45+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Mariana Lischner Goldvarg (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.53 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.46+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Frank G. D’Angelo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.54 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.47+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Alan H. Schumacher (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.55 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.48+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Brian J. Smith (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.56 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.49+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Jorge Junquera (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.57 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.50+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Olga Botero (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.58 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.51+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Teresita Loubriel (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.59 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.52+    Restricted Stock Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of June 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Thomas W. Swidarski (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.60 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.53+    Employment Agreement, dated as of September 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Peter J. S. Smith (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.61 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.54+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of September 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC, Inc. and Peter J. S. Smith (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.62 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  10.55+    Separation Agreement and General Release, dated as of September 1, 2015, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Eduardo Franco de Camargo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.63 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 6, 2015, File No. 001-35872)

 

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  10.56+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of February 19, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Miguel Vizcarrondo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.44 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.57+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of February 19, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.45 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.58+    Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of February 19, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Peter J.S. Smith. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.46 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.59+    Separation Agreement and General Release, dated as of April 1, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Alan Cohen. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.47 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.60+    Employment Agreement, dated as of April 4, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Guillermo Rospigliosi. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.48 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.61+    Amendment No. 2, dated as of April 14, 2016, to the Credit Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC Group, LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of Current Report on Form 8-K of EVERTEC Group, LLC, filed on April 15, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.62+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Frank D’Angelo. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.49 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.63+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Thomas W. Swidarski. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.50 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.64+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Jorge Junquera. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.51 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.65+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Alan H. Schumacher. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.52 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.66+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Olga Botero. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.53 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.67+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Brian J. Smith. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.54 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)

 

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  10.68+    Restricted Stock Agreement under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, dated as of July 29, 2016 by and between EVERTEC Inc. and Teresita Loubriel. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.55 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.69+    Separation Agreement and General Release, dated as of September 9, 2016, by and between EVERTEC Group, LLC and Arturo Díaz-Abramo. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.56 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 3, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.70+    Amendment No. 3, dated as of November 4, 2016, to the Credit Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2013, by and among EVERTEC Intermediate Holdings, LLC, EVERTEC Group, LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of Current Report on Form 8-K of EVERTEC, Inc., filed on November 8, 2016, File No. 001-35872)
  10.71+   

Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement for grant of Restricted Stock Units to Executive Officers with Employment Agreements under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.56 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)

  10.72+   

Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement for grant of Restricted Stock Units to Executive Officers without Employment Agreements under the EVERTEC, Inc. 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.57 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on May 26, 2016, File No. 001-35872)

  10.73    Share Purchase Promise Agreement (Contrato de Promesa de Compraventa de Acciones), dated as of February 17, 2017, by and among EVERTEC Group, LLC, Fondo de Inversión Privado Mater, Inversiones San Bernardo, SpA, Inversiones Supernova SpA, Inversiones y Asesonás Bayona Limitada, Inversiones Hagerdorn y Morales Limitada, Christian Hagedorn Hitschfeld and Inversiones Viaimaca Limitada [English Translation] (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of Current Report on Form 8-K of EVERTEC, Inc., filed on February 22, 2017, File No. 001-35872)
  16.1    Letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP dated March 26, 2015, to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding change in certifying accountant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 16 of EVERTEC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 26, 2015, File No. 001-35872)
  21.1*    Subsidiaries of EVERTEC, Inc.
  23.1*    Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP, independent registered public accountants
  23.2*    Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent registered public accountants
  31.1*    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  31.2*    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  32.1**    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  32.2**    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

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101.INS XBRL**    Instance document
101.SCH XBRL**    Taxonomy Extension Schema
101.CAL XBRL**    Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
101.DEF XBRL**    Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
101.LAB XBRL**    Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase
101.PRE XBRL**    Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

* Filed herewith.
** Furnished herewith.
+ This exhibit is a management contract or a compensatory plan or arrangement.
++ Confidential treatment has been requested with respect to certain portions of this exhibit. Omitted portions have been filed separately with the SEC.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized,

 

    EVERTEC, Inc.
Date: February 24, 2017     By:   /s/ Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr.
      Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr.
      Chief Executive Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

  

Title

 

Date

/s/ Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr.

Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr.

   Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)   February 24, 2017

/s/ Peter J.S. Smith

Peter J.S. Smith

   Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)   February 24, 2017

/s/ Frank G. D’Angelo

Frank G. D’Angelo

  

Chairman of the Board

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Teresita Loubriel

Teresita Loubriel

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Alan H. Schumacher

Alan H. Schumacher

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Thomas W. Swidarski

Thomas W. Swidarski

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Jorge A. Junquera

Jorge A. Junquera

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Nestor O. Rivera

Nestor O. Rivera

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Olga M. Botero

Olga M. Botero

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

/s/ Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

  

Director

  February 24, 2017

 

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INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms

     F-2  

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2016 and 2015

     F-5  

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     F-6  

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     F-7  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December  31, 2016, 2015 and 2014

     F-8  

Notes to Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-9  

Schedule I

     F-45  

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

EVERTEC, Inc.

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of EVERTEC, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2016. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of EVERTEC, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2016, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated February 24, 2017 expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 24, 2017

Stamp No. E242693

affixed to original

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of EVERTEC, Inc.

In our opinion, the consolidated statement of income and comprehensive income, of changes in stockholders’ equity and of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2014, present fairly, in all material respects, the results of operations and cash flows of EVERTEC, INC. and its subsidiaries for the year ended December 31, 2014, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15 (a) (2) for the year ended December 31, 2014 presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audit. We conducted our audit of these financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 2, 2015, except for the effects of the restatement discussed in Note 1 (not presented herein) to the consolidated financial statements appearing under Item 8 of the Company’s 2015 annual report on Form 10-K and the effect of the restatement discussed in Note 1 (not presented herein) to the financial statement schedule appearing under Item 15 (a) (2) of the Company’s 2015 annual report on Form 10-K, as to which the date is May 26, 2016

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS (OF PUERTO RICO)

License No. LLP-216 Expires Dec. 1, 2019

Stamp E257025 of the Puerto Rico Society of Certified Public Accountants has been affixed to the file copy of this report

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

EVERTEC, Inc.

We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of EVERTEC, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2016, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016, of the Company and our report dated February 24, 2017 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements and financial statement schedule.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 24, 2017

Stamp No. E242694

affixed to Original

 

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EVERTEC, Inc. Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share data)

 

     December 31,
2016
    December 31,
2015
 

Assets

    

Current Assets:

    

Cash

   $ 51,920     $ 28,747  

Restricted cash

     8,112       11,818  

Accounts receivable, net

     77,803       73,715  

Deferred tax asset

     —         1,685  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     20,430       18,758  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     158,265       134,723  

Investment in equity investee

     12,252       12,264  

Property and equipment, net

     38,930       34,128  

Goodwill

     370,986       368,133  

Other intangible assets, net

     299,119       312,059  

Long-term deferred tax asset

     805       —    

Other long-term assets

     5,305       2,347  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 885,662     $ 863,654  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

    

Current Liabilities:

    

Accrued liabilities

   $ 34,243     $ 37,308  

Accounts payable

     40,845       21,216  

Unearned income

     4,531       2,877  

Income tax payable

     1,755       1,350  

Current portion of long-term debt

     19,789       22,750  

Short-term borrowings

     28,000       17,000  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     129,163       102,501  

Long-term debt

     599,667       619,297  

Long-term deferred tax liability

     14,978       20,614  

Unearned income—long-term

     17,303       10,939  

Other long-term liabilities

     16,376       12,089  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     777,487       765,440  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Notes 18 and 21)

    

Stockholders’ equity

    

Preferred stock, par value $0.01; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

     —         —    

Common stock, par value $0.01; 206,000,000 shares authorized; 72,635,032 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 (December 31, 2015—74,988,210)

     726       750  

Additional paid-in capital

     —         9,718  

Accumulated earnings

     116,341       95,328  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax

     (12,391     (7,582
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total EVERTEC, Inc stockholders’ equity

     104,676       98,214  

Non-controlling interest

     3,499       —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     108,175       98,214  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 885,662     $ 863,654  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these audited consolidated financial statements.

 

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EVERTEC, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

     Years ended December 31,  
     2016     2015     2014  

Revenues

      

Merchant Acquiring, net

   $ 91,248     $ 85,411     $ 79,136  

Payment Processing (from affiliates: $32,485, $30,504 and $27,094)

     111,507       108,320       104,713  

Business Solutions (from affiliates: $143,988, $138,929 and $137,242)

     186,752       179,797       177,939  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     389,507       373,528       361,788  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses

      

Cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below

     175,809       167,916       157,537  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     46,986       37,278       41,276  

Depreciation and amortization

     59,567       64,974       65,988  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     282,362       270,168       264,801  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     107,145       103,360       96,987  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-operating income (expenses)

      

Interest income

     377       495       328  

Interest expense

     (24,617     (24,266     (25,772

(Losses) earnings of equity method investment

     (52     147       1,140  

Other income, net

     544       2,306       2,375  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-operating expenses

     (23,748     (21,318     (21,929
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     83,397       82,042       75,058  

Income tax expense (benefit)

     8,271       (3,335     8,901  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     75,126       85,377       66,157  

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

     90       —         —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to EVERTEC, Inc.’s common stockholders

     75,036       85,377       66,157  

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax of $176, $8 and $4

     .      

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     (3,360     (545     (6,948

Loss on cash flow hedge

     (1,449     (515     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to EVERTEC, Inc.’s common stockholders

   $ 70,227     $ 84,317     $ 59,209  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—basic attributable to EVERTEC, Inc.’s common stockholders

   $ 1.01     $ 1.11     $ 0.84  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share—diluted attributable to EVERTEC, Inc.’s common stockholders

   $ 1.01     $ 1.11     $ 0.84  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share

   $ 0.40     $ 0.40     $ 0.40  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these audited consolidated financial statements.

 

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EVERTEC, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share data)

 

    Number of
Shares of
Common
Stock
    Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Accumulated
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
(Loss) Income
    Non-Controlling
Interest
    Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 

Balance at December 31, 2013

    78,286,465     $ 783     $ 80,718     $ 6,045     $ 426     $ —       $ 87,972  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Share-based compensation recognized

    —         —         4,587       —         —         —         4,587  

Tax windfall benefit on share-based compensation

    —         —         3,669       —         —         —         3,669  

Stock options exercised, net of cashless exercise

    799,885       8       (1,440     —         —         —         (1,432

Restricted stock units delivered

    7,988       —         (26     —         —         —         (26

Repurchase of common stock

    (1,201,194     (12     (26,185     —         —         —         (26,197

Net income

    —         —         —         66,157       —         —         66,157  

Dividend (1)

    —         —         21       —         —         —         21  

Cash dividends paid on common stock

    —         —         —         (31,359     —         —         (31,359

Cash settlement of stock options

    —         —         (1,604     —         —         —         (1,604

Other comprehensive loss

    —         —         —         —         (6,948     —         (6,948
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2014

    77,893,144       779       59,740       40,843       (6,522     —         94,840  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Share-based compensation recognized

    —         —         5,204       —         —         —         5,204  

Repurchase of common stock

    (3,012,826     (30     (54,919     —         —         —         (54,949

Restricted stock grants and units delivered, net of cashless exercise

    107,892       1       (307     —         —         —         (306

Net income

    —         —         —         85,377       —         —         85,377  

Cash dividends declared on common stock

    —         —         —         (30,892     —         —         (30,892

Other comprehensive loss

    —         —         —         —         (1,060     —         (1,060
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2015

    74,988,210       750       9,718       95,328       (7,582     —         98,214  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Share-based compensation recognized

    —         —         6,408       —         —         —         6,408  

Repurchase of common stock

    (2,504,427     (25     (15,594     (24,327     —         —         (39,946

Stock options exercised, net of cashless exercise

    8,393       —         (79     —         —         —         (79

Restricted stock grants and units delivered, net of cashless

    142,856       1       (471     —         —         —         (470

Net income

    —         —         —         75,036       —         90       75,126  

Non-controlling interest on acquisition

    —         —         —         —         —         3,409       3,409  

Cash dividends declared on common stock

    —         —         —         (29,696     —         —         (29,696

Dividend reversal for forfeited options

    —         —         18       —         —         —         18  

Other comprehensive loss

    —         —         —         —         (4,809     —         (4,809
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

    72,635,032     $ 726     $ —       $ 116,341     $ (12,391   $ 3,499     $ 108,175  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

  

 

(1)  Related to dividend declared in 2012 and accrued upon vesting of stock options. Such options were forfeited during 2014.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these audited consolidated financial statements.

 

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EVERTEC, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

 

     Years ended December 31,  
     2016     2015     2014  

Cash flows from operating activities

      

Net income

   $ 75,126     $ 85,377     $ 66,157  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation and amortization

     59,567       64,974       65,988  

Amortization of debt issue costs and accretion of discount

     4,334       3,329       3,094  

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     1,476       —         —    

Provision for doubtful accounts and sundry losses

     1,990       2,130       1,360  

Deferred tax benefit

     (4,594     (3,090     (3,701

Share-based compensation

     6,408       5,204       4,587  

Loss on disposal of property and equipment and other intangibles

     453       143       734  

Loss on impairment of software

     2,277       —         —    

Losses (earnings) of equity method investment

     52       (147     (1,140

Dividend received from equity method investment

     —         —         326  

(Increase) decrease in assets:

      

Accounts receivable, net

     (2,583     (4,482     (5,587

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     (1,426     (146     65  

Other long-term assets

     (1,790     (70     3,365  

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

      

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     14,594       15,947       (3,925

Income tax payable

     405       (606     1,697  

Unearned income

     8,018       2,207       3,571  

Other long-term liabilities

     3,747       (8,351     3,228  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments

     92,928       77,042       73,662  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     168,054       162,419       139,819  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

      

Net decrease (increase) in restricted cash

     3,705       (6,100     (285

Additions to software and purchase of customer relationship

     (23,819     (25,960     (14,707

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (15,600     —         —    

Property and equipment acquired

     (18,450     (21,022     (10,898

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

     81       14       59  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (54,083     (53,068     (25,831
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

      

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     75,763       —         —    

Debt issuance costs

     (4,830     —         —    

Net increase (decrease) in short-term borrowings

     11,000       (6,000     (27,000

Repayments of borrowings for purchase of equipment and software

     (2,213     (1,542     (1,200

Dividends paid

     (29,696     (30,921     (31,359

Statutory minimum withholding taxes paid on share-based compensation

     (548     (306     (2,001

Tax windfall benefits on share-based compensation

     —         —         3,669  

Issuance of common stock

     —         —         543  

Repurchase of common stock

     (39,946     (54,949     (26,197

Settlement of stock options

     —         —         (1,604

Repayment of long-term debt

     (96,741     (19,000     (19,000

Credit amendment fees

     (3,587     —         —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (90,798     (112,718     (104,149
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash

     23,173       (3,367     9,839  

Cash at beginning of the period

     28,747       32,114       22,275  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash at end of the period

   $ 51,920     $ 28,747     $ 32,114  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

      

Cash paid for interest

   $ 22,535     $ 21,497     $ 24,280  

Cash paid for income taxes

     8,697       5,682       976  

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:

      

Payable due to vendor related to property and equipment and software acquired

     3,302       3,638       6,115  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these audited consolidated financial statements.

 

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Note 1—The Company and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

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Note 2—Recent Accounting Pronouncements

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Note 3—Cash

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Note 4—Accounts Receivable, Net

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Note 5—Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

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Note 6—Investment in Equity Investee

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Note 7—Property and Equipment, net

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Note 8—Goodwill

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Note 9—Other Intangible Assets, Net

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Note 10—Other Long-Term Assets

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Note 11—Debt and Short-Term Borrowings

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Note 12—Financial Instruments and Fair Value Measurements

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Note 13—Other Long-Term Liabilities

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Note 14—Equity

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Note 15—Share-based Compensation

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Note 16—Employee Benefit Plan

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Note 17—Total Other Income, Net

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Note 18—Income Tax

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Note 19—Net Income Per Common Share

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Note 20—Related Party Transactions

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Note 21—Commitments and Contingencies

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Note 22—Segment Information

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Note 23—Subsequent Events

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Note 1—The Company and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The Company

EVERTEC, Inc. (formerly known as Carib Latam Holdings, Inc.) and its subsidiaries (collectively the “Company,” or “EVERTEC”) is a leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company is based in Puerto Rico and provides a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business process management services across 18 countries in the region. EVERTEC owns and operates the ATH network, one of the leading automated teller machine (“ATM”) and personal identification number (“PIN”) debit networks in Latin America. In addition, EVERTEC provides a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing in the regions the Company serves. EVERTEC serves a broad and diversified customer base of leading financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies with solutions that are essential to their operations, enabling them to issue, process and accept transactions securely.

Initial Public Offering and Other Public Offerings

On April 17, 2013, the Company completed its initial public offering of 28,789,943 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $20.00 per share. On September 18, 2013 and December 13, 2013, the Company completed public offerings of 23,000,000 and 15,233,273 shares, respectively, of the Company’s common stock by Apollo Global Management, LLC (“Apollo”), Popular, Inc. (“Popular”), and current and former employees. After the completion of these offerings, Popular owned approximately 11.7 million shares of EVERTEC’s common stock, or 16.05% as of December 31, 2016, and Apollo no longer owns any of the Company’s common stock.

Basis of Presentation

The consolidated financial statements of EVERTEC have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). In the opinion of management, the accompanying consolidated financial statements, prepared in accordance with GAAP, contain all adjustments, all of which are normal and recurring in nature, necessary for a fair presentation.

A summary of the most significant accounting policies used in preparing the accompanying consolidated financial statements is as follows:

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts and operations of the Company, which are presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company consolidates all entities that are controlled by ownership of a majority voting interest. Intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated in the consolidated financial statements.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of the accompanying consolidated financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.

Revenue Recognition

The Company’s revenue recognition policy follows the guidance from Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 605 Revenue Recognition; ASC 605-25, Revenue Recognition—Multiple Element Arrangements; and; ASC 985, Software, which provide guidance on the recognition, presentation, and disclosure of revenue in consolidated financial statements.

 

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The Company recognizes revenue when the following four criteria are met: (i) persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, (ii) delivery and acceptance has occurred or services have been rendered, (iii) the selling price is fixed or determinable, and (iv) collection is reasonably assured. For multiple deliverable arrangements, EVERTEC evaluates each arrangement to determine if the elements or deliverables within the arrangement represent separate units of accounting pursuant to ASC 605-25. If the deliverables are determined to be separate units of accounting, revenues are recognized as units of accounting are delivered and the revenue recognition criteria are met. If the deliverables are not determined to be separate units of accounting, revenues for the delivered services are combined into one unit of accounting and recognized (i) over the life of the arrangement if all services are consistently delivered over such term, or if otherwise, (ii) at the time that all services and deliverables have been delivered. The selling price for each deliverable is based on vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”) if available, third party evidence (“TPE”) if VSOE is not available, or management best estimate of selling price (“BESP”) if neither VSOE nor TPE is available. EVERTEC establishes VSOE of selling price using the price charged when the same element is sold separately. EVERTEC bifurcates or allocates the arrangement consideration to each of the deliverables based on the relative selling price of each unit of accounting.

The Company has two main categories of revenues according to the type of transactions EVERTEC enters into with the Company’s customers: (a) transaction-based fees and (b) fixed fees and time and material.

Transaction-based fees

The Company provides services that generate transaction-based fees. Typically transaction-based fees depend on factors such as number of accounts or transactions processed. These factors typically consist of a fee per transaction or item processed, a percentage of dollar volume processed or a fee per account on file, or some combination thereof. Revenue derived from the transaction-based fee contracts are recognized when the underlying transaction is processed, which constitutes delivery of service.

Revenues from business contracts in the Company’s Merchant Acquiring segment are primarily comprised of discount fees charged to the merchants based on the sales amount of transactions processed. Revenues include a discount fee and membership fees charged to merchants and debit network fees as well as point-of-sale (“POS”) rental fees. Pursuant to the guidance from ASC 605-45-45, Revenue Recognition—Principal Agent Considerations, EVERTEC records Merchant Acquiring revenues net of interchange and assessments charged by the credit and debit card network associations and recognizes such revenues at the time of the sale (when a transaction is processed).

Payment processing revenues are comprised of revenues related to providing access to the ATH network and other card networks to financial institutions, and related services. Payment processing revenues also include revenues from card issuer processing services (such as credit and debit card processing, authorization and settlement, and fraud monitoring and control to debit or credit card issuers), payment processing services (such as payment and billing products for merchants, businesses and financial institutions) and electronic benefit transfer (“EBT”) (which principally consists of services to the Puerto Rico government for the delivery of government benefits to participants). Revenues in EVERTEC’s Payment Processing segment are primarily comprised of fees per transaction processed or per account on file, or a combination of both, and are recognized at the time transactions are processed or on a monthly basis for accounts on file.

Transaction-based fees within EVERTEC’s Business Solutions segment consist of revenues from business process management solutions including core bank processing, business process outsourcing, item and cash processing, and fulfillment. Transaction-based fee revenues generated by the Company’s core bank processing services are derived from fees based on various factors such as the number of accounts on file (e.g. savings or checking accounts, loans, etc.), and the number of transactions processed or registered users (e.g. for online

 

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banking services). For services dependent on the number of transactions processed, revenues are recognized as the underlying transactions are processed. For services dependent on the number of users or accounts on file, revenues are recognized on a monthly basis based on the number of accounts on file each month. Item and cash processing revenues are based upon the number of items (e.g. checks) processed and revenues are recognized when the underlying item is processed. Fulfillment services include technical and operational resources for producing and distributing variable print documents such as statements, bills, checks and benefits summaries. Fulfillment revenues are based upon the number pages for printing services and the number of envelopes processed for mailing services. Revenues are recognized as services are delivered based on a fee per page printed or envelope mailed, as applicable.

Fixed fees and time and material

The Company also provides services that generate a fixed fee per month or fees based on time and expenses incurred. These services are mostly provided in EVERTEC’s Business Solutions segment. Revenues are generated from EVERTEC’s core bank solutions, network hosting and management and IT consulting services.

In core bank solutions, the Company mostly provides access to applications and services such as back-up or recovery, hosting and maintenance that enable a bank to operate the related hosted services accessing the Company’s IT infrastructure. These contracts generally contain multiple elements or deliverables which are evaluated by EVERTEC and revenues are recognized according to the applicable guidance. Revenue is derived from fixed fees charged for the use of hosted services and are recognized on a monthly basis as delivered. Set-up fees are billed to the customer when the service is rendered; however, they are deferred and recognized as revenues over the term of the arrangement or the expected period of the customer relationship, whichever is longer, as set-up services rarely provide value to the customer on a stand-alone basis and are interrelated with the service to be provided under the contract.

In network hosting and management, EVERTEC provides hosting services for network infrastructure at EVETEC’s facilities; automated monitoring services; maintenance of call centers; interactive voice response solutions, among other related services. Revenues are primarily derived from monthly fees as services are delivered. Set-up fees are billed up-front to the customer when the set-up service is rendered; however, they are deferred and recognized as revenues over the term of the arrangement or the expected period of the customer relationship, whichever is longer, as set-up services rarely provide value to the customer on a stand-alone basis and are interrelated with the service under the contract. There are some arrangements under this line of service category that may contain undelivered elements. In such cases, the undelivered elements are evaluated and recognized when the services are delivered or at the time that all deliverables under the contract have been delivered.

IT consulting services revenue primarily consists of time billings based upon the number of hours dedicated to each client. Revenue from time billings are recognized as services are delivered.

EVERTEC also charges members of the ATH network an annual membership fee; however, these fees are deferred and recognized as revenues on a straight-line basis over the year and recorded in the Company’s Payment Processing segment. In addition, occasionally EVERTEC is a reseller of hardware and software products and revenues from these resale transactions are recognized when such product is delivered and accepted by the client.

Service level arrangements

The Company’s service contracts may include service level arrangements (“SLA”) generally allowing the customer to receive a credit for part of the service fee when the Company has not provided the agreed level of

 

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services. The SLA performance obligation is committed on a monthly basis, thus SLA performance is monitored and assessed for compliance with arrangements on a monthly basis, including determination and accounting for its economic impact, if any.

Investment in Equity Investee

The Company accounts for investments using the equity method of accounting if the investment provides the Company the ability to exercise significant influence, but not control, over an investee. Significant influence is generally deemed to exist if the Company has an ownership interest in the voting stock of an investor of between 20 percent and 50 percent, although other factors are considered in determining whether the equity method of accounting is appropriate. Under this method, the investment, originally recorded at cost, is adjusted to recognize the Company’s share of net income or losses as they occur. The Company’s share of investee earnings or losses is recorded, net of taxes, within earnings of equity method investment caption in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. The Company’s consolidated revenues include fees for services provided to an investee accounted for under the equity method. Additionally, the Company’s interest in the net asset of its equity method investee is reflected in the consolidated balance sheets. On the acquisition of the investment any difference between the cost of the investment and the amount of the underlying equity in net assets of an investee is required to be accounted as if the investee were a consolidated subsidiary. If the difference is assigned to depreciable or amortizable assets or liabilities, then the difference should be amortized or accreted in connection with the equity earnings based on the Company’s proportionate share of the investee’s net income or loss. If the investor is unable to relate the difference to specific accounts of the investee, the difference should be considered to be goodwill.

The Company considers whether the fair value of its equity method investment has declined below their carrying value whenever adverse events or changes in circumstances indicate that recorded values may not be recoverable. If the Company considered any such decline to be other than temporary (based on various factors, including historical financial results, product development activities and the overall health of the investee’s industry), then the Company would record a write-down to estimated fair value.

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation of property and equipment is computed using the straight-line method and expensed over their estimated useful lives. Amortization of leasehold improvements is computed over the terms of the respective leases, including renewal options considered by management to be reasonably assured of being exercised, or the estimated useful lives of the improvements, whichever is shorter. Costs of maintenance and repairs which do not improve or extend the life of the respective assets are expensed as incurred.

Impairment on Long-lived Assets

Long-lived assets to be held and used, and long-lived assets to be disposed of, are evaluated for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable.

Capitalization of Software

EVERTEC Group LLC’s (“EVERTEC Group”), EVERTEC’s main operating subsidiary, develops software that is used in providing processing services to customers. Capitalized software includes purchased software and internally-developed software and is recognized as software packages within the other intangible assets line item in the consolidated balance sheets. Capitalization of internally developed software occurs only after the preliminary project stage is complete and technological feasibility has been achieved, and management’s

 

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estimation that the likelihood of successful development and implementation reaches a provable level. Tasks that are generally capitalized are as follows: (a) system design of a chosen path including software configuration and software interfaces; (b) employee costs directly associated with the internal-use computer software project; (c) software development (coding) and software and system testing and verification; (d) system installation; and (e) enhancements that add function and are considered permanent. These tasks are capitalized and amortized using the straight line method over its estimated useful life, which range from three to ten years and is included in depreciation and amortization in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

The Company capitalizes interest costs incurred in the development of software. The amount of interest capitalized is an allocation of the interest cost incurred during the period required to substantially complete the asset. The interest rate for capitalization purposes is based on a weighted average rate on the Company’s outstanding borrowing. For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, interest cost capitalized amounted to approximately $0.4 million, $0.3 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

Software and Maintenance Contracts

Software and maintenance contracts are recorded at cost. Amortization of software and maintenance contracts is computed using the straight-line method and expensed over their estimated useful lives which range from one to five years and are recognized in cost of revenues in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

Software and maintenance contracts are recognized as prepaid expenses and other assets or within other long-term assets depending on their remaining useful lives.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price and related costs over the value assigned to net assets acquired. Goodwill is not amortized, but is tested for impairment at least annually, or more often if events or circumstances indicate there may be impairment.

For 2016, the Company used a “qualitative assessment” option or “step zero” for the goodwill impairment test for all of its reporting units. With this process, the Company first assesses whether it is “more likely than not” that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If the answer is no, then the fair value of the reporting unit does not need to be measured, and step one and step two, as explained below, are bypassed. In assessing the fair value of a reporting unit, which is based on the nature of the business and reporting unit’s current and expected financial performance, the Company uses a combination of factors such as industry and market conditions, overall financial performance and the entity and reporting unit specific events.

In the past, the goodwill impairment test used was a two-step process at each reporting unit level. The first step used to identify potential impairment, compares the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the fair value of a reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is not considered impaired and the second step of the impairment test is not necessary. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value, there is an indication of potential impairment and the second step of the goodwill impairment analysis is required. The second step consists of comparing the implied fair value of the reporting unit goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill.

For the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, no impairment losses associated with goodwill were recognized.

Other identifiable intangible assets with a definitive useful life are amortized using the straight-line method or an accelerated method. These intangibles are evaluated periodically for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.

 

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Other identifiable intangible assets with a definitive useful life include a customer relationship, trademark, software packages and a non-compete agreement acquired during September 2010 when Apollo acquired a 51% indirect ownership interest in EVERTEC as part of a merger (the “Merger”); a customer relationship asset acquired in 2015 from a local bank in Puerto Rico, and customer relationship assets acquired as part of business combination transactions in 2016.

The customer relationship assets were valued using the excess earnings method under the income approach. Trademark assets were valued using the relief-from-royalty method under the income approach. Software packages, which include capitalized software development costs, were recorded at cost. The non-compete agreement was valued based on the estimated impact that theoretical competition would have on revenues and expenses.

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities

The Company uses derivative financial instruments to enhance its ability to manage its exposure to certain financial and market risks, primarily those related to changes in interest rates. On the date the derivative instrument contract is entered into, the Company may designate the derivative as (1) a hedge of the fair value of a recognized asset or liability or an unrecognized firm commitment (“fair value” hedge), (2) a hedge of a forecasted transaction or of the variability of cash flows to be received or paid related to a recognized asset or liability (“cash flow” hedge), or (3) as a “standalone” derivative instrument, including economic hedges that the Company has not formally documented as a fair value or cash flow hedge. Changes in the fair value of a derivative that qualifies for cash flow hedge accounting are recognized in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss). Amounts accumulated in other comprehensive income (loss) are reclassified to earnings when the related cash outflow affects earnings. Changes in the fair value of a derivative instrument that is highly effective and that is designated and qualifies as a fair value hedge, along with changes in the fair value of the hedged asset or liability that is attributable to the hedged risk (including gains or losses on firm commitments), are recorded in current-period earnings. Similarly, the changes in the fair value of stand-alone derivative instruments or derivatives not qualifying or designated for hedge accounting are reported in current-period earnings. The Company recognizes all derivative financial instruments in the Consolidated Balance Sheets as assets or liabilities at fair value. The Company does not enter into derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes.

Income Tax

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. A temporary difference refers to a difference between the tax basis of an asset or liability, determined based on recognition and measurement requirements for tax positions, and its reported amount in the financial statements that will result in taxable or deductible amounts in future years when the reported amount of the asset or liability is recovered or settled, respectively. Deferred tax assets and liabilities represent the future effects on income taxes that result from temporary differences and carryforwards that exist at the end of a period. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates and provisions of the enacted tax law and are not discounted to reflect the time-value of money. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income in the period that includes the enactment date. A deferred tax valuation allowance is established if it is considered more likely than not that all or a portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

The Company recognizes the benefit of uncertain tax positions only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than fifty percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement or disposition of the underlying issue with the taxing authority. Accordingly, the amount of benefit recognized in the consolidated

 

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financial statements may differ from the amount taken or expected to be taken in the tax return resulting in unrecognized tax benefits (“UTBs”). The Company recognizes the interest and penalties associated with UTBs as part of the provision for income taxes on its consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. Accrued interest and penalties are included on the related tax liability line in the consolidated balance sheets.

All companies within EVERTEC are legal entities which file separate income tax returns.

Cash

Cash includes cash on hand and in banks.

Restricted Cash

Restricted cash represents cash received on deposits from participating institutions of the ATH network that has been segregated for the development of the ATH brand and cash maintained as collateral for a credit facility with Popular. Also, restricted cash includes certain cash collected from the Ticketpop business and a reserve account for payment and transaction processing services to merchants. The restrictions of these accounts are based on contractual provisions entered into with third parties. This cash is maintained in separate accounts at a financial institution in Puerto Rico.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

An allowance for doubtful accounts is provided for based on the estimated uncollectible amounts of the related receivables. The estimate is primarily based on a review of the current status of specific accounts receivable. Receivables are considered past due if full payment is not received by the contractual date. Past due accounts are generally written off against the allowance for doubtful accounts only after all collection attempts have been exhausted.

Foreign Currency Translation

Assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated to U.S. dollars using prevailing rates of exchange at the end of the period. Revenues, expenses, gains and losses are translated using weighted average rates for the period. The resulting foreign currency translation adjustment from operations for which the functional currency is other than the U.S. dollar is reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss. Gains and losses on transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currencies are included in determining net income for the period in which exchange rates change.

Share-based Compensation

The Company estimates the fair value of stock-based awards, on a contemporaneous basis, at the date they are granted using the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model for Tranche A options and the Monte Carlo simulation analysis for Tranche B and Tranche C options and market based restricted stock units (“RSUs”) using the following assumptions: (1) stock price; (2) risk-free rate; (3) expected volatility; (4) expected annual dividend yield and (5) expected term. The risk-free rate is based on the U.S. Constant Maturities Treasury Interest Rate as of the grant date or the yield of a 2-year or 3-year Treasury bond, as applicable. The expected volatility is based on a combination of historical volatility and implied volatility from publicly traded companies in the Company’s industry. The expected annual dividend yield is based on management’s expectations of future dividends as of the grant date and, in certain cases, assumes that those dividends will be reinvested over the performance period. The expected term for stock options granted under the 2010 Plan was based on the vesting time of the options. For the stock options granted under the 2013 Plan, the simplified method was used to estimate the expected term,

 

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given that the Company did not have appropriate exercise data on which to base the estimate nor is exercise data relating to employees of comparable companies easily obtainable. Performance and time based RSUs and restricted stock are valued based on the market price of the Company’s stock at the grant date.

Upon option exercise or restricted stock or RSUs release, participants may elect to “net share settle”. Rather than requiring the participant to deliver cash to satisfy the exercise price, for options exercise, and statutory minimum tax withholdings, the Company withholds a sufficient number of shares to cover these amounts and delivers the net shares to the participant. The Company recognizes the associated tax withholding obligation as a reduction of additional paid-in capital.

As compensation expense is recognized, a deferred tax asset is established. At the time stock options are exercised, restricted stock or RSUs are released, a current tax deduction arises based on the value at the time of exercise or release. This deduction may exceed the associated deferred tax asset, resulting in a “windfall tax benefit”. The windfall is recognized in the consolidated balance sheets as an increase to additional paid-in capital, and is included in the consolidated statements of cash flows as a financing inflow.

In determining the amount of cash tax savings realized from the excess share-based compensation deductions, the Company follows the tax law ordering approach. Under this approach, the utilization of excess tax deductions associated with share-based awards is dictated by provision in the tax law that identify the sequence in which such benefits are utilized for tax purposes.

Net Income per Common Share

Basic net income per common share is determined by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period.

Diluted net income per common share assumes the issuance of all potentially dilutive share equivalents using the treasury stock method. For stock options and RSUs it is assumed that the proceeds will be used to buy back shares. For stock options, such proceeds equal the average unrecognized compensation plus exercise price and windfall tax benefits. For unvested restricted share units, the proceeds equal the average unrecognized compensation plus windfall tax benefits.

Note 2—Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Recently adopted accounting pronouncements

In April, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued updated guidance for accounting for fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement. The amendments in this Update provide guidance to customers about whether a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license. If a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, then the customer should account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses. If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract. The guidance will not change GAAP for a customer’s accounting for service contracts. For public companies, the amendments in this Update were effective for annual periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2015. The Company adopted this guidance on January 1, 2016. Its adoption did not have a material impact on our results from operations or financial position.

In April 2015, the FASB issued guidance requiring that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented in the balance sheet as a direct reduction of the carrying amount of the debt liability, consistent with debt discounts. This guidance was effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015 and interim

 

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periods within those fiscal years. The Company adopted the guidance on January 1, 2016 and applied the standard retrospectively. The balance sheet presented has been adjusted to reflect the period specific effects of the adoption of the guidance. Specifically, debt issue costs of $6.0 million and $6.4 million for March 31, 2016, the adoption date, and December 31, 2015, respectively, were reclassified from other long-term assets to long-term debt within our unaudited Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets.

In September 2015, the FASB issued updated guidance for Business Combinations and eliminated the requirement to retrospectively adjust the financial statements for measurement-period adjustments that occur in periods after a business combination is consummated. This guidance was effective for annual periods and interim periods within that period beginning after December 15, 2015. The Company adopted this guidance on January 1, 2016 with no impact.

In November 2015, the FASB issued updated guidance to simplify the classification of deferred income taxes. The amendments in this Update require that deferred tax liabilities and assets be classified as noncurrent in a classified statement of financial position. The amendments in this Update apply to all entities that present a classified statement of financial position. The current requirement that deferred tax liabilities and assets of a tax-paying component of an entity be offset and presented as a single amount is not affected by the amendments in this Update. The amendments in this Update are effective for financial statements issued for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods. Earlier application is permitted for all entities as of the beginning of an interim or annual reporting period. The amendments in this Update may be applied either prospectively to all deferred tax liabilities and assets or retrospectively to all periods presented. If an entity applies the guidance prospectively, the entity should disclose in the first interim and first annual period of change, the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle and a statement that prior periods were not retrospectively adjusted. If an entity applies the guidance retrospectively, the entity should disclose in the first interim and first annual period of change the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle and quantitative information about the effects of the accounting change on prior periods. The Company adopted this guidance on its balance sheet at June 30, 2016. The Company applied this guidance prospectively and the guidance was not retrospectively adjusted on the December 31, 2015 balance sheets. This guidance was adopted to simplify the presentation of deferred tax assets and liabilities.

Recently issued accounting pronouncements

The FASB has issued the following accounting pronouncements and guidance relevant to the Company’s operations:

In February 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for financial reporting about leasing transactions. The amendments in this Update require a lessee to recognize assets and liabilities for leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. The recognition, measurement, and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from a lease by a lessee primarily will depend on its classification as a finance or operating lease. In addition, the Update requires that both financing and operating leases be recognized on the balance sheet. The guidance also requires disclosures to help investors and other financial statement users better understand the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases. These disclosures include qualitative and quantitative requirements, providing additional information about the amounts recorded in the financial statements. The amendments in this Update are effective for public companies for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early application is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements.

In March 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for the effect of derivative contract novations on existing hedge accounting relationships. This Update clarifies that a change in the counterparty to a derivative instrument that has been designated as the hedging instrument under Topic 815 does not, in and of itself, require designation of that

 

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hedging relationship provided that all other hedge accounting criteria (including those in paragraphs 815-20-35-14 through 35-18) continue to be met. For public business entities, the amendments in this Update are effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company expects to adopt this guidance with no impact on the consolidated financial statements.

In March 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance to simplify the transition to the equity method of accounting. The amendments in this Update affect all entities that have an investment that becomes qualified for the equity method of accounting as it eliminates the requirement that an investor adjust the investment, results of operations, and retained earnings retroactively on a step-by-step basis as if the equity method had been in effect during all previous periods that the investment had been held. The amendments require that the equity method investor add the cost of acquiring the additional interest in the investee to the current basis of the investor’s previously held interest and adopt the equity method of accounting as of the date the investment becomes qualified for equity method accounting. Therefore, upon qualifying for the equity method of accounting, no retroactive adjustment of the investment is required. The amendments in this Update are effective for all entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2016. The amendments should be applied prospectively upon their effective date to increases in the level of ownership interest or degree of influence that result in the adoption of the equity method. Earlier application is permitted. The Company expects to adopt this guidance if and when an investment becomes qualified for the equity method of accounting.

In March 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for revenue from contracts with customers’ principal versus agent considerations (reporting gross versus net). The amendments clarify the implementation guidance on principal versus agent considerations and are intended to improve the operability and understandability of the implementation guidance. The amendments in this Update affect the guidance in Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which is not yet effective. The effective date and transition requirements for the amendments in this Update are the same as the effective date and transition requirements of Update 2014-09. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements.

In March 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for accounting for employee share based payments. The areas for simplification in this Update involve several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification on the statement of cash flows. For public business entities, the amendments in this Update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods. Early adoption is permitted for any entity in any interim or annual period. If an entity early adopts the amendments in an interim period, any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period. An entity that elects early adoption must adopt all of the amendments in the same period. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements.

In June 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for the measurement of credit losses on financial instruments. The amendments in this Update require a financial asset (or a group of financial assets) measured at amortized cost basis to be presented at the net amount expected to be collected. The allowance for credit losses is a valuation account that is deducted from the amortized cost basis of the financial asset or assets to present the net carrying value at the amount expected to be collected on the financial asset. The measurement of expected credit losses is based on relevant information about past events, including historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts that affect the collectibility of the reported amount. An entity must use judgment in determining the relevant information and estimation methods that are appropriate in its circumstances. The amendments in this Update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. All entities may adopt the amendments in this Update earlier

 

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as of the fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. An entity will apply the amendments in this Update through a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the first reporting period in which the guidance is effective (that is, a modified-retrospective approach). The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements, if any.

In August 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for the classification of certain cash receipts and cash payments on the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this update provide specific guidance for the classification of eight issues: debt prepayment or extinguishment costs; settlement of zero-coupon debt instruments or other debt instruments with coupon interest rates that are insignificant in relation to the effective interest rate of the borrowing; contingent consideration payments made after a business combination; proceeds from the settlement of an insurance claim; proceeds from the settlement of corporate-owned life insurance policies, including bank-owned life insurance policies; distributions received from equity method investees; beneficial interests in securitization transactions; and separately identifiable cash flows and applications of the predominance principle. The amendments in this Update are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. If an entity early adopts the amendments in an interim period, any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period. An entity that elects early adoption must adopt all of the amendments in the same period. The amendments in this Update should be applied using a retrospective transition method to each period presented. If it is impracticable to apply the amendments retrospectively for some of the issues, the amendments for those issues would be applied prospectively as of the earliest date practicable. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements, if any.

In October 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for tax treatment of intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. Current GAAP prohibits the recognition of current and deferred income taxes for an intra-entity asset transfer until the asset has been sold to an outside party. The Board decided that an entity should recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory when the transfer occurs. Consequently, the amendments in this Update eliminate the exception for an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory. The amendments in this Update do not include new disclosure requirements; however, existing disclosure requirements might be applicable when accounting for the current and deferred income taxes for an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory. For public business entities, the amendments in this Update are effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim reporting periods within those annual reporting periods. Early adoption is permitted for all entities as of the beginning of an annual reporting period for which financial statements (interim or annual) have not been issued or made available for issuance. The amendments in this Update should be applied on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements.

In October 2016, the FASB issued updated guidance for the consolidation of variable interest entities (“VIEs”) for which interests are held through related parties that are under common control. The amendments in this Update affect reporting entities that are required to evaluate whether they should consolidate a VIE within the Variable Interest Entities Subsections of Subtopic 810-10, Consolidation—Overall, in certain situations involving entities under common control. Specifically, the amendments change the evaluation of whether a reporting entity is the primary beneficiary of a VIE by changing how a reporting entity that is a single decision maker of a VIE treats indirect interests in the entity held through related parties that are under common control with the reporting entity. The amendments in this Update are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. If an entity early adopts the amendments in an interim period,

 

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any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its consolidated financial statements, if any.

In November 2016, the FASB issued guidance regarding the classification of transactions involving restricted cash on the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this Update require that a statement of cash flows explain the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Therefore, amounts generally described as restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents should be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the beginning-of-period and end-of-period total amounts shown on the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this Update are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. If an entity early adopts the amendments in an interim period, any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period. The amendments in this Update should be applied using a retrospective transition method to each period presented. The Company will adopt this guidance on its consolidated statement of cash flows.

In January 2017, the FASB issued guidance clarifying the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The definition of a business affects many areas of accounting including acquisitions, disposals, goodwill, and consolidation. The amendments in this Update provide a screen to determine when a set is not a business. The screen requires that when substantially all of the fair value of the gross assets acquired (or disposed of) is concentrated in a single identifiable asset or a group of similar identifiable assets, the set is not a business. This screen reduces the number of transactions that need to be further evaluated. The amendments in this Update are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The amendments in this Update should be applied prospectively on or after the effective date. Early application of the amendments in this Update is allowed in specific circumstances. The Company will adopt this guidance on future acquisitions.

In January 2017, the FASB issued updated guidance to simplify the test for goodwill impairment. The amendments in this Update modify the concept of impairment from the condition that exists when the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value to the condition that exists when the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value. An entity no longer will determine goodwill impairment by calculating the implied fair value of goodwill by assigning the fair value of a reporting unit to all of its assets and liabilities as if that reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination. Because these amendments eliminate Step 2 from the goodwill impairment test, they should reduce the cost and complexity of evaluating goodwill for impairment. The amendments in this Update are effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted for interim or annual goodwill impairment tests performed on testing dates after January 1, 2017. The Company is evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on future goodwill impairment tests.

Accounting pronouncements issued prior to 2016 and not yet adopted

During 2014, the FASB issued new guidance for revenue from contracts with customers, which requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers and also includes changes in the accounting for customer contract acquisition costs and fulfilment costs. During 2016, the FASB issued several additional updates that amended the proposed guidance. These new standards will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. GAAP, and are effective for public reporting companies for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The standards permit two methods of adoption: retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented (retrospective method),

 

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or retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying the guidance recognized at the date of initial application (the cumulative catch-up transition method). The effective date for the Company is January 1, 2018. Management has not yet determined what transition method will be used.

Management is currently in the process of evaluating the potential impact this new guidance will have on the Company’s financial statements. Management has not completed this evaluation and therefore, cannot conclude whether the guidance will have a significant impact on the financial statements at this time. However, based on preliminary work completed at this time, Management is considering the implications that the new standard may have in the following areas:

 

    Under the new standards, certain implementation costs and other fulfilment costs, such as direct labor for contract set-up activities, that are expensed as incurred under current policies, will be capitalized and amortized over the contract term and anticipated renewal periods.

 

    The period of amortization of contract acquisition costs (e.g., sales commissions) may change. Under current policies, sales commissions are expensed over the initial term of a contract. Under the new standards, these are required to be amortized over the initial contract term plus any anticipated renewal periods if there is no commensurate commission paid for the renewal periods.

 

    Under current policies, upfront activities (such as setup activities) are not generally analyzed to determine whether they have standalone value because the contingent revenue cap under the existing revenue guidance would prohibit allocation of hosting revenue to that upfront activity. Under the new standards, the contingent revenue cap no longer exists, so certain upfront activities included in the implementation process will need to be evaluated to determine whether they qualify as separate units of accounting. If they are separate units of accounting, then revenue would be allocated to the upfront activity, recognized as those activities are performed, rather than over the hosting period.

 

    Where the Company charges upfront fees for implementation or set-up activities, including fees charged in pre-production periods, the period over which these fees will be recognized may in some cases be shorter than our current practice.

 

    For certain software license arrangements, the Company currently uses a ratable, or over time, revenue recognition method for software licensing arrangements where vendor specific objective evidence (VSOE) of the maintenance portion of the arrangement does not exist. Under the new standards, Management expects the timing of revenue recognition to be accelerated because Management anticipates that the license revenue portion will be recognized at a point in time upon software license delivery.

At this time, Management is not able to reasonably estimate the impact that adoption is expected to have.

The Company’s implementation process is ongoing. Significant activities that are in process are the calculation of the transition adjustment, drafting and approval of new accounting policies, and design and implementation of new processes and systems to accommodate the new policies and to compile the information for the enhanced disclosures under the new standards.

Note 3—Cash

At December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company’s cash amounted to $51.9 million and $28.7 million, respectively, which is mostly deposited in interest bearing deposit accounts within financial institutions. As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, total cash from subsidiaries located outside of Puerto Rico amounted to $35.5 million and $16.4 million, respectively. Cash deposited in an affiliate financial institution amounted to $7.8 million and $12.1 million as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

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Note 4—Accounts Receivable, Net

Accounts receivable, net consisted of the following:

 

     December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015  

Trade

   $ 52,663      $ 52,652  

Due from affiliates, net

     20,971        16,886  

Settlement assets

     5,938        6,304  

Other

     144        123  

Less: allowance for doubtful accounts

     (1,913      (2,250
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

   $ 77,803      $ 73,715  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

At December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company had receivables from the government of Puerto Rico amounting to $18.0 million and $18.4 million, respectively, included as part of Trade receivables.

The Company records settlement assets that result from timing differences in the Company’s settlement processes with merchants, financial institutions, and credit card associations related to merchant and card transaction processing. The amounts are generally collected or paid the following business day.

Note 5—Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

Prepaid expenses and other assets consisted of the following:

 

     December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    2016      2015  

Software licenses and maintenance contracts

   $ 8,302      $ 6,526  

Deferred project costs

     3,113        4,067  

Guarantee deposits

     3,396        2,404  

Insurance

     1,272        1,313  

Prepaid income taxes

     1,362        1,259  

Taxes other than income

     1,358        1,042  

Postage

     296        751  

Other

     1,331        1,396  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

   $ 20,430      $ 18,758  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 6—Investment in Equity Investee

Consorcio de Tarjetas Dominicanas, S.A. (“CONTADO”) is the largest merchant acquirer and ATM network in the Dominican Republic. The Company uses the equity method of accounting to account for its equity interest in CONTADO. As a result of the acquisition in 2011 of CONTADO’s 19.99% equity interest, the Company calculated an excess cost of the investment in CONTADO over the amount of underlying equity in net assets of approximately $9.0 million, which was mainly attributed to customer relationships, trademark and goodwill intangibles. The Company’s excess basis allocated to amortizable assets is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lives of the appropriate intangibles. Amortization expense for each of the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 amounted to approximately $0.3 million, and was recorded within earnings (losses) of equity method investment in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. The Company recognized a loss of $0.1 million for December 31, 2016 and earnings of $0.1 million and $1.1 million as equity in CONTADO’s net income, net of amortization, in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive

 

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income for the years ended 2015 and 2014, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company received $0.3 million in dividends from CONTADO. No dividends were received during 2015 or 2016.

CONTADO fiscal year ends December 31 and is reported in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the period subsequent to the acquisition date on a one month lag. No significant events occurred in CONTADO’s operations subsequent to November 30, 2016 that would have materially affected the Company’s reported results.

Note 7—Property and Equipment, Net

Property and equipment, net consisted of the following:

 

     Useful life
in years
   December 31,  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)       2016      2015  

Buildings

   30    $ 1,559      $ 1,606  

Data processing equipment

   3 - 5      105,052        94,523  

Furniture and equipment

   3 - 20      7,311        8,170  

Leasehold improvements

   5 - 10      3,057        3,649  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        116,979        107,948  

Less—accumulated depreciation and amortization

        (79,431      (75,244
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Depreciable assets, net

        37,548        32,704  

Land

        1,382        1,424  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

      $ 38,930      $ 34,128  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense related to property and equipment was $14.2 million, $15.1 million and $15.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Note 8—Goodwill

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill, allocated by reportable segments, were as follows (See Note 22):

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)    Merchant
acquiring, net
     Payment
processing
     Business
solutions
     Total  

Balance at December 31, 2014

   $ 138,121      $ 184,228      $ 46,488      $ 368,837  

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     —          (732      28        (704
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2015

     138,121        183,496        46,516        368,133  

Goodwill attributable to acquisition

     —          4,991        —          4,991  

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     —          (1,799      (339      (2,138
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

   $ 138,121      $ 186,688      $ 46,177      $ 370,986  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis, or more often if events or circumstances indicate there may be impairment. For 2016, the Company used the qualitative assessment option or step zero process. Using this process, the Company first assesses whether it is “more likely than not” that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. For 2015, the Company used a two-step process at each reporting unit level. The first step (“Step 1”) compares the estimated fair value of the reporting units to their carrying values, including goodwill. If the fair value of a reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is not considered impaired and the second step of the impairment test is unnecessary. If needed, the second step

 

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(“Step 2”) consists of comparing the implied fair value of the reporting units with the carrying amount of that goodwill.

The Company conducted a qualitative assessment of each reporting unit’s fair value, or step zero process, as of August 31, 2016. As part of the Company’s qualitative assessment, EVERTEC considered the results for the Company’s 2015 impairment test (which indicated that the fair value of each reporting unit was in excess of it carrying amount by 120.9%—145.5%) as well as current market conditions and changes in the carrying amount of the Company’s reporting units that occurred subsequent to the 2015 impairment test. Based on the results of this qualitative assessment, EVERTEC believes the fair value of goodwill for each of the Company’s reporting units continues to exceed their respective carrying amounts and concluded that it was not necessary to conduct the two-step goodwill impairment test. Accordingly, no impairment losses for the period were recognized.

Note 9—Other Intangible Assets, Net

The carrying amount of other intangible assets consisted of the following:

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)         December 31, 2016  
     Useful life
in years
   Gross
amount
     Accumulated
amortization
     Net carrying
amount
 

Customer relationships

   8 - 14    $ 334,455      $ (141,829    $ 192,626  

Trademark

   10 - 15      39,950        (21,650      18,300  

Software packages

   3 - 10      176,267        (121,055      55,212  

Non-compete agreement

   15      56,539        (23,558      32,981  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other intangible assets, net

      $ 607,211      $ (308,092    $ 299,119  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
(Dollar amounts in thousands)         December 31, 2015  
     Useful life
in years
   Gross
amount
     Accumulated
amortization
     Net carrying
amount
 

Customer relationships

   10 - 14    $ 322,632      $ (117,963    $ 204,669  

Trademark

   10 - 15      39,950        (18,186      21,764  

Software packages

   3 - 10      155,611        (106,735      48,876  

Non-compete agreement

   15      56,539        (19,789      36,750  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other intangible assets, net

      $ 574,732      $ (262,673    $ 312,059  
     

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Company completed two acquisitions in 2016 that were not significant, individually or in the aggregate, a 65% equity interest in Processa, S.A.S, a Colombian payment processing company for $6.4 million, including a customer relationship of $3.1 million, and Accuprint, Inc, a data management and printing services company for $9.7 million, including a customer relationship of $9.1 million. In connection with the Accurpint, Inc purchase, the Company has recorded a contingent liability of $1.1 million. The results of operations and financial position of these entities are included in the Consolidated Financial Statements from and after the date of acquisition. During 2015, the Company acquired a customer relationship amounting to $10.0 million.

Amortization expense related to intangibles, including software packages, was $45.4 million, $49.9 million and $50.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Amortization expense related to software packages was $14.3 million, $20.1 million and $21.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recognized an impairment

 

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loss of $2.3 million related to software. The estimated amortization expenses of balances outstanding at December 31, 2016 for the next five years are as follows:

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)       

2017

   $ 43,723  

2018

     39,516  

2019

     36,247