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Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Strong First Quarter Performance with Ongoing Growth and Further Deleveraging
Pending Acquisition of Finxera Positions Significant Business Expansion
Capital Refinancing Strengthens the Balance Sheet and Liquidity

ALPHARETTA, GA – May 12, 2021 -- Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTH) (“Priority” or the “Company”), a leading payments technology company helping customers collect, store and send money, today announced its first quarter 2021 financial results.

Highlights of Consolidated Results

First Quarter 2021, Compared with First Quarter 2020

The first quarter 2020 includes results of the RentPayment business sold to MRI Software in September 2020. Financial highlights of first quarter 2021 compared with first quarter 2020, are as follows (gross profit, gross profit margin, and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures1):

Revenue of $113.3 million increased 16.9% from $96.9 million.
Gross profit of $31.4 million increased 2.8% from $30.6 million.
Gross profit margin of 27.7% decreased from 31.5%.
Income from operations of $4.5 million increased 27.2% from $3.6 million, including non-recurring expenses of $3.6 million and $1.4 million in first quarter 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Diluted loss per share of $0.04 compares with a diluted loss per share of $0.09.
Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million increased 13.9% from $15.8 million.
Total net leverage ratio of 5.44x at March 31, 2021 decreased from 5.85x at December 31, 20201.


The first quarter 2021 results compared with first quarter 2020 results, excluding the RentPayment business sold in September 2020 and non-recurring expenses from both quarters2,3, are as follows:

Revenue of $113.3 million increased 21.7% from $93.1 million.
Gross profit of $31.4 million increased 16.0% from $27.1 million.
Gross profit margin of 27.7% decreased 140 basis points from 29.1%.
Income from operations of $8.2 million increased 132.9% from $3.5 million.
Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million increased 37.0% from $13.1 million.

The Company announced during first quarter 2021 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Finxera Holdings, Inc. (“Finxera”). That acquisition is expected to close in third quarter 2021. In first quarter 2021, Finxera generated revenue of $16.8 million, gross profit of $15.6 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million. On a pro forma basis4, including first quarter results of Finxera, together with the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition, first quarter 2021 financial results (excluding revenue and cost synergies) are as follows:

Revenue of $130.1 million.
Gross profit of $50.9 million.
Gross profit margin of 39.2%.
Adjusted EBITDA of $33.5 million.

(1) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the reconciliations of Gross Profit, Gross Profit Margin, and Adjusted EBITDA to their most comparable GAAP measures, and the calculation of Total Net Leverage Ratio as of March 31, 2021 provided below for additional information.
(2) See "Results With and Without RentPayment" for a summary of the results for the three months ended March 31, 2020, excluding the actual results of the RentPayment business sold in September 2020.
(3) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for the details of non-recurring expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.
(4) See "Pro Forma Results" for a presentation of first quarter 2021 results including the actual first quarter 2021 results of Finxera and the April 2021 acquisition.

“Our consistent focus on solving payment pain points for our customers and partners has driven us to achieve another powerful quarter on the heels of an excellent finish to 2020,” said Tom Priore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Priority. “With the pending Finxera acquisition, we continue to build momentum towards fulfilling our mission to be the premier platform to collect, store and send money with a full breadth of payment and virtual banking capabilities. The future of digital commerce will be won by those with complete control of the payment rails for payment authorization, settlement, account ledgering and disbursement. We are well equipped to deploy those capabilities to activate new solutions, including payment facilitation, in new market segments quickly and at scale.”


Conference Call

Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.’s leadership will host a conference call on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss its first quarter financial results and business developments. Participants can access the call by Phone: US/Canada: (877) 501-3161 or International: (786) 815-8443.
Internet webcast link and accompanying slide presentation can be accessed at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/8k5v6qka and will also be posted in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.PRTH.com.

An audio replay of the call will be available shortly after the conference call until May 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. To listen to the audio replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and enter conference ID number 4385375. Alternatively, you may access the webcast replay in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.PRTH.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This communication includes certain non-GAAP financial measures that we regularly review to evaluate our business and trends, measure our performance, prepare financial projections, allocate resources, and make strategic decisions. We believe these non-GAAP measures help to illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to our results of operations and comparability between current and prior periods. We also use these non-GAAP measures to establish and monitor operational goals. However, these non-GAAP measures are not superior to or a substitute for prominent measurements calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rather, the non-GAAP measures are meant to be a complement to understanding measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin

The Company’s non-GAAP gross profit metric represents revenues less costs of services. Gross profit margin is gross profit divided by revenues. We review these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our underlying profit trends. The reconciliation of gross profit to its most comparable GAAP measure is provided below:


(in thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Revenues$113,297 $96,933
Costs of Services(81,863)(66,364)
Gross Profit$31,434 $30,569
Gross Profit Margin27.7 %31.5 %

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are performance measures. EBITDA is earnings before interest, income tax, and depreciation and amortization expenses (“EBITDA”). Adjusted EBITDA begins with EBITDA but further excludes certain non-cash costs, such as stock-based compensation and the write-off of the carrying value of investments or other assets, as well as debt extinguishment and modification expenses and other expenses and income items considered non-recurring, such as acquisition integration expenses, certain professional fees, and litigation settlements. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA, which is a liquidity measure used in determining our total net leverage ratio, is adjusted EBITDA further adjusted for items specified in the definition of consolidated adjusted EBITDA within our debt agreements, which include the pro-forma impact of acquisitions and dispositions and other specified adjustments. We review the non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA measure to evaluate our business and trends, measure our performance, prepare financial projections, allocate resources, and make strategic decisions.


We review the non-GAAP consolidated adjusted EBITDA to evaluate compliance with our total net leverage ratio at each measurement period. The reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP measure is provided below:

(in thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Net loss (GAAP)$(2,679)$(5,869)
Interest expense9,168 10,315 
Income tax benefit(2,231)(1,233)
Depreciation and amortization9,070 10,272 
EBITDA (Non-GAAP)13,328 13,485 
Non-cash stock-based compensation558 338 
Selling, general and administrative3,627 1,394 
Debt modification expenses— 376 
Write-off of equity-method investment— 211 
Other non-operating expense488 — 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$18,001 $15,804 
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2021 and the calculation of the Total Net Leverage Ratio at March 31, 2021 are provided below:
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$72,530 
Allowable Board fee add-back1,500 
Other adjustments160 
RentPayment adjusted EBITDA(5,553)
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$68,637 
Consolidated Total Debt at March 31, 2021:
Current portion of long-term debt24,302 
Long-term debt, net350,667 
Unamortized discounts and costs4,135 
Less unrestricted cash(5,827)
Consolidated Net Debt$373,277 
Total Net Leverage Ratio5.44x


Further detail of certain of these adjustments, and where these items are recorded in our consolidated statements of operations, is provided below:

(in thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Selling, general and administrative expense:
Litigation settlement costs$— $Corporate
Certain legal fees and expenses1,843 472 Corporate
Professional, accounting and consulting fees1,784 24 Corporate
Acquisition transition services— 896 Integrated Partners
$3,627 $1,394 
Salary and employee benefit expense:
Non-cash stock-based compensation$95 $107 Consumer
Non-cash stock-based compensation30 34 Commercial
Non-cash stock-based compensation433 197 Corporate
$558 $338 
Other expenses, net
Debt modification expenses$— $376 
Write-off of equity-method investment— 211 
Other non-operating expense488 — 
$488 $587 

Priority does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures because it could not do so without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of the information needed to calculate reconciling items and due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the adjusting items that would be excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures in future periods. When planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, the Company does so primarily on a non-GAAP basis without preparing a GAAP analysis as that would require estimates for various cash and non-cash reconciling items that would be difficult to predict with reasonable accuracy. For example, stock-based compensation expense would be difficult to estimate because it depends on the Company’s future hiring and retention needs, as well as the future fair market value of the Company’s common stock, all of which are difficult to predict and subject to constant change. As a result, the Company does not believe that a GAAP reconciliation would provide meaningful supplemental information about the Company’s outlook.


Pro-Forma Results

On a pro forma basis, including first quarter results of Finxera, together with the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition, first quarter 2021 financial results (excluding revenue and cost synergies) are as follows:

(in thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 (a)
PriorityFinxeraTuck-in AcquisitionPro Forma
Revenues$113,297 $16,769 $— $130,066
Gross Profit$31,434 $15,647 $3,855 $50,936
Gross Profit Margin27.7 %93.3 %39.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA$18,001 $11,680 $3,855 $33,536
(a) Actual first quarter 2021 results of Priority, Finxera and the April 2021 tuck-in reseller acquisition.


About Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.

Priority is a leading provider of merchant acquiring, integrated payment software and commercial payment solutions, offering unique product and service capabilities to its merchant network and distribution partners. Priority’s enterprise operates from a purpose-built business platform that includes tailored customer service offerings and bespoke technology development, allowing the Company to provide end-to-end solutions for payment and payment-adjacent opportunities. Additional information can be found at www.PRTH.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services, and other statements identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “future,” “intends,” “could,” “estimate,” “predict,” “projects,” “targeting,” “potential” or “contingent,” “guidance,” “outlook” or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expected timing of the closing of Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.'s ("Priority", "we", "our", or "us") merger with Finxera Holdings, Inc. ("Finxera") and our 2021 outlook and statements regarding our market and growth opportunities. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed, or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our revenues and financial operating results. Our actual results could differ materially, and potentially adversely, from those discussed or implied herein.

We caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of the risks and uncertainties disclosed in our SEC filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 31, 2021. These filings are available online at www.sec.gov or www.PRTH.com.

We caution you that the important factors referenced above may not contain all of the factors that are important to you. In addition, we cannot assure you that we will realize the results or developments we expect or anticipate or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences we anticipate or affect us or our operations in the way we expect. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a predictor of future performance. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. If we do update one or more forward-

looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)Three Months Ended March 31,
REVENUES$113,297 $96,933 
Costs of services81,863 66,364 
Salary and employee benefits9,548 10,129 
Depreciation and amortization9,070 10,272 
Selling, general and administrative8,2896,609 
Total operating expenses108,770 93,374 
Income from operations4,527 3,559 
Interest expense(9,168)(10,315)
Other expenses, net(269)(346)
Total other expenses, net(9,437)(10,661)
Loss before income taxes(4,910)(7,102)
Income tax benefit(2,231)(1,233)
Net loss$(2,679)$(5,869)
Loss per common share:
Basic and diluted$(0.04)$(0.09)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted67,543 67,061 


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)Unaudited
March 31, 2021December 31, 2020
Current assets:
Cash$5,827 $9,241 
Restricted cash58,933 78,879 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance50,886 41,321 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets4,083 3,500 
Current portion of notes receivable, net of allowance1,829 2,190 
Settlement assets1,220 753 
Total current assets122,778 135,884 
Notes receivable, less current portion5,084 5,527 
Property, equipment, and software, net23,791 22,875 
Goodwill106,832 106,832 
Intangible assets, net91,062 98,057 
Deferred income taxes, net48,996 46,697 
Other non-current assets1,949 1,957 
Total assets$400,492 $417,829 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$29,880 $29,821 
Accrued residual commissions30,300 23,824 
Customer deposits and advance payments5,488 2,883 
Current portion of long-term debt24,302 19,442 
Settlement obligations50,820 72,878 
Total current liabilities140,790 148,848 
Long-term debt, net of current portion, discounts and debt issuance costs350,667 357,873 
Other non-current liabilities8,790 9,672 
Total long-term liabilities359,457 367,545 
Total liabilities500,247 516,393 
Stockholders' deficit:
Preferred stock— — 
Common stock68 68 
Additional paid-in capital7,257 5,769 
Treasury stock, at cost(2,388)(2,388)
Accumulated deficit(104,692)(102,013)
Total stockholders' deficit(99,755)(98,564)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$400,492 $417,829 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)Three Months Ended March 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss$(2,679)$(5,869)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of assets9,070 10,272 
Equity-classified and liability-classified stock-based compensation558 338 
Amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts590 460 
Deferred income tax benefit, net of change in allowance(2,299)(1,233)
Payment-in-kind interest1,924 1,391 
Other non-cash items, net(64)208 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(9,575)631 
Settlement assets and obligations, net(22,526)(7,047)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(583)390 
Notes receivable862 (927)
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities8,633 (3,541)
Customer deposits and advance payments2,604 (1,647)
Other assets and liabilities, net59 (680)
Net cash used in operating activities(13,426)(7,254)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, equipment, and software(2,754)(2,281)
Acquisitions of intangible assets(2,937)(948)
Net cash used in investing activities(5,691)(3,229)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayment of long-term debt(4,860)(1,002)
Debt modification costs paid— (2,749)
Borrowings under revolving credit facility— 3,500 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options617 — 
Net cash used in financing activities(4,243)(251)
Net change in cash and restricted cash:
Net decrease in cash and restricted cash(23,360)(10,734)
Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period88,120 50,465 
Cash and restricted cash at end of period$64,760 $39,731 


Reportable Segments' Results
(in thousands)Three Months Ended March 31,
Consumer Payments:  
Revenue$108,393 $86,031 
Operating expenses95,030 78,879 
Income from operations$13,363 $7,152 
Operating margin12.3 %8.3 %
Depreciation and amortization$8,579 $8,583 
Key indicators:
Merchant bankcard processing dollar value$11,871,939 $10,386,748 
Merchant bankcard transaction volume127,488 119,431 
Commercial Payments:
Revenue$3,500 $6,368 
Operating expenses3,909 5,604 
(Loss) income from operations$(409)$764 
Operating margin(11.7)%12.0 %
Depreciation and amortization$74 $76 
Key indicators:
Merchant bankcard processing dollar value$63,477 $72,677 
Merchant bankcard transaction volume38 25 
Integrated Partners:
Revenue$1,404 $4,534 
Operating expenses1,312 4,166 
Income from operations$92 $368 
Operating margin6.6 %8.1 %
Depreciation and amortization$129 $1,311 
Key indicators:
Merchant bankcard processing dollar value$11,372 $124,518 
Merchant bankcard transaction volume95 448 
Income from operations of reportable segments$13,046 $8,284 
Less: Corporate expense(8,519)(4,725)
Consolidated income from operations$4,527 $3,559 
Corporate depreciation and amortization$288 $302 
Key indicators:
Merchant bankcard processing dollar value$11,946,788 $10,583,943 
Merchant bankcard transaction volume127,621 119,904 

Results With and Without RentPayment

(in thousands)
First Quarter 2020
ConsolidatedRentPaymentExcl RentPayment
Revenues$96,933 $3,844 $93,089 
Operating Expenses:
Costs of services66,364 374 65,990 
Salary and employee benefits10,129 539 9,590 
Depreciation and amortization10,272 1,216 9,056 
Selling, general and administrative6,609 1,159 5,450 
Total operating expenses93,374 3,288 90,086 
Income from operations3,559 556 3,003 
Depreciation and amortization10,272 1,216 9,056 
Other income, net241 — 241 
Non-cash stock-based compensation338 — 338 
Legal and professional fees496 — 496 
Legal settlements— 
Acquisition integration services896 896 — 
Adjusted EBITDA$15,804 $2,668 $13,136