SAN ANTONIO, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Payment Data Systems (NASDAQ:PYDS), an integrated electronic payment solutions provider, today announced first quarter 2018 financial results for the period that ended March 31, 2018 featuring record revenues for the quarter, compared to the previous period in 2017.

First Quarter 2018 Financial Summary

  • Revenues were $5.8 million for Q1 2018 vs. $2.8 million for Q1 2017, an increase of 108%.
  • Gross margin was $1.3 million, or 21.7% of revenues during the first quarter compared to $0.9 million, or 33.5% for Q1 2017.
  • Q1 2018 operating loss was $1.06 million compared to an operating loss of $.3 million for Q1 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $.2 million or 3.9% for Q1 2018 compared to earnings of $.1 million or 4.1 % for Q1 2017.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $1.05 million or ($0.09) per basic and diluted share versus a net loss of $.3 million or ($0.03) per basic and diluted share for Q1 2017.
  • More than 2.8 million total transactions were processed during Q1 2018.
  • More than $782 million total dollars were processed during Q1 2018.
  • Achieved a company record high 305% percent increase in credit card dollars processed and 307% percent increase in credit card transactions in the first quarter compared to Q1 2017.
  • Payment Data Systems continues to be in solid financial condition with $3.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt.

During the first quarter of 2018 electronic check transaction volumes were up 5% over the fourth quarter of 2017, representing the third consecutive quarter of growth. Returned check transactions processed during first quarter of 2018 were up 6% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Electronic check transaction volumes during the first quarter of 2018 were down 2% versus the same time period in 2017. Returned check transactions processed during the first quarter of 2018 were down 2% versus the same time period in 2017.

“As we expected, we have started off the new business year with solid growth, continuing the trend we set at the end of last year with record year-over-year transaction levels and triple digit revenue increases,” said Louis Hoch, president and CEO of Payment Data Systems.  “In 2017 we initiated a revenue growth plan focused on both organic and growth through acquisition.  In support of the revenue growth plan, we are implementing multiple enhancements to our secure payment applications and launching several additional products.  The results speak for themselves as revenues and volumes continue to grow greatly. Our outlook for 2018 is to continue this trajectory and we expect record annual revenues for 2018.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ending March 31, 2018

Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 increased 108% to $5.8 million, as compared to $2.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The increase for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 versus the same period in 2017 was due to the acquisition of the business of Singular Payments, LLC on September 1, 2017 and included organic growth from existing services.  Revenues increased 4% versus Q4 2017.

As of March 31, 2018, the company has $3.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt, compared to $4.8 million at December 31, 2017. 

Gross margin dollars in the first quarter were $1.3 million, or 21.7% of revenues, compared to $0.9 million, or 33.5% of revenues in the first quarter of last year.  

Our first quarter operating loss was $1.06 million compared to an operating loss of $.3 million in the first quarter of 2017. 

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 was a loss of $.2 million compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $.1 million in the first quarter of 2017.   One-time expenses affecting Adjusted EBITDA totaled approximately $.2 million.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $1.05 million, or ($0.09) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $.3 million or ($0.03) per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of 2017.  Factors contributing to the increased net loss were approximately $.3 million of incremental amortization expense related to the Singular Payments acquisition, approximately $.2 million of incremental stock (non-cash) compensation expense and incremental salaries and payroll related expenses as we build out our sales force to drive incremental revenues.

Operating expenses (including COGS) were $6.9 million for the first quarter of 2018 versus the $3.1 million during the first quarter of 2017.  The incremental operating expenses reflect the incremental processing cost and salaries and employee related expenses related to the acquisition of the business of Singular Payments.

Conference Call and Webcast

Payment Data Systems, Inc.’s management will host a conference call with a live webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to provide a business update.

To listen to the conference call, interested parties within the U.S. should call 1-844-883-3890. International callers should call +1-412-317-9246. All callers should ask for the Payment Data Systems conference call. The conference call will also be available through a live webcast, which can be accessed via the company’s website at

A replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call through May 29, 2018. The replay can be accessed via the Company’s website or by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.) or +1-412-317-0088 (international). The replay conference playback code is 10120168.

About Payment Data Systems, Inc.

Payment Data Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:PYDS), a leading integrated payment solutions provider, offers a wide range of payment solutions to merchants, billers, banks, service bureaus, and card issuers. The Company operates credit, debit/prepaid and ACH payment processing platforms to deliver convenient, world-class payment solutions and service to their clients. The strength of the Company lies in its ability to provide tailored solutions for card issuance, payment acceptance, and bill payments as well as its unique technology in the prepaid sector.  Payment Data is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has offices in New York, New York; Long Beach, California and Nashville, Tennessee.  Websites:,,,, and Find us on Facebook®.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, as defined in Regulation G of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company reports its financial results in compliance with GAAP, but believes that also discussing non-GAAP measures provides investors with financial measures it uses in the management of its business. The Company defines EBITDA as operating income (loss), before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, as defined above, plus non-cash stock option costs and certain non-recurring items, such as acquisitions. These measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Management uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as indicators of the Company's operating performance and ability to fund acquisitions, capital expenditures and other investments and, in the absence of refinancing options, to repay debt obligations.

Management believes EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are helpful to investors in evaluating the Company's operating performance because non-cash costs and other items that management believes are not indicative of its results of operations are excluded. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are supplemental non-GAAP measures, which have limitations as an analytical tool. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, may differ from GAAP measures with the same names, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar names that are used by other companies. For a description of our use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, and a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to operating income (loss), see the section of this press release titled "Non-GAAP Reconciliation."


Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements which are covered by safe harbors. Those statements include, but may not be limited to, all statements regarding management's intent, belief and expectations, such as statements concerning our future and our operating and growth strategy. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of words such as "believe," "intend," "look forward," "anticipate," "schedule", and "expect" among others. Forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business that could cause actual results to vary, including such risks related to the realization of the anticipated opportunities from the Singular acquisition, the management of the Company's growth, the loss of key resellers, the relationships with the Automated Clearinghouse network, bank sponsors, third-party card processing providers and merchants, the security of our software, hardware and information, the volatility of our stock price, the need to obtain additional financing, risks associated with new tax legislation, and compliance with complex federal, state and local laws and regulations, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. One or more of these factors have affected, and in the future, could affect the Company’s businesses and financial results in the future and could cause actual results to differ materially from plans and projections. The Company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements included in this release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the objectives and plans will be achieved. All forward-looking statements made in this release are based on information presently available to management. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

  March 31, December 31,
 2018  2017 
Cash and cash equivalents $3,473,066  $4,800,554 
Accounts receivable, net  892,156   969,674 
Settlement processing assets  37,751,361   38,027,984 
Prepaid expenses and other  369,514   176,945 
Notes receivable  150,000   150,000 
Current assets before merchant reserves  42,636,097   44,125,157 
Merchant reserves  15,080,233   14,977,468 
Total current assets  57,716,330   59,102,625 
Property and equipment, net  1,926,026   2,105,186 
Other assets:    
Intangibles, net  4,426,426   4,676,427 
Deferred tax asset  1,394,000   1,394,000 
Other assets  182,690   157,565 
Total other assets  6,003,116   6,227,992 
Total Assets $65,645,472  $67,435,803 
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $225,757  $300,736 
Accrued expenses  1,007,080   1,006,262 
Settlement processing obligations  37,751,361   38,027,984 
Deferred revenues  90,250   - 
Current liabilities before merchant reserve obligations  39,074,448   39,334,982 
Merchant reserve obligations  15,080,233   14,977,468 
Total current liabilities  54,154,681   54,312,450 
Stockholders' Equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; -0- shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 (unaudited) and December 31, 2017, respectively  -   - 
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 16,943,124 and 16,874,235 issued, and 15,859,515 and 16,201,634 outstanding at March 31, 2018 (unaudited) and December 31, 2017, respectively  186,368   186,299 
Additional paid in capital  74,188,314   74,041,083 
Treasury stock, at cost; 1,070,539 and 672,601 shares at March 31, 2018 (unaudited) and December 31, 2017, respectively  (1,787,193)  (831,059)
Deferred compensation  (6,785,466)  (7,012,544)
Accumulated deficit  (54,311,232)  (53,260,426)
Total stockholders' equity  11,490,791   13,123,353 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $65,645,472  $67,435,803 

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018   2017 
Revenues$5,843,665  $2,810,744 
Operating expenses:   
Cost of services 4,572,758   1,867,945 
Selling, general and administrative:   
Stock-based compensation 374,378   207,920 
Other expenses 1,498,651   828,272 
Depreciation and amortization 458,663   228,545 
Total operating expenses 6,904,450   3,132,682 
Operating (loss) (1,060,785)  (321,938)
Other income:   
Interest income 11,521   33,816 
Other income (expense) (1,542)  1,539 
Other income (expense), net 9,979   35,355 
Income (loss) before income taxes (1,050,806)  (286,583)
Income taxes (benefit) expense -   - 
Net (Loss)$(1,050,806) $(286,583)
Earnings (Loss) Per Share   
Basic earnings  (loss) per common share:$(0.09) $(0.03)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:$(0.09) $(0.03)
Weighted average common shares outstanding   
Basic 12,026,622   8,485,183 
Diluted 12,026,622   8,485,183 

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2018   2017 
Operating Activities    
Net (loss) $(1,050,806) $(286,583)
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) to net cash (used) by operating activities:    
Depreciation  208,662   187,760 
Amortization  250,001   40,785 
Non-cash stock based compensation  374,378   207,920 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable  77,518   56,918 
Prepaid expenses and other  (192,569)  (130,557)
Other assets  (25,125)  (28,763)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (74,161)  191,103 
Merchant reserves  102,765   (1,078,211)
Deferred revenues  90,250   - 
Net cash (used) by operating activities  (239,087)  (839,628)
Investing Activities    
Purchases of property and equipment  (29,502)  (210,052)
Note receivable  -   (500,000)
Net cash (used) by investing activities  (29,502)  (710,052)
Financing Activities    
Purchases of treasury stock  (956,134)  (30,964)
Net cash (used) by financing activities  (956,134)  (30,964)
Change in cash, cash equivalents and merchant reserves  (1,224,723)  (1,580,644)
Cash, cash equivalents and merchant reserves, beginning of period  19,778,022   19,924,379 
Cash, cash equivalents and merchant reserves, end of period $18,553,299  $18,343,735 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:    
Cash paid during the period for:    
Interest  -   - 
Income taxes  -   - 

 Three Months Ended
 March 31, March 31,
 2018  2017 
Reconciliation from Operating (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:   
Operating (Loss)$(1,060,785) $(321,938)
Depreciation and amortization 458,663   228,545 
EBITDA (602,122)  (93,393)
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net 374,378   207,920 
Adjusted EBITDA$(227,744) $114,527 
Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA margins:   
Revenues$5,843,665  $2,810,744 
Adjusted EBITDA (227,744)  114,527 
Adjusted EBITDA margins -3.9%  4.1%

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