Launched Two New Loyalty Programs Through Strategic Partnership with Amadeus
Strong Pipeline Positions Company Well for Industry RecoveryTORONTO, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Points International Ltd. (TSX: PTS) (Nasdaq: PCOM) (Points or the Company), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, is reporting financial results for the third quarter ended
September 30, 2020.Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are on a year-over-year basis and all amounts are in USD. The complete third quarter Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis, including segmented results, are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.Third Quarter 2020 Financial SummaryRecent Operational HighlightsExpanded Partnerships:Launched new Subscription service with United Airlines allowing select Mileage Plus members the opportunity to subscribe to a monthly ‘buy miles’ plan.Expanded long-term partnership with Delta Air Lines with the launch of Delta Choice, a state-of-the-art customer service program that enhances the way customers are compensated for travel issues.Deployed a new program between GetYourGuide, a leading tours and activity website, and Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan. Users can now earn miles when they shop at GetYourGuide.Launched new capability with Chase Bank Ultimate Rewards that allows cardholders to double their points when they transfer bank-branded points into select travel program rewards currencies.Launched new Transfer and Reinstate services for Air Canada’s new Aeroplan program, offering additional options for members to utilize their Aeroplan miles.New Partnerships:Launched Buy, Gift and Transfer services with Caribbean Airlines’ loyalty program, Caribbean Miles, to provide a personalized experience for members to become more engaged in their program. This new partnership, which was initiated by Amadeus, went live in early November.Signed a new LCR contract with Ethiopian Airlines to take over the existing Buy, Gift and Transfer services currently managed by Amadeus, while adding new options that will generate both significant revenue and increased engagement for Ethiopian Airlines’ loyalty members.
Management Commentary“During the third quarter, we continued to navigate a challenging market environment for travel and hospitality,” said Rob MacLean, CEO of Points. “As we have often stated, the timing of new loyalty program deployments and promotional activity can fluctuate quarter to quarter, and these fluctuations have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. As a result, our transaction volumes have remained down from pre-COVID levels. Despite these challenges, our teams have been active with business development to drive new programs and partnerships, and our pipeline remains even stronger now than it was before the pandemic. I am proud of our team’s dedication to driving these opportunities and supporting our partners across all three lines of business.“In an environment that has placed unprecedented pressure on our travel partners, loyalty programs have proven to be a resilient source of value as our partners work to stabilize their businesses in the near-term and prepare for the return of strong consumer travel demand in the long-term. Several airlines have leveraged their frequent flyer program assets as collateral for debt financings, and operators across the industry have extended membership status and lowered redemption requirements to stimulate near-term travel activity. Our industry leading loyalty commerce solutions make our partners’ offerings more comprehensive and efficient, and this has enabled us to recently expand several key partnerships—such as United and Delta Airlines—while expanding our Amadeus relationship to sign new partnerships with operators like Caribbean Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines. This progress, in addition to important launches with Qatar and Air Canada earlier in the year, has continued the very strong trend of new business development during the pandemic that will help accelerate our performance as the industry recovers.“Across our organization, our long-term growth drivers remain at the core of our strategy. We will continue to maximize the performance of our in-market services, cross-sell to existing partners and sign new partnerships across new verticals and geographies. As we look to the remainder of the year, we are expecting to see growth over the third quarter of 2020 and expect to generate positive Adjusted EBITDA1 for 2020, which demonstrates our continued organizational and financial strength. While we cannot predict the timing of recovery for travel and hospitality demand, we remain dedicated to helping our partners see through this challenging period.”Third Quarter 2020 Financial ResultsTotal revenue in the third quarter was $37.4 million compared to $98.0 million in the prior year quarter. Principal revenue was $33.9 million compared to $92.0 million, and other partner revenue was $3.5 million compared to $6.0 million.Gross profit in the third quarter was $5.7 million compared to $14.0 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease in gross profit was primarily driven by the continued impacts of COVID-19 across all three operating segments.Adjusted operating expenses2 in the third quarter decreased to $6.9 million compared to $9.9 million in the prior year quarter. During the third quarter, Points recognized $1.8 million in wage subsidies under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which was recorded as an offset to employment costs. The funds in respect of these wage subsidies were received after the quarter end. In addition, reduced discretionary spending and cost management in response to the pandemic also contributed to lower adjusted operating expenses2 during the quarter.Net loss in the third quarter was $2.5 million or $(0.19) per share, compared to net income of $1.1 million or $0.08 per share in the prior year quarter.Adjusted EBITDA1 in the third quarter was $(1.1) million compared to $4.4 million in the prior year quarter. The decline was primarily due to continued lower transaction volumes as a result of COVID-19.At September 30, 2020, total funds available3 were $68.2 million compared to $86.8 million at December 31, 2019, with the decrease attributable to the impact of COVID-19 on overall sales activity, as well as the timing of promotional activity and partner payables. The Company elected to pay down $5 million on its credit facility during the third quarter, and the outstanding $30 million balance on the facility is reflected in the September 30, 2020 cash balance._____________________
1 Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange, finance costs, equity-settled share-based compensation and other one-time costs or benefits such as impairment charges and a tax rebate related to prior periods) is considered by management to be a useful supplemental measure when assessing financial performance. Management also believes that Adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator of the Company’s ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund future capital expenditures and working capital needs. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for Net Income, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure. See Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
2 Adjusted operating expenses consist of employment expenses excluding equity-settled share-based compensation, marketing and communications, technology services and other operating expenses. Adjusted operating expense is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for total operating expenses, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
3 Total funds available is defined as cash and cash equivalents, cash held in trust, and funds receivable from payment processors.Conference CallPoints will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its third quarter 2020 results, followed by a question-and-answer session.Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Replay ID: 13712315About Points International Ltd.Points, (TSX: PTS) (Nasdaq: PCOM) is a trusted partner to the world’s leading loyalty programs, leveraging its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform to build, power, and grow a network of ways members can get and use their favourite loyalty currency. Our platform combines insights, technology, and resources to make the movement of loyalty currency simpler and more intelligent for nearly 60 reward programs worldwide. Founded in 2000, Points is headquartered in Toronto with teams operating around the globe.For more information, visit points.com.Caution Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains or incorporates forward-looking statements within the meaning of United States securities legislation, and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). These forward-looking statements include or relate to but are not limited to, among other things, our ability to be Adjusted EBITDA positive in fiscal 2020, our financial performance in Q4 2020, statements relating to plans we have implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its expected impact on us (including with respect to efforts to mitigate degradation in transaction volumes, our liquidity and capitalization and our cost mitigation efforts, our business pipeline and ability to sign and launch new loyalty program partnerships, our ability to sell additional products and services to existing loyalty program partners, and our growth strategies). These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only Points’ expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events.Although Points believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to important risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Certain material assumptions or estimates are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. In particular, uncertainty around the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response on global and regional economies, economic activity, and all elements of the travel and hospitality industry may have a significant and materially adverse impact on our business. In addition, the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may impact the results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) airline or travel industry disruptions, such as an airline insolvency and continued airline consolidation; (ii) our dependence on a limited number of large clients for a significant portion of our consolidated revenue; (iii) our reliance on contractual relationships with loyalty program partners that are subject to termination and renegotiation; (iv) our exposure to significant liquidity risk if we fail to meet contractual performance commitments; (v) our ability to convert our pipeline of prospective partners or launch new products with new or existing partners as expected or planned; (vi) our dependence on various third-parties that provide certain solutions in our Platform Partners segment that we market to loyalty program partners; (vii) the fact that our operations are conducted in multiple jurisdictions and in multiple currencies and as such dramatic fluctuations in exchange rates of the foreign currencies can have a dramatic effect on our financial results and (viii) the risk of an event of default under our senior secured credit facility. These and other important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in Points’ annual information form, Form 40-F, annual and interim management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”), and annual and interim financial statements and the notes thereto. These documents are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as at the date of this release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as required by law, Points does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made or incorporated in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe Company’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Management uses certain non-GAAP measures, which are defined in the appropriate sections of this press release, to better assess the Company’s underlying performance. These measures are reviewed regularly by management and the Company’s Board of Directors in assessing the Company’s performance and in making decisions about ongoing operations. In addition, we use certain non-GAAP measures to determine the components of management compensation. We believe that these measures are also used by investors as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance. Readers are cautioned that these terms are not recognized GAAP measures and do not have a standardized GAAP meaning under IFRS and should not be construed as alternatives to IFRS terms, such as net income. Refer to “Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of the Company’s Q3 2020 MD&A for reconciliation to, and description of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures.Investor Relations ContactSean Mansouri, CFA or Cody Slach
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