Green Dot Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results, Announces Full-Year 2012 Guidance, and Secures Exclusive Multi-year Renewals with Rite-Aid and Kmart

MONROVIA, Calif.-( Business Wire )-

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT), a leading prepaid financial services company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.

Green Dot concluded the year with a strong fourth quarter, including a 26% increase in non-GAAP total operating revenues(1) to $123.2 million, a 40% increase in non-GAAP net income to $17.8 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.40. GAAP results for the fourth quarter were $119.7 million in revenues, $14.0 million in net income, and $0.33 in diluted earnings per share.

Green Dot also announced recent multi-year extensions to exclusive distribution agreements with Rite-Aid and Kmart, two important long-term retail partners, which call for expanded and more prominent in-store placement of Green Dot’s general purpose reloadable (GPR) card products.

“2011 was our first full year as a public company and it was a year that furthered our leadership position in our industry. It was a year where we became a bank holding company and closed on the purchase of what is now called Green Dot Bank. It was a year where we saw our cash and investment securities increase by another $97 million, thus enabling us to continue to invest in strategic M&A, technology infrastructure, regulatory compliance and consumer facing product and marketing initiatives in 2012 and beyond. It was a year that saw Green Dot grow new card activations by 27% over 2010, on top of an already large and industry leading sales base. And it was a year in which we once again delivered robust year over year revenue and earnings growth for our investors,” said Steve Streit, Green Dot’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

GAAP financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010:

  • Total operating revenues on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis increased 30% to $119.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 from $91.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010
  • GAAP net income increased 77% to $14.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 from $7.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010
  • GAAP basic and diluted earnings per common share were $0.33 and $0.33, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $0.19 and $0.18, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2010

Non-GAAP financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010:1

  • Non-GAAP total operating revenues1 increased 26% to $123.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 from $97.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Non-GAAP net income1 increased 40% to $17.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 from $12.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share1 were $0.40 for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $0.29 for the fourth quarter of 2010
  • EBITDA plus employee stock-based compensation expense and stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense (adjusted EBITDA1) increased 42% to $31.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $22.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010
1   Reconciliations of total operating revenues to non-GAAP total operating revenues, net income to non-GAAP net income, diluted earnings per share to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and net income to adjusted EBITDA, respectively, are provided in the tables immediately following the consolidated statements of cash flows. Additional information about the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures can be found under the caption “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Key business metrics for the quarter ended December 31, 2011:

  • Number of general purpose reloadable (GPR) debit cards activated was 1.98 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 450,000, or 29%, over the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Number of cash transfers was 9.14 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 1.88 million, or 26%, over the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Number of active cards at quarter end was 4.20 million, an increase of 800,000, or 24%, over the fourth quarter of 2010
  • Gross dollar volume (GDV) was $3.8 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of $1.1 billion, or 41%, over the fourth quarter of 2010

Refer to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for a description of these key business metrics. The following tables show the Company’s quarterly key business metrics for each of the last eight calendar quarters:

                               
Q4

2011

    Q3

2011

    Q2

2011

    Q1

2011

    Q4

2010

    Q3

2010

    Q2

2010

    Q1

2010

(in millions)
Number of GPR cards activated 1.98 1.96 1.82 2.21 1.53 1.47 1.48 1.79
Number of cash transfers 9.14 8.87 8.28 7.98 7.26 6.89 6.41 5.93
Number of active cards at quarter end 4.20 4.15 4.10 4.28 3.40 3.28 3.24 3.37
Gross dollar volume $ 3,771 $ 4,109 $ 3,632 $ 4,609 $ 2,672 $ 2,516 $ 2,375 $ 2,846
 

“We are pleased with the strong growth across all of our key financial and operational metrics in the fourth quarter, which enabled us to meet the high-end of our revised 2011 full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance. We were also encouraged by the year-over-year margin expansion in Q4, which was driven by significant efficiency gains in several areas of the business,” said John Keatley, Green Dot’s Chief Financial Officer.

Outlook for 2012

Green Dot is providing its initial Outlook for 2012 anticipated results. The Outlook provided is based on a number of assumptions that Green Dot believes are reasonable at the time of this press release. Information regarding potential risks that could cause the actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements is set forth below and in Green Dot’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 2012, Green Dot expects another year of very strong top-line and bottom-line growth. Non-GAAP total operating revenues(2) are expected to grow 20-24%, based upon the following year-over-year assumptions:

  • A greater than 20% improvement in the average number of active cards
  • Growth in cash transfers of greater than 20%, and
  • GDV growth in excess of 30%

Adjusted EBITDA(2) growth is expected to be 20-24%, reflecting investments the Company continues to make in new growth initiatives.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter 2011 financial results today at 5:00 pm ET. In addition to the conference call, there will be a webcast presentation of accompanying slides accessible on the Company’s investor relations website. Hosting the call will be Steve Streit, Chief Executive Officer, and John Keatley, Chief Financial Officer. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (866) 524-3160, or (412) 317-6760 for international callers. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 10008676. The replay of the webcast will be available until Thursday, February 2, 2012. The live call and the replay, along with supporting materials, can also be accessed through the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.greendot.com/.

2

 

Reconciliations of forward-looking guidance for these non-GAAP financial measures to their respective, most directly comparable projected GAAP financial measures are provided in the tables immediately following the reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, among other things, statements regarding the Company’s full-year 2012 guidance, including all the statements under “Outlook for 2012,” and other future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements contained in this earnings release, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those projected include, among other things, the Company’s dependence on revenues derived from Walmart and three other retail distributors, the Company’s reliance on retail distributors for the promotion of its products and services, demand for the Company’s products and services, competition, continued and improving returns from the Company’s investments in new growth initiatives, the Company’s ability to operate in a highly regulated environment, changes to existing laws or regulations affecting the Company’s operating methods or economics, the Company’s reliance on third-party vendors and card issuing banks, changes in credit card association or other network rules or standards, changes in card association and debit network fees or products or interchange rates, instances of fraud or developments in the prepaid financial services industry that impact prepaid debit card usage generally, business interruption or systems failure, potential difficulties in integrating operations of acquired companies and acquired technologies, and the Company’s involvement litigation or investigations. These and other risks are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which is available on the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.greendot.com/ and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of January 26, 2012, and the Company assumes no obligation to update this information as a result of future events or developments.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses measures of operating results that are adjusted to exclude interest income, net; income tax expense; depreciation and amortization; employee stock-based compensation expense; and stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense. This earnings release includes non-GAAP total operating revenues, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share data, non-GAAP weighted-average shares issued and outstanding and adjusted EBITDA. It also includes full-year 2012 guidance for non-GAAP total operating revenues and Adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP financial measures are not calculated or presented in accordance with, and are not alternatives or substitutes for, financial measures prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company’s financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to management and investors regarding underlying trends in its consolidated financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management regularly uses these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate the Company’s business and make operating decisions. For additional information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures and the items excluded by the Company from one or more of its historic and projected non-GAAP financial measures, investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of the Company’s historic and projected non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which are attached to this earnings release, and which can be found by clicking on “Financial Information” in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.greendot.com/.

About Green Dot

Green Dot is a publicly traded bank holding company regulated by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Company provides widely distributed, low cost banking and payment solutions to a broad base of U.S. consumers. Green Dot’s products and services include its market leading category of General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards and its industry-leading cash transfer network which are available directly to consumers online and through a network of approximately 59,000 retail stores nationwide where 95% of Americans shop. Green Dot is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area. For more details, visit www.greendot.com.

     

GREEN DOT CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2010

(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands, except par value)
Assets
Current assets:
Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents $ 225,433 $ 167,503
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 20,647
Settlement assets 27,355 19,968
Accounts receivable, net 41,307 33,412
Prepaid expenses and other assets 12,379 8,608
Income tax receivable 5,019 15,004
Net deferred tax assets 6,532   5,398
Total current assets 338,672 249,893
Restricted cash 12,926 5,135
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 10,563
Accounts receivable, net 4,147 2,549
Loans 11,420
Prepaid expenses and other assets 460 643
Property and equipment, net 27,281 18,034
Deferred expenses 12,604 9,504
Goodwill 10,334  
Total assets $ 428,407   $ 285,758
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 15,441 $ 17,625
Deposits 38,953
Settlement obligations 27,355 19,968
Amounts due to card issuing banks for overdrawn accounts 42,153 35,068
Other accrued liabilities 16,248 21,633
Deferred revenue 21,500   17,214
Total current liabilities 161,650 111,508
Other accrued liabilities 6,239 3,737
Deferred revenue 19 44
Net deferred tax liabilities 6,862   5,338
Total liabilities 174,770 120,627
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Convertible Series A preferred stock, $0.001 par value: 5,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2011 and 2010; 7 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011, no shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010 7
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively; 30,162 and 14,762 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively 30 13
Class B convertible common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2011 and 2010; 5,280 and 27,091 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively 5 27
Additional paid-in capital 131,827 95,433
Retained earnings 121,741 69,658
Accumulated other comprehensive income 27  
Total stockholders’ equity 253,637   165,131
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 428,407   $ 285,758
       

 GREEN DOT CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands, except per share data)
Operating revenues:
Card revenues and other fees $ 51,275 $ 42,397 $ 209,489 $ 167,375
Cash transfer revenues 35,883 27,872 134,143 101,502
Interchange revenues 36,068 27,274 141,103 108,380
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation (3,552 ) (5,696 ) (17,337 ) (13,369 )
Total operating revenues 119,674 91,847 467,398 363,888
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing expenses 42,583 35,113 168,747 122,890
Compensation and benefits expenses 23,105 19,628 87,671 70,102
Processing expenses 16,314 13,847 70,953 56,978
Other general and administrative expenses 15,386   10,602   56,578   44,599  
Total operating expenses 97,388   79,190   383,949   294,569  
Operating income 22,286 12,657 83,449 69,319
Interest income 336 96 910 365
Interest expense (144 ) (4 ) (346 ) (52 )
Income before income taxes 22,478 12,749 84,013 69,632
Income tax expense 8,470   4,811   31,930   27,400  
Net income 14,008 7,938 52,083 42,232
Allocated earnings of preferred stock (593 )   (558 ) (14,659 )
Net income allocated to common stockholders $ 13,415   $ 7,938   $ 51,525   $ 27,573  
Basic earnings per common share:
Class A common stock $ 0.33   $ 0.19   $ 1.24   $ 1.06  
Class B common stock $ 0.33   $ 0.19   $ 1.24   $ 1.06  
Basic weighted-average common shares issued and outstanding:
Class A common stock 24,957   7,541   22,238   2,980  
Class B common stock 13,957   31,548   17,718   21,589  
Diluted earnings per common share:
Class A common stock $ 0.33   $ 0.18   $ 1.19   $ 0.98  
Class B common stock $ 0.33   $ 0.18   $ 1.19   $ 0.98  
Diluted weighted-average common shares issued and outstanding:
Class A common stock 40,813   42,218   42,065   27,782  
Class B common stock 15,852   34,667   19,822   24,796  
   

 GREEN DOT CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2011     2010
(In thousands)
Operating activities
Net income $ 52,083 $ 42,232
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 12,330 7,588
Provision for uncollectible overdrawn accounts 60,562 46,093
Employee stock-based compensation 9,524 7,256
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation 17,337 13,369
Amortization of discount on available-for-sale investment securities 354
Provision (recovery) for uncollectible trade receivables 455 (13 )
Impairment of capitalized software 397 409
Deferred income taxes 224 (704 )
Excess tax benefits from exercise of options (3,394 ) (24,842 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Settlement assets (7,387 ) 22,601
Accounts receivable, net (70,510 ) (51,754 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (2,838 ) (1,042 )
Deferred expenses (3,100 ) (1,304 )
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities (4,489 ) 16,042
Settlement obligations 7,387 (22,601 )
Amounts due issuing bank for overdrawn accounts 7,085 11,646
Deferred revenue 4,261 2,113
Income tax receivable 13,428   16,414  
Net cash provided by operating activities 93,709 83,503
Investing activities
Purchases of available-for-sale investment securities (45,156 )
Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale securities 20,152
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash (7,791 ) 10,246
Payments for acquisition of property and equipment (23,076 ) (13,459 )
Principal collections on loans 245
Acquisition of Bonneville Bancorp, net of cash acquired 5,094    
Net cash used in investing activities (50,532 ) (3,213 )
Financing activities
Proceeds from exercise of options and warrants 6,140 6,068
Excess tax benefits from exercise of options 3,394 24,842
Net increase in deposits 5,219    
Net cash provided by financing activities 14,753   30,910  
Net increase in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents 57,930 111,200
Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 167,503   56,303  
Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 225,433   $ 167,503  
 
Cash paid for interest $ 32 $ 42
Cash paid for income taxes $ 18,291 $ 14,282
       

 GREEN DOT CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Total Operating Revenues to Non-GAAP Total Operating Revenues (1)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of total operating revenues to non-GAAP total operating revenues
Total operating revenues $ 119,674 $ 91,847 $ 467,398 $ 363,888
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation (2)(3) 3,552   5,696   17,337   13,369
Non-GAAP total operating revenues $ 123,226   $ 97,543   $ 484,735   $ 377,257
       

 Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income (1)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands, except per share data)
Reconciliation of net income to non-GAAP net income
Net income $ 14,008 $ 7,938 $ 52,083 $ 42,232
Employee stock-based compensation expense,

net of tax (4)

1,547 1,252 5,904 4,401
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation, net of tax (2) 2,214   3,547   10,748   8,108
Non-GAAP net income $ 17,769   $ 12,737   $ 68,735   $ 54,741
Diluted earnings per share*
GAAP $ 0.33 $ 0.18 $ 1.19 $ 0.98
Non-GAAP $ 0.40 $ 0.29 $ 1.55 $ 1.27
Diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding**
GAAP 40,813 42,218 42,065 27,782
Non-GAAP 44,142 44,200 44,221 42,978

____________

*

 

  Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding are provided in the next table.

**

 

Diluted weighted-average Class A shares issued and outstanding is the most directly comparable GAAP measure for the periods indicated.
       

GREEN DOT CORPORATION

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Diluted Weighted-Average Shares issued and Outstanding (1)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding
Diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding* 40,813 42,218 42,065 27,782
Assumed conversion of weighted-average shares of preferred stock 1,789 451 13,803
Weighted-average shares subject to repurchase 1,540   1,982   1,705   1,393
Non-GAAP diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding 44,142   44,200   44,221   42,978

____________

*

 

Represents the diluted weighted-average shares of Class A common stock for the periods indicated.
       

Supplemental Detail on Non-GAAP Diluted Weighted-Average Shares Issued and Outstanding

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands)
Supplemental detail on non-GAAP diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding
Stock outstanding as of December 31:
Class A common stock 30,162 14,762 30,162 14,762
Class B common stock 5,280 27,091 5,280 27,091
Preferred stock (on an as-converted basis) 6,859     6,859    
Total stock outstanding as of December 31: 42,301 41,853 42,301 41,853
Weighting adjustment (58 ) (782 ) (189 ) (2,088 )
Dilutive potential shares:
Stock options 1,895 3,120 2,104 3,061
Restricted stock units 4 3
Warrants 146
Employee stock purchase plan   9   2   6  
Non-GAAP diluted weighted-average shares issued and outstanding 44,142   44,200   44,221   42,978  

       

GREEN DOT CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA (1)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA
Net income $ 14,008 $ 7,938 $ 52,083 $ 42,232
Interest income, net (192 ) (92 ) (564 ) (313 )
Income tax expense 8,470 4,811 31,930 27,400
Depreciation and amortization 3,558 2,183 12,330 7,588
Employee stock-based compensation expense (3)(4) 2,482 2,010 9,524 7,256
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation (2)(3) 3,552   5,696   17,337   13,369  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 31,878   $ 22,546   $ 122,640   $ 97,532  
Non-GAAP total operating revenues $ 123,226   $ 97,543   $ 484,735   $ 377,257  
Adjusted EBITDA/non-GAAP total operating revenues (adjusted EBITDA margin) 25.9 % 23.1 % 25.3 % 25.9 %

   

Reconciliation of Forward Looking Guidance for Non-GAAP Financial Measures to

Projected GAAP Total Operating Revenue (1)

(Unaudited)

 
Range
Low     High
(in millions)
Reconciliation of total operating revenues to non-GAAP total operating revenues
Total operating revenues $ 568 $ 587
Stock-based retailer incentive compensation (2)* 14   14
Non-GAAP total operating revenues $ 582   $ 601
*   Assumes the Company’s right to repurchase lapses on 36,810 shares per month during 2012 of the Company’s Class A common stock at $31.22 per share, our market price on the last trading day of 2011. A $1.00 change in the Company’s Class A common stock price represents an annual change of $441,720 in stock-based retailer incentive compensation.

   

Reconciliation of Forward Looking Guidance for Non-GAAP Financial Measures to

Projected GAAP Net Income (1)

(Unaudited)

 
Range
Low     High
(in millions)
Reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA
Net income $ 66 $ 69
Adjustments (5) 81   83  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 147 $ 152
 
Non-GAAP total operating revenues $ 601   $ 582  
Adjusted EBITDA / Non-GAAP total operating revenues (Adjusted EBITDA margin) 24 % 26 %
 

(1)

 

To supplement the Company’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses measures of operating results that are adjusted to exclude various, primarily non-cash, expenses and charges. These financial measures are not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to or substitutes for operating revenues, operating income, net income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. These financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate their measures in the same manner as we do. These financial measures are adjusted to eliminate the impact of items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core operating performance. You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate.

 

The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures it presents are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s operating performance for the following reasons:

  • stock-based retailer incentive compensation is a non-cash GAAP accounting charge that is an offset to the Company’s actual revenues from operations as the Company has historically calculated them. This charge results from the monthly lapsing of the Company’s right to repurchase a portion of the 2,208,552 shares it issued to its largest distributor, Walmart, in May 2010. By adding back this charge to the Company’s GAAP 2010 and future total operating revenues, investors can make direct comparisons of the Company’s revenues from operations prior to and after May 2010 and thus more easily perceive trends in the Company’s core operations. Further, because the monthly charge is based on the then-current fair market value of the shares as to which the Company’s repurchase right lapses, adding back this charge eliminates fluctuations in the Company’s operating revenues caused by variations in its stock price and thus provides insight on the operating revenues directly associated with those core operations;
  • the Company records employee stock-based compensation from period to period, and recorded employee stock-based compensation expenses of approximately $2.5 million and $2.0 million for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. By comparing the Company’s adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in different historical periods, investors can evaluate the Company’s operating results without the additional variations caused by employee stock-based compensation expense, which may not be comparable from period to period due to changes in the fair market value of the Company’s Class A common stock (which is influenced by external factors like the volatility of public markets and the financial performance of the Company’s peers) and is not a key measure of the Company’s operations;
  • adjusted EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items, such as interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, employee stock-based compensation expense, and stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense, that can vary substantially from company to company depending upon their respective financing structures and accounting policies, the book values of their assets, their capital structures and the methods by which their assets were acquired; and
  • securities analysts use adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies.

The Company’s management uses the non-GAAP financial measures:

  • as measures of operating performance, because they exclude the impact of items not directly resulting from the Company’s core operations;
  • for planning purposes, including the preparation of the Company’s annual operating budget;
  • to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of the Company’s business;
  • to evaluate the effectiveness of the Company’s business strategies; and
  • in communications with the Company’s board of directors concerning the Company’s financial performance.

The Company understands that, although adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluations of companies, these measures have limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results of operations as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • that these measures do not reflect the Company’s capital expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or other contractual commitments;
  • that these measures do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs;
  • that these measures do not reflect interest expense or interest income;
  • that these measures do not reflect cash requirements for income taxes;
  • that, although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and these measures do not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements; and
  • that other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these measures differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

(2)

 

This expense consists of the recorded fair value of the shares of Class A common stock for which the Company’s right to repurchase has lapsed pursuant to the terms of the May 2010 agreement under which they were issued to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a contra-revenue component of the Company’s total operating revenues. Prior to the three months ended June 30, 2010, the Company did not record stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense. The Company will, however, continue to incur this expense through May 2015. In future periods, the Company does not expect this expense will be comparable from period to period due to changes in the fair value of its Class A common stock. The Company will also have to record additional stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense to the extent that a warrant to purchase its Class B common stock vests and becomes exercisable upon the achievement of certain performance goals by PayPal. The Company does not believe these non-cash expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results.

 

(3)

The Company does not include any income tax impact of the associated non-GAAP adjustment to non-GAAP total operating revenues or adjusted EBITDA, as the case may be, because each of these non-GAAP financial measures is provided before income tax expense.

 

(4)

This expense consists primarily of expenses for employee stock options. Employee stock-based compensation expense is not comparable from period to period due to changes in the fair market value of the Company’s Class A common stock (which is influenced by external factors like the volatility of public markets and the financial performance of the Company’s peers) and is not a key measure of the Company’s operations. The Company excludes employee stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because it consists of non-cash expenses that the Company does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results. Further, the Company believes that it is useful to investors to understand the impact of employee stock-based compensation to its results of operations.

 

(5)

These amounts represent estimated adjustments for net interest income, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, employee stock-based compensation expense, and stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense. Employee stock-based compensation expense and stock-based retailer incentive compensation expense include assumptions about the future fair market value of the Company’s Class A common stock (which is influenced by external factors like the volatility of public markets and the financial performance of the Company’s peers).

Green DotInvestor RelationsChristopher Mammone, 626-739-3942IR@greendot.comorMedia RelationsLiz Brady, 646-277-1226

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