CPI Card Group Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

Net Sales Increased 25% to $125 Million; Net Income Increased 80% to $12 Million; Adjusted EBITDA Increased 32% to $28 Million

Strong Sales Growth Across Portfolio and Improved Margins Drove Third Quarter Results

Company Increases 2022 Outlook for Net Sales and Adjusted EBITDA

LITTLETON, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CPI Card Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PMTS) (“CPI” or the “Company”), a payment technology company and leading provider of credit, debit, and prepaid solutions, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and updated its financial outlook for 2022.

Third quarter net sales increased 25% to $124.6 million, a third consecutive record sales quarter for the Company. Growth was led by the Debit and Credit segment, reflecting ongoing strong customer demand for contactless cards. Net income increased 80% to $11.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA increased 32% to $28.3 million, driven by the strong sales growth and related operating leverage.

“Our outstanding financial results in the third quarter reflect continued strong demand for our differentiated payments solutions and solid execution from our dedicated team,” said Scott Scheirman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPI. “We generated strong sales growth across our portfolio, which drove operating leverage and contributed to enhanced profitability.”

The Company now expects full-year growth in the low 20 percent range for sales and high teens for Adjusted EBITDA, an increase from the previous outlook of high teens growth for net sales and low double-digit growth for Adjusted EBITDA. The full-year Adjusted EBITDA margin is still expected to be slightly below 20%. The Company expects strong sales growth in its Debit and Credit segment for the year and Prepaid Debit segment sales similar to the record level in 2021.

CPI is a top payment solutions provider in the U.S. serving thousands of banks, credit unions and fintechs. The Company is a leader in the U.S. markets for eco-focused payment cards, personalization and Software-as-a-Service-based instant issuance solutions for small and medium U.S. financial institutions and retail prepaid debit card solutions, and maintains longstanding customer relationships.

The Company expects long-term market growth to be aided by the gradual transition to higher-priced contactless cards, including eco-focused cards, as well as continued financial payment card growth. Visa and Mastercard® U.S. credit, debit and prepaid cards in circulation have increased at a compound annual growth rate of 11% over the three-year period ended June 30, 2022, based on figures released by the networks.

Year-to-date 2022 Business Highlights

  • Generated incremental net sales from customer demand for higher-priced contactless cards, as the U.S. payment card market continues its gradual transition to contactless solutions.
  • Continued to be a leading provider of eco-focused payment card solutions in the U.S. Through the end of the third quarter of 2022, the Company has sold approximately 85 million eco-focused cards since launch in late 2019.
  • Experienced ongoing high demand for Card@Once® Software-as-a-Service-based instant issuance solutions. The Company has over 14,000 Card@Once® installations across more than 1,900 financial institutions in the U.S.
  • Reduced the outstanding balance on the Company’s 8.625% senior secured notes by redeeming $20 million of notes and increased the credit limit on its ABL revolving credit facility from $50 million to $75 million in the first quarter. The Company’s Net Leverage Ratio was 3.6x at September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

Net sales increased 25% year-over-year to $124.6 million in the third quarter of 2022.

  • Debit and Credit segment net sales increased 31% to $99.5 million. Growth was primarily driven by increased sales of higher-priced contactless cards and also benefited from strong sales of contact card sales, personalization services, and Card@Once® instant issuance solutions.
  • Prepaid Debit segment net sales increased 8% to $25.3 million, driven by increased sales with existing customers.

Third quarter gross profit increased 29% to $48.4 million and gross profit margin was 38.9%, which compared to 37.8% in the prior year third quarter and 35.8% in the 2022 second quarter. The year-over-year increase in gross profit margin was primarily due to operating leverage from higher net sales, including benefits from price increases, partially offset by inflationary impacts on production costs.

Year-over-year, income from operations increased 40% to $23.4 million; net income increased 80% to $11.9 million, or $1.01 diluted earnings per share; and Adjusted EBITDA increased 32% to $28.3 million. Profitability growth was primarily driven by higher net sales and the resulting operating leverage.

Year-to-date 2022 Financial Highlights

Net sales increased 24% year-over-year to $349.3 million in the first nine months of 2022, a record level for the Company.

  • Debit and Credit segment net sales increased 31% to $285.7 million. Growth was primarily driven by increased sales of higher-priced contactless cards, including eco-focused cards, and Card@Once® instant issuance solutions.
  • Prepaid Debit segment net sales increased 1% to $64.0 million. Prior year sales reflected benefits from the onboarding of new customer portfolios and retail inventory replenishment.

Gross profit for the first nine months increased 16% to $128.3 million and gross profit margin was 36.7%, which compared to 39.2% in the prior year period. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin was primarily due to inflationary impacts on production costs, partially offset by increased operating leverage from higher net sales, including benefits from price increases.

Year-over-year, income from operations increased 12% to $56.5 million; net income increased 58% to $24.1 million, or $2.05 diluted earnings per share; and Adjusted EBITDA increased 12% to $70.5 million.

Profitability benefited from higher net sales and the resulting operating leverage, partially offset by increased production costs and higher SG&A expenses, including increased compensation-related expenses and compliance costs related to Sarbanes-Oxley. The increase in net income was also aided by the comparison to significant debt refinancing costs incurred in the 2021 first quarter.

Balance Sheet, Liquidity, and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2022, cash and cash equivalents was $21.5 million. Cash generated from operating activities in the first nine months of 2022 was $11.7 million and capital expenditures were $14.4 million, yielding Free Cash Flow usage of $2.7 million. This compared to $14.5 million of cash generated from operating activities and $9.7 million of Free Cash Flow generated in the first nine months of 2021, which included $9.8 million in cash tax refunds, primarily related to CARES Act filings, and $4.8 million of capital expenditures.

The working capital usage in the 2022 first nine months was primarily driven by a $14 million increase in inventories to support customer demand and a $15 million increase in accounts receivable as a result of higher sales. The Company generated $19.9 million of cash flow from operating activities and $13.6 million of positive Free Cash Flow in the third quarter.

The Company had $290 million of 8.625% senior secured notes due 2026 and $25 million of borrowings from its ABL revolving credit facility outstanding at quarter-end. Revolving credit facility proceeds were utilized to fund the $20 million notes redemption in the first quarter, as well as working capital needs.

The Company’s capital structure and allocation priorities are to maintain ample liquidity; invest in the business, including strategic acquisitions; deleverage the balance sheet; and return funds to stockholders.

“We are pleased with the operating leverage we generated from strong sales growth,” said Amintore Schenkel, Chief Financial Officer of CPI. “We also strengthened our financial position, generating strong cash flow and reducing net leverage in the quarter.”

Conference Call and Webcast

CPI Card Group Inc. will hold a conference call on November 3, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to review its third quarter 2022 results. To participate in the Company’s conference call via telephone or online:

U.S. dial-In number (toll-free): 833-927-1758

U.S.: 844-200-6205

U.S. local: 646-904-5544

Canada Toll-Free: 833-950-0062

International: 929-526-1599

Conference ID: 057319

Webcast Link: CPI Q3 webcast or at https://investor.cpicardgroup.com

Participants are advised to login for the webcast 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

A replay of the conference call will be available until November 17, 2022 at:

US dial-in number (toll free): 866-813-9403

Canada: 226-828-7578

All other locations: 44-204-525-0658

Conference ID: 223308

A webcast replay of the conference call will also be available on CPI Card Group Inc.’s Investor Relations web site: https://investor.cpicardgroup.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we have provided the following non-GAAP financial measures in this release, all reported on a continuing operations basis: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Free Cash Flow, LTM Adjusted EBITDA and Net Leverage Ratio. These non-GAAP financial measures are utilized by management in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis between fiscal periods. We believe that these financial measures are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our underlying operating performance trends compared to historical and prospective periods and our peers. Management also believes that these measures are useful to investors in their analysis of our results of operations and provide improved comparability between fiscal periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures of other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these historical non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included in Exhibit E to this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is presented on a continuing operations basis and is defined as EBITDA (which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) adjusted for litigation; stock-based compensation expense; estimated sales tax expense, restructuring and other charges; loss on debt extinguishment; foreign currency gain or loss; litigation settlement gain; and other items that are unusual in nature, infrequently occurring or not considered part of our core operations, as set forth in the reconciliation in Exhibit E. Adjusted EBITDA is intended to show our unleveraged, pre-tax operating results and therefore reflects our financial performance based on operational factors, excluding non-operational, unusual or non-recurring losses or gains. Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for, analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. For example, Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect: (a) our capital expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; (b) changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; (c) the significant interest expenses or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt; (d) tax payments that represent a reduction in cash available to us; (e) any cash requirements for the assets being depreciated and amortized that may have to be replaced in the future; (f) the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters that we and the lenders under our credit agreement may not consider indicative of our ongoing operations; or (g) the impact of any discontinued operations. In particular, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA allows us to add back certain non-operating, unusual or non-recurring charges that are deducted in calculating net income, even though these are expenses that may recur, vary greatly and are difficult to predict and can represent the effect of long-term strategies as opposed to short-term results. In addition, certain of these expenses represent the reduction of cash that could be used for other purposes. Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage as shown in Exhibit E is computed as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total net sales.

We define LTM Adjusted EBITDA as Adjusted EBITDA (defined previously) for the last twelve months. LTM Adjusted EBITDA is used in the computation of Net Leverage Ratio, and is reconciled in Exhibit E.

Free Cash Flow

We define Free Cash Flow as cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities (continuing operations) less capital expenditures. We use this metric in analyzing our ability to service and repay our debt. However, this measure does not represent funds available for investment or other discretionary uses since it does not deduct cash used to service our debt, nor does it reflect the cash impacts of our discontinued operations. Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for, cash (used in) provided by operating activities or any other measures of liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP.

Financial Expectations for 2022

We have provided Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin expectations for 2022 on a non-GAAP basis because certain reconciling items are dependent on future events that either cannot be controlled or cannot be reliably predicted because they are not part of the Company’s routine activities, any of which could be significant.

Net Leverage Ratio

Management and various investors use the ratio of debt principal outstanding, plus finance lease obligations, less cash, divided by LTM Adjusted EBITDA, or “Net Leverage Ratio,” as a measure of our financial strength when making key investment decisions and evaluating us against peers.

About CPI Card Group Inc.

CPI Card Group® is a payment technology company and leading provider of credit, debit and prepaid solutions delivered physically, digitally and on-demand. CPI helps our customers foster connections and build their brands through innovative and reliable solutions, including financial payment cards, personalization and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) instant issuance. CPI has more than 20 years of experience in the payments market and is a trusted partner to financial institutions and payments services providers. Serving customers from locations throughout the United States, CPI has a large network of high security facilities, each of which is registered as PCI compliant by one or more of the payment brands: Visa, Mastercard®, American Express® and Discover®. Learn more at www.cpicardgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this release (as well as information included in other written or oral statements we make from time to time) may contain or constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “continue,” “committed,” “attempt,” “target,” “objective,” “guides,” “seek,” “focus,” “provides guidance,” “provides outlook” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. These forward-looking statements, including statements about our strategic initiatives and market opportunities and our guidance for full-year 2022 results, are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us and other information currently available. Such forward-looking statements, because they relate to future events, are by their very nature subject to many important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or other events to differ materially from those contemplated.

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the potential effects of COVID-19 and responses thereto on our business, including our supply chain, customer demand, workforce, operations and ability to comply with certain covenants related to our indebtedness; our transition to being an accelerated filer and complying with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the costs associated with such compliance and implementation of procedures thereunder; our failure to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting or remediate material weaknesses; our inability to recruit, retain and develop qualified personnel, including key personnel; a disruption or other failure in our supply chain, including as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, or labor pool resulting in increased costs and inability to pass those costs on to our customers and extended production lead times and difficulty meeting customers’ delivery expectations; a decline in U.S. and global market and economic conditions and resulting decreases in consumer and business spending, declines in consumer credit worthiness impacting demand for credit cards and ongoing or accelerating inflationary pressure; our failure to retain our existing customers or identify and attract new customers; system security risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks, including as retaliation for U.S. sanctions in connection with the Russia-Ukraine conflict; our substantial indebtedness, including inability to make debt service payments or refinance such indebtedness; the restrictive terms of our indebtedness and covenants of future agreements governing indebtedness and the resulting restraints on our ability to pursue our business strategies; interruptions in our operations, including our information technology (“IT”) systems, or in the operations of the third parties that operate the data centers or computing infrastructure on which we rely; disruptions in production at one or more of our facilities; environmental, social and governance preferences and demands of various stakeholders and our ability to conform to such preferences and demands and to comply with any related regulatory requirements; the effects of climate change, negative perceptions of our products due to the impact of our products and production processes on the environment and other ESG-related risks; disruptions in production due to weather conditions, climate change, political instability or social unrest; our inability to adequately protect our trade secrets and intellectual property rights from misappropriation, infringement claims brought against us and risks related to open source software; defects in our software; our limited ability to raise capital in the future; problems in production quality, materials and process; our inability to develop, introduce and commercialize new products; costs and impacts to our financial results relating to the obligatory collection of sales tax and claims for uncollected sales tax in states that impose sales tax collection requirements on out-of-state businesses, as well as potential new U.S. tax legislation increasing the corporate income tax rate and challenges to our income tax positions; our inability to successfully execute on our divestitures or acquisitions; our inability to realize the full value of our long-lived assets; costs relating to product defects and any related product liability and/or warranty claims; our inability to renew licenses with key technology licensors; the highly competitive, saturated and consolidated nature of our marketplace; the effects of delays or interruptions in our ability to source raw materials and components used in our products from foreign countries; failure to comply with regulations, customer contractual requirements and evolving industry standards regarding consumer privacy and data use and security; new and developing technologies that make our existing technology solutions and products obsolete or less relevant or our failure to introduce new products and services in a timely manner; quarterly variation in our operating results; our failure to operate our business in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council security standards or other industry standards; our failure to comply with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations that apply to our products and the raw materials we use in our production processes; risks associated with the majority stockholders’ ownership of our stock; potential conflicts of interest that may arise due to our board of directors being comprised in part of directors who are principals of our majority stockholders; the influence of securities analysts over the trading market for and price of our common stock; failure to meet the continued listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Market; certain provisions of our organizational documents and other contractual provisions that may delay or prevent a change in control and make it difficult for stockholders other than our majority stockholders to change the composition of our board of directors; our ability to comply with a wide variety of complex laws and regulations and the exposure to liability for any failure to comply; the effect of legal and regulatory proceedings; and other risks that are described in Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 8, 2022, in Part II, Item 1A – Risk Factors in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 filed with the SEC on November 3, 2022, and our other reports filed from time to time with the SEC.

We caution and advise readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. These statements are based on assumptions that may not be realized and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or other events to differ materially from the expectations and beliefs contained herein. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information:

CPI encourages investors to use its investor relations website as a way of easily finding information about the Company. CPI promptly makes available on this website the reports that the Company files or furnishes with the SEC, corporate governance information and press releases.

CPI Card Group Inc. Earnings Release Supplemental Financial Information

Exhibit A

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income – Unaudited for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021



Exhibit B

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets – Unaudited as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021



Exhibit C

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Unaudited for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021



Exhibit D

Segment Summary Information – Unaudited for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021



Exhibit E

Supplemental GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations – Unaudited for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021


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