Global Payments Reports Second Quarter Earnings

ATLANTA, Tuesday, January 06, 2009 ( – Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended November 30, 2008. For the second quarter, revenues grew 30 percent to $401.1 million compared to $308.8 million in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share grew 25 percent to $0.60 compared to $0.48 in the prior year quarter.

These results include the unfavorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the period, and as such, the company added a schedule (Schedule 9) this quarter to provide revenue and diluted earnings per share growth on a constant currency basis for both the quarter as well as the outlook for fiscal 2009. On a constant currency basis, revenues grew 37 percent and diluted earnings per share grew 39 percent over the prior year quarter.

Comments and Outlook

Chairman and CEO, Paul R. Garcia, stated, “We are pleased with our strong second quarter financial performance, in spite of the difficult macro environment. Our results for the quarter were driven by the favorable impact of our June 30, 2008 U.K. acquisition and strong results in our North America segment. North America continues to benefit from successful pricing initiatives in Canada as well as a solid 16 percent transaction growth in the U.S.”

“Based on the significant strengthening of the U.S. dollar this quarter, and the related translation impact, we are updating our annual revenue guidance to a range of $1,550 million to $1,580 million, or 22 percent to 24 percent growth over fiscal 2008. We are also modifying our annual diluted earnings per share guidance to a range of $2.14 to $2.21, or 8 percent to 12 percent growth versus $1.98 in fiscal 2008 (see Schedule 6 for details). Our fiscal 2009 guidance excludes the impact of any future restructuring and other charges, as well as the impact of future acquisitions, such as our announced agreement to acquire ZAO United Card Service in the Russian Federation.”

“We remain committed to our long-term growth strategy, and the fundamentals of our business model remain strong. This is underscored by our constant currency outlook for diluted earnings per share growth of 21 percent to 25 percent for fiscal 2009, which is consistent with the constant currency outlook we provided last quarter,” said Garcia.

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) is a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services for consumers, merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Global Payments offers a comprehensive line of processing solutions for credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, gift cards, electronic check conversion and check guarantee, verification and recovery including electronic check services, as well as terminal management. The company also provides consumer money transfer services from the United States and Europe to destinations in Latin America, Morocco, and the Philippines. For more information about the company and its services, visit

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