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Blackhawk Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Adjusted Operating Revenues Rise 23% Versus First Quarter 2015

Adjusted Net Income Increases 8%

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAWK) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 26, 2016.

$ in millions except per share amounts   Q1'16   Q1'15   % Change
             
Adjusted Operating Revenues   $ 184.6     $ 149.6       23 %
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 29.0     $ 27.2       7 %
Adjusted Net Income   $ 26.4     $ 24.3       8 %
Adjusted EPS (Diluted)   $ 0.46     $ 0.44       5 %
Operating Revenues (GAAP)   $ 366.5     $ 319.7       15 %
Net Income (Loss) (GAAP)   $ (3.6 )   $ 4.7     N/M
Earnings (Loss) Per Share (GAAP Diluted)   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.08     N/M

The company’s first quarter adjusted operating revenues, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income increased 23%, 7%, and 8%, respectively, vs. 2015.  These financial results were at or above the guidance provided during the Company's February 24, 2016 earnings call.  This performance was achieved despite larger than expected headwinds related to the delay in EMV implementation by many of the Company's U.S. grocery distribution partners.  For the first quarter of 2016 the estimated negative impact related to EMV was $6 million on adjusted operating revenues and $5 million on adjusted EBITDA.  Some retailers still working towards EMV compliance later this year have taken additional measures to avoid chargeback expense related to fraudulent credit card purchases of gift cards.

“While the EMV-related impact to our first quarter financial results was larger than expected, our incentives, international and digital businesses exceeded expectations, enabling us to deliver financial results at or slightly above the high end of our guidance range," commented CEO and president Talbott Roche.  "The EMV impact limited growth in adjusted operating revenues in the U.S. retail segment to just 4% over last year's first quarter.  However, international retail recorded adjusted operating revenues growth of 33% during the first quarter, driven by solid growth in the Asia Pacific region and in Germany.  In our incentives segment, adjusted operating revenues grew 72%, primarily due to the acquisitions of Achievers in the second half of 2015 and Giftcards.com early in the first quarter of 2016."

CFO Jerry Ulrich added, "Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7% for total Blackhawk and growth of 2% for the U.S. Retail segment during the first quarter of 2016 reflects the EMV impact.  Adjusted EBITDA growth in the international and incentives segments was 39% and 104%, respectively, which was offset by higher technology, compliance and occupancy expenses during the first quarter."

Conference Call/Webcast

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:30 a.m. PDT / 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Company will host a conference call and webcast presentation to discuss first quarter financial results and share financial guidance for the remainder of 2016.  A copy of the webcast presentation slides will be posted to the presentations tab of the Company's investor relations website at approximately 2 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2016.  Hosting the call will be Talbott Roche, Chief Executive Officer and president; Jerry Ulrich, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer; and Bill Tauscher, chairman. Participants may access the live webcast by visiting the Company’s investor relations website at ir.blackhawknetwork.com.  An audio replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's investor relations website until Friday, May 20, 2016.

Revised Definition of Adjusted Operating Revenues

Beginning with the first quarter of 2016 the Company revised its definition of Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Revenues to exclude marketing "pass-through" revenues.  Revised quarterly adjusted operating revenues for fiscal 2015 are available on the Company's investor relations website at ir.blackhawknetwork.com.  The table below contains a reconciliation of adjusted operating revenues as previously reported to the revised definition of adjusted operating revenues excluding marketing revenues.

Adjusted Operating Revenues (AOR)            
($ in millions)            
  Q1'16 Q1'15 % Change FY15 FY14 % Change
AOR (previous definition) $ 198   $ 164   21 % $ 934   $ 683   37 %
Less: marketing revenues $ (13 ) $ (14 )   $ (105 ) $ (65 )  
AOR (revised definition) $ 185   $ 150   23 % $ 829   $ 618   34 %

Adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-09 - Cash Tax Benefit from Stock Compensation Expense

ASU 2016-09 changes the accounting treatment of certain aspects of incentive stock plans; most significantly certain realized tax benefits that previously were treated as increases in paid-in-capital are now treated as a reduction in GAAP tax expense and in our reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income as a component of “Reduction in cash taxes payable from amortization of acquisition intangibles, utilization of acquired NOLs and deductible stock-based compensation.”  The Company early adopted Accounting Standards Update ASU 2016-09 during the first quarter of 2016; historical periods have been restated and posted to Company’s investor relations website.  The following table shows the amounts of the reduction in cash taxes payable for the first quarter of 2016 and 2015, and fiscal years 2015 and 2014.

Cash Tax Benefit from Stock Compensation        
($ in millions)        
         
  Q1'16
  Q1'15
  2015
  2014
 
As previously reported: Reduction in cash taxes payable from amortization of acquisition intangibles & utilization of acquired NOLs $ 4   $ 3   $ 12   $ 5  
Add:  Deductible stock-based compensation $ 6   $ 5   $ 13   $ 4  
Revised reduction in cash taxes payable from amortization of acquisition intangibles, utilization of acquired NOLs & stock based compensation $ 10   $ 8   $ 25   $ 9  

GAAP financial results for the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015

  • Operating revenues totaled $366.5 million, an increase of 15% from $319.7 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  This increase was due to a 9% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by higher closed loop gift card sales in the U.S. retail and international segments; a 29% increase in program and other fees due to strong incentive open loop gift card sales and the addition of Achievers and Giftcards.com; and a 45% increase in product sales primarily due to the addition of Achievers and growth at Cardpool, partially offset by lower telecom handset sales.
  • Net loss totaled $3.6 million compared to net income of $4.7 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  The decrease was driven primarily by lower sales of U.S. retail open loop gift cards due to EMV restrictions, higher non-cash acquisition-related expenses, higher non-cash stock compensation expense, increased interest expense and a contingent consideration credit from the first quarter of 2015 that did not repeat in the first quarter of 2016. 
  • Net loss per diluted share was $0.06 compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.08 for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  Diluted shares outstanding increased 0.6% to 55.8 million due to the exercise of stock options and vesting of restricted stock awards, offset by the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock awards in the 2015 period that were not dilutive in the 2016 period.

Non-GAAP financial results for the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015 (see Table 2 for Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures)

  • Adjusted operating revenues totaled $184.6 million, an increase of 23% from $149.6 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  The increase was driven primarily by higher revenue from the incentives segment including the acquisitions of Achievers and Giftcards.com.
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $29.0 million, an increase of 7% from $27.2 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  EMV-related sales restrictions on U.S. retail open loop compressed overall adjusted EBITDA growth.
  • Adjusted net income totaled $26.4 million, an increase of 8% from $24.3 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  Excluding the impact of the reduction in cash taxes payable, adjusted net income was $9.8 million, an increase of 2% from $9.6 million for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.46, an increase of 5% from $0.44 for the quarter ended March 28, 2015.  Excluding the impact of the reduction in cash taxes payable, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.17.

2016 Guidance

Guidance for fiscal 2016 provided in the table below reflects updated assumptions and estimates regarding each of the Company’s various operating businesses and shared services resources as compared to the guidance provided on February 23, 2016.  Results for U.S. retail will be further negatively impacted by additional restrictions on sales of open loop gift cards taken by some retail distribution partners related to their delay in implementing EMV compliant point of sale systems. Based on the most recent information provided by our partners, most still expect to complete their implementation of EMV compliant systems by September.  However, the increased interim restrictions they have put in place late in the first quarter and over the past several weeks are having a greater impact on our gift cards sales than previously estimated.  We have included in the updated 2016 full year guidance estimated negative impact vs. 2015 of $51 million on Adjusted Operating Revenues and $44 million on Adjusted EBITDA.  The updated 2016 guidance also reflects the exclusion of pass-through marketing revenues (estimated at between $90 million and $100 million) from adjusted operating revenues and the adoption of ASU 2016-09 (which is forecast to add $14 million to the reduction on cash taxes payable), both as described earlier.

We currently believe sales of the affected open loop cards will improve from their current levels by the end of 2016 as these retailers complete their EMV implementations and consumers can again find a broader selection of cards.

Further details regarding the Company's guidance will be provided on the earnings call.

$ in millions except per share amounts   2016 Guidance   2015   % Change
             
Adjusted Operating Revenues     $932 to $1,002   $ 829     12% to 21%
Adjusted EBITDA     $196 to $216   $ 194     1% to 11%
Adjusted Net Income     $142 to $154   $ 145     -2% to 6%
Adjusted EPS (Diluted)     $2.44 to $2.63   $ 2.57     -5% to 2%

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. is a leading prepaid and payments global company, which supports the program management and distribution of gift cards, prepaid telecom products and financial service products in a number of different retail, digital and incentive channels. Blackhawk's digital platform supports prepaid across a network of digital distribution partners including retailers, financial service providers, and mobile wallets. For more information, please visit www.blackhawknetwork.com or product websites Cardpool, Gift Card Lab, Gift Card Mall, GiftCards.com and OmniCard.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Blackhawk regards the non-GAAP financial measures provided in this press release as useful measures of the operational and financial performance of its business.  Adjusted operating revenues, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share are useful to evaluating Blackhawk's operating performance for the following reasons:  adjusting our operating revenues for distribution commissions paid and other compensation to our retail distribution partners and business clients is useful to understanding our operating margin; EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are widely used by investors and securities analysts to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items that can vary substantially from company to company and from period to period depending upon their financing, accounting and tax methods, the book value of their assets, their capital structures and the method by which their assets were acquired; Adjusted EBITDA margin provides a measure of operating efficiency based on Adjusted operating revenues and without regard to items that can vary substantially from company to company and from period to period depending upon their financing, accounting and tax methods, the book value of their assets, their capital structures and the method by which their assets were acquired; non-cash equity grants made to employees and distribution partners at a certain price and point in time do not necessarily reflect how our business is performing at any particular time and the related expenses are not key measures of our core operating performance; intangible asset amortization expenses can vary substantially from company to company and from period to period depending upon the applicable financing and accounting methods, the fair value and average expected life of the acquired intangible assets, the capital structure and the method by which the intangible assets were acquired and, as such, we do not believe that these adjustments are reflective of our core operating performance; non-cash fair value adjustments to contingent business acquisition liability do not directly reflect how our business is performing at any particular time and the related expense adjustment amounts are not key measures of our core operating performance; and cash tax savings resulting from the step up in tax basis of our assets resulting from the Section 336(e) election due to our Spin-Off and the Safeway Merger and cash tax savings from amortization of goodwill and other intangibles or utilization of net operating loss carryforwards from business acquisitions represent significant cash savings that are useful for understanding our overall operating results.  Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Blackhawk’s financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data.  The use of non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations as they do not reflect all items of income, expense, or cash flows that affect Blackhawk’s financial performance under GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.  Blackhawk encourages investors and others to review Blackhawk’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on any single financial measure.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are indicated by words or phrases such as "guidance," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "plans," "continuing," "ongoing," and similar words or phrases and the negative of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties which are, in many instances, beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in or contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the following:  our ability to generate adequate taxable income to enable us to fully utilize the cash tax benefits referred to in this release, changes in applicable tax law that preclude us from fully utilizing the cash tax benefits referred to in this release, our ability to grow adjusted operating revenues and adjusted net income as anticipated, our ability to grow at historic rates or at all, the consequences should we lose one or more of our top distribution partners or fail to attract new distribution partners to our network or if the financial performance of our distribution partners' businesses decline, our reliance on our content providers, the demand for their products and our exclusivity arrangements with them, our reliance on relationships with card issuing banks, the consequences to our future growth if our distribution partners fail to actively and effectively promote our products and services, the ability of our distribution partners to implement EMV compliance within their expected timeline and lift the measures they may have taken prior to such compliance to limit or control their exposure to liability for fraud losses; changes in consumer behavior away from our distribution partners and our products resulting from limits or controls implemented by our distribution partners during our distribution partners’ transition to EMV compliance; the requirement that we comply with applicable laws and regulations, including increasingly stringent money-laundering rules and regulations, and other risks and uncertainties described in our reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the risks and uncertainties set forth in Item 1A under the heading Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 2, 2016, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended on March 26, 2016 which is expected to be filed prior to or on May 5, 2016, and other subsequent periodic reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaim any obligation to do so other than as may be required by law.


BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  12 weeks ended
  March 26,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
OPERATING REVENUES:      
Commissions and fees $ 239,624     $ 220,402  
Program and other fees 75,442     58,373  
Marketing 13,459     14,731  
Product sales 37,937     26,225  
Total operating revenues 366,462     319,731  
OPERATING EXPENSES:      
Partner distribution expense 172,155     155,354  
Processing and services 73,107     64,208  
Sales and marketing 53,338     43,593  
Costs of products sold 35,732     24,903  
General and administrative 24,331     18,748  
Transition and acquisition 945     175  
Amortization of acquisition intangibles 9,898     5,974  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (4,139 )
Total operating expenses 369,506     308,816  
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) (3,044 )   10,915  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):      
Interest income and other income (expense), net 412     (801 )
Interest expense (4,066 )   (2,757 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE (6,698 )   7,357  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) (3,237 )   2,620  
NET INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE ALLOCATION TO NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS (3,461 )   4,737  
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests, net of tax (92 )   (31 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS, INC. $ (3,553 )   $ 4,706  
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE:      
Basic $ (0.06 )   $ 0.09  
Diluted $ (0.06 )   $ 0.08  
Weighted average shares outstanding—basic 55,752     53,323  
Weighted average shares outstanding—diluted 55,752     55,416  


BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  March 26,
 2016
  January 2,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 212,950     $ 914,576     $ 219,416  
Restricted cash 3,189     3,189     3,189  
Settlement receivables, net 317,585     626,077     237,233  
Accounts receivable, net 224,559     241,729     176,620  
Other current assets 100,361     103,319     93,860  
Total current assets 858,644     1,888,890     730,318  
Property, equipment and technology, net 166,223     159,357     132,014  
Intangible assets, net 278,734     240,898     161,040  
Goodwill 486,472     402,489     328,510  
Deferred income taxes 351,161     339,558     363,601  
Other assets 80,083     81,764     86,285  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,221,317     $ 3,112,956     $ 1,801,768  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Settlement payables $ 532,419     $ 1,605,021     $ 462,346  
Consumer and customer deposits 97,100     84,761     103,575  
Accounts payable and accrued operating expenses 105,492     119,087     103,887  
Deferred revenue 110,560     113,458     35,755  
Note payable, current portion 155,851     37,296     37,384  
Notes payable to Safeway 4,129     4,129     19,449  
Bank line of credit 114,672         10,000  
Other current liabilities 40,583     57,342     22,128  
Total current liabilities 1,160,806     2,021,094     794,524  
Deferred income taxes 19,534     18,652     7,303  
Note payable 268,584     324,412     325,208  
Other liabilities 15,062     14,700     10,096  
Total liabilities 1,463,986     2,378,858     1,137,131  
Stockholders’ equity:          
Preferred stock          
Common stock 57     56     54  
Additional paid-in capital 569,728     561,939     519,668  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (35,139 )   (40,195 )   (29,059 )
Retained earnings 218,258     207,973     167,081  
Total Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. equity 752,904     729,773     657,744  
Non-controlling interests 4,427     4,325     6,893  
Total stockholders’ equity 757,331     734,098     664,637  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 2,221,317     $ 3,112,956     $ 1,801,768  


BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  12 weeks ended   52 weeks ended   53 weeks ended
  March 26,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
  March 26,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:              
Net income (loss) before allocation to non-controlling interests $ (3,461 )   $ 4,737     $ 37,611     $ 53,046  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and technology 9,915     8,395     42,503     31,557  
Amortization of intangibles 11,048     6,999     36,415     25,838  
Amortization of deferred program and contract costs 7,166     6,454     29,703     25,248  
Employee stock-based compensation expense 8,000     4,989     33,141     17,684  
Distribution partner mark-to-market expense             690  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (4,139 )   (3,428 )   (7,861 )
Reversal of reserve for patent litigation             (3,852 )
Deferred income taxes     13,371     16,439     1,546  
Other 479     1,308     6,919     5,400  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Settlement receivables 311,722     284,100     (84,056 )   (65,095 )
Settlement payables (1,072,424 )   (914,632 )   73,870     109,225  
Accounts receivable, current and long-term 18,053     4,934     (44,052 )   (44,198 )
Other current assets 7,355     (4,027 )   (5,828 )   (11,753 )
Other assets (4,476 )   (529 )   (24,381 )   (23,930 )
Consumer and customer deposits 14,690     (30,198 )   (9,514 )   4,720  
Accounts payable and accrued operating expenses (27,404 )   (10,507 )   (19,885 )   12,684  
Deferred revenue (7,745 )   (12,358 )   18,976     17,937  
Other current and long-term liabilities (16,332 )   (9,045 )   9,590     3,684  
Income taxes, net (4,271 )   (22,583 )   15,703     (17,960 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (747,685 )   (672,731 )   129,726     134,610  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:              
Expenditures for property, equipment and technology (9,160 )   (13,843 )   (48,055 )   (45,014 )
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (113,114 )       (228,595 )   (236,264 )
Investments in unconsolidated entities         (5,877 )   (3,189 )
Change in restricted cash     1,811         (499 )
Other         (98 )    
Net cash used in investing activities (122,274 )   (12,032 )   (282,625 )   (284,966 )
               
  12 weeks ended   52 weeks ended   53 weeks ended
  March 26,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
  March 26,
 2016
  March 28,
 2015
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:              
Payments for acquisition liability     (1,811 )       (1,811 )
Proceeds from issuance of note payable 100,000         100,000     375,000  
Repayment of note payable (37,500 )   (11,250 )   (37,500 )   (11,250 )
Payments of financing costs         (2,063 )   (3,783 )
Borrowings under revolving bank line of credit 636,445     387,500     2,722,474     602,500  
Repayments on revolving bank line of credit (521,773 )   (377,500 )   (2,617,802 )   (592,500 )
Proceeds from notes payable to Safeway             27,678  
Repayment on notes payable to Safeway         (14,285 )    
Borrowings under Safeway line of credit, net             (113,000 )
Repayment of debt assumed in business acquisitions (8,964 )       (8,964 )   (41,984 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock from exercise of employee stock options and employee stock purchase plans 432     1,441     12,808     8,955  
Other stock-based compensation related (1,752 )   (550 )   (2,931 )   (1,055 )
Other         (1,494 )   (44 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 166,888     (2,170 )   150,243     248,706  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 1,445     (5,266 )   (3,810 )   (13,765 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (701,626 )   (692,199 )   (6,466 )   84,585  
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period 914,576     911,615     219,416     134,831  
Cash and cash equivalents—end of period $ 212,950     $ 219,416     $ 212,950     $ 219,416  
               
NONCASH FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES              
Net deferred tax assets recognized for tax basis step-up with offset to Additional paid-in capital $     $ 366,306     $     $ 366,306  
Note payable to Safeway contributed to Additional paid-in capital $     $ 8,229     $     $ 8,229  
Financing of business acquisition with contingent consideration $     $     $     $ 13,100  
Intangible assets recognized for warrants issued $     $     $ 3,147     $  


BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(In thousands except percentages and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
TABLE 1: OTHER OPERATIONAL DATA
  12 weeks ended
  March 26,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Transaction dollar volume $ 3,172,901     $ 3,110,533  
Prepaid and processing revenues $ 315,066     $ 278,775  
Prepaid and processing revenues as a % of transaction dollar volume 9.9 %   9.0 %
Partner distribution expense as a % of prepaid and processing revenues 54.6 %   55.7 %
 
TABLE 2: RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES  
  12 weeks ended
  March 26,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Prepaid and processing revenues:      
Commissions and fees $ 239,624     $ 220,402  
Program and other fees 75,442     58,373  
Total prepaid and processing revenues $ 315,066     $ 278,775  
Adjusted operating revenues:      
Total operating revenues $ 366,462     $ 319,731  
Revenue adjustment from purchase accounting 3,770      
Marketing revenues (13,459 )   (14,731 )
Partner distribution expense (172,155 )   (155,354 )
Adjusted operating revenues $ 184,618     $ 149,646  
Adjusted EBITDA:      
Net income (loss) before allocation to non-controlling interests $ (3,461 )   $ 4,737  
Interest and other (income) expense, net (412 )   801  
Interest expense 4,066     2,757  
Income tax expense (benefit) (3,237 )   2,620  
Depreciation and amortization 20,963     15,394  
EBITDA 17,919     26,309  
Adjustments to EBITDA:      
Employee stock-based compensation 8,000     4,989  
Revenue adjustment from purchase accounting, net 3,085      
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (4,139 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29,004     $ 27,159  
Adjusted EBITDA margin:      
Total operating revenues $ 366,462     $ 319,731  
Operating income (loss) $ (3,044 )   $ 10,915  
Operating margin (0.8 )%   3.4 %
Adjusted operating revenues $ 184,618     $ 149,646  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29,004     $ 27,159  
Adjusted EBITDA margin 15.7 %   18.1 %
 
TABLE 2: RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES (continued)
  12 weeks ended
  March 26,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Adjusted net income:      
Income (loss) before income tax expense $ (6,698 )   $ 7,357  
Employee stock-based compensation 8,000     4,989  
Revenue adjustment from purchase accounting, net 3,085      
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (4,139 )
Amortization of intangibles 11,048     6,999  
Adjusted income before income tax expense 15,435     15,206  
Income tax expense (benefit) (3,237 )   2,620  
Tax expense on adjustments 8,744     2,921  
Adjusted income tax expense before cash tax benefits 5,507     5,541  
Reduction in cash taxes payable resulting from amortization of spin-off tax basis step-up (6,594 )   (6,618 )
Reduction in cash taxes payable from amortization of acquisition intangibles, utilization of acquired NOLs and deductible stock-based compensation (9,926 )   (8,083 )
Adjusted income tax benefit (11,013 )   (9,160 )
Adjusted net income before allocation to non-controlling interests 26,448     24,366  
Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests, net of tax (92 )   (31 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. $ 26,356     $ 24,335  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share:      
Net income (loss) attributable to Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. $ (3,553 )   $ 4,706  
Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities (15 )   (51 )
Net income (loss) available for common shareholders $ (3,568 )   $ 4,655  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 55,752     55,416  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ (0.06 )   $ 0.08  
Adjusted net income attributable to Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. $ 26,356     $ 24,335  
Adjusted distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities (60 )   (115 )
Adjusted net income available for common shareholders $ 26,296     $ 24,220  
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 55,752     55,416  
Increase in common share equivalents 1,610      
Adjusted diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 57,362     55,416  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.46     $ 0.44  


TABLE 3:  RECONCILIATION OF GAAP CASH FLOW TO FREE CASH FLOW
 
  52 weeks ended   53 weeks ended
  March 26,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Net cash flow provided by operating activities $ 129,726     $ 134,610  
Changes in settlement payables and consumer and customer deposits, net of settlement receivables 19,700     (48,850 )
Benefit from settlement timing 27,626     63,370  
Adjust for: Safeway cash tax payment reimbursed (refunded) (14,285 )   27,678  
Adjusted net cash flow provided by operating activities 162,767     176,808  
Expenditures for property, equipment and technology (48,055 )   (45,014 )
Free cash flow $ 114,712     $ 131,794  
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Free Cash Flow      
Adjusted EBITDA $ 195,794     $ 159,827  
Less: Expenditures for property, equipment and technology (48,055 )   (45,014 )
Less: Interest paid (12,487 )   (7,453 )
Less: Cash taxes (paid)/refunded (3,450 )   (20,910 )
Less: Revenue adjustment from purchase price accounting, net (10,158 )    
Change in working capital and other (34,558 )   (18,026 )
Benefit from settlement timing 27,626     63,370  
Free cash flow $ 114,712     $ 131,794  
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Patrick Cronin
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investor.relations@bhnetwork.com

MEDIA:
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