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Vantiv Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Vantiv Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Vantiv's Strong Position in the Payments Market and Key Strategic Assets
Enabled Third Quarter Net Revenue to Increase 29% to $381 Million and
Pro Forma Adjusted Net Income per Share to Increase 23% to $0.49

CINCINNATI, Oct. 30, 2014 - Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) ("Vantiv" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Given Vantiv's strong position in the payments market and assembly of key strategic assets, revenue increased 31% to $697.1 million in the third quarter as compared to $532.3 million in the prior year period, and net revenue increased 29% to $380.5 million in the third quarter as compared to $294.2 million in the prior year period as transactions increased by 26% over the prior year period.  On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Vantiv, Inc. was $30.0 million or $0.20 per diluted share during the third quarter, as compared with $35.7 million or $0.24 per diluted share in the prior year period.  Pro forma adjusted net income increased 21% in the third quarter to $96.9 million as compared to $80.0 million in the prior year period.  Pro forma adjusted net income per share increased 23% to $0.49 for the third quarter as compared to $0.40 in the prior year period.  (See Schedule 2 for pro forma adjusted net income and Schedule 6 for GAAP net income reconciliation to pro forma adjusted net income.)

Vantiv continues to generate superior profitability as reflected by its third quarter adjusted EBITDA margin of 48%, including impacts from the acquisition of key strategic assets. Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% to $181.5 million in the third quarter from $149.5 million in the prior year period.  (See Schedule 8 for a reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted EBITDA.)

"This was a strong quarter," said Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer at Vantiv. "We are assembling strategic assets and technology capabilities to expand into high growth areas of the market, and our performance this quarter shows that our strategy is working. The payments industry is changing rapidly, and we have positioned Vantiv as a leader in the future of payments."

Merchant Services
Merchant Services net revenue increased 42% to $297.7 million in the third quarter as compared to $209.7 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 31% increase in transactions and an 8% increase in net revenue per transaction. Excluding the impact of recent acquisitions, net revenue growth expanded to 7% on an organic basis over the prior year period, due primarily to increased new business as well as the company's strategic expansion into high growth channels and verticals, including Merchant Bank, eCommerce and Integrated Payments. Sales and marketing expenses increased by 44% above the prior year period, to $104.5 million, primarily due to the impact of acquisitions.

Financial Institution Services
Given the continued shift in the mix of our client portfolio, Financial Institution Services net revenue decreased slightly to $82.9 million in the third quarter from $84.5 million in the prior year period as a 4% increase in transactions was offset by lower average net revenue per transaction.  Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 3% from the prior year period, to $6.8 million.

Fourth Quarter Financial Outlook
Based on the current level of transaction trends and new business activity, net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 is expected to be $394 to $400 million, representing growth of 28% to 30% above the prior year period.  Pro forma adjusted net income per share for the fourth quarter of 2014 is expected to be $0.50 to $0.53, an increase of 11% to 18% above the prior year period.  GAAP net income per share attributable to Vantiv, Inc. is expected to be $0.21 to $0.24 for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Earnings Conference Call and Audio Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2014 financial results today at 8:00 AM EDT. Hosting the call will be Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer and Mark Heimbouch, chief financial officer.  The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 661-5167, or for international callers (913) 312-1431, and referencing conference code 2652938. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes and can be accessed by dialing (888) 203-1112, or for international callers (719) 457-0820, and entering replay passcode 2652938. The replay will be available through Thursday, November 13, 2014. The call will also be webcast live from the company's investor relations website at Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the website.

Nathan Rozof, CFA
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Andrew Ciafardini
Director of Corporate Communications

About Vantiv, Inc.
Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) is a leading, integrated payment processor differentiated by a single, proprietary technology platform. Vantiv offers a comprehensive suite of traditional and innovative payment processing and technology solutions to merchants and financial institutions of all sizes in the U.S., enabling them to address their payment processing needs through a single provider. We build strong relationships with our customers, helping them become more efficient, more secure and more successful. Vantiv is the third largest merchant acquirer and the largest PIN debit acquirer based on number of transactions in the U.S. The company's growth strategy includes expanding further into high growth payment segments, such as integrated payments, payment facilitation (PayFacTM), mobile, prepaid and information solutions, and attractive industry verticals such as business-to-business, ecommerce, healthcare, gaming, government and education. For more information, visit

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Non-GAAP and Pro Forma Financial Measures
This earnings release presents non-GAAP and pro forma financial information including net revenue, adjusted EBITDA, pro forma adjusted net income, and pro forma adjusted net income per share.  These are important financial performance measures for the Company, but are not financial measures as defined by GAAP.  The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation of or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  The Company uses these non-GAAP and pro forma financial performance measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making.  Reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the attached schedules.

Forward-Looking Statements
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The forward-looking statements contained in this release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider information presented herein, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of future performance or results. They depend upon future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties (many of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual future performance or results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Certain of these factors and other risk factors are discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to: (i) the ability to keep pace with rapid developments and change in our industry and provide new services to our clients; (ii) competition within our industry; (iii) disclosure of unauthorized data and security breaches that expose us to liability, litigation and reputational damage; (iv) failures of our systems or systems of our third party providers; (v) our inability to expand our market share in existing markets or expand into new markets; (vi) our ability to identify acquisition, joint venture and partnership candidates and finance or integrate businesses, services or technologies that we acquire; (vii) failure to comply with applicable requirements of Visa, MasterCard or other payment networks; (viii) changes in payment network rules or standards; (ix) our ability to pass fee increases along to merchants; (x) termination of sponsorship or clearing services provided to us; (xi) increased attrition of our merchants or referral partners; (xii) inability to successfully renew or renegotiate agreements with our clients or referral partners; (xiii) reductions in overall consumer, business and government spending; (xiv) fraud by merchants or others; (xv) a decline in the use of credit, debit or prepaid cards; (xvi) consolidation in the banking and retail industries; and (xvii) the effects of governmental regulation, changes in laws and outcomes of future litigation or investigations.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of these assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements.  More information on potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results and performance is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its subsequent filings with the SEC.

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