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Points International Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

- Continued Operational Resilience Drives Second Consecutive Quarter of Sequential Revenue, Gross Profit and Adjusted EBITDA Growth -
- Strong Quarter of New and Expanded Partnership Activity -

TORONTO, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points International Ltd. (TSX: PTS) (Nasdaq: PCOM) (Points or the Company), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, is reporting financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in USD. The complete first quarter Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis are available at and

“Our first quarter results represent our best quarterly performance since the onset of the pandemic,” said Rob MacLean, CEO of Points. “We drove continued sequential improvements across revenue and gross profit, as well as significant Adjusted EBITDA expansion. Further, our recent equity offering has bolstered our strong liquidity position, giving us additional flexibility as we execute on our growth drivers throughout the year. As the broader travel and hospitality industry works towards recovery, we are seeing increased consumer confidence and pent-up travel demand which is driving improved performance across our products and services. These positive trends are strengthening our confidence in the important role loyalty programs will play in the coming years of growth in travel and hospitality.

“Building on our pipeline momentum in 2020, we have continued to execute on our core growth drivers so far in 2021. We expanded our relationships with several existing partnerships, including additional deployments of our new Subscription and Accelerate Anything services, both of which have generated strong partner interest during the pandemic. In addition, we have continued to develop new relationships and deepened our presence in the growing Middle East travel market.”

Mr. MacLean concluded: “As we look to the rest of 2021, the progress we have seen over the past 2 quarters provides us with confidence that the initial stages of the travel recovery are underway. We will continue to execute on our growth drivers and support our partners as we accelerate our performance in the coming quarters of recovery. Points has demonstrated tremendous resilience throughout the pandemic, and I am proud of our team’s commitment and effort as we emerge from the past year as an even stronger organization.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  For the three months ended
(in millions USD) March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
Total Revenue $65.0 $56.4 $82.7
Gross Profit $9.0 $8.5 $13.8
Total Operating Expenses $10.2 $9.9 $12.5
Net Income/(Loss) ($1.1) ($0.7) $1.1
Adjusted EBITDA1 $1.2 $0.4 $3.6
  • Total revenue in the first quarter of 2021 increased 15% on a quarter over quarter basis due to improved marketing performance and increased transactional metrics and decreased 21% year over year due to the continued impacts of COVID-19.
  • Gross profit improved 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 due to continued performance improvements across multiple partners and was down 34% on a year over year basis due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Operating expenses decreased $2.3 million or 18% compared to the prior year quarter due to $1.2 million in wage subsidies recognized during the first quarter of 2021 combined with continued reductions to discretionary spending and prudent cost management in response to the pandemic. Operating expenses increased slightly by 3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Total funds available2 at the end of the first quarter were $94.2 million compared to $79.1 million as at December 31, 2020. The increase primarily reflects net proceeds received from the closing of the Company’s equity offering in March 2021, partially offset by the repayment of all remaining borrowings from the senior secured credit facility during the quarter.

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Deployed our new Accelerate Anything service with the Emirates Skywards program in the first quarter, which enables members to quickly boost their prior mileage earnings, including miles earned on credit card and other non-travel related activity.
  • Expanded the reach of our Buy service with Spirit Airlines in the first quarter, giving members the ability to use their miles balance plus cash to top up seamlessly for flight awards.
  • Launched Rapid Rewards Subscription Plan with Southwest Airlines in March, allowing members to build towards a pre-determined rewards balance through monthly points deposits.
  • In April, launched a new partnership with Mashreq Bank, a leading United Arab Emirates financial institution, to allow members of Mashreq’s Salaam program to exchange points into Emirates Skywards miles.
  • Expanded our partnership with the Qatar Airways Privilege Club program with two additional services: (1) Deployed our Hotel & Car Rewards service in April, enabling members to now earn and redeem their miles on both hotel bookings and car rentals; and (2) Enabled our Accelerate Anything service for Privilege Club members in May. Qatar is the third loyalty program partner to take advantage of this new capability over the last year.
  • In April, we expanded our existing integration between Hilton Honors and Lyft to support Lyft’s vaccine access initiative, rewarding members who have donated a Lyft ride to those in need with a one-time reward of Hilton Honors points.

1Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange, finance costs and equity-settled share-based compensation) is considered by management to be a useful supplemental measure when assessing financial performance. Management also believes that Adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator of the Company’s ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund future capital expenditures and working capital needs. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for Net Income, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
2Total funds available is defined as cash and cash equivalents, cash held in trust, and funds receivable from payment processors.

Conference Call

Points will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its first quarter 2021 results, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-407-0784
International dial-in number: 1-201-689-8560
Conference ID: 13719066

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the Events section of Points International’s IR site here.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 26, 2021.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13719066

About Points International Ltd.

Points, (TSX: PTS) (Nasdaq: PCOM) is a trusted partner to the world’s leading loyalty programs, leveraging its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform to build, power, and grow a network of ways members can get and use their favourite loyalty currency. Our platform combines insights, technology, and resources to make the movement of loyalty currency simpler and more intelligent for nearly 60 reward programs worldwide. Founded in 2000, Points is headquartered in Toronto with teams operating around the globe.

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Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains or incorporates forward-looking statements within the meaning of United States securities legislation, and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). These forward-looking statements include or relate to but are not limited to, among other things, plans we have implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its expected impact on us (including with respect to: cost saving measures that have been implemented and our capitalization), our financial performance, our growth strategies, our business pipeline and ability to sign and launch new loyalty program partnerships, and our beliefs on the long-term sustainability of the loyalty industry, the role of the loyalty industry in the recovery of the travel industry, the competitive environment in which we operate, the recovery of the broader travel and hospitality industries, other objectives, strategic plans and business development goals, and may also include other statements that are predictive in nature, or that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and can generally be identified by words such as "may," "will," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" or similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements.

Although Points believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to important risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Certain material assumptions or estimates are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. In particular, uncertainty around the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response on global and regional economies, economic activity, and all elements of the travel and hospitality industry may have a significant and materially adverse impact on our business. In addition, the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may impact the results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) airline or travel industry disruptions, such as an airline insolvency and continued airline consolidation; (ii) our dependence on a limited number of large clients for a significant portion of our consolidated revenue; (iii) our reliance on contractual relationships with loyalty program partners that are subject to termination and renegotiation; (iv) our exposure to significant liquidity risk if we fail to meet contractual performance commitments; (v) our ability to convert our pipeline of prospective partners or launch new products with new or existing partners as expected or planned; (vi) our dependence on various third-parties that provide certain solutions in our Platform Partners segment that we market to loyalty program partners; (vii) the fact that our operations are conducted in multiple jurisdictions and in multiple currencies and as such dramatic fluctuations in exchange rates of the foreign currencies can have a dramatic effect on our financial results and (viii) the risk of an event of default under our senior secured credit facility. These and other important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in Points' annual information form, Form 40-F, annual and interim management's discussion and analysis (“MD&A”), and annual and interim financial statements and the notes thereto. These documents are available at and The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as at the date of this release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as required by law, Points does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made or incorporated in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Management uses certain non-GAAP measures, which are defined in the appropriate sections of this press release, to better assess the Company’s underlying performance. These measures are reviewed regularly by management and the Company's Board of Directors in assessing the Company’s performance and in making decisions about ongoing operations. In addition, we use certain non-GAAP measures to determine the components of management compensation. We believe that these measures are also used by investors as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance. Readers are cautioned that these terms are not recognized GAAP measures and do not have a standardized GAAP meaning under IFRS and should not be construed as alternatives to IFRS terms, such as net income. Refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of the Company’s Q1 2021 MD&A for reconciliation to, and description of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures.

Investor Relations Contact

Cody Slach and Jackie Keshner
Gateway Investor Relations


Points International Ltd.          
Key Financial Measures and Schedule of Non-GAAP Reconciliations  
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA [1]        
Expressed in thousands of United States dollars          
  For the three months ended      
  Mar 31, 2021   Mar 31, 2020        
Net (Loss) Income $ (1,092 ) $ 1,118        
Income tax (recovery) expense   (415 )   309        
Finance costs   126     88        
Depreciation and amortization   1,417     1,249        
Foreign exchange loss (gain)   227     (38 )      
Equity-settled share-based compensation expense   930     879        
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,193   $ 3,605        
[1] Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as earnings before income tax expense, finance costs, depreciation and amortization, equity-settled share-based compensation expense, and foreign exchange. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator of the Company’s ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund future capital expenditures and working capital needs. However, adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for Net Income, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure.


Points International Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
Expressed in thousands of United States dollars    
As at March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020  
Current assets    
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 84,682   $ 73,070  
  Cash held in trust 599   280  
  Funds receivable from payment processors 8,955   5,795  
  Accounts receivable 5,965   3,559  
  Prepaid taxes 1,527   1,760  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,942   3,075  
Total current assets $ 104,670   $ 87,539  
Non-current assets    
  Property and equipment 1,266   1,529  
  Right-of-use assets 1,700   1,862  
  Intangible assets 11,677   12,130  
  Goodwill 5,681   5,681  
  Deferred tax assets 3,431   3,087  
  Other assets 202   202  
Total non-current assets $ 23,957   $ 24,491  
Total assets $ 128,627   $ 112,030  
Current liabilities    
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 5,435   $ 5,766  
  Income taxes payable 675   489  
  Payable to loyalty program partners 60,096   50,629  
  Current portion of lease liabilities 1,173   1,156  
  Current portion of other liabilities 953   847  
  Current portion of long term debt -   3,500  
Total current liabilities $ 68,332   $ 62,387  
Non-current liabilities    
  Long term debt -   11,500  
  Lease liabilities 887   1,136  
  Other liabilities 50   57  
  Deferred tax liabilities 1,526   1,731  
Total non-current liabilities $ 2,463   $ 14,424  
Total liabilities $ 70,795   $ 76,811  
  Share capital 72,769   49,251  
  Contributed surplus 2,025   1,795  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income 580   623  
  Accumulated deficit   (17,542 )   (16,450 )
Total shareholders’ equity $ 57,832   $ 35,219  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 128,627   $ 112,030  


Points International Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income
Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts            
For the three months ended March 31 2021     2020[2]    
  Principal $ 60,242     $ 75,870    
  Other partner revenue 4,783     6,803    
Total Revenue $ 65,025     $ 82,673    
  Direct cost of revenue 56,025     68,846    
Gross Profit $ 9,000     $ 13,827    
  Sales and marketing 3,560     4,521    
  Research and development 2,530     3,628    
  General and administrative 2,701     3,141    
  Depreciation and amortization 1,417     1,249    
Total Operating Expenses $ 10,208     $ 12,539    
  Foreign exchange loss (gain) 227       (38 )  
  Finance and other income   (54 )     (189 )  
  Finance costs 126     88    
(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES $ (1,507 )   $ 1,427    
  Income tax (recovery) expense   (415 )   309    
NET (LOSS) INCOME $ (1,092 )   $ 1,118    
  Items that will subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss:          
  Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign exchange derivatives designated as cash flow hedges 253       (1,485 )  
  Income tax effect   (67 )   393    
  Reclassification to net income of (gain) loss on foreign exchange derivatives designated as cash flow hedges   (314 )   99    
  Income tax effect 83       (26 )  
  Foreign currency translation adjustment 2     17    
Other comprehensive loss for the period, net of income tax $ (43 )   $ (1,002 )  
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME $ (1,135 )   $ 116    
  Basic (loss) earnings per share $ (0.08 )   $ 0.08    
  Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (0.08 )   $ 0.08    
[2] Prior period comparatives had been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.


Points International Ltd.    
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity              
  Attributable to equity holders of the Company
Expressed in thousands of United States dollars except number of shares (Unaudited) Share Capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   Accumulated
  Number of Shares Amount              
Balance at December 31, 2020 13,227,407   $ 49,251   $ 1,795   $ 623     $ (16,450 ) $ 35,219  
Net loss -   -   -   -       (1,092 )   (1,092
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax -   -   -     (43 )   -     (43
Total comprehensive loss -   -   -     (43 )     (1,092 )   (1,135 )
Effect of equity-settled share-based compensation expense -   -   930   -     -   930  
Settlement of RSUs -   243     (700 ) -     -     (457 )
Shares issued, net of issuance costs 1,687,510   23,275   -   -     -   23,275  
Balance at March 31, 2021 14,914,917   $ 72,769   $ 2,025   $ 580     $ (17,542 ) $ 57,832  
Balance at December 31, 2019 13,241,516   $ 45,799   $ -   $ 184     $ (6,791 ) $ 39,192  
Net income -     -   -   -     1,118   1,118  
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax -     -   -     (1,002 )   -     (1,002 )
Total comprehensive income -     -   -     (1,002 )   1,118   116  
Effect of equity-settled share-based compensation expense -     -   879   -     -   879  
Share issuances – options exercised 50,299   506     (439 ) -     -   67  
Settlement of RSUs -   2,759     (3,938 ) -     -     (1,179 )
Shares repurchased and cancelled (67,483 )   (238 )   (804 ) -     -     (1,042 )
Reclassification within equity [3] -     -   4,302   -       (4,302 ) -  
Balance at March 31, 2020 13,224,332   $ 48,826   $ -   $ (818 )   $ (9,975 ) $ 38,033  
[3] The Corporation has adopted a policy that when contributed surplus is in debit balance, the amount is reclassified to accumulated deficit for financial statement presentation purposes.


Points International Ltd.    
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows  
Expressed in thousands of United States dollars    
For the three months ended March 31   2021     2020  
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net (loss) income for the period $ (1,092 ) $ 1,118  
Adjustments for:    
  Depreciation of property and equipment   515     339  
  Depreciation of right-of-use assets   245     299  
  Amortization of intangible assets   657     611  
  Unrealized foreign exchange gain   (51 )   (1,087 )
  Equity-settled share-based compensation expense   930     879  
  Finance costs   126     88  
  Deferred income tax (recovery) expense   (533 )   170  
Derivative contracts designated as cash flow hedges   (61 )   (1,386 )
Changes in cash held in trust   (319 )   1,380  
Changes in non-cash balances related to operations   4,258     (5,282 )
Interest paid   (163 )   (43 )
Net cash provided by (used in) by operating activities $ 4,512   $ (2,914 )
Cash flows from investing activities    
Acquisition of property and equipment   (252 )   (303 )
Additions to intangible assets   (204 )   (604 )
Net cash used in investing activities $ (456 ) $ (907 )
Cash flows from financing activities    
Net proceeds from issuance of share capital   23,275     -  
Proceeds from long term debt   -     40,000  
Repayment of long term debt   (15,000 )   -  
Payment of lease liabilities   (334 )   (326 )
Proceeds from exercise of share options   -     67  
Shares repurchased and cancelled   -     (1,042 )
Taxes paid on net settlement of RSUs   (457 )   (1,179 )
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 7,484   $ 37,520  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   72     853  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents $ 11,612   $ 34,552  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period $ 73,070   $ 69,965  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 84,682   $ 104,517  
Interest received $ 24   $ 213  
Taxes received $ 355   $ -  
Taxes paid $ -   $ (1,842 )
Amounts received for interest and paid in taxes were reflected as operating cash flows in the condensed consolidated interim statements of cash flows.