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Points International Ltd.: Form 6-K - Filed by newsfilecorp.com

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE   13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of March, 2020

Commission File Number: 001-35078

 

POINTS INTERNATIONAL LTD.

(Translation of registrant's name into English)
 
111 Richmond St., W. Suite 700, Toronto, ON, M5H 2G4, Canada
(Address of principal executive offices)
 

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 SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

  Points International Ltd.
  (Registrant)
     
Date: March 4, 2020 By: /s/ Erick Georgiou
  Name: Erick Georgiou
* Print the name and title under the signature of the signing officer. Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

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SEC1815(04-09)

 


EXHIBIT INDEX

99.1 News Release dated March 4, 2020


Points International Ltd.: Exhibit 99.1 - Filed by newsfilecorp.com

Points International Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 
2019 Results

- Q4 Gross Profit up 25% to a Record $17.6 Million -
- Q4 Adjusted EBITDA up 43% to a Record $7.2 Million -

- Reiterates Long-Term Outlook and Introduces 2020 Guidance -

TORONTO – March 4, 2020 – Points International Ltd. (TSX: PTS) (Nasdaq: PCOM) (Points or the Company), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, is reporting financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are on a year-over-year basis and all amounts are in USD. The complete 2019 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and fourth quarter and full year Management Discussion & Analysis, including segmented results, are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights (vs. Q4 2018)

  • Total revenue increased 13% to $107.0 million compared to $94.9 million.

  • Gross profit1 increased 25% to $17.6 million compared to $14.1 million.

  • Net income increased 23% to $2.8 million or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $2.2 million or $0.16 per diluted share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA2 increased 43% to $7.2 million compared to $5.0 million.

Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights (vs. 2018)

  • Total revenue increased 7% to $401.2 million compared to $376.2 million.

  • Gross profit increased 21% to an annual record $65.5 million compared to $53.9 million. Excluding the benefit of an approximate $6.0 million tax rebate that was confirmed in the second quarter for claims related to prior periods, gross profit was up 10% to $59.4 million, which was still an annual record.

  • Net income increased 53% to $11.9 million or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to $7.8 million or $0.54 per diluted share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 15% to an annual record $21.5 million compared to $18.6 million.

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1
 Gross profit is defined as total revenue less the direct cost of revenue. Gross profit is considered by management to be an integral measure of financial performance and represents the amount of revenues retained by the Company after incurring direct costs. However, gross profit is not a recognized measure of profitability under IFRS.

2 Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange, finance costs and equity-settled share-based compensation and other one-time costs or benefits such as a tax rebate related to prior periods) 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.



Management Commentary

“2019 was a record year for Points, highlighted by an exceptional fourth quarter where we generated more than 40% growth in adjusted EBITDA to $7.2 million, our highest quarterly mark in company history,” said Points CEO Rob MacLean. “The fourth quarter benefitted from the investments made over the last year to enhance our data-led marketing capabilities, which continued to drive improved performance of in-market engagements. In fact, we continued to see strong gross profit growth with our top partners in 2019, as we deepen our relationships throughout the industry.

“In addition to delivering on our growth expectations in 2019, we executed on our plans for international expansion, industry diversification, and corporate development. In 2019, we opened new offices in Singapore and Dubai, and generated gross profit growth in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, as these regions continue to become a larger portion of our overall economics for the third year in a row. In addition, we launched programs in newer verticals with companies like Lyft and HSBC/Airmiles Middle East, Home Chef, and made progress in growing our strategic partnership with Amadeus.

“Looking ahead, we remain on track for our long-term growth expectations of generating gross profit in the high-$90 million range and adjusted EBITDA in the mid-$40 million range as we exit 2022. Our ability to deliver on these financial goals is backed by our growth strategy and consistent execution over the last several years, as we have increased adjusted EBITDA by more than 80% since 2016. Our team is extremely proud of what we accomplished last year, but we are even more excited about what's in store for the years ahead.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 13% to $107.0 million compared to $94.9 million in the prior year quarter. Principal revenue increased 11% to $98.2 million compared to $88.3 million, and other partner revenue increased 35% to $8.9 million compared to $6.6 million.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter increased 25% to a quarterly record of $17.6 million compared to $14.1 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily driven by record performances in the Loyalty Currency Retailing and Points Travel segments.

Adjusted operating expenses3 in the fourth quarter of 2019 were $10.6 million compared to $9.3 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily a result of higher personnel-related costs associated with the resources added in 2019 to support the Company’s growth initiatives.

Net income increased 23% to $2.8 million or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $2.2 million or $0.16 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter increased 43% to a quarterly record of $7.2 million compared to $5.0 million in the prior year quarter. Effective margin, which is defined as adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of gross profit, increased to 40.9% compared to 35.7% from the prior year period.

At December 31, 2019, total funds available, comprised of cash and cash equivalents, funds receivable from payment processors, and cash held in trust and restricted cash, increased 4% to $86.8 million compared to $83.1 million at December 31, 2018. The Company remains debt free.

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3
 Adjusted operating expenses consist of employment expenses excluding equity-settled share-based compensation, marketing and communications, technology services and other operating expenses. Adjusted operating expense is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for total operating expenses, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure.



During the fourth quarter, Points repurchased for cancellation approximately 200,000 common shares at an average price of $11.90 per share through its Automatic Share Purchase Plan in conjunction with its Normal Course Issuer Bid.

Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Total revenue in 2019 increased 7% to $401.2 million compared to $376.2 million in the prior year. Principal revenue increased 6% to $374.5 million compared to $351.7 million, and other partner revenue increased 9% to $26.7 million compared to $24.5 million.

Gross profit in 2019 increased 21% to an annual record of $65.5 million compared to $53.9 million in the prior year. Excluding the benefit of a $6.0 million tax rebate that was confirmed in the second quarter for claims related to prior periods, gross profit was still a record $59.4 million, an increase of 10% over the prior year.

Total adjusted operating expenses in 2019 were $38.9 million compared to $36.0 million in 2018.

Net income increased 53% to $11.9 million or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to $7.8 million or $0.54 per diluted share in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA in 2019 increased 15% to an annual record $21.5 million compared to $18.6 million in the prior year. Effective margin improved 160 basis points to 36.1% compared to 34.5% from the prior year.

2020 Outlook

Points expects 2020 gross profit to range between $67.0 million and $73.0 million, reflecting approximately 13% to 23% growth from 20194. The Company also expects adjusted EBITDA to range between $23.0 million and $27.0 million, reflecting approximately 7% to 26% growth from 2019. At this time, the Company has not seen any material impact to the performance of its existing business resulting from the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak. Accordingly, the Company has not included any impact from the outbreak into its 2020 outlook, and will update investors as appropriate when the longer term impact becomes more clear.

Conference Call

Points will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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: 13698845

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.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through March 18, 2020.

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4
 Growth rates for gross profit based on full year gross profit in 2019 of $59.4 million, which excludes the benefit of a $6.0 million tax rebate that was confirmed in the second quarter of 2019 for claims related to prior periods



Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921

International replay number: 1-412-317-6671

Replay ID: 13698845

About Points International Ltd.

Points, (TSX: PTS) (NASDAQ: PCOM), provides loyalty e-commerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. Currently, the Company has a growing network of nearly 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform. Points offers three core private or co-branded services: its Loyalty Currency Retailing service sells loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; its Platform Partners service, which offers earn and redemption opportunities via third-party or loyalty channels; and its Points Travel service helps loyalty programs increase revenue from hotel and car rental bookings while offering members more opportunities to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more broadly. Points is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore, and Dubai.

For more information, visit company.points.com.

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, among other things, our ability to deliver on our long-term goals for 2022, our core growth strategies, and our guidance for 2020 with respect to gross profit and adjusted EBITDA. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only Points' expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events.

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, the financial outlooks herein assume Points will be able to maintain its existing contractual relationships and products, that such products continue to perform in a manner consistent with Points' past experience, that Points will be able to generate new business from our pipeline at expected margins, our in-market and newly launched products and services will perform in a manner consistent with the Company's past experience and we will be able to contain costs. Our ability to convert our pipeline of prospective partners and products and cross-sell existing partners is subject to significant risk and there can be no assurance that we will launch new partners or new products with existing partners as expected or planned nor can there be any assurance that Points will be successful in maintaining its existing contractual relationships or maintaining existing products with existing partners. Other important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the risk factors discussed in Points' annual information form, Form 40-F, annual and interim management's discussion and analysis, and annual and interim financial statements and the notes thereto. These documents are available at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.

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.

Investor Relations Contact

Sean Mansouri, CFA or Cody Slach
Gateway Investor Relations
1-949-574-3860
IR@points.com



Points International Ltd.

Key Financial Measures and Schedule of Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Gross Profit Information[1]

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars                          
    For the three months ended       For the year ended  
                           
    Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018       Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018  
                           
Total Revenue $ 107,007   $ 94,918     $ 401,177   $ 376,245  
Direct cost of revenue   89,418     80,813       335,722     322,341  
Gross Profit $ 17,589   $ 14,105     $ 65,455   $ 53,904  
Gross Margin   16%     15%       16%     14%  

[1] Gross profit is defined as total revenue less direct cost of revenue. Gross profit is considered by Management to be an integral measure of financial performance and represents the amount of revenues retained by the Company after incurring direct costs. However, gross profit is not a recognized measure of profitability under IFRS.

Reconciliation of Gross Profit to Contribution [2]

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars                          
    For the three months ended       For the year ended  
                           
    Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018       Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018  
                           
Gross Profit $ 17,589   $ 14,105     $ 65,455   $ 53,904  
Less:                          
Direct adjusted operating expenses [3]   6,503     5,702       24,539     22,247  
Contribution $ 11,086   $ 8,403     $ 40,916   $ 31,657  

[2] Contribution is defined as gross profit less direct adjusted operating expenses. Contribution is considered by Management to be a useful supplemental measure when assessing financial performance. Management believes that Contribution is an important indicator of the Company’s segment profitability. However, Contribution is not a recognized measure of profitability under IFRS.

[3] Direct adjusted operating expenses is defined as expenses which are directly attributable to each operating segment. Direct adjusted operating expenses is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS.



Contribution by Line of Business

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars                          
    For the three months ended       For the year ended  
    Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018       Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018  
Loyalty Currency Retailing                          
Total revenue $ 103,966   $ 92,358     $ 391,045   $ 366,421  
Gross profit   14,746     11,761       56,013     44,806  
Direct adjusted operating expenses   3,714     3,273       13,830     12,941  
Contribution $ 11,032   $ 8,488     $ 42,183   $ 31,865  
                           
Platform Partners                          
Total revenue $ 2,003   $ 2,096     $ 7,577   $ 7,979  
Gross profit   1,826     1,918       6,912     7,364  
Direct adjusted operating expenses   979     956       3,871     3,784  
Contribution $ 847   $ 962     $ 3,041   $ 3,580  
                           
Points Travel                          
Total revenue $ 1,038   $ 464     $ 2,555   $ 1,845  
Gross profit   1,017     426       2,530     1,734  
Direct adjusted operating expenses   1,810     1,473       6,838     5,522  
Contribution $ (793 ) $ (1,047 )   $ (4,308 ) $ (3,788 )



Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA [4]

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars                          
    For the three months ended       For the year ended  
    Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018       Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018  
Net Income $ 2,758   $ 2,246     $ 11,889   $ 7,792  
Income tax expense   1,475     865       5,155     3,104  
Finance costs   48     -       211     -  
Depreciation and amortization   1,269     740       4,668     3,364  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss   (7 )   (3 )     401     (36 )
Equity-settled share-based payment expense   1,650     1,184       5,172     4,381  
Tax rebate related to prior years, net of fees   -     -       (6,027 )   -  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 7,193   $ 5,032     $ 21,469   $ 18,605  

[4] Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before income tax expense, finance costs, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange, equity-settled share-based payment expense and other one-time costs or benefits such as a tax rebate related to prior periods) is considered by Management to be a useful supplemental measure when assessing financial performance. 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.

Reconciliation of Total Operating Expenses to Adjusted Operating Expenses [5]

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars                          
    For the three months ended       For the year ended  
    Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018       Dec 31, 2019     Dec 31, 2018  
Total Operating Expenses $ 13,489   $ 11,214     $ 49,108   $ 43,674  
Subtract (add):                          
Depreciation and amortization   1,269     740       4,668     3,364  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss   (7 )   (3 )     401     (36 )
Equity-settled share-based payment expense   1,650     1,184       5,172     4,381  
Adjusted Operating Expenses $ 10,577   $ 9,293     $ 38,867   $ 35,965  

[5] Adjusted operating expenses consists of employment expenses excluding equity-settled share-based payment expense, marketing & communications, technology services, and other operating expenses. Adjusted operating expenses is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered a substitute for total operating expenses, which we believe to be the most directly comparable IFRS measure.



Points International Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars

 

As at December 31   2019     2018[6]  
             
ASSETS            
Current assets            
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 69,965   $ 69,131  
    Cash held in trust and restricted cash   2,534     500  
    Funds receivable from payment processors   14,302     13,512  
    Accounts receivable   21,864     9,318  
    Prepaid taxes   194     383  
    Prepaid expenses and other assets   2,153     3,618  
Total current assets $ 111,012   $ 96,462  
             
Non-current assets            
    Property and equipment   2,371     2,351  
    Right-of-use assets   3,060     -  
    Intangible assets   12,806     13,952  
    Goodwill   7,130     7,130  
    Deferred tax assets   2,105     2,645  
    Other assets   216     -  
Total non-current assets $ 27,688   $ 26,078  
Total assets $ 138,700   $ 122,540  
             
LIABILITIES            
Current liabilities            
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 13,766   $ 9,489  
    Income taxes payable   2,326     117  
    Payable to loyalty program partners   78,270     69,749  
    Current portion of lease liabilities   1,323     -  
    Current portion of other liabilities   797     1,680  
Total current liabilities $ 96,482   $ 81,035  
             
Non-current liabilities            
    Lease liabilities   2,209     -  
    Other liabilities   95     495  
    Deferred tax liabilities   722     -  
Total non-current liabilities $ 3,026   $ 495  
Total liabilities $ 99,508   $ 81,530  
             
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Share capital   45,799     53,886  
Contributed surplus   -     4,446  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   184     (646 )
Accumulated deficit   (6,791 )   (16,676 )
Total shareholders’ equity $ 39,192   $ 41,010  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 138,700   $ 122,540  

[6] The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated.



Points International Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts

For the year ended December 31   2019     2018[7]  
             
REVENUE            
Principal $ 374,484   $ 351,743  
Other partner revenue   26,693     24,502  
Total Revenue $ 401,177   $ 376,245  
Direct cost of revenue   335,722     322,341  
Gross Profit $ 65,455   $ 53,904  
             
OPERATING EXPENSES            
Employment costs   31,860     27,890  
Marketing and communications   1,608     1,460  
Technology services   2,577     2,210  
Depreciation and amortization   4,668     3,364  
Foreign exchange loss (gain)   401     (36 )
Other operating expenses   7,994     8,786  
Total Operating Expenses $ 49,108   $ 43,674  
             
Finance income   (908 )   (666 )
Finance costs   211     -  
             
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES $ 17,044   $ 10,896  
             
Income tax expense   5,155     3,104  
             
NET INCOME $ 11,889   $ 7,792  
             
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)            
Items that will subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss:            
Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign exchange derivative designated as cash flow hedges   556     (1,394 )
Income tax effect   (147 )   369  
Reclassification to net income of loss on foreign exchange derivatives designated as cash flow hedges   550     7  
Income tax effect   (146 )   (2 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment   17     -  
             
Other comprehensive income (loss) for the period, net of income tax $ 830   $ (1,020 )
             
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 12,719   $ 6,772  
             
             
EARNINGS PER SHARE            
Basic earnings per share $ 0.87   $ 0.54  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.86   $ 0.54  

[7] The Company has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated.



Points International Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars except number of shares

 

                Attributable to equity holders of the Company  
                      Accumulated              
                      other           Total  
                Contributed     comprehensive     Accumulated     shareholders’  
    Share Capital     Surplus     income (loss)     deficit     equity  
    Number of     Amount                          
    Shares                                
                                     
Balance at December 31, 2018   14,111,864   $ 53,886   $ 4,446   $ (646 ) $ (16,676 ) $ 41,010  
Net income   -     -     -     -     11,889     11,889  
Other comprehensive income, net of tax   -     -     -     830     -     830  
Total comprehensive income   -     -     -     830     11,889     12,719  
Effect of share option compensation plan   -     -     782     -     -     782  
Effect of RSU compensation plan    -     -     4,390     -     -     4,390  
Share issuances – options exercised    2,338     28     (7 )   -     -     21  
Settlement of RSUs   -     1,504     (4,626 )   -     -     (3,122 )
Shares purchased and held in trust   -     (6,350 )   -     -     -     (6,350 )
Shares repurchased and cancelled    (872,686 )   (3,269 )   (4,985 )   -     (2,004 )   (10,258 )
Balance at December 31, 2019   13,241,516   $ 45,799   $ -   $ 184   $ (6,791 ) $ 39,192  
                                     
Balance at December 31, 2017    14,561,450   $ 56,394   $ 10,647   $ 374   $ (24,468 ) $ 42,947  
Net income   -     -     -     -     7,792     7,792  
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax    -     -     -     (1,020 )   -     (1,020 )
Total comprehensive income   -     -     -     (1,020 )   7,792     6,772  
Effect of share option compensation plan    -     -     72     -     -     72  
Effect of RSU compensation plan    -     -     4,309     -     -     4,309  
Share issuances - options exercised    119,521     1,385     (1,034 )   -     -     351  
Settlement of RSUs   -     1,377     (4,099 )   -     -     (2,722 )
Shares purchased and held in trust   -     (3,062 )   -     -     -     (3,062 )
Shares repurchased and cancelled   (569,107 )   (2,208 )   (5,449 )   -     -     (7,657 )
Balance at December 31, 2018   14,111,864   $ 53,886   $ 4,446   $ (646 ) $ (16,676 ) $ 41,010  



Points International Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Expressed in thousands of United States dollars

For the year ended December 31   2019     2018[8]  
             
Cash flows from operating activities            
Net income for the period $ 11,889   $ 7,792  
Adjustments for:            
Depreciation of property and equipment   1,211     981  
Amortization of right-of-use assets   1,164     -  
Amortization of intangible assets   2,293     2,383  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)   394     (960 )
Equity-settled share-based payment transactions   5,172     4,381  
Finance costs   211     -  
Deferred income tax expense   969     279  
Loss (gain) on derivative contracts designated as cash flow hedges   1,106     (1,387 )
Changes in cash held in trust and restricted cash balance   (2,034 )   -  
Changes in non-cash balances related to operations   2,200     6,552  
Interest paid   (211 )   -  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 24,364   $ 20,021  
             
Cash flows from investing activities            
Acquisition of property and equipment   (1,231 )   (1,204 )
Additions to intangible assets   (1,147 )   (1,070 )
Net cash used in investing activities $ (2,378 ) $ (2,274 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities            
Payment of lease liabilities   (1,229 )   -  
Proceeds from exercise of share options   21     351  
Shares repurchased and cancelled   (10,258 )   (7,657 )
Purchase of share capital held in trust   (6,350 )   (3,062 )
Taxes paid on net settlement of RSUs   (3,122 )   (2,722 )
Net cash used in financing activities $ (20,938 ) $ (13,090 )
             
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held   (214 )   960  
             
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents $ 834   $ 5,617  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period $ 69,131   $ 63,514  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 69,965   $ 69,131  
             
Interest Received $ 930   $ 595  
Taxes Received $ -   $ 110  
Taxes Paid $ (1,601 ) $ (2,838 )

Amounts received and paid for interest and taxes were reflected as operating cash flows in the condensed consolidated interim statements of cash flows.

(8) The Corporation has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach comparative information is not restated.