EVERTEC Initiates Quarterly Dividend
"EVERTEC generates significant annual free cash flow and has a strong balance sheet with substantial liquidity," said Peter Harrington, EVERTEC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our decision to initiate a regular quarterly dividend is a reflection of this meaningful cash flow generation, our financial flexibility and our commitment to focus on maximizing total value to our shareholders. Going forward, we remain focused on the execution of our growth strategy and are excited by the breadth of opportunities available to us to continue to build and enhance long-term total shareholder value."
The initial quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share will be paid on September 6, 2013 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 19, 2013. The Board anticipates declaring this dividend in future quarters on a regular basis; however future declarations of dividends are subject to Board of Director approval and may be adjusted as business needs or market conditions change.
EVERTEC is the leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Puerto Rico, EVERTEC provides a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business process management services across 19 countries in the region. EVERTEC processes over 1.8 billion transactions annually, and manages the electronic payment network for over 4,100 automated teller machines ("ATM") and over 104,000 point-of-sale payment terminals. EVERTEC is the largest merchant acquirer in the Caribbean and Central America and the sixth largest in Latin America. EVERTEC owns and operates the ATH network, one of the leading ATM and personal identification number debit networks in Latin America. In addition, EVERTEC provides a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. EVERTEC serves a broad and diversified customer base of leading financial institutions, merchants, corporations and government agencies with 'mission critical' technology solutions and believes its business is well positioned to continue to expand across the fast growing Latin American region. For more information, visit http://www.evertecinc.com.
Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to the protection of, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of EVERTEC to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements preceded by, followed by, or that otherwise include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "projects," "estimates," and "plans" and similar expressions of future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," "may," and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events, circumstances or results are forward-looking statements.
Various factors that could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those estimated by management include, but are not limited to: our reliance on our relationship with Popular for a significant portion of our revenues; our ability to renew our client contracts on terms favorable to us; our dependence on our processing systems, technology infrastructure, security systems and fraudulent-payment-detection systems; our ability to develop, install and adopt new technology; a decreased client base due to consolidations in the banking and financial-services industry; the credit risk of our merchant clients, for which we may also be liable; the continuing market position of the ATH® network; our dependence on credit card associations; changes in the regulatory environment and changes in international, legal, political, administrative or economic conditions; the geographical concentration of our business in Puerto Rico; operating an international business in multiple regions with potential political and economic instability; our ability to execute our expansion and acquisition strategies; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; our ability to comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; evolving industry standards; our high level of indebtedness and restrictions contained in our debt agreements; and our ability to generate sufficient cash to service our indebtedness and to generate future profits.
Consideration should be given to the areas of risk described above, as well as those risks set forth under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the reports the Company files with the SEC from time to time, in connection with considering any forward-looking statements that may be made by us and our businesses generally. We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events unless we are required to do so by law.
Luis M. Cabrera, 787-773-5302
Senior Vice President
Head of Investor Relations
KEYWORDS: United States North America Caribbean Puerto Rico New York
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