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Travelport Worldwide Limited Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

February 22, 2019

Press release

LANGLEY, U.K., February 22, 2019 — Travelport Worldwide Limited (NYSE: TVPT) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Key Points (for full year 2018 unless stated otherwise)

·       Net revenue increased 4% to $2,551 million, including Travel Commerce Platform revenue growth of 5% to $2,454 million

·       Net income decreased 46% to $75 million; Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $590 million

·       Income per share (diluted) decreased 50% to $0.57; Adjusted Income per Share (diluted) increased 1% to $1.46

·       Payment Solutions (eNett) net revenue grew 63% to $315 million

·       Net cash provided by operating activities increased 15% to $364 million; Free Cash Flow increased 10% to $220 million

·       Fourth quarter net revenue increased 3% to $589 million; net income decreased 93% to $3 million; and Adjusted EBITDA increased 1% to $140 million

Gordon Wilson, President and CEO of Travelport, commented:

“I am pleased to report that we ended the year with all of our full year key financial performance measures either in line with or better than management expectations and guidance.  We also made significant operational progress across our four customer priorities of delivering superior choice, performance, experiences and intelligence in travel and payments.

In December, we announced we entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp.  We continue to work towards finalizing the merger, which currently is expected to close in the first half of this year.”

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The Company refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Income (Loss) per Share - diluted, Capital Expenditures, Net Debt and Free Cash Flow.  Please refer to pages 15 to 18 of this press release for additional information, including reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures.

Discussion of Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2018

Net Revenue

Net revenue is comprised of:

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Fourth Quarter 2018

Net revenue increased by $15 million, or 3%, to $589 million primarily due to growth in Travel Commerce Platform revenue of $17 million, or 3%.  Within Travel Commerce Platform revenue, Beyond Air revenue increased by $17 million, or 11%, offset by a marginal decrease in Air revenue of $1 million.  The increase in Beyond Air revenue was driven by an increase in net revenue from the Payment Solutions business of 38% to $75 million, primarily due to an increase in the volume of payments settled with existing customers that was partially offset by a decline in the remainder of the Beyond Air portfolio.  The marginal decrease in Air revenue was mainly due to a decrease in Air Reported Segments that includes the impact of the loss of a large Pacific-based travel agency and other specific travel agency headwinds reported in earlier quarters, offset by improved pricing.  Technology Services revenue decreased $2 million, or 6%, primarily due to lower hosting revenue.

Full Year 2018

Net revenue increased by $104 million, or 4%, to $2,551 million primarily due to growth in Travel Commerce Platform revenue of $113 million, or 5%.  Within Travel Commerce Platform revenue, Beyond Air revenue increased by $108 million, or 17%, and Air revenue increased by $5 million.  The increase in Beyond Air revenue was driven by an increase in net revenue from the Payment Solutions business of 63% to $315 million, primarily due to an increase in the volume of payments settled with existing customers that was partially offset by a decline in the remainder of the Beyond Air portfolio.  The increase in Air revenue was mainly due to improved pricing that was offset by a decrease in Air Reported Segments that includes the impact of the loss of a large Pacific-based travel agency and other specific travel agency headwinds and a $9 million recognition of revenue in 2017 in respect of revenue deferred in previous years.  Technology Services revenue decreased $9 million, or 9%, primarily due to the sale of IGT Solutions Private Ltd. in April 2017.

The table below sets forth Travel Commerce Platform revenue by region:

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The tables below set forth Travel Commerce Platform Reported Segments and global RevPas by region:

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Fourth Quarter 2018

Travel Commerce Platform RevPas increased 8% to $7.61, driving a $40 million increase in Travel Commerce Platform revenue.  International RevPas increased 6% to $9.06, and United States RevPas increased 6% to $4.98.  Reported Segments decreased 4% due to the impact of the loss of a large Pacific-based travel agency and other specific travel agency headwinds.

International Travel Commerce Platform revenue increased by $24 million, or 6%, with growth in the Payment Solutions business across most regions contributing to this increase.

Full Year 2018

Travel Commerce Platform RevPas increased 7% to $7.32, driving a $164 million increase in Travel Commerce Platform revenue.  International RevPas increased 8% to $9.06, and United States RevPas increased 2% to $4.58.  Reported Segments decreased 2% due to the impact of the loss of a large Pacific-based travel agency and other specific travel agency headwinds.

International Travel Commerce Platform revenue increased by $118 million, or 7%, with Europe mainly contributing to this increase due to an increase in its RevPas of 13%.  The decrease in Travel Commerce Platform revenue in Asia Pacific of $1 million includes the loss of revenue resulting from the loss of a large Pacific-based travel agency.

Operating Income

Fourth Quarter 2018

Operating income decreased by 1% to $53 million mainly due to the following:

·      $14 million increase in cost of revenue primarily due to incremental costs from the Payment Solutions business and an increase in travel distribution cost per segment driven by pricing, offset by a decrease in volume and favorable foreign exchange movements

·      $2 million increase in selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) primarily due to unfavorable foreign exchange movements and increase in other commercial operating costs, offset by lower employee related costs including lower equity-based compensation expense and related taxes and a decrease in corporate and restructuring costs; offset by

·      $15 million increase in net revenue

Full Year 2018

Operating income decreased by $72 million, or 25%, to $217 million mainly due to the following:

·      $124 million increase in cost of revenue primarily due to incremental costs from the Payment Solutions business, an increase in travel distribution cost per segment driven by price, mix, impairment of customer loyalty payments and unfavorable foreign exchange movements, offset by a decrease in volume and higher capitalization of technology investments

·      $60 million increase in SG&A primarily due to unfavorable movements in the fair value of foreign currency derivative contracts, an increase in other commercial operating costs and corporate and restructuring costs, offset by lower employee related costs including lower equity-based compensation expense and related taxes; offset by

·      $104 million increase in net revenue

·      $9 million decrease in depreciation and amortization due to a lower level of depreciable property and equipment

Net Income

Fourth Quarter 2018

Net income decreased by $42 million, or 93%, to $3 million mainly due to the following:

·      $24 million increase in income tax expense primarily due to the favorable tax impact recognized in 2017 on enactment of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“U.S. Tax Reforms”) resulting from the reduction in the U.S. federal corporate tax rate

·      $17 million increase in interest expense, net, due to the unfavorable impact of fair value changes on interest rate derivative instruments

·      marginal decrease in operating income

Full Year 2018

Net income decreased by $65 million, or 46%, to $75 million due to the following:

·      $72 million decrease in operating income

·      $22 million increase in loss on early extinguishment of debt due to the debt refinancing in March 2018

·      $6 million increase in the provision for income tax primarily due to the favorable tax impact recognized in 2017 resulting from U.S. Tax Reforms offset by the benefit realized in 2018 from the release of the U.K. valuation allowance on deferred tax assets and lower tax provision due to the decrease in pre-tax income and a change in geographical profit-mix; offset by

·      $26 million increase in income from discontinued operations due to the release of the indemnity provision during the first quarter of 2018

·      $9 million decrease in interest expense, net, primarily due to a reduced debt balance, lower amortization of debt finance cost and discount offset by the unfavorable impact of fair value changes of interest rate derivative financial instruments and higher interest rates

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Fourth Quarter 2018

Net cash provided by operating activities increased by $36 million, or 82%, to $79 million, primarily due to the positive impact of changes in working capital and other assets and liabilities, and lower interest, income tax and customer loyalty payments.

Full Year 2018

Net cash provided by operating activities increased by $47 million, or 15%, to $364 million, primarily due to the positive impact of changes in working capital and other assets and liabilities, lower restructuring and interest payments, offset by higher customer loyalty and income tax payments.

Adjusted EBITDA

Fourth Quarter 2018

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $2 million, or 1%, to $140 million due to the following:

·      $15 million increase in net revenue; offset by

·      $13 million increase within cost of revenue (excluding a $1 million increase related to items that are excluded from net income to determine Adjusted EBITDA) primarily due to incremental costs from the Payment Solutions business and an increase in travel distribution cost per segment driven by pricing that is offset by a decrease in volume and favorable foreign exchange movements

Full Year 2018

Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $590 million mainly due to the following:

·      $104 million increase in net revenue; offset by

·      $96 million increase within cost of revenue (excluding a $28 million increase related to items that are excluded from net income to determine Adjusted EBITDA) primarily due to incremental costs from the Payment Solutions business, an increase in travel distribution cost per segment driven by pricing, mix and unfavorable foreign exchange movements offset by a decrease in volume and higher capitalization of technology investments

·      $12 million increase in SG&A (excluding $48 million increase related to non-core corporate costs that are excluded from net income to determine Adjusted EBITDA) mainly due to higher other commercial operating costs

Adjusted Net Income

Fourth Quarter 2018

Adjusted Net Income decreased by $4 million, or 10%, to $40 million due to the following:

·      $2 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA; offset by

·      $6 million decrease due to higher depreciation and amortization of property and equipment and customer loyalty payments and higher remaining provision for income taxes

Full Year 2018

Adjusted Net Income increased by $5 million, or 3%, to $187 million due to lower interest expense, net, (excluding the impact of unrealized gains (losses) on interest rate derivative financial instruments) offset by higher remaining provision for income taxes with Adjusted EBITDA remaining flat.

Free Cash Flow

Fourth Quarter 2018

Free Cash Flow increased by $39 million to a cash inflow of $44 million due to a $36 million increase in net cash provided by operating activities and a $3 million decrease in payments made for additions to property and equipment.

Full Year 2018

Free Cash Flow increased by $20 million, or 10%, to a cash inflow of $220 million due to a $47 million increase in net cash provided by operating activities offset by a $27 million increase in payments made for additions to property and equipment.

Net Debt

Net Debt decreased from $2,108 million as of December 31, 2017 to $2,036 million as of December 31, 2018 and is comprised of $2,252 million in total debt less $216 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.  The increase in total debt of $22 million reflects (i) $2,154 million principal amount of term loans repaid under the former 2014 senior secured credit agreement and $15 million principal amount of term loans repaid under the new 2018 senior secured credit agreement, (ii) $1,400 million principal amount of borrowings under the 2018 senior secured credit agreement in March 2018, (iii) the issuance of $745 million principal amount of senior secured notes in March 2018 and (iv) a net $36 million increase in capital lease obligations and other indebtedness, and is offset by a $94 million increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash balance as of December 31, 2018 compared to December 31, 2017, contributing to a decrease of $72 million in the Net Debt balance.

Impact of Foreign Exchange Movements

Our results of operations are reported in U.S. dollars.  With approximately 87% of our net revenue denominated in U.S. dollars in the fourth quarter of 2018, changes in foreign exchange rates have a low impact on our net revenue.  Our Payment Solutions business, which represented approximately 13% of our net revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018, is the largest source of non-U.S. dollar net revenue.

Of our costs and expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018, excluding depreciation on property and equipment, amortization of customer loyalty payments, amortization of acquired intangible assets and non-core corporate costs, approximately 58% were denominated in U.S. dollars.

As part of our rolling hedging program, we employ foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge a portion of our net exposure to changes in foreign exchange rates, particularly against the British pound, the Euro and the Australian dollar, which are the main non-U.S. dollar components of our costs and expenses.  The year-on-year impact of foreign exchange rate movements on Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 was immaterial, net of the impact from realized foreign exchange rate hedges undertaken during 2017.

Acquisition of Travelport by Siris and Elliott

As announced in December 2018, Travelport has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris”) and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. (“Evergreen”) in an all-cash transaction (the transaction hereafter referred to as “Merger”).  Evergreen is the private equity affiliate of Elliott Management Corporation (“Elliott”).  Under the terms of the agreement, Siris and Evergreen will acquire all the outstanding common shares of Travelport for $15.75 per common share in cash.  The Board of Directors of Travelport has unanimously approved the agreement and recommended that shareholders vote in favor of the transaction.  The Company is in the process of obtaining shareholders’ approval.  Upon the completion of the transaction, which is subject to shareholders’ approval and other regulatory and closing conditions under the agreement, Travelport will become a privately held company and Travelport common shares will no longer be listed on any public market.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

The proposed acquisition of Travelport by Siris and Evergreen will be submitted to the shareholders of the Company for their consideration.  In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a proxy statement with respect to a special meeting of the Company’s shareholders to approve the proposed transaction.  The definitive proxy statement was mailed to the Company’s shareholders on or about February 13, 2019.  The Company also plans to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE  COMPANY, SIRIS, EVERGREEN AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.  Investors and shareholders can obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other documents containing important information about the Company, Siris and Evergreen, through the website maintained by the SEC at https://www.sec.gov/ Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company are available free of charge on the Company’s website at ir.travelport.com or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at +44 (0)1753 288 686.

Certain Information Regarding Participants

Travelport and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Travelport in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Travelport is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which will be filed with the SEC on February 22, 2019. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication does not constitute a solicitation of proxy, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Dividend

As communicated in December 2018, pursuant to the pendency of Merger, Travelport’s Board of Directors has suspended declaring any future dividends, and no dividends were declared for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Conference Call

In light of the pending Merger, Travelport will not hold an earnings conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect Travelport’s current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events.  In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “will”, and “would” or other similar words.  Any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events, circumstances or results are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Travelport’s expectations with respect to the costs and other anticipated financial impacts of the proposed Merger transaction; future financial and operating results of Travelport; Travelport’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations and services; approval of the proposed transaction by shareholders; the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed Merger transaction; and the timing of the completion of the proposed Merger transaction.

All forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause future results to differ from those expressed by the forward-looking statements, many of which are generally outside the control of Travelport and are difficult to predict. Examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (i) the possibility that the proposed transaction is delayed or does not close, including due to the failure to receive required shareholder or regulatory approvals, the taking of governmental action to block the proposed transaction, the inability to obtain required financing, or the failure of other closing conditions, and (ii) the possibility that expected financial results will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period, because of, among other things, factors affecting the level of travel activity, particularly air travel volume, including security concerns, pandemics, general economic conditions, natural disasters and other disruptions; general economic and business conditions in the markets in which Travelport operates, including fluctuations in currencies, particularly in the U.S. dollar, and the economic conditions in the Eurozone; pricing, regulatory and other trends in the travel industry; Travelport’s ability to obtain travel provider inventory from travel providers, such as airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines and other travel providers; Travelport’s ability to develop and deliver products and services that are valuable to travel agencies and travel providers and generate new revenue streams; maintenance and protection of Travelport’s information technology and intellectual property; the impact on travel provider capacity and inventory resulting from consolidation of the airline industry; the impact Travelport’s outstanding indebtedness may have on the way Travelport operates its business; Travelport’s ability to achieve expected cost savings from Travelport’s efforts to improve operational and technology efficiency, including through Travelport’s consolidation of multiple technology vendors and locations and the centralization of activities; Travelport’s ability to maintain existing relationships with travel agencies and to enter into new relationships on acceptable financial and other terms; and Travelport’s ability to grow adjacencies, such as payment and mobile solutions; and the impact on business conditions worldwide as a result of political decisions, including the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by which, such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking information is based on information available at the time and/or management’s good faith belief with respect to future events and is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements. The factors listed in the section captioned “Risk Factors” in Travelport’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, to be filed with the SEC on February 22, 2019, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in the forward-looking statements. You should be aware that the occurrence of the events described in these risk factors and elsewhere could have an adverse effect on Travelport’s business, results of operations, financial position and cash flows.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. Travelport assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If Travelport does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements. For any forward-looking statements contained in any document, Travelport claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules.  As required by SEC rules, important information regarding such measures is contained below.

 

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About Travelport

Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better.  It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.  The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.

Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions.  The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions.  With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.

Media Contacts

Peter Russell
Head of Treasury and Investor Relations 
Tel: +44 (0)1753 288 248
peter.russell@travelport.com

Julian Eccles, VP PR and Communications
email: julian.eccles@travelport.com
tel: +44 7720 409374