Sunday , September 15, 2019

Priority’s Earnings Tempered by Subscription-Billing Merchant Changes

Priority Technology Holdings Inc.’s total merchant bank card processing volume increased 10.9% in the second quarter, from $9.9 billion to $11 billion, but the merchant acquirer continues to deal with the wind-down of some online subscription-billing merchants.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Priority said Tuesday that the wind-down of the subscription merchants stems from card-brand rules changes. In March, Priority closed the accounts of 1,200 such merchants to ensure its compliance with Mastercard Inc.’s rule change on subscription billings. Visa Inc. announced similar rule changes commencing in October. As recently as 2017’s fourth quarter, Priority’s subscription billing e-commerce revenue peaked at $36.7 million.

Priority said the wind-down of high-margin subscription merchants resulted in only $1.7 million in second-quarter revenues from such merchants within its consumer-payments segment compared with $14.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Overall, the consumer-payments segment had revenue of $92.2 million, a 5.6% decrease from $97.7 million a year earlier.

Priore: “Our integrated-partners business group performed well in all industry verticals, including health care, hospitality and real estate…”

Merchant bank card transactions totaled 130.1 million in the quarter, an 8.4% increase from 120 million. The average ticket of $82.70 was 1.2% more than $81.82 last year.

Priority’s integrated-partners segment, meanwhile, experienced tremendous growth, going from $147,000 in quarterly revenue a year ago to $8.1 million in the June-ending quarter. The bulk of that—$7.6 million—emanates from Priority Real Estate Technology, a unit formed from the March acquisition of YapStone Inc. and the 2018 acquisition of RadPad Holdings Inc. The integrated-payments segment generated $106.2 million in bank card processing volume.

“Our integrated-partners business group performed well in all industry verticals, including health care, hospitality and real estate, which has been supported by the successful business integration of the YapStone rent, dues, and storage-payment assets,” Tom Priore, chief executive and chairman, said in a press release.

Priority’s commercial-payments segment—for business-to-business payments—had $.71 million in revenue, a 3.1% increase from $6.9 million.

Overall, Priority had $107.4 million in second-quarter revenue, a 2.5% increase from $104.8 million. Its net loss increased to $14.1 million from a $5.6 million loss a year earlier.

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