Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) (Vantiv or “the Company”) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenue increased 14% to $466.7 million as compared to $409.4 million in the prior year. Net revenue increased 19% to $258.5 million as compared to $216.9 million in the prior year. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Vantiv, Inc. was $24.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with $11.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the prior year. Cash net income increased 44% to $68.1 million as compared to $47.1 million in the prior year. Adjusted cash net income per share was $0.32. (See Schedule 2 for cash net income and Schedules 6 and 7 for GAAP net income reconciliation to cash net income.)
Investments in distribution strategies and value added services continued to lead to superior transaction growth of 22%. The Merchant Services segment experienced strong double digit growth with a 27% increase in transactions, and the Financial Institutions Services segment also experienced strong growth with a 7% increase in transactions.
In connection with our growth, sales and marketing expense increased by 23% to $69.3 million as compared to $56.5 million in the prior year. The scale and efficiency of Vantiv's single processing platform continued to support superior profitability as reflected by the Company's 51% adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter, with adjusted EBITDA increasing by 18% to $131.9 million as compared to $111.4 million in the prior year. (See Schedule 8 for reconciliation from GAAP income from operations to adjusted EBITDA.)
“Vantiv delivered another strong quarter,” said president and chief executive officer Charles Drucker. “We continue to drive growth and profitability across our business, while developing innovative new products and solutions for our customers, such as Vantiv Accept and Vantiv Mobile Wallet within our expanded suite of mobile offerings.”