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Heartland Payment Systems Reports 26% Increase In Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share

SME card processing volume for the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased 5.0% from the year-ago quarter to $17.6 billion, benefitting from a 1.5% increase in same store sales and 1% increase in new margin installed, while holding volume attrition to 13.3%. Together with strong growth at Heartland School Solutions and other non-card businesses, total net revenue rose 8.4%. The increase in general and administrative expenses in the quarter was held to 6.7%. As a result, fourth quarter 2012 operating margin expanded to 19.3% of net revenue compared to 16.1% in the year ago quarter. The operating margin for the full year was 20.8%, an improvement of 460 basis points over the full year 2011 operating margin of 16.2%, and well above the Company's intermediate-term 20% operating margin target.

Mr. Carr continued, “The convergence of payments and operational systems is creating opportunities to grow by developing innovative new products that simplify and improve business operations for merchants both small and large. We've been developing new products, investing in infrastructure, making acquisitions, building partnerships, and strengthening our management team to assure we have solutions that offer the market's most enduring value for our merchants. Combined with the extensive merchant goodwill Heartland has earned through our commitment to a fair deal and continually improving the industry's largest and most-respected sales organization, we are in a strong position to capitalize on our unique franchise to achieve outstanding growth and build value for our shareholders.”

FULL YEAR 2012 RESULTS:

For the full year of 2012, GAAP net income was $65.9 million or $1.64 per share, compared to $43.9 million, or $1.09 per share for the full year of 2011. Net revenue for the full year of 2012 was $543.0 million, up 12.6% compared to the full year of 2011. Adjusted net income and earnings per share for the full year of fiscal 2012 were $75.0 million or $1.87 per share, compared to $50.5 million, or $1.26 per share in the prior year. Year-to-date 2012, share-based compensation expense has reduced pre-tax earnings by $14.2 million or $0.22 per share, compared to $9.5 million, or $0.15 per share, a year ago.

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