Blackhawk Provides Additional Details on Revenue Reclassification for Fiscal 2014 and 2013

Discusses Impact of Currency Exchange Rates on Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014

Recaps Fiscal 2014 Results Compared to Prior Fiscal 2014 Guidance

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAWK) (Nasdaq:HAWKB) today announced additional details on the reclassification of certain amounts from sales and marketing expense to partner distribution expense and the impact of currency exchange rates on its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 results.

"Following our investor conference earlier today, several investors asked us to provide additional data regarding how the reclassification of certain amounts in fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 affected the comparison of our reported adjusted operating revenues to the guidance provided on our fiscal 2014 3rd quarter earnings call on October 8, 2014," commented Blackhawk CFO Jerry Ulrich. The following are details regarding the reclassification:

  • The Company has reclassified amounts within operating expenses to conform with its current presentation. The changes include the reclassification of compensation to certain distribution partners from sales and marketing expense to partner distribution expense. The Company has revenue sharing arrangements with certain distribution partners and has granted equity awards to certain distribution partners. The costs of these arrangements are now categorized as partner distribution expense and not sales and marketing expense.
  • The total amount of the expense reclassification (including both cash and non-cash portions) was $27.6 million for fiscal 2014 and $21.1 million for fiscal 2013. During the investor conference, the Company commented on only the $5.9 million non-cash portion of the expense reclassification for fiscal 2014. The fiscal 2013 non-cash portion was $12.0 million.
  • The following table shows adjusted operating revenues for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 using the previous classifications and then the reclassification amount to reconcile to today's reported results.

13 Weeks Ended 12 Weeks Ended 53 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 3,
December 28,
January 3,
December 28,
Adjusted operating revenues:
Total operating revenues as reported $658,877 $521,180 $1,444,963 $1,138,088
Partner distribution expense – before reclassification (334,485) (277,941) (734,608) (597,437)
Adjusted operating revenues before reclassification 324,392 243,239 710,355 540,651
Partner distribution expense – reclassification amount (12,483) (6,024) (27,637) (21,053)
Adjusted operating revenues – as reported $311,909 $237,215 $682,718 $519,598

Ulrich continued, "Further, at our investor conference today, we cited that the impact of lower foreign exchange rates related to our international business on fiscal 2014 adjusted operating revenues was approximately $7.5 million. As further clarification, of that amount, $3.9 million related to the 4th quarter of fiscal 2014 based on our constant currency calculations. Our guidance provided on October 8, 2014 for fiscal 2014 indicated that adjusted operating revenues would be in the range of $690 million to $715 million (before the reclassification). Fiscal 2014 adjusted operating revenues before the reclassification from the table above was $710.4 million. Factoring in the foreign exchange impact for the 4th quarter as noted above, our results for fiscal 2014 (before reclassification) would be at the top of our previously provided guidance."

In addition to adjusted operating revenue guidance, the Company stated on its 3rd quarter fiscal 2014 earnings call that adjusted net income for the fiscal 2014 year, excluding the reduction in cash taxes payable, was expected to be toward the high end of our previously stated annual guidance range of $64 million to $67 million or $1.19 to $1.24 per diluted share and that the Parago acquisition, if closed by October 31, 2014, would add an estimated $1 million in adjusted net income or $0.02 per diluted share. Our actual results announced earlier today reflected adjusted net income before reduction in cash taxes payable of $69 million, or $1.27 per diluted share and we indicated that Parago, which we did acquire on October 23, 2014, was earnings neutral net of acquisition related costs.

Investor Conference Webcast and Earnings Call Script

The Company hosted its year-end earnings call and its investor conference on February 26, 2015. An audio replay of the earnings call and a video replay of the investor conference webcast and copies of the slides presented can be accessed by visiting the Company's investor relations website located at The replays will be available on the Company's investor relations website until Thursday, March 12, 2015.

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAWK) (Nasdaq:HAWKB) is a leading prepaid and payments global company that supports the program management and distribution of gift cards, prepaid telecom products and financial service products in a number of different retail, digital and incentive channels. Blackhawk's digital platform supports prepaid across a network of digital distribution partners including retailers, financial service providers, and mobile wallets. For more information, please visit and

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Blackhawk regards the non-GAAP financial measures provided in this press release as useful measures of the operational and financial performance of its business. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Blackhawk's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. The use of non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations as they do not reflect all items of income, expense, or cash flows that affect Blackhawk's financial performance under GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore comparability may be limited. Blackhawk encourages investors and others to review Blackhawk's financial information in its entirety and not rely on any single financial measure.

Forward Looking Statements

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