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Global Payments Reports First Quarter 2018 Earnings and
Increases 2018 Outlook

ATLANTA, May 3, 2018 -- Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
"We delivered double digit organic growth across our markets in the first quarter of 2018, an acceleration that led to one of the strongest results we have yet achieved,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer. “Our integrated and vertical markets businesses and ecommerce and omnichannel offerings continue to gain share through technology enablement. Our financial and operating performance, technology and software assets and exposure to faster growth markets highlight the ongoing strengths and differentiation of our business model."

First Quarter 2018 Summary
GAAP revenues were $795.0 million, compared to $919.8 million in the first quarter of 2017; diluted earnings per share were $0.57 compared to $0.32 in the prior year; and operating margin was 19.6% compared to 11.4% in the first quarter of 2017; 2018 results reflect the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.
Adjusted net revenue plus network fees grew 17% to $924.3 million, compared to $787.7 million in the first quarter of 2017.
Adjusted earnings per share grew 33% to $1.13, compared to $0.85 in the first quarter of 2017.
Adjusted operating margin expanded 140 basis points to 30.4%.

2018 Outlook
“As a result of our strong first quarter performance, we are increasing our outlook for 2018,” stated Cameron Bready, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We now expect adjusted net revenue plus network fees to range from $3.90 billion to $3.975 billion, or growth of 13% to 15% over 2017 and adjusted operating margin to expand by as much as 120 basis points. Adjusted earnings per share are now expected to be in a range of $5.00 to $5.20, reflecting growth of 25% to 30% over 2017.”

Capital Allocation
Global Payments’ Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.01 per share payable June 29, 2018 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2018.

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The following information was filed by Global Payments Inc (GPN) on Thursday, May 3, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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