Cass Information Systems, Inc. Grows 2012 Earnings to $23.3 Million

24 January 2012

ST. LOUIS, January 24, 2012 (Business Wire) - Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASS), the nation's leading provider of transportation, utility, telecom and environmental invoice payment and information services, reports that it earned $2.02 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2012, a .5% increase over the $2.01 per diluted share earned in 2011. Total net income for 2012 was $23.3 million, a 1.3% increase over the $23.0 million earned in 2011.


* Includes Energy, Telecom and Environmental

2012 4th Quarter Recap

Cass fourth quarter earnings were $.46 per diluted share, a 4.2% decrease from the $.48 per diluted share it earned in the same quarter in 2011. Net income for the period was $5.3 million, or 2.7% less than the $5.5 million recorded in 2011. A $1.7 million decline in net investment income was primarily responsible for the lower quarterly result. 

During the fourth quarter the 5.4% volume increase in transportation transaction volume was fueled by increased activity from both established and new customers. Conversely, facility expense dollar volumes declined 3.8% owing to lower pricing for electricity and natural gas as well as customer turnover. Overall, revenues grew to $26.8 million, a slight increase over the $26.5 million generated in the year-earlier period. 

Operating expenses were up 2.5%, or $476,000, largely due to costs associated with the continuing ramp-up of the company’s new environmental expense service line acquired last January.

2012 Fiscal Benchmarks

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $111.5 million, 4.7% higher than 2011 revenues of $106.5 million. 

Net investment income declined 7.6%, or $3.3 million. 

Operating expenses were up 7.1%, or $5.3 million, as Cass invested in the infrastructure required to expand its new environmental expense service line. 

“As long-time shareholders know, a prolonged period of low interest rates reduces the earnings contribution of our investable assets,” commented Eric H. Brunngraber, Cass president and chief executive officer. “To offset the lingering decline Cass is experiencing in investment income, our emphasis in 2013 will remain on investing in initiatives with high potential for profitable growth in both the markets in which we are established as well as those we hope to penetrate.”

Cash Dividend Declared

On January 21, 2013 the company’s board of directors declared a first quarter dividend of $.18 per share payable March 15, 2013 to shareholders of record March 5, 2013. Cass has continuously paid regularly scheduled cash dividends since 1934.

About Cass Information Systems

Cass Information Systems is the leading provider of transportation, energy, telecom and environmental invoice payment and information services. The company, which has been involved in the payables services and information support business since 1956, disburses $33 billion annually on behalf of customers from locations in St. Louis, Mo., Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Mass., Greenville, S.C., Wellington, Kansas, and Jacksonville, Fla. The support of Cass Commercial Bank, founded in 1906, makes Cass Information Systems unique in the industry. Cass is part of the Russell 2000® Index.

Note to Investors

Certain matters set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that are provided to assist in the understanding of anticipated future financial performance. However, such performance involves risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. For a discussion of certain factors that may cause such forward-looking statements to differ materially from the company’s actual results, see the company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.