ST. LOUIS-(BUSINESS WIRE) - April 18, 2016 - Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASS), the nation’s leading provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services, reported first quarter 2016 earnings of $.51 per diluted share, an increase of 6% from the $.48 per diluted share it earned in the first quarter of 2015. Net income for the period was $5.8 million, compared to $5.5 million in 2015.
2016 1st Quarter Recap
*Includes Energy, Telecom and Waste
Sales growth generated by new customers and broadened service offerings helped offset the headwinds created by a challenging economic environment. This, combined with an increase in net investment income due mainly to an improvement in the overall quality of the company’s loan portfolio, led to growth in revenue and net income of 3.3% and 5.3%, respectively.
Overall, lingering adverse economic factors including low interest rates, low energy prices and slow growth in U.S. manufacturing output continued to restrain results. In the transportation group, new accounts boosted transaction volume, but that growth was offset by declining activity from existing customers, especially those involved in oil and gas production. Transportation dollar volume was also retarded by lower fuel prices which reduced average invoice amounts. The decrease in dollar volume generated smaller investable balances that reduced investment income, and more significantly, lowered fees from carrier services. Facility expense transaction volume increased as a result of new business; however, dollar volume decreased due to both a change in the mix of customers and the impact of lower energy prices which reduced the average invoice amounts.
Strategic investment in staff and technology to win and support new business and annual merit increases were the key contributors to a $600,000 (3%) hike in operating expenses.
“We are pleased with the solid start to 2016. However, the macro economic factors that have stunted earnings in recent years remain present. Our ability to continue to win and grow new business combined with strong asset management performance leaves us confident that our strategy is sound,” said Eric H. Brunngraber, Cass chairman and chief executive officer. “We plan to continue to invest in our business to improve operating results and be optimally positioned when the environment improves.”
About Cass Information Systems
Cass Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and payment management solutions. Cass enables enterprises to achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Disbursing $40 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $1.5 billion, Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank. Founded in 1906 and a wholly owned subsidiary, Cass Bank provides sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients. Cass is part of the Russell 2000®.
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