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Boosts Dividend by 4%; Augments Share Repurchase Program

ST. LOUIS, October 21, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cass Information Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASS), the leading provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services, reported third quarter 2021 earnings of $.48 per diluted share, an increase of 20% from the $.40 per diluted share it earned in the third quarter of 2020. Net income for the period was $6.8 million, an increase of 18% from the $5.8 million earned in the same period in 2020.

3rd Quarter

YTD

2021

2020

%
Change

2021

2020

%
Change

Transportation Invoice Volume

9.3 million

8.7 million

7.8

27.6 million

24.2 million

13.8

Transportation Dollar Volume

$9.5 billion

$6.8 billion

39.8

$26.4 billion

$19.0 billion

39.0

Facility-related Transaction Volume*

6.7 million

7.1 million

(6.2)

20.5 million

20.3 million

0.8

Facility-related Dollar Volume*

$4.2 billion

$3.6 billion

17.2

$11.6 billion

$10.1 billion

14.5

Revenues

$38.7 million

$35.7 million

8.2

$114.2 million

$107.8 million

5.9

Net Income

$6.8 million

$5.8 million

17.7

$20.9 million

$18.8 million

11.4

Diluted Earnings per Share

$.48

$.40

20.0

$1.45

$1.29

12.4

*Includes Energy, Telecom and Waste

2021 3rd Quarter Recap

Third quarter revenue and net income increased 8% and 18%, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2020 when the negative economic impact of the pandemic was more significantly impacting Cass and its customers.

Transportation volumes for invoices and dollars rose 8% and 40%, respectively. The increases were driven by the stronger performance of the manufacturing sector in addition to organic new customer growth. Also contributing to the dramatic increase in dollar volume was scarcity in carrier supply, which continues to drive prices higher.

Facility-related (electricity, gas, waste and telecom expense management) dollar volumes grew 17% primarily due to significantly fewer pandemic-related restrictions in the restaurant, retail and hospitality sectors, creating higher utility usage in addition to rising energy prices.

Revenues increased 8% primarily due to the aforementioned increase in dollar volumes. The increase in dollar volumes boosted payment and processing financial fees in addition to assisting in the increase in average interest-earning assets of 17%, which had the result of increasing net interest income. These positive factors were partially offset by the negative impact of the prevailing interest rate environment which has led to the decline in Cass net interest margin from 2.59% to 2.32%.

Consolidated operating expenses increased 7% due to the increase in transportation transaction volumes and strategic investment in various technology initiatives.

"We are delighted with the significant improvement in our profitability compared to the prior year primarily attributed to a robust increase in transportation dollar volumes," noted Eric H. Brunngraber, Cass chairman and chief executive officer. "As a leader in the freight audit and payment space, we have been fortunate to experience growing demand for these important services which are even more vital amidst a backdrop of supply chain challenges."

2021 Nine-Month Recap

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, Cass earned $1.45 per diluted share, an increase of 12% from the $1.29 per diluted share it earned in the same period in 2020. Net income increased 11% to $20.9 million, compared to $18.8 million in 2020. Revenues rose to $114.2 million, 6% higher than the $107.8 million produced in 2020.

4% Increase in Cash Dividend

On October 19, 2021, the company’s board of directors declared a fourth quarter dividend of $.28 per share payable December 15, 2021 to shareholders of record December 3, 2021. The new quarterly dividend is one cent, or 4%, higher than the previous rate of $.27 per share. Cass has continuously paid regularly scheduled cash dividends since 1934.

Stock Repurchases

Over the first nine months of 2021, the company repurchased 435,000 shares of common stock for a total of $19.0 million. In addition, on October 19, 2021, the company’s board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 750,000 shares of common stock in future periods.

"The increase in our dividend combined with the return of more than $20 million to shareholders through stock repurchase activity over the past 12 months reflects our solid operating performance, strong capital base and the board’s continued optimism about the company’s long-term prospects," said Brunngraber.

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 over $60 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $2 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®. More information is available at www.cassinfo.com.

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. These risks and uncertainties include the scope, duration and ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as economic and market conditions, risks of credit deterioration, interest rate changes, governmental actions, market volatility, security breaches and technology interruptions, energy prices and competitive factors, among others, as set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company has used, and intends to continue using, the Investors portion of its website to disclose material non-public information and to comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors are encouraged to monitor Cass’s website in addition to following press releases, SEC filings, and public conference calls and webcasts.

Selected Consolidated Financial Data
The following table presents selected unaudited consolidated financial data (in thousands, except per share data) for the periods ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:

Quarter
Ended
September 30,
2021

Quarter
Ended
September 30,
2020

Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2021

Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2020

Transportation Invoice Volume

9,333

8,660

27,581

24,234

Transportation Dollar Volume

$

9,540,408

$

6,822,565

$

26,385,936

$

18,987,243

Facility-related Transaction Volume

6,675

7,117

20,498

20,330

Facility-related Dollar Volume

$

4,215,044

$

3,595,586

$

11,590,437

$

10,118,270

Payment and Processing Fees

$

26,877

$

24,376

$

78,441

$

72,540

Net Interest Income

11,432

10,814

32,588

33,348

(Provision for) Release of Credit / Loan Losses

(340

)

870

(725

)

Loss) Gain on Sales of Securities

(1

)

44

1,069

Other

701

556

2,254

1,592

Total Revenues

$

38,669

$

35,746

$

114,197

$

107,824

Personnel

$

23,283

$

22,521

$

68,689

$

65,839

Occupancy

953

930

2,859

2,809

Equipment

1,700

1,648

5,028

4,900

Other

4,754

3,581

12,442

11,418

Total Operating Expenses

$

30,690

$

28,680

$

89,018

$

84,966

Income from Operations before Income Taxes

$

7,979

$

7,066

$

25,179

$

22,858

Income Tax Expense

1,174

1,285

4,277

4,093

Net Income

$

6,805

$

5,781

$

20,902

$

18,765

Basic Earnings per Share

$

.48

$

.40

$

1.47

$

1.31

Diluted Earnings per Share

$

.48

$

.40

$

1.45

$

1.29

Average Earning Assets

$

2,036,297

$

1,734,680

$

1,965,977

$

1,616,090

Net Interest Margin

2.32

%

2.59

%

2.31

%

2.87

%

Allowance for Credit Losses /Allowance for Loan Losses to Loans

1.32

%

1.20

%

1.32

%

1.20

%

Non-performing Loans to Total Loans

Net Loan (Recoveries) / Charge-offs to Loans

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Contacts

Kenn Entringer at Casey Communications, Inc., (314) 721-2828. kentringer@caseycomm.com

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