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 Deluxe Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
   Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:30:08 AM ET

--Diluted EPS $1.22; Adjusted diluted EPS $1.29 - exceeded high end of adjusted EPS outlook

--Declares regular quarterly dividend

Deluxe Corporation (DLX ), a leader in providing small businesses and financial institutions with products and services to drive customer revenue, announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Key financial highlights include:

                                                     Q2 2017          Q2 2016            % Change
                                                                    --------------                      --------------                      --------------------
  Revenue                                                           $485.2 million                      $450.6 million                                      7.7%
  Net Income                                                         $59.6 million                       $58.4 million                                      2.1%
  Diluted EPS - GAAP                                            $1.22                               $1.18                                      3.4%
  Adjusted Diluted EPS - Non-GAAP                               $1.29                               $1.20                                      7.5%
                                                                                                                                             

A reconciliation of diluted earnings per share (EPS) on a GAAP basis and adjusted diluted EPS on a non-GAAP basis is provided after the Forward-Looking Statements.

Revenue exceeded the Company’s prior outlook driven by strong performance by all three segments. GAAP diluted EPS was $0.01 below the range of the prior outlook and included aggregate charges of $0.07 per share for an asset impairment charge, restructuring and transaction-related costs. The asset impairment charge related to a small business distributor that was sold during the quarter. Excluding these charges, adjusted diluted EPS exceeded the range of the prior outlook due primarily to a favorable product mix in Small Business Services.

"We are pleased with our results in the second quarter, growing both revenue and earnings," said Lee Schram, CEO of Deluxe. "While there appear to be mixed economic signals at a macro level, our strategy continues to deliver strong results, growing marketing solutions and other services revenue 26 percent over last year and now comprising over 38 percent of our total revenue. We believe we are well positioned as we enter the back half of the year to continue to deliver year-over-year growth in revenue, earnings and operating cash flow."

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

-- Revenue increased 7.7% year-over-year, driven by Small Business Services which grew 5.1% and includes the results of several small tuck-in acquisitions and from growth in Financial Services of 18.9% driven by the results of FMCG Direct and Data Support Systems, which were acquired in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RDM Corporation, which was acquired in April 2017.

-- Revenue from marketing solutions and other services increased 26.3% year-over-year and grew to 38.2% of total revenue in the quarter.

-- Gross margin was 63.1% of revenue, compared to 64.5% in the second quarter of 2016. The impact of acquisitions, increased delivery and material costs this year, and a favorable adjustment from an environmental reserve in 2016, were only partially offset by previous price increases and continued improvements in manufacturing productivity.

-- Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense increased 4.8% from last year primarily due to additional SG&A expense from acquisitions which was partially offset by continued cost reduction initiatives in all segments. SG&A as a percent of revenue was 42.9% in the quarter compared to 44.1% last year.

-- Operating income increased 2.6% year-over-year. Adjusted operating income, which excludes restructuring and transaction-related costs in both periods and an asset impairment charge in 2017, increased 6.7% year-over-year primarily from price increases and continued cost reduction initiatives, partially offset by the continuing decline in check and forms usage.

-- Diluted EPS increased 3.4% year-over-year. Excluding restructuring and transaction-related costs in both periods and the asset impairment charge in 2017, adjusted diluted EPS increased 7.5% year-over-year driven by favorable operating performance.

Segment Highlights Small Business Services

-- Revenue of $302.9 million was slightly better than our expectations and increased 5.1% year-over-year due primarily to increased marketing solutions and other services revenue, partially offset by the decline in check and forms usage. From a channel perspective, revenue increased in the online, major accounts, and Canada, including benefits from previous price increases.

-- Operating income of $54.8 million increased $5.9 million from last year. Adjusted operating income, which excludes restructuring and transaction-related costs in both periods and an asset impairment charge in 2017, increased $8.6 million or 2.0 points year-over-year due to price increases, continued cost reductions, favorable product mix and lower brand awareness spending, partially offset by the decline in check and forms usage and a favorable impact from an environmental reserve adjustment in 2016.

Financial Services

-- Revenue of $147.7 million was in line with our expectations and increased 18.9% year-over-year primarily due to growth in marketing solutions and other services, which includes incremental revenue from the acquisitions of RDM Corporation in April 2017 and FMCG Direct and Data Support Systems in the fourth quarter of 2016. Revenue also benefitted from the impact of price increases. These increases in revenue were partially offset by the secular decline in check usage.

-- Operating income of $26.8 million decreased $2.2 million compared to last year. Adjusted operating income decreased $1.0 million or 4.5 points compared to last year driven by the secular decline in check usage and the loss of revenue and operating income from Deluxe Rewards highlighted on the fourth quarter earnings call. Recent acquisitions, even though they were slightly accretive to operating income including acquisition amortization, drove 3.5 points of the unfavorable variance. These items were partially offset by continued benefits of cost reductions and price increases.

Direct Checks

-- Revenue of $34.6 million was in line with our expectations and declined 9.4% year-over-year due primarily to the secular decline in check usage.

-- Operating income of $11.7 million decreased $1.3 million or 0.2 points compared to last year primarily due to lower order volume, partly offset by cost reductions.

Other Highlights

-- Cash provided by operating activities for the first half of 2017 was $151.6 million, an increase of $23.3 million compared to 2016.

-- The Company repurchased $15.1 million of common stock in open market transactions during the quarter, bringing the year-to-date stock repurchase total to $30.1 million.

-- At the end of the second quarter, the company had $720.5 million of total debt outstanding comprised of approximately $406 million outstanding on the revolving credit facility and $313 million in term loans.

-- On July 25, 2017, the Board of Directors of Deluxe Corporation declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share on all outstanding shares of the Company. The dividend will be payable on September 5, 2017 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2017.

                                                                         Current Outlook      
Third Quarter 2017:                                                        (7/27/2017)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------
  Revenue                                                             $485 to $493 million
                     Diluted EPS - GAAP                                        $1.23 to $1.28
                     Adjusted Diluted EPS - Non-GAAP                           $1.23 to $1.28
                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                             Prior Outlook                                Current Outlook
Full Year 2017:                                                            (4/27/2017)                (7/27/2017)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------ -------------------- ------------------------
                     Revenue                                                           $1.945 to $1.975 billion                      $1.955 to $1.975 billion
                     Marketing Solutions & Other Services Revenue                        $735 to $755 million                          $750 to $760 million
                     Diluted EPS - GAAP                                                     $5.06 to $5.21                                $5.04 to $5.14
                     Adjusted Diluted EPS - Non-GAAP                                        $5.15 to $5.30                                $5.20 to $5.30
                     Operating Cash Flow                                                 $330 to $350 million                          $335 to $345 million
                     Contract Acquisition Payments                                        approx. $23 million                           approx. $27 million
                     Capital Expenditures                                                 approx. $45 million                           approx. $45 million
                     Depreciation and Amortization                                       approx. $123 million                          approx. $123 million
                     Acquisition-Related Amortization                                     approx. $75 million                           approx. $75 million
                     Cost and Expense Reductions                                          approx. $45 million                           approx. $45 million
                     Effective Tax Rate                                                      approx. 32.5%                                 approx. 32.5%
                                                                                                                                      

Earnings Call Information A live conference call will be held today at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) to review the financial results. Listeners can access the call by dialing 1-844-634-1443 (access code 43667955). A presentation also will be available via a simultaneous webcast on the investor relations website at www.deluxe.com/investor. Alternatively, an audio replay of the call will be available on the investor relations website or by calling 1-855-859-2056 (access code 43667955).

Upcoming Management Presentations September 14 - C.L. King Best Ideas Conference in New York, NY

About Deluxe Corporation Deluxe is a growth engine for small businesses and financial institutions. Nearly 4.4 million small business customers access Deluxe’s wide range of products and services, including customized checks and forms, as well as website development and hosting, email marketing, social media, search engine optimization and logo design. For our approximately 5,600 financial institution customers, Deluxe offers industry-leading programs in checks, data analytics and customer acquisition and treasury management solutions including fraud prevention and profitability. Deluxe is also a leading provider of checks and accessories sold directly to consumers. For more information, visit us at www.deluxe.com, www.facebook.com/deluxecorp or www.twitter.com/deluxecorp.

Forward-Looking Statements Statements made in this release concerning Deluxe, "the Company’s" or management’s intentions, expectations, outlook or predictions about future results or events are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Factors that could produce such a variation include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact that a deterioration or prolonged softness in the economy may have on demand for the Company’s products and services; the inherent unreliability of earnings, revenue and cash flow predictions due to numerous factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control; declining demand for the Company’s check and check-related products and services due to increasing use of other payment methods; intense competition in the check printing business; continued consolidation of financial institutions and/or additional bank failures, thereby reducing the number of potential customers and referral sources and increasing downward pressure on the Company’s revenue and gross profit; risks that the Small Business Services segment strategies to increase its pace of new customer acquisition and average annual sales to existing customers, while at the same time maintaining its operating margins, are delayed or unsuccessful; risks that the Company’s recent acquisitions do not produce the anticipated results or revenue synergies; risks that the Company’s cost reduction initiatives will be delayed or unsuccessful; performance shortfalls by one or more of the Company’s major suppliers, licensors or service providers; unanticipated delays, costs and expenses in the development and marketing of products and services, including web services and financial technology solutions; the failure of such products and services to deliver the expected revenues and other financial targets; risks of unfavorable outcomes and the costs to defend litigation and other disputes; and the impact of governmental laws and regulations. The Company’s cash dividends are declared by the Board of Directors on a current basis and therefore may be subject to change. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and we assume no obligation to publicly update any such statements. Additional information concerning these and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the Company’s current expectations are contained in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Diluted EPS Reconciliation The Company’s management believes that adjusted diluted EPS provides useful additional information for investors because it provides better comparability of ongoing performance to prior periods given that it excludes the impact of certain items during 2017 and 2016 (restructuring, transaction-related costs and asset impairment charges) that impact the comparability of reported net income and which management believes to be non-indicative of ongoing operations. It is reasonable to expect that one or more of these excluded items will occur in future periods, but the amounts recognized can vary significantly from period to period and may not directly relate to the Company’s ongoing operations. The presentation below is not intended as an alternative to results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States of America. Instead, the Company believes that this information is a useful financial measure to be considered in addition to GAAP performance measures.

Reported EPS reconciles to adjusted EPS as follows:

                                                         Actual
                                                   --------------------------------------------------------
                                                       Q2 2017            Q2 2016
                                                   -------------                      --------------------
  Reported Diluted EPS                                     $1.22                                     $1.18
                                                            0.04                                       ---
  Asset impairment charges
  Restructuring-related costs                               0.02                                      0.02
  Transaction-related costs                                 0.01                                       ---
                                                   -------------                      --------------------
  Adjusted Diluted EPS                                     $1.29                                     $1.20
                                                   =============                      ====================
                                                    
                                                                            Outlook
                                                   -----------------------------------------------------
                                                       Q3 2017        Full Year 2017
                                                   ------------- -------------------- --------------------
  Reported Diluted EPS                              $1.23 - $1.28                         $5.04 - $5.14
  Asset impairment charges                               ---                                  0.11
  Restructuring-related costs                            ---                                  0.03
  Transaction-related costs                              ---               0.02
                                                   ------------- -------------------- --------------------
  Adjusted Diluted EPS                              $1.23 - $1.28      $5.20 - $5.30
                                                   ============= ==================== ====================
                                                                                       
                                                                                                         DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                                                             CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                                                     (Dollars and shares in millions, except per share amounts)
                                                                                                             (Unaudited)
                                                 
                                                                                                                                         Quarter Ended June 30,
                                                                                                 2017                                                                   2016
                                                                     ------------------------------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Product revenue                                                      $363.6                                                                $359.8                       
Service revenue                                                       121.6                                                                  90.8  
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
   Total revenue                                                      485.2                                                                                    450.6
Cost of products                                                     (130.6 )                                         (26.9 %)                                (126.9 )                                                  (28.2 %)
Cost of services                                                      (48.6 )                                         (10.0 %)                                 (32.9 )                                                   (7.3 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
   Total cost of revenue                                             (179.2 )                                         (36.9 %)                                (159.8 )                                                  (35.5 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Gross profit                                                    306.0                                            63.1 %                                  290.8                                                     64.5 %
Selling, general and administrative expense                          (208.3 )                                         (42.9 %)                                (198.8 )                                                  (44.1 %)
Net restructuring charges                                              (1.4 )                                          (0.3 %)                                  (1.1 )                                                   (0.2 %)
Asset impairment charges                                               (3.0 )                                          (0.6 %)                        --                        --
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Operating income                                                 93.3                                            19.2 %                                   90.9                                                     20.2 %
Interest expense                                                       (5.3 )                                          (1.1 %)                                  (5.2 )                                                   (1.2 %)
Other income                                                            0.8                          0.2 %                                    0.5                                   0.1 %
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Income before income taxes                                       88.8                                            18.3 %                                   86.2                                                     19.1 %
Income tax provision                                                  (29.2 )                                          (6.0 %)                                 (27.8 )                                                   (6.2 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Net income                                                      $59.6                         12.3 %                                  $58.4                                  13.0 %
                                                                     ====== ====================                                                      ============== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Weighted-average dilutive shares outstanding                           48.6                                                                                     49.0
Diluted earnings per share                                            $1.22                                                                                    $1.18
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Capital expenditures                                                  $11.8                                                                                    $12.0
Depreciation and amortization expense                                  30.4                                                                                     22.8
Number of employees-end of period                                     5,956                                                                                    5,981
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Non-GAAP financial measure - EBITDA(1)                               $124.5                                                                                   $114.2
Non-GAAP financial measure - Adjusted EBITDA(1)                       129.8                                                                                    115.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
(1)   Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
                         (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial
                         performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in
                         the United States of America. We disclose EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
                         because we believe they are useful in evaluating our operating
                         performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, as
                         the calculation eliminates the effects of long-term financing (i.e.,
                         interest expense), income taxes, the accounting effects of capital
                         investments (i.e., depreciation and amortization) and in the case of
                         Adjusted EBITDA, certain items (i.e., restructuring,
                         transaction-related costs and asset impairment charges) which may
                         vary for companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating
                         performance. In our case, depreciation and amortization of
                         intangibles and interest expense in the current year and in previous
                         years have been impacted by acquisitions. Certain transactions in
                         2017 and 2016 also impacted the comparability of reported net
                         income. We believe that measures of operating performance which
                         exclude these impacts are helpful in analyzing our results. We also
                         believe that an increasing EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA depict
                         increased ability to attract financing and an increase in the value
                         of our business. We do not consider EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to be
                         measures of cash flow, as they do not consider certain cash
                         requirements such as interest, income taxes or debt service
                         payments. We do not consider EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA to be
                         substitutes for operating income or net income. Instead, we believe
                         that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful performance measures
                         which should be considered in addition to GAAP performance measures.
                         EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are derived from net income as follows:
                          
                                                      Quarter Ended June 30,
                                                             2017            2016
                                                           -------                      --------------------
Net income                                                   $59.6                                     $58.4
Interest expense                                               5.3                                       5.2
Income tax provision                                          29.2                                      27.8
Depreciation and amortization expense                         30.4                                      22.8
                                                           -------                      --------------------
EBITDA                                                       124.5                                     114.2
Restructuring-related costs                                    1.4                                       1.2
Transaction-related costs                                      0.9                                       0.3
Asset impairment charges                                       3.0                            --
                                                           -------                      --------------------
Adjusted EBITDA                                             $129.8                                    $115.7
                                                           =======                      ====================
                                                                                         
                                                                                                         DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                                                             CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                                                     (Dollars and shares in millions, except per share amounts)
                                                                                                             (Unaudited)
                                                 
                                                                                                                                        Six Months Ended June 30,
                                                                                                 2017                                                                   2016
                                                                     ------------------------------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Product revenue                                                      $735.8                                                                $726.0                       
Service revenue                                                       237.2                                                                 183.9  
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
   Total revenue                                                      973.0                                                                                    909.9
Cost of products                                                     (263.0 )                                         (27.0 %)                                (257.5 )                                                  (28.3 %)
Cost of services                                                      (95.4 )                                          (9.8 %)                                 (66.6 )                                                   (7.3 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
   Total cost of revenue                                             (358.4 )                                         (36.8 %)                                (324.1 )                                                  (35.6 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
                                                                      614.6                                            63.2 %                                  585.8                                                     64.4 %
      Gross profit
Selling, general and administrative expense                          (425.1 )                                         (43.7 %)                                (400.2 )                                                  (44.0 %)
Net restructuring charges                                              (2.4 )                                          (0.2 %)                                  (2.0 )                                                   (0.2 %)
Asset impairment charges                                               (8.3 )                                          (0.9 %)                        --                        --
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Operating income                                                178.8                                            18.4 %                                  183.6                                                     20.2 %
Interest expense                                                      (10.1 )                                          (1.0 %)                                 (10.4 )                                                   (1.1 %)
Other income                                                            1.3                          0.1 %                                    0.6                                   0.1 %
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Income before income taxes                                      170.0                                            17.5 %                                  173.8                                                     19.1 %
Income tax provision                                                  (53.4 )                                          (5.5 %)                                 (57.3 )                                                   (6.3 %)
                                                                     ------ --------------------                                                      -------------- --------------------
      Net income                                                     $116.6                         12.0 %                                 $116.5                                  12.8 %
                                                                     ====== ====================                                                      ============== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Weighted-average dilutive shares outstanding                           48.6                                                                                     49.1
Diluted earnings per share                                            $2.38                                                                                    $2.36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Capital expenditures                                                  $22.8                                                                                    $22.2
Depreciation and amortization expense                                  60.1                                                                                     44.7
Number of employees-end of period                                     5,956                                                                                    5,981
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Non-GAAP financial measure - EBITDA(1)                               $240.2                                                                                   $228.9
Non-GAAP financial measure - Adjusted EBITDA(1)                       252.3                                                                                    231.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
(1)   See the discussion of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA on the previous
                         page. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are derived from net income as
                         follows:
                          
                                                     Six Months Ended June 30,
                                                             2017             2016
                                                           --------                      --------------------
Net income                                                   $116.6                                    $116.5
Interest expense                                               10.1                                      10.4
Income tax provision                                           53.4                                      57.3
Depreciation and amortization expense                          60.1                                      44.7
                                                           --------                      --------------------
EBITDA                                                        240.2                                     228.9
Restructuring-related costs                                     2.4                                       2.1
Transaction-related costs                                       1.4                                       0.5
Asset impairment charges                                        8.3                            --
                                                           --------                      --------------------
Adjusted EBITDA                                              $252.3                                    $231.5
                                                           ========                      ====================
                                                                                          
                                                                     DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                            CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                        (In millions)
                                                                         (Unaudited)
                                                                              
                                                                    June 30, 2017                     December 31,                          June 30, 2016
                                                                                                          2016
                                                                   -------------                      ------------                      --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents                                                  $34.8                             $76.6                                     $69.6
Other current assets                                                       319.5                             321.6                                     263.4
Property, plant and equipment-net                                           84.3                              86.9                                      84.9
Intangibles-net                                                            406.0                             409.8                                     297.5
Goodwill                                                                 1,134.7                           1,105.9                                     977.1
Other non-current assets                                                   189.5                             183.5                                     176.4
                                                                   -------------                      ------------                      --------------------
   Total assets                                                         $2,168.8                          $2,184.3                                  $1,868.9
                                                                   =============                      ============                      ====================
                                                                                                                                         
Current portion of long-term debt                                          $39.8                             $35.8                                      $1.0
Other current liabilities                                                  369.4                             379.8                                     294.0
Long-term debt                                                             680.7                             722.8                                     612.8
Deferred income taxes                                                       78.7                              85.2                                      81.0
Other non-current liabilities                                               51.2                              79.7                                      63.4
Shareholders’ equity                                                       949.0                             881.0                                     816.7
                                                                   -------------                      ------------                      --------------------
   Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                           $2,168.8                          $2,184.3                                  $1,868.9
                                                                   =============                      ============                      ====================
                                                                                                                                         
Shares outstanding                                                          48.4                              48.5                                      48.8
                                                                                                                                         
                                                                             DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                               CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                                                                (In millions)
                                                                                 (Unaudited)
                                                           
                                                                                                                 Six Months Ended June 30,
                                                                                               2017                                  2016
                                                                               ------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------
Cash provided (used) by:
   Operating activities:
      Net income                                                                       $116.6                                                   $116.5
      Depreciation and amortization of intangibles                                       60.1                                                     44.7
      Asset impairment charges                                                            8.3                                           --
      Contract acquisition payments                                                     (10.9 )                                                  (14.3 )
      Other                                                                             (22.5 )                                                  (18.6 )
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
         Total operating activities                                                     151.6                                 128.3  
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
   Investing activities:
      Purchases of capital assets                                                       (22.8 )                                                  (22.2 )
      Payments for acquisitions                                                         (77.5 )                                                  (28.5 )
      Proceeds from company-owned life insurance policies                      --                                                      3.1
      Other                                                                               4.2                                   2.1  
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
         Total investing activities                                                     (96.1 )                                                  (45.5 )
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
   Financing activities:
      Net change in debt                                                                (39.0 )                                                  (21.6 )
      Dividends                                                                         (29.2 )                                                  (29.4 )
      Share repurchases                                                                 (30.1 )                                                  (30.0 )
      Shares issued under employee plans                                                  5.9                                                      4.2
      Other                                                                              (6.1 )                                                   (2.7 )
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
         Total financing activities                                                     (98.5 )                                                  (79.5 )
   Effect of exchange rate change on cash                                                 1.2                                   3.9  
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                                                 (41.8 )                                                    7.2
Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period                                           76.6                                  62.4  
                                                                               -------------- --------------------                      -------------- --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents: End of period                                                $34.8                                 $69.6  
                                                                               ============== ====================                      ============== ====================
                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                 DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                                                                 SEGMENT INFORMATION
                                                                                                    (In millions)
                                                                                                     (Unaudited)
                                    
                                                                                                                                                                      Quarter Ended
                                                                                                                                                                        June 30,
                                                                                                                                                2017                            2016
                                                                                                                                    ----------------------------                     --------------------------------
Revenue:
   Small Business Services                                                                                                          $302.9                                               $288.2
   Financial Services                                                                                                                147.7                                                124.2
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      34.6                              38.2  
                                                                                                                                    ------ --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                                                                                                         $485.2                            $450.6  
                                                                                                                                    ====== ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Operating income:(1)
   Small Business Services                                                                                                           $54.8                                                $48.9
   Financial Services                                                                                                                 26.8                                                 29.0
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      11.7                              13.0  
                                                                                                                                    ------ --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                                                                                                          $93.3                             $90.9  
                                                                                                                                    ====== ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Operating margin:(1)
   Small Business Services                                                                                                            18.1 %                                               17.0 %
   Financial Services                                                                                                                 18.1 %                                               23.3 %
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      33.8 %                                               34.0 %
      Total                                                                                                                           19.2 %                                               20.2 %
                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                    Six Months Ended
                                                                                                                                                                        June 30,
                                                                                                                                                2017                                               2016
                                                                                                                                    ----------------------------                     --------------------------------
Revenue:
   Small Business Services                                                                                                          $611.0                                               $578.4
   Financial Services                                                                                                                288.5                                                251.5
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      73.5                              80.0  
                                                                                                                                    ------ --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                                                                                                         $973.0                            $909.9  
                                                                                                                                    ====== ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Operating income:(1)
   Small Business Services                                                                                                          $107.4                                               $100.1
   Financial Services                                                                                                                 47.1                                                 55.8
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      24.3                              27.7  
                                                                                                                                    ------ --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                                                                                                         $178.8                            $183.6  
                                                                                                                                    ====== ====================                      ========== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Operating margin:(1)
   Small Business Services                                                                                                            17.6 %                                               17.3 %
   Financial Services                                                                                                                 16.3 %                                               22.2 %
   Direct Checks                                                                                                                      33.1 %                                               34.6 %
      Total                                                                                                                           18.4 %                                               20.2 %
                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The segment information reported here was calculated utilizing the methodology outlined in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

(1)   Operating income includes the following restructuring and
                         transaction-related costs in all periods and asset impairment
                         charges in 2017:
                          
                                        Quarter Ended                                    Six Months Ended
                                                             June 30,                                                              June 30,
                                                  2017        2016                           2017                2016
                                             --------------                      ----                      --------------                      --------------------
Small Business Services                                $3.6                      $0.9                               $10.0                                      $1.7
Financial Services                                      1.7                       0.5                                 2.1                                       0.7
Direct Checks                                --                       0.1                      --                                       0.2
                                             --------------                      ----                      --------------                      --------------------
   Total                                               $5.3                      $1.5                               $12.1                                      $2.6
                                             ==============                      ====                      ==============                      ====================
                                                                                                                                                

The table below is provided to assist in understanding the comparability of the Company’s results of operations for the quarters and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. The Company’s management believes that operating income by segment, excluding restructuring, transaction-related costs and asset impairment charges, provides useful additional information for investors because it provides better comparability of ongoing performance to prior periods given that it excludes the impact of items that impact the comparability of reported operating results and which management believes to be non-indicative of ongoing operations. It is reasonable to expect that one or more of these excluded items will occur in future periods, but the amounts recognized can vary significantly from period to period and may not directly relate to the Company’s ongoing operations. The presentation below is not intended as an alternative to results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States of America. Instead, the Company believes that this information is a useful financial measure to be considered in addition to GAAP performance measures.

                                                         DELUXE CORPORATION
                                                      SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME
                                        EXCLUDING RESTRUCTURING AND TRANSACTION-RELATED COSTS
                                                    AND ASSET IMPAIRMENT CHARGES
                                                            (In millions)
                                                             (Unaudited)
                               
                                                                                      Quarter Ended
                                                                                        June 30,
                                                               2017                             2016
                                                   -----------------------------                     --------------------------------
Adjusted operating income:(1)
   Small Business Services                           $58.4                                                $49.8
   Financial Services                                 28.5                                                 29.5
   Direct Checks                                      11.7                              13.1  
                                                   ------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                          $98.6                             $92.4  
                                                   ======= ====================                      ========== ====================
Adjusted operating margin:(1)
   Small Business Services                            19.3 %                                               17.3 %
   Financial Services                                 19.3 %                                               23.8 %
   Direct Checks                                      33.8 %                                               34.3 %
      Total                                           20.3 %                                               20.5 %
                                                                                                      
                                                                                    Six Months Ended
                                                                                        June 30,
                                                               2017                                                2016
                                                   -----------------------------                     --------------------------------
Adjusted operating income:(1)
   Small Business Services                          $117.4                                               $101.8
   Financial Services                                 49.2                                                 56.5
   Direct Checks                                      24.3                              27.9  
                                                   ------- --------------------                      ---------- --------------------
      Total                                         $190.9                            $186.2  
                                                   ======= ====================                      ========== ====================
Adjusted operating margin:(1)
   Small Business Services                            19.2 %                                               17.6 %
   Financial Services                                 17.1 %                                               22.5 %
   Direct Checks                                      33.1 %                                               34.9 %
      Total                                           19.6 %                                               20.5 %
                                                                                                                 
(1)   Reported operating income reconciles to operating income excluding
                         restructuring and transaction-related costs in all periods and asset
                         impairment charges in 2017 as follows:
                          
                                                                               Quarter Ended                             Six Months Ended
                                                                                                    June 30,                                                       June 30,
                                                                                        2017         2016                           2017         2016
                                                                                   --------------                      -----                      --------------                      ------
Reported operating income                                                                   $93.3                      $90.9                              $178.8                      $183.6
Restructuring, transaction-related costs and asset impairment
charges:
   Small Business Services                                                                    3.6                        0.9                                10.0                         1.7
   Financial Services                                                                         1.7                        0.5                                 2.1                         0.7
   Direct Checks                                                                   --                        0.1                      --                         0.2
                                                                                   --------------                      -----                      --------------                      ------
      Total                                                                                   5.3                        1.5                                12.1                         2.6
                                                                                   --------------                      -----                      --------------                      ------
Adjusted operating income                                                                   $98.6                      $92.4                              $190.9                      $186.2
                                                                                   ==============                      =====                      ==============                      ======

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