Priority Technology Holdings, Inc (PRTH) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Priority Technology Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:PRTH)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Priority Technology Holdings’ Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to introduce you to today’s conference call Mr. Chris Kettmann. You may begin, sir.

Chris KettmannInvestor Relations

Good morning and thank you for joining us. With me today are Tom Priore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Priority Technology Holdings; and Mike Vollkommer, Chief Financial Officer.

Before we provide our prepared remarks, I would like to remind all participants that our comments today will include forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding future expectations about the Company’s business, management’s plans for future operations or similar matters, which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to several important factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control including those risks and uncertainties described in the current report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2020.

Any forward-looking statements we make today are only as of today’s date and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statements. Additionally, we may refer to non-GAAP measures including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA during the call. Please refer to our public filings and disclosures including those referenced in our press release announcing this call for definitions of our non-GAAP measures and the reconciliation of these measures to net income. We have also provided an accompanying presentation with today’s call that will help us more clearly articulate our results and go-forward strategy.

With that I would now like to turn the call over to our Chairman and CEO, Tom Priore.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Thank you, Chris and thanks, everyone for joining us for our third quarter earnings call. I would like to begin this morning’s call by providing a brief overview of our impressive quarter 3 results along with the discussion of the sale of our rentpayment.com assets during the quarter. Then I’ll turn it over to Mike who will go into more detail on our segment level performance, our continued cost control initiatives and the improvement of our balance sheet.

As you saw in our earnings release, we reported exceptional third quarter 2020 results reflecting strong demand in each of our business segments despite continued challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The momentum we saw in May and June carried forward into the third quarter. As the strength of our product offerings and diversified countercyclical assets allowed us to quickly adapt to changing COVID environments to deliver a strong top line revenue growth and bottom line results. There are few quick highlights I’d like to share.

During the quarter, revenue in our core consumer segment grew by 20% year-over-year as merchant bankcard processing dollar volume increased 6.3%. Within this, we saw an explosive 800% growth in our specialized e-commerce segment driven by increased online purchase activity. Gross profit was $34 million during the period up nearly 13% from a year-ago’s quarter and adjusted EBITDA of nearly $20 million increased 28.1% from the third quarter of 2019. This EBITDA improvement was driven by a combination of broad-based demand for our services, continued disciplined driving automation and expense reduction initiatives and the counter-cyclical nature of many of our payment assets.

During the quarter, we also announced a definitive agreement to sell our rentpayments.com assets to MRI Software. As you know we founded Priority Real Estate Technology in 2018, and it is comprised of a number of real estate technology assets. Under the agreement, Priority sold its interest in rentpayment.com, storagepayment.com and duespayment.com real estate brands. But we will continue to provide ongoing payment infrastructure as a service and processing to the platform at MRI rent payments. We’re extremely excited about this transaction for a number of reasons.

In addition to reducing debt by over $100 million in the quarter and annual interest expense by $10 million, the transaction improved our annual net cash flow by approximately $5 million. Importantly there is significant opportunity for Priority in the future as we expand our relationship with MRI both geographically and within new real estate payments segments like vendor payments with an industry leader like MRI leveraging our payment technology and operations infrastructure. Further to this point, as Patrick Ghilani Chief Executive Officer at MRI Software insightfully stated, with this acquisition in partnership with Priority, MRI significantly expands our existing payment solutions and scale and further improves both the resident and property manager experience provided by our platform.

Additionally, we will now expedite the availability of our online payment solutions to include both residential and commercial client offerings in all regions we serve, including Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. As part of the transaction, we also retain our RadPad and Landlord Station assets which cater to small and mid-sized real estate management companies for rental payments and other related services. Our Priority Real Estate business will continue to offer a number of consumer engagement features such as tenant screening, apartment locator tools, renters insurance offerings and additional features will be bring to market.

I’d now like to ask Mike Vollkommer to provide further insights into the quarter, current trends in each of our business segments and the improvement of our balance sheet liquidity. Mike?

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

Thank you, Tom and good morning to everybody. I’ll begin by reviewing the very strong revenue and income trends on a consolidated basis, the pro forma impact of the rent payment sale and then I’ll provide commentary on business segment performance. All comparisons will be between third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2019 unless I say otherwise. Our revenue growth momentum has returned and is now stronger than the pre-pandemic rates. Total revenue amounted to $109 million for the third quarter, this is the 16.1% growth over the prior quarter and an 18% growth over this year’s second quarter. As previously discussed, we began 2020 with very strong revenue growth through mid-March. Then COVID hit in mid-March and the total first quarter revenue growth came in at 10.6%.

The second quarter proved to be a temporary speed bump. In April, during the height of the pandemic shelter-in-place, revenue declined 11.7%, but as restrictions began to be lifted, may return to positive growth of 1.7%. And in June, revenue improved 10.8% and that brought the total second quarter revenue growth to just over breakeven at a 0.2% growth rate. Now despite the shelter-in-place conditions throughout the second quarter, our diverse distribution channels continued strong new merchant boarding with over 13,100 merchants added. This followed an exceptionally strong first quarter where 15,400 merchants were added, and in our second quarter earnings call, we stated that, that new merchant boarding voted well for a stable base revenue outlook.

Well, the third quarter revenue growth of 16.1% has proven that to be accurate. These merchant adds were strong in the third quarter as well and this momentum is carried into the fourth quarter. Gross profit was $34 million for the third quarter. This is a 12.7% improvement over the prior year quarter and 13.5% sequential growth over this year’s second quarter. Gross profit margin was 31.2% — compared with — was 31.2% compared with 32.1% in the prior year quarter. Income from operations of $7 million was a 158.4% improvement over the prior-year quarter and represented a 74.7% growth rate over this year’s second quarter.

We’ve included in our Form 10-Q and earnings release, a pro forma view of the third quarter and year-to-date 2020 results excluding the rent payment business. On a pro forma basis excluding rent payment, our third quarter 2020 included the following. Now these amounts exclude rent payment, revenue was $105.1 million, up 16.5% over the prior year quarter. Gross profit was $30.6 million, up 14% over the prior year quarter. Income from operations was $6.7 million, up 318% over the prior year quarter and adjusted EBITDA was $17.1 million, up 36% over the prior year quarter. These amounts and the pro forma disclosures do not include estimated revenue and income to be earned from the ongoing payment infrastructure as a service and processing to MRI’s new platform.

So now let’s break the quarter down within the segments. Consumer Payments revenue was $99.3 million. This is a 20% increase over $82.7 million in the prior year quarter. Growth was driven by an eight-fold increase in high margin e-commerce revenue, which contributed $8.1 million of growth and a 6.3% increase in merchant bankcard volume contributed to the overall segment growth. Also the strength in new merchant boarding as I mentioned earlier continued through the third quarter with nearly 14,000 new merchants added. Merchant bankcard volume processed was $11.2 billion compared with $10.6 billion in the prior year quarter. Merchant bankcard transactions of $122.6 million declined 6.9% from a $131.6 million. However, the average ticket of $91.62 grew 14.2% from $80.26. Current economic factors have impacted the merchant volume mix, including shifts in payment transaction activity among certain vertical industries, spending trends related to the pandemic appear to a result of in consumers conducting fewer payment transactions, but at higher average transaction values and card-not-present transactions have increased.

The card-not-present transactions generally offer more favorable pricing to Priority than swiped transactions. Consumer Payments income from operations was $11.1 million. This is a 53.8% improvement over $7.2 million in the prior year quarter. Gross profit increased $4.2 million, which was slightly reduced by a $0.3 million increase in operating expenses. Included in the third quarter 2020 SG&A expense is a $1 million non-cash writedown in the carrying value of an intangible asset. In total, our underlying operating costs were down $0.7 million driven by the benefits of automation initiatives and focused expense management.

Commercial Payments revenue was $5 million during the third quarter. This is a $1.3 million decrease from $6.3 million in the prior year quarter due to COVID-related impacts within our merchant financing services program. Revenue of $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2020 from processing in our CPX accounts payable automated solutions continued its steady performance increasing 6.9% compared with $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2019. This was offset from the aforementioned revenue drop of $1.4 million within our curated managed services program from $4.9 million in the 2019 quarter to $3.5 million in the 2020 quarter.

Commercial Payments income from operations was $0.2 million and that compares with a loss from operations of $0.4 million in the prior year quarter. While gross profit was down $0.1 million, other — and other operating expenses increased — decreased $0.7 million, so, focused expense management has driven that income from operations performance. Our current cost structure within the Commercial Payments segment is sufficient in supporting the anticipated accelerated revenue growth that we expect in the future. Integrated Partners revenue was $4.7 million, a decrease of $0.1 million from $4.8 million in the prior year quarter. The rent payment business comprised $3.9 million and $3.7 million of this revenue respectively. PRET’s RadPad/Landlord Station business, Priority PayRight Health Services and Priority Hospitality Technology comprises the remaining ongoing operations within this reportable segment.

Integrated Partners income from operations was $0.3 million, a decrease of $0.7 million from $1 million in the prior year quarter. The rent payment business contributed income from operations of $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2019. Other operating expenses within the rent payments business included $1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2019 of transition services from YapStone and that’s related to the integration services from that March 2019 asset acquisition. Corporate expense in the third quarter of 2020 was $4.5 million compared with $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2019. Included in corporate were non-recurring expenses of $0.6 million and a litigation settlement income of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 and non-recurring expenses of $0.9 million and a litigation settlement income of $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Now, let’s talk about the significantly improved liquidity position. With proceeds from the rent payment business sale compared with cash generated from operations, net debt declined $123.6 million from $494 million at June 30 of this year to $370.4 million at September 30. We repaid $107.5 million of senior debt and $3.5 million of our revolving credit during the third quarter. We ended the quarter with $11 million outstanding on our $25 million revolving credit facility and we had $21.7 million of unrestricted cash on the balance sheet. The total net leverage ratio dropped to 6.16 at September 30, down from 7.46 at June 30. The leverage calculation is detailed in the MD&A liquidity section in our Form 10-Q.

Although our balance sheet is much improved, we expect to continue paying down debt and enhancing our liquidity position in the quarters ahead. Now, before I turn the call back to Tom, I’d like to provide an update on guidance. In our earnings release, we stated that while there continues to be considerable uncertainty regarding the current resurgence of the pandemic, our October 2020 processing results displayed continuing strong trends. And as a result, we’re forecasting our fourth quarter 2020 results to be a strong if not exceed the performance delivered in the third quarter of 2020 when you exclude the rent payment business.

So now I’d like to turn the call back over to Tom.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Thanks, Mike. I’d now like to share more detail around the most recent trends we’ve been seeing in the overall business. While the global pandemic continues to impact Priority in a number of ways. We’re pleased to have rebounded from its initial impact earlier in the year in a way very few in our industry have been able to do. As Mike noted processing volume grew by more than 6% in the quarter and we saw outstanding performance from our e-commerce business.

Commercial Payments remain relatively steady, particularly in CPX accounts payable and our automated solutions and integrated payments continued to grow. Underlying the strength of our product offering and best-in-class client service, our merchant adoption trends remain consistent with historical levels of 4,500 to 5,000 new merchants voted per month. Importantly, we’ve continued to see the strong third quarter trends carry into the fourth quarter with total bankcard processing volume in October exceeding $4.3 billion. That’s an improvement of nearly 5% over 2019 despite one less processing day in October 2020. This happens to be the highest ever bankcard processing month in Priority’s history, generating consolidated net revenue of $37.9 million.

Based on our current operating margins, this would imply consolidated EBITDA of $6.7 million for the month of October 2020. An annualized run rate excluding the income from rentpayment.com sale of $80 million, and looking forward, a run rate leverage of 4.6 times. Our performance throughout the pandemic reflects several key operational and strategic differentiators. First and foremost, Priority’s payment technology and operating infrastructure is purpose-built to deliver processing scale, agility and responsiveness to monetize merchant networks for our partners. Second, our diverse sales channels have continued to add net new merchants which remains one of the lifeblood of our business. Lastly, the value of our integrated product offerings across these channels in real estate, hospitality, healthcare, B2B payments and automated payables has allowed us to tap into broad and diverse merchant networks in consumer and corporate payments ensuring we mitigate risk from a downturn in any one area of the economy.

Just as important, we believe that the conditions influencing behavior in the current environment signal a significant change and how businesses will need to operate in the future and we are well positioned to cater for that new behavior. Increased use of technology to support contactless e-commerce, integrated software with digital collection tools to support healthcare, revenue cycle, real estate payment collections and accounts payable for businesses of all sizes will likely perform well.

Although we’re extremely proud of our success over the past six months, especially during a global pandemic I can assure we’ll not take our foot off the gas. We’ll continue to work hard to leverage our diversified countercyclical business to adapt to the evolving economic environment while remaining disciplined with our cost structure especially as COVID cases rise in the US and states evaluate reinstituting stay-at-home orders. We will also look to identify ways to bolster our balance sheet by reducing debt and enhancing overall liquidity giving Priority the flexibility necessary to navigate through this uncertain environment while also investing in our long-term future.

Before I wrap up, I’d like to quickly thank the Priority team for their continued hard work and dedication over the past six months. It hasn’t been easy, but our success reinforces the exceptional talent we have throughout the organization and the quality of the platform we’ve built over the past several years. I’d also like to acknowledge a new member of our team, Dave Faupel, as our Chief Marketing Officer. Dave has more than 25 years experience building high performing marketing teams, enhancing brand value and driving revenue throughout organizations, and we are excited to welcome him to the team as we enter our next phase of growth.

In conclusion, we’re very pleased with our third quarter results, especially in light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and we are excited about the opportunity to build our partnership with MRI Software. As we move further into the fourth quarter, we expect the momentum of our integrated product and payment infrastructure as a service offering to deliver additional growth and we’ll remain focused on leveraging our platform to drive greater value to our shareholders.

Operator, we’d now like to open the line for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Brian Kinstlinger with Alliance Global Partners.

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

Hi, this is Jacob on for Brian. Thanks for taking my questions. With the second wave of the pandemic across the US, have you seen any changes in the volumes of your businesses in October, early November?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

We — we’ve not. As mentioned in October, it actually was our highest processing month ever. And we’ve continued to see, I’ll say a similar growth year-over-year through the early part of November. So we are — we’re very optimistic about the continued consistency through the quarter.

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

Great. And a couple of more. Can you highlight industries where your business is seeing solid demand and alternatively where industries are being pressured?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Sure. We’ve — higher performing segments in wholesale, trade, in — I’ll call it trades businesses, in particular. So these are — these are your landscapers, farmers, HVAC segment, more of that has gone to from check to electronic. The — we’ve continued to see growth in the wholesale side of our business. So this is — these are just B2B payments, payments being made between kind of a buyer, supplier relationship and the segments that are still down a bit on the card present side or where you’d expect, hospitality is still struggling although we have a — I would say, by industry segment standards, probably a smaller considerably smaller footprint in that segment, 17% of our — of our merchant base is in that segment. And if you look at the broader economy is probably more 30% would fall into the restaurant hospitality category, maybe a bit higher than that.

So that — that’s where salons as well, is another sector that is performing. It was down kind of year-over-year. The — those are the kind of the general trends I would say across, that stand out, but we’ve had the benefit on the — on that hospitality side of providing products that allow for curbside and other forms of delivery to the customer base. And we have higher margins on that. So despite the drop in volume, our margin per merchant in that segment has seen some improvement, which has helped us kind of buoy [Phonetic] the overall impact in that segment.

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

And can you talk the…

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

The other area where we’re seeing substantial growth is of course e-commerce which was noted a number of times, which — standard e-commerce.

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

Yeah. And can you talk about the adoption of eTab, how that’s going as we head into winter and curbside pickup could be even more important?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Yeah, we’ve seen fantastic adoption of the product that has — those trends have been triple-digit growth year-over-year. We’ve got some exciting network partners we’re working on as well in that area. So we’re very constructive on its future and we don’t see that, to your point, it’s not only being adopted more broadly by the traditional hospitality segment, but we’re actually seeing it used in kind of non-traditional areas, liquor stores, convenience stores, folks that they want to offer a limited online menu for curbside. We are also in the process of adding a delivery module into eTab that we think will further expand the reach of that product.

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

Thanks so much.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Andrew Scutt [Phonetic] with Roth Capital.

Andrew ScuttRoth Capital — Analyst

Good morning and thank you for taking my questions. I actually disconnected for a bit, so if I ask a repeat question, I apologize. My first question is on the e-commerce business. So great, great numbers there, strong growth. Question is, how many of the customers that you’re adding on our new customers versus all customers? And then can you give some commentary on the pipeline there and kind of just how long it takes to on-board a new customer, once they express interest?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

You know that these are — so these are new customers. The, if you could think about it this way, there are new merchants and they are, but many of them are long time distribution partners. We’re adding, depending on the month, it’s really — 100 to 400 new merchants in that segment. There has been months where it’s been a bit higher, months, when it a little bit lower than 300, but on average that’s where it’s kind of shaken out over the recent trend. Do not see that abating at all. And we’re pretty optimistic as we, as we’ve now brought in a super talented Chief Marketing Officer to help drive more growth in those channels as we market the capabilities of Priority more fully that we’ll see — we’ll see improved results.

Andrew ScuttRoth Capital — Analyst

Great, thank you. So my second question is on the CPX platform, really nice continued growth there. Can you just kind of speak the dynamics of the market right now? The COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, and how that’s impacting customer leads and on-boarding?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Sure, sure. It’s having — so you can see that the growth has been steady. So that’s — year-over-year was just shy of 7% growth. The growth there, you should expect to be a little bit more chunky. We’re having a very good deal of success is down into the, what I’ll call the middle markets, so your $100 million revenue to $500 million market segment adopting automated payable solutions and network software partners. So these are folks that provide accounts payable management or inventory management tools that are looking to add payable solutions or a payment engine to their product stack. And we’re seeing fantastic adoption there. We would expect that to be the growth driver moving into the early part of 2021.

On the FI [Phonetic] side, so these are treasury, so these would be treasury departments within the banking world. They are slower. So their decision time is typically slow and it’s only slowed down more in the pandemic. So we — some months ago just have been pivoting our distribution focus as you might imagine to where the fire is hot. So we expect — we expect in the near future, you’ll see the continued strong results from that distribution focus, and that will provide us with a great deal of latitude as — banks kind of come back around and start reassessing how they want to implement automated payables more deeply into their platforms.

Andrew ScuttRoth Capital — Analyst

Great, thank you. I really appreciate the color there. Congrats on the quarter. And that’s all from me for now.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from James Stockton [Phonetic] with — who is a private investor.

James StocktonAnalyst

Good morning, gentlemen. First, great job on the quarter, especially given the trying circumstances you’re under. I wanted to lead with both the consumer and CPX ] segment, and thinking through the growth drivers there, it looks like there was a healthy uptick in transaction volumes quarter-over-quarter, but that’s seems to be partially offset by a reduction in average ticket sizes. Although that’s still above historic levels on the consumer side, any sense of where both of those counterplan balancing trends maybe heading as we move into Q4 and beyond?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Mike, I think you actually provided some statistics on this during your segment. So if you want to — you want to do so and then I can kind of [Speech Overlap] upon anecdotal.

James StocktonAnalyst

Sure.

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

As far as Q4, guys, we kind of see a steady state with this mix and as we get into 2021 and get a vaccine out there and get more normalized economic activity from historical perspective, we probably will see higher number of transactions and maybe lower ticket trying to blend back in. But in the short term, Q4 is looking like Q3 and it’s related to shifts in behavior from the pandemic. Now, it’s hard to say how much of those shifts are going to be permanent, right, versus going back to normal levels. But net-net it’s had a positive effect on our business, but we’re closely monitoring those trends as we go forward. But again, Q4 is looking like Q3.

James StocktonAnalyst

Great.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Yeah. I might submit it, the early results of October, probably a bit better.

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

Yeah, I’m talking about the — average ticket size and, but you’re right, absolutely October is better than September for sure.

James StocktonAnalyst

Great. On the last call, Mike, I think I understood you had a healthy processing pipeline on the CPX automated payables platform. I think you said it was about $30 billion plus that you are expecting to monetize this quarter. Is that plan is still on target? Or are you seeing a push back there into future quarters due to COVID resurgence?

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

Yeah, the large, the large FI channel, we’ve seen a bit of a push back and that’s what was driving a lot of that. Yet, there is still — and Tom’s closer to this than I, but with respect to the big FI, we have seen a push back, but we’re picking up growth in other avenues.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

I would comment on it this way. So that the pipeline is still similarly sized, but as I kind of noted in the last response, the bank pipeline is probably a longer cycle to close. So we dedicated our resources to well smaller networks and when I say smaller, we’re not talking hundreds of millions. We’re still talking in the billions, but better margins.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Because we provide, so these will be network partners where we are — we are not just a payment provider, but we’re also that issuing solution as well. Where is a lot of, often with the banks, while we’re providing the payment engine, we’re not always the issuer, because the bank wants to be the issuer. So the volumes may be larger, but the offset of margin makes them economically similar in terms of net revenue. Does that make sense?

James StocktonAnalyst

It does. No that’s helpful. Thanks, again, Tom. Given the — turning toward strategic partnerships, and given the prior existing relationship with MRI and sort of the turnkey nature of onboarding new accounts, do you have any update on any progress in terms of incremental penetration into the MRI customer base over the last two months since the acquisition beyond just the Priority existing customer base? Has there been any new growth into their customer base?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Well, just a — so the — we closed the transaction at the end of September. So we’re only a month into it. And right now the early stages are devoted to really ensuring the stability of the platform transition of our customers etc. So we’re closely in touch with the group that now constitutes MRI payments, of course they’re former employees of Priority. So fantastic relationship there, fantastic working relationship. And so that I would — I would expect it will have, or I should say, you should anticipate a more realistic timeframe for driving that penetration through the MRI to begin in Q1 2021.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay. [Speech Overlap]

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

There’s always new. And just to be clear, there are always new property managers joining the platform, so that — that continuing, the nice thing about MRI, it’s an open architecture platform. So the pipeline we had, it was in cross onboarding, it was never disrupted during the transition MRI. So if that makes sense.

James StocktonAnalyst

It does. And that’s helpful. And then if you can elaborate on the progress for two of the other announced partnership specifically Akerna and Citi [Phonetic] and possibly elaborate on any progress those relationships have aided into expanding into the international arena, that would be helpful.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Yeah. So look, those both had some integration work to do. I would say, the two, Citi and their [Indecipherable] for commercial are much closer to launch and the Akerna and MJ Freeway, there is, there are still some integration work that needs to be done by our technology partner as we start to roll that out. So the growth that you’re seeing is independent of those integrated partnerships and pipeline opportunities that are committed to our future platform.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay. No, that’s fair. And then when we look at…

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

They’re only additive, if I guess, to sum it up.

James StocktonAnalyst

No, that’s great. If I take the numbers that you put out and annualize them and looking at an $80 million plus EBITDA at today’s quarterly run rate that would — are you still targeting an 80% conversion rate for free cash flows. And will that capital allocation be focused more on debt pay down, or in the past I know you’ve talked about doing more interesting tuck-in acquisitions in the healthcare space? Any color on that as well?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

So Mike, I’ll let you comment on the — on the free cash flow conversion. And I would, so the answer to your question is, I would expect it more as deleveraging. And if we have a thoughtful deleveraging acquisition then we’ll use the cash for that. If it’s — if we don’t, we’ll use it for debt reduction.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay.

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

Yeah. At this point…

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Or just debt repayment, I should say — debt repayment.

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

As far as EBITDA conversion, the free cash flow, we obviously are going to benefit from lower interest costs nicely. But the bad news of becoming profitable, we’re going to probably return into being a taxpayer, although we do have some carry forwards remaining to offset that. But I think, from a modeling perspective, I would keep that conversion at the — at that rate going forward. We’ll probably benefit more in the short term, but as we become a taxpayer, it will probably revert back to that 80%.

James StocktonAnalyst

Perfect. Well, I think I just I want to start housekeeping question. There was a beta trial that you guys have been developing on a fully integrated omnichannel DLS [Phonetic], is there any update on that or is that already been completed and launched?

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Could you — we have a number of kind of point of sale tools. The core of which is our MX Merchant, which is omnichannel, that’s been in place for years. So is there something more specific you were referring to? Because we do have some product launches in the — in Priority Technology Holdings, which was our cumulus offering, is that what you’re referring to? Or was there something else?

James StocktonAnalyst

It was related to the eTab offering.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Yeah, that would be cumulus, yeah, yeah.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

I already thought on. So we’re out in beta and we’re very much looking forward to 2021 with an aggressive launch of that product. But we want to make sure we have that working seamlessly. It does in great with eTab. So it’s not only on premise, it’s also the handles curbside and in fact even mobile on-premise. So a customer can scan a QR code or pop [Phonetic] some menu, they can order to table and have food delivered. And then we’re adding the delivery module as well right now to the eTab component. So this is going to be — we’re excited about that for 2021.

James StocktonAnalyst

Okay. But again, thanks.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Continuing to get a perspective [Phonetic].

James StocktonAnalyst

Great. All right, well, great job, guys and keep up the good work. Best wishes and look forward to catching you next quarter. I’ll jump back in queue then.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

And I’m not showing any further questions at this time, I’d like to turn the call back over to Tom for any closing remarks.

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Well, certainly, we’d like to thank, everyone for their attendance and for the support of Priority. We’ve tried to reflect over the past couple of quarters. We know the job at hand and we are laser-focused on driving results, and look forward to continuing to do so through the fourth quarter and having a great story to tell when — when we wrap up the year. So appreciate everyone and stay safe — stay safe out there. Thank you very much.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 45 minutes

Call participants:

Chris KettmannInvestor Relations

Thomas C. PrioreChief Executive Officer

Michael VollkommerPrincipal Financial Officer

Jacob SilvermanAlliance Global Partners — Analyst

Andrew ScuttRoth Capital — Analyst

James StocktonAnalyst

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