Performant Financial Corporation Provides Fourth Quarter 2012 Guidance

Performant Financial Corporation Provides Fourth Quarter 2012 Guidance

Announces Earnings Release Date and Teleconference

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Performant Financial
Corporation (Nasdaq:PFMT), a leading provider of technology-enabled recovery
and related analytics services, today announced preliminary guidance for its
financial results and operating metrics in the fourth quarter 2012 as set
forth below:

                                             Preliminary Q4 Guidance
Revenues                                      $53.5 million -- $56.5 million
Net income                                    $5.5 million -- $6.8 million
Adjusted EBITDA                               $16.1 million -- $18.1 million
Adjusted net income                           $6.7 million -- $8.0 million
Student Loan Placement Volume                 $1.9 billion -- $2.2 billion
Placement Revenue as a Percentage of          1.50% - 1.70%
Placement Volume
Healthcare Net Claim Recovery Volume          $125.0 million -- $140.0 million
Claim Recovery Fee Rate                       Approximately 11.3%

The expected growth in revenues for the fourth quarter 2012 compared to the
third quarter 2012 is due primarily to higher claim recovery volumes in the
healthcare market. The Company's expected net income reflects increased
operating expenses consistent with the growth of recovery activities in the
healthcare market and the temporary delayed recognition of certain revenues
associated with Periodic Interim Payment Providers, or PIP, claims under the
Company's contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services, for
which associated expenses have been incurred. 

Fourth Quarter Earnings Release Date and Teleconference

The Company also announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2012 and
year end 2012 results after the market close on February 28, 2013. The Company
will also hold a conference call to discuss results at 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)
that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 877-941-4774
(domestic) or 480-629-9760 (international). A telephonic replay will be
available approximately one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing
1-877-870-5176, or for international callers, 1-858-384-5517. The passcode for
both the live call and the replay is 4592716. The telephonic replay will be
available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 7, 2013, and an audio webcast
will be available for up to one year on the Company's investor relations
website.

Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous
webcast of the live conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations
section of the Company's website at investors.performantcorp.com. The on-line
replay will be available on the website immediately following the call.

Terms used in this Press Release

Student Loan Placement Volume refers to the dollar volume of defaulted student
loans first placed with us during the specified period by public and private
clients for recovery.Placement Volume allows us to measure and track trends
in the amount of inventory our clients in the student lending market are
placing with us during any period. The revenue associated with the recovery of
a portion of these loans may be recognized in subsequent accounting periods,
which assists management in estimating future revenues and in allocating
resources necessary to address current Placement Volumes.

Net Claim Recovery Volume refers to the dollar volume of improper Medicare
claims that we have recovered for CMS during the applicable period net of any
amount that we have reserved to cover appeals by healthcare providers.We are
paid recovery fees as a percentage of this recovered claim volume. We
calculate this metric by dividing our claim recovery revenue by our Claim
Recovery Fee Rate. This metric shows trends in the volume of improper payments
within our region and allows management to measure our success in finding
these improper payments, over time.

About Performant Financial
Corporation

Performant Financial Corporation is a leading provider of technology-enabled
recovery and related analytics services. The Company's services help identify
and recover delinquent or defaulted assets and improper payments for various
government, healthcare and financial services markets in the United States.
The Company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Livermore, California.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, to supplement our consolidated financial statements,
the Company presents the following non-GAAP measures: adjusted EBITDA and
adjusted net income.These measures are not in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and accordingly reconciliations of
adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to net income determined in accordance
with GAAP are included in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results" table at
the end of this press release. We have included adjusted EBITDA and adjusted
net income in this press release because they are key measures used by our
management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our core
operating performance and trends and to prepare and approve our annual budget.
Accordingly, we believe that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income provide
useful information to investors and analysts in understanding and evaluating
our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of
directors. Our use of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income has limitations
as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a
substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In particular,
many of the adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion
of items, specifically interest, tax and depreciation and amortization
expenses, equity-based compensation expense and certain other non-operating
expenses, that are recurring and will be reflected in our financial results
for the foreseeable future. In addition, these measures may be calculated
differently from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other
companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
statements regarding our expected fourth quarter 2012 financial results and
operating metrics. These forward-looking statements are based on current
expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to
change and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking
statements. The preliminary financial results for our fourth quarter 2012 are
subject to the completion of our financial closing procedures and any
adjustments arising from the audit of our 2012 consolidated financial
statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
include, but are not limited to, the high level of revenue concentration among
the Company's five largest customers, that many of the Company's customer
contracts are subject to periodic renewal, are not exclusive and do not
provide for committed business volumes, that the Company faces significant
competition in all of its markets, that the U.S. federal government accounts
for a significant portion of the Company's revenues, that future legislative
and regulatory changes may have significant effects on the Company's business,
failure of the Company's or third parties' operating systems and technology
infrastructure could disrupt the operation of the Company's business and the
threat of breach of the Company's security measures or failure or unauthorized
access to confidential data that the Company possesses. More information on
potential factors that could affect the Company's financial condition and
operating results is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and
"Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of
Operations" sections of the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
September 30, 2012. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of
this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any
forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results or
revised expectations.

 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results
                                   Three Months Ended
                                  December 31,
                                   2012
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA: (in thousands)
Net income                         $ 5,525 to 6,830
Provision for income taxes         4,257 to 4,951
Interest expense                   3,087
Depreciation and amortization      2,501
Stock based compensation           731
Adjusted EBITDA                    $16,100 to 18,100

                                         
                                          Three Months Ended
                                         December 31,
                                          2012
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income:    (in thousands)
Net income                                $ 5,525 to 6,830
Stock based compensation                  731
Amortization of intangibles^(1)           933
Deferred financing amortization costs^(2) 296
Tax adjustments^(3)                       (784)
Adjusted net income                       $6,701 to 8,006

1.Represents amortization of capitalized expenses related to the acquisition
    of Performant by an affiliate of Parthenon Capital Partners in 2004, the
    impairment expense to reduce the carrying amount of the intangible asset
    due to our decision to terminate a client contract in 2009 and an
    acquisition in the first quarter of 2012 to enhance our analytics
    capabilities.
2.Represents amortization of capitalized financing costs related to debt
    offerings conducted in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
3.Represents tax adjustments assuming a marginal tax rate of 40%.

CONTACT: Richard Zubek
         Investor Relations
         925-960-4988
         investors@performantcorp.com