Thomson Reuters Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Results

Second-quarter performance consistent with full-year expectations

NEW YORK – Thomson Reuters (TSX / NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. The company also re-affirmed its full-year 2015 outlook.

  • Reported revenues were down 4% as the negative impact of foreign currency reduced revenues by 6%
    • Revenues grew 2% before currency
    • Organic revenues grew 2%
      • Financial & Risk’s organic revenues grew 1%
      • Legal’s organic revenues increased 2%
  • Financial & Risk net sales were positive in all regions; net sales were positive for the fifth consecutive quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2% to $856 million
    • The margin increased to 28.2% vs. 27.8% in the prior-year period
    • Excluding the impact of currency, adjusted EBITDA grew 3% and the margin was 50 basis points higher than the prior-year period
  • Underlying operating profit decreased 1% to $576 million
    • The margin increased to 19.0% vs. 18.4% in the prior-year period
    • Excluding the impact of currency, underlying operating profit grew 7% and the margin was 100 basis points higher than the prior-year period
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.52, versus $0.51 from the prior-year period
    • Excluding the impact of currency, adjusted EPS was $0.07 better than the prior-year period

“Today’s results reflect the growing momentum within our business,” said James C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “Our results are in line with our full-year expectations, and on a pre-currency basis, each of our four operating units reported growth for the first time in more than three years. We are entering the second half of 2015 from a position of strength and will continue to prioritize resources behind our highest growth opportunities.”

Consolidated Financial Highlights – Second Quarter

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except EPS and margins)

IFRS Financial Measures 2015 2014 Change
Revenues $3,038 $3,159 -4%
Operating profit $405 $381 6%
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) $0.33 $0.31 6%
Cash flow from operations $931 $876 6%

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures (1) 2015 2014 Change Change  Before Currency
Revenues from ongoing businesses $3,038 $3,158 -4% 2%
Adjusted EBITDA $856 $877 -2% 3%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 28.2% 27.8% 40bp 50bp
Underlying operating profit $576 $581 -1% 7%
Underlying operating profit margin 19.0% 18.4% 60bp 100bp
Adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) $0.52 $0.51 2% 14%
Free cash flow $709 $652 9%  

(1) These and other non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the tables appended to this news release. Additional information is provided in the explanatory footnotes to the appended tables.

  • Revenues from ongoing businesses increased 2% (before currency) from the prior-year period driven by the Legal, Tax & Accounting and Intellectual Property & Science businesses, which grew 2% in aggregate, and by the Financial & Risk business, which grew 1%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2% from the prior-year period and the margin increased 40 basis points to 28.2%. Excluding the impact of currency in the quarter, the 2015 margin was 50 basis points higher than the prior-year period. However, the margin was impacted by the timing of annual salary increases for employees that came into effect in the second quarter of this year compared to the third quarter of last year.
  • Underlying operating profit decreased 1% from the prior-year period and the margin increased 60 basis points to 19.0%. Excluding the impact of currency, the 2015 margin was 100 basis points higher than the prior-year period.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.52, up $0.01 from the prior-year period despite foreign currency having had a $0.06 negative impact.

Second-Quarter Business Segment Highlights

Unless otherwise noted, all revenue growth comparisons in this news release are before the impact of foreign currency (constant currency) as Thomson Reuters believes this provides the best basis to measure the performance of its business.

Financial & Risk

  • Revenues increased 1% (all organic). This represented the segment’s best performance and first quarter of organic revenue growth since the fourth quarter of 2011.
    • Recurring revenues (76% of the segment’s revenues) increased 1% (all organic) due to an annual price increase and the impact of the positive net sales trend more than offsetting the lower price realization resulting from the migration of some foreign exchange and buy-side customers to new products on Financial & Risk’s unified platform.
    • Transactions revenues (13% of the segment’s revenues) were up 3% due to increased fixed income revenues and growth in the BETA Systems transaction business.
    • Recoveries revenues (11% of the segment’s revenues) were down 1% and are low-margin revenues. As some third-party clients move to direct billing with customers, recoveries revenues are expected to continue to decline over the balance of the year.
  • By geography, revenues in the Americas and Asia were each up 1% and revenues in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were flat.
  • Net sales were positive overall for the fifth consecutive quarter and were positive in all regions. Net sales have now improved in 10 of the last 11 quarters.
  • EBITDA increased 1% primarily due to savings related to efficiency initiatives and increased revenues, which were largely offset by the impact of foreign currency.
    • The margin was 27.7%, up 200 basis points from the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of currency from both periods and the impact of $30 million of charges taken by the company in the second quarter of 2014, EBITDA increased 5% and the margin was up 110 basis points to 28.7%. The margin was negatively impacted by the timing of annual salary increases.
    • Foreign currency had a 100 basis point negative impact on the margin.
  • Operating profit increased 3% compared to the prior-year period, primarily due to the same factors noted above.
    • The margin was 17.7%, up 160 basis points from the prior-year period.
    • Foreign currency had a 150 basis point negative impact on the margin.

Legal

  • Revenues increased 2% (all organic). Excluding US print, revenues grew 3%.
  • Solutions businesses (45% of the segment’s revenues) grew 5% (all organic), driven by strong growth from the legal enterprise solutions business including Elite and Serengeti, Pangea3 legal managed services and the Investigations and Public Records business. Solutions businesses represent all of Legal’s revenue excluding US print and US online legal information.
  • US online legal information (39% of the segment’s revenues) grew slightly for the second consecutive quarter.
  • US print (16% of the segment’s revenues) declined 5%, as expected.
  • EBITDA decreased 5% and the margin was 37.4% compared to 38.9% in the prior-year period. The margin was negatively impacted by the timing of annual salary increases.
  • Operating profit decreased 4% with a margin of 29.9% compared to 30.7% in the prior-year period. The margin was impacted by the same factors noted above.

Tax & Accounting

  • Revenues increased 6% (5% organic) driven by the Corporate, Professional and Knowledge Solutions businesses, partially offset by a decline in the Government business. Recurring revenues were up 7% organically.
  • EBITDA decreased 8% and the margin was 27.5% compared to 30.2% in the prior-year period. The EBITDA margin decrease was primarily related to the decline in Government business revenues and the timing of annual salary increases.
  • Operating profit decreased 3% and the margin was 19.3% compared to 20.1% in the prior-year period. The margin decrease was a result of the same factors that impacted the EBITDA margin.
  • Small movements in the timing of revenues and expenses can impact margins in any given quarter for the Tax & Accounting business. Full-year margins are more reflective of the segment’s underlying performance.

Intellectual Property & Science

  • Revenues were up 1% as subscription revenue (approximately 75% of the segment’s revenues) growth of 4% was offset by an 8% decline in transactions revenues as fewer one-time deals affected the growth rate in the quarter.
  • EBITDA decreased 5% with a margin of 32.7% compared to 33.9% in the prior-year period. The EBITDA margin decline was primarily due to the timing of annual salary increases.
  • Operating profit decreased 6% with a margin of 23.4% compared to 24.7% in the prior-year period. The operating profit margin decrease was due to the same items that impacted the EBITDA margin.
  • Small movements in the timing of revenues and expenses can impact margins in any given quarter for the Intellectual Property & Science business. Full-year margins are more reflective of the segment’s underlying performance.

Corporate & Other (Including Reuters News)

  • Reuters News revenues were $74 million, up 1% compared to the prior-year period.
  • Corporate & Other costs were $70 million compared to $73 million in the prior-year period.

Consolidated Financial Highlights – Six Months

Six Months Ended June 30,

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except EPS and margins)

IFRS Financial Measures 2015 2014 Change
Revenues $6,082 $6,289 -3%
Operating profit $812 $740 10%
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) $0.71 $0.65 9%
Cash flow from operations $1,168 $989 18%

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1) 2015 2014 Change Change Before Currency
Revenues from ongoing businesses $6,082 $6,287 -3% 2%
Adjusted EBITDA $1,659 $1,697 -2% 4%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 27.3% 27.0% 30bp 50bp
Underlying operating profit $1,091 $1,109 -2% 6%
Underlying operating profit margin 17.9% 17.6% 30bp 80bp
Adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS)  $0.96 $0.97 -1% 10%
Free cash flow $644 $517 25%  

(1) These and other non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the tables appended to this news release. Additional information is provided in the explanatory footnotes to the appended tables.

  • Revenues from ongoing businesses increased 2% (before currency) from the prior-year period driven by the Legal, Tax & Accounting and Intellectual Property & Science businesses, which grew 3% in aggregate.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2% from the prior-year period and the margin increased 30 basis points to 27.3%. Excluding the impact of currency, the 2015 margin was 50 basis points higher than the prior-year period.
  • Underlying operating profit decreased 2% from the prior-year period and the margin increased 30 basis points to 17.9%. Excluding the impact of currency, the 2015 margin was 80 basis points higher than the prior-year period.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.96 compared to $0.97 in the prior-year period. Foreign currency had an $0.11 negative impact.
  • Free cash flow for the first six months of the year was $644 million compared to $517 million in the prior-year period primarily due to lower severance payments.

Business Outlook (Before Currency)

Thomson Reuters today re-affirmed its full-year business outlook for 2015, which was previously communicated in February 2015. The company’s 2015 outlook assumes constant currency rates compared to 2014 and is based on the expected performance of the company’s existing businesses and does not factor in the impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may occur during the year. In light of the increased volatility recently seen in the foreign currency markets, the company continues to believe that currency is likely to have a higher-than-usual impact on its results in 2015.

The company continues to expect:

  • Positive organic revenue growth;
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin to range between 27.5% and 28.5%;
  • Underlying operating profit margin to range between 18.5% and 19.5%; and
  • Free cash flow to range between $1.550 billion and $1.750 billion in 2015.

The information in this section is forward-looking and should be read in conjunction with the section below entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Assumptions and Material Risks.”

Dividend and Share Repurchases

In February 2015, Thomson Reuters board of directors approved a $0.02 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.34 per share. A quarterly dividend of $0.335 per share is payable on September 15, 2015 to common shareholders of record as of August 20, 2015.

In the second quarter of 2015, the company returned approximately $348 million to shareholders through the repurchase of approximately 8.5 million shares.

From January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, the company repurchased approximately 17.3 million shares at a cost of approximately $696 million.

The $1.0 billion share buyback program announced in July 2014 was completed in the second quarter of 2015. In May 2015, the company announced a third $1.0 billion share buyback program. The company has repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares at a cost of approximately $101 million under the new buyback program through June 30, 2015.

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NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
Thomson Reuters prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

This news release includes certain non-IFRS financial measures, such as revenues from ongoing businesses, adjusted EBITDA and the related margin, underlying operating profit and the related margin, free cash flow, adjusted EPS, and selected measures before the impact of foreign currency. Thomson Reuters uses these non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies, and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the appended tables.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS AND MATERIAL RISKS
Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements in the "Business Outlook (Before Currency)" section and Mr. Smith’s comments, are forward-looking. As a result, forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There is no assurance that the events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. A business outlook is provided for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 2015. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements which reflect expectations only as of the date of this news release. Except as may be required by applicable law, Thomson Reuters disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

The company's 2015 business outlook is based on various external and internal assumptions. Economic and market assumptions include, but are not limited to, GDP growth in the countries where Thomson Reuters operates. Internal financial and operational assumptions include, but are not limited to, continuing operational improvement in the Financial & Risk business and the successful execution of new sales initiatives, ongoing product release programs, globalization strategy and other growth and efficiency initiatives.

Some of the material risk factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, changes in the general economy; actions of competitors; failure to develop new products, services, applications and functionalities to meet customers' needs, attract new customers or expand into new geographic markets and identify areas of higher growth; failures or disruptions of telecommunications, network systems or the Internet; fraudulent or unpermitted data access or other cyber-security or privacy breaches; increased accessibility to free or relatively inexpensive information sources; failure to maintain a high renewal rate for subscription-based services; dependency on third parties for data, information and other services; changes to law and regulations, including the impact of the Dodd-Frank legislation and similar financial services laws around the world; tax matters, including changes to tax laws, regulations and treaties; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; failure to adapt to recent organizational changes and effectively implement strategic initiatives; failure to recruit, motivate and retain high quality management and key employees; failure to meet the challenges involved in operating globally; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from existing or future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments or dispositions; failure to protect the brands and reputation of Thomson Reuters; impairment of goodwill and identifiable intangible assets; inadequate protection of intellectual property rights; threat of legal actions and claims; risk of antitrust/competition-related claims or investigations; downgrading of credit ratings and adverse conditions in the credit markets; the effect of factors outside of the control of Thomson Reuters on funding obligations in respect of pension and post-retirement benefit arrangements; and actions or potential actions that could be taken by the company’s principal shareholder, The Woodbridge Company Limited. These and other factors are discussed in materials that Thomson Reuters from time to time files with, or furnishes to, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Thomson Reuters annual and quarterly reports are also available in the “Investor Relations” section of www.thomsonreuters.com.

Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its second-quarter 2015 results today beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). You can access the webcast by visiting the "Investor Relations" section of www.thomsonreuters.com. An archive of the webcast will be available following the presentation.

 

CONTACT

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