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August 01, 2019

Thomson Reuters Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Results

  • Outlook raised for revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA
  • Agreement signed to sell Refinitiv business to London Stock Exchange Group

TORONTO, August 1, 2019 – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and raised its full-year Outlook for revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA for 2019 and 2020. The company also announced that it and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone have agreed to sell Refinitiv to the London Stock Exchange Group plc (“LSEG”) in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately $27 billion. The transaction will result in Blackstone’s consortium and Thomson Reuters ultimately holding a combined 37% economic interest in LSEG, approximately 15% of which would be attributed to Thomson Reuters. The proposed transaction is subject to LSEG shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2020.

“The second quarter was another eventful period for our organization,” said Jim Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters.  “Organic revenue growth was the best since 2008 and came in ahead of our expectations at 4% as a result of solid performance across the business. Importantly, we launched new AI-powered products that were developed in-house, and we recently completed two acquisitions that will help us deliver world-class platforms for our customers. We believe we are well positioned for future growth, and now expect 2019 and 2020 revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA to each be at the upper end of the guidance ranges previously provided.”

“We are pleased with today’s announcement as it affirms the value we have always believed to exist in Refinitiv. There is a trend toward consolidation of the global financial markets infrastructure and data segments and this transaction will establish a world-class markets infrastructure leader. The combined LSEG/Refinitiv business will be well positioned for future growth.”

Mr. Smith continued, “As a future investor, we are encouraged by LSEG’s strong track record of integrating acquisitions, realizing synergies and driving growth and profitability, and we expect LSEG to create further value going forward. The value creation at Refinitiv since our partnership with Blackstone has largely been driven by operational enhancements, cost savings and the IPO of Tradeweb. This transaction with LSEG will double down on operational enhancements with significant additional synergies expected.  And finally, the transaction will provide Thomson Reuters shareholders with a more certain path and timetable to liquidity.”

Consolidated Financial Highlights - Three Months Ended June 30

Three Months Ended June 30,
(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margin and EPS)
(unaudited)


IFRS Financial Measures
(1)


 2019

2018
 
Change
Change at
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$1,423 $1,311 9%  
Operating profit
$447 $204 119%  
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)
(includes discontinued operations)
$0.37 $0.88 -58%  
Cash flow from operations
(includes discontinued operations)
$141 $803  -83%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$1,423 $1,311 9% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA
$355 $348 2% 0%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 25.0% 26.6% -160bp -240bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.29 $0.17 71% 65%
Free cash flow 
(includes discontinued operations)
$1
$555 -100%  
(1) In addition to results reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the company uses certain non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. 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.

Revenues increased 9% due to the inclusion of revenues paid by Refinitiv to Reuters News for providing news and editorial content, and also to higher recurring revenues across all other customer segments.

  • At constant currency, revenues increased 10%. Currency had a $21 million (approximately 2%) negative impact during the quarter.
  • Organic revenue growth was 4%, driven by a 5% increase in recurring revenues, which comprised 78% of total revenues.

Operating profit increased significantly due to a benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv, related to the proposed transaction with the LSEG.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the benefit of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 2% and the margin declined to 25.0% as higher revenues were offset by higher expenses that included costs and investments to reposition the company following the separation of the Financial & Risk (F&R) business to create Refinitiv.

Diluted EPS decreased to $0.37 from $0.88 in the prior-year period, primarily due to the loss of net earnings from the F&R business that was included in discontinued operations in 2018.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes discontinued operations among other items, increased to $0.29 from $0.17 in the prior-year period, primarily reflecting fewer common shares outstanding and lower interest expense.

Cash flow from operations decreased primarily due to the loss of cash flows from the company’s former F&R business (which were included in the prior-year period, but are no longer included as of October 1, 2018), and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R from the company.

  • Free cash flow decreased for the same reasons.

Highlights by Customer Segment – Three Months Ended June 30

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margins)
(unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 


Change


Revenues


2019


2018


Total

Foreign 
Currency

Constant
Currency

Legal Professionals
$603 $593 2% -1% 3%
Corporates 318 296 8% -1% 9%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 182 176 3% -3% 6%
Reuters News 156 72 116% -2% 118%
Global Print 164 174 -6% -2% -3%
Eliminations - -      
Revenues
$1,423 $1,311 
9% -2% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $232 $198 17% 1%
16%
Corporates 102 95 8% 2%
7%
Tax & Accounting Professionals  60 41 47% 2%
45%
Reuters News 10 8
36% 36% 0%
Global Print 73 76 -5% -1% -4%
Corporate costs (122) (70) n/a n/a n/a
Adjusted EBITDA
$355 $348 2% 2%
0%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  38.5% 33.5% 500bp 70bp 430bp
Corporates 32.2% 32.0% 20bp 90bp -70bp
Tax & Accounting Professionals  33.0% 23.2% 980bp 100bp 880bp
Reuters News 6.6% 10.5% -390bp 190bp -580bp
Global Print 44.2% 43.8% 40bp 70bp -30bp
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Adjusted EBITDA margin
25.0% 26.6% -160bp 80bp -240bp
n/a: not applicable

Unless otherwise noted, all revenue growth comparisons by customer segment in this news release are at constant currency (or exclude the impact of foreign currency) as Thomson Reuters believes this provides the best basis to measure their performance. Other than EPS, the company reports its results in millions of U.S. dollars, but computes percentage changes and margins using whole-dollars to be more precise. As a result, percentages and margins calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding

Legal Professionals

Revenues increased 3% (4% organic) to $603 million.

  • Recurring revenues grew 4% - all organic (92% of total).
  • Transactions revenues declined 9% due to the sale of several small businesses, but grew 6% organically (8% of total).

Adjusted EBITDA increased 17% to $232 million.

  •  The margin increased from 33.5% to 38.5% primarily due to higher revenues, productivity savings and the favorable timing of expenses.

Corporates

Revenues increased 9% (7% organic) to $318 million, primarily due to strong recurring revenue growth. The acquisition of Integration Point (a global trade management business) in the fourth quarter of 2018 contributed approximately 3% to the growth rate.

  • Recurring revenues grew 12% (85% of total), driven by organic revenue growth of 9% and revenues from the acquisition of Integration Point.
  • Transactions revenues (15% of total), declined 6% due in part to lower revenues from the Pangea3/Legal Managed Services (LMS) business, which was sold on May 31, 2019. Transactions revenues declined 2% organically.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 8% to $102 million.

  • The margin increased from 32.0% to 32.2%, as higher revenues were offset by the dilutive impact of the Integration Point acquisition.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

Revenues increased 6% (all organic) to $182 million.

  • Recurring revenues grew 9% - all organic (81% of total).
  • Transactions revenues declined 4% (19% of total).

Adjusted EBITDA grew 47% to $60 million  The margin increased from 23.2% to 33.0% due to higher revenues, the favorable timing of expenses and efficiency savings.

Reuters News

Revenues increased 118% to $156 million due to revenue from the 30-year agreement for Reuters News to supply news and editorial content to Refinitiv, which began in the fourth quarter of 2018.

  • Organic revenues increased 2%, mostly attributable to a price increase related to the Refinitiv agreement.

Adjusted EBITDA was $10 million, an increase of $2 million.

Global Print

Revenues decreased 3% to $164 million.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5% to $73 million.

  • The margin increased from 43.8% to 44.2%.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs at the adjusted EBITDA level were $122 million compared to $70 million in the prior-year period. As previously disclosed, the increase was due to costs and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R. These cash costs and investments are expected to continue throughout 2019.

Consolidated Financial Highlights – Six Months Ended June 30

Six Months Ended June 30,
(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margin and EPS)
(unaudited)


IFRS Financial Measures
(1)


 2019

2018
 
Change
Change at 
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$2,910 $2,690 8%  
Operating profit
$721 $472 53%  
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)
(includes discontinued operations)
$0.60 $0.40 50%  
Cash flow from operations
(includes discontinued operations)
$83 $1,222  -93%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$2,910 $2,690 8% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA
$752 $778 -3% -4%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 25.8% 28.9% -310bp -380bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.65 $0.44 48% 43%
Free cash flow 
(includes discontinued operations)
$(176) $675 n/m  
n/m: not meaningful
(1) In addition to results reported in accordance with IFRS, the company uses certain non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. 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.

Revenues increased 8%, due to the inclusion of revenues paid by Refinitiv to Reuters News for providing news and editorial content, and also to higher recurring revenues across all other customer segments.

  • At constant currency, revenues increased 10%. Currency had a $46 million (approximately 2%) negative impact.
  • Organic revenue growth was 4%, driven by a 5% increase in recurring revenues, which comprised 77% of total revenues.

Operating profit increased significantly due to a benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv, relating to the proposed transaction with the LSEG.   

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the benefit of the warrant revaluation among other items, decreased 3% and the margin decreased to 25.8%, as higher revenues were more than offset by higher expenses that included costs and investments relating to the repositioning of the company following the separation of the F&R business to create Refinitiv.

Diluted EPS also increased to $0.60 from $0.40 due to the benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv, relating to the proposed transaction with LSEG.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the warrant revaluation among other items, increased to $0.65 from $0.44 in the prior-year period, primarily reflecting a benefit from fewer common shares outstanding and lower interest expense.

Cash flow from operations decreased reflecting a contribution to a pension plan, the loss of cash flows from the company’s former F&R business (which were included in the prior-year period, but are no longer included as of October 1, 2018), and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R from the company.

  • Free cash flow decreased for the same reasons.

Highlights by Customer Segment – Six Months Ended June 30

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margins)
(unaudited)
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 

Change


Revenues


2019


2018


Total

Foreign 
Currency

Constant
Currency

Legal Professionals
$1,197 $1,178 2% -1% 3%
Corporates 670 625 7% -1% 9%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 404 393 3% -3% 6%
Reuters News 311 144 116% -4% 120%
Global Print 329 351 -6% -2% -4%
Eliminations (1) (1)      
Revenues
$2,910 $2,690 8% -2% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $459 $389 18% 0%
18%
Corporates 220 206 7% 1%
6%
Tax & Accounting Professionals  153 121 26% -3% 29%
Reuters News 26 16 67% 25% 42%
Global Print 147 157 -7% -1% -6%
Corporate costs (253) (111) n/a n/a n/a
Adjusted EBITDA
$752 $778 -3% 1%
-4%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  38.4% 33.1% 530bp 60bp 470bp
Corporates 32.9% 32.9% 0bp 80bp -80bp
Tax & Accounting Professionals  37.9% 30.9% 700bp 10bp 690bp
Reuters News 8.4% 10.9% -250bp 150bp -400bp
Global Print 44.5% 44.7% -20bp 80bp -100bp
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Adjusted EBITDA margin
25.8% 28.9% -310bp 70bp -380bp
n/a: not applicable
Growth percentages and adjusted EBITDA margins are computed using whole dollars. Accordingly, percentages and margins calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and components of growth may not total due to rounding.

Business Outlook for 2019 and 2020 (At Constant Currency and Excluding Future Acquisitions/Dispositions)

Thomson Reuters today raised its Outlook for 2019 and 2020 revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA. The company’s Outlook for 2019 and 2020 assumes constant currency rates compared to 2018 and excludes the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions that may occur in 2019 or 2020. Thomson Reuters believes that this type of guidance provides useful insight into the performance of our businesses. 

The company has provided a full-year Outlook for two years because 2019 will be materially impacted by costs to separate the business from Refinitiv and reposition it for growth, while 2020 should represent the first year that the company’s financial performance will reflect the benefits from its actions, without material costs related to the actions.

 

Original 2019
Outlook

Updated 2019
Outlook
Original 2020
Outlook

Updated 2020
Outlook

  Before currency and excluding the impact of future acquisitions/dispositions
Revenue Growth 7% - 8.5%
3.0% - 3.5% 
Organic(1)
7% - 8.5%
3.5% - 4.0% 
Organic(1)
3.5% - 4.5%
Organic
4.0% - 4.5%
Organic
Adjusted EBITDA $1.4 - $1.5 billion(2) $1.45 - $1.5 billion(2) 30.0% - 31.0%(2) ~31%(2)
Corporate Costs ~$570 million Unchanged $140 - $190 million $140 - $150 million
Free Cash Flow $0 - $300 million Unchanged $1.0 - $1.2 billion Unchanged
Capital Expenditures - % of Revenue ~9% Unchanged 7.5% - 8.0% Unchanged
Depreciation & Amortization of Computer Software $600 - $625 million(2) Unchanged TBD TBD
Interest Expense (P&L) $150 - $175 million Unchanged TBD TBD
Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings 16% - 19% Unchanged ~20% Unchanged
(1) For purposes of the organic growth calculation, the initial contract value of the company’s 30-year agreement with Refinitiv that was signed on October 1, 2018 is treated as an acquisition until October 1, 2019.
(2) The impact of the new lease accounting standard (IFRS 16) is expected to increase both adjusted EBITDA and depreciation and amortization of computer software by an estimated $40 million in 2019 and $50 million in 2020 and is reflected in this Outlook. IFRS 16 has no impact on free cash flow.

The information in this section is forward-looking. Actual results, which include the impact of currency and acquisitions and dispositions completed during 2019 and 2020, may differ materially from the company’s Outlook. Some of the forward-looking financial measures in the Outlook above are provided on a non-IFRS basis. See the section below entitled “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” for more information. The information in this section should also be read in conjunction with the section below entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Risks and Material Assumptions.”

Recent Developments

Agreement to Sell Refinitiv to LSEG

Thomson Reuters announced today that it and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone have agreed to sell Refinitiv to LSEG in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately $27 billion. Refinitiv is currently owned 55% by Blackstone and 45% by Thomson Reuters. Based on LSEG’s issued share capital as of July 31, 2019, the transaction will result in Blackstone and Thomson Reuters ultimately holding a combined 37% economic interest in LSEG (approximately 15% of which would be attributed to Thomson Reuters) and a combined voting interest in LSEG of less than 30%. Thomson Reuters’ interest in the LSEG shares will be held in an entity jointly owned by Blackstone and Thomson Reuters (the “Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity”). Upon the closing of this transaction, Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own approximately 82.5 million LSEG shares, which would have a market value of approximately $6.7 billion based on LSEG’s closing share price on July 31, 2019. Thomson Reuters’ estimated ownership interest above reflects its expected acquisition of an additional interest in Refinitiv pursuant to a warrant agreement entered into with Blackstone, which will be exercised in connection with the transaction closing.  

Ownership interests

At closing, LSEG will acquire the Refinitiv business and in exchange, the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity will receive ordinary voting LSEG shares and exchangeable shares in a subsidiary of LSEG. The exchangeable shares will be exchangeable for ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis and will carry the same dividend per share as paid on the ordinary shares. In connection with the closing, Blackstone’s consortium will separately receive additional LSEG securities in respect of their Refinitiv preferred stock.

Transaction rationale

The transaction will bring together two highly complementary businesses to create a leading, UK headquartered, global financial markets infrastructure provider with a leading data and analytics business, significant capital markets capabilities across multiple asset classes, and a broad post-trade offering, well positioned for future growth in a fast evolving landscape. The combined LSEG/Refinitiv business will be well positioned in all key geographies and will offer significant customer benefits across the full range of LSEG’s businesses by extending its trading capabilities across asset classes; expanding its data content, management and distribution capabilities; increasing its global footprint and range of customer offerings; and enabling LSEG, Refinitiv and their customers to benefit from future data and technology-enabled innovation and growth opportunities. Together, LSEG and Refinitiv generated combined annual revenues of over £6 billion in 2018, which would have made the combined business the largest listed global financial markets infrastructure provider by revenue last year.

Governance

The Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity will be entitled to nominate three non-executive LSEG directors for as long as they hold at least 25% of LSEG, two LSEG directors for as long as they hold at least 17.5% but less than 25% of LSEG and one LSEG director for as long as they hold at least 10% but less than 17.5% of LSEG (with all percentages calculated based on the assumed exchange of the exchangeable shares). For so long as the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity is entitled to nominate three directors, one nominee will be a Thomson Reuters representative.

Subject to certain exceptions, the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity has agreed to be subject to a lock-up for their LSEG shares for the first two years following closing of the transaction. In each of years three and four following closing, the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity will become entitled to sell in aggregate one-third of the LSEG shares issued to them. The lock-up arrangement will terminate on the fourth anniversary of closing. Once the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity is released from the lock-up, any disposals of LSEG shares will be subject to orderly marketing restrictions. A standstill restriction will also apply to the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity under which it (and the underlying investors) will agree not to, among other matters, acquire further LSEG shares, or make a takeover offer for the LSEG for designated time periods. The Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Entity has also committed to vote its LSEG shares in line with the LSEG Board’s recommendation on resolutions to be voted on by the LSEG shareholders, subject to certain exceptions.

Dividends

After the transaction closes, Thomson Reuters free cash flow will benefit from any future dividends paid by LSEG to its shareholders.

Expected synergies

The following information regarding expected cost and revenue synergies has been provided to Thomson Reuters by LSEG and is forward-looking information. Readers are encouraged to consult LSEG’s public disclosures (including its announcement today regarding the proposed transaction) for additional information.

LSEG is targeting annual run-rate cost synergies in excess of £350 million by the end of year five following closing. These synergies are separate from and in addition to Refinitiv’s previously announced and ongoing $650 million target cost savings program.  LSEG is also targeting annual run-rate revenue synergies in excess of £225 million by the end of year five following closing.

Reuters News Agreement

Reuters News’ 30-year agreement with Refinitiv signed last year will continue after the closing of the transaction within the combined LSEG/Refinitiv business.

Advisors and Legal Counsel

Guggenheim Securities, LLC, TD Securities Inc., and Centerview Partners LLC are serving as advisors to Thomson Reuters. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel to Thomson Reuters.

Other Transactions

Consistent with Thomson Reuters strategy of seeking to acquire cloud-based software businesses and capabilities that support its legal, tax and accounting and corporates businesses, the company recently acquired Confirmation, a leading provider of audit confirmation services, and HighQ, a leading collaboration platform for the legal and regulatory market segment.

The company also sold its Pangea3/LMS business in the second quarter of 2019.

Dividend and Share Repurchases

In February 2019, the company announced that its Board of Directors approved a $0.04 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.44 per common share (representing the 26th consecutive year of dividend increases). A quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share is payable on September 16, 2019 to common shareholders of record as of August 22, 2019.

Earlier this year, the company announced plans to repurchase up to an additional $250 million of its shares under its normal course issuer bid. The company repurchased $190 million of shares in the six-month period (approximately $40 million of which were repurchased using part of the remaining proceeds of the F&R transaction, as announced in 2018). The company did not repurchase any shares in the second quarter.

Refinitiv ownership interest

On October 1, 2018, Thomson Reuters sold a 55% interest in the company's F&R business, which is now known as Refinitiv. Except as otherwise noted, all amounts noted in this news release are from continuing operations and exclude the results of the company’s former F&R business. The company’s IFRS earnings per share since October 1, 2018 have included its share of results from its 45% investment in Refinitiv, which is removed from the company’s non-IFRS calculation of adjusted EPS. The company’s results since October 1, 2018 also have included new revenues in the Reuters News business from providing news and editorial content to Refinitiv since that day.  Additional information regarding Refinitiv’s financial results is provided in the appendix to this news release and additional information about the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction is provided earlier in this news release in the “Recent Developments” section.

Refinitiv cost savings program update

Refinitiv achieved run-rate savings of $380 million as of the end of the second quarter and expects to achieve over two-thirds of its total cost savings run-rate target by the end of 2019. Refinitiv believes it is on track to achieve its full cost savings run-rate target of $650 million by the end of 2020.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Our products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news service – Reuters. For more information on Thomson Reuters, visit tr.com and for the latest world news, reuters.com.

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 adjusted EBITDA and the related margin (other than at the customer segment level), free cash flow, adjusted EPS, selected measures excluding the impact of foreign currency, and changes in revenues computed on an organic basis. 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.

The company's Outlook contains various non-IFRS financial measures. The company believes that providing reconciliations of forward-looking non-IFRS financial measures in its Outlook would be potentially misleading and not practical due to the difficulty of projecting items that are not reflective of ongoing operations in any future period. The magnitude of these items may be significant. Consequently, for Outlook purposes only, the company is unable to reconcile these non-IFRS measures to the most comparable IFRS measures because it cannot predict, with reasonable certainty, the 2019 or 2020 impact of changes in foreign exchange rates which impact (i) the translation of its results reported at average foreign currency rates for the year, and (ii) other finance income or expense related to intercompany financing arrangements. Additionally, the company cannot reasonably predict the occurrence or amount of other operating gains and losses, which include fair value adjustments relating to the warrants the company holds in Refinitiv as well as gains or losses that generally arise from business transactions we do not currently anticipate.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, MATERIAL RISKS AND MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS

Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements in the "Business Outlook for 2019 and 2020 (At Constant Currency and Excluding Future Acquisitions/Dispositions)" section, Mr. Smith’s comments, expectations for Corporate costs, the parties’ expectations for a combined LSEG/Refinitiv business, the number of LSEG shares that Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own upon closing of the transaction, LSEG’s expectations for cost and revenue synergies from the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv combination, potential dividends to be paid by LSEG to its shareholders and the company’s current expectations regarding the timing for closing of the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction, are forward-looking. There is no assurance that a transaction involving all or part of the Refinitiv business will be completed. The words “expect”, “believe”, “target” and “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. While the company believes that it has a reasonable basis for making forward-looking statements in this news release, they are not a guarantee of future performance or outcomes and there is no assurance that the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction will be completed or that any of the other events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Many of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions are beyond our company’s control and the effects of them can be difficult to predict.

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; fraudulent or unpermitted data access or other cyber-security or privacy breaches; failures or disruptions of telecommunications, data centers, network systems or the Internet; failure to develop new products, services, applications and functionalities to meet customers' needs, attract new customers and retain existing ones, or expand into new geographic markets and identify areas of higher growth; increased accessibility to free or relatively inexpensive information sources; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from the Refinitiv strategic partnership with Blackstone; failure to efficiently complete the separation of Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters; failure to adapt to organizational changes and effectively implement strategic initiatives; failure to meet the challenges involved in operating globally; failure to maintain a high renewal rate for recurring, subscription-based services; dependency on third parties for data, information and other services; changes to law and regulations; tax matters, including changes to tax laws, regulations and treaties; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; failure to attract, motivate and retain high quality management and key employees; failure to protect the brands and reputation of Thomson Reuters; inadequate protection of intellectual property rights; threat of legal actions and claims; downgrading of credit ratings and adverse conditions in the credit markets; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from existing or future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments or dispositions; the effect of factors outside of the control of Thomson Reuters on funding obligations in respect of pension and post-retirement benefit arrangements; risk of antitrust/competition-related claims or investigations; actions or potential actions that could be taken by the company’s principal shareholder, The Woodbridge Company Limited; impairment of goodwill and other identifiable intangible assets; and the ability of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company to affect the company’s governance and management. 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.

The company's 2019 and 2020 business outlook is based on information currently available to the company and is based on various external and internal assumptions made by the company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Economic and market assumptions include, but are not limited to, GDP growth in the United States (77% of the company’s 2018 revenues) and secondarily, in other countries where Thomson Reuters operates; a continued increase in the demand and need for high quality information and tools that help automate or manage workflow solutions and drive productivity and efficiency; a continued need for trusted products and services that help customers navigate evolving and complex legal, tax, accounting, regulatory, geopolitical and commercial changes, developments and environments; and a continued increase in customers seeking software-as-a-service or other cloud-based offerings. Internal financial and operational assumptions include, but are not limited to, continued growth in the company’s recurring revenue base which offsets anticipated declines in its global print business; acquiring new customers by enhancing the company’s digital platforms and propositions and through other sales initiatives; improving customer retention through commercial simplification efforts and customer service improvements; the company’s ability to continue to combine information, technology and human expertise in offerings that meet evolving customer demands and needs; the company’s ability to eliminate stranded costs related to the F&R transaction and the separation of the two businesses by the end of 2019; and the successful execution of a number of efficiency initiatives that are expected to generate cost savings, such as reducing headcount, office locations and the number of products offered by the company and the leveraging of fewer, shared technology platforms.

The company has provided an Outlook for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 2019 and 2020. 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. Forward-looking information with respect to the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv business has been prepared by LSEG and Thomson Reuters assumes no obligation to update or revise it.

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Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its second-quarter 2019 results today beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). You can access the webcast by visiting ir.thomsonreuters.com. An archive of the webcast will be available following the presentation.