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October 31, 2019

Thomson Reuters Reports Third-Quarter 2019 Results

 
TORONTO, October 31, 2019 – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
 
“Organic revenue growth of 4% this quarter once again demonstrates our improving trajectory and reflects the success of new AI-powered solutions and solid sales execution from our customer-facing front lines,” said Jim Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters. “New products are resonating with customers and helping us improve retention rates, in some cases at historically high levels.”
 
“We are encouraged by our nine-month performance, which positions us to achieve our full-year 2019 and 2020 targets. And, the stronger and more stable characteristics of our overall business model should enable the company to sustain an attractive value creation model for shareholders, one that is driven both by growth and returns.”
 
Consolidated Financial Highlights - Three Months Ended September 30
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margin and EPS)
(unaudited)


IFRS Financial Measures(1)


 2019

2018
(2)
 
Change
Change at
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$1,413 $1,284 10%  
Operating profit
$262 $173 51%  
Diluted (loss) earnings per share (EPS)
(includes discontinued operations)
$(0.09) $0.39 n/m  
Cash flow from operations
(includes discontinued operations)
$264 $850 -68%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$1,413 $1,284 10% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA
$345 $313 10% 9%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 24.4% 24.4% 0bp -30bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.27 $0.12 125% 108%
Free cash flow 
(includes discontinued operations)
$126 $599 -79%  
n/m: not meaningful
(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.
(2) The 2018 period has been revised to correct certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of the news release.

Revenues increased 10% due to the inclusion of revenues paid by Refinitiv to Reuters News for providing news and editorial content, and to higher recurring revenues across all other customer segments. Foreign currency had no impact on revenue growth in the quarter.

  • Organic revenue growth was 4%, driven by a 5% increase in recurring revenues, which comprised 79% of total revenues.

Operating profit increased significantly due to a benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv, related to its proposed transaction with London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG). For additional information about the proposed LSEG transaction, see the “Recent Developments” section of this news release.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the benefit of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 10% and the margin was unchanged from the prior-year period at 24.4% as higher revenues were partly offset by higher expenses that included costs associated with newly acquired businesses.

Diluted loss per share reflects the company’s share of losses from its 45% equity interest in Refinitiv. Diluted earnings per share of $0.39 in the prior-year period included net earnings from the Financial & Risk (F&R) business that was included in discontinued operations for the first nine months of 2018.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the above items, increased to $0.27 from $0.12 in the prior-year period, primarily reflecting fewer common shares outstanding and lower interest expense.

Cash flow from operations decreased due to the loss of cash flows from the company’s former F&R business, which were included in the prior-year period, but no longer included as of October 1, 2018.

  • Free cash flow decreased for the same reason. 

Highlights by Customer Segment - Three Months Ended September 30

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

Three Months Ended
September 30, 

Change

Revenues


2019


2018(2)

Total

Constant
Currency

 
Organic
(1)
Legal Professionals
$605 $595 2% 2% 3%
Corporates 320 298 7% 8% 6%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 166 149 11% 10% 8%
Reuters News 155 71 120% 121% 3%
Global Print 168 171 -2% -2% -2%
Eliminations (1) -      
Revenues
$1,413 $1,284 
10% 10% 4%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $227 $206 10% 9%
 
Corporates 110 105 4% 6%  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  35 32 9% -2%  
Reuters News 5 5
-14% -97%  
Global Print 71 76 -5% -4%  
Corporate costs (103) (111) n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA
$345 $313 10% 9%  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  37.4% 34.6% 280bp 240bp  
Corporates 34.3% 35.4% -110bp -50bp  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  21.1% 21.4% -30bp -240bp  
Reuters News 3.2% 8.2% -500bp -670bp  
Global Print 42.5% 44.2% -170bp -110bp  
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA margin
24.4% 24.4% 0bp -30bp  
n/a: not applicable
(1) Computed for revenue growth only.
(2) The 2018 period has been revised to correct certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of the news release.  

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.

Legal Professionals

Revenues increased 2% (3% organic) to $605 million. Organic revenue growth was negatively impacted by approximately 100 basis points due to a difficult prior-year period comparison, which included a one-time transactional sale.

  • Recurring revenues grew 4% - all organic (93% of total).
  • Transactions revenues declined 18% (6% organic) due to the sale of several small businesses and a strong performance in the prior-year period resulting from the one-time sale (7% of total).

Adjusted EBITDA increased 10% to $227 million.

  • The margin increased to 37.4% from 34.6%, primarily due to higher revenues and productivity savings.

Corporates

Revenues increased 8% (6% organic) to $320 million, primarily due to strong recurring revenue growth and the impact of recent acquisitions.

  • Recurring revenues grew 12% (86% of total), driven by organic revenue growth of 8% and revenues from the acquisitions of Integration Point and HighQ.
  • Transactions revenues declined 11% (14% of total), primarily due to the loss of revenues following the sale of the Pangea3/Legal Managed Services (LMS) business in May 2019. Transactions revenues declined 3% organically.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 4% to $110 million.

  • The margin decreased from 35.4% to 34.3%, as higher revenues were offset by the dilutive impact of the Integration Point, Confirmation and HighQ acquisitions.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

Revenues increased 10% (8% organic) to $166 million.

  • Recurring revenues grew 8% - all organic (84% of total).
  • Transactions revenues grew 22% (16% of total) primarily due to the Confirmation acquisition. Transactions revenues grew 7% organically driven by growth in the Government business.

Adjusted EBITDA grew 9% to $35 million.

  • The margin decreased slightly from 21.4% to 21.1%, primarily due to the dilutive impact of the Confirmation acquisition.
  • The Tax & Accounting Professionals segment is the company’s most seasonal business with nearly 60% of full-year revenues typically generated in the first and fourth quarters. Because of this, the margin performance in this segment is generally higher in the first and fourth quarters as costs are incurred in a more linear fashion throughout the year.

Reuters News

Revenues increased 121% to $155 million due to the inclusion of 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 3%, mostly attributable to a price increase related to the Refinitiv agreement and growth in Reuters News’ Agency business.

Adjusted EBITDA was unchanged at $5 million, as the impact of higher costs and investments were offset by a benefit from foreign currency.

Global Print

Revenues decreased 2% to $168 million.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5% to $71 million.

  • The margin decreased from 44.2% to 42.5%.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs at the adjusted EBITDA level were $103 million compared to $111 million in the prior-year period. As previously disclosed, adjusted EBITDA includes significant costs and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R. These cash costs and investments are expected to continue in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Consolidated Financial Highlights - Nine Months Ended September 30

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


IFRS Financial Measures
(1)


 2019

2018(2)
 
Change
Change at 
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$4,323 $3,974 9%  
Operating profit
$983 $645 52%  
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)
(includes discontinued operations)
$0.47 $0.79 -41%  
Cash flow from operations
(includes discontinued operations)
$347 $2,072 -83%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$4,323 $3,974 9% 10%
Adjusted EBITDA
$1,097 $1,091 1% -1%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 25.4% 27.4% -200p -270bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.92 $0.57 61% 56%
Free cash flow 
(includes discontinued operations)
$(50) $1,274 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.
(2) The 2018 period has been revised to correct certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of the news release.

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

  • At constant currency, revenues increased 10%. Currency had a $51 million (approximately 1%) negative impact.
  • 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 its proposed transaction with LSEG.  For additional information about the proposed LSEG transaction, see the “Recent Developments” section of this news release.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the benefit of the warrant revaluation, among other items, increased slightly and the margin decreased to 25.4% as higher revenues were 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 decreased to $0.47 from $0.79, primarily due to the loss of net earnings from the F&R business that was included in discontinued operations in the first nine months of 2018.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes discontinued operations, among other items, increased to $0.92 from $0.57 in the prior-year period, primarily reflecting a benefit from fewer common shares outstanding and lower interest expense.

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

  • Free cash flow decreased for the same reasons.

Highlights by Customer Segment - Nine Months Ended September 30

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

Change


Revenues


2019


2018(2)

Total

Constant
Currency


Organic(1)
Legal Professionals
$1,802 $1,773 2% 3% 3%
Corporates 990 923 7% 8% 6%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 570 542 5% 7% 6%
Reuters News 466 215 117% 120% 3%
Global Print 497 522 -5% -3% -3%
Eliminations (2) (1)      
Revenues
$4,323 $3,974 9% 10% 4%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $686 $595 15% 15%  
Corporates 330 311 6% 6%  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  188 153 23% 22%  
Reuters News 31 21 45% 10%  
Global Print 218 233 -6% -5%  
Corporate costs (356) (222) n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA
$1,097 $1,091 1% -1%
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  38.1% 33.6% 450bp 400bp  
Corporates 33.4% 33.7% -30bp -60bp  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  33.0% 28.3% 470bp 410bp  
Reuters News 6.7% 10.0% -330bp -480bp  
Global Print 43.8% 44.6% -80bp -110bp  
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA margin
25.4% 27.4% -200bp -270bp  
n/a: not applicable
(1) Computed for revenue growth only.
(2) The 2018 period has been revised to correct certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of the news release.

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

Thomson Reuters today reaffirmed its Outlook for 2019 and 2020.

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.

 

2019 Outlook
2020 Outlook
  Before currency and excluding the impact of future acquisitions/dispositions
Revenue Growth 7% - 8.5%
3.5% - 4.0% Organic(1)
4.0% - 4.5% Organic
Adjusted EBITDA $1.45 - $1.5 billion(2)
~31%(2)
Corporate Costs ~$570 million $140 - $150 million
Free Cash Flow $0 - $300 million $1.0 - $1.2 billion
Capital Expenditures - % of Revenue ~9% 7.5% - 8.0%
Depreciation & Amortization of Computer Software $600 - $625 million(2)
TBD
Interest Expense (P&L) $150 - $175 million TBD
Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings 16% - 19% ~20%
(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 was 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

On August 1, 2019, Thomson Reuters and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone agreed to sell Refinitiv to LSEG for a total enterprise value of approximately $27 billion. 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. 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 $7.5 billion based on LSEG’s closing share price on October 30, 2019.

Refinitiv achieved run-rate savings of $440 million as of the end of the third quarter, which is over two-thirds of its total annual cost savings run-rate target. Refinitiv believes it is on track to achieve its full annual cost savings run-rate target of $650 million by the end of 2020.

Recent Acquisitions

In October, the company closed the acquisition of FC Business Intelligence (FCBI), a global business-to-business events specialist. FCBI delivers high-end conferences and exhibitions to diverse sectors including energy, insurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation, travel, strategy and technology. The business will be rebranded Reuters Events and will be operated as part of the Reuters News segment.

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 December 16, 2019 to common shareholders of record as of November 21, 2019.

Going forward, the company intends to target a dividend payout ratio of between 50% and 60% of its free cash flow – up from the 40% to 50% range previously targeted.

The company repurchased $98 million of its common shares in the third quarter, completing the $250 million buyback program announced in February 2019. In the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the company repurchased $288 million of its common shares, which included repurchases using part of the remaining proceeds of the F&R transaction, as announced in 2018.  The company’s Board has approved a new buyback program authorizing the repurchase of up to an additional $200 million of common shares later this year and up to an additional $200 million of shares in 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.

ROUNDING

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.

REVISION OF PRIOR-PERIOD FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Since October 1, 2018, the company has included its share of post-tax losses from its 45% interest in Refinitiv, an equity method investment, in its net earnings. In the third quarter of 2019, a misstatement was identified that understated the company’s share of Refinitiv’s post-tax losses since the fourth quarter of 2018.  The misstatement related to an accounting principle difference for preferred stock issued by Refinitiv to the Blackstone consortium between U.S. GAAP, the basis on which Refinitiv prepares its financial statements, and IFRS, the basis on which Thomson Reuters prepares its financial statements.  The misstatement, which does not impact revenue, operating profit, segment measures, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EPS, cash flow from operations or free cash flow, was immaterial to the company’s previously issued financial statements.  As the correction of the cumulative misstatement in the third quarter of 2019 would have been material to net earnings in the quarter, the company will revise its previously issued financial statements.  In conjunction with correcting this misstatement, the company corrected other unrelated misstatements in the applicable prior periods which were also not material to the company’s previously issued financial statements. Specifically, the company reclassified certain revenue and expenses which pertained to the accounting for foreign currency in hyperinflationary economies between the third and fourth quarters of 2018, but these revisions had no impact on the company’s 2018 audited financial statements.

The company has posted revised prior-period financial information related to the reclassification of certain third-quarter and fourth-quarter 2018 revenues and expenses in the “Investor Relations” section of its website, ir.thomsonreuters.com. The company will also revise its previously issued financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the year ended December 31, 2018, the three months ended March 31, 2019 and the six months ended June 30, 2019 when it files or furnishes its financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the year ending December 31, 2019, the three months ending March 31, 2020 and the six months ending June 30, 2020. Information on these revisions will also be provided within the company’s unaudited consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, which will be filed after the date hereof with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The impacts of the revised prior-period financial information posted today on the Thomson Reuters website is also being filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Information contained on Thomson Reuters website is not a part of this news release and is intended to be an inactive, textual reference only.

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 number of LSEG shares that Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own upon closing of the transaction, the company’s current expectations regarding the timing for closing of the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction, and the company’s intention to target a dividend payout ratio of between 50% to 60% of its free cash flow, are forward-looking. 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.  

 

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Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its third-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.