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August 05, 2020

Thomson Reuters Reports Second-Quarter 2020 Results

Full-year outlook reaffirmed; free cash flow outlook raised
Second-quarter outlook achieved and new third-quarter outlook provided

TORONTO, August 5, 2020 – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“I am pleased to report that the company met or exceeded each of the financial guidance metrics provided in May for the second quarter. And, given our performance for the second quarter and first half, we have increasing confidence in how our businesses will perform over the remainder of the year. Therefore, we are raising our free cash flow outlook and reaffirming the rest of our full-year 2020 guidance,” said Steve Hasker, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters.

“I again want to express my appreciation to our employees for their flexibility, fortitude and ongoing support of our customers as they shifted from the office to working from home. Importantly, we have seen an improvement in both productivity and customer satisfaction during this period.”

“As we look ahead, we see tangible opportunities to better serve our customers with solutions that are digital, virtual, real-time and automated. Today’s environment has reinforced that view, and our customers are demanding it. We have an opportunity to reimagine the end-to-end customer experience through simplification, innovation and enhanced product integration, which I believe will present substantive opportunities to further fuel our growth and realize substantial efficiencies.”

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)


 2020

2019
(2)
 
Change
Change at 
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$1,405 $1,423 -1%  
Operating profit
$365 $447 -18%  
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)
$0.25 $0.36 -31%  
Cash flow from operations
$422 $113 288%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$1,405 $1,423 -1% 0%
Adjusted EBITDA
$479 $355 35% 34%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 34.1% 25.0% 910bp 840bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.44 $0.29 52% 48%
Free cash flow 
$305 $1 n/m  
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) 2019 results have been revised to correct for certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of this news release.


Revenues decreased 1% as growth in recurring revenues was more than offset by expected declines in Global Print and transactions revenues, as well as a negative impact from foreign currency that reduced revenues by $21 million (approximately 1%).

  • As expected, organic revenues decreased 2% reflecting the declines in Global Print (down 17%) and transactions revenues (down 19%).
  • Recurring revenues, which comprised 81% of total revenues, grew 4% before currency and 3% organically.
  • The company’s “Big 3” segments (Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals), which collectively comprised approximately 80% of second-quarter revenues, reported organic revenue growth of 2%, driven by 4% growth in recurring revenues.

Operating profit decreased as the prior-year period included a significantly higher benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv relating to the proposed sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG), which is discussed later in this news release.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 35% due to the completion of the program in 2019 to reposition the company following the separation from Financial & Risk (F&R) and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related efforts to mitigate 2020 annual costs by $100 million. The related margin increased to 34.1% from 25.0% in the prior-year period. 

Diluted EPS decreased to $0.25 per share from $0.36 per share in the prior-year period primarily due to lower operating profit, which reflects the impact of the warrant revaluation.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the warrant revaluation as well as other adjustments, increased to $0.44 from $0.29 in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher adjusted EBITDA.

Cash flow from operations increased to $422 million from $113 million due to significantly higher costs and investments in the prior-year period to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R from the company, favorable working capital movements and savings from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts.

  • Free cash flow was $305 million and increased 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


2020


2019(1)

Total

Constant
Currency

 
Organic
(2)
Legal Professionals
$620 $605 2% 3% 1%
Corporates 329 315 4% 6% 5%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 168 182 -8% -4% 0%
“Big 3” Segments Combined 1,117 1,102 1% 3% 2%
Reuters News 155 156 -1% 0% -11%
Global Print 134 164 -19% -17% -17%
Eliminations/Rounding (1) 1      
Revenues
$1,405
$1,423 -1% 0% -2%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $254 $229 11% 11%  
Corporates 118 98 21% 21%  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  54 59 -9% -6%  
“Big 3” Segments Combined 426 386 10% 11%  
Reuters News 25 19 24% 6%  
Global Print 54 72 -25% -24%  
Corporate costs (26) (122) n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA
$479 $355 35% 34%  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  40.9% 37.8% 310bp 280bp  
Corporates 35.9% 30.9% 500bp 450bp  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  31.9% 32.3% -40bp -80bp  
“Big 3” Segments Combined 38.1% 34.9% 320bp 270bp  
Reuters News 15.6% 12.5% 310bp 70bp  
Global Print 40.5% 44.1% -360bp -390bp  
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA margin
34.1% 25.0% 910bp 840bp  
n/a: not applicable
 (1) For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.
(2) Computed for revenue growth only.

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 3% (1% organic) to $620 million.

  • Recurring revenues grew 5% (94% of total), driven by organic revenue growth of 3% and contributions from HighQ and Pondera, which were acquired in July 2019 and March 2020, respectively.
  • Transactions revenues declined 17% (6% of total) due to a delay in Elite installations, a slowing of transactional sales and the cancellation of some in-person events. Transactions revenues declined 19% organically.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to $254 million.

  • The margin increased to 40.9% from 37.8%, primarily due to higher revenues and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation effort.

Corporates

Revenues increased 6% (5% organic) to $329 million, primarily due to strong recurring revenue growth. Growth of 6% also reflected contributions from the July 2019 acquisitions of Confirmation and HighQ, which more than offset a loss of revenues following the sale of the Pangea3/Legal Managed Services business in May 2019.

  • Recurring revenues grew 7% (86% of total), all organic.
  • Transactions revenues declined 2% (14% of total).

Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% to $118 million.

  • The margin increased to 35.9% from 30.9%, primarily due to higher revenues and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

Revenues of $168 million decreased 4%, as expected (organic revenues were unchanged). The decrease was due to a 3% negative impact related to the delay in transactional Pay-Per-Return tax filings resulting from the extended U.S. federal tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 and a loss of revenues following the sale of the Aumentum government business in November 2019. If $6 million of Pay-Per-Return tax filings had not been delayed to the third quarter, Tax & Accounting Professionals’ organic revenues would have increased 3%. The $6 million in delayed revenues was recorded in July and will be reflected in the segment’s third-quarter results.

  • Recurring revenues declined 3% (81% of total), driven by the loss of revenues from the sale of the Aumentum government business. Organic recurring revenues grew 4%.
  • Transactions revenues declined 6% (19% of total), driven by an organic revenue decline of 14%, primarily due to the delayed Pay-Per-Return tax filings.

Adjusted EBITDA declined 9% to $54 million.

  • The margin decreased from 32.3% to 31.9%, primarily due to the decline in revenues.
  • 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 historically has been generally higher in the first and fourth quarters as costs are typically incurred in a more linear fashion throughout the year.

Reuters News

Revenues of $155 million were relatively flat and organic revenues decreased 11% primarily due to the COVID-19-related cancellation of in-person events in the Reuters Events business (formerly FC Business Intelligence), which was acquired in October 2019.

  • All of Reuters Events in-person conferences have been postponed through the third quarter.
  • In the third quarter of 2020, the company expects Reuters News total revenues to decline between 2% and 4%. Full-year 2020 revenues are expected to decline between 4% and 6%.

Adjusted EBITDA was $25 million, up $6 million from the prior-year period mainly due to a benefit from one-time items and currency.

Global Print

Revenues decreased 17% to $134 million, as expected, due to the continuing delay in shipments of content.
In the third quarter of 2020, the company expects Global Print’s revenues to decline between 7% and 15%, primarily due to the continuing delay in shipping some print materials as many customers continue to work from home and are not at their offices to accept shipments throughout the phased re-openings of the U.S. and various other countries. As these print materials have historically been viewed as critical content by law firms and government agencies, the company currently expects most of these shipments will eventually take place by the end of 2020. Full-year revenues for Global Print are expected to decline between 7%-11%.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 25% to $54 million.

  • The margin decreased from 44.1% to 40.5% due to the decline in revenues.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs at the adjusted EBITDA level were $26 million compared to $122 million in the prior-year period. The decline primarily reflected the completion of the company’s program in 2019 to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R, which required significant costs and investments. In addition, the first half of 2020 benefited from some favorable timing items that are not expected to continue.

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)


 2020

2019
(2)
 
Change
Change at 
Constant Currency

Revenues 
$2,925 $2,910 1%  
Operating profit
$655 $721 -9%  
Diluted EPS
$0.64 $0.56 14%  
Cash flow from operations
$598 $83 635%  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

       
Revenues
$2,925 $2,910 1% 2%
Adjusted EBITDA
$959 $752 27% 27%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 32.8% 25.8% 700bp 650bp
Adjusted EPS
$0.92 $0.65 42% 40%
Free cash flow 
$340 $(176) 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) 2019 results have been revised to correct for certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of this news release.

Revenues increased 1% as growth in recurring revenues more than offset a decline in Global Print revenues, as well as a negative impact from foreign currency that reduced revenues by $35 million (approximately 1%).

  • Organic revenue growth was flat as 4% growth in recurring revenues, which comprised 79% of total revenues, was offset by declines in transactions and Global Print revenues.
  • The company’s “Big 3” segments reported organic revenue growth of 3%, driven by 4% growth in recurring revenues, and collectively comprised approximately 80% of revenues in the first half of the year.

Operating profit declined as the prior-year period included a significantly higher benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 27%, primarily due to lower costs reflecting the completion of the F&R separation program, which required significant costs and investments in the prior-year period and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts. The related margin increased to 32.8% from 25.8% in the prior-year period.  

Diluted EPS increased to $0.64 per share compared to $0.56 per share in the prior-year period as lower losses from the company’s 45% equity interest in Refinitiv and currency benefits from the revaluation of certain intercompany financing arrangements more than offset higher income taxes and lower operating profit due to the impact of the warrant revaluation.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the company’s equity interest in Refinitiv, the currency revaluation benefits, the warrant revaluation and other adjustments, increased to $0.92 from $0.65 in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher adjusted EBITDA.

Cash flow from operations increased primarily because the prior-year period included a $167 million pension contribution as well as significantly higher costs and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation from F&R. Cash flow also benefited from savings related to the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts in the current period.

  • Free cash flow increased 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


2020


2019(1)

Total

Constant
Currency

 
Organic
(2)
Legal Professionals
$1,246 $1,205 3% 4% 3%
Corporates 696 661 5% 6% 5%
Tax & Accounting Professionals 386 404 -4% -1% 0%
“Big 3” Segments Combined 2,328 2,270 3% 4% 3%
Reuters News 310 311 0% 0% -8%
Global Print 289 329 -12% -11% -11%
Eliminations/Rounding (2) -      
Revenues
$2,925 $2,910 1% 2% 0%
Adjusted EBITDA 
         
Legal Professionals  $484 $458 6% 6%  
Corporates 235 209 13% 13%  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  138 151 -8% -6%  
“Big 3” Segments Combined 857 818 5% 5%  
Reuters News 44 42 3% -12%  
Global Print 117 146 -20% -19%  
Corporate costs (59) (254) n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA
$959 $752 27% 27%  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin          
Legal Professionals  38.8% 38.0% 80bp 70bp  
Corporates 33.8% 31.5% 230bp 180bp  
Tax & Accounting Professionals  35.7% 37.3% -160bp -190bp  
“Big 3” Segments Combined 36.8% 36.0% 80bp 60bp  
Reuters News 14.1% 13.6% 50bp -170bp  
Global Print 40.5% 44.4% -390bp -420bp  
Corporate costs n/a n/a n/a n/a  
Adjusted EBITDA margin
32.8% 25.8% 700bp 650bp  
n/a: not applicable
(1) For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.
(2) Computed for revenue growth only.

Business Outlook for 2020

Thomson Reuters today increased its full-year 2020 outlook for free cash flow and reaffirmed all other metrics for full-year 2020 that it previously communicated on May 5, 2020.  While the company’s second-quarter performance provides it with increasing confidence about its full-year outlook, it is still too early to predict with certainty how and when world markets may recover. The company has also provided an outlook for the third quarter of 2020.

The company’s outlook for 2020 continues to assume constant currency rates and excludes the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions that may occur in 2020. Thomson Reuters believes that this type of guidance provides useful insight into the performance of its businesses.

Third-Quarter 2020 Outlook (New)

Total company revenues and total organic revenues for the third quarter of 2020 are expected to grow between 1.0% and 2.0%. The company’s revenues continue to be negatively affected by Reuters News and delays in shipping of certain Global Print materials.

The company’s “Big 3” segments (Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals) collectively are expected to achieve revenue growth and organic growth between 3.0% and 4.0% in the third quarter of 2020.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook – Reaffirms Outlook previously provided on May 5, 2020(1)

Total Thomson Reuters Total Thomson Reuters
2020 Outlook
 Big 3
2020 Outlook

  Before currency and excluding the impact of future acquisitions/dispositions
Total Revenue Growth 1.0% - 2.0% 3.0% - 4.0%
Organic Revenue Growth 0% - 1.0% 3.0% - 4.0%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 31.0% – 32.0% 36.0% – 37.0%
Corporate Costs $140 - $150 million  
Free Cash Flow $1.0 - $1.1 billion  
Capital Expenditures - % of Revenue 7.5% - 8.0%  
Depreciation & Amortization of Computer Software $625 - $650 million  
Interest Expense (P&L) $190 - $215 million  
Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings Approx. 17% - 19%  

(1) The company increased its free cash flow outlook from ~$1.0 billion to $1.0-$1.1 billion as part of this news release.

The information in this section is forward-looking. Actual results, which include the impact of currency and acquisitions and dispositions completed during 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.”

COVID-19 Update

Thomson Reuters has not experienced any significant disruptions to its business and continues to be fully operational. Most employees continue to work remotely from their homes, enabled by technology that allows them to collaborate with customers and each other. Essential employees who cannot work from home, such as Reuters News journalists and those working in the company’s Global Print facilities, follow various health and safety standards. While the company cancelled or postponed nearly all in-person conferences, primarily in its Reuters Events business, some of these events were replaced with virtual meetings. The company continues to act based on guidance from global health organizations, relevant governments and evolving best practices. 

The company has approximately 500,000 customers that are largely comprised of legal and tax professionals in corporations and professional service firms, many of whom are also working remotely. The company’s products enable its customers to remain productive while they work remotely because they can access most Thomson Reuters products and services through the Internet.

The company continues to believe it is well positioned to weather the economic crisis because its business is supported by a solid financial foundation with access to liquidity resources that it believes are adequate to support it through a gradual recovery.  Thomson Reuters principal sources of liquidity continue to be cash on hand, cash provided by its operations, its $1.8 billion syndicated credit facility and its $1.8 billion commercial paper program. From time to time, the company also issues debt securities under a prospectus. As set forth in its full-year 2020 outlook, the company expects to generate between $1.0 billion and $1.1 billion of free cash flow this year. As of June 30, 2020, Thomson Reuters had $946 million of cash on hand and $120 million of current indebtedness.  None of the company’s outstanding debt securities are scheduled to mature until 2023.

Dividends and Share Repurchases

The company does not anticipate any changes to its plans to pay the annualized dividend. In February 2020, the company announced that its Board of Directors approved a $0.08 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.52 per common share (representing the 27th consecutive year of dividend increases). A quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share is payable on September 15, 2020 to common shareholders of record as of August 20, 2020.

In the first quarter of 2020, the company completed the repurchase of $200 million of its shares. The company did not repurchase any of its shares in the second quarter of 2020 and does not anticipate repurchasing more of its shares for the remainder of the year.

Refinitiv Ownership Interest and Proposed Sale to LSEG

On October 1, 2018, the company sold a 55% interest in its F&R business to private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone. Thomson Reuters retained a 45% interest in the business, which is now known as Refinitiv. Thomson Reuters includes its share of post-tax losses from its 45% interest in Refinitiv, an equity method investment, in its net earnings, however, it removes these amounts from its non-IFRS calculation of adjusted EPS. Refinitiv achieved run-rate savings of $567 million as of June 30, 2020. Refinitiv believes it is on track to achieve its full annual cost savings run-rate target of $650 million by the end of 2020. Additional information regarding Refinitiv’s financial results is provided in the appendix to this news release.

On August 1, 2019, Thomson Reuters and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone agreed to sell Refinitiv to LSEG in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately $27 billion (as of the announcement date). The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2020 or early in 2021. 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 $9.1 billion based on LSEG’s closing share price on August 4, 2020.

Thomson Reuters

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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 adjusted EBITDA and the related margin (other than at the customer segment level), net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio, 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 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 that the company does 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.

ADJUSTMENTS TO PRIOR-PERIOD SEGMENT RESULTS

The company adjusted its prior-period segment amounts to reflect the current presentation. In the first quarter of 2020, in connection with the completion of its program to reposition its businesses after the separation from Refinitiv, the company re-assessed its methodology for allocating costs to its business segments and adjusted its allocations. The 2019 segment amounts were also adjusted to reflect the transfer of certain revenues primarily from the Corporates segment to the Legal Professionals segment, where they are better aligned. These changes impacted the 2019 financial results of the segments, but did not change the consolidated 2019 financial results. The table below summarizes the segment amounts that changed:

  Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019
Six Months Ended
June 30, 2019
(millions of U.S. dollars) As Reported Adjustments As Revised As Reported Adjustments As Revised
Revenues            
Legal Professionals
$603 $2 $605 $1,197 $8 $1,205
Corporates 318 (3) 315 670 (9) 661
Eliminations/Rounding - 1 1 (1) 1 -
Total revenues $1,423 - $1,423 $2,910 - $2,910
Adjusted EBITDA 
           
Legal Professionals  $232 $(3) $229 $459 $(1) $458
Corporates 102 (4) 98 220 (11) 209
Tax & Accounting Professionals  60 (1) 59 153 (2) 151
Reuters News 10 9 19 26 16 42
Global Print 73 (1) 72 147 (1) 146
Corporate costs/Rounding (122) - (122) (253) (1) (254)
Total adjusted EBITDA $355 - $355 $752 - $752

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. As initially disclosed by the company on October 31, 2019, a misstatement was identified in the third quarter of 2019 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 revised 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.

The company revised 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.

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 2020" section, statements regarding the potential or expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thomson Reuters, its customers and the general economy, Mr. Hasker’s comments, the company’s expectations regarding Reuters News, Global Print, dividends, share repurchases and its liquidity and capital resources, the number of LSEG shares that Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own upon closing of the proposed sale of Refinitiv, the company’s current expectations regarding the timing for closing of the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction, and Refinitiv’s belief regarding achieving its full annual cost savings run-rate target by the end of 2020, are forward-looking. The words “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “target”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “predict”, “project” 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, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 the company’s control and the effects of them can be difficult to predict. In particular, the full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business, operations and financial results will depend on numerous evolving factors that it may not be able to accurately 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, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business and risks that the pandemic could have a longer duration or a more significant impact on Thomson Reuters than the company currently expects; changes in the general economy (including the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies); actions of competitors; fraudulent or unpermitted data access or other cyber-security or privacy breaches; failures or disruptions of data centers, network systems, telecommunications, 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; changes to law and regulations; failure to adapt to organizational changes and effectively implement strategic initiatives; failure to attract, motivate and retain high quality management and key employees; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from existing or future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments or dispositions; 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; inadequate protection of intellectual property rights; tax matters, including changes to tax laws, regulations and treaties; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; failure to protect the brands and reputation of Thomson Reuters; threat of legal actions and claims; downgrading of credit ratings and adverse conditions in the credit markets; failure to efficiently complete the separation of Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters; failure to complete the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction; 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. Many of the foregoing risks are, and could be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and any worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result. These and other risk 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 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 (including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as other factors that the company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Material assumptions and material risks may cause actual performance to differ from the company’s expectations underlying its 2020 business outlook, which reflects the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Material assumptions related to the company’s revenue outlook are that there will be diminished economic activity through the second quarter followed by a gradual recovery through the second half of 2020; the financial and operational health of the company’s customer base in both the U.S. and global economies will gradually improve, which the company believes will coincide with the easing of lockdowns and other restrictions; the company will incur limited cancellations of subscription contracts during the economic crisis, as its products and services will remain critical for legal and tax professionals; during the extended work from home period, Thomson Reuters’ customers will continue to access the company’s products remotely and will value high quality information and tools that drive productivity and efficiency; the company will maintain its ability to acquire some new customers during the economic crisis, as it enhances its digital platforms and propositions or through other sales initiatives; Reuters News will experience a significant reduction in demand in its Reuters Events business due to the cancellation of in-person events, as well as lower demand in its consumer and news agency business; Thomson Reuters’ workforce will continue to be effective in a remote working environment for an extended period, including the ability to implement new products and service and support existing products for the company’s customers; the company’s Global Print facility will continue to remain open and its Reuters News journalists will continue to be able to report on global events; customer requested shipment delays of print materials will be temporary and that shipments delayed in the second quarter will resume in the third and fourth quarters of 2020; a limited number of Thomson Reuters’ smaller customers will be unable to pay the company or will seek financial accommodations or alternative payment terms due to their financial condition; and customers will continue to seek software-as-a-service or other cloud-based offerings. Material assumptions related to the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin outlook are its ability to achieve revenue growth targets; the company’s business mix continues to shift to higher-growth product offerings; continued investment in growth markets, customer service, product development and digital capabilities; and the company will be able to mitigate a significant portion of the impact of lost revenues on adjusted EBITDA margin through its cost savings programs, including reduced spending on consulting and advisory services, travel and entertainment, certain development initiatives and other discretionary spend. Material assumptions related to the company’s free cash flow outlook are its ability to achieve its revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin targets; capital expenditures are expected to be approximately between 7.5% to 8.0% of revenues in 2020; a limited number of Thomson Reuters’ smaller customers will be unable to pay the company or will seek financial accommodations or alternative payment terms due to their financial condition; and deferrals of payments from customers will be limited, and the company’s access to credit facilities will be sufficient to bridge any gap. Material assumptions related to the company’s effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook are its ability to achieve its adjusted EBITDA target; the mix of taxing jurisdictions where the company recognized pre-tax profit or losses in 2019 does not significantly change; no unexpected changes in tax laws or treaties within the jurisdictions where the company operates; the completion of the proposed sale of Refinitiv to LSEG or the sale of another significant, but non-strategic, equity investment at a significant gain by the end of 2020; depreciation and amortization of computer software between $625 million and $650 million; and interest expense between $190 million and $215 million.

Material risks related to the company’s revenue outlook are that business disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including government enforced quarantines and stay-at-home orders, may continue longer than the company expects or may be interrupted by secondary outbreaks of the virus, delaying the anticipated recovery of the global economy; global economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as related regulatory reform and changes in the political environment may lead to limited business opportunities for the company’s customers, creating significant cost pressures for them and potentially constraining the number of professionals employed, which could lead to lower demand for Thomson Reuters’ products and services; competitive pricing actions and product innovation could impact the company’s revenues; the company’s sales, commercial simplification and product initiatives may be insufficient to retain customers or generate new sales; factors that the company cannot anticipate may reduce the effectiveness of its employees working remotely, including the inability to execute on key product or customer support initiatives or to perform implementation services remotely; factors that the company cannot anticipate may require it to suspend or cease operations at its Global Print facility or may limit the ability of Reuters News journalists to report on certain global events; and a decline in Global Print revenues may be larger than the company anticipates if customers do not resume shipments because they are not able to return to their business locations or for other reasons. Material risks related to the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin outlook are the same as the risks above related to the revenue outlook; the costs of required investments exceed expectations or actual returns are below expectations; acquisition and disposal activity may dilute the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin; and the company’s cost savings programs may be insufficient to offset lost revenues. Material risks related to the company’s free cash flow outlook are the same as the risks above related to the revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin outlook; capital expenditures may be higher than currently expected resulting in higher cash outflows; the timing and amount of tax payments to governments may differ from the company’s expectations; a significant deterioration in the macroeconomic environment could negatively impact the ability of Thomson Reuters’ customers to pay the company leading to reduced free cash flow and the tightening of credit markets could limit the company’s ability to bridge gaps in payments leading to unexpected operational impacts on its business. Material risks related to the company’s effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook are the same as the risks above related to adjusted EBITDA; a material change in the geographical mix of the company’s pre-tax profits and losses; a material change in current tax laws or treaties to which the company is subject, and did not expect; the tax rates and calculations that apply to the company’s taxable income could be impacted if the transactions described in the material assumptions for the effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook do not occur; and depreciation and amortization of computer software as well as interest expense may be significantly higher or lower than expected.

The company has provided an updated Outlook for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 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, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its second-quarter 2020 results and business outlook for 2020 today beginning at 8:30 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.