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November 2, 2021

Thomson Reuters Reports Third-Quarter 2021 Results

TORONTO, November 2, 2021 – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021:

  • Total company revenue up 6% / organic revenue up 5%
  • Revenue for four of five business segments grew 6% organically
  • Raised full-year 2021 revenue guidance
  • Total company revenue forecast increased to 4.5% - 5.0% from 4.0% - 4.5%
  • “Big 3” segments revenue forecast increased to approximately 6.0% from 5.5% - 6.0%
  • Raised full-year 2021 free cash flow guidance to approximately $1.2 billion from $1.1 - $1.2 billion
  • Reaffirmed full-year 2022 and 2023 guidance, with minor adjustments to 2022 Change Program spend
  • Change Program on track - achieved $132 million run-rate operating expense savings through September 30
  • Repurchased $1.1 billion of company shares under $1.2 billion buyback program through October 31

“The momentum we saw in the first half of the year continued into the third quarter with revenue and sales performance above our expectations and consistent across the business. This strong performance reflects how our products fit the needs of our customers, enabling them to better serve their own clients in a rapidly changing workplace. It also demonstrates our leading positions in healthy and growing markets. Based on our strong financial performance and our confidence in the trajectory of the business for the remainder of the year, we have again increased our full-year 2021 revenue guidance,” said Steve Hasker, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Hasker added, “While the third quarter was another strong one, we still have a lot to achieve. We are focused on building a leading content-driven technology company, and our talented teams continue to work ambitiously towards that goal. I am very pleased with our achievements to date and believe we are well positioned to build on this progress in 2022.”

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)

2021

                 2020

Change

Change at   Constant Currency

Revenues

$1,526

$1,443

6%

 

Operating profit

$282

$318

-11%

 

Diluted (loss) earnings per share (EPS)

$(0.49)

$0.48

n/m

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$534

$581

-9%

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

 

 

 

 

Revenues

$1,526

$1,443

6%

5%

Adjusted EBITDA

$458

$491

-7%

-7%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

30.0%

34.0%

-400bp

-410bp

Adjusted EPS

$0.46

$0.39

18%

15%

Free cash flow

$383

$541

-30%

 

(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.

n/m: not meaningful

Revenues increased 6%, driven by growth across four of the company’s five business segments and a 1% favorable impact from foreign currency.

  • Organic revenues increased 5%, driven by 6% growth in recurring revenues (81% of total revenues), as well as 8% growth in transactions revenues. Global Print revenues declined. 
  • The company’s “Big 3” segments (Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals), which collectively comprised 79% of total revenues, reported organic revenue growth of 6%.

Operating profit decreased 11% as the prior-year period included a significant benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company previously held in Refinitiv, which was sold to London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) in January 2021. Higher revenues and lower depreciation and amortization more than offset higher costs which included costs associated with the company’s Change Program. Additional information regarding the Change Program is provided later in this news release.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, declined 7% as higher revenues were more than offset by higher costs, which included costs associated with the company’s Change Program. The related margin decreased to 30.0% from 34.0% primarily because costs from the Change Program negatively impacted the margin by 350bp.

Diluted loss per share of $0.49 was due to a decrease in value of the company’s LSEG investment as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.48 in the prior-year period.  

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the change in value of the company’s LSEG investment, as well as other adjustments, increased to $0.46 per share from $0.39 per share in the prior-year period as lower depreciation and amortization and lower income taxes offset lower adjusted EBITDA.

Net cash provided by operating activities decreased as higher revenues were more than offset by higher expenses, which included Change Program costs, and higher tax payments.

  • Free cash flow decreased due to lower cash flow from operating activities and because the prior-year period included proceeds from the sale of real estate.

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

 

2021

2020

Total

Constant Currency

 

Organic(1)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

$682

$636

7%

6%

6%

Corporates

356

333

7%

6%

6%

Tax & Accounting Professionals

175

165

6%

6%

6%

“Big 3” Segments Combined

1,213

1,134

7%

6%

6%

Reuters News

164

154

6%

6%

6%

Global Print

149

154

-3%

-5%

-5%

Eliminations/Rounding

           -

1

 

 

 

Revenues

$1,526

$1,443

6%

5%

5%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

$288

$272

6%

4%

 

Corporates

131

120

9%

9%

 

Tax & Accounting Professionals

49

47

4%

6%

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

468

439

7%

6%

 

Reuters News

25

23

4%

8%

 

Global Print

52

64

-18%

-19%

 

Corporate costs

(87)

(35)

n/a

n/a

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$458

$491

-7%

-7%

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

42.3%

42.8%

-50bp

-80bp

 

Corporates

36.8%

36.0%

80bp

80bp

 

Tax & Accounting Professionals

28.0%

28.5%

-50bp

-20bp

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

38.6%

38.7%

-10bp

-20bp

 

Reuters News

14.9%

15.2%

-30bp

20bp

 

Global Print

35.0%

41.1%

-610bp

-630bp

 

Corporate costs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

30.0%

34.0%

-400bp

-410bp

 

n/a: not applicable
(1) 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 6% (all organic) to $682 million.

  • Recurring revenues grew 6% (93% of total, all organic), primarily due to strong performances from Practical Law, Westlaw Edge, FindLaw and the Government business as well as contributions from the company’s Canadian, European and Asian & Emerging Markets businesses.
  • Transactions revenues grew 10% (7% of total, all organic), primarily related to Elite, FindLaw and the Government businesses.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 6% to $288 million.

  • The margin decreased to 42.3% from 42.8%, primarily due to year-over-year timing of expenses such as marketing and selling costs.

Corporates

Revenues increased 6% (all organic) to $356 million, primarily due to strong recurring revenue growth, including strong performance from Practical Law, Indirect Tax and CLEAR as well as contributions from the company’s Latin American and Asian businesses.

  • Recurring revenues grew 7% (87% of total, all organic) driven by Practical Law, Indirect Tax and CLEAR as well as the company’s businesses in Latin America and Asia & Emerging Markets.
  • Transactions revenues grew 2% (13% of total, all organic).

Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% to $131 million.

  • The margin increased to 36.8% from 36.0%, primarily due to higher revenues.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

Revenues increased 6% (all organic) to $175 million, reflecting recurring revenue growth of 10% and a 9% decline in transactions revenues.

  • Recurring revenues grew 10% (84% of total, all organic), driven by strong growth from the company's Latin American businesses and audit solutions, which includes Confirmation.
  • Transactions revenues decreased 9% (16% of total, all organic), primarily due to the year-over-year timing of the U.S. federal tax filing deadlines for individuals moving from the third quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021.
  • Normalizing for the shift in the U.S. federal tax filing deadline, organic revenues increased 11%.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 4% to $49 million.

  • The margin decreased to 28.0% from 28.5%, primarily due to the year-over-year timing of revenue related to the U.S. federal tax filing deadline.

The Tax & Accounting Professionals segment is the company’s most seasonal business with approximately 60% of full-year revenues typically generated in the first and fourth quarters. As a result, the margin performance of this segment 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 $164 million increased 6%, all organic, primarily due to the Agency business and Professional business, including Reuters Events, which grew over 60% organically compared to the prior-year period, which was negatively impacted by COVID-19.

  • Reuters Events continues to hold nearly all events virtually and continues to assess when a return to regular in-person events can resume based on local health guidelines and feedback from customers.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 4% to $25 million, primarily due to higher revenues.

Global Print

Revenues decreased 5% to $149 million, as expected. Global Print’s full-year 2021 revenues are forecast to decline between 4% and 6%.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 18% to $52 million.

  • The margin decreased to 35.0% from 41.1% due to decreased revenues and the dilutive impact of lower margin third-party print revenue.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs at the adjusted EBITDA level were $87 million and included $53 million of Change Program costs. Corporate costs were $35 million in the prior-year period. Additional information regarding the Change Program is provided below.

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)

2021

                 2020

Change

Change at   Constant Currency

Revenues

$4,638

$4,368

6%

 

Operating profit

$985

$973

1%

 

Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

$11.80

$1.12

n/m

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$1,376

$1,179

17%

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

 

 

 

 

Revenues

$4,638

$4,368

6%

5%

Adjusted EBITDA

$1,518

$1,450

5%

4%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

32.7%

33.2%

-50bp

-30bp

Adjusted EPS

$1.52

$1.31

16%

15%

Free cash flow

$1,001

$881

13%

 

(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.

n/m: not meaningful

Revenues increased 6% related to growth in recurring and transactions revenues and a 1% favorable impact from foreign currency.

  • Organic revenues increased 5% primarily due to 5% growth in recurring revenues (79% of total revenues) as well as growth in transactions revenues. Global Print revenues declined.
  • The company’s “Big 3” segments, which collectively comprised 80% of total revenues, reported organic revenue growth of 6%.

Operating profit increased 1% as higher revenues helped to offset higher costs, which included costs associated with the company’s Change Program, as well as a benefit associated with the revaluation of the Refinitiv warrants in the prior-year period.

  • Adjusted EBITDA which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 5% as higher revenues more than offset higher costs. The related margin decreased to 32.7% from 33.2% in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by 230bp due to Change Program costs.

Diluted EPS increased to $11.80 per share from $1.12 per share in the prior-year period due to the gain on the sale of Refinitiv to LSEG in January 2021.

  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the gain on the sale of Refinitiv, as well as other adjustments, increased to $1.52 per share from $1.31 per share in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher adjusted EBITDA and lower income tax expense.

Net cash provided by operating activities increased as higher revenues and favorable movements in working capital (including lower annual incentive bonus payments, which were due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2020) more than offset higher tax payments and expenses, which included Change Program costs.

  • Free cash flow increased as higher cash flows from operating activities more than offset a prior-year period benefit from the proceeds associated with the sale of real estate. 

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

 

            2021

2020

Total

Constant Currency

 

Organic(1)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

$2,023

$1,882

7%

6%

6%

Corporates

1,088

1,029

6%

5%

5%

Tax & Accounting Professionals

597

551

8%

8%

8%

“Big 3” Segments Combined

3,708

3,462

7%

6%

6%

Reuters News

492

464

6%

5%

5%

 Global Print

439

443

-1%

-3%

-3%

Eliminations/Rounding

(1)

(1)

 

 

 

Revenues

$4,638

$4,368

6%

5%

5%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

$852

$756

13%

11%

 

Corporates

407

355

15%

14%

 

Tax & Accounting Professionals

219

185

18%

18%

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

1,478

1,296

14%

13%

 

Reuters News

88

67

30%

44%

 

Global Print

165

181

-9%

-11%

 

Corporate costs

(213)

(94)

n/a

n/a

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$1,518

$1,450

5%

4%

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Professionals

42.1%

40.2%

190bp

180bp

 

Corporates

37.4%

34.5%

290bp

310bp

 

Tax & Accounting Professionals

36.6%

33.6%

300bp

310bp

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

39.9%

37.4%

250bp

230bp

 

Reuters News

17.8%

14.5%

330bp

540bp

 

Global Print

37.5%

40.7%

-320bp

-340bp

 

Corporate costs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

32.7%

33.2%

-50bp

-30bp

 

n/a: not applicable
(1) Computed for revenue growth only.

Thomson Reuters Change Program and Outlook

In February 2021, the company announced a two-year Change Program to transition from a holding company to an operating company, and from a content provider to a content-driven technology company. The program is expected to take 24 months (2021-2022) to largely complete and is projected to require an investment of between $500 million and $600 million during the course of that time. The company’s 2021, 2022 and 2023 outlook is appended to this release.

The company’s three-year outlook incorporates the forecasted impacts associated with the Change Program, assumes constant currency rates, and excludes the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions that may occur during those periods. Thomson Reuters believes that this type of guidance provides useful insight into the performance of its businesses.

While the company’s third-quarter 2021 performance provides it with increasing confidence about its outlook, the global economy continues to experience substantial disruption due to concerns regarding resurgences and new strains of COVID-19, as well as from the measures intended to mitigate its impact. Any worsening of the global economic or business environment could impact the company’s ability to achieve its outlook.

Today, the company reaffirmed and increased part of its full-year outlook for 2021, which is reflected in the table below. The company also reaffirmed its full-year outlook for 2022 and 2023, except for a minor increase to 2022 Change Program spend, reflecting the carryover of the lower than expected spend in 2021.

Update to Full-Year 2021 Outlook

Total Thomson Reuters Original FY 2021 Outlook
(February 23, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(May 4, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(August 5, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(November 2, 2021)

Total Revenue Growth

3.0% - 4.0%

3.5% - 4.0%

4.0% - 4.5%

4.5% - 5.0%

Organic Revenue Growth

3.0% - 4.0%

3.5% - 4.0%

4.0% - 4.5%

4.5% - 5.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

30% - 31%

Unchanged

31% - 32%

Unchanged

Corporate Costs

 Core Corporate Costs

Change Program Operating Expenses

$305 - $340 million

$130 - $140 million

$175 - $200 million

Unchanged

Unchanged

$305 - $330 million

Unchanged

$175 - $190 million

Free Cash Flow

$1.0 - $1.1 billion

Unchanged

$1.1 - $1.2 billion

~ $1.2 billion

Capital Expenditures - % of Revenue

Change Program Capital Expenditures

9.0% - 9.5%

$125 - $150 million

Unchanged

Unchanged

Unchanged

$115 - $130 million

Depreciation & Amortization of Computer Software 

$650 - $675 million

Unchanged

Unchanged

Unchanged

Interest Expense (P&L)

$190 - $210 million

Unchanged

Unchanged

Unchanged

Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings

16% - 18%

Unchanged

Unchanged

14% - 16%

Big 3 Segments
(Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals)
Original FY 2021 Outlook
(February 23, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(May 4, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(August 5, 2021)

FY 2021 Outlook Update
(November 2, 2021)

Total Revenue Growth

4.5% - 5.5%

5.0% - 5.5%

5.5% - 6.0%

~ 6.0%

Organic Revenue Growth

4.5% - 5.5%

5.0% - 5.5%

5.5% - 6.0%

~ 6.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

38% - 39%

Unchanged

~ 39%

Unchanged

The information in this section is forward-looking. Actual results, which include the impact of currency and future acquisitions and dispositions completed during 2021, 2022 and 2023, 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.”

Share Repurchases - Update on $1.2B Buyback Program

In August 2021, Thomson Reuters announced that it plans to buy back up to $1.2 billion of its common shares. The new buyback program is in addition to a $200 million repurchase program that was completed earlier this year.

From August 2021 through October 31, 2021, the company repurchased approximately $1.1 billion of its common shares under the new buyback program. As of October 31, 2021, Thomson Reuters had approximately 487.1 million common shares outstanding.

Dividends

In February 2021, the company announced a $0.10 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.62 per common share, representing the 28th consecutive year of dividend increases. A quarterly dividend of $0.405 per share is payable on December 15, 2021 to common shareholders of record as of November 18, 2021.

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Ownership Interest

In January 2021, Thomson Reuters and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone sold Refinitiv to LSEG in an all-share transaction. Thomson Reuters indirectly owns LSEG shares through an entity that it jointly owns with Blackstone’s consortium and a group of current LSEG and former Refinitiv senior management. 

As of October 31, 2021, Thomson Reuters indirectly owned approximately 72.4 million LSEG shares which had a market value of approximately $7.1 billion based on LSEG’s closing share price on that day. The company received $51 million of dividends from its LSEG investment in June 2021 and an additional $24 million in October 2021.

In March 2021, as permitted under a lock-up exception, Thomson Reuters sold approximately 10.1 million LSEG shares for pre-tax net proceeds of $994 million. Over the course of 2021, Thomson Reuters will pay approximately $225 million of tax on the sale of these shares and will use the after-tax proceeds to pay the approximately $640 million of taxes that became payable when the Refinitiv sale closed. In the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, the company paid $662 million of taxes related to these transactions.

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), 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 2021, 2022 and 2023 impacts 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 (i) its share of post-tax earnings (losses) in equity method investments, which is subject to changes in the stock price of LSEG or (ii) the occurrence or amount of other operating gains and 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.

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

Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements in Mr. Hasker’s comments, the "Thomson Reuters Change Program and Outlook" section, and the company’s expectations regarding Global Print and share repurchases, 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 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, those discussed on pages 16-30 in the “Risk Factors” section of the company’s annual report for the year ended December 31, 2020. 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 (SEC). Thomson Reuters annual and quarterly reports are also available in the “Investor Relations” section of tr.com.

The company's 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 business outlook, which reflects the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a discussion of material assumptions and material risks related to the company’s outlook, please see pages 22-23 of the company’s second-quarter management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the period ended June 30, 2021. Material assumptions and material risks related to the company’s outlook will also be included in the company’s third-quarter MD&A for the period ended September 30, 2021, expected to be filed shortly. The company’s MD&A is filed with, or furnished to, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. SEC and is also available in the “Investor Relations” section of tr.com.

The company has provided an updated Outlook for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for the periods presented. 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.

CONTACTS

MEDIA

Melissa Cassar
Head of Commercial Communications & Corporate Affairs
+1 437 388 3619
melissa.cassar@tr.com

INVESTORS

Frank J. Golden
Head of Investor Relations
+1 332 219 1111
frank.golden@tr.com

Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its third-quarter 2021 results and its business outlook today beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). You can access the webcast by visiting ir.tr.com. An archive of the webcast will be available following the presentation.

Thomson Reuters Corporation
2021 - 2023 Outlook
 

Total Thomson Reuters

2021 Outlook Updated

2022 Outlook Reaffirmed

2023 Outlook Reaffirmed

Total Revenue Growth

4.5% - 5.0%

4.0% - 5.0%

5.0% - 6.0%

Organic Revenue Growth

4.5% - 5.0%

4.0% - 5.0%

5.0% - 6.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

31% - 32%

34% - 35%

38% – 40%

Corporate Costs

Core Corporate Costs

Change Program Operating Expenses

$305 - $330 million

$130 - $140 million

$175 - $190 million

$245 - $290 million

$120 - $130 million

$125 - $160 million

$110 - $120 million

$110 - $120 million

$0

Free Cash Flow

~ $1.2 billion

$1.2 - $1.3 billion

$1.8 - $2.0 billion

Capital Expenditures - % of Revenue

Change Program Capital Expenditures

9.0% - 9.5%

$115 - $130 million

7.5% - 8.0%

$85 - $120 million

6.0% - 6.5%

$0

Depreciation & Amortization of

Computer Software

$650 - $675 million

$620 - $645 million

$580 - $605 million

Interest Expense (P&L)

$190 - $210 million

$190 - $210 million

$190 - $210 million

Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings

14% - 16%

n/a

n/a

Big 3 Segments
(Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals)

2021 Outlook Updated

2022 Outlook Reaffirmed

2023 Outlook Reaffirmed

Total Revenue Growth

~ 6.0%

5.5% - 6.5%

6.0% - 7.0%

Organic Revenue Growth

~ 6.0%

5.5% - 6.5%

6.0% - 7.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

~ 39%

41% - 42%

43% - 45%

The information in this section is forward-looking. Actual results, which include the impact of currency and future acquisitions and dispositions completed during 2021, 2022 and 2023, 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 above entitled “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” for more information. The information in this section should also be read in conjunction with the section above entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Risks and Material Assumptions.”