FactSet Research Systems EPS Up 14% for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012
- ASV grew to $811 million, up 9%
- Revenues rose 10% to $202 million
- Diluted EPS grew 14% to $1.05
- Quarterly free cash flow was $70 million, an increase of 23%
NORWALK, Conn., June 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (Nasdaq:FDS), a leading provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community, today announced its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
For the quarter ended May 31, 2012 revenues increased to $202.3 million, up 10% compared to the prior year. Operating income for the third quarter rose to $68.5 million from $61.8 million in the same period of fiscal 2011. Net income advanced to $48.0 million compared to $43.3 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased to $1.05, up from $0.92 in the same period of fiscal 2011.
Non-GAAP net income advanced 9% to $52.8 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 13% to $1.15. Quarterly free cash flow was $70.2 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to $57.1 million a year ago.
GAAP financial measures including net income and diluted earnings per share have been adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is presented on page 8 of this press release.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Condensed and Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|(In thousands, except per share data)||2012||2011||Change||2012||2011||Change|
|Provision for income taxes||20,997||18,684||12.4||%||63,349||49,608||27.7||%|
|Diluted earnings per share||$1.05||$0.92||14.1||%||$3.05||$2.75||10.9||%|
|Diluted weighted average shares||45,736||47,154||45,971||47,418|
|Non-GAAP net income||$52,823||$48,248||9.5||%|
|Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share||$1.15||$1.02||12.7||%|
"While the economy remains volatile, results indicate our philosophy of consistently investing for the future is paying off. Today we announced EPS growth of 14% and record free cash flow of $70 million generated in just the past three months," says Philip Hadley, Chairman and CEO. "In addition, our third quarter results mark yet another milestone for the Company as we surpassed $200 million in quarterly revenues."
Annual Subscription Value ("ASV")
ASV was $811 million at May 31, 2012, up 9% over the prior year. Of this total, 80% is derived from buy-side clients and the remainder is from the sell-side firms who perform M&A advisory work and equity research. ASV advanced $8 million during the third quarter. Over the past three months, users increased by 1,100 to 48,400, primarily from additions at sell-side firms. ASV at any given point in time represents the forward-looking revenues for the next 12 months from all services currently being supplied to clients.
Financial Highlights –Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012
- ASV from U.S. operations was $549 million and $262 million was related to international operations.
- U.S. revenues were $138.2 million, up 10% from the year ago quarter.
- Non-U.S. revenues also rose 11% to $64.1 million as compared to the same period in fiscal 2011.
- Operating margins were 33.9% for the quarter, up from 33.7% a year ago.
- Free cash flow generated over the last twelve months was $222 million, up 25% compared to the same period a year ago. Quarterly free cash flow was $70.2 million, up from $57.1 million a year ago.
- Cash and investments were $242 million at May 31, 2012.
- Accounts receivable decreased $1.0 million over the last twelve months while ASV is up $70 million over the same period, reflecting an improvement in DSO from 33 to 30 days.
- The effective tax rate was 30.4% as compared to 30.1% a year ago.
- The U.S. Federal R&D tax credit expired on December 31, 2011. The expiration increased the annual effective tax rate by 1.3% and reduced third quarter diluted EPS by $0.02.
Operational Highlights – Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012
- Client count was 2,335 at May 31, a net increase of 11 clients during the quarter.
- Annual client retention was greater than 95% of ASV, consistent with last year. As a percentage of clients, the annual retention rate remained at 92% at May 31, consistent with the year ago quarter.
- Employee count was 5,455 at May 31, up 14% from last year.
- Capital expenditures were $6.2 million.
- The regular quarterly dividend increased 15% from $0.27 to $0.31 per share, beginning with the Company's dividend payment on June 19, 2012.
- On May 8, 2012, the Board of Directors approved a $200 million expansion to the existing share repurchase program. The Company repurchased 276,000 shares for $27.3 million during the third quarter. At May 31, 2012, $256 million remains authorized for future repurchases.
- Common shares outstanding were 44.8 million at May 31, 2012.
- The Wall Street Journal released its results of the annual Best on the Street Analysts Survey on May 10, 2012, which marked FactSet's fourth consecutive year as the data provider.
- On June 4, 2012, FactSet announced the integration of bank loan data from Markit to enhance its Fixed Income Portfolio Analysis service. Under the agreement, FactSet will carry Markit's terms and conditions data on bank loans as well as loan market performance data from both of Markit's iBoxx USD Leveraged Loan's Indexes.
- FactSet held its U.S. and European symposiums during the third quarter of fiscal 2012, with over 320 industry professionals in attendance from around the world, including 270 FactSet clients.
The following forward-looking statements reflect FactSet's expectations as of June 12, 2012. Given the number of risk factors, uncertainties and assumptions discussed below, actual results may differ materially. The Company does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement, other than in publicly available statements.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Expectations
- Revenues are expected to range between $204 million and $208 million.
- Operating margin is expected to range between 33.5% and 34.0%.
- The effective tax rate is expected to range between 31.0% and 32.0%.
- GAAP diluted EPS should range between $1.06 and $1.08.
- Non-GAAP diluted EPS should range between $1.15 and $1.17.
- Both GAAP diluted EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS include a $0.02 reduction to reflect the expiration of the U.S. Federal R&D tax credit on December 31, 2011.
The Company will host a conference call today, June 12, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) to review the third quarter fiscal 2012 earnings release. To listen, please visit the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.factset.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, subscriptions, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expected," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "should," "indicates," "continues," "subscriptions" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in FactSet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to, the current status of the global economy; the ability to integrate newly acquired companies and businesses; the stability of global securities markets; the ability to hire qualified personnel; the maintenance of the Company's leading technological position; the impact of global market trends on the Company's revenue growth rate and future results of operations; the negotiation of contract terms with corporate vendors, data suppliers and potential landlords; the retention of key clients; the successful resolution of ongoing audits by tax authorities; the continued employment of key personnel; the absence of U.S. or foreign governmental regulation restricting international business; and the sustainability of historical levels of profitability and growth rates in cash flow generation.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Financial measures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") including net income and diluted earnings per share have been adjusted to report non-GAAP financial measures. These measures exclude stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. FactSet uses these non-GAAP financial measures, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the businesses. The Company believes that these financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company's performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Investors may benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods and may also facilitate comparisons to its historical performance. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see page 8 of this release.
About Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow
The GAAP financial measure, cash flows provided by operating activities, has been adjusted to report non-GAAP free cash flow that includes the cash cost for taxes and changes in working capital, less capital expenditures. Included in the just completed third quarter was $76.4 million of net cash provided by operations and $6.2 million of capital expenditures. The presentation of free cash flow is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. FactSet uses this financial measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in the Company's internal evaluation and management of the businesses. Management believes that this financial measure is useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company's performance using the same metric that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals and is an indication of cash flow that may be available to fund further investments in future growth initiatives.
FactSet Research Systems Inc. combines integrated financial information, analytical applications, and client service to enhance the workflow and productivity of the global investment community. The Company, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, was formed in 1978 and now conducts operations along with its affiliates from more than 26 locations worldwide, including Boston, New York, Chicago, San Mateo, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Manila, and Sydney. To learn more about FactSet, visit www.factset.com and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/factset.
|FactSet Research Systems Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Income - Unaudited|
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|(In thousands, except per share data)||2012||2011||2012||2011|
|Cost of services||68,878||62,224||203,243||179,146|
|Selling, general and administrative||64,939||59,600||192,524||176,080|
Total operating expenses
Income before income taxes
|Provision for income taxes||20,997||18,684||63,349||49,608|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$1.05||$0.92||$3.05||$2.75|
Diluted weighted average common shares
|FactSet Research Systems Inc.||
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition - Unaudited
|May 31,||August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$228,530||$181,685|
|Accounts receivable, net of reserves||66,568||75,004|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||13,436||12,473|
Total current assets
|Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net||77,173||81,620|
|Intangible assets, net||38,298||46,310|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$28,416||$24,603|
|Total current liabilities||106,190||109,423|
|Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities||20,158||21,913|
|Additional paid-in capital||125,723||432,538|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(60,559)||(824,382)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(30,136)||(5,660)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||560,386||515,188|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$694,519||$657,440|
|FactSet Research Systems Inc.||
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited
Nine Months Ended
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||25,046||27,950|
|Stock-based compensation expense||17,074||15,352|
|Deferred income taxes||(3,149)||(483)|
|Gain on sale of assets||(1)||(3)|
|Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements||(10,441)||(17,073)|
|Changes in assets and liabilities|
|Accounts receivable, net of reserves||8,331||(7,844)|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||939||(1,511)|
|Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes||3,093||8,919|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||439||(5,150)|
|Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities||(1,180)||(166)|
|Other working capital accounts, net||(618)||(969)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||174,896||136,996|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES||
|Purchases of investments||(15,000)||--|
|Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net of proceeds from dispositions||(16,863)||(22,806)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(31,863)||(22,806)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Repurchase of common stock||(87,112)||(132,951)|
|Proceeds from employee stock plans||27,476||37,936|
|Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements||10,441||17,073|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(85,378)||(109,597)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||(10,810)||8,334|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||46,845||12,927|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||181,685||195,741|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$228,530||$208,668|
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Financial measures in accordance with GAAP including net income and diluted earnings per share have been adjusted in this earnings release to report non-GAAP financial measures. FactSet uses these non-GAAP financial measures, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and Company believes that these financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company's performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Non-GAAP measures may also facilitate comparisons to FactSet's historical performance.
Three Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share data)
|GAAP Net income||$47,980||$43,311|
|Stock-based compensation, net of tax (a)||3,584||3,475|
|Amortization of intangible assets from acquisitions, net of tax (a)||1,259||1,462|
|Non-GAAP net income||$52,823||$48,248||9.5%|
|GAAP Diluted earnings per common share||$ 1.05||$ 0.92|
|Stock-based compensation, net of tax||0.08||0.07|
|Amortization of intangible assets from acquisitions, net of tax||0.03||0.03|
|Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (b)||$ 1.15||$ 1.02||12.7||%|
(a) For the purposes of calculating the non-GAAP measures above, stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets are taxed at the effective tax rates. For the three months ended May 31, 2012, the effective tax rate was 30.4%. For the three months ended May 31, 2011, the effective tax rate was 30.1%.
(b) The sum of the diluted earnings per share may not equal the totals above due to rounding.
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