By Neha Alawadhi
Sept 25 Financial information provider FactSet
Research Systems Inc reported its slowest revenue growth
in eight quarters and provided a forecast for the current
quarter that fell short of expectations as the banking industry
continues to cut costs.
The company's shares fall as much as 6 percent on the New
York Stock Exchange.
FactSet and its rivals are under pressure as their biggest
customers cut staff to cope with the euro-zone crisis and a
crackdown on trading for their own accounts.
The company, which provides data to portfolio managers,
research analysts and investment bankers, reported
fourth-quarter revenue of $207.7 million, up 8.2 percent from a
"For a company that has historically delivered double-digit
revenue growth, single-digit growth has disappointed investors,"
Morningstar Inc analyst Swami Shanmugasundaram told Reuters.
The company's annual subscription value (ASV), which
indicates revenue potential for the next 12 months from
subscription services, fell for the fourth straight quarter.
FactSet's rival Thomson Reuters Corp , the
owner of Reuters News, said in July that conditions in Europe
deteriorated more than anticipated and that it expects sales to
financial institutions to continue declining for the rest of
FactSet, which gets most of its revenue from buy and
sell-side clients who subscribe to its workstations and content,
has taken a hit from the latest wave of job cuts in the
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and
Deutsche Bank are among big financial firms that cut
spending and jobs.
Still, FactSet said it added 57 net customers and 1,100
users in the fourth quarter.
"If you look at the last quarter, they added 11 clients, but
they had 1,100 users ... the growth in the number of users is
almost steady," Morningstar's Shanmugasundaram said.
The company forecast first-quarter earnings of $1.10 to
$1.12 per share on revenue of $210 million to $213 million.
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of $1.11 per
share on revenue of $212.60 million, according to Thomson
FactSet reported fourth-quarter profit of $48.5 million, or
$1.08 per share, a bove expectations of $1.06 per share.
The company's shares, which touched an intra-day low of
$97.11, were trading down 2 percent at $98.02 in afternoon trade