Profile: Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc (BR.N)
29 Aug 2014
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (Broadridge), incorporated on March 29, 2007, is a global provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks/broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporate issuers. The Company's systems and services include investor communication solutions, and securities processing and operations outsourcing solutions. It operates in two segments: Investor Communication Solutions and Securities Processing Solutions. The Company provides the infrastructure that helps the financial services industry operate. It serves a client base across its four businesses: Bank/Broker-Dealer Communications, Mutual Fund and Retirement Solutions, Corporate Issuer Solutions, and Bank/Broker-Dealer Technology and Operations. It delivers a range of solutions that help its clients serve their retail and institutional customers across the entire investment lifecycle, including pre-trade, trade and post-trade processing. In February 2014, the Company announced that it has acquired Emerald Connect, LLC, a provider of websites and related communications solutions for financial advisors, from StoneRiver Group, L.P.
Investor Communication Solutions
The Company's Bank/Broker-Dealer Communications, Mutual Funds and Retirement Solutions and Corporate Issuer Solutions businesses operate within this segment. A large portion of the Company's Investor Communication Solutions business involves the processing and distribution of proxy materials to investors in equity securities and mutual funds, as well as the facilitation of related vote processing. ProxyEdge, its electronic proxy delivery and voting solution for institutional investors and financial advisors, helps ensure the participation of the stockholders of many companies. The Company also provides the distribution of regulatory reports and corporate action/reorganization event information, as well as tax reporting solutions that help its clients meet their regulatory compliance needs. In addition, it provides financial information distribution and transaction reporting services to both financial institutions and securities issuers. These services include the processing and distribution of account statements and trade confirmations, traditional and personalized document fulfillment and content management services, marketing communications, and imaging, archival and workflow solutions that enable and enhance the Company's clients' communications with investors. All of these communications are delivered in paper or electronic form. In addition, Broadridge provides corporate issuers with registrar, stock transfer and record-keeping services.
The Company distributes more than one billion investor communications annually through a combination of physical and electronic channels. Through the Company's governance activities, Broadridge has a service relationship with every major mutual fund complex in the United States. Broadridge is an independent provider of retirement fund processing and provides data-driven market intelligence, specialized marketing communications and fund governance. Broadridge serves corporate issuers with a variety of their needs, including proxy and transfer agency services, both domestically and globally.
The Company provides proxy distribution, vote tabulation, and various additional investor communication tools and services to institutional investors, corporate issuers and investment companies. The Company handles the entire proxy materials distribution and voting processes for its bank and broker-dealer clients on-line and in real-time, from coordination with third-party entities to ordering, inventory maintenance, mailing, tracking and vote tabulation. It offers electronic proxy delivery services for the electronic delivery of proxy materials to investors and collection of consents; maintenance of a database that contains the delivery method preferences of its clients' customers; posting of documents on the Internet; e-mail notification to investors notifying them that proxy materials are available, and proxy voting over the Internet, mobile devices and tablets. The Company also provides a complete reorganization communications solution to notify investors of reorganizations or corporate action events, such as tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies and class action lawsuits.
The Company offers its bank and brokerage clients financial information distribution and transaction reporting services to help them meet their regulatory compliance requirements and business needs, including prospectus fulfillment services; electronic prospectus services; PostEdge, its electronic document archival and electronic delivery solution for documents, including trade confirmations, tax documents and account statements; marketing communications; imaging, archival and workflow solutions, and on-demand digital print services. In addition, the Company offers its Mailbox productsAdvisor Mailbox and Investor Mailbox, which provides a holistic network environment that support and complements any investor communication strategy. The Company's Advisor Mailbox is an electronic communications platform for financial advisors that delivers immediate electronic access to the communications and documents sent to such advisors' customers. Advisor Mailbox streamlines multiple communication paths for all investor-related documents into a single-visit portal that is integrated onto an advisor's platform.
The Company offers tax services to financial services firms that support their various information year-end reporting (e.g., Forms 1099) and withholding requirements, with a focus on securities and fund processing/clearance operations. The Company's tax data services provide tax content and data management, including securities tax classifications and reclassifications, calculations of original issue discount and other accrual and cost basis adjusting events. The Company's tax managed services provide technology and personnel outsourcing, withholding services and client reporting, including print/electronic distribution and archival.
The Company provides a suite of services to manage the entire proxy voting process of institutional investors, including fulfilling their fiduciary obligations and meeting their reporting needs, such as ProxyEdge, its workflow solution that integrates ballots for positions held across multiple custodians and presents them under a single proxy. ProxyEdge also provides for client reporting and regulatory reporting. ProxyEdge can be utilized for meetings of United States and Canadian companies and for meetings in many non-North American countries based on the holdings of the Company's global custodian clients. The Company is a processor and provider of investor communication solutions to public companies. It offers its corporate issuer clients many tools to facilitate their communications with investors, such as Internet and telephone proxy voting, electronic delivery of corporate filings, and householding of communications to stockholders at the same address. It also offers proxy services to non-North American corporate issuers in connection with their general and special meetings of stockholders. The Company's corporate issuers services include ShareLink, which provides complete project management for the beneficial and registered proxy process.
The Company's Shareholder Forum solution is an online venue that offers public companies the ability to host structured, controlled communication with their shareholders on a timely and regular basis. The Company's Virtual Shareholder Meeting service provides corporate issuers in a number of states with the ability to host their annual meeting electronically on the Internet, either on a stand-alone basis, or in conjunction with their physical annual meeting.
The Company provides a range of tools that enable mutual funds to communicate with audiences of investors and often with substantial cost savings. The Company's solutions allow mutual funds to centralize all investor communications through one resource. The Company also provides printing and mailing of regulatory reports, prospectuses and proxy materials, as well as proxy solicitation services. In addition, it distributes marketing communications and informational materials and creates on-demand enrollment materials for mutual fund investors. Its position in the industry enables the Company to manage the entire communication process with both registered and beneficial stockholders. The Company's SalesVision platform provides data aggregation and data management solutions. SalesVision is software delivered as a service (SaaS) and assists mutual funds in processing commission and distribution payments, monitoring their compliance with regulatory requirements, and assembling shareholder and intermediary data in a form to better drive their sales strategy and marketing programs. The Company provides mutual fund processing services for third party administrators, financial advisors, banks and wealth management professionals through its subsidiary Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc.
Securities Processing Solutions
The Company's Bank/Broker-Dealer Technology and Operations business operates within this segment. The Company offers a suite of advanced computerized real-time transaction processing services that automate the securities transaction lifecycle, from desktop productivity tools, data aggregation, performance reporting, and portfolio management to order capture and execution, trade confirmation, settlement and accounting. The Company's services help financial institutions consolidate their books and records, gather and service assets under management, focus on their core businesses and manage risk. In addition, the Company's operations outsourcing solutions allow broker-dealers to outsource certain administrative functions relating to clearing and settlement, from order entry to trade matching and settlement, while maintaining their ability to finance and capitalize their business. Broadridge is a back- and middle-office securities processing platform for North American and global broker-dealers. Provided on an application service provider (ASP) basis, Broadridge's platform is a global market solution, clearing and settling in over 50 countries.
The Company's securities processing solutions automate the transaction lifecycle of equity, mutual fund, fixed income, and option securities trading operations, from order capture and execution through trade confirmation, settlement, custody and accounting. The Company's services facilitate the automation of straight-through-processing operations and enable financial institutions to efficiently and cost-effectively consolidate their books and records, gather and service assets under management, focus on their core businesses, and manage risk. With the Company's multi-currency capabilities, the Company supports trading activities on a global basis.
The Company provides a set of multi-currency systems that support real-time processing of securities transactions in North American equities, options, fixed income securities and mutual funds. Brokerage Processing Services (BPS) is the Company's core multi-currency back-office processing system that supports real-time processing of transactions in the United States markets. The Company also offers a version of BPS for processing Canadian securities. In addition to the Company's BPS offering, the Company provides specialized transaction processing tools and services for small to mid-market financial firms in the United States and Canada that are operated on separate Broadridge technology platforms. The Company's securities processing services can be integrated with the Company's Web-based desktop applications, wealth management tools, enterprise workflow, automated inquiry reporting and record-keeping services.
The Company provides advanced multi-currency transaction processing solutions for institutional and retail securities operations, corporate actions, and business processes outsourcing services, such as data cleansing. The Company also provides operations outsourcing services relating to a variety of securities clearing, record-keeping, and custody-related functions. The Company's clients execute and clear their securities transactions and engage the Company to perform a number of related administrative back-office functions, such as record-keeping and reconciliations.
The Company's core systems for processing equity, option, and mutual fund transactions in the United States markets can also be combined with the Company's specialized systems for processing fixed income and international securities transactions. These specialized securities processing services can be fully integrated with operations outsourcing services. In addition, its clients can integrate its securities processing and operations outsourcing services with its other services, including the processing of trade confirmations and account statements, delivered in paper or electronically; equity and mutual fund prospectus processing; automated workflow tools that help its clients streamline their securities processing and operations activities, and a suite of wealth management products, including data aggregation tools, end-customer Websites, broker desktop, financial planning and modeling tools, performance reporting and portfolio accounting.
Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc
1981 MARCUS AVENUE
LAKE SUCCESS NY 11042