Leading provider of value-added information and technology, Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI - Snapshot Report) posted its second quarter 2014 results wherein the company’s adjusted earnings of 51 cents a share increased 6.3% year over year and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 47 cents.
Total revenue came in at $3,159 million, compared to $3,163 million reported last year. However, revenues cruised ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,123 million.
Further, Thomson Reuters’ adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation (EBITDA) climbed 2.2% to $877 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 20 basis points (bps) to 27.8%, on the back of cost savings realized in the company’s Financial & Risk segment.
Also, benefiting from the same factors mentioned above, the company’s operating profit inched up 2.1% to $581 million, with the respective margin expanding 10 bps to 18.4%.
On analyzing the company’s major segments, while revenues at Financial & Risk segment remained almost flat at $1,655 million, the Legal; Tax & Accounting; and Intellectual Property & Science segments posted 1%, 13% and 7% year-over-year growth in revenues, coming in at $850 million, $324 million and $251 million, respectively.
However, adjusted EBITDA delivered growth in all main segments as it ascended by 1% to $426 million, 2% to $331 million, 13% to $98 million and by 8% to $85 million at the Financial & Risk; Legal; Tax & Accounting; and Intellectual Property & Science segments, respectively.
The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $704 million and total shareholders equity, excluding non-controlling interests standing at $15,645 million.
During the quarter, the company bought back 10 million shares worth $353 million, bringing its total number of share repurchased to 26.6 million, for a total cost of $960 million. These repurchases formed a part of the company’s previous authorization of $1.0 billion, declared in Oct 2013.
Concurrent to this press release, management announced its plans to buy back shares worth an additional $1.0 billion by the end of fiscal 2015.
Moreover, it declared to pay a quarterly dividend of 33 cents a share on Sep 15, 2014, to shareholders of record as on Aug 21, 2014.
The company reiterated its full-year 2014 guidance. It still envisions revenues to be in line with the 2013 level. Management continues to anticipate adjusted EBITDA margin to lie in the band of 26%–27%, underlying operating profit margin to lie in the range of 17% – 18% and free cash flow to come in the $1.3–$1.5 million range.
Management seems impressed with its second-quarter performance and believes that it is well-positioned to achieve its full-year goals. It remains focused on allocating resources tactfully and simplifying its organizational structure in order to exploit growth opportunities and sustain its current momentum.
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