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Broadridge (BR) Q2 Earnings Match, Revenues Beat Estimates

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR - Free Report) reported second-quarter fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings of 73 cents per share that improved 38% year over year. Total revenues of $1.06 billion beat the consensus mark by 2.8% and were up 9% year over year. The company generated closed sales of $46 million in the quarter, up 2% year over year.

Revenues by Segment

Revenues in the Investor Communication Solutions segment increased 10% from the year-ago quarter's level to $784 million.

The segment’s recurring fee revenues were up 7% to $394 million. Event-driven fee revenues increased 46% to $45.2 million. Distribution revenues increased 9% to $345 million.

Global Technology and Operations segment's recurring fee revenues came in at $302 million, up 8% year over year. This improvement was driven by acquisitions and organic growth. Higher equity trading volumes benefited the segment’s internal growth.

Operating Results

Adjusted operating income of $119 million improved 26% year over year. Adjusted operating income margin increased to 11.2% from 9.7% in the prior-year quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Broadridge exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $365.6 million compared with the $356.6 million witnessed at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was $1.8 billion, flat with the previous quarter's figure.

The company generated $127.5 million of cash in operating activities and capex was $15.8 million in the quarter. Broadridge paid out $66.3 million in dividends in the reported quarter.

Fiscal 2021 Guidance

Broadridge expects total revenue growth in the range of 1-4% and recurring revenue growth of 3-6%. Adjusted EPS growth is expected to be 6% to 10%. Adjusted operating income margin is estimated to be up by around 18%. Closed sales are anticipated to be between $190 million and $235 million

Broadridge currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other Business Services Companies

Rollins’ (ROL - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of 13 cents per share came ahead of the consensus estimate as well as the year-ago figure by 18.2%. Revenues of $536.3 million beat the consensus mark by 1.7% and improved 6% year-over-year.

IHS Markit’s (INFO - Free Report) fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings per share of 72 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Esimate by 7.5% and increased 11% on a year-over-year basis. Total revenues came in at $1.11 billion, marginally missing the consensus mark and declining 1% from the year-ago quarter on a reported basis.

Automatic Data Processing’s (ADP - Free Report) second-quarter fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings per share of $1.52 beat the consensus mark by 17.8% and were flat year over year. Total revenues of $3.69 billion beat the consensus mark by 3.2% and improved 0.7% year over year.

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