Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. ( BR Quick Quote BR - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings (excluding a penny from non-recurring items) of $2.19 per share, which matched the Zacks Consensus Estimate and increased 1.9% on a year-over-year basis.
Total revenues of $1.53 billion beat the consensus mark by 4.1% and rose 12.5% year over year. Recurring fee revenues increased 15% on a year-over-year basis to $1,065 million. The company generated closed sales of $118 million in the quarter, up 6% year over year.
Revenues by Segment
Revenues in the Investor Communication Solutions segment increased 12% from the year-ago quarter's level to $1,222 million. The segment’s recurring fee revenues were up 17% to $719 million. The upside was driven by net new business and internal growth. Internal growth benefited from higher volume of equity proxy, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund communications. Event-driven fee revenues increased 8% to $73 million (due to increased equity contests, capital markets and other communications). Distribution revenues increased 5% to $429 million (due to increase in volume of customer communications).
Global Technology and Operations segment's recurring fee revenues came in at $346 million, up 10% year over year. This improvement was driven by recurring fee revenue growth from the Itiviti acquisition.
During fiscal fourth quarter, Broadridge completed two acquisitions (Itiviti and AdvisorStream) with an aggregate purchase price of $2.6 billion.
Adjusted operating income of $349 million rose 4% year over year. The uptick was driven by higher recurring and event-driven revenues.
Adjusted operating income margin declined to 22.8% from 24.6% in the prior-year quarter, due to higher spend on growth initiatives.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Broadridge exited fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of $274.5 million compared with $355.8 million reported at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was $3.89 billion compared with $1.74 billion in the previous quarter.
The company generated $450.6 million of cash in operating activities and capex was $10.4 million in the quarter. Broadridge paid out $66.6 million in dividends in the reported quarter.
Broadridge's board of directors declared an increase in the annual dividend amount by 11% to $2.56 per share. With this, the company's annual dividend has increased for the 15th consecutive year. The dividend will be payable to shareholders on Oct 5, 2021 as of record date Sep 15.
Fiscal 2022 Guidance
Broadridge expects recurring revenue growth of 12-15%.
Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) growth is expected to be 11-15%.
Adjusted operating income margin is estimated to be up by around 19%.
Closed sales are anticipated between $240 million and $280 million.
Broadridge currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see
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