NEW YORK, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Thomson Reuters (TSX / NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. The company also re-affirmed its 2016 full-year outlook.
“Our core business showed resilience and we continued to make progress throughout the second quarter despite a challenging backdrop and turbulent market conditions for many of our largest customers,” said Jim Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “We are tracking to our full-year target and are well positioned to help our customers navigate the global trends affecting their industries.”
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Unless otherwise noted, all revenue growth comparisons in this news release are before the impact of foreign currency (constant currency) as Thomson Reuters believes this provides the best basis to measure the performance of its business.
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Discontinued Operations – IP & Science
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Future Changes to Definitions of Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EPS
When the company reports its results for the third quarter of 2016, it plans to redefine adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS in relation to certain tax computations to better align these definitions with current market practices and to reflect guidance recently issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These changes will not impact the company’s reporting of revenues, adjusted EBITDA, underlying operating profit or free cash flow.
Appendix A to this news release reflects the changes that the company plans to make to adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS and also includes reconciliations from earnings attributable to common shareholders to adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS on a redefined basis for 2015, 2014 and 2013. Additional details and reconciliations for 2015, 2014, 2013 and for the first and second quarters of 2016 (excluding the results for IP & Science for each period) may be found in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.
Business Outlook (Before Currency)
Thomson Reuters today re-affirmed its full-year business outlook for 2016, which was previously communicated in February 2016. The company’s 2016 Outlook assumes constant currency rates compared to 2015 and all metrics below (except for free cash flow) exclude the IP & Science business, which has been classified as a discontinued operation for 2016 reporting purposes. The 2016 Outlook is based on the expected performance of the company’s remaining businesses and does not factor in the impact of any other acquisitions or divestitures that may occur during the year.
The company continues to expect:
The information in this section is forward-looking and should be read in conjunction with the section below entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Assumptions and Material Risks.”
Dividend and Share Repurchases
In February 2016, the Thomson Reuters board of directors approved a $0.02 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.36 per common share. A quarterly dividend of $0.34 per share is payable on September 15, 2016 to common shareholders of record as of August 18, 2016.
From January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016, the company repurchased approximately 18 million shares at a cost of $690 million. Of this amount, 6.3 million shares were repurchased in the second quarter at a cost of $258 million. Under the current $1.5 billion share repurchase program announced in February 2016, the company has repurchased approximately 13.3 million shares at a cost of $517 million.
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.
NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES
Thomson Reuters prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
This news release includes certain non-IFRS financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA and the related margin, underlying operating profit and the related margin, free cash flow, adjusted EPS, and selected measures before the impact of foreign currency. Thomson Reuters uses these non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies, and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the appended tables.
The company’s outlook contains various non-IFRS financial measures. For outlook purposes only, the company is unable to reconcile these non-IFRS measures to the most comparable IFRS measures because it cannot predict, with reasonable certainty, the 2016 impact of changes in foreign exchange rates or the company’s share price which impact (i) the translation of its results reported at average foreign currency rates for the year, (ii) fair value adjustments associated with foreign currency derivatives embedded in certain customer contracts, (iii) the valuation of certain share-based awards and (iv) other finance income or expense related to foreign exchange contracts and intercompany financing arrangements. Additionally, the company cannot reasonably predict the occurrence or amount of other operating gains and losses, which generally arise from business transactions that it does not anticipate.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS AND MATERIAL RISKS
Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements in the “2016 Business Outlook (Before Currency)” section, Mr. Smith’s comments and statements regarding the company’s expected uses of proceeds from the planned sale of its IP & Science business, are forward-looking. As a result, forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There is no assurance that the events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. A business outlook is provided for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 2016. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements which reflect expectations only as of the date of this news release. Except as may be required by applicable law, Thomson Reuters disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
The company’s 2016 Business Outlook is based on various external and internal assumptions. Economic and market assumptions include, but are not limited to, GDP growth in most of the countries where Thomson Reuters operates and a continued increase in the number of professionals around the world and their demand for high quality information and workflow solutions. Internal financial and operational assumptions include, but are not limited to, the successful execution of sales initiatives, ongoing product release programs, our globalization strategy and other growth and efficiency initiatives. The 2016 Business Outlook also assumes that the closing of the sale of the company’s IP & Science business will be later in 2016.
Some of the material risk factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, changes in the general economy; actions of competitors; failure to develop new products, services, applications and functionalities to meet customers’ needs, attract new customers or expand into new geographic markets and identify areas of higher growth; failures or disruptions of telecommunications, network systems or the Internet; fraudulent or unpermitted data access or other cyber-security or privacy breaches; increased accessibility to free or relatively inexpensive information sources; failure to maintain a high renewal rate for subscription-based services; dependency on third parties for data, information and other services; changes to law and regulations, including the impact of the Dodd-Frank legislation and similar financial services laws around the world; tax matters, including changes to tax laws, regulations and treaties; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; failure to adapt to recent organizational changes and effectively implement strategic initiatives; failure to recruit, motivate and retain high quality management and key employees; failure to meet the challenges involved in operating globally; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from existing or future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments or dispositions; failure to protect the brands and reputation of Thomson Reuters; impairment of goodwill and identifiable intangible assets; inadequate protection of intellectual property rights; threat of legal actions and claims; risk of antitrust/competition-related claims or investigations; downgrading of credit ratings and adverse conditions in the credit markets; the effect of factors outside of the control of Thomson Reuters on funding obligations in respect of pension and post-retirement benefit arrangements; and actions or potential actions that could be taken by the company’s principal shareholder, The Woodbridge Company Limited. These and other factors are discussed in materials that Thomson Reuters from time to time files with, or furnishes to, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Thomson Reuters annual and quarterly reports are also available in the “Investor Relations” section of www.thomsonreuters.com.
Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its second-quarter 2016 results today beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). You can access the webcast by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of www.thomsonreuters.com. An archive of the webcast will be available following the presentation.
When the company reports its results in the third quarter of 2016, it plans to redefine adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS to better align these definitions with current market practices and to reflect guidance recently issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These changes will not impact revenue, adjusted EBITDA, underlying operating profit or free cash flow.
The company’s modified definitions of adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS will reflect the following changes:
To illustrate the impact of these changes, set forth below is a summary of the currently defined amounts compared to the redefined amounts, including IP & Science results, for 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Refer to the Investor Relations section of the Thomson Reuters website for further financial information and reconciliations associated with the company’s planned changes to the definitions for adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS, including redefined amounts by quarter.
PREPARED ON A REDEFINED BASIS
Refer to the Investor Relations section of Thomson Reuters website for further financial information and reconciliations associated with the company’s planned changes to the definitions for adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS, including redefined amounts by quarter.
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