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FactSet Research Systems Reports Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), a leading provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community, today announced its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

  • ASV up 7% organically year over year
  • Diluted EPS rose 12% to $1.11

GAAP Results

For the quarter ended November 30, 2012 revenues increased to $211.1 million, up 7.5% compared to the prior year. Included in this total was $2.7 million of revenue from StreetAccount. Operating income for the first quarter rose to $71.1 million from $66.8 million in the same period of fiscal 2012. Net income advanced 9.3% to $49.8 million compared to $45.5 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased 12.1% to $1.11, up from $0.99 in the same period of fiscal 2012. The acquisition of StreetAccount in June 2012 did not have an impact on FactSet’s fiscal 2013 first quarter diluted earnings per share.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Condensed and Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
November 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)
2012
2011
Change
Revenues
$211,085
$196,448
7.5%
Operating income
71,085
66,753
6.5%
Provision for income taxes
21,744
21,486
1.2%
Net income
$49,769
$45,544
9.3%
Diluted earnings per share
$1.11
$0.99
12.1%
Diluted weighted average shares
44,984
46,103

Philip A. Hadley, Chairman and CEO said, “Against the backdrop of a difficult selling environment, particularly for the sell-side, FactSet again delivered double-digit EPS growth. We continued our long track record of reinvesting back into the Company to position FactSet to be even stronger as I look ahead.”

Annual Subscription Value (“ASV”)

ASV advanced $5.0 million organically during the quarter. ASV totaled $847 million at November 30, 2012, up 7.0% organically over the prior year. Of this total, 81% is derived from buy-side clients and the remainder is from the sell-side firms who perform M&A advisory work and equity research. ASV at any given point in time represents the forward-looking revenues for the next 12 months from all services currently being supplied to clients.

Financial Highlights – First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

  • ASV from U.S. operations was $578 million and $269 million was related to international operations.
  • U.S. revenues were $143.9 million, up 7.0% from the year ago quarter.
  • Non-U.S. revenues rose 8.3% to $67.2 million as compared to the same period in fiscal 2012.
  • Operating margin was 33.7% for the quarter, down 40 basis points due to the acquisition of StreetAccount.
  • Quarterly free cash flow was $44.5 million.
  • Cash and investments totaled $225.2 million at November 30, 2012.
  • The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 30.4% as compared to 32.1% a year ago.

Operational Highlights – First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

  • Client count was 2,401 at November 30th, a net increase of 9 clients and the 12th consecutive quarter of net client growth.
  • Annual client retention was greater than 95% of ASV and 92% when expressed as a percentage of clients.
  • Users increased by 105 over the past three months and totaled 49,605 professionals at November 30th. Additions from buy-side clients were partially offset by a decline from the sell-side.
  • Employee count was 6,020 at November 30th, up 10% over last year and an increase of 285 employees in the first quarter.
  • Capital expenditures were $6.1 million.
  • A regular quarterly dividend of $13.7 million or $0.31 per share was paid on December 18, 2012 to common stockholders of record as of November 30, 2012.
  • The Company repurchased 270,000 shares for $25.4 million during the first quarter. At November 30, 2012, $164.3 million remains authorized for future repurchases.
  • Common shares outstanding were 44.3 million at November 30, 2012.

Business Outlook

The following forward-looking statements reflect FactSet’s expectations as of December 18, 2012. Given the number of risk factors, uncertainties and assumptions discussed below, actual results may differ materially. The Company does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement, other than in publicly available statements.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Expectations

  • Revenues are expected to range between $212 million and $215 million.
  • Operating margin is expected to range between 33.5% and 34.0%.
  • The effective tax rate is expected to range between 31.5% and 32.5%.
  • GAAP diluted EPS should range between $1.11 and $1.13, the midpoint of the range represents 10% growth over last year’s second quarter.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, December 18, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) to review the first quarter fiscal 2013 earnings release. To listen, please visit the Company’s website at investor.factset.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, subscriptions, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expected," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "should," "indicates," "continues," "subscriptions" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in FactSet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to, the current status of the global economy; the ability to integrate newly acquired companies and businesses; the stability of global securities markets; the ability to hire qualified personnel; the maintenance of the Company's leading technological position; the impact of global market trends on the Company's revenue growth rate and future results of operations; the negotiation of contract terms with corporate vendors, data suppliers and potential landlords; the retention of key clients; the successful resolution of ongoing audits by tax authorities; the continued employment of key personnel; the absence of U.S. or foreign governmental regulation restricting international business; and the sustainability of historical levels of profitability and growth rates in cash flow generation.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Financial measures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) including diluted earnings per share have been adjusted to report non-GAAP financial measures. These measures exclude stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. FactSet uses these non-GAAP financial measures, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the businesses. The Company believes that these financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company’s performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Investors may benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company’s performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods and may also facilitate comparisons to its historical performance. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see page 8 of this release. About Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow The GAAP financial measure, cash flows provided by operating activities, has been adjusted to report non-GAAP free cash flow that includes the cash cost for taxes and changes in working capital, less capital expenditures. Included in the just completed first quarter was $50.6 million of net cash provided by operations and $6.1 million of capital expenditures. The presentation of free cash flow is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. FactSet uses this financial measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in the Company’s internal evaluation and management of the businesses. Management believes that this financial measure is useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company’s performance using the same metric that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals and is an indication of cash flow that may be available to fund further investments in future growth initiatives.

About FactSet

FactSet, a leading provider of financial information and analytics, helps the world’s best investment professionals outperform. More than 49,600 users stay ahead of global market trends, access extensive company and industry intelligence, and monitor performance with FactSet’s desktop analytics, mobile applications, and comprehensive data feeds. The Company was named the 2012 Best Research Provider at the Inside Market Data and Inside Reference Data Awards and has been included in FORTUNE's Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, the United Kingdom’s Great Places to Work and France’s Best Workplaces. FactSet is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS). Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/factset.

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