thomsonreuters 300Thomson Reuters Q4 2015 consolidated revenues declined 2% (AFX). Revenues rose 2% (BFX – all organic)

  • Consolidated revenues declined 2% after effect of foreign exchange.   Up 2% in constant dollars
  • Adjusted EBITDA grew 13% to $895 million with a margin of 28.4% vs. 24.7% in the prior-year period
  • Underlying operating profit grew 28% to $637 million with a margin of 20.2% vs. 15.5% in Q4 2014
  • Adjusted EPS was up 51% to $0.65 vs. $0.43 in the prior-year period

Segment results:

  • Financial & Risk:
    • Organic revenues were unchanged from the prior-year period
    • EBITDA margin was 30% (before currency)
    • Net sales were positive for both the fourth quarter and the full year
  • Legal, Tax & Accounting and Intellectual Property & Science’s organic revenues collectively grew 4%

Full Year – Returned to Organic Revenue Growth – Up 2% Before Currency

  • Free cash flow grew 25% to $1.8 billion
  • Adjusted EPS was up 15% to $2.13 vs. $1.85 in the prior year
  • Returned $1.4 billion to shareholders through the repurchase of 35.9 million shares in 2015 and today announced an additional buyback program for up to $1.5 billion
  • Board approved $0.02 annual dividend increase to $1.36 per share, the 23rd consecutive annual increase
  • The company is preparing to launch a process to sell its Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) business and currently expects to close the transaction in the second half of the year. IP&S is included in the company’s 2015 consolidated results but will be a discontinued operation in 2016

“Today’s results reflect the significant progress we have made putting the company back on solid footing,” said James C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters.  “With the ship now turned, we have growing confidence in our strategy as we look to 2016 and 2017.”

Source:  Thompson Reuters Press Release