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FactSet Reports Solid Revenue and Earnings Growth in Second Quarter 2017

March 28, 2017

NORWALK, Conn., March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FactSet (the “Company”) (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), a global provider of integrated financial information, analytical applications, and industry-leading service, today announced its results for the second quarter ended February 28, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Revenues increased 4.5% or $12.6 million to $294.4 million compared with $281.8 million for the same period in 2016. The second quarter of 2016 includes revenues from the Market Metrics business, which was sold in FactSet’s fourth quarter of 2016. Organic revenues grew 7.0% to $291.5 million during the second quarter of 2017 from the prior year period.

  • Operating income increased 7.5% or $6.4 million to $91.7 million compared with $85.3 million in the prior year period. Adjusted operating income for the second quarter increased 4.5% or $4.2 million to $97.4 million compared with the prior year period.

  • Operating margin increased to 31.2% compared to 30.3% in the prior year period. Adjusted operating margin remained consistent year over year at 33.1%.

  • Net income decreased 1.6% or $1.1 million to $66.7 million compared with $67.8 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted net income increased 8.7% or $5.8 million to $71.8 million for the second quarter compared with the prior year period.

  • Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) increased 3.1% to $1.68 compared with $1.63 for the same period in 2016. Adjusted diluted EPS for the second quarter rose 13.8% to $1.81 compared with the second quarter of 2016.

  • Annual Subscription Value (“ASV”) increased to $1.19 billion at February 28, 2017 compared with prior year ASV of $1.14 billion. Organic ASV, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions and foreign currency increased 6.5%.

  • The Company’s effective tax rate for the second quarter was 25.5%, a decrease from 28.8% a year ago, primarily due to FactSet’s global operational realignment effective September 1, 2016. 

  • FactSet announced two transactions recently. FactSet completed the acquisition of BISAM Technologies S.A. (“BISAM”) for cash consideration of $205.2 million on March 17, 2017. The transaction is expected be accretive by $0.02 to adjusted diluted EPS and dilutive by $0.06 to GAAP diluted EPS for the remainder of fiscal 2017. Additionally, FactSet agreed to acquire Interactive Data Managed Solutions (“IDMS”) on January 26, and the acquisition is expected to close in the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2017. The acquisition of IDMS is expected to have an immaterial impact to GAAP diluted EPS and adjusted diluted EPS for FactSet’s fiscal 2017.

  • FactSet entered into a new credit agreement on March 17, 2017 with PNC Bank National Association (“PNC”) and borrowed $575 million to fund the BISAM transaction and retire its existing outstanding debt.

“FactSet continues to be a leading technology partner for the investment community delivering another quarter of growth in a market that remains challenging for the financial industry. Through product innovation and acquisition, we believe we are well positioned to offer a broad suite of solutions across the enterprise for our clients critical workflows,” said Phil Snow, FactSet CEO.

Non-GAAP Measures   
(Condensed and Unaudited) Three Months Ended 
(In thousands, except per share data) February 28, 2017  February 29, 2016  Change 
          
Organic revenues$291,514 $272,561  7.0%
Adjusted operating income$97,420 $93,260  4.5%
Adjusted operating margin 33.1% 33.1%  
Adjusted net income$71,844 $66,081  8.7%
Adjusted diluted EPS$1.81 $1.59  13.8%
       

Maurizio Nicolelli, FactSet CFO added, “In the second quarter, we continued to grow ASV by deepening our relationships with our clients and delivered double-digit growth for adjusted diluted EPS at the high end of our guidance. In a market that remains challenging in certain segments, we believe that we will be able to grow ASV and maintain cost discipline as evidenced by our steady operating margins.”

Annual Subscription Value (ASV) and Segment Revenue

ASV was $1.19 billion at February 28, 2017, up 6.5% or $71.1 million organically from prior year. Organic ASV, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions and foreign currency, increased $16.3 million over the last three months.  ASV at any given point in time represents the forward-looking revenues for the next twelve months from all subscription services currently supplied to clients.

Buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were 6.8% and 4.9%, respectively. Buy-side clients account for 83.2% of ASV while the remainder is derived from sell-side firms that perform mergers and acquisitions advisory work, capital markets services and equity research. Supplementary tables covering organic buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates may be found on page 12 of this earnings release.

ASV from U.S. operations was $773.7 million, increasing 0.9% over prior year of $766.4 million and 5.4% organically. U.S. revenues were $191.6 million compared with $189.7 million. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months, the U.S. revenue growth rate was 5.9%. ASV from international operations was $413.2 million, increasing 10.8% over prior year of $372.8 million and 8.4% organically. International ASV now represents 34.8% of total ASV, an increase of 2.1% over prior year. International revenues rose to $102.7 million compared with $92.1 million from the second quarter of 2016. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency, the international revenue growth rate was 8.9%.

Operational Highlights

  • Client count as of February 28, 2017 was 4,404, a net increase of 143 clients in the past three months. As of the second quarter, FactSet changed its client count definition to capture clients with ASV greater than $10,000 versus the previous threshold of ASV greater than $24,000. Please see page 12 of this press release for historical data based on the new definition.

  • User count grew 1,503 to 85,788 in the past three months. As of the second quarter, FactSet also changed its user count definition to account for users from workstations previously not captured due to certain product bundling, and additionally, users of the StreetAccount web product.  Please see page 12 of this press release for historical data based on the new definition.

  • Annual client retention was greater than 95% of ASV. When expressed as a percentage of clients, annual retention was 93%.

  • Employee count was 8,592 at February 28, 2017, up 499 people in the past 12 months. Excluding the acquired Vermilion and CYMBA workforces and employees of the sold Market Metrics business, headcount increased 7.0% from a year ago.

  • Quarterly free cash flow was $71.4 million compared with $81.1 million for the second quarter of 2016. Operating cash flow for the second quarter was $76.9 million compared with $93.1 million for the second quarter of 2016.

  • Capital expenditures decreased to $5.5 million, compared with $12.1 million a year ago primarily from the build out of office space last year.

  • A regular quarterly dividend of $19.7 million, or $0.50 per share, was paid on March 21, 2017, to common stockholders of record as of February 28, 2017.

  • FactSet launched the Global FinTech Index, which provides a benchmark to track the performance of companies engaged in financial technologies, particularly in the areas of software and consulting, data and analytics, digital payment processing and transfer, and payment-related hardware. The Global FinTech Index has been licensed to Nikko Asset Management as the benchmark for the Global Fintech Equity Fund.

  • The Company strengthened its existing relationship with Axioma, a leading provider of enterprise risk management, portfolio construction and risk and regulatory reporting solutions, to expand its strong fixed income and multi-asset class analytics, performance, and risk offerings. The enhanced offerings include making Axioma’s linear fixed income and multi-asset class model available on FactSet and expand the multi-asset class risk models already available through FactSet.

  • Earlier this month, FactSet unveiled its new brand campaign, See the Advantage, which identifies the Company as a premier partner, helping clients see and seize new opportunities every day. This new brand statement is a fresh articulation of FactSet’s nearly four-decade mission to solve its clients’ greatest challenges with the power of collaboration.

Share Repurchase Program

FactSet repurchased 479,822 shares for $81.1 million during the second quarter under the Company’s existing share repurchase program. Over the last 12 months, FactSet has returned $485.2 million to stockholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends, funded by cash generated from operations and the sale of the Market Metrics business.  On March 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of FactSet approved a $300 million expansion to the existing share repurchase program. Including this expansion, $336.5 million is currently available for future share repurchases.

Recent Transactions

On January 26, 2017, FactSet announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire IDMS from Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE). With a client base of large financial institutions across Europe and the U.S., IDMS is a leading managed solutions and portal provider for the global wealth management industry. IDMS supports the wealth management marketplace across a variety of workflows and functions, from advisors to their clients. IDMS offers real-time market data desktops, customizable web-based portals, and a broad range of mobile solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2017 and have an immaterial impact to GAAP diluted EPS and adjusted diluted EPS for FactSet’s fiscal 2017. FactSet considers wealth management an area of strong growth for the Company and this acquisition adds significant scale to its already growing wealth management business.

On March 17, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of BISAM for cash consideration of $205.2 million. With more than 160 employees worldwide, BISAM is a leading provider of portfolio performance and attribution, multi-asset risk, GIPS composites management and reporting. B-One, BISAM’s award-winning, market-leading cross-asset solution, is an outstanding complement to both FactSet’s portfolio analytics suite and client reporting solutions. Simultaneously, its Cognity (or Finanalytica) product enhances FactSet’s risk analysis for derivatives and quantitative portfolio construction. BISAM’s annual revenues as of December 31, 2016 were over $28 million.

FactSet borrowed $575 million under a new revolving credit facility with PNC on March 17, 2017 to fund the BISAM transaction and retire its existing outstanding debt. BISAM is expected to be accretive by $0.02 to adjusted diluted EPS and dilutive by $0.06 to GAAP diluted EPS for FactSet’s fiscal 2017.

Business Outlook

The following forward-looking statements reflect FactSet’s expectations as of today’s date and includes the recently completed BISAM acquisition. Given the risk factors, uncertainties and assumptions discussed below, actual results may differ materially. FactSet does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement, other than in publicly available statements.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Expectations: 

  • GAAP Revenues are expected to be in the range of $301 million and $307 million.  BISAM is expected to add approximately $6 million in third quarter revenues.

  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be in the range of 30.0% and 31.0%, which includes a 90 basis point reduction from BISAM. Adjusted operating margin is expected to be in the range of 32.0% and 33.0%, which includes a 30 basis point reduction from BISAM.

  • The annual effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 25.0% and 26.0%.

  • GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $1.68 and $1.74. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $1.80 and $1.86. The midpoint of the adjusted EPS range represents 12% growth over the prior year. 

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the second quarter results with its investors. The call will be webcast live at http://investor.factset.com/investors/audiocasts. The following information is provided for investors who would like to participate:

U.S. Participants:877.201.0168
International Participants:  647.788.4901
Passcode:77870058
Moderator:Rima Hyder, Vice President, Investor Relations

An archived webcast with the accompanying slides will be available at investor.factset.com for one year after the conclusion of the live event. The earnings call transcript will also be available via FactSet CallStreet. An audio replay of this conference will also be available until April 4, 2017 via the following telephone numbers: 800.585.8367 in the U.S. and 416.621.4642 internationally using passcode 77870058.

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 "expects," "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 and reputation; 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 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 U.S. GAAP including revenue, operating income and margin, net income, diluted earnings per share and cash provided by operating activities have been adjusted.

FactSet uses these adjusted financial measures, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit 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 adjusted 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.

Organic revenues exclude the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency in all periods presented. Adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share exclude both intangible asset amortization and non-recurring items, including acquisition costs. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures better reflect the underlying economic performance of FactSet. 

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. 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 business. 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 (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS) delivers superior analytics, service, content, and technology to help more than 85,000 users see and seize opportunity sooner. We are committed to giving investment professionals the edge to outperform, with fresh perspectives, informed insights, and the industry-leading support of our dedicated specialists. We're proud to have been recognized with multiple awards for our analytical and data-driven solutions and repeatedly ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For and a Best Workplace in the United Kingdom and France.  Subscribe to our thought leadership blog to get fresh insight delivered daily at insight.factset.com. Learn more at www.factset.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/factset.

 
Consolidated Statements of Income – Unaudited
    
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share data)February 28,
2017
 February 29,
2016
 February 28,
2017
 February 29,
2016
        
Revenues$294,354  $281,796  $582,417  $552,300 
        
Operating expenses       
Cost of services 131,635   123,911   258,885   238,647 
Selling, general and administrative 70,973   72,541   141,467   141,001 
Total operating expenses 202,608   196,452   400,352   379,648 
        
Operating income 91,746   85,344   182,065   172,652 
        
Other expense       
Loss on sale of business (1,208)  -   (1,223)  - 
Interest (expense), net of interest income (1,048)  (424)  (1,532)  (331)
Total other expense (2,256)  (424)  (2,755)  (331)
        
Income before income taxes 89,490   84,920   179,310   172,321 
        
Provision for income taxes 22,780   17,157   46,017   44,594 
Net income$  66,710  $  67,763  $133,293  $  127,727 
        
Diluted earnings per common share$1.68  $1.63  $3.34  $3.06 
        
Diluted weighted average common shares 39,700   41,536   39,900   41,799 


Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income – Unaudited
    
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
(In thousands)February 28,
2017
 February 29,
2016
 February 28,
2017
 February 29,
2016
        
Net income$66,710 $67,763  $133,293  $127,727 
        
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax       
Net unrealized gain (loss) on cash flow hedges* 1,401  (1,819)  1,848   (2,236)
Foreign currency translation adjustments 861  (10,364)  (10,636)  (16,750)
Other comprehensive income (loss) 2,262  (12,183)  (8,788)  (18,986)
Comprehensive income$68,972 $55,580  $124,505  $108,741 
        

*For the three and six months ended February 28, 2017, the unrealized gain on cash flow hedges was net of tax expense of $817 and $1,078, respectively. For the three and six months ended February 29, 2016, the unrealized loss on cash flow hedges was net of tax benefits of $1,068 and $1,311 respectively.

 
Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited
 
   February 28,   August 31,  
(In thousands)   2017   2016  
        
ASSETS       
Cash and cash equivalents $155,351  $228,407  
Investments 30,003   24,217  
Accounts receivable, net of reserves 130,825   97,797  
Prepaid taxes  4,760     
Deferred taxes  2,693   3,158  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  20,408   15,697  
Total current assets  344,040   369,276  
         
Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net 89,450   84,622  
Goodwill   506,832   452,915  
Intangible assets, net   104,695   93,161  
Deferred taxes   8,862   13,406  
Other assets   7,950   5,781  
Total Assets  $1,061,829  $1,019,161  
        
LIABILITIES    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$51,121  $45,836  
Accrued compensation  33,183   51,036  
Deferred fees  37,252   33,247  
Taxes payable  13,056   7,781  
Deferred taxes  767   291  
Dividends payable  19,709   20,019  
Total current liabilities  155,088   158,210  
Deferred taxes   2,947   1,708  
Taxes payable   10,029   8,782  
Long-term debt 365,000   300,000  
Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities 35,535   33,080  
Total Liabilities $568,599  $501,780  
        
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     
Common stock $517  $512  
Additional paid-in capital 704,522   623,195  
Treasury stock, at cost  (1,512,127)  (1,321,700) 
Retained earnings  1,377,659   1,283,927  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (77,341)  (68,553) 
Total Stockholders’ Equity  493,230   517,381  
Total Liabilities And Stockholders’ Equity$1,061,829  $1,019,161  


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Unaudited
  
(In thousands)Six Months Ended
 February 28,
2017
 February 29,
2016
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    
Net income$133,293  $127,727  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities      
Depreciation and amortization 20,649   18,260  
Stock-based compensation expense 13,611   15,027  
Loss on sale of business 1,223     
Deferred income taxes 3,032   732  
Loss on sale of assets 142     
Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements (8,995)  (10,804) 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions      
Accounts receivable, net of reserves (30,998)  (5,683) 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 3,352   1,930  
Accrued compensation (17,699)  (10,180) 
Deferred fees 1,152   913  
Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes 10,561   15,138  
Prepaid expenses and other assets (3,982)  1,816  
Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities 2,774   9,372  
Other working capital accounts, net (57)  (22) 
Net cash provided by operating activities 128,058   164,226  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (71,689)  (264,087)  
Purchases of investments (25,149)  (12,530)  
Proceeds from sales of investments 19,501   12,423   
Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net of proceeds from dispositions (18,046)  (26,438)  
Net cash used in investing activities (95,383)  (290,632) 
       
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
Dividend payments (39,568)  (36,132) 
Repurchase of common stock (166,427)  (115,695) 
Proceeds from debt 65,000   265,000  
Sale of business (1,223)    
Debt issuance costs    (12) 
Proceeds from employee stock plans 34,725   26,848  
Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements 8,995   10,804  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (98,498)  150,813  
      
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (7,233)  (8,151) 
         
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (73,056)  16,256  
      
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 228,407   158,914  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$155,351  $175,170  

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Results to Adjusted Financial Measures

Financial measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP including revenues, operating income and margin, net income, diluted EPS and cash provided by operating activities have been adjusted below. FactSet uses these adjusted financial measures, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit investors to view the Company’s performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Adjusted measures may also facilitate comparisons to FactSet’s historical performance.

Revenues

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended 
(In thousands)   February 28, 2017   February 29, 2016  Change 
GAAP Revenues $294,354  $281,796  4.5%
Less acquired revenues (a)  (3,067)    
Less Market Metrics revenues     (9,235) 
Less Currency impact (b)  227     
Organic revenues $291,514  $272,561  7.0%

(a) Acquired revenues from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.

(b) The impact from foreign currency movements over the past 12 months was excluded to calculate total organic revenues.

Operating Income, Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended  
(In thousands, except per share data)  February 28, 2017   February 29, 2016  Change 
GAAP Operating income $91,746  $85,344  7.5% 
Intangible asset amortization (a)  4,230   4,078    
Other non-recurring  items (b)  1,444   3,838    
Adjusted operating income $97,420  $93,260  4.5% 
Adjusted operating margin  33.1%  33.1%   
      
GAAP Net income $66,710  $67,763  (1.6)% 
Intangible asset amortization (a)(e)  3,156   2,903    
Other non-recurring  items (b)(c)(e)  1,978   2,732    
Income tax benefits (d)     (7,317)   
Adjusted net income $71,844  $66,081  8.7% 
      
GAAP Diluted earnings per common share $1.68  $1.63    
Intangible asset amortization (a)(e)  0.08   0.07    
Other non-recurring  items (b)(e)  0.05   0.06    
Income tax benefits (d)     (0.17)   
Adjusted Diluted earnings per common share $1.81  $1.59  13.8% 
Weighted average common shares (Diluted)  39,700   41,536    

(a) GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was adjusted to exclude $4.2 million of pre-tax intangible asset amortization, which reduced net income by $3.2 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.08. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was adjusted to exclude $4.1 million of pre-tax intangible asset amortization, which reduced net income by $2.9 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.07.

(b) GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was adjusted to exclude $1.4 million of pre-tax non-recurring acquisition costs related to the IDMS and BISAM acquisitions, which reduced net income by $1.1 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.03. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was adjusted to exclude a pre-tax charge of $2.4 million from restructuring actions initiated by the Company and $1.4 million of pre-tax expense related to a change in the vesting of performance-based stock options, which collectively reduced net income by $2.7 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.06.

(c) GAAP net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was adjusted to exclude an after-tax loss of $0.9 million from the final working capital adjustment related to sale of FactSet’s Market Metrics business in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.  This adjustment reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.02.

(d) The U.S. Federal R&D tax credit, which had previously expired on December 31, 2014, was permanently reenacted and retroactive to January 1, 2015. The reenactment resulted in discrete income tax benefits of $7.3 million or $0.17 per diluted share during the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

(e) For the purposes of calculating adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, intangible asset amortization and non-recurring acquisition costs were taxed at the annual effective tax rates of 25.4% for fiscal 2017 and 28.8% for fiscal 2016.

Free Cash Flow

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended 
(In thousands)  February 28, 2017   February 29, 2016  Change 
Net cash provided by operating activities $76,945  $93,139  
Capital expenditures  (5,509)  (12,053) 
Free cash flow $71,436  $81,086  (11.9)%

Supplementary Schedules of Historical ASV by Client Type

The following table presents the percentages and growth rates of organic ASV by client type, excluding currency, and may be useful to facilitate historical comparisons. Organic ASV excludes acquisitions and dispositions completed within the last 12 months and the effects of foreign currency. 

 Q2’17Q1’17Q4’16Q3’16Q2’16Q1’16
% of ASV from buy-side clients83.2%83.0%82.6%83.0%82.8%82.4%
% of ASV from sell-side clients16.8%17.0%17.4%17.0%17.2%17.6%
       
ASV Growth rate from buy-side clients6.8%8.3%9.0%10.3%9.9%9.5%
ASV Growth rate from sell-side clients4.9%6.3%7.6%8.1%10.0%10.3%
Total Organic ASV Growth Rate6.5%7.9%8.8%9.9%9.9%9.7%

The following table presents the calculation of the above-mentioned ASV growth rates from all clients.

(In millions)Q2’17Q2’16
As reported ASV$1,186.9 $1,139.2 
Less acquired ASV (a) (14.7)  
Less Market Metrics ASV (b)   (38.2)
Less Currency impact (c) (0.1)  
Organic ASV total$1,172.1 $1,101.0 
Total Organic ASV Growth Rate 6.5% 

(a) Acquired ASV from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.

(b) Adjustment to remove ASV related to sale of the Market Metrics business in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

(c) The impact from foreign currency movements over the past 12 months was excluded above to calculate total organic ASV.

Supplementary Schedules of Historical Client and User Count

The following table presents the current and historical client and user count under the new definition adopted by FactSet as of its second quarter of 2017. FactSet changed its client count definition to capture clients with ASV greater than $10,000 versus the previous metric of clients with ASV greater than $24,000. FactSet changed its user count definition to account for users from workstations previously not captured due to certain product bundling, and additionally, users of the StreetAccount web product.

 Q2’17
Q1’17Q4’16Q3’16Q2’16Q1’16Q4’15Q3’15
Clients4,4044,2614,2054,0413,9543,8123,7123,552
Users85,78884,28583,93681,31481,30181,06780,14576,229

The following table presents the historical client and user count under the previous definition of clients and users.

 Q1’17Q4’16Q3’16Q2’16Q1’16Q4’15Q3’15
Clients3,1163,0923,0753,0573,0062,9762,915
Users66,96365,65563,53563,50063,16962,20558,995


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