March 16, 2010

FactSet Research Systems Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2010

NORWALK, Conn., March 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 second quarter of fiscal 2010.

For the quarter ended February 28, 2010, revenues were $157.3 million, up 0.5% compared to the prior year. Operating income for the second quarter increased to $54.5 million, an advance of 5% from $52.0 million in the same period of fiscal 2009. Net income rose to $36.1 million as compared to $34.6 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.75, up 6% from $0.71 in the same period of fiscal 2009.

Consolidated Statements of Income
(Condensed and Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  February 28, February 28,
(In thousands, except per share data) 2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Revenues $157,281 $156,542 0.5% $312,524 $312,174 0.1%
Operating income 54,473 52,036 4.7% 108,520 103,365 5.0%
Other income 151 197 (23.4)% 389 815 (52.3)%
Provision for income taxes 18,505 17,678 4.7% 36,647 34,041 7.7%
Net income $36,119 $34,555 4.5% $72,262 $70,139 3.0%
Diluted earnings per share $0.75 $0.71 5.6% $1.48 $1.44 2.8%
Diluted weighted average shares 48,066 48,500  48,704 48,768 
 

"Although the market is still stabilizing, we believe we are beginning to see some benefits from our efforts and investments during the downturn, with acceptance of our new workstation and the highest quarterly user growth in two years," said Phil Hadley, Chairman and CE0. "We are excited about the opportunities as our clients begin to regain strength."

Annual Subscription Value ("ASV")

ASV increased $14 million during the second quarter. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, ASV advanced $15 million organically during the quarter. ASV was $635 million at February 28, 2010. Of this total, 82% 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 annual subscription services currently being supplied to clients in addition to the trailing 12 months of non-subscription revenues derived from workstations sold to summer interns, introducing brokerage services, M&A related publications and the Partner software product.

Financial Highlights

  • ASV from FactSet's U.S. operations was $430.3 million and $204.3 million related to international operations.
  • U.S. revenues were $106.8 million, up $0.1 million from the year ago quarter.
  • Non-U.S. revenues rose 1.3% to $50.5 million.
  • Operating margins expanded 140 basis points to 34.6%.
  • Quarterly free cash flow rose 46% to $42.6 million.
  • Free cash flow generated over the last 12 months was $185 million, up 37%.
  • The effective tax rate for the quarter was 33.9%.
  • Cash and investments in marketable securities were $205 million at February 28, 2010.
  • Accounts receivable decreased $13.4 million or 16% over the last 12 months.

Operational Highlights

  • Professionals using FactSet increased to 38,800, up 1,400 users.
  • Client count was 2,052 at February 28, a net increase of 8 clients during the quarter.
  • Annual client retention rate was greater than 95% of ASV and 88% of clients.
  • Portfolio Analytics ("PA") 2.0 was deployed by 655 clients representing 5,794 users. During the past three months the number of PA users increased by 124, while the number of PA clients rose by 8.
  • Employee count at February 28, 2010 was 3,422, up 150 employees during the quarter, driven by the expansion of FactSet's offshore proprietary content operations.
  • Capital expenditures were $2.0 million, net of landlord contributions for construction of $0.3 million.
  • The Company repurchased 844,057 shares for $55 million during the second quarter. At February 28, 2010, $95 million remains authorized for future repurchases and common shares outstanding were 46.6 million.
  • FactSet was named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For."

Business Outlook

The following forward-looking statements reflect FactSet's expectations as of March 16, 2010. 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.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Expectations

  • Revenues are expected to range between $157 million and $161 million.
  • EPS should range between $0.75 and $0.77. Both ends of this range include a $0.01 reduction to reflect the lapse of the U.S. Federal R&D tax credit effective December 31, 2009.

Full Year Fiscal 2010

  • The 2010 guidance for capital expenditures, net of landlord contributions, is between $20 million and $26 million.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, March 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)  to review the second quarter fiscal 2010 earnings release. To listen, please visit the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.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 continued performance of Thomson Reuters under our Transition Services Agreement with them; 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 Free Cash Flow

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 generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). 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 second quarter was $44.9 million of net cash provided by operations and $2.3 million of capital expenditures. Non-GAAP free cash flow is not intended as an alternative measure of cash flows provided by operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP in the U.S. FactSet uses this financial measure, both in presenting its results to shareholders and the investment community, and in the Company's internal evaluation and management of the businesses. Management believes that this financial measure and the information FactSet provides 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. FactSet believes this measure is also useful to investors because it is an indication of cash flow that may be available to fund further investments in future growth initiatives.

About FactSet

FactSet Research Systems Inc. combines integrated financial information, analytical applications, and client service to enhance the workflow and productivity of the global investment community. The Company, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, was formed in 1978 and now conducts operations along with its affiliates from more than twenty-three locations worldwide, including Boston, New York, Chicago, San Mateo, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Sydney.

FactSet Research Systems Inc.    
Consolidated Statements of Income - Unaudited    
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  February 28, February 28,
(In thousands, except per share data) 2010 2009 2010 2009
     
Revenues $157,281 $156,542 $312,524 $312,174
     
Operating expenses    
Cost of services 50,870 52,537 101,277 105,870
Selling, general and administrative 51,938 51,969 102,727 102,939
     
Total operating expenses 102,808 104,506 204,004 208,809
     
Operating income 54,473 52,036 108,520 103,365
     
Other income  151 197  389 815
Income before income taxes 54,624 52,233 108,909 104,180
     
Provision for income taxes 18,505 17,678 36,647 34,041
Net income $36,119 $34,555 $72,262 $70,139
     
Diluted earnings per common share $0.75 $0.71 $1.48 $1.44
     
Weighted average common shares (Diluted) 48,066 48,500 48,704 48,768
   
FactSet Research Systems Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition - Unaudited
  February 28, August 31,
(In thousands) 2010 2009
   
ASSETS  
Cash and cash equivalents $204,595 $216,320
Accounts receivable, net of reserves 68,193 62,854
Prepaid FactSet Fundamentals database updates -- 1,787
Prepaid taxes 9,481 7,415
Deferred taxes 4,381 4,319
Other current assets 6,649 6,715
Total current assets 293,299 299,410
Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net 82,463 88,379
Goodwill 176,769 181,355
Intangible assets, net 40,073 46,350
Deferred taxes 15,045 12,295
Other assets 5,778 5,348
Total assets $613,427 $633,137
   
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $23,472 $25,121
Accrued compensation  26,499 41,889
Deferred fees  19,769 23,005
Dividends payable 9,329 9,348
Total current liabilities 79,069 99,363
Deferred taxes  3,117 3,794
Taxes payable 7,095 6,437
Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities 22,484 22,714
Total liabilities $111,765 $132,308
   
Stockholders' Equity  
Common stock $596 $581
Additional paid-in capital 313,135 248,840
Treasury stock, at cost (522,100) (414,995)
Retained earnings 730,136 676,626
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (20,105) (10,223)
Total stockholders' equity 501,662 500,829
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $613,427 $633,137
   
FactSet Research Systems Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited  
  Six Months Ended
  February 28,
(In thousands) 2010 2009
   
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES  
Net income $72,262 $70,139
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities  
Depreciation and amortization 18,211 17,001
Stock-based compensation expense 6,097 7,660
Deferred income taxes (3,429) (3,477)
Gain on sale of assets (117) (111)
Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements (18,847) (1,487)
   
Changes in assets and liabilities  
Accounts receivable, net of reserves (5,339) (6,764)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (1,428) 1,069
Accrued compensation (15,087) (13,271)
Deferred fees (3,236) 972
Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes 18,762 3,980
Prepaid fundamentals database updates 2,750 2,750
Landlord contributions 483 687
Other working capital accounts, net (949) (3,729)
Net cash provided by operating activities 70,133 75,419
   
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES  
Proceeds from sales of investments -- 25,260
Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements  (9,051) (15,780)
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (9,051) 9,480
   
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES  
Dividend payments (18,642) (17,013)
Repurchase of common stock (107,107) (59,523)
Proceeds from employee stock plans 38,311 8,401
Tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements  18,847 1,487
Net cash used in financing activities (68,591) (66,648)
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (4,216) (3,929)
   
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (11,725) 14,322
   
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 216,320 117,986
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $204,595 $132,308
CONTACT:  FactSet Research Systems Inc.
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          203.810.1000

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