FactSet Reports Results for First Quarter 2023
- Q1 GAAP revenues of
$504.8 million, up 18.9% from Q1 2022
- Organic Q1 ASV plus professional services of
$1.8 billion, up 8.8% year over year
- Q1 GAAP operating margin of 34.1%, up 517 bps year over year, and adjusted operating margin of 38.3%, up 471 bps over the prior year
- Q1 GAAP diluted EPS of
$3.52, up 26.2% from the prior year, and adjusted diluted EPS of $3.99, up 22.8% year over year
First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights
- GAAP revenues increased 18.9%, or
$80.1 million, to $504.8 millionfor the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared with $424.7 millionfor the same period in fiscal 2022. The increase was primarily due to the addition of CUSIP Global Services (CGS). Organic revenue, which excludes the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed within the last 12 months and foreign currency movements, grew 8.3% to $459.9 millionduring the first quarter of fiscal 2023 from the prior year period.
- Annual Subscription Value (ASV) plus professional services was
$2.0 billionat November 30, 2022, compared with $1.7 billionat November 30, 2021. Organic ASV plus professional services, which excludes the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed within the last 12 months and foreign currency movements, was $1.8 billionat November 30, 2022, up $149.5 millionfrom the prior year at a growth rate of 8.8%.
- Organic ASV plus professional services increased
$9.3 millionover the last three months. The primary contributors to this growth were higher sales of Analytics & Tradingand Research & Advisory solutions. Please see the "ASV + Professional Services" section of this press release for details.
- GAAP operating margin increased to 34.1% compared with 28.9% for the same period last year, driven by higher revenue, lower personnel cost as a percentage of revenue, lower third-party content costs, and reduced facilities expenses, partially offset by higher technology expense and operating costs related to CGS. Adjusted operating margin improved to 38.3% compared with 33.6% in the prior year period, primarily due to higher revenue, led by the CGS acquisition, lower third-party content costs, and reduced facilities expenses, partially offset by higher technology expense.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 26.2% to
$3.52compared with $2.79for the same period in fiscal 2022, primarily due to higher revenue and margin expansion, partially offset by higher interest expenses and increased income taxes. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 22.8% to $3.99compared with $3.25for the prior year period due to the same drivers.
- Adjusted EBITDA increased to
$200.4 million, up 38.2%, for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, compared with $145.0 millionfor the same period in fiscal 2022.
- In connection with the acquisition of CGS, FactSet issued its inaugural investment grade senior notes consisting of
$500 millionprincipal amount of 2.90% senior notes due 2027 and $500 millionprincipal amount of 3.45% senior notes due 2032. In addition, FactSet entered into a new credit agreement providing for a $1 billionterm loan and revolving credit facilities. In the first quarter of fiscal 2023, FactSet made a $125 millionpre-payment of the principal amount of the term loan. As of November 30, 2022, a total of $375 millionin term loan principal pre-payments have been made.
- The Company's effective tax rate for the first quarter increased to 13.4% compared with 10.2% for the three months ended
November 30, 2021, primarily due to higher pre-tax income and an increase of the UKstatutory tax rate.
- FactSet reaffirms its annual outlook for fiscal 2023, originally provided on
September 22, 2022. Please see the "Annual Business Outlook" section of this press release for details.
"Our first-quarter results reflect the strength of our top line," said
Key Financial Measures*
|(Condensed and Unaudited)||Three Months Ended|
|(In thousands, except per share data)||2022||2021||Change|
|Adjusted operating income||$||193,402||$||142,710||35.5||%|
|Adjusted operating margin||38.3||%||33.6||%|
|Adjusted net income||$||155,171||$||125,341||23.8||%|
|Adjusted diluted EPS||$||3.99||$||3.25||22.8||%|
* See reconciliation of US GAAP to adjusted key financial measures in the back of this press release.
"We remain committed to achieving our medium-term targets through enhanced expense management and improved productivity," said
Annual Subscription Value (ASV) + Professional Services
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. Professional services are revenues derived from project-based consulting and implementation.
ASV plus professional services was
Buy-side and sell-side organic ASV growth rates for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 were 8.0% and 14.4%, respectively. Buy-side clients, including asset managers, wealth managers, asset owners, hedge funds, channel partners, and corporates, accounted for approximately 83% of organic ASV. The remaining organic ASV came from sell-side firms, including broker-dealers, banking and advisory, private equity and venture capital firms. Supplementary tables covering organic buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates may be found on the last page of this press release.
Segment Revenues and ASV
ASV from the
ASV from the EMEA region was
ASV from the
Segment ASV does not include professional services, which totaled
Operational Highlights – First Quarter Fiscal 2023
- Client count as of
November 30, 2022was 7,631, a net increase of 93 clients in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in corporate clients and wealth clients. The count includes clients with ASV of $10,000and more.
- User count increased by 977 to 180,959 in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in wealth management, institutional asset management, and asset owner users.
- Annual ASV retention was greater than 95%. When expressed as a percentage of clients, annual retention was 92%.
- Employee count was 11,627 as of
November 30, 2022, up 6.7% over the last twelve months, driven primarily by an increase in the content, Analytics and Trading, and sales organizations.
- Net cash provided by operating activities increased to
$106.6 millioncompared with $72.9 millionfor the first quarter of fiscal 2022, primarily related to higher net income. Quarterly free cash flow increased to $88.7 millioncompared with $64.3 milliona year ago, an increase of 37.8%, driven by higher net income partially offset by an increase in capitalized costs related to internal use software.
- A quarterly dividend of
$34.0 million, or $0.89per share, was paid on September 15, 2022, to holders of record of common stock at the close of business on August 31, 2022.
- FactSet announced a collaboration with BMLL Technologies to offer BMLL's granular order book history and analytics in the cloud, continuing the Company's strategy of providing innovative cloud solutions to help clients modernize and improve their market data technology. It also reinforces FactSet's commitment to expanding its real-time data and tick history capabilities.
- FactSet launched FactSet Model Center, a no-cost marketplace for wealth advisors to access the industry’s best-of-breed investment solutions within a single, integrated platform. The solution is designed to drive inbound engagement between asset managers and wealth advisors to increase productivity and efficiently grow their business.
- FactSet announced its strategic relationship with Agência Estado, the leading real-time news and market data vendor in
Brazil. The collaboration integrates Agência Estado’s Portuguese-language newswire into FactSet’s flagship workstation to create the Broadcast+ FactSet Workstation, a co-branded solution combining local Brazilian news and content from Agência Estado with FactSet’s award-winning data, analytics, and technology services.
- The Company announced that
Tokyo-based asset manager Rheos Capital Worksdeployed FactSet’s Portware Execution Management System (EMS) firmwide to power its trading workflow.
- FactSet was named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023, underscoring the Company's commitment to sustainable growth. Additionally, the Company was awarded a
Silver Medalby EcoVadisfor its 2022 EcoVadisscore, placing FactSet among the top 25 percent of companies assessed by the sustainability ratings organization.
Share Repurchase Program
FactSet did not repurchase any of its common stock during the first quarter under the Company's existing share repurchase program. FactSet has suspended share repurchases, except for potential minor repurchases to offset dilution from grants of stock options, until at least the second half of fiscal 2023 to prioritize debt repayment. As of
Annual Business Outlook
FactSet is reaffirming its outlook for fiscal 2023, originally provided on
Fiscal 2023 Expectations
- Organic ASV plus professional services is expected to increase in the range of
$150 millionto $180 millionduring fiscal 2023.
- GAAP revenues are expected to be in the range of
$2,100 millionto $2,115 million.
- GAAP operating margin is expected to be in the range of 30.0% to 31.0%.
- Adjusted operating margin is expected to be in the range of 34% to 35%.
- FactSet's annual effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 12.5% to 13.5%.
- GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of
$12.70to $13.10. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $14.50to $14.90.
Both GAAP operating margin and GAAP diluted EPS guidance do not include certain effects of any non-recurring benefits or charges that may arise in fiscal 2023. Please see the back of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to adjusted metrics.
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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Financial measures in accordance with US GAAP, including revenues, 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.
Adjusted revenues exclude the impact of the fair value of deferred revenues acquired in a business combination. Organic revenues further exclude the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency movements in all periods presented. Adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share exclude intangible asset amortization, the impact of the fair valuing of deferred revenues acquired in a business combination, and non-recurring items. EBITDA excludes interest expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense, while Adjusted EBITDA further excludes non-recurring non-cash expenses. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures better reflect the underlying economic performance of FactSet.
Cash flows provided by operating activities has been reduced by capital expenditures to report non-GAAP free cash flow. 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.
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Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
|Three Months Ended|
|(In thousands, except per share data)||2022||2021|
|Cost of services||227,042||207,131|
|Selling, general and administrative||105,596||91,238|
|Total operating expenses||332,920||302,064|
|Other income (expense), net|
|Interest expense, net||(14,332||)||(1,494||)|
|Other income (expense), net||322||(1,237||)|
|Income before income taxes||157,885||119,930|
|Provision for income taxes||21,087||12,283|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||3.52||$||2.79|
|Diluted weighted average common shares||38,914||38,641|
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||437,142||$||503,273|
|Accounts receivable, net of reserves of
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||99,826||91,214|
|Total current assets||829,207||870,347|
|Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net||79,296||80,843|
|Intangible assets, net||1,882,983||1,895,909|
|Lease right-of-use assets, net||154,125||159,458|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||122,710||$||108,395|
|Current lease liabilities||28,970||29,185|
|Total current liabilities||384,021||438,287|
|Deferred revenues, non-current||8,697||7,212|
|Long-term lease liabilities||201,964||208,622|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||1,474,128||$||1,331,408|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||3,977,540||$||4,014,305|
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
|Three Months Ended|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||25,997||17,208|
|Amortization of lease right-of-use assets||9,697||11,117|
|Stock-based compensation expense||12,175||10,401|
|Deferred income taxes||(745||)||1,507|
|Accounts receivable, net of reserves||(23,647||)||(5,268||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||18,744||20,702|
|Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes||6,995||(9,524||)|
|Lease liabilities, net||(11,237||)||(11,992||)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||106,636||72,918|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Purchases of property, equipment, leasehold improvements, and internal-use software||(17,960||)||(8,583||)|
|Acquisition of businesses, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired||—||(50,018||)|
|Purchases of investments||(9,892||)||(250||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(27,852||)||(58,851||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Repayment of debt||(125,000||)||—|
|Proceeds from employee stock plans||23,423||35,763|
|Repurchases of common stock||—||(18,639||)|
|Other financing activities||(10,990||)||(2,950||)|
|Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities||(146,232||)||(16,482||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||1,317||(5,550||)|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||(66,131||)||(7,965||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||503,273||681,865|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||437,142||$||673,900|
Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Adjusted Financial Measures
Financial measures in accordance with US GAAP, including revenues, operating income and margin, net income, diluted EPS, and cash provided by operating activities, have been adjusted below. FactSet uses these adjusted financial measures both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit investors to view the Company's performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Adjusted measures may also facilitate comparisons to FactSet's historical performance.
The table below provides a reconciliation of revenues to adjusted revenues and organic revenues.
|(Unaudited)||Three Months Ended|
|Deferred revenues fair value adjustment (a)||—||86|
|Acquired revenues (b)||(48,455||)||—|
|Currency impact (c)||3,500||—|
(a) The amortization effect of purchase accounting adjustment on the fair value of acquired deferred revenue.
(b) Revenues from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.
(c) The impact from foreign currency movements over the past 12 months.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The table below provides a reconciliation of operating income, operating margin, net income and diluted EPS to adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted diluted EPS.
|(Unaudited)||Three Months Ended|
|(In thousands, except per share data)||2022||2021||Change|
|Deferred revenues fair value adjustment||—||86|
|Intangible asset amortization||18,008||6,052|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (a)||3,499||—|
|Restructuring / severance||—||9,028|
|Real estate charges (b)||—||3,695|
|Transformation costs (c)||—||1,188|
|Adjusted operating income||$||193,402||$||142,710||35.5||%|
|Adjusted operating margin (d)||38.3||%||33.6||%|
|Deferred revenues fair value adjustment||—||77|
|Intangible asset amortization||15,577||5,419|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (a)||3,026||—|
|Restructuring / severance||—||8,084|
|Real estate charges (b)||—||3,309|
|Transformation costs (c)||—||1,064|
|Income tax items||(230||)||(259||)|
|Adjusted net income (e)||$||155,171||$||125,341||23.8||%|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||25,997||19,432|
|Real estate charges||—||3,695|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||3.52||$||2.79||26.2||%|
|Deferred revenues fair value adjustment||—||0.00|
|Intangible asset amortization||0.40||0.14|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (a)||0.08||—|
|Restructuring / severance||—||0.21|
|Real estate charges (b)||—||0.09|
|Transformation costs (c)||—||0.03|
|Income tax items||(0.01||)||(0.01||)|
|Adjusted diluted earnings per common share (e)||$||3.99||$||3.25||22.8||%|
|Weighted average common shares (Diluted)||38,914||38,641|
(a) Related to integration costs of our CGS acquisition.
(b) Related to impairment charges of our lease right-of-use assets and property, equipment, and leasehold improvements associated with vacating certain leased office space.
(c) Primarily related to professional fees associated with the ongoing multi-year investment plan.
(d) Adjusted operating margin is calculated as adjusted operating income divided by adjusted revenues, as shown in the revenues table above.
(e) For purposes of calculating adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, all adjustments were taxed at the quarterly effective tax rates of 13.5% for fiscal 2023 and 10.5% for fiscal 2022.
Business Outlook Operating Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS
|Annual Fiscal 2023 Guidance|
|(In millions, except per share data)||Low end of range||High end of range|
|Intangible asset amortization (a)||73||73|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (b)||11||11|
|Adjusted operating income||$||714||$||740|
|Adjusted operating margin (c)||34.0||%||35.0||%|
|Intangible asset amortization (a)||64||63|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (b)||9||9|
|Discrete tax items||(4||)||(3||)|
|Adjusted net income||$||561||$||577|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||12.70||$||13.10|
|Intangible asset amortization (a)||1.64||1.62|
|Business acquisition / integration costs (b)||0.23||0.24|
|Discrete tax items||(0.07||)||(0.06||)|
|Adjusted diluted earnings per common share||$||14.50||$||14.90|
(a) The income tax effect related to intangible asset amortization is
(b) Related to integration costs of our CGS acquisition.
(c) Adjusted operating margin is calculated as adjusted operating income divided by adjusted revenues as shown in the organic revenues table above.
Free Cash Flow
|(Unaudited)||Three Months Ended|
|Net Cash Provided for Operating Activities||$||106,636||$||72,918|
|Free Cash Flow||$||88,676||$||64,335||37.8||%|
Supplementary Schedules of Historical ASV by Client Type
The following table presents the percentages and growth rates of organic ASV by client type, excluding the impact of currency movements, and may be useful to facilitate historical comparisons. Organic ASV excludes acquisitions and dispositions completed within the last 12 months and the effects of foreign currency movements. The numbers below do not include professional services.
|% of ASV from buy-side clients||82.8||%||82.9||%||83.7||%||83.6||%||83.1||%||83.2||%||83.8||%||84.0||%|
|% of ASV from sell-side clients||17.2||%||17.1||%||16.3||%||16.4||%||16.9||%||16.8||%||16.2||%||16.0||%|
|ASV Growth rate from buy-side clients||8.0||%||8.5||%||9.6||%||8.9||%||8.5||%||6.5||%||5.6||%||5.5||%|
|ASV Growth rate from sell-side clients||14.4||%||13.8||%||12.9||%||12.4||%||13.2||%||12.0||%||8.0||%||6.3||%|
The following table presents the calculation of organic ASV plus professional services.
(Details may not sum to total due to rounding)
|As reported ASV plus Professional Services (a)||$||2,016.0|
|Currency impact (b)||(1.6||)|
|Acquisition ASV (c)||(167.9||)|
|Organic ASV plus Professional Services||$||1,846.5|
|Organic ASV plus Professional Services growth rate||8.8||%|
(b) The impact of foreign currency movements.
(c) Acquired ASV from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.