NEW YORK, New York – May 15, 2007 – Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR), a leading global provider of technology-based outsourcing solutions to the financial services industry, reported 9.4% net revenue growth and $0.30 earnings per share for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2007, Richard J. Daly, chief executive officer, announced today. Pretax and net earnings from continuing operations grew 25% and 26% respectively, and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations increased 25% from $0.24 earnings per share a year ago on the same number of shares outstanding.
Third quarter net revenues grew by 9.4% to $493 million driven by internal growth from existing clients. Pretax margins of 14.2% increased 180 basis points as a result of the inherent scale and operating leverage in the business.
For the nine months ended March 31, 2007 net revenues grew by 12.3% to $1.36 billion primarily driven by internal growth and to a lesser degree by net new business. Pretax margins of 11.9% increased by 90 basis points due to scale. Earnings per share from continuing operations increased 22.4% to $0.71 for the first nine months of fiscal 2007, versus earnings per share of $0.58 in 2006.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Daly said, "We are pleased with the overall results for the quarter and they were in line with our expectations. We had strong internal growth and were able to expand margins by leveraging the inherent scale in our business. Our year-to-date results are solid as we now head into our most significant quarter of the year from both a revenue and profit perspective. Our full year results are heavily driven by our annual proxy business. Year-to-date our annual proxy revenues have been flat, and we are expecting that trend to continue into the fourth quarter. This quarter will also be impacted by the loss of certain services to two large clients. We anticipated all of this in our March pre-spin-off financial guidance and therefore we are on track to achieve our full year guidance."
Analysis of Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2007
Effective for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, we have changed our method of determining intersegment transfer pricing. This change had no impact on our consolidated results. In the discussion below, we compare actual results for fiscal 2007 to results for fiscal 2006 that are adjusted to reflect the change in transfer pricing. We believe that this provides a more meaningful comparison between current quarter results and prior quarters. A reconciliation to fiscal 2006 results as reported is attached to this release.
Net revenues in the Investor Communication Solutions segment grew to $338 million in 2007, an increase of 10% compared to fiscal 2006, as adjusted, and 9.6% compared to 2006 as reported. The increase was primarily driven by growth in Proxy and Interim Communications services, resulting from higher non-recurring activities related to mutual fund and non-annual proxy activities as well as other shareholder communications. Operating margins increased 210 basis points compared to fiscal 2006, as adjusted, and 190 basis points compared to 2006 reported as a result of a more favorable business mix associated with internal growth and higher margins earned on distribution fees.
Securities Processing Solutions net revenues grew to $131 million in 2007, an increase of 7.2% compared to fiscal 2006, as adjusted, and 4.6% compared to 2006 as reported. The increase was primarily due to internal growth of both equities and fixed income processing, net new business and other one-time revenues. Operating margins increased 60 basis points compared to fiscal 2006, as adjusted, as a result of the inherent operating leverage and scale in the business. Operating margins decreased 30 basis points compared to 2006 as reported.
Clearing and Outsourcing Solutions segment net revenues grew to $23 million in 2007, an increase of 12.6% compared to 2006 on both an adjusted and, as reported basis, primarily from new business across both clearing services and outsourcing services. Operating losses were reduced to $1.1 million from a loss of $2.2 million, as adjusted, and a loss of $5.0 million in 2006, as reported, as a result of operating leverage in the business associated with bringing on new clients.
Fiscal 2007 Guidance & Directional View for 2008
At the time of its spin-off from ADP at the end of March 2007, Broadridge issued fiscal 2007 financial guidance. Today the company reconfirmed its full year financial guidance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007 of 7% to 9% for net revenue growth, and earnings before one-time transition costs and interest on new debt within a range of $1.42 - $1.49 per share, based on the current weighted average shares outstanding of 138.8 million shares. When including one-time transition costs and interest on new debt the earnings per share range is $1.32 - $1.38.
The directional view for fiscal 2008 is (1) 0% - 3% revenue growth, (2) a decrease of 5% - 10% in operating income, excluding one-time transition expenses, interest expense on new debt and public company expenses, and (3) margins in the range of 14.5% - 15.0%. This guidance remains unchanged. “While providing guidance this early for fiscal 2008 is not something we would normally do, because of the recent spin-off and the loss of two large clients, we believe it was and is the prudent thing to do,” said Mr. Daly.
In certain circumstances, results have been presented that are non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) measures and should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, the company’s reported results. Reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures are available in the accompanying schedules to this release and on our company website at http://www.broadridge-ir.com.
Earnings Conference Call
An analyst conference call will be held today, Tuesday, May 15th at 8:30 a.m. EST. A live webcast of the call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis. To listen to the webcast and view the slide presentation, go to www.Broadridge.com and click on the webcast icon. The presentation will be available to download and print approximately 60 minutes before the webcast at the Broadridge Investor Relations home page at http://www.broadridge-ir.com. Broadridge's news releases, current financial information, SEC filings and Investor Relations presentations are accessible at the same website.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and other corporations. Broadridge’s investor and customer communications, securities processing and managed services solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America and processes on average $5 trillion in equity and fixed income trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 10,000 associates in 16 countries.
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