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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 7, 2013 – Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) today reported financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2014. Results for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared with the same period last year were as follows:
Commenting on the results, Richard J. Daly, Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am very pleased with our first quarter results. Our strong recurring revenue performance was primarily due to Net New Business, as expected, and by internal growth. Our pipeline for sales continues to be robust. We are off to a great start to our fiscal year with record first quarter earnings results. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, our earnings results for our first two quarters historically make the least significant contribution to our annual results. In the quarter, there were positive equity volume and mutual fund trends that drove favorable market-based activities across Broadridge. We will have a clearer view of any ongoing full year impact of these increased market-based activities after the end of our second quarter.” Mr. Daly concluded, “We expect to achieve our full year guidance as a result of the top and bottom line growth anticipated from both of our segments. Our journey going forward will be focused on the activities we expect will enable us to create top quartile stockholder returns.”
Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014
For the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, revenues increased 10% to $545 million, compared to $496 million for the comparable period last year. The increase was driven by a positive contribution from recurring fee revenues of approximately $33 million including Net New Business (defined as closed sales less client losses), higher distribution revenues of $10 million and higher event-driven fee revenues of $8 million. GAAP Pre-tax margins of 12.7% increased compared to 5.8% for the previous fiscal year, primarily due to the increase in revenues coupled with the positive effect of improved productivity from strategic initiatives. Non-GAAP Pre-tax margins of 13.8% increased compared to 7.0% for the same period last year.
For the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, GAAP net earnings of $44 million increased 143%, compared to $18 million for the same period last year, primarily due to higher revenues and increased Pre-tax margins driven by revenue mix. Non-GAAP net earnings were $48 million compared to $22 million for the same period last year. GAAP Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.36 per share, compared to $0.14 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share were $0.39 compared to $0.18 per share for the same period last year. Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs decreased our GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.03, for both the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012.
In addition, during the first quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares of Broadridge common stock at an average price of approximately $30.10 per share.
Analysis of First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014
Investor Communication Solutions
Revenues for the Investor Communication Solutions segment increased $37 million, or 11%, to $376 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Higher recurring revenues contributed $18 million, higher event-driven fee revenues contributed $8 million and higher distribution revenues contributed $10 million to the increase in revenues. The positive contribution from recurring fee revenues was driven primarily by internal growth including higher than expected market-based activities and expected Net New Business. Pre-tax margin increased by 2.9 percentage points to 10.9% as a result of higher recurring revenues and improved productivity from strategic initiatives.
Securities Processing Solutions
Revenues for the Securities Processing Solutions segment increased to $169 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 compared to $154 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. The increase was the result of an 8% increase in Net New Business coupled with an increase in equity trade volumes to 908,000 trades per day. Pre-tax margin increased, as expected, by 12.7 percentage points to 18.8% as a result of revenue mix and improved productivity from strategic initiatives.
Pre-tax loss decreased by $4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, primarily due to a decrease in the fair value of our obligations under contingent acquisition consideration arrangements, and a decrease resulting from fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, which was slightly offset by higher interest expense on our Long-term borrowings.
Senior Notes Offering
In August 2013, the Company completed an offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes (the “Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes”). The Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes will mature on September 1, 2020 and bear interest at a rate of 3.95% per annum. Interest on the Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on March 1st and September 1st of each year. The Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes were issued at a price of 99.871% (effective yield to maturity of 3.971%). The Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Company and rank equally with the Company’s other senior indebtedness. The Company used the proceeds from the Fiscal 2014 Senior Notes offering to repay the remaining $400 million of outstanding borrowings under its five-year term loan due September 2016, which was cancelled upon repayment.
Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Guidance
We are reaffirming our full year guidance provided in August 2013, and continue to anticipate:
The Non-GAAP Pre-tax margins and Diluted earnings per share guidance ranges exclude the projected impact of Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs. Our guidance does not take into consideration the effect of any future acquisitions, additional debt or share repurchases.
Explanation of the Company’s Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In certain circumstances, results have been presented that are not generally accepted accounting principles measures (“Non-GAAP”) and should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company’s reported results. These Non-GAAP measures are indicators that management uses to provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and prior reported results, and as a basis for planning and forecasting for future periods. In addition, Broadridge believes this Non-GAAP information helps investors understand the effect of these items on reported results and provides a better representation of the Company’s actual performance. Accompanying this release is a reconciliation of these Non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures.
Net earnings, Diluted earnings per share and Pre-tax margins excluding the impact of Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs and Restructuring Charges are Non-GAAP measures. Our fiscal year 2014 Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs, and our fiscal year 2013 Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs and Restructuring Charges. Free cash flow is a Non-GAAP measure and is defined by the Company as cash flow from operating activities, less capital expenditures and purchases of intangibles.
Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs
Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs represent amortization charges associated with intangible asset values as well as other transaction costs associated with the Company’s acquisitions. Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs are recorded in our Cost of revenues in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
For the three months ended September 30, 2012, there were $1 million in pre-tax charges primarily related to severance costs resulting from the termination of the outsourcing services agreement between the Company and Penson Worldwide, Inc. These charges are recorded in our Other segment and Cost of revenues in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
Earnings Conference Call
An analyst conference call will be held today, Thursday, November 7th at 8:30 a.m. ET. 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-ir.com and click on the webcast icon. The presentation will also be available to download and print approximately one hour before the webcast. Broadridge’s news releases, current financial information, SEC filings and Investor Relations presentations are accessible on 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 corporate issuers globally. Broadridge’s investor communications, securities processing and operations outsourcing 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 more than $5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 6,400 full-time associates in 13 countries. For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.
This press release and other written or oral statements made from time to time by representatives of Broadridge may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical in nature, and which may be identified by the use of words such as “expects,” “assumes,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “we believe,” “could be” and other words of similar meaning, are forward-looking statements. In particular, information appearing in the “Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Guidance” section are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed. These risks and uncertainties include those risk factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 (the “2013 Annual Report”), as they may be updated in any future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed in the 2013 Annual Report. These risks include: the success of Broadridge in retaining and selling additional services to its existing clients and in obtaining new clients; Broadridge’s reliance on a relatively small number of clients, the continued financial health of those clients, and the continued use by such clients of Broadridge’s services with favorable pricing terms; changes in laws and regulations affecting Broadridge’s clients or the investor communication services provided by Broadridge; declines in participation and activity in the securities markets; any material breach of Broadridge security affecting its clients’ customer information; the failure of Broadridge’s outsourced data center services provider to provide the anticipated levels of service; a disaster or other significant slowdown or failure of Broadridge’s systems or error in the performance of Broadridge’s services; overall market and economic conditions and their impact on the securities markets; Broadridge’s failure to keep pace with changes in technology and demands of its clients; Broadridge’s ability to attract and retain key personnel; the impact of new acquisitions and divestitures; and competitive conditions. Broadridge disclaims any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, other than as required by law.