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Broadridge profits jump in Q2

05 February 2015  |  2599 views  |  0 Source: Broadridge Financial Solutions

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) today reported financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015. Results for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared with the same period last year were as follows:

  • Recurring fee revenues increased 7% to $370 million from $344 million
  • Total Revenues increased 10% to $575 million from $521 million
  • Adjusted Net earnings increased 28% to $40 million from $31 million
  • Net earnings increased 26% to $35 million from $28 million
  • Adjusted Diluted earnings per share increased 28% to $0.32 from $0.25
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 27% to $0.28 from $0.22
  • Recurring revenue closed sales increased 111% to $49 million from $23 million 

Commenting on the results, Richard J. Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am pleased with our second quarter financial performance including the growth in our revenues and earnings. Additionally, I am very pleased with our recurring revenue closed sales which increased 111% over the same period last year. Both business segments contributed to this strong sales performance which included a contract with Scottrade to provide both trade processing and client communication services."

Mr. Daly added, "We remain focused on our growth strategy, three-year financial objectives, and tuck-in acquisition goals that we communicated at our Investor Day in December. In addition to the quarter's strong financial and sales performance, in January, we announced our agreement to acquire the trade processing business of M&T Bank Corporation's Wilmington Trust Retirement and Institutional Services unit to complement and expand our industry leading Matrix platform. Also, in December, we acquired TwoFour Systems LLC to address the rising demand for advanced foreign exchange and cash management technology among financial institutions. We believe both of these transactions align very well with our successful tuck-in acquisition strategy."

Mr. Daly concluded, "We are now in the seasonally stronger second half of our fiscal year. Our sales pipeline remains robust and client revenue retention is expected to remain at exceptional levels giving us a very high level of confidence in the business. Given our first half results and continued momentum in our business, we are reaffirming our fiscal year 2015 guidance including recurring fee revenue growth of 5% to 7% and Adjusted Diluted earnings per share of $2.42 to $2.52, representing 8% to 12% growth."

Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, total Revenues increased 10% to $575 million, compared to $521 million for the prior year period. The increase was driven by higher recurring fee revenues of $26 million, or 7%, and higher distribution revenues of $23 million, or 16%. The positive contribution from recurring fee revenues reflected gains from Net New Business (defined as recurring revenue from closed sales less recurring revenue from client losses), internal growth, and acquisitions. Event-driven fee revenues increased by $10 million, or 34%.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, Net earnings increased 26% to $35 million, compared to $28 million for the prior year period, primarily due to higher revenues and improvement in Pre-tax margins, which increased to 9.0% compared to 8.2% for the same period last year.

Adjusted Net earnings were $40 million compared to $31 million for the same period last year. Adjusted Pre-tax margins were 10.3% compared to 9.3% for the same period last year.

Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.28 per share compared to $0.22 per share for the same period last year. Adjusted Diluted earnings per share were $0.32 compared to $0.25 per share for the same period last year. Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs, net of taxes, decreased Diluted earnings per share by $0.04 and $0.03 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. 

In addition, during the second quarter, the Company repurchased 0.2 million shares of Broadridge common stock at an average price of $45.40 per share.

Analysis of Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 

Investor Communication Solutions
Revenues for the Investor Communication Solutions segment increased $55 million, or 16%, to $404 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared to $349 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The increase was attributable to higher recurring fee revenues which contributed $23 million, higher distribution revenues which contributed $23 million, and a $10 million increase in event-driven fee revenues. Higher recurring fee revenues were driven by Net New Business, higher internal growth from market-based activities, primarily due to position growth, and acquisitions. Higher event-driven fee revenues were the result of increased Equity Proxy Specials and Mutual Fund Communications activity. Pre-tax margins increased by 2.8 percentage points to 8.6% mainly due to the contributions from the growth in revenues more than offsetting expenses from growth initiatives, including losses from equity method investments, the continued expansion of our sales capabilities and higher commissions. 

Global Technology and Operations (formerly known as Securities Processing Solutions)
Revenues for the Global Technology and Operations segment increased $3 million, or 2%, to $174 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared to $171 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The increase was the result of higher Net New Business offset by lower internal growth primarily from other equity services. Pre-tax margins decreased by 2.1 percentage points to 18.5% primarily as a result of higher performance-based compensation expenses, continued expansion of our sales capabilities and growth initiatives, partially offset by higher revenue. 

In connection with an organizational change made in 2014 in order to further align and enhance our portfolio of services, certain discrete services that were previously reported in our Global Technology and Operations reportable segment are now reported within the Investor Communication Solutions reportable segment. As a result, our prior period segment results have been revised to reflect this change in reporting segments.

Other

Pre-tax loss increased by $2 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increased loss was mainly the result of an increase in acquisition related expenses and increased costs incurred for corporate staffing changes, partially offset by a decrease in performance-based compensation expenses. 

Financial Results for the Six Months ended December 31, 2014

For the six months ended December 31, 2014, total Revenues increased 6% to $1,130 million compared to $1,066 million for the comparable period last year. The increase was primarily driven by higher recurring fee revenues of $40 million, or 6%, reflecting gains from Net New Business, internal growth and acquisitions. In addition, distribution revenues increased by $26 million, or 9% and event-driven fee revenues increased by $4 million, or 6%. 

For the six months ended December 31, 2014, Net earnings decreased 7% to $67 million compared to $72 million for the comparable period last year, primarily due to higher commissions related to the growth in closed sales, higher performance-based compensation expenses, the continued expansion of our sales capabilities and growth initiatives, higher acquisition related expenses, and additional costs incurred for corporate staffing changes. Also, contributing to the decrease was a credit in the prior period resulting from a decline in the fair value of our obligations under contingent acquisition consideration arrangements. Pre-tax margins decreased to 9.0% compared to 10.5% for the same period last year mainly due to higher expenses discussed above more than offsetting the contributions from the growth in revenues.

Adjusted Net earnings were $77 million compared to $79 million for the same period last year. Adjusted Pre-tax margins decreased to 10.2% compared to 11.6% for the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share decreased to $0.54 per share compared to $0.58 per share for the comparable period last year. Adjusted Diluted earnings per share were $0.62 compared to $0.64 per share for the comparable period last year. Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs, net of taxes, decreased Diluted earnings per share by $0.08 and $0.06 for the six months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. 

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Guidance

Broadridge is reaffirming its full year guidance and expects:

  • Recurring fee revenue growth in the range of 5% to 7%, and total revenue growth in the range of 4% to 6%
  • Adjusted Pre-tax margins in the range of 17.3% to 17.7%, and Pre-tax margins in the range of 16.4% to 16.8%
  • Adjusted Diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.42 to $2.52, and Diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.29 to $2.39
  • Free cash flows in the range of approximately $320 million to $370 million
  • Recurring revenue closed sales in the range of $110 million to $150 million 

The Adjusted Pre-tax margins and Adjusted 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 performance. Accompanying this release is a reconciliation of these Non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures.

Adjusted Net earnings, Adjusted Earnings before income taxes, Adjusted Diluted earnings per share and Adjusted Pre-tax margins results are Non-GAAP measures. These results are adjusted to exclude the impact of Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs for the three and six months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. Acquisition Amortization and Other Costs represents amortization charges associated with acquired 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 and six months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. 

Free cash flows is a Non-GAAP measure and is defined by the Company as Net cash flows from operating activities, less capital expenditures and software purchases.

Full figures available here.

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