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Interactive Data Reports First-Quarter 2012 Results
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Dateline: Bedford, MA
Category: Financial Results
April 26, 2012 - Interactive Data Corporation today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Interactive Data's first-quarter 2012 revenue increased 2.4% to $216.5 million from $211.5 million in the first quarter of 2011. First-quarter 2011 revenue was reduced by $0.6 million due to the purchase accounting for the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates and the reduction in first-quarter 2011 revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, Interactive Data's organic (non-GAAP) revenue grew 2.5% from the first quarter in 2011.
Interactive Data's first-quarter 2012 income from operations was $29.0 million, compared with income from operations of $17.5 million in the same period one year ago. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, which excludes items that are either not part of the Company's ongoing core operations, do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course, for the first quarter of 2012 was $76.4 million, compared with $76.8 million in the same period one year ago.
"During the first quarter of 2012, Interactive Data generated modest revenue growth, maintained solid profitability and produced strong cash flow despite challenging market conditions," stated Mason Slaine, Interactive Data's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We made good progress with key product and technology development initiatives, which are resonating among customers and prospects. Moving forward, we remain focused on reengineering our technical infrastructure, expanding our market coverage and driving product innovation, all of which we believe is fundamental to delivering compelling value to customers worldwide and fueling our long-term growth."
Segment Reporting and Related Operating Highlights
As previously disclosed, effective for the fourth quarter of 2011, Interactive Data's two reportable segments were reorganized as Pricing and Reference Data, and Trading Solutions. The change was made in response to operational and organizational initiatives undertaken during the preceding year and completed in the fourth quarter, and reflects the way the Company currently approaches the market and analyzes operating performance. The Pricing and Reference Data segment represents the Company's evaluated pricing, reference data and fixed income analytics product areas. The Trading Solutions segment represents the Company's real-time data feeds, ultra low latency infrastructure services, hosted web applications and workstations. Historical financial results have been reclassified to reflect this change.
Pricing and Reference Data Segment:
- Interactive Data's Pricing and Reference Data segment reported first-quarter 2012 revenue of $149.7 million, a 3.8% increase over the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the effects of foreign exchange and the reduction of $0.5 million in first-quarter 2011 revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, first-quarter 2012 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business increased by 3.8% from the same period last year. The first-quarter 2012 organic revenue performance primarily reflects expansion in its evaluated pricing and reference data services product areas in the U.S. and Asia Pacific regions. Earlier this month, the Company expanded coverage and delivered new enhancements to its global Corporate Actions Service, and launched an upgraded version of Vantage, its innovative Web application that provides transparency into the fixed income market and its evaluated prices.
Trading Solutions Segment:
- Interactive Data's Trading Solutions segment generated first-quarter 2012 revenue of $66.9 million, compared with $67.3 million in the same quarter last year. Excluding the effects of foreign exchange and the reduction of $0.2 million in first-quarter 2011 revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, first-quarter 2012 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business was essentially unchanged. Continued growth of Interactive Data 7ticks trading infrastructure services area and modest expansion within the hosted web applications area were offset by lower real-time feeds and active trader-related workstation revenue. In addition, first-quarter 2011 Trading Solutions revenue benefited from higher one-time revenue in the trading infrastructure services area related to new client installations. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company significantly expanded the global connectivity for its Interactive Data 7ticks® network, extending the coverage to over 50 markets worldwide. In addition, the Company enhanced its PrimeTerminal and eSignal offerings for the wealth and active trader markets, respectively, with new content, features and capabilities.
Other First-Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
Effects of Foreign Exchange:
- The net effect of foreign exchange on first-quarter 2012 operating results was immaterial.
Balance Sheet Highlights:
- As of March 31, 2012, Interactive Data had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $218.7 million, compared with $136.4 million at the same time last year and $262.2 million at the end of 2011. The Company's total debt outstanding as of March 31, 2012, was approximately $2.0 billion. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company made principal repayments of $32.3 million on its term-loan facility.
Conference Call Information
Interactive Data Corporation will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first-quarter 2012 results on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number for the conference call is (785) 424-1057 and the related access code is IDCQ112. For those who cannot listen to this broadcast, a replay of the call will be available from April 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. until Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., and it can be accessed by dialing (402) 220-7214 or (800) 756-8809 (no access code is required).
In addition to presenting our results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we also disclose the following non-GAAP information:
- Management includes information regarding organic revenue. Organic revenue excludes the effects of foreign currency exchange rates, adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue, and, if applicable, the contribution of businesses recently acquired (and related intercompany eliminations as appropriate). Management believes reporting organic revenue facilitates period-to-period comparisons, and provides a better understanding of underlying business trends and our future revenue growth prospects.
- Management includes organic revenue for our Pricing and Reference Data, and Trading Solutions segments because management believes this additional level of detail provides further insight into underlying performance trends.
- Management includes information regarding earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). We also include information regarding adjusted EBITDA, which we define as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges and benefits, adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue, and other non-cash, non-operational or non-recurring items. In addition, management also includes information regarding pro forma adjusted EBITDA. We define this metric as earnings, excluding all of the above factors as well as other adjustments permitted under the Company's senior secured credit facilities. Management considers these measures to be important indicators of the Company's operational profitability and cash generation strength and a good measure of the Company's historical operating trend because it eliminates items that are either not part of the Company's ongoing core operations, do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course of business. In addition, the Company's pro forma adjusted EBITDA measure is based on the definition of EBITDA set forth in the agreements governing the Company's senior secured credit facilities.
- Management includes information regarding free cash flow, which we define as adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures. Management considers free cash flow as another important measure of the Company's cash generation strength that supports the Company's ability to repay its debt obligations and invest in future growth through new business development activities or acquisitions.
- Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring the Company's core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. Such measures are also used by management in their financial and operating decision-making, and for forecasting and planning purposes. In addition, management also considers pro forma adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator which can be used for the purpose of analyzing covenant compliance under the Company's senior secured credit facilities.
- The non-GAAP financial measures of the Company's results of operations included in this press release should not be considered in isolation from comparable measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the Company's results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the accompanying tables. The non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements
The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements and include our statements discussing our goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans, future financial conditions, future challenges and opportunities, including our statements about remaining focused on reengineering our technical infrastructure, expanding our market coverage and driving product innovation, which we believe is fundamental to delivering compelling value to customers worldwide and fueling our long-term growth . Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, under the caption "Risk Factors." The Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available in the "Investors" section of our Website under the heading "SEC Filings." Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: (i) the implementation of strategies designed to improve revenue and profit growth; (ii) the impact of cost-cutting pressures across the industries we serve; (iii) general worldwide economic conditions and related uncertainties; (iv) consolidation of financial services companies, within and across industries, or the failure of financial institutions; (v) decline in activity levels in the securities markets, weak or declining financial performance of market participants or the failure of market participants; (vi) the intensity of competition we face; (vii) a prolonged outage at one of our data centers or other major disruptions of our computer operations or those of our suppliers; (viii) our ability to maintain relationships with our key suppliers and providers of market data; (ix) our ability to maintain our relationships with service bureaus and custodian banks and our other customers; (x) the need to develop new products and adapt to legal, regulatory, technology or other change; (xi) our cost-savings plans may not be effective or yield the expected efficiencies or may take longer than anticipated; (xii) risks related to our substantial leverage, including our ability to raise additional capital to fund operations or react to changes in the economy or our industry, and our exposure to interest rate risk on our variable rate debt (to the extent the risk is not mitigated by the interest rate hedge and cap arrangements that we may have in place from time to time); (xiii) our ability to negotiate and enter into strategic acquisitions or alliances on favorable terms, if at all, (xiv) our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from any strategic acquisitions or alliances that we enter into; (xv) we are subject to regulatory oversight and we provide services to financial institutions that are subject to regulatory oversight; (xvi) certain of our subsidiaries are subject to complex regulations and licensing requirements; (xvii) the risks of doing business internationally; (xviii) intellectual property related risks, including any allegations that we infringe the intellectual property rights of others; and (xix) our ability to attract and retain qualified management and other key personnel. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change and, therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.
About Interactive Data Corporation
Interactive Data Corporation is a trusted leader in financial information. Thousands of financial institutions and active traders, as well as hundreds of software and service providers, subscribe to our fixed income evaluations, reference data, real-time market data, trading infrastructure services, fixed income analytics, desktop solutions and web-based solutions. Interactive Data's offerings support clients around the world with mission-critical functions, including portfolio valuation, regulatory compliance, risk management, electronic trading and wealth management. Interactive Data is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts and has over 2,500 employees in offices worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.interactivedata.com.