FactSet Reports Solid Results for First Quarter 2021

Revenue increases 6% and EPS rises 8%

Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES


NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FactSet ("FactSet" or the “Company”) (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), a global provider of integrated financial information, analytical applications, and industry-leading service, today announced results for its first quarter ended November 30, 2020.

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 5.9%, or $21.5 million, to $388.2 million compared with $366.7 million for the same period in fiscal 2020. The increase is primarily due to higher sales of analytics and content and technology solutions (CTS). Organic revenues grew 5.1% to $386.7 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2021 from the prior year period.
  • Annual Subscription Value (ASV) plus professional services was $1.56 billion at November 30, 2020, compared with $1.48 billion at November 30, 2019. The organic growth rate, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions, and foreign currency movements, was 5.0%. The primary contributors to this growth rate were higher sales in FactSet's research workflow solutions offset by lower sales in wealth and analytics. Please see the “ASV + Professional Services” section of this press release for details.
  • Operating margin increased to 31.2% compared with 30.9% for the same period last year. Adjusted operating margin improved to 34.3% compared with 33.9% in the prior year period primarily as a result of reduced employee-related operating expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 7.8% to $2.62 compared with $2.43 for the same period in fiscal 2020. Adjusted diluted EPS rose 11.6% to $2.88 compared with $2.58 in the prior year period primarily driven by an improvement in operating results.
  • The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter increased to 15.8% compared with 13.6% a year ago, primarily due to an income tax benefit from a change in the foreign tax rate in the prior year as well as benefits related to finalizing the Company's tax returns with no similar event for the three months ended November 30, 2020.
  • FactSet acquired Truvalue Labs, Inc., a pioneer in AI-driven environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data, in November 2020.
  • FactSet reaffirms its annual outlook for fiscal 2021. Please see the “Annual Business Outlook” section of this press release for details.
  • As previously disclosed on June 25, 2020, Scott Billeadeau retired from the Company's board of directors effective December 17, 2020. Lee Shavel has been appointed the new chair of FactSet's audit committee.

“We have more conviction in our end markets than we did when we started the fiscal year,” said Phil Snow, FactSet CEO. “Our pipeline remains robust, built on the investments we are making in content and technology. The number and depth of conversations we are having with our largest clients around digital transformation, and how we can help streamline their workflows, position us well as we enter our second quarter.”


Key Financial Measures*

(Condensed and Unaudited)Three Months Ended 
 November 30,November 30, 
(In thousands, except per share data)20202019Change
GAAP revenues$388,206 $366,658 5.9%
Organic revenues$386,651 $367,874 5.1%
Operating income$121,031 $113,186 6.9%
Adjusted operating income$133,003 $124,722 6.6%
Operating margin31.2%30.9% 
Adjusted operating margin34.3%33.9% 
Net income$101,206 $93,957 7.7%
Adjusted net income$111,283 $99,655 11.7%
Diluted EPS$2.62 $2.43 7.8%
Adjusted diluted EPS$2.88 $2.58 11.6%

* See reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to adjusted key financial measures in the back of this press release.

“We continue to execute our plan diligently, with increased productivity and lower discretionary spend helping to fund our investment plans,” said Helen Shan, FactSet CFO. “We remain confident in our ability to deliver on both our annual targets and sustainable shareholder value, even through this period of pandemic uncertainty.”

Annual Subscription Value (ASV) + Professional Services and Segment Revenue

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 $1,562 million at November 30, 2020. Organic ASV plus professional services was $1,557 million at November 30, 2020, up $74.2 million from the prior year at a growth rate of 5.0%. Organic ASV, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions, and foreign currency movements, plus professional services, decreased $7.0 million over the last three months.

Buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were 5.1% and 4.4%, respectively. Buy-side clients accounted for approximately 84% of organic ASV while the remainder was derived from sell-side firms that perform mergers and acquisitions advisory work, capital markets services, and equity research. Supplementary tables covering organic buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates may be found on the last page of this press release.

ASV from the Americas region was $958.5 million, increasing 5.6% over the prior year period's $907.5 million. Americas revenues for the quarter increased to $244.3 million compared with $231.3 million in the first quarter last year. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months, the Americas revenue growth rate was 5.6%.

ASV from the EMEA region was $422.0 million, increasing 4.7% over the prior year period's $402.4 million. EMEA revenues were $105.8 million compared with $100.8 million from the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency impacts, the EMEA region revenue growth rate was 4.9%.

ASV from the Asia Pacific region was $156.5 million, increasing 9.5% over the prior year period's $143.9 million. Asia Pacific revenues were $38.1 million compared with $34.5 million from the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency impacts, the Asia Pacific revenue growth rate was 10.4%. Segment ASV does not include professional services, which totaled $25.4 million at November 30, 2020.

Operational Highlights – First Quarter Fiscal 2021

  • Client count as of November 30, 2020 was 5,939, a net increase of 64 clients in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in corporate and wealth management clients. The count includes clients with ASV of $10,000 and above.
  • User count increased by 5,187 to 138,238 in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in wealth advisory users.
  • Annual ASV retention was greater than 95%. When expressed as a percentage of clients, annual retention was 90%.
  • Employee count was 10,622 as of November 30, 2020, up 7.7% over the last twelve months. Excluding the Truvalue Labs acquisition, headcount grew by 7.3% primarily driven by increased hiring in the Company's sales and content organizations.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities decreased to $89.3 million compared with $95.8 million for the first quarter of 2020. Quarterly free cash flow increased to $70.9 million compared with $69.0 million a year ago, an increase of 2.8%, primarily due to lower capital expenditures.
  • Capital expenditures decreased to $18.3 million, compared with $26.8 million a year ago, primarily due to reduced facilities spend.
  • A regular quarterly dividend of $29.1 million, or $0.77 per share, was paid on December 17, 2020, to holders of record of FactSet’s common stock at the close of business on November 30, 2020.
  • FactSet acquired Truvalue Labs, a San Francisco based company that applies AI-driven technology to over 100,000 unstructured text sources in 13 languages, including news, trade journals, and nongovernmental organizations and industry reports, to provide daily signals that identify positive and negative ESG behavior.
  • The Company launched content and analytics for Danish covered bonds across its distribution channels, including the FactSet workstation. FactSet is working with Scanrate, a leading provider of fixed income software, models, and data for the Danish bond market, to deliver increased coverage of the Danish market.

Share Repurchase Program

FactSet repurchased 131,800 shares of its common stock for $43.1 million at an average price of $327.35 during the first quarter under the Company’s existing share repurchase program. As of December 21, 2020, $216 million is available for share repurchases.

Annual Business Outlook

FactSet provided its outlook for fiscal 2021 on September 24, 2020. The following forward-looking statements reflect FactSet's expectations as of today's date. Given the risk factors, uncertainties, and assumptions discussed below, actual results may differ materially, particularly with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the duration, magnitude, and impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. FactSet does not intend to update its forward-looking statements prior to its next quarterly results announcement.

Fiscal 2021 Expectations

  • Organic ASV plus professional services is expected to increase in the range of $55 million and $85 million over fiscal 2020.
  • GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $1,570 million and $1,585 million.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be in the range of 29.5% and 30.5%.
  • Adjusted operating margin is expected to be in the range of 32.0% and 33.0%.
  • FactSet's annual effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 15.0% and 16.5%.
  • GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $10.05 and $10.45. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $10.75 and $11.15.

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 2021. Please see the back of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to adjusted metrics.                                                                                                

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, December 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its first quarter results. The call will be webcast live at FactSet Investor Relations. The following information is provided for those who would like to participate:

U.S. Participants:833.726.6487
International Participants:830.213.7677
Passcode:9276789

An archived webcast with the accompanying slides will be available at FactSet Investor Relations for one year after the conclusion of the live event. The earnings call transcript will also be available via the FactSet workstation or web. An audio replay of this conference will also be available until December 28, 2020 via the following telephone numbers: 855.859.2056 in the U.S. and 404.537.3406 internationally using passcode 9276789.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about industries in which FactSet operates and the beliefs and assumptions of management. All statements that address expectations, guidance, outlook or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, revenues, future financial results, anticipated growth, market position, subscriptions, expected expenditures, trends in FactSet’s business and financial results, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects," "believes, " "anticipates," "plans," "intends, " "estimates, " "projects," "should," "indicates," "continues," "may" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in FactSet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and FactSet assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Financial measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP including revenue, 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.

Organic revenues 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 both intangible asset amortization and non-recurring items. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures better reflect the underlying economic performance of FactSet.

The GAAP financial measure, cash flows provided by operating activities, has been adjusted for 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
 November 30, November 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)2020 2019
Revenues$388,206   $366,658  
Operating expenses   
  Cost of services188,088   164,957  
  Selling, general and administrative79,087   88,515  
     Total operating expenses267,175   253,472  
    
     Operating income121,031   113,186  
Other expense   
  Interest expense, net(1,029)  (3,131) 
 Other (expense) income, net230   (1,314) 
Income before income taxes120,232   108,741  
    
Provision for income taxes19,026   14,784  
     Net income$101,206   $93,957  
    
Diluted earnings per common share$2.62   $2.43  
Diluted weighted average common shares38,697   38,587  


 
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
   
 November 30,August 31,
(In thousands)20202019
ASSETS  
   Cash and cash equivalents$560,137  $585,605  
   Investments18,166  19,572  
   Accounts receivable, net of reserves156,218  155,011  
   Prepaid taxes25,908  38,067  
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets43,660  43,675  
     Total current assets804,089  841,930  
   
   Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net135,121  133,102  
   Goodwill738,575  709,703  
   Intangible assets, net134,896  121,095  
   Lease right-of-use assets, net257,591  248,929  
   Other assets29,154  28,629  
           TOTAL ASSETS$2,099,426  $2,083,388  
   
LIABILITIES  
   Accounts payable and accrued expenses$84,738  $82,094  
   Current lease liabilities30,954  29,056  
   Accrued compensation36,486  81,873  
   Deferred fees46,439  53,987  
   Dividends payable29,266  29,283  
     Total current liabilities227,883  276,293  
   
   Long-term debt575,511  574,354  
   Deferred taxes18,444  19,713  
   Deferred fees9,147  9,319  
   Taxes payable28,795  27,739  
   Lease liabilities279,723  272,269  
   Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities7,350  7,326  
       TOTAL LIABILITIES$1,146,853  $1,187,013  
   
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  
       TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY$952,573  $896,375  
   
           TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY$2,099,426  $2,083,388  


 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
  
 Three months ended
 November 30,November 30,
(In thousands)20202019
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES  
Net income$101,206  $93,957  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities  
   Depreciation and amortization15,290  14,390  
   Amortization of right-of-use asset10,697  10,700  
   Stock-based compensation expense11,317  9,814  
   Deferred income taxes437  (6,624) 
   Loss on sale of assets —  
   Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions  
     Accounts receivable, net of reserves(342) 875  
     Accounts payable and accrued expenses2,240  13,165  
     Accrued compensation(45,858) (45,780) 
     Deferred fees(9,724) (6,483) 
     Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes13,302  16,616  
     Lease liabilities, net(10,007) (3,761) 
   Other, net710  (1,078) 
         Net cash provided by operating activities89,276  95,791  
   
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES  
Acquisition of business, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired(41,916) —  
Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net of proceeds from dispositions(18,333) (26,780) 
Purchases of Investments(250) (2,620) 
Proceeds from maturity or sale of investments2,177  2,257  
         Net cash used in investing activities(58,322) (27,143) 
   
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES  
Repurchases of common stock(43,144) (84,423) 
Dividend payments(29,103) (27,259) 
Proceeds from employee stock plans17,993  16,727  
Other financing, net(2,123) —  
         Net cash used in financing activities(56,377) (94,955) 
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(45) 2,725  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(25,468) (23,582) 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period585,605  359,799  
         Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$560,137  $336,217  


Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Results to Adjusted Financial Measures

Financial measures in accordance with U.S. 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.


Revenues

(Unaudited)Three Months Ended 
 November 30,November 30, 
(In thousands)20202019Change
GAAP revenues$388,206   $366,658  5.9 %
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (a)60   1,216   
Acquired revenues (b)(375) —   
Currency impact (c)(1,240) —   
Organic revenues$386,651   $367,874  5.1 %

(a)   The adjustment relates to deferred revenue fair value adjustments from purchase accounting.

(b)   Acquired revenues from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.

(c)   The impact from foreign currency movements over the past 12 months.



Operating Income, Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS

(Unaudited)Three Months Ended 
 November 30,November 30, 
(In thousands, except per share data)20202019Change
GAAP Operating income$121,031  $113,186   6.9 %
Intangible asset amortization5,699  5,152    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment60  1,216    
Other non-recurring items (a)6,213  5,168    
Adjusted operating income$133,003  $124,722   6.6 %
Adjusted operating margin (b)34.3 %33.9  % 
    
GAAP Net income$101,206  $93,957   7.7 %
Intangible asset amortization (c)4,797  4,181    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (c)51  987    
Other non-recurring items (a)(c)5,229  4,011    
Income tax (expenses) / benefits (d)—  (3,481)  
Adjusted net income$111,283  $99,655   11.7 %
    
GAAP Diluted earnings per common share$2.62  $2.43   7.8 %
Intangible asset amortization0.12  0.11    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment0.00  0.03    
Other non-recurring items (a)0.14  0.10    
Income tax (expenses) / benefits (d)—  (0.09)  
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share$2.88  $2.58   11.6 %
Weighted average common shares (Diluted)38,697  38,587    

(a)   GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was adjusted to exclude $6.2 million of pre-tax net expenses primarily related to professional fees and software development costs associated with the ongoing multi-year investment plan and severance, which reduced net income by $5.2 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.14. GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was adjusted to exclude $5.2 million of pre-tax net expenses primarily related to severance, stock-based compensation acceleration, professional fees related to infrastructure upgrade activities, and facilities costs, which reduced net income by $4.0 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.10. The income tax effect related to the other non-recurring items was $1.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared with $1.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2020.

(b)   Adjusted operating margin is calculated as adjusted operating income divided by GAAP revenues plus the deferred revenue fair value adjustment.

(c)   For purposes of calculating adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, intangible asset amortization, deferred revenue fair value adjustments and other non-recurring items were taxed at the annual effective tax rates of 15.8% for fiscal 2021 and 19.0% for fiscal 2020.

(d)   GAAP net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was adjusted to exclude $3.5 million or $0.09 per share of income tax benefits primarily related to reserve adjustments and a change in tax rate of a foreign jurisdiction.


Business Outlook Operating Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS

(Unaudited)  
 Annual Fiscal 2021 Guidance
(In millions, except per share data)Low end of rangeHigh end of range
GAAP Operating Income$468  $479   
GAAP Operating margin29.5  %30.5  %
   
Intangible asset amortization (a)25  25   
Other non-recurring items (b)14  14   
   
Adjusted Operating Income$507  $518   
Adjusted operating margin32.0  %33.0  %
   
GAAP Net income$386  $402   
Intangible asset amortization (a)21  21   
Other non-recurring items (b)12  12   
Discrete tax items(5)(5) 
Adjusted net income$415  $430   
   
GAAP Diluted earnings per common share$10.05  $10.45   
Intangible asset amortization0.55  0.55   
Other non-recurring items0.30  0.30   
Discrete tax items(0.15)(0.15) 
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share$10.75  $11.15   

(a)   The income tax effect related to intangible asset amortization is $4.0 million for the period presented above.

(b)   GAAP operating income for the full fiscal 2021 year is adjusted to exclude $14.0 million of pre-tax expenses related to other non-recurring items. The income tax effect related to other non-recurring items is $2.2 million for the period presented above.


Free Cash Flow

(Unaudited)Three Months Ended 
 November 30,November 30, 
(In thousands)20202019Change
Net cash provided by operating activities$89,277   $95,791    
Capital expenditures(18,333) (26,780)  
Free cash flow$70,944   $69,011   2.8 %


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.

 Q1'21Q4'20Q3'20Q2'20Q1'20Q4'19Q3'19Q2'19
% of ASV from buy-side clients84.0%83.8%84.1%84.1%83.9%83.7%84.2%83.9%
% of ASV from sell-side clients16.0%16.2%15.9%15.9%16.1%16.3%15.8%16.1%
         
ASV Growth rate from buy-side clients5.1%5.4%4.8%4.5%4.0%4.8%5.2%5.3%
ASV Growth rate from sell-side clients4.4%4.6%5.6%2.9%4.0%6.3%6.8%9.2%


The following table presents the calculation of the above-mentioned ASV growth rates from all clients.
(Details may not sum to total due to rounding)


(In millions)Q1'21 Q1'20
As reported ASV plus Professional Services (a)$1,562.5   $1,477.9  
Currency impact (b)(0.4) —  
Acquisition ASV (c)(4.9) $—  
Organic ASV plus Professional Services total$1,557.2   $1,477.9  
Total Organic ASV plus Professional Services growth rate 5.0%  

(a)   ASV includes $25.4 million and $24.1 million, respectively, in professional services fees as of November 30, 2020 and November 30, 2019, respectively.

(b)   The impact from foreign currency movements was excluded above to calculate total organic ASV.

(c)   Acquired ASV from acquisitions completed within the last 12 months.