FORM 6-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 6-K

 

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of August 2020   Commission File Number: 1-31349

 

 

 

THOMSON REUTERS CORPORATION

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

 

 

333 Bay Street, Suite 300

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2R2, Canada

(Address of principal executive office)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

THOMSON REUTERS CORPORATION
(Registrant)
By:   /s/ Marc E. Gold
  Name:    Marc E. Gold
  Title:      Deputy Company Secretary

Date: August 5, 2020

     


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit Number

  

Description

99.1    News release dated August 5, 2020 – Thomson Reuters Reports Second-Quarter 2020 Results
EXHIBIT 99.1 - EARNINGS RELEASE

Exhibit 99.1

 

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Thomson Reuters Reports Second-Quarter 2020 Results

Full-year outlook reaffirmed; free cash flow outlook raised

Second-quarter outlook achieved and new third-quarter outlook provided

TORONTO, August 5, 2020 – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“I am pleased to report that the company met or exceeded each of the financial guidance metrics provided in May for the second quarter. And, given our performance for the second quarter and first half, we have increasing confidence in how our businesses will perform over the remainder of the year. Therefore, we are raising our free cash flow outlook and reaffirming the rest of our full-year 2020 guidance,” said Steve Hasker, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters.

“I again want to express my appreciation to our employees for their flexibility, fortitude and ongoing support of our customers as they shifted from the office to working from home. Importantly, we have seen an improvement in both productivity and customer satisfaction during this period.”

“As we look ahead, we see tangible opportunities to better serve our customers with solutions that are digital, virtual, real-time and automated. Today’s environment has reinforced that view, and our customers are demanding it. We have an opportunity to reimagine the end-to-end customer experience through simplification, innovation and enhanced product integration, which I believe will present substantive opportunities to further fuel our growth and realize substantial efficiencies.”

Consolidated Financial Highlights—Three Months Ended June 30

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margin and EPS)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

     2020     2019(2)     Change     Change at
Constant
Currency
 
IFRS Financial Measures(1)          

Revenues

  $ 1,405     $ 1,423       -1    

Operating profit

  $ 365     $ 447       -18    

Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

  $ 0.25     $ 0.36       -31    

Cash flow from operations

  $ 422     $ 113       288    
   
Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)          

Revenues

  $ 1,405     $ 1,423       -1     0

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 479     $ 355       35     34

Adjusted EBITDA margin

    34.1     25.0     910bp       840bp  

Adjusted EPS

  $ 0.44     $ 0.29       52     48

Free cash flow

  $ 305     $ 1       n/m      

 

n/m: not meaningful

(1)  In addition to results reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the company uses certain non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These and other non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the tables appended to this news release.

(2)  2019 results have been revised to correct for certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of this news release.

 

   

   


 

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Revenues decreased 1% as growth in recurring revenues was more than offset by expected declines in Global Print and transactions revenues, as well as a negative impact from foreign currency that reduced revenues by $21 million (approximately 1%).

 

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As expected, organic revenues decreased 2% reflecting the declines in Global Print (down 17%) and transactions revenues (down 19%).

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Recurring revenues, which comprised 81% of total revenues, grew 4% before currency and 3% organically.

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The company’s “Big 3” segments (Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals), which collectively comprised approximately 80% of second-quarter revenues, reported organic revenue growth of 2%, driven by 4% growth in recurring revenues.

Operating profit decreased as the prior-year period included a significantly higher benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv relating to the proposed sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG), which is discussed later in this news release.

 

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Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 35% due to the completion of the program in 2019 to reposition the company following the separation from Financial & Risk (F&R) and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related efforts to mitigate 2020 annual costs by $100 million. The related margin increased to 34.1% from 25.0% in the prior-year period.

Diluted EPS decreased to $0.25 per share from $0.36 per share in the prior-year period primarily due to lower operating profit, which reflects the impact of the warrant revaluation.

 

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Adjusted EPS, which excludes the warrant revaluation as well as other adjustments, increased to $0.44 from $0.29 in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher adjusted EBITDA.

Cash flow from operations increased to $422 million from $113 million due to significantly higher costs and investments in the prior-year period to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R from the company, favorable working capital movements and savings from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts.

 

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Free cash flow was $305 million and increased for the same reasons.


 

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Highlights by Customer Segment—Three Months Ended June 30

 

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margins)

(unaudited)

 
   
     Three Months Ended                    
     June 30,     Change  
     2020     2019(1)     Total     Constant
Currency
    Organic(2)  

Revenues

       

Legal Professionals

  $ 620     $ 605       2     3     1

Corporates

    329       315       4     6     5

Tax & Accounting Professionals

    168       182       -8     -4     0
   

 

 

   

 

 

         

“Big 3” Segments Combined

    1,117       1,102       1     3     2

Reuters News

    155       156       -1     0     -11

Global Print

    134       164       -19     -17     -17

Eliminations/Rounding

    (1     1          
   

 

 

   

 

 

         

Revenues

  $ 1,405     $ 1,423       -1     0     -2
   

 

 

   

 

 

         

Adjusted EBITDA

       

Legal Professionals

  $ 254     $ 229       11     11    

Corporates

    118       98       21     21    

Tax & Accounting Professionals

    54       59       -9     -6    
   

 

 

   

 

 

         

“Big 3” Segments Combined

    426       386       10     11    

Reuters News

    25       19       24     6    

Global Print

    54       72       -25     -24    

Corporate costs

    (26     (122     n/a       n/a      
   

 

 

   

 

 

         

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 479     $ 355       35     34    
   

 

 

   

 

 

         
Adjusted EBITDA Margin        

Legal Professionals

    40.9     37.8     310bp       280bp      

Corporates

    35.9     30.9     500bp       450bp      

Tax & Accounting Professionals

    31.9     32.3     -40bp       -80bp      

“Big 3” Segments Combined

    38.1     34.9     320bp       270bp      

Reuters News

    15.6     12.5     310bp       70bp      

Global Print

    40.5     44.1     -360bp       -390bp      

Corporate costs

    n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a      

Adjusted EBITDA margin

    34.1     25.0     910bp       840bp      

 

n/a:  not applicable

(1)  For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.    

(2)  Computed for revenue growth only.

   

   

   

Unless otherwise noted, all revenue growth comparisons by customer segment in this news release are at constant currency (or exclude the impact of foreign currency) as Thomson Reuters believes this provides the best basis to measure their performance.

Legal Professionals

Revenues increased 3% (1% organic) to $620 million.

 

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Recurring revenues grew 5% (94% of total), driven by organic revenue growth of 3% and contributions from HighQ and Pondera, which were acquired in July 2019 and March 2020, respectively.

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Transactions revenues declined 17% (6% of total) due to a delay in Elite installations, a slowing of transactional sales and the cancellation of some in-person events. Transactions revenues declined 19% organically.


 

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Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to $254 million.

 

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The margin increased to 40.9% from 37.8%, primarily due to higher revenues and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts.

Corporates

Revenues increased 6% (5% organic) to $329 million, primarily due to strong recurring revenue growth. Growth of 6% also reflected contributions from the July 2019 acquisitions of Confirmation and HighQ, which more than offset a loss of revenues following the sale of the Pangea3/Legal Managed Services business in May 2019.

 

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Recurring revenues grew 7% (86% of total), all organic.

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Transactions revenues declined 2% (14% of total).

Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% to $118 million.

 

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The margin increased to 35.9% from 30.9%, primarily due to higher revenues and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

Revenues of $168 million decreased 4%, as expected (organic revenues were unchanged). The decrease was due to a 3% negative impact related to the delay in transactional Pay-Per-Return tax filings resulting from the extended U.S. federal tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 and a loss of revenues following the sale of the Aumentum government business in November 2019. If $6 million of Pay-Per-Return tax filings had not been delayed to the third quarter, Tax & Accounting Professionals’ organic revenues would have increased 3%. The $6 million in delayed revenues was recorded in July and will be reflected in the segment’s third-quarter results.

 

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Recurring revenues declined 3% (81% of total), driven by the loss of revenues from the sale of the Aumentum government business. Organic recurring revenues grew 4%.

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Transactions revenues declined 6% (19% of total), driven by an organic revenue decline of 14%, primarily due to the delayed Pay-Per-Return tax filings.

Adjusted EBITDA declined 9% to $54 million.

 

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The margin decreased from 32.3% to 31.9%, primarily due to the decline in revenues.

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The Tax & Accounting Professionals segment is the company’s most seasonal business with nearly 60% of full-year revenues typically generated in the first and fourth quarters. Because of this, the margin performance in this segment historically has been generally higher in the first and fourth quarters as costs are typically incurred in a more linear fashion throughout the year.

Reuters News

Revenues of $155 million were relatively flat and organic revenues decreased 11% primarily due to the COVID-19-related cancellation of in-person events in the Reuters Events business (formerly FC Business Intelligence), which was acquired in October 2019.

 

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All of Reuters Events in-person conferences have been postponed through the third quarter.

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In the third quarter of 2020, the company expects Reuters News total revenues to decline between 2% and 4%. Full-year 2020 revenues are expected to decline between 4% and 6%.

Adjusted EBITDA was $25 million, up $6 million from the prior-year period mainly due to a benefit from one-time items and currency.


 

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Global Print

Revenues decreased 17% to $134 million, as expected, due to the continuing delay in shipments of content.

In the third quarter of 2020, the company expects Global Print’s revenues to decline between 7% and 15%, primarily due to the continuing delay in shipping some print materials as many customers continue to work from home and are not at their offices to accept shipments throughout the phased re-openings of the U.S. and various other countries. As these print materials have historically been viewed as critical content by law firms and government agencies, the company currently expects most of these shipments will eventually take place by the end of 2020. Full-year revenues for Global Print are expected to decline between 7%-11%.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 25% to $54 million.

 

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The margin decreased from 44.1% to 40.5% due to the decline in revenues.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs at the adjusted EBITDA level were $26 million compared to $122 million in the prior-year period. The decline primarily reflected the completion of the company’s program in 2019 to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation of F&R, which required significant costs and investments. In addition, the first half of 2020 benefited from some favorable timing items that are not expected to continue.

Consolidated Financial Highlights – Six Months Ended June 30

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margin and EPS)

(unaudited)

 
      2020     2019(2)     Change     Change at
Constant
Currency
 
IFRS Financial Measures(1)           

Revenues

   $ 2,925     $ 2,910       1    

Operating profit

   $ 655     $ 721       -9    

Diluted EPS

   $ 0.64     $ 0.56       14    

Cash flow from operations

   $ 598     $ 83       635    

Non-IFRS Financial Measures(1)

          

Revenues

   $ 2,925     $ 2,910       1     2

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 959     $ 752       27     27

Adjusted EBITDA margin

     32.8     25.8     700bp       650bp  

Adjusted EPS

   $ 0.92     $ 0.65       42%       40

Free cash flow

   $ 340     $ (176     n/m      
 

n/m: not meaningful

(1)  In addition to results reported in accordance with IFRS, the company uses certain non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These and other non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the tables appended to this news release.

(2)  2019 results have been revised to correct for certain immaterial misstatements. For additional information, see the “Revision of Prior-Period Financial Statements” section of this news release.

  

   

   

Revenues increased 1% as growth in recurring revenues more than offset a decline in Global Print revenues, as well as a negative impact from foreign currency that reduced revenues by $35 million (approximately 1%).

 

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Organic revenue growth was flat as 4% growth in recurring revenues, which comprised 79% of total revenues, was offset by declines in transactions and Global Print revenues.

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The company’s “Big 3” segments reported organic revenue growth of 3%, driven by 4% growth in recurring revenues, and collectively comprised approximately 80% of revenues in the first half of the year.

Operating profit declined as the prior-year period included a significantly higher benefit from the revaluation of warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv.


 

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Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the warrant revaluation among other items, increased 27%, primarily due to lower costs reflecting the completion of the F&R separation program, which required significant costs and investments in the prior-year period and lower expenses from the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts. The related margin increased to 32.8% from 25.8% in the prior-year period.

Diluted EPS increased to $0.64 per share compared to $0.56 per share in the prior-year period as lower losses from the company’s 45% equity interest in Refinitiv and currency benefits from the revaluation of certain intercompany financing arrangements more than offset higher income taxes and lower operating profit due to the impact of the warrant revaluation.

 

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Adjusted EPS, which excludes the company’s equity interest in Refinitiv, the currency revaluation benefits, the warrant revaluation and other adjustments, increased to $0.92 from $0.65 in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher adjusted EBITDA.

Cash flow from operations increased primarily because the prior-year period included a $167 million pension contribution as well as significantly higher costs and investments to reposition Thomson Reuters following the separation from F&R. Cash flow also benefited from savings related to the company’s COVID-19-related cost mitigation efforts in the current period.

 

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Free cash flow increased for the same reasons.


 

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Highlights by Customer Segment – Six Months Ended June 30

 

(Millions of U.S. dollars, except for adjusted EBITDA margins)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

       
      Six Months Ended
June 30,
    Change  
      2020     2019(1)     Total     Constant
Currency
    Organic(2)  

Revenues

            

Legal Professionals

   $ 1,246     $ 1,205       3     4     3

Corporates

     696       661       5     6     5

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     386       404       -4     -1     0
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     2,328       2,270       3     4     3

Reuters News

     310       311       0     0     -8

Global Print

     289       329       -12     -11     -11

Eliminations/Rounding

     (2     —            
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

Revenues

   $ 2,925     $ 2,910       1     2     0
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

Adjusted EBITDA

            

Legal Professionals

   $ 484     $ 458       6     6    

Corporates

     235       209       13     13    

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     138       151       -8     -6    
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     857       818       5     5    

Reuters News

     44       42       3     -12    

Global Print

     117       146       -20     -19    

Corporate costs

     (59     (254     n/a       n/a      
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 959     $ 752       27     27    
    

 

 

   

 

 

         

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

            

Legal Professionals

     38.8     38.0     80bp       70bp      

Corporates

     33.8     31.5     230bp       180bp      

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     35.7     37.3     -160bp       -190bp      

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     36.8     36.0     80bp       60bp      

Reuters News

     14.1     13.6     50bp       -170bp      

Global Print

     40.5     44.4     -390bp       -420bp      

Corporate costs

     n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a      

Adjusted EBITDA margin

     32.8     25.8     700bp       650bp      

 

n/a: not applicable

(1)  For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.

(2)  Computed for revenue growth only.

 

   

   

Business Outlook for 2020

Thomson Reuters today increased its full-year 2020 outlook for free cash flow and reaffirmed all other metrics for full-year 2020 that it previously communicated on May 5, 2020. While the company’s second-quarter performance provides it with increasing confidence about its full-year outlook, it is still too early to predict with certainty how and when world markets may recover. The company has also provided an outlook for the third quarter of 2020.

The company’s outlook for 2020 continues to assume constant currency rates and excludes the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions that may occur in 2020. Thomson Reuters believes that this type of guidance provides useful insight into the performance of its businesses.


 

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Third-Quarter 2020 Outlook (New)

Total company revenues and total organic revenues for the third quarter of 2020 are expected to grow between 1.0% and 2.0%. The company’s revenues continue to be negatively affected by Reuters News and delays in shipping of certain Global Print materials.

The company’s “Big 3” segments (Legal Professionals, Corporates and Tax & Accounting Professionals) collectively are expected to achieve revenue growth and organic growth between 3.0% and 4.0% in the third quarter of 2020.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook – Reaffirms Outlook previously provided on May 5, 2020 (1)

 

     Total Thomson Reuters 2020
Outlook
   Big 3 2020
Outlook
     Before currency and excluding the impact of future acquisitions/dispositions

Total Revenue Growth

   1.0% - 2.0%    3.0% - 4.0%

Organic Revenue Growth

   0% - 1.0%    3.0% - 4.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

   31.0% - 32.0%    36.0% - 37.0%

Corporate Costs

   $140 - $150 million   

Free Cash Flow

   $1.0 - $1.1 billion   

Capital Expenditures – % of Revenue

   7.5% - 8.0%   

Depreciation & Amortization of Computer Software

   $625  - $650 million   

Interest Expense (P&L)

   $190  - $215 million   

Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Earnings

   Approx. 17% - 19%   

 

  (1)

The company increased its free cash flow outlook from ~$1.0 billion to $1.0-$1.1 billion as part of this news release.

The information in this section is forward-looking. Actual results, which include the impact of currency and acquisitions and dispositions completed during 2020, may differ materially from the company’s outlook. Some of the forward-looking financial measures in the outlook above are provided on a non-IFRS basis. See the section below entitled “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” for more information. The information in this section should also be read in conjunction with the section below entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Risks and Material Assumptions.”


 

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COVID-19 Update

Thomson Reuters has not experienced any significant disruptions to its business and continues to be fully operational. Most employees continue to work remotely from their homes, enabled by technology that allows them to collaborate with customers and each other. Essential employees who cannot work from home, such as Reuters News journalists and those working in the company’s Global Print facilities, follow various health and safety standards. While the company cancelled or postponed nearly all in-person conferences, primarily in its Reuters Events business, some of these events were replaced with virtual meetings. The company continues to act based on guidance from global health organizations, relevant governments and evolving best practices.

The company has approximately 500,000 customers that are largely comprised of legal and tax professionals in corporations and professional service firms, many of whom are also working remotely. The company’s products enable its customers to remain productive while they work remotely because they can access most Thomson Reuters products and services through the Internet.

The company continues to believe it is well positioned to weather the economic crisis because its business is supported by a solid financial foundation with access to liquidity resources that it believes are adequate to support it through a gradual recovery. Thomson Reuters principal sources of liquidity continue to be cash on hand, cash provided by its operations, its $1.8 billion syndicated credit facility and its $1.8 billion commercial paper program. From time to time, the company also issues debt securities under a prospectus. As set forth in its full-year 2020 outlook, the company expects to generate between $1.0 billion and $1.1 billion of free cash flow this year. As of June 30, 2020, Thomson Reuters had $946 million of cash on hand and $120 million of current indebtedness. None of the company’s outstanding debt securities are scheduled to mature until 2023.

Dividends and Share Repurchases

The company does not anticipate any changes to its plans to pay the annualized dividend. In February 2020, the company announced that its Board of Directors approved a $0.08 per share annualized increase in the dividend to $1.52 per common share (representing the 27th consecutive year of dividend increases). A quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share is payable on September 15, 2020 to common shareholders of record as of August 20, 2020.

In the first quarter of 2020, the company completed the repurchase of $200 million of its shares. The company did not repurchase any of its shares in the second quarter of 2020 and does not anticipate repurchasing more of its shares for the remainder of the year.

Refinitiv Ownership Interest and Proposed Sale to LSEG

On October 1, 2018, the company sold a 55% interest in its F&R business to private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone. Thomson Reuters retained a 45% interest in the business, which is now known as Refinitiv. Thomson Reuters includes its share of post-tax losses from its 45% interest in Refinitiv, an equity method investment, in its net earnings, however, it removes these amounts from its non-IFRS calculation of adjusted EPS. Refinitiv achieved run-rate savings of $567 million as of June 30, 2020. Refinitiv believes it is on track to achieve its full annual cost savings run-rate target of $650 million by the end of 2020. Additional information regarding Refinitiv’s financial results is provided in the appendix to this news release.

On August 1, 2019, Thomson Reuters and private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone agreed to sell Refinitiv to LSEG in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately $27 billion (as of the announcement date). The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2020 or early in 2021. Upon the closing of this transaction, Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own approximately 82.5 million LSEG shares, which would have a market value of approximately $9.1 billion based on LSEG’s closing share price on August 4, 2020.


 

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Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Our products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news service – Reuters. For more information on Thomson Reuters, visit tr.com and for the latest world news, reuters.com.

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

Thomson Reuters prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

This news release includes certain non-IFRS financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA and the related margin (other than at the customer segment level), net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio, free cash flow, adjusted EPS, selected measures excluding the impact of foreign currency, and changes in revenues computed on an organic basis. Thomson Reuters uses these non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies, and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the appended tables.

The company’s outlook contains various non-IFRS financial measures. The company believes that providing reconciliations of forward-looking non-IFRS financial measures in its outlook would be potentially misleading and not practical due to the difficulty of projecting items that are not reflective of ongoing operations in any future period. The magnitude of these items may be significant. Consequently, for outlook purposes only, the company is unable to reconcile these non-IFRS measures to the most comparable IFRS measures because it cannot predict, with reasonable certainty, the 2020 impact of changes in foreign exchange rates which impact (i) the translation of its results reported at average foreign currency rates for the year, and (ii) other finance income or expense related to intercompany financing arrangements. Additionally, the company cannot reasonably predict the occurrence or amount of other operating gains and losses, which include fair value adjustments relating to the warrants the company holds in Refinitiv as well as gains or losses that generally arise from business transactions that the company does not currently anticipate.

ROUNDING

Other than EPS, the company reports its results in millions of U.S. dollars, but computes percentage changes and margins using whole dollars to be more precise. As a result, percentages and margins calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding.

ADJUSTMENTS TO PRIOR-PERIOD SEGMENT RESULTS

The company adjusted its prior-period segment amounts to reflect the current presentation. In the first quarter of 2020, in connection with the completion of its program to reposition its businesses after the separation from Refinitiv, the company re-assessed its methodology for allocating costs to its business segments and adjusted its allocations. The 2019 segment amounts were also adjusted to reflect the transfer of certain revenues primarily from the Corporates segment to the Legal Professionals segment, where they are better aligned. These changes impacted the 2019 financial results of the segments, but did not change the consolidated 2019 financial results. The table below summarizes the segment amounts that changed:


 

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     Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019
    Six Months Ended
June 30, 2019
 
(millions of U.S. dollars)    As Reported     Adjustments     As Revised     As Reported     Adjustments     As Revised  

Revenues

            

Legal Professionals

   $ 603     $ 2     $ 605     $ 1,197     $ 8     $ 1,205  

Corporates

     318       (3     315       670       (9     661  

Eliminations/Rounding

     —         1       1       (1     1       —    

Total revenues

   $ 1,423       —       $ 1,423     $ 2,910       —       $ 2,910  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

            

Legal Professionals

   $ 232     $ (3   $ 229     $ 459     $ (1   $ 458  

Corporates

     102       (4     98       220       (11     209  

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     60       (1     59       153       (2     151  

Reuters News

     10       9       19       26       16       42  

Global Print

     73       (1     72       147       (1     146  

Corporate costs/Rounding

     (122     —         (122     (253     (1     (254
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjusted EBITDA

   $ 355       —       $ 355     $ 752       —       $ 752  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

REVISION OF PRIOR-PERIOD FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Since October 1, 2018, the company has included its share of post-tax losses from its 45% interest in Refinitiv, an equity method investment, in its net earnings. As initially disclosed by the company on October 31, 2019, a misstatement was identified in the third quarter of 2019 that understated the company’s share of Refinitiv’s post-tax losses since the fourth quarter of 2018. The misstatement related to an accounting principle difference for preferred stock issued by Refinitiv to the Blackstone consortium between U.S. GAAP, the basis on which Refinitiv prepares its financial statements, and IFRS, the basis on which Thomson Reuters prepares its financial statements. The misstatement, which does not impact revenue, operating profit, segment measures, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EPS, cash flow from operations or free cash flow, was immaterial to the company’s previously issued financial statements. As the correction of the cumulative misstatement in the third quarter of 2019 would have been material to net earnings in the quarter, the company revised its previously issued financial statements. In conjunction with correcting this misstatement, the company corrected other unrelated misstatements in the applicable prior periods which were also not material to the company’s previously issued financial statements.

The company revised its previously issued financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the year ended December 31, 2018, the three months ended March 31, 2019 and the six months ended June 30, 2019.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, MATERIAL RISKS AND MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS

Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements in the “Business Outlook for 2020” section, statements regarding the potential or expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thomson Reuters, its customers and the general economy, Mr. Hasker’s comments, the company’s expectations regarding Reuters News, Global Print, dividends, share repurchases and its liquidity and capital resources, the number of LSEG shares that Thomson Reuters is projected to indirectly own upon closing of the proposed sale of Refinitiv, the company’s current expectations regarding the timing for closing of the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction, and Refinitiv’s belief regarding achieving its full annual cost savings run-rate target by the end of 2020, are forward-looking. The words “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “target”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “predict”, “project” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. While the company believes that it has a reasonable basis for making forward-looking statements in this news release, they are not a guarantee of future performance or outcomes and there is no assurance that the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction will be completed or that any of the other events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. Forward-looking statements, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Many of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions are beyond the company’s control and the effects of them can be difficult to predict. In particular, the full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business, operations and financial results will depend on numerous evolving factors that it may not be able to accurately predict.

Some of the material risk factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s business and risks that the pandemic could have a longer duration or a more significant impact on


 

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Thomson Reuters than the company currently expects; changes in the general economy (including the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies); actions of competitors; fraudulent or unpermitted data access or other cyber-security or privacy breaches; failures or disruptions of data centers, network systems, telecommunications, or the Internet; failure to develop new products, services, applications and functionalities to meet customers’ needs, attract new customers and retain existing ones, or expand into new geographic markets and identify areas of higher growth; changes to law and regulations; failure to adapt to organizational changes and effectively implement strategic initiatives; failure to attract, motivate and retain high quality management and key employees; failure to derive fully the anticipated benefits from existing or future acquisitions, joint ventures, investments or dispositions; failure to meet the challenges involved in operating globally; failure to maintain a high renewal rate for recurring, subscription-based services; dependency on third parties for data, information and other services; inadequate protection of intellectual property rights; tax matters, including changes to tax laws, regulations and treaties; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; failure to protect the brands and reputation of Thomson Reuters; threat of legal actions and claims; downgrading of credit ratings and adverse conditions in the credit markets; failure to efficiently complete the separation of Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters; failure to complete the proposed LSEG/Refinitiv transaction; the effect of factors outside of the control of Thomson Reuters on funding obligations in respect of pension and post-retirement benefit arrangements; risk of antitrust/competition-related claims or investigations; actions or potential actions that could be taken by the company’s principal shareholder, The Woodbridge Company Limited; impairment of goodwill and other identifiable intangible assets; and the ability of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company to affect the company’s governance and management. Many of the foregoing risks are, and could be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and any worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result. These and other risk factors are discussed in materials that Thomson Reuters from time to time files with, or furnishes to, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Thomson Reuters annual and quarterly reports are also available in the “Investor Relations” section of www.thomsonreuters.com.

The company’s 2020 business outlook is based on information currently available to the company and is based on various external and internal assumptions made by the company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments (including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as other factors that the company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Material assumptions and material risks may cause actual performance to differ from the company’s expectations underlying its 2020 business outlook, which reflects the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Material assumptions related to the company’s revenue outlook are that there will be diminished economic activity through the second quarter followed by a gradual recovery through the second half of 2020; the financial and operational health of the company’s customer base in both the U.S. and global economies will gradually improve, which the company believes will coincide with the easing of lockdowns and other restrictions; the company will incur limited cancellations of subscription contracts during the economic crisis, as its products and services will remain critical for legal and tax professionals; during the extended work from home period, Thomson Reuters’ customers will continue to access the company’s products remotely and will value high quality information and tools that drive productivity and efficiency; the company will maintain its ability to acquire some new customers during the economic crisis, as it enhances its digital platforms and propositions or through other sales initiatives; Reuters News will experience a significant reduction in demand in its Reuters Events business due to the cancellation of in-person events, as well as lower demand in its consumer and news agency business; Thomson Reuters’ workforce will continue to be effective in a remote working environment for an extended period, including the ability to implement new products and service and support existing products for the company’s customers; the company’s Global Print facility will continue to remain open and its Reuters News journalists will continue to be able to report on global events; customer requested shipment delays of print materials will be temporary and that shipments delayed in the second quarter will resume in the third and fourth quarters of 2020; a limited number of Thomson Reuters’ smaller customers will be unable to pay the company or will seek financial accommodations or alternative payment terms due to their financial condition; and customers will continue to seek software-as-a-service or other cloud-based offerings. Material assumptions related to the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin outlook are its ability to achieve revenue growth targets; the company’s business mix continues to shift to higher-growth product offerings; continued investment in growth markets, customer service, product development and digital capabilities; and the company will be able to mitigate a significant portion of the impact of lost revenues on adjusted EBITDA margin through its cost savings programs, including reduced spending on consulting and advisory services, travel and entertainment, certain development initiatives and other discretionary spend. Material assumptions related to the company’s free cash flow outlook are its ability to achieve its revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin targets; capital expenditures are expected to be approximately between 7.5% to 8.0% of revenues in 2020; a limited number of Thomson Reuters’ smaller customers will be unable to pay the company or will seek financial accommodations or alternative payment terms due to their financial condition; and deferrals of payments from customers will be limited, and the company’s access to credit facilities will be sufficient to bridge any gap. Material assumptions related to the company’s effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook are its ability to achieve its adjusted EBITDA target; the mix of taxing jurisdictions where the company


 

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recognized pre-tax profit or losses in 2019 does not significantly change; no unexpected changes in tax laws or treaties within the jurisdictions where the company operates; the completion of the proposed sale of Refinitiv to LSEG or the sale of another significant, but non-strategic, equity investment at a significant gain by the end of 2020; depreciation and amortization of computer software between $625 million and $650 million; and interest expense between $190 million and $215 million.

Material risks related to the company’s revenue outlook are that business disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including government enforced quarantines and stay-at-home orders, may continue longer than the company expects or may be interrupted by secondary outbreaks of the virus, delaying the anticipated recovery of the global economy; global economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as related regulatory reform and changes in the political environment may lead to limited business opportunities for the company’s customers, creating significant cost pressures for them and potentially constraining the number of professionals employed, which could lead to lower demand for Thomson Reuters’ products and services; competitive pricing actions and product innovation could impact the company’s revenues; the company’s sales, commercial simplification and product initiatives may be insufficient to retain customers or generate new sales; factors that the company cannot anticipate may reduce the effectiveness of its employees working remotely, including the inability to execute on key product or customer support initiatives or to perform implementation services remotely; factors that the company cannot anticipate may require it to suspend or cease operations at its Global Print facility or may limit the ability of Reuters News journalists to report on certain global events; and a decline in Global Print revenues may be larger than the company anticipates if customers do not resume shipments because they are not able to return to their business locations or for other reasons. Material risks related to the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin outlook are the same as the risks above related to the revenue outlook; the costs of required investments exceed expectations or actual returns are below expectations; acquisition and disposal activity may dilute the company’s adjusted EBITDA margin; and the company’s cost savings programs may be insufficient to offset lost revenues. Material risks related to the company’s free cash flow outlook are the same as the risks above related to the revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin outlook; capital expenditures may be higher than currently expected resulting in higher cash outflows; the timing and amount of tax payments to governments may differ from the company’s expectations; a significant deterioration in the macroeconomic environment could negatively impact the ability of Thomson Reuters’ customers to pay the company leading to reduced free cash flow and the tightening of credit markets could limit the company’s ability to bridge gaps in payments leading to unexpected operational impacts on its business. Material risks related to the company’s effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook are the same as the risks above related to adjusted EBITDA; a material change in the geographical mix of the company’s pre-tax profits and losses; a material change in current tax laws or treaties to which the company is subject, and did not expect; the tax rates and calculations that apply to the company’s taxable income could be impacted if the transactions described in the material assumptions for the effective tax rate on adjusted earnings outlook do not occur; and depreciation and amortization of computer software as well as interest expense may be significantly higher or lower than expected.

The company has provided an updated Outlook for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 2020. This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements which reflect expectations only as of the date of this news release.

Except as may be required by applicable law, Thomson Reuters disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONTACTS

 

MEDIA

David Crundwell

Head of Corporate Affairs

+44 7909 898 605

david.crundwell@tr.com

  

INVESTORS

Frank J. Golden

Head of Investor Relations

+1 646 223 5288

frank.golden@tr.com

Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its second-quarter 2020 results and business outlook for 2020 today beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). You can access the webcast by visiting ir.thomsonreuters.com. An archive of the webcast will be available following the presentation.


 

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Thomson Reuters Corporation

Consolidated Income Statement

(millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

        

Revenues

   $ 1,405     $ 1,423     $ 2,925     $ 2,910  

Operating expenses

     (929     (1,070     (1,946     (2,161

Depreciation

     (43     (38     (83     (72

Amortization of computer software

     (118     (104     (229     (209

Amortization of other identifiable intangible assets

     (30     (25     (60     (52

Other operating gains, net

     80       261       48       305  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating profit

     365       447       655       721  

Finance costs, net:

        

Net interest expense

     (52     (37     (97     (72

Other finance (costs) income

     (13     (18     34       (29
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before tax and equity method investments

     300       392       592       620  

Share of post-tax losses in equity method investments

     (153     (138     (207     (251

Tax expense

     (16     (47     (63     (48
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from continuing operations

     131       207       322       321  

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

     (5     (27     (3     (37
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings

   $ 126     $ 180     $ 319     $ 284  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings attributable to common shareholders

   $ 126     $ 180     $ 319     $ 284  

Earnings (loss) per share:

        

Basic and diluted earnings per share:

        

From continuing operations

   $ 0.26     $ 0.41     $ 0.65     $ 0.64  

From discontinued operations

     (0.01     (0.05     (0.01     (0.08
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.25     $ 0.36     $ 0.64     $ 0.56  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted-average common shares

     496,317,115       501,231,212       496,261,070       501,558,134  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted weighted-average common shares

     497,580,339       503,040,736       497,579,131       503,152,488  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 


 

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Thomson Reuters Corporation

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

(millions of U.S. dollars)

(unaudited)

 

     June 30,
2020
    December 31,
2019
 

Assets

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 946     $ 825  

Trade and other receivables

     1,093       1,167  

Other financial assets

     492       533  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     509       546  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current assets

     3,040       3,071  

Property and equipment, net

     584       615  

Computer software, net

     893       900  

Other identifiable intangible assets, net

     3,445       3,518  

Goodwill

     5,821       5,853  

Equity method investments

     1,291       1,551  

Other non-current assets

     686       611  

Deferred tax

     1,143       1,176  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 16,903     $ 17,295  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and equity

    

Liabilities

    

Current indebtedness

   $ 120     $ 579  

Payables, accruals and provisions

     1,145       1,373  

Deferred revenue

     762       833  

Other financial liabilities

     132       434  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current liabilities

     2,159       3,219  

Long-term indebtedness

     3,699       2,676  

Provisions and other non-current liabilities

     1,245       1,264  

Deferred tax

     491       576  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     7,594       7,735  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equity

    

Capital

     5,413       5,377  

Retained earnings

     4,924       4,965  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (1,028     (782
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     9,309       9,560  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 16,903     $ 17,295  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 


 

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Thomson Reuters Corporation

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow

(millions of U.S. dollars)

(unaudited)    

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

Cash provided by (used in):

        

Operating activities

        

Earnings from continuing operations

   $ 131     $ 207     $ 322     $ 321  

Adjustments for:

        

Depreciation

     43       38       83       72  

Amortization of computer software

     118       104       229       209  

Amortization of other identifiable intangible assets

     30       25       60       52  

Net (gains) losses on disposals of businesses and investments

     (2     3       1       (21

Deferred tax

     (34     (12     (37     (80

Other

     138       (67     200       77  

Pension contribution

     —         —         —         (167

Changes in working capital and other items

     (7     (120     (250     (258
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating cash flows from continuing operations

     417       178       608       205  

Operating cash flows from discontinued operations

     5       (65     (10     (122
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     422       113       598       83  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities

        

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     2       (1     (122     (5

Proceeds from disposals of businesses and investments

     4       23       1       57  

Capital expenditures

     (145     (102     (287     (240

Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment

     45       2       64       2  

Other investing activities

     1       1       2       4  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing cash flows from continuing operations

     (93     (77     (342     (182

Investing cash flows from discontinued operations

     —         —         —         29  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (93     (77     (342     (153
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities

        

Proceeds from debt

     999       —         2,019       —    

Repayments of debt

     (1,000     —         (1,645     —    

Net borrowings under short-term loan facilities

     —         —         118       —    

Payments of lease principal

     (18     (12     (36     (23

Repurchases of common shares

     —         —         (200     (190

Dividends paid on preference shares

     —         (1     (1     (2

Dividends paid on common shares

     (182     (175     (364     (349

Other financing activities

     (4     2       (16     37  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (205     (186     (125     (527
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and bank overdrafts

     124       (150     131       (597

Translation adjustments

     —         —         (10     2  

Cash and bank overdrafts at beginning of period

     822       2,258       825       2,703  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and bank overdrafts at end of period

   $ 946     $ 2,108     $ 946     $ 2,108  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and bank overdrafts at end of period comprised of:

        

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 946     $ 2,108     $ 946     $ 2,108  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 


 

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Thomson Reuters Corporation
Reconciliation of Earnings from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA(1)
(millions of U.S. dollars, except for margins)
(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
   June 30,     June 30,  
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

Earnings from continuing operations

   $ 131     $ 207     $ 322     $ 321  

Adjustments to remove:

        

Tax expense

     16       47       63       48  

Other finance costs (income)

     13       18       (34     29  

Net interest expense

     52       37       97       72  

Amortization of other identifiable intangible assets

     30       25       60       52  

Amortization of computer software

     118       104       229       209  

Depreciation

     43       38       83       72  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA

   $ 403     $ 476     $ 820     $ 803  

Adjustments to remove:

        

Share of post-tax losses in equity method investments

     153       138       207       251  

Other operating gains, net

     (80     (261     (48     (305

Fair value adjustments

     3       2       (20     3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 479     $ 355     $ 959     $ 752  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin(1)

     34.1     25.0     32.8     25.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Thomson Reuters Corporation
Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted Earnings(2)
Reconciliation of Total Change in Adjusted EPS to Change in Constant Currency(4)
(millions of U.S. dollars, except for share and per share data)
(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2020     2019     Change     2020     2019     Change  

Net earnings

   $ 126     $ 180       $ 319     $ 284    

Adjustments to remove:

            

Fair value adjustments

     3       2         (20     3    

Amortization of other identifiable intangible assets

     30       25         60       52    

Other operating gains, net

     (80     (261       (48     (305  

Other finance costs (income)

     13       18         (34     29    

Share of post-tax losses in equity method investments

     153       138         207       251    

Tax on above items

     (28     30         (59     1    

Tax items impacting comparability

     9       (4       39       (15  

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

     5       27         3       37    

Interim period effective tax rate normalization(3)

     (10     (8       (6     (8  

Dividends declared on preference shares

     —         (1       (1     (2  
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

Adjusted earnings (2)

   $ 221     $ 146       $ 460     $ 327    
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

Adjusted EPS (2)

   $ 0.44     $ 0.29       52   $ 0.92     $ 0.65       42
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Foreign currency(4)

         3         2

Constant currency(4)

         48         40

Diluted weighted-average common shares (millions)

     497.6       503.0         497.6       503.2    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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Thomson Reuters Corporation
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow(5)
(millions of U.S. dollars)
(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
   June 30,     June 30,  
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 422     $ 113     $ 598     $ 83  

Capital expenditures

     (145     (102     (287     (240

Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment

     45       2       64       2  

Other investing activities

     1       1       2       4  

Payments of lease principal

     (18     (12     (36     (23

Dividends paid on preference shares

     —         (1     (1     (2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Free cash flow

   $ 305     $ 1     $ 340     $ (176
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Thomson Reuters Corporation
Reconciliation of Net Debt and Leverage Ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA(7)
(millions of U.S. dollars)
(unaudited)

 

     June 30,
2020
 

Current indebtedness

   $ 120  

Long-term indebtedness

     3,699  
  

 

 

 

Total debt

     3,819  

Swaps

     (17
  

 

 

 

Total debt after swaps

     3,802  

Remove fair value adjustments for hedges

     (12
  

 

 

 

Total debt after currency arrangements

     3,790  

Remove transaction costs and discounts included in the carrying value of debt

     40  

Add: lease liabilities (current and non-current)

     324  

Less: cash and cash equivalents

     (946
  

 

 

 

Net debt

   $ 3,208  
  

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA*

   $ 1,700  

Net Debt / Adjusted EBITDA*

     1.9x  
  

 

 

 

 

*

The company’s target leverage ratio of 2.5:1 is a non-IFRS measure. For purposes of this calculation, adjusted EBITDA is computed on a rolling twelve-month basis and includes adjusted EBITDA of $479 million, $480 million, $396 million and $345 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, March 31, 2020, December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019, respectively. Refer to the tables appended to this news release and Appendix C of the company’s 2019 annual management’s discussions and analysis, which is contained in the company’s 2019 annual report, for additional information regarding the calculation of adjusted EBITDA in each of these periods.

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Thomson Reuters Corporation
Reconciliation of Changes in Revenues (Total, Recurring and Transactions) to Changes in Revenues on a Constant Currency (4) and Organic Basis(6)
(millions of U.S. dollars)
(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended                                 
     June 30,      Change  
     2020     2019*      Total     Foreign
Currency
    SUBTOTAL
Constant
Currency
    Acquisitions/
(Divestitures)
    Organic  

Total Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 620     $ 605        2     -1     3     2     1

Corporates

     329       315        4     -2     6     1     5

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     168       182        -8     -4     -4     -3     0
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     1,117       1,102        1     -2     3     1     2

Reuters News

     155       156        -1     -1     0     11     -11

Global Print

     134       164        -19     -1     -17     0     -17

Eliminations/Rounding

     (1     1             
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Revenues

   $ 1,405     $ 1,423        -1     -2     0     2     -2
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Recurring Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 580     $ 557        4     -1     5     2     3

Corporates

     282       267        6     -2     7     1     7

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     136       147        -7     -4     -3     -7     4
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     998       971        3     -2     4     0     4

Reuters News

     141       144        -2     0     -2     0     -2
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Recurring Revenues

   $ 1,139     $ 1,115        2     -1     4     0     3
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Transactions Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 40     $ 48        -18     -1     -17     2     -19

Corporates

     47       48        -4     -1     -2     0     -2

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     32       35        -8     -2     -6     8     -14
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     119       131        -10     -1     -9     3     -12

Reuters News

     14       12        19     -8     26     80     -54
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Transactions Revenues

   $ 133     $ 143        -8     -2     -6     14     -19
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.    

Growth percentages are computed using whole dollars. As a result, percentages calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding.

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Thomson Reuters Corporation

 

Reconciliation of Changes in Revenues (Total, Recurring and Transactions) to Changes in Revenues on a Constant Currency (4) and Organic Basis(6)

 

(millions of U.S. dollars)

 

(unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended                                 
     June 30,      Change  
     2020     2019*      Total     Foreign
Currency
    SUBTOTAL
Constant
Currency
    Acquisitions/
(Divestitures)
    Organic  

Total Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 1,246     $ 1,205        3     -1     4     1     3

Corporates

     696       661        5     -1     6     1     5

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     386       404        -4     -3     -1     -1     0
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     2,328       2,270        3     -1     4     1     3

Reuters News

     310       311        0     -1     0     8     -8

Global Print

     289       329        -12     -1     -11     0     -11

Eliminations/Rounding

     (2     —               
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Revenues

   $ 2,925     $ 2,910        1     -1     2     2     0
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Recurring Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 1,167     $ 1,113        5     -1     6     2     4

Corporates

     563       530        6     -1     8     1     7

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     294       320        -8     -3     -5     -6     1
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     2,024       1,963        3     -1     4     0     4

Reuters News

     283       287        -2     0     -1     0     -1
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Recurring Revenues

   $ 2,307     $ 2,250        3     -1     4     0     4
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Transactions Revenues

               

Legal Professionals

   $ 79     $ 92        -15     -1     -14     -1     -13

Corporates

     133       131        1     -1     2     4     -2

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     92       84        11     -2     12     16     -4
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     304       307        -1     -1     0     5     -5

Reuters News

     27       24        14     -1     15     60     -45
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Transactions Revenues

   $ 331     $ 331        0     -1     1     12     -11
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.    

Growth percentages are computed using whole dollars. As a result, percentages calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding.

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Thomson Reuters Corporation  
Reconciliation of Changes in Adjusted EBITDA to Changes on a Constant Currency Basis(4)  
(millions of U.S. dollars)  
(unaudited)  
     Three Months Ended                    
     June 30,     Change  
     2020     2019*     Total     Foreign
Currency
    Constant
Currency
 

Adjusted EBITDA

          

Legal Professionals

   $ 254     $ 229       11     0     11

Corporates

     118       98       21     0     21

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     54       59       -9     -3     -6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     426       386       10     -1     11

Reuters News

     25       19       24     18     6

Global Print

     54       72       -25     -1     -24

Corporate costs

     (26     (122     n/a       n/a       n/a  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 479     $ 355       35     1     34
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

          

Legal Professionals

     40.9     37.8     310bp       30bp       280bp  

Corporates

     35.9     30.9     500bp       50bp       450bp  

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     31.9     32.3     -40bp       40bp       -80bp  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     38.1     34.9     320bp       50bp       270bp  

Reuters News

     15.6     12.5     310bp       240bp       70bp  

Global Print

     40.5     44.1     -360bp       30bp       -390bp  

Corporate costs

     n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

     34.1     25.0     910bp       70bp       840bp  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

n/a:

not applicable

*

For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.    

Growth percentages and margins are computed using whole dollars. As a result, percentages and margins calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding.

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Thomson Reuters Corporation  
Reconciliation of Changes in Adjusted EBITDA to Changes on a Constant Currency Basis(4)  
(millions of U.S. dollars)  
(unaudited)  
    

Six Months Ended

                   
     June 30,     Change  
     2020     2019*     Total     Foreign
Currency
    Constant
Currency
 

Adjusted EBITDA

          

Legal Professionals

   $ 484     $ 458       6     -1     6

Corporates

     235       209       13     0     13

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     138       151       -8     -2     -6
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     857       818       5     -1     5

Reuters News

     44       42       3     15     -12

Global Print

     117       146       -20     0     -19

Corporate costs

     (59     (254     n/a       n/a       n/a  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 959     $ 752       27     0     27
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

          

Legal Professionals

     38.8     38.0     80bp       10bp       70bp  

Corporates

     33.8     31.5     230bp       50bp       180bp  

Tax & Accounting Professionals

     35.7     37.3     -160bp       30bp       -190bp  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

“Big 3” Segments Combined

     36.8     36.0     80bp       20bp       60bp  

Reuters News

     14.1     13.6     50bp       220bp       -170bp  

Global Print

     40.5     44.4     -390bp       30bp       -420bp  

Corporate costs

     n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a       n/a  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

     32.8     25.8     700bp       50bp       650bp  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

n/a:

not applicable

*

For comparative purposes, 2019 segment results have been adjusted to reflect the current period presentation. For additional information, see the “Adjustments to Prior-Period Segment Results” section of this news release.    

Growth percentages and margins are computed using whole dollars. As a result, percentages and margins calculated from reported amounts may differ from those presented, and growth components may not total due to rounding.

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Footnotes

(1)

Thomson Reuters defines adjusted EBITDA for its business segments as earnings or losses from continuing operations before tax expense or benefit, net interest expense, other finance costs or income, depreciation, amortization of software and other identifiable intangible assets, Thomson Reuters share of post-tax earnings or losses in equity method investments, other operating gains and losses, certain asset impairment charges, fair value adjustments and corporate related items. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA is comprised of adjusted EBITDA for its business segments and corporate costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin is adjusted EBITDA expressed as a percentage of revenues. Thomson Reuters uses adjusted EBITDA because it provides a consistent basis to evaluate operating profitability and performance trends by excluding items that the company does not consider to be controllable activities for this purpose. Adjusted EBITDA also represents a measure commonly reported and widely used by investors as a valuation metric. Additionally, this measure is used by Thomson Reuters and investors to assess a company’s ability to incur and service debt.

(2)

Thomson Reuters defines adjusted earnings as net earnings or loss including dividends declared on preference shares but excluding the post-tax impacts of fair value adjustments, amortization of other identifiable intangible assets, other operating gains and losses, certain asset impairment charges, other finance costs or income, Thomson Reuters share of post-tax earnings or losses in equity method investments, discontinued operations and other items affecting comparability. Thomson Reuters calculates the post-tax amount of each item excluded from adjusted earnings based on the specific tax rules and tax rates associated with the nature and jurisdiction of each item. Adjusted EPS is calculated from adjusted earnings using diluted weighted-average shares and does not represent actual earnings or loss per share attributable to shareholders. Thomson Reuters uses adjusted earnings and adjusted EPS as they provide a more comparable basis to analyze earnings and they are also measures commonly used by shareholders to measure the company’s performance.

(3)

Adjustment to reflect income taxes based on estimated full-year effective tax rate. Earnings or losses for interim periods under IFRS reflect income taxes based on the estimated effective tax rates of each of the jurisdictions in which Thomson Reuters operates. The non-IFRS adjustment reallocates estimated full-year income taxes between interim periods, but has no effect on full-year income taxes.

(4)

The changes in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and the related margins, and adjusted earnings per share before currency (at constant currency or excluding the effects of currency) are determined by converting the current and prior-year period’s local currency equivalent using the same exchange rates.

(5)

Free cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities, proceeds from disposals of property and equipment, and other investing activities less capital expenditures, payments of lease principal, dividends paid on the company’s preference shares, and dividends paid to non-controlling interests. Thomson Reuters uses free cash flow as it helps assess the company’s ability, over the long term, to create value for its shareholders as it represents cash available to repay debt, pay common dividends and fund share repurchases and new acquisitions.

(6)

Represents changes in revenues of our existing businesses at constant currency. The metric excludes the distortive impacts of acquisitions and dispositions from not owning the business in both comparable periods. Thomson Reuters uses organic growth because it provides further insight into the performance of its existing businesses by excluding distortive impacts and serves as a better measure of the company’s ability to grow its business over the long term.    

(7)

Net debt is total indebtedness (including the associated fair value of hedging instruments, but excluding the associated unamortized transaction costs and premiums or discounts and the interest-related fair value component of hedging instruments), and lease liabilities less cash and cash equivalents. For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio, net debt is divided by adjusted EBITDA for the previous twelve-month period ending with the current fiscal quarter.


 

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APPENDIX – INFORMATION ABOUT REFINITIV

Thomson Reuters owns a 45% interest in Refinitiv, which was formerly its wholly owned F&R business. 55% of Refinitiv is owned by private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone. Thomson Reuters IFRS results include the company’s 45% share of Refinitiv’s results reported in a single line item on the company’s consolidated income statement titled “Share of post-tax losses in equity method investments.” Thomson Reuters non-IFRS measures, including adjusted earnings, exclude its share of post-tax results in Refinitiv and other equity method investments.

The table below sets forth selected financial information for 100% of Refinitiv for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 on both an IFRS and non-IFRS basis. Refinitiv reports on a US GAAP basis and provides a reconciliation to IFRS in accordance with Thomson Reuters accounting policies. A reconciliation from these IFRS measures to the related non-IFRS measures is also included in this appendix.

 

Refinitiv

Financial Data

 

 

(millions of U.S. dollars, except for margins)

 

(unaudited)

 

   
     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
                 Change                 Change  
     2020     2019     Total     Before
Currency

& Excluding
Businesses
Disposed
    2020     2019     Total     Before
Currency
& Excluding
Businesses
Disposed
 

IFRS Measures

                 

Revenues

  $     1,588     $     1,550       2     3   $ 3,221     $     3,117       3     4
                   

Net loss

  $ (326   $ (302       $ (419   $ (545      

Cash flow from operations

  $ 403     $ 273         $ 349     $ 73        

Capital expenditures, less proceeds from disposals

  $ 157     $ 106         $ 343     $ 237        

Debt at June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019

          $ 14,128     $ 13,983        
   

Non-IFRS Measures

                 

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 611     $ 555         $ 1,231     $ 1,112        

Adjusted EBITDA margin

    38.5     35.8         38.2     35.7      

Free cash flow

  $ 238     $ 89                     $ (7   $ (252                


 

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The following reconciliations of IFRS measures to non-IFRS measures are based on Refinitiv’s definition of non-GAAP measures, which is not the same as the definitions used by Thomson Reuters.

 

Refinitiv  
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA  
(millions of U.S. dollars, except for margins)  
(unaudited)  
     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
   June 30,     June 30,  
     2020     2019     2020     2019  

Net loss

   $ (326   $ (302   $ (419   $ (545

Adjustments to remove:

        

Tax expense (benefit)

     8       (38     8       (60

Finance costs

     277       269       443       504  

Depreciation and amortization

     486       482       957       945  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA

   $ 445     $ 411     $ 989     $ 844  

Adjustments to remove:

        

Share of post-tax earnings in equity method investments

     (1     (1     (2     (1

Other operating losses (gains)

     45       —         (9     1  

Fair value adjustments

     15       16       21       38  

Share-based compensation

     8       3       21       7  

Transformation-related costs

     99       126       211       223  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 611     $ 555     $ 1,231     $ 1,112  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

     38.5     35.8     38.2     35.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow  
(millions of U.S. dollars)  
(unaudited)  
     Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended  
   June 30,      June 30,  
     2020      2019      2020      2019  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 403      $ 273      $ 349      $ 73  

Capital expenditures, less proceeds from disposals

     (157      (106      (343      (237

Other investing activities

     —          1        1        —    

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

     (8      (79      (14      (88
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Free cash flow

   $ 238      $ 89      $ (7    $ (252