Thursday, September 19, 2013

FactSet Q4 Profits Rise 5% on Higher Revenues; Adjusted EPS Misses Estimates (FDS)

Before the opening bell on Tuesday, financial data provider FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS) reported a 5% year-over-year increase in fourth quarter profits, which was aided by a 5.7% rise in revenues. Though these revenues were able to top Wall Street analysts’ estimates, the company’s adjusted earnings missed views.

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The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company posted a fourth quarter net income of $51.0 million, or $1.16 per share, up slightly from the $48.5 million, or $1.08 per share, earned in the same period a year ago.

On an adjusted basis, FactSet’s quarterly net income came in at $52.84 million, or $1.20 per share. This adjusted net income excludes an after-tax charge of $1.84 million, or 4 cents per share. According to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, FactSet was expected to earn an adjusted $1.21 per share in the fourth quarter.

The company’s quarterly revenues advanced to $219.33 million in the most recent quarter, up 5.7% from the $207.66 million posted in the fourth quarter of 2012. On average, analysts were expecting the company to see $218.93 million in revenues for the quarter.

Looking forward, FactSet said it expects earnings to be between $1.21 and $1.24 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Furthermore, first quarter revenues are expected to come in between $222 million and $225 million. Analysts, on average, believe that FDS will earn $1.23 per share on revenues of $225.04 million in the first quarter of 2014.

FactSet Research shares were down $1.10, or 0.98%, during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 27.47% year-to-date.

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