Equifax Reports Record Third Quarter 2012 Results

ATLANTA, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.  The company reported revenue of $543.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, an 11 percent increase from the third quarter of 2011 and a 12 percent increase in local currency.

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Third quarter diluted EPS attributable to Equifax was $0.64, an increase of 18 percent from the third quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted EPS attributable to Equifax, excluding the impact of acquisition-related amortization expense, net of tax, was $0.75, up 16 percent from the third quarter of 2011.  Results for the quarter included $3.3 million in discrete income tax benefits and $3.7 million in severance expense in our International business unit to better align resources with our future needs. Neither the tax benefits nor the severance was anticipated at the beginning of the quarter.

"While mortgage activity remains strong, the majority of our growth continues to come from core non-mortgage markets and strategic initiatives, as our investments in new product innovations, vertical market focus, and penetration of new markets continue to pay off," said Richard F. Smith, Equifax's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "At this time, we expect the mortgage market to remain strong for the next few quarters. I am also optimistic that the momentum we have established will continue as we move into 2013."

Third Quarter 2012 Highlights   

  • In addition to the financial highlights noted above, third quarter 2012 net income attributable to Equifax was $77.9 million, a 17 percent increase from the prior year. 
  • Operating margin was 24.3 percent for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 24.8 percent in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding the pre-tax impact of the International severance charges, operating margin for the third quarter of 2012 was 25.0%.  Refer to Question #2 in the Common Questions and Answers attached for further information.
  • We repurchased 0.7 million of our common shares on the open market for $33.9 million during the third quarter of 2012.  At September 30, 2012, our remaining authorization for future share repurchases was $227.1 million.

U.S. Consumer Information Solutions (USCIS)

Total revenue was $233.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $202.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 15 percent. 

  • Online Consumer Information Solutions revenue was $156.6 million, up 16 percent from a year ago.
  • Mortgage Solutions revenue was $43.4 million, up 35 percent from a year ago.
  • Consumer Financial Marketing Services revenue was $33.3 million, down 4 percent when compared to a year ago.

Operating margin for USCIS was 36.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 36.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011.

International

Total revenue was $121.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 2 percent increase from the third quarter of 2011 and a 6 percent increase on a local currency basis.

  • Latin America revenue was $46.7 million, up 9 percent in local currency and 4 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago. 
  • Europe revenue was $41.7 million, up 7 percent in local currency and 3 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago. 
  • Canada Consumer revenue was $32.6 million, up 1 percent in local currency and flat in U.S. dollars from a year ago.

Operating margin for International was 27.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 29.3 percent in the third quarter of 2011.  Excluding the pre-tax impact of current period severance charges, operating margin for the third quarter of 2012 was 30.4 percent. Refer to Question #2 in the Common Questions and Answers attached for further information.

Workforce Solutions

Total revenue was $117.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 14 percent increase over the third quarter of 2011. 

  • Verification Services revenue was $68.8 million, up 33 percent when compared to a year ago.
  • Employer Services revenue was $48.2 million, down 5 percent when compared to a year ago.

Operating margin for Workforce Solutions was 24.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 23.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011. 

North America Personal Solutions

Revenue was $51.4 million, a 13 percent increase from the third quarter of 2011. Operating margin was 32.1 percent compared to 32.8 percent in the third quarter of 2011.   

North America Commercial Solutions

Revenue was $21.2 million, down 2 percent in U.S. dollars and 1 percent in local currency compared to the third quarter of 2011.  Operating margin was 18.8 percent compared to 23.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Outlook

Based on the current level of domestic and international business activity and current foreign exchange rates as well as continued strength in mortgage activity, consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 is expected to be up 8 to 10 percent from the year-ago quarter.  Fourth quarter 2012 adjusted EPS attributable to Equifax, which excludes the impact of acquisition-related amortization expense, is expected to be between $0.72 and $0.76

About Equifax

Equifax is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, that provides businesses of all sizes and consumers with insight and information they can trust. Equifax organizes and assimilates data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 18 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index.  Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. For more information, please visit www.equifax.com.

Earnings Conference Call and Audio Webcast

In conjunction with this release, Equifax will host a conference call tomorrow, October 25, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) via a live audio webcast.  To access the webcast, go to the Investor Center of our website at www.equifax.com. The discussion will be available via replay at the same site shortly after the conclusion of the webcast.  This press release is also available at that website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release presents operating revenue excluding the results of our Brazilian operations from Equifax Inc., International, and Latin America revenue. The release also presents net income and diluted EPS attributable to Equifax which excludes the loss on the deconsolidation of our Brazilian business and acquisition-related amortization expense, net of tax.  These are important financial measures for Equifax but are not financial measures as defined by GAAP.

These non-GAAP financial measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as an alternative measure of operating revenue or EPS as determined in accordance with GAAP. 

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and related notes are presented in the Q&A.  This information can also be found under "Investor Center/GAAP/Non-GAAP Measures" on our website at www.equifax.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information.  These statements can be identified by expressions of belief, expectation or intention, as well as statements that are not historical fact.  These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions including with respect to foreign exchange rates, expected growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities and effective tax rates.  While the company believes these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect.

Several factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to actions taken by us, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions), as well as from developments beyond our control, including, but not limited to, changes in worldwide and U.S. economic conditions that materially impact consumer spending, consumer debt and employment and the demand for Equifax's products and services. Other risk factors include our ability to successfully develop and market new products and services, respond to pricing and other competitive pressures, complete and integrate acquisitions and other investments and achieve targeted cost efficiencies; risks relating to illegal third party efforts to access data; changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with authority to write rules impacting the business of, conduct examinations of, and enforce the laws and regulations it writes against credit reporting companies, and related regulations, federal or state responses to identity theft concerns; adverse or uncertain economic conditions and changes in credit and financial markets; the European sovereign debt crisis; the recent downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt and political concerns over related budgetary matters, exchange rates; timing and amount of capital expenditures; changes in capital markets and corresponding effects on the company's investments and benefit plan obligations; earnings exchange rates and the decisions of taxing authorities, all of which could affect our effective tax rates; and potential adverse developments in new and pending legal proceedings or governments investigations.  Additional risks and uncertainties can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 under captions "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Item 1A, "Risk Factors", and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Forward-looking statements are given only as at the date of this release and the company disclaims any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.






EQUIFAX


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME




Three Months Ended



September 30,



2012


2011

 (In millions, except per share amounts) 

 (Unaudited) 

Operating revenue

$            543.9


$            490.4






Operating expenses:




   Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

208.5


186.6

   Selling, general and administrative expenses

162.8


141.7

   Depreciation and amortization

40.5


40.5

          Total operating expenses

411.8


368.8

Operating income

132.1


121.6

   Interest expense

(13.6)


(13.7)

   Other income (expense), net

1.9


0.6

Consolidated income before income taxes

120.4


108.5

   Provision for income taxes

(40.3)


(39.2)

Consolidated net income

80.1


69.3

   Less:  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2.2)


(2.6)

Net income attributable to Equifax 

$              77.9


$              66.7






Basic earnings per common share

$              0.65


$              0.55

Weighted-average shares used in computing basic earnings per share

119.7


121.8

Diluted earnings per common share 

$              0.64


$              0.54

Weighted-average shares used in computing diluted earnings per share

122.2


123.3

Dividends per common share

$              0.18


$              0.16







 

EQUIFAX


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME




Nine Months Ended



September 30,



2012


2011

 (In millions, except per share amounts) 

 (Unaudited) 

Operating revenue

$         1,602.4


$         1,450.1






Operating expenses:




   Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

613.3


567.3

   Selling, general and administrative expenses

472.2


413.2

   Depreciation and amortization

123.1


124.3

          Total operating expenses

1,208.6


1,104.8

Operating income

393.8


345.3

   Interest expense

(41.1)


(41.2)

   Other income (expense), net

5.5


(8.7)

Consolidated income before income taxes

358.2


295.4

   Provision for income taxes

(125.6)


(129.7)

Consolidated net income

232.6


165.7

   Less:  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(6.8)


(7.2)

Net income attributable to Equifax 

$            225.8


$            158.5






Basic earnings per common share

$              1.88


$              1.29

Weighted-average shares used in computing basic earnings per share

120.0


122.5

Diluted earnings per common share 

$              1.84


$              1.28

Weighted-average shares used in computing diluted earnings per share

122.4


124.2

Dividends per common share

$              0.54


$              0.48

 

EQUIFAX




CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 






September 30,


December 31,



2012


2011






(In millions, except par values)

(Unaudited)



ASSETS





Current assets:




   Cash and cash equivalents

$             267.2


$             127.7

   Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of




     $6.6 and $5.9 at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

296.9


284.4

   Prepaid expenses

30.2


24.6

   Other current assets 

11.4


15.6

     Total current assets

605.7


452.3

Property and equipment:




   Capitalized internal-use software and system costs

361.6


332.2

   Data processing equipment and furniture

203.0


183.1

   Land, buildings and improvements

176.4


178.4

     Total property and equipment

741.0


693.7

   Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(454.8)


(400.8)

    Total property and equipment, net

286.2


292.9

Goodwill  

1,974.5


1,961.2

Indefinite-lived intangible assets

95.7


95.6

Purchased intangible assets, net

487.6


550.2

Other assets, net

156.2


156.4

       Total assets

$          3,605.9


$          3,508.6






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




    Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt

$               16.9


$               47.2

    Accounts payable

28.6


27.5

    Accrued expenses

72.5


56.3

    Accrued salaries and bonuses

79.5


79.2

    Deferred revenue 

54.1


55.8

    Other current liabilities

73.9


96.8

       Total current liabilities

325.5


362.8






Long-term debt

951.4


966.0

Deferred income tax liabilities, net

228.6


227.8

Long-term pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities

163.3


176.4

Other long-term liabilities

53.9


53.5

   Total liabilities

1,722.7


1,786.5






Equifax shareholders' equity:




   Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: Authorized shares - 10.0;




      Issued shares - none

-


-

   Common stock, $1.25 par value: Authorized shares - 300.0;




      Issued shares - 189.3 at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011;




      Outstanding shares - 119.3 and 119.6 at September 30, 2012 and




       December 31, 2011, respectively

236.6


236.6

   Paid-in capital

1,131.6


1,118.0

   Retained earnings

3,039.9


2,879.2

   Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(373.0)


(391.8)

   Treasury stock, at cost, 69.4 shares and 69.1 shares at




     September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

(2,170.4)


(2,133.7)

   Stock held by employee benefits trusts, at cost, 0.6 shares at




     September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

(5.9)


(5.9)

   Total Equifax shareholders' equity

1,858.8


1,702.4

Noncontrolling interests

24.4


19.7

   Total equity

1,883.2


1,722.1

       Total liabilities and equity

$          3,605.9


$          3,508.6






 







EQUIFAX





CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 






Nine Months Ended



September 30,





2012


2011

(In millions)




(Unaudited)

Operating activities:






  Consolidated net income



$       232.6


$       165.7

  Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash provided




    by operating activities:






      Loss on divestitures



-


27.8

      Depreciation and amortization


122.8


123.8

      Stock-based compensation expense


20.0


17.3

      Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation plans

(0.2)


(0.6)

      Deferred income taxes



(3.8)


7.0

      Changes in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions:




        Accounts receivable, net



(9.5)


(18.7)

        Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(2.4)


(6.8)

        Other assets



(2.4)


10.4

        Current liabilities, excluding debt


(7.2)


(55.2)

        Other long-term liabilities, excluding debt


2.2


(11.7)

Cash provided by operating activities


352.1


259.0








Investing activities:






    Capital expenditures



(49.3)


(59.2)

    Acquisitions, net of cash acquired


(7.3)


(112.2)

    Cash received from divestitures


2.5


2.5

    Investment in unconsolidated affiliates, net


(3.7)


(4.2)

Cash used in investing activities



(57.8)


(173.1)








Financing activities:






    Net short-term (repayments) borrowings


(28.1)


46.5

    Payments on long-term debt



(15.1)


(16.7)

    Treasury stock purchases



(85.1)


(75.2)

    Dividends paid to Equifax shareholders


(64.5)


(58.7)

   Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests


(1.9)


(5.6)

    Proceeds from exercise of stock options


40.9


12.9

    Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation plans

0.2


0.6

   Other 




-


(2.7)

Cash used in financing activities



(153.6)


(98.9)

Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

(1.2)


(4.4)








Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

139.5


(17.4)








Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


127.7


119.4








Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$       267.2


$       102.0









       

 

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