Thomson Reuters Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2009 Results


    
    - Sales building momentum on the back of positive Q4 2009

    - Full-year revenues and underlying operating margin comparable with 2008

    - Full-year underlying free cash flow exceeds $2 billion, up 9%

    - Fourth-quarter total revenues down 3% before currency; Professional
      division up 1%, Markets division down 5%

    - Adjusted EPS $1.85 for full-year and $0.44 for fourth quarter

    - Integration savings target raised by $200 million to $1.6 billion

    - Board approves $0.04 annual dividend increase to $1.16 per share
    
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<p>NEW YORK, <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 24</span> /CNW/ -- Thomson Reuters (NYSE:   TRI; TSX), the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today reported results for the full year and the fourth quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>. Despite challenging global markets, the company successfully held annual revenues for 2009, grew underlying profit margins to 21.3% and achieved strong free cash flow growth. For the year, the Professional division grew revenues 3% while Markets division revenues declined 2% due to negative net sales and a difficult prior year comparison (up 6%). The underlying operating profit margin improvement was driven by continuing progress on the integration program, strong cost management and the benefit of currency.</p>
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<p>Fourth-quarter net sales on a consolidated basis were positive and the best of the year, as an improving operating environment complemented product and service improvements and a reallocation of resources to faster growing markets. Revenues (before currency) declined 3%, with the Professional division up 1% and the Markets division down 5%, as revenue flow-through from weak sales earlier in 2009 held back strong performances in Tax & Accounting, Healthcare & Science and Markets' Enterprise. The underlying operating profit margin was 19.7% in the fourth quarter, reflecting revenue declines and product mix.</p>
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<p>"I am pleased with the resilient performance of the company in 2009. Despite the worst global operating environment any of us has faced, Thomson Reuters was able to hold or improve on our prior-year results, with revenues comparable to 2008 and underlying operating margin and free cash flow up on the prior year. I am also pleased that our net sales performance improved significantly through the year, with the fourth quarter recording positive net sales for the company as a whole. We are off to a strong start in sales in 2010 with the launch of the innovative WestlawNext in Legal, and positive net sales in Markets," said Thomas H. Glocer, chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters.</p>
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<p>"Given our improving sales figures, I am confident that 2009 was the bottom of the sales cycle for us and that 2010 will see the corresponding bottom in period-on-period reported revenues. I expect that we will return to revenue growth in the second half of 2010."</p>
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<p>"2010 will be another year of important investment for Thomson Reuters, with the final year of heavy integration spending in Markets, the release of important new product platforms, such as WestlawNext in Legal and 'Project Utah' in Markets, targeted investments in higher growth units such as Tax & Accounting, Enterprise and Healthcare & Science, as well as in emerging markets. While these investments will have a short-term impact on operating margin, they are designed to accelerate future growth and we expect operating margin to rebound in 2011," <span class="xn-person">Mr. Glocer</span> added.</p>
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<p>Consolidated Financial Highlights - Full-Year Results</p>
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                                  Twelve Months Ended December 31,
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                     (Millions of U.S. dollars, except EPS and profit margin)
    
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    IFRS Financial Measures      2009         2008       Change
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    Revenues                  $12,997      $11,707           11%
    Operating profit           $1,575       $1,668           -6%
    Diluted earnings
     per share (EPS)            $1.01        $1.68          -40%
    Cash flow from
     operations                $2,666       $2,761           -3%
    
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    Non-IFRS Financial                                               Before
     Measures(1)                 2009         2008       Change    Currency
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    Revenues from ongoing
     businesses               $12,948      $13,283           -3%          0%
    Underlying operating
     profit                    $2,754       $2,778           -1%
    Underlying operating
     profit margin               21.3%        20.9%        +40bp
    Adjusted earnings per
     share (EPS)                $1.85        $1.82            2%
    Underlying free
     cash flow                 $2,058       $1,885            9%
    
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    (1) These and other non-IFRS financial measures are defined and
        reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measure in the tables
        appended to this news release. Additional information is provided in
        the explanatory note at the end of this news release.


    --  Revenues from ongoing businesses were $13 billion, comparable with
        2008 before currency and down 3% after currency.
    --  IFRS revenues increased 11% after currency and only include Reuters
        results subsequent to its acquisition on April 17, 2008.
    --  Underlying operating profit margin increased 40 basis points to 21.3%
        due to integration savings, continued commitment to strong cost
        management and the benefit of currency. Underlying operating profit
        declined 1%, primarily attributable to an increase in non-cash
        pension expense of approximately $30 million resulting from the
        company's conversion to IFRS in 2009.
    --  Adjusted earnings per share were $1.85, compared to $1.82 in 2008 and
        included integration-related costs of $0.51 per share in 2009 and
        $0.45 in 2008 which are included in adjusted earnings but not in
        underlying operating profit.
    --  Integration and legacy savings programs reached a run-rate savings of
        $1.1 billion, $300 million higher than originally estimated at the
        close of the Reuters acquisition. The 2011 run-rate savings target
        has been raised to $1.6 billion (up $200 million), with $1.2 billion
        attributable to integration savings and the balance derived from the
        company's legacy savings programs.
    --  Underlying free cash flow was strong for the year at $2.1 billion
        compared to $1.9 billion in 2008.
    
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<p>Consolidated Financial Highlights - Fourth-Quarter Results</p>
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                                   Three  Months Ended December 31,
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                     (Millions of U.S. dollars, except EPS and profit margin)
    
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    IFRS Financial Measures       2009     2008        Change
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    Revenues                    $3,357   $3,395            -1%
    Operating profit              $346     $633           -45%
    Diluted earnings per share
     (EPS)                       $0.21    $0.67           -69%
    Cash flow from operations     $896   $1,005           -11%
    
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    Non-IFRS Financial Measures   2009     2008        Change      Currency
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    Revenues from ongoing
     businesses                 $3,349   $3,329             1%           -3%
    Underlying operating profit   $661     $788           -16%
    Underlying operating profit
     margin                       19.7%    23.7%        -400bp
    Adjusted earnings per share
     (EPS)                       $0.44    $0.50           -12%
    Underlying free cash flow     $675     $829           -19%



    --  Revenues from ongoing businesses declined 3% before currency (down 1%
        on an IFRS basis), with strong growth in Tax & Accounting, Markets'
        Enterprise, Healthcare & Science and Legal's subscription business
        offset by weaker performance in Markets' other units and in print and
        transaction revenues in Legal. Fourth-quarter 2008 revenue growth of
        5% provided a challenging comparison.
    --  Underlying operating profit, as anticipated, declined 16% against a
        strong prior year when profits grew 13%. This decline was due to
        flow-through from lower revenues, product mix, ongoing investments
        and an increase in benefit expenses including the impact of adopting
        IFRS pension accounting.
    --  Adjusted earnings per share were $0.44 compared to $0.50 in the
        prior-year period and included integration-related costs of $0.17 per
        share ($0.16 in Q408), which are included in adjusted earnings but
        excluded from underlying operating profit.
    
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<p>Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Business Segment Highlights</p>
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<p>Unless otherwise noted, all revenue growth comparisons in this news release are before the impact of foreign currency as Thomson Reuters believes this provides the best basis to measure the performance of its business. All revenue growth and operating profit comparisons are based upon results from ongoing businesses and exclude the results of disposals.</p>
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<p>Professional Division -- Full-Year Results</p>
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                                  Twelve Months Ended December 31,
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                          (Millions of U.S. dollars, except profit margin)
    
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                                                                    Change
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                               2009         2008       Change     currency
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    Revenues
    Legal                    $3,586       $3,639           -1%           0%
    Tax & Accounting         $1,006         $926            9%           9%
    Healthcare & Science       $829         $784            6%           7%
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    Professional Division
     Total                   $5,421       $5,349            1%           3%
    
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    Operating Profit
    Legal                    $1,155       $1,192           -3%
    Tax & Accounting           $214         $216           -1%
    Healthcare & Science       $185         $169            9%
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    Professional Division
     Total                   $1,554       $1,577           -1%
    
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    Operating Profit Margin %
    Legal                      32.2%        32.8%
    Tax & Accounting           21.3%        23.3%
    Healthcare & Science       22.3%        21.6%
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    Professional Division
     Total                     28.7%        29.5%
    
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<p>Professional Division --Fourth-Quarter Results</p>
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    Revenues
    Legal                      $903         $912           -1%          -3%
    Tax & Accounting           $311         $280           11%          10%
    Healthcare & Science       $224         $213            5%           4%
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    Professional Division
     Total                   $1,438       $1,405            2%           1%
    
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    Operating Profit
    Legal                      $268         $297          -10%
    Tax & Accounting           $101          $98            3%
    Healthcare & Science        $52          $62          -16%
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    Professional Division
     Total                     $421         $457           -8%
    
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    Operating Profit Margin %
    Legal                      29.7%        32.6%
    Tax & Accounting           32.5%        35.0%
    Healthcare & Science       23.2%        29.1%
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    Professional Division
     Total                     29.3%        32.5%



    --  Full-year revenues grew 3%, led by strong growth in Tax & Accounting
        and Healthcare & Science which were up a combined 8%, and Legal's
        recurring subscription business.
    --  Full-year operating profit declined 1% and the corresponding margin
        decreased 80 basis points as tight cost controls and efficiency
        initiatives were offset by lower revenue growth, business mix and the
        dilutive effect of acquisitions.
    --  Fourth-quarter revenues rose 1%, driven by growth in Tax &
        Accounting, Healthcare & Science and subscription legal products, but
        offset by a continued decline in print products.
    --  Fourth-quarter operating profit declined 8% primarily due to the same
        factors that impacted full-year profitability.
    
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    --  Full-year revenues were flat as strong growth from FindLaw (up 13%)
        and subscription-related products (up 6%) were offset by a 5% decline
        in print and a 13% decline in non-subscription products.
    --  Full-year operating profit declined 3% and the corresponding margin
        declined 60 basis points to 32.2%.  Savings from efficiency
        initiatives and tight cost controls were not enough to offset flow-
        through on flat revenues, revenue mix and investments in growth
        initiatives.
    --  Fourth-quarter revenues declined 3% as growth from subscription-
        related products (up 4%) and FindLaw (up 9%) was offset by declines
        of 13% in print and 14% in non-subscription products.
    --  Fourth-quarter operating profit declined 10% and the associated
        margin was 29.7% versus 32.6% in the prior-year period.  Lower
        revenues, particularly from profitable print and non-subscription
        products, as well as the impact of foreign exchange, more than offset
        efficiency savings.
    
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    --  Full-year revenues grew 9%.  Double-digit growth in software and
        service offerings in the Professional and Corporate software and
        services businesses, coupled with continued good performance from
        Checkpoint (up 6%), were slightly offset by a 10% decline in print/CD
        revenues.
    --  Full-year operating profit declined 1% and the related margin
        declined 200 basis points to 21.3%.  Good flow-through on revenues
        was offset by acquisition accounting related to software
        amortization, a shift towards higher growth but lower initial margin
        businesses and technology-related product investments.
    --  Fourth-quarter revenues grew 10%.  Across both the Professional and
        Corporate customer segments, Tax & Accounting continued to see strong
        demand with good growth from UltraTax and ONE

SOURCE. Checkpoint grew 8% and had a very strong sales quarter. Nearly 50% of this segment's 2009 profits were generated in the fourth quarter. -- Fourth-quarter operating profit grew 3% and the related margin was 32.5%. The 250 basis point margin decline, compared to the prior-year period, was largely driven by acquisition accounting related to software amortization, a shift towards higher growth but lower initial margin businesses and technology-related product investments. </pre> <p/> <p>Healthcare & Science</p> <p/> <pre> -- Full-year revenues grew 7%. This strong revenue growth was led by a 17% increase in the Payer business as well as 7% growth across the Science businesses. -- Full-year operating profit increased 9% and the related margin grew 70 basis points versus 2008 from flow-through on revenues and favorable foreign currency effects. -- Fourth-quarter revenues grew 4%. Growth was driven by continued demand for healthcare spending analytics in Payer (up 10%), supplemented by good growth across the Science businesses. -- Fourth-quarter operating profit declined 16% versus 2008, and the corresponding margin was 23.2%. The expected decline in operating profit was attributable to technology costs and the timing of expenses. </pre> <p/> <p>Markets Division</p> <p/> <p>Markets Division -- Full-Year Results</p> <p/> <pre> Twelve Months Ended December 31, -------------------------------- (Millions of U.S. dollars, except profit margin) </pre> <p/> <pre> Change before 2009 2008 Change currency ---- ---- ------ --------- Revenues Sales & Trading $3,550 $3,852 -8% -4% Investment & Advisory $2,304 $2,371 -3% -2% Enterprise $1,316 $1,295 2% 6% Media $365 $426 -14% -8% -- -- Markets Division Total $7,535 $7,944 -5% -2% </pre> <p/> <pre> Operating Profit $1,453 $1,406 3% Operating Profit Margin % 19.3% 17.7% </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p>Markets Division -- Fourth-Quarter Results</p> <p/> <pre> Three Months Ended December 31, ------------------------------- (Millions of U.S. dollars, except profit margin) </pre> <p/> <pre> Change before 2009 2008 Change currency ---- ---- ------ --------- Revenues Sales & Trading $875 $893 -2% -7% Investment & Advisory $573 $582 -2% -5% Enterprise $371 $350 6% 1% Media $95 $101 -6% -8% -- Markets Division Total $1,914 $1,926 -1% -5% </pre> <p/> <pre> Operating Profit $323 $365 -12% Operating Profit Margin % 16.9% 19.0% -- Full-year revenues declined 2% reflecting negative net sales, especially in the first half of the year, and strong prior-year period revenue growth of 6%. Recurring subscription revenues (75% of total revenues) grew 1% but were offset by an 11% decline in transaction revenues, an 8% decline in recoveries and 17% decline in outright revenues. -- By geography, Asia grew 2%, while Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas declined 1% and 5%, respectively. -- By market, growth in Enterprise and Commodities & Energy was more than offset by declines in Sales & Trading and Investment Management. -- Full-year operating profit increased 3% and the margin expanded 160 basis points as integration savings, tight cost controls and favorable foreign exchange more than offset revenue declines. -- Fourth-quarter revenues declined 5% against a difficult comparable in 2008 when revenues grew 4%. The revenue decline was attributable to flow-through from weaker 2009 net sales, continued pressure on recoveries, tough comparables for outright sales and a decline in transaction revenues. -- Fourth-quarter operating profit declined 12% with the related margin declining 210 basis points. The margin decline was attributable to the impact of lower revenues, offset by integration savings and the benefit of currency. </pre> <p/> <p>Sales & Trading</p> <p/> <pre> -- Full-year revenues decreased 4%. A modest decline in recurring revenues attributable to desktop cancellations was further impacted by declines in transactions and recoveries. By market, the Commodities & Energy and Treasury businesses both achieved revenue growth for the year. -- Fourth-quarter revenues decreased 7%. The decline was due to continued pressure on recoveries revenues and reductions in desktops in the Exchange Traded Instruments and Fixed Income segments. Commodities & Energy was flat in the quarter and Treasury declined slightly, reflecting an improving trend in foreign currency exchange transactions, which were broadly flat versus 2008. </pre> <p/> <p>Investment & Advisory</p> <p/> <pre> -- Full-year revenues declined 2%. Corporate's growth of 1% was offset by a slight decline in Retail Wealth Management, a 3% decline in Investment Management and a 6% decline in Investment Banking. -- Fourth-quarter revenues declined 5%. While the Investment Banking business returned to growth in the fourth quarter, the Investment Management business was impacted by cancellations stemming from customer closures and lower assets under management. Retail Wealth Management was impacted by lower recoveries as customers reduced their purchases of exchange data. </pre> <p/> <p>Enterprise</p> <p/> <pre> -- Full-year revenues increased 6%. Enterprise Information, which comprises more than half of the Enterprise segment's revenues, grew 17% and the Trade and Risk Management business grew 3%. -- Fourth-quarter revenues increased 1%, despite an extremely challenging prior-year comparable when revenues grew 13%. Enterprise Information grew 9% in the quarter with continued demand for pricing and reference data, and helped offset a 10% decline in outright revenues. </pre> <p/> <p>Media</p> <p/> <pre> -- Full-year revenues declined 8%. The decline was attributable to continued pressure on the Professional Publishing and Advertising businesses. Agency business revenues declined 5% due to further consolidation in traditional media outlets and customer budget constraints. -- Fourth-quarter revenues declined 8% for reasons that mirror those of the full year. </pre> <p/> <p>Corporate & Other</p> <p/> <p>Full-year corporate costs were <span class="xn-money">$929 million</span> comprised of core corporate costs of <span class="xn-money">$253 million</span> (including an increase in non-cash pension expense of approximately <span class="xn-money">$30 million</span> resulting from the company's conversion to IFRS in 2009), fair-value currency-related adjustments (non-cash) of <span class="xn-money">$170 million</span> and integration program costs of <span class="xn-money">$506 million</span>.</p> <p/> <p>Fourth-quarter corporate costs were <span class="xn-money">$281 million</span>, compared to <span class="xn-money">$152 million</span> in the prior period, and were comprised of core corporate costs of <span class="xn-money">$83 million</span> (up <span class="xn-money">$49 million</span> due to higher benefit costs, including the impact of adopting IFRS pension accounting), fair-value currency-related adjustments (non-cash) of <span class="xn-money">$35 million</span> (up <span class="xn-money">$75 million</span>) and integration program costs of <span class="xn-money">$163 million</span> (up <span class="xn-money">$5 million</span>).</p> <p/> <p>Integration Programs</p> <p/> <p>At year-end 2009, Thomson Reuters had achieved combined run-rate savings of <span class="xn-money">$1.1 billion</span> from the Reuters integration, as well as legacy savings programs. The higher savings were principally related to the elimination of redundant positions and the retirement of legacy products.</p> <p/> <p>Given the progress the company continues to make on the integration program, the company is raising its combined run-rate savings target by <span class="xn-money">$200 million to $1.6 billion</span> by year-end 2011.</p> <p/> <p>The company expects to spend an additional <span class="xn-money">$275 million</span> in one-time integration costs through the end of 2011 to achieve incremental run-rate savings of <span class="xn-money">$325 million</span> in 2010 and <span class="xn-money">$200 million</span> in 2011.</p> <p/> <p>Recent Developments</p> <p/> <p>WestlawNext, an entirely new version of our market-leading, online legal information service, was launched as planned on <span class="xn-chron">February 1, 2010</span>. The new service, which had been over five years in the making with the participation of more than 1,000 Thomson Reuters technologists, information specialists and attorneys, provides a modern, clean user interface, natural language search and highly advanced algorithms and back-end technology to advance significantly the speed, simplicity and productivity of legal research. Third party reviews and customer uptake have been very favorable, with early sales exceeding our launch targets.</p> <p/> <p>Business Outlook (Before Currency)</p> <p/> <p>Based on the current environment in the markets that the company serves, Thomson Reuters expects its revenues to be flat to slightly down in 2010 due to the impact of negative net sales in 2009. The company expects net sales to strengthen throughout 2010.</p> <p/> <p>The company expects its underlying operating profit margin to be comparable to 2009 before investments in the major new products and platforms launching this year. These investments are expected to have an impact of approximately 100 basis points.</p> <p/> <p>The company's plan to continue its aggressive investment focus to drive growth and capture efficiencies is likely to result in 2010 underlying free cash flow being slightly down on the prior year.</p> <p/> <p>The information in this section is forward-looking and should be read in conjunction with the section below entitled "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Material Assumptions and Material Risks".</p> <p/> <p>Dividend</p> <p/> <p>The board of directors approved a <span class="xn-money">$0.04</span> per share increase in the annual dividend to <span class="xn-money">$1.16</span> per share. The quarterly dividend of <span class="xn-money">$0.29</span> per share is payable on <span class="xn-chron">March 26, 2010</span> to shareholders of record as of <span class="xn-chron">March 8, 2010</span>. This dividend increase marks the 17th consecutive annual dividend increase by the company.</p> <p/> <p>Thomson Reuters</p> <p/> <p>Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in <span class="xn-location">London</span> and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span> and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, go to <a href="http://www.thomsonreuters.com">www.thomsonreuters.com</a>.</p> <p/> <p>Thomson Reuters currently prepares its financial statements under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Previously, Thomson Reuters prepared its financial statements in accordance with Canadian GAAP.</p> <p/> <p>NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES</p> <p/> <p>This news release includes certain non-IFRS financial measures, including pro forma financial information as described herein. 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 (other than pro forma financial measures) are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable IFRS measures in the appended tables.</p> <p/> <p>PRO FORMA FINANCIAL INFORMATION</p> <p/> <p>Thomson acquired Reuters on <span class="xn-chron">April 17, 2008</span> and changed its name to Thomson Reuters that day. Under applicable accounting rules, Reuters results are only included from the closing date of the acquisition (and not for periods prior to that date). For informational purposes, this news release includes "pro forma" financial information for 2008. Pro forma financial information presents the hypothetical performance of the Thomson Reuters business as if Reuters had been part of the company for all of 2008. These pro forma results provide a better comparison of 2009 and 2008 performance. Pro forma financial information included in this news release is unaudited and was prepared in U.S. dollars in a manner consistent with accounting policies that applied to Thomson prior to the closing of the Reuters acquisition and which currently apply to Thomson Reuters. Pro forma financial information reflects the impacts of purchase accounting but excludes deal-related expenses and an initial one-time purchase accounting adjustment related to deferred revenue.</p> <p/> <p>SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS AND MATERIAL RISKS</p> <p/> <p>Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to statements in the "Integration Programs" and "Business Outlook (Before Currency)" sections and <span class="xn-person">Mr. Glocer</span>'s comments, are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and reflect our company's current expectations. As a result, forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There is no assurance that the events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. A business outlook is provided for the purpose of presenting information about current expectations for 2010. 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.</p> <p/> <p>The material assumptions underlying the company's 2010 business outlook are based on various external and internal assumptions. 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These and other 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 <a href="http://www.thomsonreuters.com">www.thomsonreuters.com</a>.</p> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> CONTACTS MEDIA INVESTORS </pre> <p/> <pre> Calvin Mitchell III Frank Golden Senior Vice President, Corporate Senior Vice President, Investor Affairs Relations +1 646 223 5285 +1 646 223 5288 calvin.mitchell@thomsonreuters.com frank.golden@thomsonreuters.com </pre> <p/> <pre> Victoria Brough Head of External Affairs, EMEA +44 (0)207 542 8763 victoria.brough@thomsonreuters.com </pre> <p>Thomson Reuters will webcast a discussion of its full-year and fourth-quarter results today beginning at <span class="xn-chron">8:30 a.m.</span> U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). You can access the webcast by visiting <a href="http://www.thomsonreuters.com">www.thomsonreuters.com</a> and clicking on "Investor Relations" at the top of the page and then "Thomson Reuters Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2009 Results" on the right side of the page. An archive of the webcast will be available in the "Investor Relations" section of the Thomson Reuters website.</p> <p/> <pre> IFRS and Pro Forma Results </pre> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Division and Business Segment Information (millions of U.S. dollars) (unaudited) </pre> <p/> <pre> Three Months Ended December 31, ------------ 2009 2008 (1) Change Organic ---- ------- ------ ------- Revenues Legal $903 $912 -1% -3% Tax & Accounting 311 280 11% 5% Healthcare & Science 224 213 5% 4% --- --- Professional Division 1,438 1,405 2% 0% Sales & Trading 875 893 -2% -7% Investment & Advisory 573 582 -2% -6% Enterprise 371 350 6% 1% Media 95 101 -6% -8% --- --- Markets Division 1,914 1,926 -1% -6% Eliminations (3) (2) --- --- Revenues from ongoing businesses(3) 3,349 3,329 1% -4% Before currency -3% Disposals(3) 8 66 --- --- Revenues $3,357 $3,395 -1% ------ ------ ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> Operating Profit Legal $268 $297 -10% Tax & Accounting 101 98 3% Healthcare & Science 52 62 -16% --- --- Professional Division 421 457 -8% Markets Division 323 365 -12% Corporate & Other (281) (152) Amortization of other intangible assets (132) (119) ---- ---- Operating profit from ongoing businesses(3) 331 551 -40% Disposals(3) (1) 40 Impairment of assets held for sale - 3 Other operating gains, net 16 39 --- --- Operating profit $346 $633 -45% ---- ---- ---- ---- </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Twelve Months Ended December 31, ------------ Pro Forma 2009 2008 (1)(2) Change Organic ---- ---------- ------ ------- Revenues Legal $3,586 $3,639 -1% -1% Tax & Accounting 1,006 926 9% 4% Healthcare & Science 829 784 6% 7% --- --- Professional Division 5,421 5,349 1% 1% Sales & Trading 3,550 3,852 -8% -4% Investment & Advisory 2,304 2,371 -3% -3% Enterprise 1,316 1,295 2% 6% Media 365 426 -14% -8% --- --- Markets Division 7,535 7,944 -5% -2% Eliminations (8) (10) --- --- Revenues from ongoing businesses(3) 12,948 13,283 -3% -1% Before currency 0% Disposals(3) 49 158 --- --- Revenues $12,997 $13,441 -3% ------- ------- ------- ------- </pre> <p/> <pre> Operating Profit Legal $1,155 $1,192 -3% Tax & Accounting 214 216 -1% Healthcare & Science 185 169 9% --- --- Professional Division 1,554 1,577 -1% Markets Division 1,453 1,406 3% Corporate & Other (929) (556) Amortization of other intangible assets (499) (505) ---- ---- Operating profit from ongoing businesses(3) 1,579 1,922 -18% Disposals(3) (13) 38 Impairment of assets held for sale - (86) Other operating gains, net 9 68 --- --- Operating profit $1,575 $1,942 -19% ------ ------ ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Reconciliation of Operating Profit to Underlying Operating Profit (4) (millions of U.S. dollars) (unaudited) </pre> <p/> <pre> Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ Pro Forma 2008 2009 2008 (1) Change 2009 (1)(2) Change ---- ------- ------ ---- ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> Operating profit $346 $633 -45% $1,575 $1,942 -19% Adjustments: Integration program costs 163 158 506 468 Amortization of other intangible assets 132 119 499 505 Fair value adjustments 35 (40) 170 (117) Disposals 1 (40) 13 (38) Other operating gains, net (16) (39) (9) (68) Impairment of assets held for sale - (3) - 86 --- --- --- --- Underlying operating profit $661 $788 -16% $2,754 $2,778 -1% ---- ---- ------ ------ ---- ---- ------ ------ Underlying operating profit margin 19.7% 23.7% 21.3% 20.9% ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p> IFRS and Pro Forma Results</p> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Reconciliation of Earnings Attributable to Common Shareholders to Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations (5) (millions of U.S. dollars, except as otherwise indicated and except for per share data) (unaudited) </pre> <p/> <pre> Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ Pro Forma 2009 2008 (1)(6) 2009 2008 (1)(6) ---- ----------- ---- ----------- Earnings attributable to common shareholders (7) $177 $844 Adjustments: Disposals 1 13 Fair value adjustments 35 170 Other operating gains, net (16) (9) Other finance costs 178 242 Other non- operating charge 59 385 Share of post tax earnings in equity method investees (5) (7) Tax on above items (8) (40) Interim period effective tax rate normalization (8) (9) - Amortization of other intangible assets 132 499 Discrete tax items (175) (531) Discontinued operations (6) (23) Dividends declared on preference shares - (2) --- --- Adjusted earnings from continuing operations $363 $419 $1,541 $1,512 ---- ---- ------ ------ ---- ---- ------ ------ Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations $0.44 $0.50 $1.85 $1.82 ---- ----- ----- ----- ---- ----- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <pre> Weighted average shares (in millions) (7) 834.2 831.7 832.9 833.0 ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p> IFRS and Pro Forma Results</p> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Division and Business Segment Depreciation and Amortization of Computer Software (millions of U.S. dollars) (unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ Depreciation and amortization of Pro Forma computer software 2009 2008(1) 2009 2008(1)(2) ---- ------- ---- ---------- Legal (68) (63) (262) (250) Tax & Accounting (21) (15) (78) (57) Healthcare & Science (15) (17) (67) (59) --- --- --- --- Professional Division (104) (95) (407) (366) Markets Division (170) (161) (619) (635) Corporate & Other (9) (6) (27) (19) --- --- --- --- Depreciation -Ongoing Businesses (283) (262) (1,053) (1,020) Disposals - (1) (4) (6) --- --- --- --- Total depreciation and amortization of computer software (283) (263) (1,057) (1,026) ----- ----- ------- ------- ----- ----- ------- ------- </pre> <p/> <p/> <pre> (1) 2008 segment results have been restated to be comparable to the presentation for 2009. (2) The results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 are shown on a pro forma basis which assumes that Thomson acquired Reuters on January 1, 2007. These amounts reflect the impacts of purchase accounting, but exclude deal-related expenses and an initial one- time purchase accounting adjustment related to deferred revenue. (3) Revenues and operating profit from ongoing businesses exclude the results of disposals. Disposals include the results of businesses sold or held for sale that do not qualify as discontinued operations. (4) Underlying operating profit excludes amortization of other intangible assets, impairment charges, fair value adjustments, integration program costs, other operating gains and losses and the results of disposals. Underlying operating profit margin is the underlying operating profit expressed as a percentage of revenues from ongoing businesses. (5) Adjusted earnings from continuing operations and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations include dividends declared on preference shares and integration program costs, but exclude the pre tax impacts of amortization of other intangible assets as well as the post-tax impacts of fair value adjustments, other operating gains and losses, impairment charges, the results of disposals (see note (3) above), other finance (income) costs, Thomson Reuters share of post tax earnings in equity method investees, discontinued operations and other items affecting comparability. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations is calculated using diluted weighted average shares and does not represent actual earnings per share attributable to shareholders. (6) In 2008, Thomson Reuters calculated its adjusted earnings by deducting from underlying operating profit certain normally recurring items appearing below operating profit on the income statement. Additionally, Thomson Reuters deducted costs associated with its integration program as well as earnings attributable to non controlling interests and dividends declared on preference shares. The table below presents a reconciliation of underlying operating profit to adjusted earnings from continuing operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2008. </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Pro Forma Three Months Twelve Months (millions of U.S. dollars, except as Ended Ended otherwise indicated and except per December 31, December 31, share data) 2008(a) 2008(a) ------------------------------------ ------------- ------------- Underlying operating profit 788 2,778 Adjustments: Integration program costs (158) (468) Net interest expense (b) (103) (437) Income taxes (calculated using an estimated effective tax rate of 25%) (101) (342) Earnings attributable to non- controlling interests (6) (14) Dividends declared on preference shares (1) (5) --------------------------------------- --- --- Adjusted earnings from continuing operations 419 1,512 --------------------------------- --- ----- Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations $0.50 $1.82 -------------------------------- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <pre> Weighted average shares outstanding (in millions)(7) 831.7 833.0 ----------------------------------- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <pre> (a) This calculation has been restated to be comparable to the 2009 presentation of disposals. (b) Pro forma interest expense for the three-month period reflected actual interest expense, which approximates a proportional amount of the full year pro forma run rate. For the twelve-month period, pro forma interest expense was derived as the sum of the actual 3rd and 4th quarter 2008 interest expense plus the proportion of the pro forma full year run rate used for the six months ended June 30, 2008. </pre> <p/> <pre> Weighted average common shares outstanding reflected the actual reported diluted weighted average common shares outstanding adjusted as if the approximately 194 million Thomson Reuters PLC shares issued to Reuters shareholders on April 17, 2008 were outstanding from the beginning of the period presented, as well as the effect of the approximately 34 million Reuters Group PLC share options assumed as part of the acquisition. </pre> <p/> <pre> (7) On September 10, 2009, all then-outstanding Thomson Reuters PLC ordinary shares were exchanged for an equivalent number of Thomson Reuters Corporation common shares in connection with unification of the dual listed company (DLC) structure. (8) Adjustment to reflect income taxes based on estimated full-year effective tax rate. Reported earnings for interim periods reflect income taxes based on the estimated effective tax rates of each of the jurisdictions in which Thomson Reuters operates. The adjustment reallocates estimated full-year income taxes between interim periods, but has no effect on full-year income taxes. </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p> Consolidated IFRS Results</p> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Consolidated Income Statement (millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data) </pre> <p/> <pre> (unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2009 2008 2009 2008 ---- ---- ---- ---- </pre> <p/> <pre> Revenues $3,357 $3,395 $12,997 $11,707 Operating expenses (2,612) (2,422) (9,875) (8,700) Depreciation (139) (125) (509) (414) Amortization of computer software (144) (138) (548) (482) Amortization of other intangible assets (132) (119) (499) (425) Impairment of assets held for sale - 3 - (86) Other operating gains, net 16 39 9 68 --- --- --- --- Operating profit 346 633 1,575 1,668 Finance costs, net: Net interest expense (88) (103) (410) (224) Other finance costs) income (178) 213 (242) 231 Other non-operating charge (59) - (385) - --- --- ---- --- Income before tax and equity method investees 21 743 538 1,675 Share of post tax earnings (loss) in equity method investees 5 (7) 7 (5) Tax benefit (expense) 150 (186) 299 (350) --- ---- --- ---- Earnings from continuing operations 176 550 844 1,320 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax 6 16 23 1 --- --- --- --- Net earnings $182 $566 $867 $1,321 ---- ---- ---- ------ ---- ---- ---- ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> Earnings attributable to: Common shareholders(1) 177 560 844 1,307 Non-controlling interests 5 6 23 14 </pre> <p/> <pre> Basic earnings per share $0.21 $0.68 $1.01 $1.69 ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Diluted earnings per share $0.21 $0.67 $1.01 $1.68 ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <pre> Basic weighted average common shares(1) 830,822,775 825,737,282 829,998,907 770,837,612 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Diluted weighted average common shares(1) 834,151,200 831,688,580 832,942,338 775,179,027 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- </pre> <p/> <pre> (1) On September 10, 2009, all then-outstanding Thomson Reuters PLC ordinary shares were exchanged for an equivalent number of Thomson Reuters Corporation common shares in connection with unification of the dual listed company structure. </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (millions of U.S. dollars) </pre> <p/> <pre> December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 ---- ---- Assets Cash and cash equivalents $1,111 $841 Trade and other receivables 1,742 1,818 Other financial assets 76 261 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 734 766 --- -- Current assets 3,663 3,686 </pre> <p/> <pre> Computer hardware and other property, net 1,546 1,556 Computer software, net 1,495 1,299 Other identifiable intangible assets, net 8,694 8,702 Goodwill 18,130 18,324 Other financial assets 383 286 Other non-current assets 649 627 Deferred tax 13 109 --- -- Total assets $34,573 $34,589 ------- ------- ------- ------- </pre> <p/> <pre> Liabilities and equity Liabilities Current indebtedness $782 $688 Payables, accruals and provisions 2,651 2,704 Deferred revenue 1,187 1,193 Other financial liabilities 92 60 --- -- Current liabilities 4,712 4,645 </pre> <p/> <pre> Long-term indebtedness 6,821 6,783 Provisions and other non-current liabilities 1,878 1,798 Other financial liabilities 42 222 Deferred tax 1,785 2,653 ----- ----- Total liabilities 15,238 16,101 </pre> <p/> <pre> Equity Capital 10,177 10,034 Retained earnings 10,561 10,650 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,471) (2,268) ------ ------ Total shareholders' equity 19,267 18,416 Non-controlling interests 68 72 --- --- Total equity 19,335 18,488 ------ ------ Total liabilities and equity $34,573 $34,589 ------- ------- ------- ------- </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow (millions of U.S. dollars) </pre> <p/> <pre> (unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2009 2008 2009 2008 ---- ---- ---- ---- Cash provided by (used in): Operating activities Net earnings $182 $566 $867 $1,321 Adjustments for: Depreciation 139 125 509 414 Amortization of computer software 144 138 548 482 Amortization of other intangible assets 132 119 499 425 Impairment of assets held for sale - (3) - 86 Deferred tax (98) 117 (544) 31 Embedded derivatives fair value adjustments 29 (44) 147 (124) Net losses (gains) on foreign exchange and derivative financial instruments 167 (215) 182 (257) Other non-operating charge 59 - 385 - Other 35 5 290 104 Changes in working capital and other items 112 195 (219) 299 --- --- ---- --- Operating cash flows from continuing operations 901 1,003 2,664 2,781 Operating cash flows from discontinued operations (5) 2 2 (20) --- --- --- --- Net cash provided by operating activities 896 1,005 2,666 2,761 --- ----- ----- ----- </pre> <p/> <pre> Investing activities Acquisitions, less cash acquired (251) (204) (349) (8,502) Proceeds from other disposals, net of taxes paid 41 (27) 56 244 Capital expenditures, less proceeds from disposals (377) (324) (1,097) (939) Other investing activities 2 14 3 7 --- --- --- --- Investing cash flows from continuing operations (585) (541) (1,387) (9,190) Investing cash flows from discontinued operations - - 22 (72) --- --- --- --- Net cash used in investing activities (585) (541) (1,365) (9,262) ---- ---- ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> Financing activities Proceeds from debt - - 1,107 7,600 Repayments of debt (851) (408) (1,249) (5,487) Net borrowings (repayments) under short-term loan facilities 11 - 4 (1,065) Share repurchases - (11) - (522) Dividends paid on preference shares - (1) (2) (5) Dividends paid on common shares (1) (223) (180) (905) (596) Dividend payable assumed from Reuters Group PLC - - - (246) Other financing activities - 2 (6) 207 --- --- --- --- Net cash used in financing activities (1,063) (598) (1,051) (114) ------ ---- ------ ---- </pre> <p/> <pre> Translation adjustments 3 (8) 20 (41) --- --- --- --- (Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (749) (142) 270 (6,656) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,860 983 841 7,497 ----- --- --- ----- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,111 $841 $1,111 $841 ------ ---- ------ ---- ------ ---- ------ ---- </pre> <p/> <pre> (1) On September 10, 2009, all then-outstanding Thomson Reuters PLC ordinary shares were exchanged for an equivalent number of Thomson Reuters Corporation common shares in connection with unification of the dual listed company structure. </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow(1) (millions of U.S. dollars) (unaudited) </pre> <p/> <pre> Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2009 2008 2009 2008 ---- ---- ---- ---- Net cash provided by operating activities $896 $1,005 $2,666 $2,761 Capital expenditures, less proceeds from disposals (377) (324) (1,097) (939) Other investing activities 2 14 3 7 Investing activities of discontinued operations - - - (7) Dividends paid on preference shares - (1) (2) (5) --- --- --- --- Free cash flow (1) $521 $694 $1,570 $1,817 ---- ---- ------ ------ ---- ---- ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> (1) Free cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, other investing activities, investing activities of discontinued operations and dividends paid on preference shares. Thomson Reuters uses free cash flow as a performance measure because it represents cash available to repay debt, pay dividends and fund share repurchases and new acquisitions. </pre> <p/> <p/> <p/> <pre> Thomson Reuters Corporation Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Underlying Free Cash Flow (1) (millions of U.S. dollars) (unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2009 2008 2009 2008 ---- ---- ---- ---- Free cash flow $521 $694 $1,570 $1,817 One-time Reuters acquisition, integration program costs 154 135 488 518 Normalization adjustments (2) - - - (450) --- --- --- ---- Underlying free cash flow $675 $829 $2,058 $1,885 ---- ---- ------ ------ ---- ---- ------ ------ </pre> <p/> <pre> (1) Free cash flow was affected by certain unusual items. These items are removed to derive underlying free cash flow. (2) To provide a more meaningful comparison of underlying free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 to the prior year period, the 2008 free cash flow number is adjusted for two timing related items: -- Interest costs which were substantially lower in 2008 since we benefited from having interest income and no cash interest costs associated with $3.0 billion in Reuters acquisition-related debt. -- Last year's figure does not include what is traditionally negative free cash flow from the Reuters business in the first quarter of the year, which was included in 2009.

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