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Interactive Data Reports Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2012 Results

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dateline: Bedford, Mass.

Category: Financial Results

 

BEDFORD, Mass - February 14, 2013 - Interactive Data Corporation today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.  Interactive Data’s fourth-quarter 2012 revenue increased 1.0% to a record $224.3 million from $222.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Interactive Data’s organic (non-GAAP) revenue grew 0.9% from the fourth quarter in 2011. 

Interactive Data’s fourth-quarter 2012 income from operations was $27.8 million, compared with income from operations of $33.2 million in same period one year ago.  Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (which excludes items that are either not part of the Company’s ongoing core operations, or do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course) for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 12.2% to a record $93.7 million from $83.5 million in the same period one year ago.  

“Interactive Data’s fourth-quarter 2012 financial results were highlighted by strong adjusted EBITDA growth and excellent free cash flow,” stated Mason Slaine, Interactive Data’s president and chief executive officer.  “Our Pricing and Reference Data segment continued to generate organic revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 despite persistently challenging market conditions as our value proposition continued to resonate with customers worldwide.  Throughout the year, we managed our expense base carefully while remaining committed to advancing key product development and technology infrastructure initiatives.  We made good progress on these fronts during the fourth quarter.  Looking ahead, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities we see across our business to bring new and enhanced offerings to the marketplace.”     

Segment Reporting and Related Operating Highlights

As previously disclosed, effective for the fourth quarter of 2011, Interactive Data’s two reportable segments were reorganized as Pricing and Reference Data, and Trading Solutions.  The change was made in response to operational and organizational initiatives undertaken during the preceding year and completed in the fourth quarter of 2011, and reflects the way the Company currently approaches the market and analyzes operating performance.  The Pricing and Reference Data segment represents the Company’s evaluated pricing, reference data and fixed income analytics product areas.  The Trading Solutions segment represents the Company’s real-time data feeds, ultra low latency infrastructure services, hosted web applications and workstations.  Historical financial results have been reclassified to reflect this change.

Pricing and Reference Data Segment:
 

  • Interactive Data’s Pricing and Reference Data segment reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $155.2 million, a 3.0% increase over the fourth quarter of 2011.  Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, fourth-quarter 2012 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business increased by 2.8% from the same period last year due to expansion in its evaluated pricing and reference data services product areas.  Fourth-quarter 2012 highlights for this segment included the official launch of ApexSM, Interactive Data’s innovative suite of reference data services, and continued customer adoption of and ongoing enhancements to VantageSM, an innovative web application that provides transparency into Interactive Data's evaluated pricing and facilitates client workflows to support valuation and risk management processes. In addition, Interactive Data continued to expand its evaluated pricing services with the launch of a new leveraged loan evaluation service during the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Interactive Data’s Trading Solutions segment generated fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $69.1 million, a 3.2% decline from the same quarter last year.  Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, fourth-quarter 2012 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business decreased 3.0%.  Continued growth in the 7ticks ultra low latency trading infrastructure services and improved results within the Company’s hosted web applications business were more than offset by lower consolidated feeds and workstation revenue.  Key milestones in this segment during the past several months have included a new version of the Interactive Data RMDS Feed Handler, a new suite of ETF tools and continued expansion of the 7ticks network. 

 

Other Fourth-Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Highlights

Effects of Foreign Exchange:

  • The net effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on fourth-quarter 2012 operating results was immaterial. 

 

Balance Sheet Highlights:

  • As of December 31, 2012, Interactive Data had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $248.2 million, compared with $262.2 million at the same time last year and $289.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2012.  The Company’s cash position reflects the payment of a $100.0 million dividend in December 2012.  Igloo Holdings Corporation (“Igloo”), Interactive Data’s indirect parent company, used this dividend, along with net proceeds of $339 million raised through an offering of 8.25%/9.00% senior PIK toggle notes due 2017 issued by Igloo, to fund a cash dividend paid to Igloo stockholders and a cash distribution to holders of Igloo stock optionsthat totaled approximately $439 million. Interactive Data’s gross debt outstanding as of December 31, 2012 was approximately $2.0 billion.

 

  • On February 7, 2013, Interactive Data completed a refinancing of its $1.3 billion term loan facility through an amendment to its Credit Agreement that provides for, among other things, a decrease in applicable interest rates.  As a result of the refinancing activity, the Company expects to reduce its annual cash interest expense by more than $8 million in 2013, and, assuming our current interest rates and principal balance remain in place, by more than $9 million annually thereafter.

Full-Year 2012 Results

  • For the year ended December 31, 2012, Interactive Data reported record revenue of $880.2 million, an increase of $12.4 million, or 1.4%, from $867.7 million in 2011.  Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates and the reduction in 2011 revenue of $0.9 million associated with the deferred revenue adjustment in connection with the acquisition of the Company in July 2010, organic revenue grew by 2.1% in 2012. 

 

  • Interactive Data’s income from operations for 2012 was $131.9 million, compared with income from operations of $101.7 million in 2011.  Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (which excludes items that are not part of the Company’s ongoing core operations, or do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course) increased by 4.0% to a record $342.6 million in 2012 from $329.3 million in 2011. 

Conference Call Information

Interactive Data Corporation will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 results on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. ET.  The dial-in number for the conference call is (785) 424-1826 and the related access code is IDCQ412.  For those who cannot listen to this broadcast, a replay of the call will be available from February 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. until Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m., and it can be accessed by dialing (402) 220-7214 or (800) 756-8809 (no access code is required).

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to presenting our results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we also disclose the following non-GAAP information:

  • Management includes information regarding organic revenue. Organic revenue excludes the effects of foreign currency exchange rates, adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue, and, if applicable, the contribution of businesses recently acquired (and related intercompany eliminations as appropriate).  Management believes reporting organic revenue facilitates period-to-period comparisons, and provides a better understanding of underlying business trends and our future revenue growth prospects. 

 

  • Management includes organic revenue for our Pricing and Reference Data, and Trading Solutions segments because management believes this additional level of detail provides further insight into underlying performance trends. 
  • Management includes information regarding earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).  We also include information regarding adjusted EBITDA, which we define as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges and benefits, adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue, and other non-cash, non-operational or non-recurring items.  In addition, management also includes information regarding pro forma adjusted EBITDA.  We define this metric as earnings, excluding all of the above factors as well as other adjustments permitted under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities.  Management considers these measures to be important indicators of the Company's operational profitability and cash generation strength and a good measure of the Company's historical operating trend because it eliminates items that are either not part of the Company's ongoing core operations, do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course of business.  In addition, the Company’s pro forma adjusted EBITDA measure is based on the definition of EBITDA set forth in the agreements governing the Company’s senior secured credit facilities.  

 

  • Management includes information regarding free cash flow, which we define as adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures.  Management considers free cash flow as another important measure of the Company's cash generation strength that supports the Company’s ability to repay its debt obligations and invest in future growth through new business development activities or acquisitions.
  • Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring the Company’s core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of our competitors.  Such measures are also used by management in their financial and operating decision-making, and for forecasting and planning purposes. In addition, management also considers pro forma adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator which can be used for the purpose of analyzing covenant compliance under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities.

 

  • The non-GAAP financial measures of the Company’s results of operations included in this press release should not be considered in isolation from comparable measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  The non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the Company’s results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the accompanying tables. The non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements

The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements and include our statements discussing our goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans, future financial conditions, future challenges and opportunities, including our statements about our belief that we are well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities we see across our business to bring new and enhanced offerings to the marketplace.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, under the caption “Risk Factors.”  The Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available in the “Investors” section of our Website under the heading “SEC Filings.”  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: (i) the implementation of strategies designed to improve revenue and profit growth; (ii) the impact of cost-cutting pressures across the industries we serve; (iii) general worldwide economic conditions and related uncertainties; (iv) consolidation of financial services companies, within and across industries, or the failure of financial institutions; (v) decline in activity levels in the securities markets, weak or declining financial performance of market participants or the failure of market participants; (vi) the intensity of competition we face; (vii) a prolonged outage at one of our data centers or other major disruptions of our computer operations or those of our suppliers; (viii) our ability to maintain relationships with our key suppliers and providers of market data; (ix) our ability to maintain our relationships with service bureaus and custodian banks and our other customers; (x) the need to develop new products and adapt to legal, regulatory, technology or other change; (xi) our cost-savings plans may not be effective or yield the expected efficiencies or may take longer than anticipated; (xii) risks related to our substantial leverage, including our ability to raise additional capital to fund operations or react to changes in the economy or our industry, and our exposure to interest rate risk on our variable rate debt (to the extent the risk is not mitigated by the interest rate hedge and cap arrangements that we may have in place from time to time); (xiii) our ability to negotiate and enter into strategic acquisitions or alliances on favorable terms, if at all, (xiv) our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from any strategic acquisitions or alliances that we enter into; (xv) we are subject to regulatory oversight and we provide services to financial institutions that are subject to regulatory oversight; (xvi) certain of our subsidiaries are subject to complex regulations and licensing requirements; (xvii) the risks of doing business internationally; (xviii) intellectual property related risks, including any allegations that we infringe the intellectual property rights of others; and (xix) our ability to attract and retain qualified management and other key personnel.  While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change and, therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.


About Interactive Data Corporation

Interactive Data Corporation is a trusted leader in financial information. Thousands of financial institutions and active traders, as well as hundreds of software and service providers, subscribe to our fixed income evaluations, reference data, real-time market data, trading infrastructure services, fixed income analytics, desktop solutions and web-based solutions. Interactive Data's offerings support clients around the world with mission-critical functions, including portfolio valuation, regulatory compliance, risk management, electronic trading and wealth management. Interactive Data has over 2,500 employees in offices worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.interactivedata.com.

COMPANY CONTACTS
Investors:                                                                    Media:
Andrew Kramer                                                           Anne O’Brien
781-687-8306                                                              212-771-6956
andrew.kramer@interactivedata.com                        anne.obrien@interactivedata.com

 

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