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Thomson Reuters Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Throughout today's presentation, keep in mind that when we compare performance period-on-period, we look at revenue growth rates before currency as we believe this provides the best basis to measure the underlying performance of the business. In addition, today's results are presented on an ongoing basis and exclude disposals announced to date.

Today's presentation contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of risks and uncertainties discussed in reports and filings that we provide to regulatory agencies. You can access these documents on our website or by contacting our Investor Relations Department.

Let me now turn it over to the CEO of Thomson Reuters, Jim Smith.

James C. Smith

Thank you, Frank, and thanks to those of you on the call for joining us. Today, we'll review the second quarter results and update you on the progress we've made over the past 6 months against the priorities and strategy I outlined earlier this year. I will then turn it over to Stephane who'll provide you with further details on the results for the quarter.

Our results for the quarter and for the first half of the year can be characterized as on track for the company as a whole. In the second quarter, total revenues were up 3% with Legal, Tax & Accounting and IP & Science again recording good, consistent performance. In the aggregate, these 3 businesses were up 7% of which 3% was organic. Financial & Risk grew modestly in what continues to be a very challenging and volatile global financial services market, particularly in Europe.

EBITDA increased slightly and the margin was flat with the prior period. Operating profit declined 8% and the margin declined 190 basis points as expected. The operating margin was impacted by Financial & Risk recording nominal revenue growth, offset by planned investments in products, customer service and customer administration as we work to get more product in the pipeline and to improve our service and support levels on the front and back ends. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.54 compared to $0.51 in Q2 2011, a 6% increase.

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