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Thomson Reuters Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Also, last month, we closed the sale of our Healthcare business for $1.25 billion in cash and expect after -- net after-tax proceeds of about $1 billion. As discussed during our Q1 earnings call, the proceeds, plus our free cash flow, will be used for tactical acquisitions, organic investment and for share buybacks on an opportunistic basis.

Lastly, and importantly, we are reaffirming our full year 2012 outlook.

Now let me turn to our results by business segment. Financial & Risk revenues rose 1%. Growth in Marketplaces and Governance, Risk & Compliance were offset by declines in Trading and Investors. Revenues by geography saw the Americas up 3%; Europe Middle East and Africa was flat; and Asia declined 2% due to continued softness in Japan.

Tax & Accounting had another solid quarter with revenues up 25%, 5% organic, driven by strong sales of ONESOURCE and software sales to professional accounting firms.

IP & Science grew 4%.

And Legal had another good quarter, with revenues up 3%; 2% organic, driven by Elite, FindLaw and the global legal businesses, including Latin America.

Finally, our fast-developing Global Growth businesses grew 19% in the quarter, 8% organic, and now represent about $900 million in annual revenue. For reporting purposes, those GGO numbers are included within the appropriate business segment results.

If there was one word I would use to characterize our formal professional division businesses, it would be consistency. Our Legal, Tax & Accounting and IP & Science businesses continue to achieve good results, and on a combined basis, recorded their seventh consecutive quarter of 5%-plus growth. We're reaping the rewards of the investments we've made in these businesses over the past several years as we've strengthened our market position and we are achieving profitable growth. This solid performance is the result of having had a clear strategy and playbook, having a deep understanding of the markets in which we operate, staying close to our customers, focusing on where we can win and investing behind those opportunities has led to consistent results quarter-after-quarter.

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