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FY13 Q2 Text And Financials

Acxiom® Corporation (Nasdaq: ACXM), a recognized leader in marketing services and technology, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Revenue from continuing operations was $277 million, down 3 percent compared to $286 million for the second quarter last year. Income from continuing operations increased 12 percent to $30 million in the current quarter, compared to $27 million in the prior year. Marketing and data services segment revenue was roughly flat at $194 million, compared to $196 million; U.S. marketing and data services revenue was up 2 percent to $166 million, compared to $162 million. IT infrastructure management segment revenue decreased 5 percent to $70 million in the current quarter compared to $74 million. Earnings per diluted share attributable to Acxiom stockholders were up 40 percent in the current quarter to $0.21, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.15. Diluted earnings per share increased 11 percent as compared to $0.19 in the prior year, excluding unusual items.

Operating cash flow was $176 million for the trailing twelve months, compared to $197 million for the comparable period a year ago. Free cash flow to equity increased 68 percent to $159 million for the trailing twelve months, compared to $95 million for the comparable period. Free cash flow to equity for the trailing twelve months included $73 million in proceeds from the sale of the company’s background screening business. Free cash flow available to equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation to the comparable GAAP measure, operating cash flow, is attached.

“We are encouraged by several aspects of our first half performance and direction,” said Acxiom CEO Scott Howe. “A leading indicator of our future success is the performance of our customers. We are pleased that two of our clients, United Airlines and Macy’s, were both recently named Marketer of the Year by the Direct Marketing Association. While we have much to do, particularly as it relates to our top-line growth, we are building success stories and are excited about what’s ahead for our company.”

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