Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers buy and watch, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
“Nielsen’s fourth quarter results showed strong growth in recurring revenue and continued margin expansion,” said David Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. “Our full year performance demonstrated the overall resilience of our business despite a tougher environment for corporate spending. We remain focused on delivering value to clients, investing to grow our business and expanding our capabilities. We are pleased to deliver enhanced shareholder value as we begin paying a quarterly dividend. ”
Fourth Quarter 2012 Operating Results
Revenues for the fourth quarter increased 3% to $1,464 million (4% on a constant currency basis) compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Our revenue performance was driven by a 3% increase within our Buy segment (3% on a constant currency basis), a 5% increase within our Watch segment (5% on a constant currency basis) and a 19% decrease in our Expositions segment (19% on a constant currency basis). Global growth in Information services was driven by increased client investment in retail measurement, including the impact of additional coverage in the U.S. market. Our Insights services declined globally due to lower discretionary spending by clients. Our Expositions segment declined primarily due to the timing of trade shows.Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter increased 6% to $457 million (6% on a constant currency basis), compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. We continue to see the benefits of productivity efforts while strategically reinvesting in growth initiatives. Net income for the fourth quarter decreased to $39 million compared to $95 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2012 results included charges of $70 million, net of tax, related to the redemption of our 11.50% Senior Notes due 2016 and the prepayment of the 8.50% Senior Secured Term Loan due 2017. Net income per share, on a diluted basis, was $0.11 compared to $0.26 in the fourth quarter of 2011.