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FactSet Research Systems Reports Adjusted EPS Of $1.14, Up 12% For The Second Quarter Of Fiscal 2013

NORWALK, Conn., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (Nasdaq:FDS), a leading provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community, today announced its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

For the quarter ended February 28, 2013 revenues increased to $213.1 million, up 7% over the prior year. Included in this total was $2.7 million of acquired revenues from StreetAccount. Operating income was $56.2 million compared to $67.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Net income was $44.5 million versus $46.7 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share was $1.00 compared to $1.02 in the same period of fiscal 2012.

Adjusted operating income for the quarter was $71.9 million, up 7% over the prior year. Adjusted operating income excludes a non-cash pre-tax charge of $15.7 million for stock-based compensation related to the performance-based options granted in connection with the acquisition of Market Metrics in June 2010. These options vested in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 when the Market Metrics business accelerated to achieve stretch revenue growth targets.

Adjusted net income advanced 8% to $50.6 million. Adjusted net income excludes the after-tax charge of $11.0 million related to the Market Metrics performance-based stock options and $4.9 million in income tax benefits from the reenactment of the U.S. Federal R&D credit. This tax law change was retroactive to January 1, 2012 and resulted in cumulative income tax benefits of $4.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

Adjusted diluted EPS rose 12% to $1.14. Adjusted diluted EPS excludes the net effect of a $0.25 decrease for the vesting of performance-based options partially offset by an $0.11 increase in diluted EPS from the reenactment of the U.S. Federal R&D credit.

A reconciliation between GAAP and adjusted financial measures is presented on page 8 of this press release.
(Condensed and Unaudited)       Three Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share data) Feb 28, 2013 Feb 29, 2012 Change
Revenues $213,083 $199,371 6.9%
Adjusted operating income $71,860 $67,117 7.1%
Adjusted net income $50,631 $46,746 8.3%
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $1.14 $1.02 11.8%
Diluted weighted average shares 44,455 45,707  

"While we were pleased to achieve ASV growth of $17.3 million in the quarter, we continue to operate in a challenging sell-side environment" said Philip A. Hadley, Chairman and CEO. "Our second quarter results include growing adjusted EPS by 12% and free cash flow by 11%. I am also proud to share that FactSet was recently named one of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For, marking our fifth appearance on that list in the last six years."

Annual Subscription Value ("ASV")

ASV advanced $17.3 million excluding the impact from foreign currency during the quarter and totaled $863.2 million at February 28, 2013. Of this total, 82% is derived from buy-side clients and the remainder is from the sell-side firms who perform M&A advisory work and equity research. ASV at any given point in time represents the forward-looking revenues for the next 12 months from all services currently being supplied to clients. The increase in ASV during the past three months was from buy-side clients, while sell-side client ASV contracted from a continuing volatile environment.  

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