Thomson Reuters Sees Mixed Q1 Financials, Cash Flow on Hand Explodes

Thomson Reuters' financials were a mixed bag during Q1, with revenues and profits leaving something to be desired.

Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI) has reported its Q1 2016 operating figures, which were generally lower across the board relative to the same figures for 2015 – the one saving grace was an influx of cash flow from its operations, which secured a virtual groundswell in 2016, according to a Thomson Reuters statement.

In terms of its revenues, Thomson Reuters disclosed a figure of $2.79 billion in Q1 2016, which was good for a YoY decline of roughly -1.0% from $2.82 billion in Q1 2015. In addition, operating profits also took a tumble, falling to $310.0 million in Q1 2016, vs. $362.0 million in Q1 2015, or -14.4% YoY.

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Continuing with this trend, Thomson Reuter’s earnings per share (EPS) on a diluted basis were also firmly pointed lower in Q1 2016, crumbling to just $0.26 from $0.33 in Q1 2015, representative of a -21.0% YoY decline. The group’s decreases in operating profit and diluted EPS were primarily reflective of adverse fair value adjustments associated with foreign currency embedded derivatives across select customer contracts.

A Tale of Two Financials

However, cash flow from operations, which also encompassed discontinued operations, exploded to $458.0 million in Q1 2016, jumping 88.0% YoY from just $244.0 million in Q1 2015.

Another area that saw improvement during Q1 2016 was the adjusted EBITDA figure, inching higher to $748.0 million in Q1 2016, up 2.0% YoY from $734.0 million in Q1 2015. Overall, EBITDA figures, as well as Thomson Reuters’ EBITDA margin during the quarter (26.8%) were helped by savings related to efficiency initiatives and platform closures completed in 2015.

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