Towers Watson Reports Strong First Quarter Earnings

Towers Watson Reports Strong First Quarter Earnings

  • Revenue increased 3% over prior year (5% constant currency)

  • Diluted EPS of $0.82

  • Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.13

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW),a leading global professional services company, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, 2012.

For the first time, these results include a full quarter for Exchange Solutions, a new reportable segment that was created by the acquisition of Extend Health on May 29, 2012. Exchange Solutions' economic model drives very different seasonality of financial results than our general consulting and brokerage business and will impact the year over year comparisons. The Exchange Solutions business will incur significant costs in the first half of the fiscal year to enroll new members, while commission revenues will be recognized over the annual policy period. Most policies have an effective date of January 1.


Total revenues were $834 million for the quarter, an increase of 3% (5% constant currency) from $810 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. On an organic basis, which excludes the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, acquisitions and divestitures, revenues increased 3% from the prior-year first quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $150 million, or 17.9% of revenues, a decrease from $162 million, or 19.9% of revenues, for the prior-year first quarter. The decrease was driven in large part by the business cycle of Exchange Solutions. Adjusted EBITDA excludes transaction and integration expenses and non-cash stock-based compensation arising from the merger and acquisition activity.

Net income attributable to controlling interests for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $59 million, a decrease from $60 million for the prior-year first quarter. For the quarter, diluted earnings per share were $0.82 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.13. The impact of Exchange Solutions on diluted earnings per share was $0.13 and the impact on adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.07, including the interest charges associated with financing the Extend Health acquisition. Adjusted diluted earnings per share exclude transaction and integration costs, non-cash stock-based compensation arising from the merger, amortization of merger and acquisition accounting intangible assets and non-recurring other income. The tax rate for the quarter was 36%.

"Our first quarter results were strong and we couldn't be more pleased with how the business performed this quarter, and we are especially pleased with the success Exchange Solutions is experiencing this enrollment season. Exchange Solutions has already enrolled more members in our first weeks of enrollment than were enrolled during the entire 2012 annual enrollment season," said John Haley, chief executive officer. "While the general economic climate remains uncertain, we believe our disciplined management approach, client focus and long term growth strategies will continue to position us for success."

First Quarter Company Highlights

Benefits

For the quarter, the Benefits segment had revenues of $457 million, an increase of 1% (2.5% increase constant currency) from $455 million in the prior-year first quarter. All lines of business showed growth in constant currency, led by a 3% increase in Retirement, which was driven by projects related to lump sum activity in the Americas. The Benefits segment had a Net Operating Income ("NOI") margin of 30% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Risk and Financial Services

For the quarter, the Risk and Financial Services segment had revenues of $192 million, a decrease of 1% (1% increase constant currency) from $194 million in the prior-year first quarter. Risk Consulting and Software constant currency revenues increased by low single digits, driven by double digit growth in property and casualty consulting in both the EMEA and Americas regions. Brokerage had a low-single digit constant currency revenue decline. Investment had low single digit constant currency revenue growth. The Risk and Financial Services segment had an NOI margin of 19% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Talent and Rewards

For the quarter, the Talent and Rewards segment had revenues of $140 million, flat as compared to the prior-year first quarter (3% increase constant currency). Data, Surveys and Technology led the segment with constant currency revenue growth of 14%, driven by revenue growth in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions. Executive Compensation constant currency revenues were down slightly. Rewards, Talent and Communication constant currency revenues declined by 5%. Overall, EMEA revenues continue to be down year over year. The Talent and Rewards segment had an NOI margin of 18% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Exchange Solutions

For the quarter, the Exchange Solutions segment had revenues of $14 million, net of deferral revenue required by purchase accounting rules. On a proforma basis, excluding the impact of the $6 million deferred revenue write-off from the acquired balance sheet required by purchase accounting rules, revenues grew by 27%. The Exchange Solutions segment had an NOI loss of $6 million and an NOI margin of (41%) for the quarter. The second half of the fiscal year is seasonally stronger due to timing of enrollments. Following a very successful sales season, we are expecting to enroll a record number of members during the fall enrollment period.

Outlook for Fiscal 2013

For fiscal 2013, the company expects to report revenues in the range of $3.52 billion to $3.60 billion and adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $5.12 to $5.20. This guidance assumes an average exchange rate of 1.55 U.S. dollars to the British Pound and 1.25 U.S. dollars to the Euro for fiscal 2013.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the company expects to report revenues in the range of $880 million to $900 million, reflecting constant currency revenue growth in the range of 2% to 4%, and adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.22 to $1.27. Included in the adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance are non-recurring tax impacts of legal entity restructuring related to the merger which have reduced the EPS guidance by approximately $0.03. This guidance assumes an average exchange rate of 1.55 U.S. dollars to the British Pound and 1.25 U.S. dollars to the Euro for the quarter.

Conference Call

The company will host a live webcast and conference call to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. It will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and can be accessed via the Internet at www.towerswatson.com. The replay of the call will be available shortly after the live call for a period of three months. A telephonic replay will also be available for one week after the call by dialing 617-801-6888 and using confirmation number 68111995.

About Towers Watson

Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. The company offers solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Towers Watson has 14,000 associates around the world and is located on the web at www.towerswatson.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

In order to assist readers of our financial statements in understanding the company's core operating results, we present (1) Adjusted EBITDA, (2) Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests, and (3) Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (which are all non-U.S. GAAP measures), to eliminate the effect of acquisition-related expenses from the financial results of our operations. The company's management uses these measures to evaluate the performance of the business and for financial planning. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before non-controlling interests adjusted for provision for income taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization, transaction and integration expenses, merger related stock-based compensation and other non-operating income. We use Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests (the numerator) for the purpose of calculating Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share. The company believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share are relevant and useful measures widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry to provide a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating results.

Since the merger in January 2010, we have incurred significant acquisition-related expenses related to the transaction and integration activities necessary to combine Watson Wyatt and Towers Perrin. These acquisition-related expenses include transaction and integration costs, severance costs, non-cash charges for amortization of intangible assets, and stock-based compensation costs from the issuance of merger-related restricted shares. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share are important in illustrating what our operating results would have been had we not incurred these acquisition-related expenses. We consider Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to be important financial measures, which we use to internally evaluate and assess our core operations, and benchmark our operating results against our competitors. We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate and measure performance under our performance-based compensation plans.

Reconciliations of net income before non-controlling interests to Adjusted EBITDA and Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share are included in the accompanying tables to today's press release.

Each of these non-U.S. GAAP measures is not defined in the same manner by all companies, and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Non-U.S. GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the information contained within our financial statements.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements and other forward-looking statements in this document by words such as "may", "will", "would", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "plan", "intend", "continue", or similar words, expressions or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Towers Watson's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the risk that anticipated cost savings and any other synergies from the merger of Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the ability to successfully make and integrate profitable acquisitions; the risk that the acquisition of Extend Health is not profitable or is not otherwise successfully integrated; the ability to successfully address issues surrounding the number of company shares that will become freely tradable on January 1, 2013; the risk that potential changes in federal and state health care regulations, or future interpretation of existing regulations, may have a material adverse impact on our business; the risk that our newly-acquired Extend Health business fails to maintain good relationships with insurance carriers, becomes dependent upon a limited number of insurance carriers or fails to develop new insurance carrier relationships; the risk that changes and developments in the health insurance system in the United States could harm our business; our ability to respond to rapid technological changes; the ability to recruit and retain qualified employees, particularly given the company's recent changes in employee compensation plans; and to retain client relationships, particularly in the executive compensation business, given recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory actions; and the risk that a significant or prolonged economic downturn could have a material adverse effect on Towers Watson's business, financial condition and results of operations. Additional risks and factors are identified under "Risk Factors" in Towers Watson's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events because these statements are based on assumptions that may not come true and are speculative by their nature. Towers Watson does not undertake an obligation to update any of the forward-looking information included in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed expectations or otherwise.

TOWERS WATSON & CO.

Supplemental Segment Information

(Thousands of U.S. Dollars)

(Unaudited)

Segment Revenue

Revenue for the Three

Months Ended September 30,

% Change

Currency

% Change

2012

2011

GAAP

Impact

Constant Currency

Benefits

$

457,128

$

454,506

1

%

(2

)%

2.5

%

Risk & Financial Services

192,407

194,138

(1

)%

(2

)%

1

%

Talent & Rewards

140,235

139,791

0

%

(2

)%

3

%

Exchange Solutions

13,918

-

N/A

-

-

Reportable Segments

$

803,688

$

788,435

Reconciliation of Reportable Segment Revenues to Consolidated Revenues

Three Months Ended September 30,

2012

2011

Reportable Segments

$

803,688

$

788,435

Reimbursable Expenses and Other

30,561

21,916

Consolidated Revenues

$

834,249

$

810,351

Segment Net Operating Income

Three Months Ended September 30,

2012

2011

Benefits

$

135,854

$

144,280

Risk & Financial Services

36,577

49,512

Talent & Rewards

25,791

25,214

Exchange Solutions

(5,765

)

-

Reportable Segments

$

192,457

$

219,006

Reconciliation of Reportable Segment Net Operating Income to Income from Operations

Three Months Ended September 30,

2012

2011

Reportable Segments

$

192,457

$

219,006

Differences in Allocation Methods

17,079

14,623

Amortization of Intangible Assets

(19,603

)

(13,313

)

Transaction and Integration Expenses

(9,273

)

(20,907

)

Stock-Based Compensation

(8,092

)

(13,725

)

Discretionary Compensation

(76,382

)

(90,733

)

Payroll Tax on Discretionary Compensation

(4,500

)

(5,481

)

Other, net

(1,859

)

5,539

Income from Operations

$

89,827

$

95,009

TOWERS WATSON & CO.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2012

Diluted EPS per GAAP

$

0.82

Amortization of intangible assets

0.17

Transaction and integration expenses including severance

0.08

Stock-based compensation

0.06

Adjusted Diluted EPS

$

1.13

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2011

Net Income Before Non-Controlling Interests

$

57,786

$

60,286

Provision for Income Taxes

32,076

35,501

Interest, net

2,261

1,358

Depreciation and Amortization

43,607

34,507

Transaction and Integration Costs

9,273

20,907

Stock-Based Compensation

6,840

11,134

Other Non-Operating Income (a)

(2,296

)

(2,136

)

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA Margin

$

149,547

17.9

%

$

161,557

19.9

%

(a) Other non-operating income includes income from affiliates and other non-operating income

TOWERS WATSON & CO.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2012

2011

Revenue

$

834,249

$

810,351

Costs of providing services:

Salaries and employee benefits

513,869

497,473

Professional and subcontracted services

56,075

64,272

Occupancy

38,901

35,371

General and administrative expenses

82,697

62,812

Depreciation and amortization

43,607

34,507

Transaction and integration expenses

9,273

20,907

744,422

715,342

Income from operations

89,827

95,009

(Loss) / income from affiliates

(56

)

292

Interest income

694

1,316

Interest expense

(2,955

)

(2,674

)

Other non-operating income

2,352

1,844

Income before income taxes

89,862

95,787

Provision for income taxes

32,076

35,501

Net income before non-controlling interests

57,786

60,286

Less: Net (loss) / income attributable to non-controlling interests

(941

)

582

Net income attributable to controlling interests

$

58,727

$

59,704

Earnings per share:

Net income attributable to controlling interests - basic

$

0.82

$

0.82

Net income attributable to controlling interests - diluted

$

0.82

$

0.82

Weighted average shares of common stock, basic (000)

71,494

73,090

Weighted average shares of common stock, diluted (000)

71,993

73,253

TOWERS WATSON & CO.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Share Data)

(Unaudited)

September 30,

June 30,

2012

2012

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$