Towers Watson Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings

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Towers Watson Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings

  • Revenue increased 6% over prior year (7% constant currency)
  • Diluted EPS of $1.16, an increase of 27% over prior year
  • Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.36, an increase of 9% over prior year

Fiscal Year 2013 Adjusted Diluted EPS of $5.57, an increase of 8% over prior year
Fiscal Year 2013 Diluted EPS of $4.46, an increase of 24% over prior year

Fiscal Year 2013 Free Cash Flow of $453 million, an increase of 136% over prior year
Fiscal Year 2013 Cash Flow from Operations of $531 million, an increase of 68% over prior year


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

Total revenues were $875 million for the quarter, an increase of 6% (7% constant currency) from $826 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. On an organic basis, which excludes the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, acquisitions and divestitures, revenues increased 4% from the prior-year fourth quarter. For the fiscal year, revenues were $3.6 billion, an increase of 5% over the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $169 million, or 19.3% of revenues, versus $161 million, or 19.5% of revenues, for the prior-year fourth quarter. For the fiscal year, Adjusted EBITDA was $688 million or 19.1% of revenues.

Net income attributable to controlling interests for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $83 million, an increase from $65 million for the prior-year fourth quarter. For the quarter, diluted earnings per share were $1.16 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.36. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 9% from the prior-year fourth quarter. The tax rate for the quarter was 34%.

"The fourth quarter marked the end of a very strong fiscal year that resulted in revenue growth in all of our regions and strong underlying performance by the business in a particularly difficult economic environment," said John Haley, chief executive officer. "This year also marked a few other key milestones; the completion of our integration efforts on time and on budget, the first year of operating Exchange Solutions with results well beyond our expectations and the introduction of OneExchange, our integrated health insurance exchange solution for active employees and retirees. The power of coming together across our multiple lines of business to develop services and offerings such as OneExchange or our bulk lump sum de-risking strategies, which are designed to meet our clients' needs in a holistic manner, is clear. It's even more exciting to think about our future growth potential as we've established the framework to capture the best of our intellectual capital."

Fourth Quarter Company Highlights

Benefits

For the quarter, the Benefits segment had revenues of $494 million, an increase of 5% (5% increase constant currency) from $473 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. Retirement had mid-single digit constant currency revenue growth. Valuation work deferred from the third quarter and bulk lump sum work drove revenue growth in the Americas and higher commissions from Germany and legislative issues in Ireland drove revenue growth in EMEA. Health and Group Benefits constant currency revenues were roughly flat with resources being redirected to the development of the active employee exchange, which is part of the OneExchange offering. Technology and Administration Solutions constant currency revenue grew by low double digits due to new client work. The Benefits segment had a Net Operating Income ("NOI") margin of 34% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Risk and Financial Services

For the quarter, the Risk and Financial Services segment had revenues of $186 million, a decrease of 6% (5% decrease constant currency) from $199 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. Investment constant currency revenues increased by mid-single digits and experienced growth in each of the Regions. Brokerage had high single digit constant currency revenue growth primarily due to new business wins. Risk Consulting and Software constant currency revenue declined primarily due to a drop in project demand in EMEA, as well as general softening in the Americas and Asia Pacific. The Risk and Financial Services segment had an NOI margin of 15% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Talent and Rewards

For the quarter, the Talent and Rewards segment had revenues of $132 million, an increase of 1% (2% increase constant currency) from $130 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. Executive Compensation constant currency revenue growth was flat as compared to a strong prior year comparable. Rewards, Talent and Communication (RTC) and Data, Surveys and Technology both had low single digit constant currency revenue growth. The RTC revenue growth was driven by communication work regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Talent and Rewards segment had an NOI margin of 11% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The first half of the fiscal year typically has stronger margins due to the seasonality of the business.

Exchange Solutions

For the quarter, the Exchange Solutions segment had revenues of $35 million. On a proforma basis, as if Towers Watson owned Extend Health for the entire fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, revenues grew by 89%. The Exchange Solutions segment had an NOI margin of 51% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The second half of the fiscal year is seasonally stronger due to the timing of enrollments.

Outlook for Fiscal 2014

For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the company expects to report revenues in the range of $850 million to $870 million, reflecting constant currency revenue growth in the range of 3% to 5%, and adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.15 to $1.20. This guidance assumes an average exchange rate of 1.50 U.S. dollars to the British Pound and 1.30 U.S. dollars to the Euro for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Full fiscal 2014 guidance will be provided at Towers Watson's Analyst Day on September 20, 2013.

Conference Call

The company will host a live webcast and conference call to discuss the financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. It will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 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 two weeks after the call by dialing 617-801-6888 and using confirmation number 63669286.

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 14,500 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 core operating results that the Company's management uses to evaluate the business and for financial planning, we present (1) Adjusted EBITDA, (2) Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests, (3) Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and (4) Free Cash Flow (which are all non-U.S. GAAP measures). We use Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to eliminate the effect of acquisition-related expenses from the financial results of our operations. We use Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests (the numerator) for the purpose of calculating Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share. We use Free Cash Flow to represent cash provided by our operations that may be available for investing or for repaying debt. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and Free Cash Flow are relevant and useful information widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry to provide a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating results.

We incurred significant acquisition-related expenses related to our merger and integration activities necessary to combine Watson Wyatt and Towers Perrin from the Merger in January 2010 through fiscal year 2013. These acquisition-related expenses included transaction and integration costs, severance costs, non-cash charges for amortization of intangible assets and merger-related stock-based compensation costs from the issuance of merger-related restricted shares. Acquisition-related gains include a gain resulting from the fair value adjustment to our investment in Fifth Quadrant upon the purchase of a controlling interest. Included in our acquisition-related transaction and integration costs were integration consultant fees and legal, accounting, marketing and information technology integration expenses.

Although our merger and integration activities have been completed, we will continue to provide these adjusted measures as we incur a significant amount of amortization from acquired intangibles. We expect that this amortization will continue over the estimated useful lives of the related intangibles.

We consider Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and Free Cash Flow 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 and Adjusted Diluted EPS to evaluate and measure our performance-based compensation plans. 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 define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before non-controlling interests adjusted for provision for income taxes, interest, net, depreciation and amortization, transaction and integration expenses, acquisition related non-cash stock-based compensation, change in accounting method for pension, and other non-operating income. We define Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share as diluted earnings per share from continuing operations adjusted for transaction and integration expenses, acquisition non-cash stock-based compensation, amortization of merger and acquisition accounting intangible assets, a change in accounting method for pension and other merger related items. We define Free Cash Flow as Cash Flows from Operating Activities less cash flows used for Fixed Assets and Software for Internal Use, each of which is presented on the GAAP Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. These non-U.S. GAAP measures are 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.

Reconciliations of Net Income before Non-Controlling Interests to Adjusted EBITDA; Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests to Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interests;Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share; and Cash Flow from Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow are included in the accompanying tables to today's press release.

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: a decline in client demand (for example, resulting from the reduced use of defined benefit plans); the risk of a disclosure breach of company or client data; the ability to successfully make suitable acquisitions and divestitures; 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, 2014; 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 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 and to retain client relationships; 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)
 
 
Segment Revenue
 
Revenue for the Three
Months Ended June 30,% ChangeCurrencyAcquisitions/% Change
2013 2012GAAPImpactDivestituresOrganic
 
Benefits$494,423$472,5195%0%0%5%
Risk & Financial Services186,086198,720-6%-1%0%-5%
Talent & Rewards132,002130,4261%-1%0%2%
Exchange Solutions 34,599  3,617 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Reportable Segments$847,110$805,282
 
 
Revenue for the
Year Ended June 30,% ChangeCurrencyAcquisitions/% Change
2013 2012GAAPImpactDivestituresOrganic
 
Benefits$1,994,458$1,922,6894%-1%0%5%
Risk & Financial Services811,504817,591-1%-1%0%0%
Talent & Rewards573,336570,5370%-1%0%1%
Exchange Solutions 94,858  3,617 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Reportable Segments$3,474,156$3,314,434
 
 
Reconciliation of Reportable Segment Revenues to Consolidated Revenues
 
Three Months Ended June 30,Year Ended June 30,
2013201220132012
 
Reportable Segments$847,110$805,282$3,474,156$3,314,434
Reimbursable Expenses and Other 28,213  20,877  122,628  103,302 
Consolidated Revenues$875,323$826,159$3,596,784$3,417,736
 
 
Segment Net Operating Income
 
Three Months Ended June 30,Year Ended June 30,
2013201220132012
 
Benefits$168,682$146,455$674,657$646,418
Risk & Financial Services28,66043,094176,102211,601
Talent & Rewards15,17915,572114,227113,608
Exchange Solutions 17,473  (714) 16,228  (714)
Reportable Segments$229,994$204,407$981,214$970,913
 
 
Reconciliation of Reportable Segment Net Operating Income to Income from Operations
 
Three Months Ended June 30,Year Ended June 30,
2013201220132012
 
Reportable Segments$229,994$204,407$981,214$970,913
Differences in Allocation Methods(9,101)(9,038)830(7,078)
Amortization of Intangible Assets(19,623)(17,182)(78,860)(65,575)
Transaction and Integration Expenses-(20,909)(30,753)(86,130)
Stock-Based Compensation(2,455)(5,503)(19,914)(43,478)
Discretionary Compensation(62,329)(43,192)(340,734)(318,455)
Payroll Tax on Discretionary Compensation(4,247)(2,127)(20,222)(18,285)
Change in Accounting Method for Pension-3,274-(2,963)
Other, net (7,598) (12,840) (19,954) (29,033)
Income from Operations$124,641$96,890$471,607$399,916
 

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Per Share Data)
 
 
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
June 30, 2013June 30, 2013
 
Diluted EPS per GAAP$1.16$4.46
 
Amortization of intangible assets0.190.73
Transaction and integration expenses including severance-0.29
Stock-based compensation 0.01  0.09 
 
Adjusted Diluted EPS$1.36$5.57
 
 
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2013June 30, 2012
 
Net Income Before Non-Controlling Interests$82,414$65,733
Provision for Income Taxes41,74432,134