28 Jul 2012

EQUIFAX REPORTS RECORD SECOND QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

Equifax Reports Record Second Quarter 2012 Results

ATLANTA, July 26, 2012 - Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The company reported revenue of $535.8 million in the second quarter of 2012, a 10 percent increase from the second quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, second quarter revenue was up 14 percent in U.S. dollars and 15 percent in local currency, excluding Brazilian operating results due to the deconsolidation of Brazil in the second quarter of 2011.

Second quarter diluted EPS attributable to Equifax was $0.62. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted EPS attributable to Equifax, excluding the loss on the deconsolidation of Brazil and the impact of acquisition-related amortization expense, net of tax, was $0.74, up 21 percent from the second quarter of 2011.

"Broad-based revenue growth and operating performance were ahead of our expectations in the second quarter as our four largest business segments continued to execute well against their strategic objectives," said Richard F. Smith, Equifax's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "While mortgage activity continues to be strong, we do expect it to slow down later in 2012. However, the core non-mortgage revenue growth continues to be within the range of our long term business model as our investments in new product innovation and key strategic growth initiatives continue to pay off."

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • In addition to the financial highlights noted above, second quarter 2012 net income attributable to Equifax was $76.4 million, a 122 percent increase and a 23 percent increase on a non-GAAP basis from the prior year excluding the loss on the deconsolidation of Brazil.
  • Operating margin was 24.8 percent for the second quarter of 2012, up 130 basis points from the second quarter of 2011.
  • We repurchased 1.1 million of our common shares on the open market for $51.1 million during the second quarter of 2012. At June 30, 2012, our remaining authorization for future share repurchases was $261.0 million.

U.S. Consumer Information Solutions (USCIS)

Total revenue was $230.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $194.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 19 percent.

  • Online Consumer Information Solutions revenue was $153.4 million, up 20 percent from a year ago.
  • Mortgage Solutions revenue was $40.6 million, up 51 percent from a year ago.
  • Consumer Financial Marketing Services revenue was $36.1 million, down 9 percent when compared to a year ago.

Operating margin for USCIS was 38.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 36.5 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

International

Total revenue was $119.5 million in the second quarter of 2012, a 9 percent decrease from the second quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding Brazil, revenue grew 4 percent on a reported basis and 9 percent on a local currency basis.

  • Latin America revenue was $46.3 million, down 22 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding Brazil, revenue grew 12 percent in local currency and 7 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago.
  • Europe revenue was $41.3 million, up 11 percent in local currency and 6 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago.
  • Canada Consumer revenue was $31.9 million, up 2 percent in local currency and down 2 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago.

Operating margin for International was 29.2 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 26.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Workforce Solutions

Total revenue was $115.2 million in the second quarter of 2012, a 20 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

  • Verification Services revenue was $63.3 million, up 42 percent when compared to a year ago.
  • Employer Services revenue was $51.9 million, consistent with a year ago.

Operating margin for Workforce Solutions was 23.4 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 21.6 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

North America Personal Solutions

Revenue was $50.7 million, a 12 percent increase from the second quarter of 2011. Operating margin was 29.8 percent compared to 27.7 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

North America Commercial Solutions

Revenue was $20.3 million, down 2 percent in U.S. dollars and 1 percent in local currency compared to the second quarter of 2011. Operating margin was 14.0 percent, compared to 20.9 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Third Quarter 2012 Outlook

Based on the current level of domestic and international business activity and current foreign exchange rates as well as continued strength in mortgage activity, consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2012 is expected to be up 9 to 11 percent from the year-ago quarter. Third quarter 2012 adjusted EPS attributable to Equifax, which excludes the impact of acquisition-related amortization expense, is expected to be between $0.71 and $0.74.

For further information and statements of income, please see:
http://news.equifax.com/2012-07-25-Equifax-Reports-Record-Second-Quarter-2012-Results

About Equifax

Equifax is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, that provides businesses of all sizes and consumers with insight and information they can trust. Equifax organizes and assimilates data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 18 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. For more information, please visit www.equifax.com.

Earnings Conference Call and Audio Webcast

In conjunction with this release, Equifax will host a conference call tomorrow, July 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) via a live audio webcast. To access the webcast, go to the Investor Center of our website at www.equifax.com. The discussion will be available via replay at the same site shortly after the conclusion of the webcast. This press release is also available at that website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release presents operating revenue excluding the results of our Brazilian operations from Equifax Inc., International, and Latin America revenue. The release also presents net income and diluted EPS attributable to Equifax which excludes acquisition-related amortization expense, net of tax. These are important financial measures for Equifax but are not financial measures as defined by GAAP.

These non-GAAP financial measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as an alternative measure of operating revenue or EPS as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and related notes are presented in the Q&A. This information can also be found under "Investor Center/GAAP/Non-GAAP Measures" on our website at www.equifax.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These statements can be identified by expressions of belief, expectation or intention, as well as statements that are not historical fact. These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions including with respect to foreign exchange rates, expected growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities and effective tax rates. While the company believes these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect.

Several factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to actions taken by us, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions), as well as from developments beyond our control, including, but not limited to, changes in worldwide and U.S. economic conditions that materially impact consumer spending, consumer debt and employment and the demand for Equifax's products and services. Other risk factors include our ability to successfully develop and market new products and services, respond to pricing and other competitive pressures, complete and integrate acquisitions and other investments and achieve targeted cost efficiencies; risks relating to illegal third party efforts to access data; changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with authority to write rules impacting the business of, conduct examinations of, and enforce the laws and regulations it writes against credit reporting companies, and related regulations, federal or state responses to identity theft concerns; adverse or uncertain economic conditions and changes in credit and financial markets; the European sovereign debt crisis; the recent downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt and political concerns over related budgetary matters, exchange rates; timing and amount of capital expenditures; changes in capital markets and corresponding effects on the company's investments and benefit plan obligations; earnings exchange rates and the decisions of taxing authorities, all of which could affect our effective tax rates; and potential adverse developments in new and pending legal proceedings or governments investigations. Additional risks and uncertainties can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 under captions "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Item 1A, "Risk Factors", and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are given only as at the date of this release and the company disclaims any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Equifax

For further information: Jeff Dodge, Investor Relations, +1-404-885-8804, jeff.dodge@equifax.com, or Tim Klein, Media Relations, +1-404-885-8555, tim.klein@equifax.com