FactSet Research Systems Earnings Cheat Sheet: Profit Rises for Third Straight Quarter

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) reported its results for the fourth quarter. FactSet Research Systems Inc. is a provider of integrated global financial and economic information, including fundamental financial data on tens of thousands of companies worldwide.

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FactSet Research Systems Earnings Cheat Sheet for the Fourth Quarter

Results: Net income for FactSet Research Systems Inc. rose to $40.9 million (88 cents per share) vs. $39.3 million (83 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 4% from the year earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 14.1% to $191.9 million from the year earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: FDS reported adjusted net income of 96 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 95 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $190.3 million.

Quoting Management: “Our positive fourth quarter results continue to demonstrate the success FactSet is having in the marketplace,” said Philip A. Hadley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In the fourth quarter, ASV grew $37 million, a quarterly record. In the past 12 months, our annual revenue growth rate improved 600 basis points to 14%, illustrative of our growing market share.”

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the third quarter, net income rose 12% and in the second quarter, the figure rose 25.3%.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 14.6% to $183.6 million in the third quarter. The figure rose 12.9% in the second quarter from the year earlier and climbed 11.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter.

The company beat estimates last quarter after being in line with expectations in the third quarter with net income of 92 cents per share.

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(Source: Xignite Financials)