IHS Markit Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

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LONDON, September 28, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, today reported results for the third quarter ended August 31, 2021.

  • Revenue of $1.181 billion, with 9 percent total organic revenue growth

  • Net income of $161 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $516 million and Adjusted earnings per diluted share (Adjusted EPS) of $0.85

  • Cash flow from operations of $421 million and free cash flow of $344 million

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS, and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures used by management to measure operating performance. These terms are defined elsewhere in this release. Please see schedules appearing later in this release for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Performance

Three months ended August 31,

Change

Nine months ended August 31,

Change

(in millions, except percentages and per share data)

2021

2020

$

%

2021

2020

$

%

Revenue

$

1,180.5

$

1,073.2

$

107.3

10

%

$

3,481.8

$

3,180.6

$

301.2

9

%

Net income attributable to IHS Markit*

$

161.3

$

162.9

$

(1.6)

(1)

%

$

469.6

$

719.6

$

(250.0)

(35)

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

515.6

$

486.2

$

29.4

6

%

$

1,499.8

$

1,371.8

$

128.0

9

%

GAAP EPS

$

0.40

$

0.41

$

(0.01)

(2)

%

$

1.17

$

1.79

$

(0.62)

(35)

%

Adjusted EPS

$

0.85

$

0.77

$

0.08

10

%

$

2.36

$

2.12

$

0.24

11

%

Cash flow from operations

$

420.7

$

402.8

$

17.9

4

%

$

1,037.2

$

800.5

$

236.7

30

%

Free cash flow

$

343.9

$

338.6

$

5.3

2

%

$

817.2

$

664.6

$

152.6

23

%

* Net income attributable to IHS Markit for the nine months ended August 31, 2020 includes an approximate $372 million gain on sale related to the A&D business line divestiture in December 2019.

"We had another great quarter and we expect to finish the year strong. I am very proud of our team’s execution and partnership with our customers as we manage to the merger with S&P Global," said Lance Uggla, chairman and chief executive officer at IHS Markit.

"We performed very well in Q3 and through the first three quarters of our fiscal year, allowing us to again raise guidance for the year," said Jonathan Gear, chief financial officer at IHS Markit.

Third Quarter 2021 Revenue Performance

Third quarter 2021 revenue increased 9 percent organically compared to the third quarter of 2020. The following table provides additional revenue information by transaction type.

Three months ended August 31,

Percentage change

(in millions, except percentages)

2021

2020

Total

Organic

Recurring fixed

$

860.0

$

796.2

8

%

7

%

Recurring variable

170.0

153.0

11

%

8

%

Non-recurring

150.5

124.0

21

%

20

%

Total revenue

$

1,180.5

$

1,073.2

10

%

9

%

The components of revenue growth are described below by segment and in total.

Change in revenue

Third quarter 2021 vs. Third quarter 2020

(All amounts represent percentage points)

Organic

Acquisitive

Foreign

Currency

Total

Financial Services

8

%

1

%

1

%

10

%

Transportation

15

%

%

1

%

16

%

Resources

(1)

%

%

1

%

%

Consolidated Markets & Solutions

11

%

%

1

%

12

%

Total

9

%

%

1

%

10

%

Third Quarter 2021 Operating Performance

Segment results were as follows (additional segment information is included later in this release):

  • Financial Services. Third quarter revenue for Financial Services increased $44 million, or 10 percent, to $490 million, and included 8 percent total organic growth. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA for Financial Services increased $15 million, or 7 percent, to $241 million.

  • Transportation. Third quarter revenue for Transportation increased $49 million, or 16 percent, to $347 million, and included 15 percent total organic growth. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA for Transportation increased $14 million, or 9 percent, to $167 million.

  • Resources. Third quarter revenue for Resources remained flat at $208 million, with a 1 percent total organic decline. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA for Resources decreased $3 million, or 3 percent, to $84 million.

  • Consolidated Markets & Solutions (CMS). Third quarter revenue for CMS increased $15 million, or 12 percent, to $136 million, and included 11 percent total organic growth. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA for CMS increased $7 million, or 21 percent, to $38 million.

Outlook

IHS Markit will provide a fiscal year 2021 guidance update and supplemental information deck as part of its previously announced third quarter 2021 results conference call on September 28, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website: investor.ihsmarkit.com. A replay of the earnings webcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event. The webcast recording will be available for one year on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP results are presented only as a supplement to our financial statements based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Non-GAAP financial information is provided to enhance the reader’s understanding of our financial performance, but none of these non-GAAP financial measures are recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures, such as EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, Adjusted EPS, and free cash flow, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided within the schedules attached to IHS Markit’s quarterly earnings releases on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website. This communication also includes certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures. IHS Markit is unable to present a reconciliation of this forward-looking non-GAAP financial information because management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of such measures. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information.

We use non-GAAP measures in our operational and financial decision-making. We believe that such measures allow us to focus on what we deem to be a more reliable indicator of ongoing operating performance and our ability to generate cash flow from operations. We also believe that investors may find these non-GAAP financial measures useful for the same reasons, although investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP financial measures or disclosures. None of these non-GAAP financial measures are recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be an alternative to any other GAAP measure.

Non-GAAP measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies comparable to IHS Markit, many of which present non-GAAP measures when reporting their results. These measures can be useful in evaluating our performance against our peer companies because we believe the measures provide users with valuable insight into key components of GAAP financial disclosures. However, non-GAAP measures have limitations as an analytical tool. Because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. They are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP, are not measures of financial condition or liquidity, and should not be considered as an alternative to profit or loss for the period determined in accordance with GAAP or operating cash flows determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider such performance measures in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which express management’s current views concerning future business, events, trends, contingencies, financial performance, or financial condition, appear at various places in this communication and use words like "aim," "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "future," "goal," "intend," "likely," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "see," "seek," "should," "strategy," "strive," "target," "will," and "would" and similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding: guidance and predictions relating to expected operating results, such as revenue growth and earnings; strategic actions such as acquisitions, joint ventures, and dispositions, the anticipated benefits therefrom, and our success in integrating acquired businesses; anticipated levels of capital expenditures in future periods; anticipated levels of indebtedness, capital allocation, dividends, and share repurchases in future periods; our belief that we have sufficient liquidity to fund our ongoing business operations; expectations of the effect on our financial condition of claims, litigation, environmental costs, contingent liabilities, and governmental and regulatory investigations and proceedings; our strategy for customer retention, growth, product development, market position, financial results, and reserves; the completion of the merger with S&P Global Inc. ("S&P Global") on anticipated terms and timing, including unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of the combined company’s operations and other conditions to the completion of the merger; the ability of S&P Global and IHS Markit to integrate the business successfully and to achieve anticipated synergies; potential litigation relating to the proposed transaction that could be instituted against S&P Global, IHS Markit or their respective directors; the risk that disruptions from the proposed transaction will harm S&P Global’s and IHS Markit’s business, including current plans and operations; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; rating agency actions; potential business uncertainty, including changes to existing business relationships, during the pendency of the merger that could affect IHS Markit’s financial performance; and certain restrictions during the pendency of the merger that may impact IHS Markit’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on management’s current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy, and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are more fully discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, along with our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). However, those factors should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to our management and speaks only as of the date of this communication. We do not assume any obligation to publicly provide revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. Please consult our public filings with the SEC or on our website at investor.ihsmarkit.com.

About IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com)

IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.

IHS Markit is a registered trademark of IHS Markit Ltd and/or its affiliates. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners © 2021 IHS Markit Ltd. All rights reserved.

IHS MARKIT LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

As of August 31, 2021

As of November 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

337.9

$

125.6

Accounts receivable, net

857.8

891.7

Deferred subscription costs

85.3

84.3

Assets held for sale

1,259.9

Other current assets

118.1

131.7

Total current assets

2,659.0

1,233.3

Non-current assets:

Property and equipment, net

689.2

724.8

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

263.6

296.8

Intangible assets, net

3,142.4

3,846.1

Goodwill

9,445.3

9,908.7

Deferred income taxes

27.1

27.1

Other

269.9

98.4

Total non-current assets

13,837.5

14,901.9

Total assets

$

16,496.5

$

16,135.2

Liabilities and equity

Current liabilities:

Short-term debt

$

236.2

$

268.1

Accounts payable

35.4

48.2

Accrued compensation

188.6

206.1

Other accrued expenses

405.0

477.6

Income tax payable

40.3

29.1

Deferred revenue

939.7

886.2

Operating lease liabilities

55.7

63.5

Liabilities held for sale

147.6

Total current liabilities

2,048.5

1,978.8

Long-term debt, net

4,644.8

4,641.7

Deferred income taxes

441.2

543.4

Operating lease liabilities

268.0

297.7

Other liabilities

173.1

130.4

Commitments and contingencies

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

12.9

13.8

Shareholders' equity

8,908.0

8,529.4

Total liabilities and equity

$

16,496.5

$

16,135.2

IHS MARKIT LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except for per-share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended August 31,

Nine months ended August 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

1,180.5

$

1,073.2

$

3,481.8

$

3,180.6

Operating expenses:

Cost of revenue

425.7

385.6

1,266.7

1,189.7

Selling, general and administrative

285.6

258.7

871.1

833.0

Depreciation and amortization

145.1

147.6

447.2

442.3

Restructuring and impairment charges

2.5

12.1

11.2

97.9

Acquisition-related costs

24.4

8.7

70.8

16.2

Other expense (income), net

6.4

(0.7)

15.0

(374.7)

Total operating expenses

889.7

812.0

2,682.0

2,204.4

Operating income

290.8

261.2

799.8

976.2

Interest income

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.8

Interest expense

(54.8)

(57.7)

(165.7)

(178.9)

Net periodic pension and postretirement expense

(30.4)

Non-operating expense, net

(54.7)

(57.5)

(165.5)

(208.5)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity in loss of equity method investees

236.1

203.7

634.3

767.7

Provision for income taxes

(71.7)

(39.9)

(159.6)

(48.9)

Equity in loss of equity-method investees

(3.3)

(0.1)

(6.0)

(0.3)

Net income

161.1

163.7

468.7

718.5

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

0.2

(0.8)

0.9

1.1

Net income attributable to IHS Markit Ltd.

$

161.3

$

162.9

$

469.6

$

719.6

Basic earnings per share attributable to IHS Markit Ltd.

$

0.40

$

0.41

$

1.18

$

1.81

Weighted average shares used in computing basic earnings per share

399.0

397.8

398.4

396.8

Diluted earnings per share attributable to IHS Markit Ltd.

$

0.40

$

0.41

$

1.17

$

1.79

Weighted average shares used in computing diluted earnings per share

401.3

401.1

400.9

401.8

IHS MARKIT LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Nine months ended August 31,

2021

2020

Operating activities:

Net income

$

468.7

$

718.5

Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

447.2

442.3

Stock-based compensation expense

168.4

209.8

Gain on sale of assets, net

(0.2)

(370.5)

Impairment of assets

5.0

Payments for acquisition-related performance compensation

(75.9)

Net periodic pension and postretirement expense

30.4

Undistributed losses of affiliates, net

6.0

0.6

Pension and postretirement contributions

(33.2)

Deferred income taxes

(24.2)

(10.9)

Change in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(11.5)

32.0

Other current assets

5.0

(61.2)

Accounts payable

(6.9)

(39.0)

Accrued expenses

(122.1)

(55.8)

Income tax

12.8

(42.1)

Deferred revenue

85.5

6.8

Other assets and liabilities

3.5

48.7

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,037.2

800.5

Investing activities:

Capital expenditures on property and equipment

(220.0)

(211.8)

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

(46.9)

(4.7)

Payments to acquire equity investments

(185.9)

(8.6)

Proceeds from sale of assets

470.0

Change in other assets

(0.1)

(2.0)

Settlements of forward contracts

7.9

12.7

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(445.0)

255.6

Financing activities:

Proceeds from borrowings

565.0

539.1

Repayment of borrowings

(597.0)

(712.8)

Contingent consideration payments

(1.4)

Dividends paid

(238.8)

(203.0)

Repurchases of common shares

(750.0)

Proceeds from the exercise of employee stock options

7.6

217.3

Payments related to tax withholding for stock-based compensation

(116.4)

Net cash used in financing activities

(381.0)

(1,027.0)

Foreign exchange impact on cash balance

1.1

16.2

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

212.3

45.3

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