Thomson Reuters reports better-than-expected profit

Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:02am EDT
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By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) - News and information company Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.N: Quote) (TRI.TO: Quote) on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on a 1 percent rise in revenue, boosted by growth in its Tax & Accounting and Legal divisions.

The company also announced a plan to buy back up to an additional $1 billion in shares through the end of 2015 after completing a $1 billion program announced last October.

Shares of Thomson Reuters rose more than 3 percent in Wednesday morning trading.

Still, market challenges remain, especially in Europe, as key customers at financial institutions and law firms reduce costs and trim staff.

"It was another quarter of steady progress, but it's still a challenging environment," Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith said in an interview.

Evercore analyst Doug Arthur described the second-quarter results as "incremental progress," noting that sales for products targeting Thomson Reuters financial customers improved despite weakness in Europe.

Smith said the company planned to direct its resources to areas of growth, including Tax & Accounting and risk and compliance products.

Adjusted for tax expenses and other special items, earnings were $415 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with $403 million, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting 46 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.   Continued...

The Thomson Reuters logo is seen inside the lobby of the company building in Times Square, New York October 29, 2013.       REUTERS/Carlo Allegri