FactSet forecasts second-quarter results largely below estimates, shares fall

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:12am EST
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(Reuters) - FactSet Research Systems Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue, and the financial information provider forecast current-quarter results largely below estimates as banks and brokerages cut costs.

FactSet shares fell 5 percent before the bell on Tuesday.

The company, which provides data to portfolio managers, research analysts and investment bankers, forecast second-quarter earnings of $1.11 to $1.13 per share, on revenue of $212 million and $215 million.

Analysts on average were expecting earnings of $1.13 per share on revenue of $216.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

FactSet's financial sector clients are cutting staff and trimming costs to cope with increased regulation and a struggling global economy.

In the United States, financial companies have announced plans to cut 28,000 jobs through the first nine months of this year, compared with 54,000 during the same period in 2011, according to executive placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

FactSet said its net income rose to $49.8 million, or $1.11 per share, in the first quarter, from $45.5 million, or 99 cents per share, a year earlier.

The company earned $1.22 cents per share, excluding items.

Revenue rose 7.5 percent to $211.1 million for the quarter ended November 30.   Continued...