Wolters Kluwer NV
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February 20, 2013 02:17 ET

Wolters Kluwer 2012 Full-Year Results

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2013) - Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals, today released its 2012 full-year results.


* Revenues up 2% in constant currencies and up 1% organically.

- Online, software and services revenues up 4% organically (74% of total revenues).

- Accelerated organic growth in North America and Asia more than offset declines in Europe.

- Health and Financial & Compliance Services both up 5% organically.

* Ordinary EBITA margin improves to 21.8%.

* Diluted ordinary EPS EUR1.58, up 1% in constant currencies and in line with guidance.

* Ordinary free cash flow EUR507 million, up 8% in constant currencies and above guidance.

* Net-debt-to-EBITDA improved to 2.4x (2011 year-end: 3.1x), better than target.

* Proposed 2012 dividend EUR0.69 per share to be paid in cash; stock dividend program abolished.

* Debt refinancing announced today.

Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, commented:

"In 2012, we achieved positive organic growth, increased operating margins and free cash flow, while significantly improving our leverage ratio, despite macro economic conditions in Europe. Growth accelerated in North America and in our online and software products globally. We expect conditions in Europe to remain tough in 2013, but we are confident our digital businesses globally will continue to perform well. We will focus investments on our leading, high growth positions, while actively pursuing portfolio refinements and operating efficiencies in order to accelerate growth and raise returns."

Key Figures 2012

   (All amounts are in millions of euros unless otherwise indicated)
Year ended December 31            2012   2011    D     D CC          D OG
Business performance - benchmark

Revenue                           3,603  3,354   +7%   +2%           +1%

Ordinary EBITA                    785    728     +8%   +2%           0%

Ordinary EBITA margin (%)         21.8%  21.7%

Ordinary net income               476    444     +7%   0%

Diluted ordinary EPS (EUR)        1.58   1.47    +8%   +1%

Ordinary free cash flow           507    443     +15%  +8%

Net debt                          2,086  2,168   -4%
IFRS results[1]

Revenue                           3,603  3,354   +7%

Operating profit                  579    428     +35%

Profit for the year[2]            321    118     +170%

Diluted EPS (EUR)[2]              1.07   0.40    +168%

Net cash from operating
activities                        619    536     +15%
 D - % Change; D CC - % Change constant currencies (EUR/USD 1.39); D OG - %
 Organic growth
 Benchmark and IFRS figures are for continuing operations unless otherwise
 noted. Benchmark figures are performance measures used by management.
 See Note 2 for a reconcilation from IFRS to benchmark figures
 [1] International Financial Reporting Standard as adopted by the European
 [2] Includes discontinued operations

Full-Year 2013 Outlook

The table below provides our outlook for the continuing operations in 2013.

Performance indicators     2013 Guidance
Ordinary EBITA margin      21.5-22.0%

Ordinary free cash flow    >= EUR475 million

Return on invested capital >= 8%

Diluted ordinary EPS       Low single-digit growth

Guidance for ordinary free cash flow and diluted ordinary EPS is in constant currencies (EUR/USD 1.29). Guidance reflects IAS19R and removal of the pension financing credit or charge from benchmark figures, and includes the estimated impact of performance share issuance offset by share repurchases.

Guidance for ordinary free cash flow and diluted ordinary EPS is based on constant exchange rates. Wolters Kluwer generates more than half of its ordinary EBITA in North America. As a rule of thumb, based on our 2012 currency profile, a 1 U.S. cent move in the average EUR/USD exchange rate for the year causes an opposite 0.8 euro-cent change in diluted ordinary EPS.

The full press release on the 2012 Full-Year Results is available here: (PDF version)

Wolters Kluwer 2012 Full-Year Results (PDF): http://hugin.info/130682/R/1679514/548473.pdf

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