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FactSet Increases Revenue and EPS in Second Quarter 2020

NORWALK, Conn., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FactSet ("FactSet" or the “Company”) (FDS) (FDS), a global provider of integrated financial information, analytical applications, and industry-leading service, today announced results for its second quarter ended February 29, 2020.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 4.2%, or $14.9 million, to $369.8 million compared with $354.9 million for the same period in fiscal 2019. The increase is primarily due to higher sales of analytics, wealth management solutions, and content and technology solutions (CTS). Organic revenues grew 4.2% to $371.0 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2020 from the prior year period.
  • Annual Subscription Value (ASV) plus professional services was $1.50 billion at February 29, 2020, compared with $1.44 billion at February 28, 2019. The organic growth rate, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions, and foreign currency movements, was 4.3%. The primary contributors to this growth since the first quarter of 2020 were higher sales in FactSet's analytics, CTS, and wealth workflow solutions and a price increase in the Americas region. Please see the “ASV + Professional Services” section of this press release for details.
  • Operating margin decreased to 28.7% compared with 30.6% for the same period last year. Adjusted operating margin decreased to 31.8% compared with 33.2% in the prior year period primarily as a result of higher costs related to the Company's three-year investment plan.
  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 5.0% to $2.30 compared with $2.19 for the same period in fiscal 2019. Adjusted diluted EPS rose 5.4% to $2.55 compared with $2.42 in the prior period primarily driven by a lower tax rate partially offset by lower operating results.
  • The Company’s effective tax rate for the second quarter decreased to 14.0% compared with 18.8% a year ago, primarily due to higher tax benefits from stock-based compensation exercises in the second quarter of 2020.
  • FactSet updated its annual guidance for organic ASV plus professional services. Please see the “Annual Business Outlook” section of this press release for details.

“We performed well in our second quarter and continued to execute successfully against our three-year investment plan,” said Phil Snow, FactSet CEO. “I am most proud, however, of the way the FactSet community has united to support its members and our clients during this challenging period. While we proceed with caution for the remainder of the year due to the heightened impact and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, our commitment to our team and our clients remains absolute.”

Key Financial Measures*

(Condensed and Unaudited) Three Months Ended  
  February 29, February 28,  
(In thousands, except per share data) 2020 2019 Change
GAAP revenues $ 369,780   $ 354,895   4.2 %
Organic revenues $ 370,988   $ 356,194   4.2 %
Operating income $ 106,257   $ 108,688   (2.2 )%
Adjusted operating income $ 117,922   $ 118,243   (0.3 )%
Operating margin 28.7 % 30.6 %  
Adjusted operating margin 31.8 % 33.2 %  
Net income $ 88,686   $ 84,702   4.7 %
Adjusted net income $ 98,348   $ 93,598   5.1 %
Diluted EPS $ 2.30   $ 2.19   5.0 %
Adjusted diluted EPS $ 2.55   $ 2.42   5.4 %
                 

 * See reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to adjusted key financial measures in the back of this press release

“FactSet ended the half-year on solid footing, and we believe we are well-positioned to navigate the current unprecedented economic and market volatility given the strength of our balance sheet and liquidity,” said Helen Shan, FactSet CFO. “FactSet’s strong team and resilient business model will help us navigate this tumultuous time and bring long-term value to both clients and shareholders.”

Annual Subscription Value (ASV) + Professional Services and Segment Revenue

ASV at any given point in time represents the forward-looking revenues for the next twelve months from all subscription services currently supplied to clients and excludes professional services fees billed in the last 12 months that are not subscription-based. Professional services are revenues derived from project-based consulting and implementation.

ASV plus professional services was $1.50 billion at February 29, 2020. Organic ASV plus professional services was also $1.50 billion at February 29, 2020, up $62.5 million from the prior year at a growth rate of 4.3%. Organic ASV, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, dispositions, and foreign currency movements, plus professional services, increased $25.7 million over the last three months.

Buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were 4.5% and 2.9%, respectively. Buy-side clients accounted for 84.1% of organic ASV while the remainder is derived from sell-side firms that perform mergers and acquisitions advisory work, capital markets services, and equity research. Supplementary tables covering organic buy-side and sell-side ASV growth rates may be found on the last page of this earnings release.

ASV from U.S. operations was $925.6 million, increasing 3.9% over the prior year period's $890.5 million. U.S. revenues for the quarter increased to $232.7 million compared with $223.3 million in the second quarter last year. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months, the U.S. revenue growth rate was 4.2%. ASV from international operations was $554.0 million, increasing 4.5% over the prior year period of $530.2 million. International revenues were $137.1 million compared with $131.6 million from the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Excluding the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency impacts, the international revenue growth rate was 4.1%. Segment ASV does not include professional services, which totaled $24.5 million at February 29, 2020.

Operational Highlights – Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

  • Client count as of February 29, 2020 was 5,688, a net increase of 87 clients in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in corporate and wealth management clients. The count includes clients with ASV of $10,000 and above.
  • User count increased by 2,111 to 128,896 in the past three months, primarily driven by an increase in wealth advisors and portfolio management.
  • Annual ASV retention was greater than 95%. When expressed as a percentage of clients, annual retention was 89%.
  • Employee count was 9,892 as of February 29, 2020, up 3.8% over the last twelve months.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased to $99.7 million compared with $99.2 million for the second quarter of 2019. Quarterly free cash flow decreased to $74.6 million compared with $87.3 million a year ago, a decrease of 14.6%, primarily due to higher capital expenditures.
  • Capital expenditures increased to $25.1 million, compared with $12.0 million a year ago, primarily due to new office space build out and technology upgrades.
  • A regular quarterly dividend of $27.1 million, or $0.72 per share, was paid on March 19, 2020, to holders of record of FactSet’s common stock at the close of business on February 28, 2020.
  • FactSet enhanced its digital strategy and made its proprietary datasets available on the cloud data platform Snowflake, providing investment professionals with immediate and scalable access to content in a cloud-built SQL data warehouse. This availability helps users centralize, integrate, and analyze FactSet content alongside additional data feeds already hosted on the platform.
  • Furthering its deep sector strategy, FactSet also launched comprehensive sector data from AM Best, a global credit rating agency, news publisher, and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. The integration of this content within FactSet provides clients with a single point of access to thoroughly analyze and uncover opportunities across the insurance landscape.
  • FactSet extended its content offering in Canada to further its global content and enhance its wealth and research solutions. This expansion of coverage includes the launch of Canadian-specific reporting from StreetAccount, the real-time market intelligence news service, as well as investment fund information from Fundata Canada, Inc.

Share Repurchase Program

FactSet repurchased 267,500 shares of its common stock for $74.2 million at an average price of $277.28 during the second quarter under the Company’s existing share repurchase program. Additionally, on March 24, 2020, the Board of Directors of FactSet approved an increase of $220 million to the existing share repurchase program. Including this increase, as of March 26, 2020, $300 million is available for share repurchases.

Annual Business Outlook

FactSet provided its outlook for fiscal 2020 on September 26, 2019.  Given the risk factors, uncertainties, and assumptions discussed below, particularly the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the duration, magnitude, and impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, FactSet’s actual future results may differ materially from these expectations. FactSet currently does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement other than in publicly available statements.

Fiscal 2020 Expectations

  • Organic ASV plus professional services is now expected to increase in the range of $50 million and $75 million over fiscal 2019. The change in the anticipated range reflects the current expected business impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.49 billion and $1.50 billion. 
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be in the range of 28.5% and 29.5%.
  • Adjusted operating margin is expected to be in the range of 31.5% and 32.5%.
  • Annual effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 17.0% and 17.5%.  
  • GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $8.70 and $9.00. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $9.85 and $10.15. 

Both GAAP operating margin and GAAP diluted EPS guidance do not include certain effects of any non-recurring benefits or charges that may arise in fiscal 2020. Please see the back of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to adjusted metrics.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, March 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter results. The call will be webcast live at FactSet Investor Relations. The following information is provided for those who would like to participate:

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An archived webcast with the accompanying slides will be available at investor.factset.com for one year after the conclusion of the live event. The earnings call transcript will also be available via the FactSet workstation or web. An audio replay of this conference will also be available until April 2, 2020 via the following telephone numbers: 800.585.8367 in the U.S. and 416.621.4642 internationally using passcode 6187761.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about industries in which FactSet operates and the beliefs and assumptions of management. All statements that address expectations, guidance, outlook or projections about the future, including statements about the Company's strategy for growth, product development, revenues, future financial results, anticipated growth, market position, subscriptions, expected expenditures, trends in FactSet’s business and financial results, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects," "believes, " "anticipates," "plans," "intends, " "estimates, " "projects," "should," "indicates," "continues," "may" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in FactSet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to:  the ability to integrate newly acquired companies, clients and businesses; strains on resources as a result of growth, the volatility and stability of global securities markets, including declines in equity or fixed income returns impacting the buying power of investment management clients; the ability to hire and retain qualified personnel; the maintenance of the Company's leading technological position and reputation; failure to maintain or improve FactSet’s competitive position in the marketplace; fraudulent, misappropriation or unauthorized data access, including cyber-security and privacy breaches; failures or disruptions of telecommunications, data centers, network systems, facilities, or the Internet; uncertainty, consolidation and business failures in the global investment banking industry; the continued shift from active to passive investing, the negotiation of contract terms with vendors, data suppliers and landlords; the retention of clients and the attraction of new ones; the absence of U.S. or foreign governmental regulation restricting international business; the unfavorable resolution of tax assessments and legal proceedings; legislative and regulatory changes in the environments in which FactSet and its clients operate; and the potential adverse impact on our business of global public health epidemics, including the current coronavirus pandemic. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and FactSet assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Financial measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP including revenue, operating income and margin, net income, diluted earnings per share and cash provided by operating activities have been adjusted.

FactSet uses these adjusted financial measures both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit investors to view the Company’s performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Investors may benefit from referring to these adjusted financial measures in assessing the Company’s performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods and may also facilitate comparisons to its historical performance. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Organic revenues exclude the effects of acquisitions and dispositions completed in the last 12 months and foreign currency movements in all periods presented. Adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share exclude both intangible asset amortization and non-recurring items. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures better reflect the underlying economic performance of FactSet. 

The GAAP financial measure, cash flows provided by operating activities, has been adjusted for capital expenditures to report non-GAAP free cash flow. FactSet uses this financial measure both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community and in the Company’s internal evaluation and management of the business. Management believes that this financial measure is useful to investors because it permits investors to view the Company’s performance using the same metric that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals and is an indication of cash flow that may be available to fund further investments in future growth initiatives.

About FactSet

FactSet (NYSE:FDS | NASDAQ:FDS) delivers superior content, analytics, and flexible technology to help more than 128,000 users see and seize opportunity sooner. We give investment professionals the edge to outperform with informed insights, workflow solutions across the portfolio lifecycle, and industry-leading support from dedicated specialists. We're proud to have been recognized with multiple awards for our analytical and data-driven solutions and repeatedly ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For® and a Best Workplace in the United Kingdom and France.  Subscribe to our thought leadership blog to get fresh insight delivered daily at insight.factset.com. Learn more at www.factset.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/factset.

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Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  February 29,   February 28, February 29,   February 28,
(In thousands, except per share data) 2020   2019 2020   2019
Revenues $ 369,780     $ 354,895     $ 736,438     $ 706,535  
Operating expenses            
Cost of services 176,218     165,108     341,175     331,884  
Selling, general and administrative 87,305     81,099     175,820     165,424  
Total operating expenses 263,523     246,207     516,995     497,308  
             
Operating income 106,257     108,688     219,443     209,227  
Other expense            
Interest expense, net (2,661 )   (4,211 )   (5,792 )   (8,670 )
Other expense, net (487 )   (128 )   (1,801 )   (265 )
Income before income taxes 103,109     104,349     211,850     200,292  
             
Provision for income taxes 14,423     19,647     29,207     31,294  
Net income $ 88,686     $ 84,702     $ 182,643     $ 168,998  
             
Diluted earnings per common share $ 2.30     $ 2.19     $ 4.73     $ 4.37  
Diluted weighted average common shares 38,576     38,619     38,582     38,714  
                       


Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  
     
  February 29, August 31,
(In thousands) 2020 2019
ASSETS    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 343,488   $ 359,799  
Investments 23,885   25,813  
Accounts receivable, net of reserves 168,139   146,309  
Prepaid taxes 25,917   15,033  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 39,676   36,858  
Total current assets 601,105   583,812  
     
Property, equipment, and leasehold improvements, net 135,016   119,384  
Goodwill 690,637   685,729  
Intangible assets, net 128,243   133,691  
Deferred taxes 7,172   7,571  
Lease right-of-use assets, net 235,930    
Other assets 30,469   29,943  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,828,572   $ 1,560,130  
     
LIABILITIES    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 73,454   $ 79,620  
Current lease liabilities 27,830    
Accrued compensation 40,810   64,202  
Deferred fees 59,184   47,656  
Taxes payable    
Dividends payable 27,251   27,445  
 Total current liabilities 228,529   218,923  
     
Long-term debt 574,264   574,174  
Deferred taxes 13,562   16,391  
Deferred fees 9,344   10,088  
Taxes payable 25,958   26,292  
Lease liabilities 257,235    
Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities 2,920   42,006  
TOTAL LIABILITIES $ 1,111,812   $ 887,874  
     
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 716,760   $ 672,256  
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 1,828,572   $ 1,560,130  
             


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)    
  Six Months Ended
  February 29, February 28,
(In thousands) 2020 2019
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net income $ 182,643     $ 168,998    
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities    
Depreciation and amortization 28,296     29,052    
Stock-based compensation expense 18,028     16,140    
Deferred income taxes (3,091 )   1,088    
Loss on sale of assets 145     196    
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions    
Accounts receivable, net of reserves (21,835 )   (19,676 )  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 10,356     (5,423 )  
Accrued compensation (23,518 )   (26,266 )  
Deferred fees 10,775     9,729    
Taxes payable, net of prepaid taxes (12,182 )   (17,385 )  
Other, net 5,843     (10,899 )  
Net cash provided by operating activities 195,460     145,554    
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net of proceeds from dispositions (51,899 )   (21,482 )  
Purchases of Investments (2,236 )   (7,927 )  
Proceeds from maturity or sale of investments 4,199     10,041    
Net cash used in investing activities (49,936 )   (19,368 )  
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Repurchases of common stock (158,595 )   (110,739 )  
Dividend payments (54,363 )   (48,442 )  
Proceeds from employee stock plans 50,487     43,362    
Other financing, net (1,586 )      
Net cash used in financing activities (164,057 )   (115,819 )  
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2,222     (655 )  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (16,311 )   9,712    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 359,799     208,623    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 343,488     $ 218,335    
                 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Results to Adjusted Financial Measures
Financial measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP, including revenues, operating income and margin, net income, diluted EPS and cash provided by operating activities, have been adjusted below. FactSet uses these adjusted financial measures both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit investors to view the Company’s performance using the same tools that management uses to gauge progress in achieving its goals. Adjusted measures may also facilitate comparisons to FactSet’s historical performance.

Revenues

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended  
  February 29, February 28,  
(In thousands) 2020 2019 Change
GAAP revenues $ 369,780   $ 354,895   4.2 %
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (a) 1,188   1,299    
Currency impact (b) 20      
Organic revenues $ 370,988   $ 356,194   4.2 %
                 
  1. The adjustment relates to deferred revenue fair value adjustments from purchase accounting.
  2. The impact from foreign currency movements over the past 12 months.

Operating Income, Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended  
  February 29, February 28,  
(In thousands, except per share data) 2020 2019 Change
GAAP Operating income $ 106,257   $ 108,688   (2.2 )%
Intangible asset amortization 5,143   5,839    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment 1,188   1,299    
Other non-recurring items (a) 5,334   2,417    
Adjusted operating income $ 117,922   $ 118,243   (0.3 )%
Adjusted operating margin (b) 31.8 % 33.2 %  
       
GAAP Net income $ 88,686   $ 84,702   4.7 %
Intangible asset amortization (c) 4,183   4,742    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (c) 966   1,055    
Other non-recurring items (a)(c) 4,513   1,718    
Income tax benefits (d)   1,381    
Adjusted net income $ 98,348   $ 93,598   5.1 %
       
GAAP Diluted earnings per common share $ 2.30   $ 2.19   5.0 %
Intangible asset amortization 0.11   0.12    
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment 0.03   0.03    
Other non-recurring items (a) 0.11   0.04    
Income tax benefits (d)   0.04    
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share $ 2.55   $ 2.42   5.4 %
Weighted average common shares (Diluted) 38,576   38,619    
           
  1. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was adjusted to exclude $5.3 million of pre-tax net expenses primarily related to severance, stock-based compensation acceleration, professional fees to related to the ongoing three year investment plan, and facilities costs, which reduced net income by $4.5 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.11. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was adjusted to exclude $2.4 million of pre-tax expenses primarily related to severance, stock-based compensation expense and occupancy costs, which reduced net income by $1.7 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.04.  The income tax effect related to the other non-recurring items was $0.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared with $0.5 million for the same period in fiscal 2019.
  2. Adjusted operating margin is calculated as adjusted operating income divided by GAAP revenues plus the deferred revenue fair value adjustment.
  3. For purposes of calculating adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, intangible asset amortization, deferred revenue fair value adjustments and other non-recurring items were taxed at the annual effective tax rates of 18.7% for fiscal 2020 and 18.8% for fiscal 2019.
  4. GAAP net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was adjusted to exclude $1.4 million or $0.04 per share of income tax expense primarily due to a settlement with tax authorities partially offset by income tax benefits related to the U.S. tax reform.

Business Outlook Operating Margin, Net Income and Diluted EPS

(Unaudited)    
  Annual Fiscal 2020 Guidance
(In thousands, except per share data) Low end of range High end of range
GAAP Operating margin 28.5 % 29.5 %
Intangible asset amortization (a) 1.6 % 1.6 %
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (b) 0.3 % 0.3 %
Other non-recurring items (c) 1.1 % 1.1 %
Adjusted operating margin 31.5 % 32.5 %
     
GAAP Net income $ 337,000   $ 349,000  
Intangible asset amortization (a) 19,485   19,485  
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (b) 3,900   3,900  
Other non-recurring items (c) 21,150   21,150  
Adjusted net income $ 381,535   $ 393,535  
     
GAAP Diluted earnings per common share $ 8.70   $ 9.00  
Intangible asset amortization (a) 0.50   0.50  
Deferred revenue fair value adjustment (b) 0.10   0.10  
Other non-recurring items (c) 0.55   0.55  
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share $ 9.85   $ 10.15  
             
  1. GAAP operating income for the full fiscal 2020 year is adjusted to exclude $23.5 million of pre-tax intangible asset amortization, which reduced GAAP operating margin by 1.6%, GAAP net income by $19.5 million and GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.50. The income tax effect related to intangible asset amortization is $4.0 million for the period presented above.
  2. The adjustment relates to deferred revenue fair value adjustments from purchase accounting. The income tax effect related to deferred revenue fair value adjustments was $0.8 million for the period presented above.
  3. GAAP operating income for the full fiscal 2020 year is adjusted to exclude $25.5 million of pre-tax expenses related to several one-time items, which reduced net income by $21.2 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.55. The income tax effect related to other non-recurring items is $4.3 million for the period presented above.

Free Cash Flow

(Unaudited) Three Months Ended  
  February 29, February 28,  
(In thousands) 2020 2019 Change
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 99,669     99,234      
Capital expenditures (25,119 )   (11,957 )    
Free cash flow $ 74,550     $ 87,277     (14.6 )%
                     

Supplementary Schedules of Historical ASV by Client Type

The following table presents the percentages and growth rates of organic ASV by client type, excluding the impact of currency movements, and may be useful to facilitate historical comparisons. Organic ASV excludes acquisitions and dispositions completed within the last 12 months and the effects of foreign currency movements. The numbers below do not include professional services.

  Q2'20 Q1'20 Q4'19 Q3'19 Q2'19 Q1'19 Q4'18 Q3'18
% of ASV from buy-side clients 84.1 % 83.9 % 83.7 % 84.2 % 83.9 % 83.9 % 83.9 % 84.4 %
% of ASV from sell-side clients 15.9 % 16.1 % 16.3 % 15.8 % 16.1 % 16.1 % 16.1 % 15.6 %
                 
ASV Growth rate from buy-side clients 4.5 % 4.0 % 4.8 % 5.2 % 5.3 % 5.9 % 5.4 % 5.3 %
ASV Growth rate from sell-side clients 2.9 % 4.0 % 6.3 % 6.8 % 9.2 % 8.6 % 7.3 % 5.0 %
Total Organic ASV Growth Rate 4.2 % 4.0 % 5.0 % 5.4 % 5.9 % 6.3 % 5.7 % 5.3 %
                                 

The following table presents the calculation of the above-mentioned ASV growth rates from all clients.
(Details may not sum to total due to rounding)

(In millions) Q2'20 Q2'19
As reported ASV (a) $ 1,479.6     $ 1,419.5  
Currency impact (b) (0.5 )    
Organic ASV total $ 1,479.1     $ 1,419.5  
Total Organic ASV Growth Rate   4.2 %    
           
  1. ASV excludes $24.5 million and $21.9 million, respectively, in professional services fees as of February 29, 2020 and February 28, 2019, respectively.
  2. The impact from foreign currency movements was excluded above to calculate total organic ASV.

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    A small business in Pennsylvania says orders to close “non-essential” establishments and force workers to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus are violating the rights of the company and its employees. Schulmerich Bells, a Hatfield, Pa. maker of handbells for musicians, filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the way the state imposed its closure orders is wrongly taking away business and wages — and it's happening during the 85-year-old company's most important time of year. “It shocks the conscience, and is arbitrary and capricious, to allow employees — and the small businesses that employ them — to privately bear without compensation the cost of the COVID-19 closure orders, orders which were issued for the public purpose of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus across Pennsylvania,” the Philadelphia federal lawsuit said.

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    Xerox drops hostile-takeover bid of HP

    Xerox Holdings Corp. XRX) has dropped its five-month hostile bid to acquire larger rival HP Inc. HPQ) because the COVID-19 health crisis undermined the copier maker's ability to pull off the debt-laden merger, according to a report Tuesday.

  • Last week, this billionaire investor talked to Trump — now he’s warning about taking ‘undue risk’ in the market
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    Last week, this billionaire investor talked to Trump — now he’s warning about taking ‘undue risk’ in the market

    Cohen also said his $16 billion firm has effectively managed risk so far this year with performance that is “essentially flat” despite the gutting market downturn. The note follows a conference call with President Trump last week that, according to Reuters, focused on the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve. Dan Loeb of Third Point LLC, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group, Robert Smith of Vista Equity Partners, Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp and Ken Griffin of Citadel were also reportedly on the call.

  • Barrack Says Real Estate Collapse Will Take Hold in April
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    Barrack Says Real Estate Collapse Will Take Hold in April

    Real estate billionaire Tom Barrack, Colony Capital's chairman, founder and chief executive officer, talks about the state of the commercial mortgage market and if the Federal Reserve is doing enough to help it. He speaks to Erik Schatzker on "Bloomberg Markets."

  • Warren Buffett Can Hunt Elephants From Home
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    Warren Buffett Can Hunt Elephants From Home

    In 2008, amid the last recession, and again in 2010, Buffett signed off both his annual letters to shareholders saying that he and Charlie Munger — his longtime business partner and the 96-year-old vice chairman of Berkshire — were “lucky beyond our dreams” in part for being born in the U.S. Berkshire's own investments are like a cross-section of the U.S. economy, with large stakes in airlines, banks, grocery stores and makers of consumer goods — even tech giants Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. About $70 billion of value has been erased from its stock portfolio since mid-February (though we don't yet know what Buffett bought and sold during the first quarter).

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    Coronavirus stock market rally triggers the dreaded 'death cross'

    The last thing beat-up investors want to see right now is an often dreaded technical formation in the markets. Yet, that's where we are after the S&P 500 has rallied hard off the lows achieved a week ago. For the first time in over a year, the S&P 500 is seeing its 50-day moving average cross below its 200-day moving average (see Yahoo Finance chart below) points out SunDial Capital Research.

  • S&P 500 Is Up 20% From Lows - Here's What the Charts Say Now
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    S&P 500 Is Up 20% From Lows - Here's What the Charts Say Now

    With the CBOE Volatility Index well off its highs, the stock market has rebounded back to life. After falling more than 36% from peak to trough in just a few weeks, the S&P 500 is up 20% from its lows. By technical definition, that's the minimum to qualify for a new bull market.

  • Ready to buy back into this market? If so, forget about Apple and grab these stocks instead, strategist says
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    Ready to buy back into this market? If so, forget about Apple and grab these stocks instead, strategist says

    The market is utterly underestimating how much of a shock the coronavirus is going to be to the economy. And I think for the next 12 months, the U.S. consumer is only going to spend his money or her money on [nondiscretionary] goods. So, within that basket, I think you have to let Apple go.

  • These 60 large U.S. companies are ‘susceptible to a dividend cut,’ according to Jefferies
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    These 60 large U.S. companies are ‘susceptible to a dividend cut,’ according to Jefferies

    a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/gis" (GIS) 3.62% 1.49 177.3% Evergy Inc.

  • Judicial Ruling Guts Amarin (AMRN) Stock; What’s Next?
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    Judicial Ruling Guts Amarin (AMRN) Stock; What’s Next?

    If after seeing Amarin (AMRN) stock tumble 35% over the past year, you consoled yourself with the knowledge that "at least it can't get any worse" -- surprise! On Monday, a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada ruled against Amarin and in favor of two generic drug manufacturers seeking to produce drugs based on Amarin's Vascepa hypertriglyceridemia treatment, invalidating six Amarin patents in the process. Of course, Amarin quickly promised to "vigorously pursue all available remedies, including an appeal of the Court's decision and a preliminary injunction pending appeal to ... prevent launch of generic versions of VASCEPA in the United States."

  • Goldman Sachs: 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks to Snap Up Now
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    Goldman Sachs: 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks to Snap Up Now

    With that in mind, Goldman Sachs analysts have been coming the markets for buy-side options, and in a series of reports on tech-related stocks have highlighted three under-the-radar choices. Tenable has been growing rapidly over the past several years, is among the fastest-growing companies in our coverage universe, and remains a critical provider for continuous monitoring, which is an important compliance-related focal point.

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    Mall Owner Taubman To Tenants: Pay Your Rent

    The real estate investment trust wrote in a March 25 memo obtained by CNBC that the rental income it receives from tenants is "essential" for it to meet its own financial obligations, like paying lenders on mortgages and utility expenses. The Taubman memo reportedly said "all tenants will be expected" to stay true to their original lease obligations, despite financial difficulties related to the coronavirus. So far, restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ: CAKE) is the most notable national mall tenant to confirm it won't pay rent in April, although the company said it is in various stages of discussions with its landlords.

  • 'It is going to take a period of weeks and maybe months in the market to bottom': BlackRock Portfolio Manager
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    'It is going to take a period of weeks and maybe months in the market to bottom': BlackRock Portfolio Manager

    Russ Koesterich, BlackRock Global Allocation Fund Portfolio Manager, joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move to weigh in on the global markets hitting record lows since the 2008 recession.

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    Hedge Funds Will Soon Snap Up Their Favorite Stocks Again, Analyst Says. Here’s What They Might Buy.

    Hedge funds may soon provide a backstop for rapidly declining stock prices. Analysts at Jefferies project that hedge funds will soon return in force to their “tried and true” names after the equity markets suffered a brutal first quarter—one that rivaled drops seen during the Great Depression. There's even some evidence of hedge funds already nibbling in recent days, accounting for some of the gains the market has seen over last week.

  • Paying $4.79 a Gallon, California Didn’t Get the Cheap Gas Memo
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    Paying $4.79 a Gallon, California Didn’t Get the Cheap Gas Memo

    As crude oil prices have tanked, depressed by the coronavirus pandemic and the market-share war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, at least a dozen service stations in the Golden State were charging more than $4 as of Monday, according to the tracker GasBuddy. One unnamed location in Santa Clara, near the heart of Silicon Valley, was demanding the most that GasBuddy's research found in the state: $4.79. According to AAA, only Hawaii had higher average prices than California, at $3.36 versus $3.06.

  • Top Fund Manager Says These Stocks Should Soar In The Next Market Rally
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    Top Fund Manager Says These Stocks Should Soar In The Next Market Rally

    Chip Reed is a mutual fund manager who winces at the widespread pain and suffering caused by the coronavirus stock market crash. But he also sees the coronavirus crash as setting the table for the sort of rally mutual fund shareholders dream of. "The pain isn't lost on anybody," said Reed, a manager of $11.7 billion Eaton Vance Atlanta Capital SMID-Cap Fund (EISMX).

  • Why the market doesn’t have to plummet further amid coronavirus
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    Why the market doesn’t have to plummet further amid coronavirus

    Over the near-term, it's worth staying defensive in the stock market because it still needs time to repair the recent technical damage, but I wouldn't get too negative. The coronavirus numbers will likely continue higher but that doesn't mean the stock market has to go lower. In other words, the stock market is a discounting mechanism.

  • Audacious Chinese coffee chain Luckin, not content with its quixotic battle against Starbucks, dreams of becoming Amazon, too
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    Audacious Chinese coffee chain Luckin, not content with its quixotic battle against Starbucks, dreams of becoming Amazon, too

    The Chinese startup that has reshaped the coffee sector here, wiping away Starbucks' dominance in the country, is leaping into an untraditional foray — one that is sure to perpetuate questions about its long-term strategy. Nasdaq-listed Luckin Coffee (LK) came out of nowhere in 2017 and swiftly ate into Starbucks' (SBUX) domination of China sales, with its intuitive mobile app, ubiquitous grab-and-go stores, and discounts so deep that they have frustrated some investors. One conspicuous example of Luckin's cutthroat strategy was the building of hundreds of its stores within mere meters of existing Starbucks locations, often right next door.

  • Saudis Start to Unleash Oil Wave Despite U.S. Pressure
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    Saudis Start to Unleash Oil Wave Despite U.S. Pressure

    The kingdom has loaded several of the supertankers it hired earlier this month to boost its ability to increase exports, according to ship-tracking data. In addition, Riyadh has used the last few weeks to shuttle large amounts of crude into storage in Egypt, a stepping stone to the European market. The movements suggest that Riyadh is ramping up its oil production toward its target of supplying a record 12.3 million barrels a day in April, up from about 9.7 million in February, despite American pressure to end the price war.

  • Billionaire investor Steve Cohen: 'After an earthquake there are tremors'
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    Billionaire investor Steve Cohen: 'After an earthquake there are tremors'

    Billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen is cautioning the staff of his investment firm, Point72 Asset Management, to remain cautious amid markets that have recovered slightly from coronavirus-driven lows. "Markets don't come back in a straight line; after an earthquake there are tremors," Cohen wrote to staff on Friday in an internal memo seen by Reuters. Cohen also wrote that his $16 billion firm's returns are "essentially flat for the year," a result that "speaks to how well our investment professionals have managed risk in such a challenging environment."

  • Defense order means new 737 work for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita
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    Defense order means new 737 work for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita

    A Boeing Co. defense order will mean new 737s for Spirit AeroSystems Inc. in Wichita, though they won't come off the still-idled 737 MAX line. Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been awarded a $1.5 billion order for 18 of its P-8 antisubmarine aircraft. According to a notice of the award from the U.S. Department of Defense, eight of the jets will be for the U.S. Navy, while six will go to the Republic of Korea and four will go to New Zealand.

  • Here Are The 5 Biggest Dow Jones Losers In The Coronavirus Crash
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    Here Are The 5 Biggest Dow Jones Losers In The Coronavirus Crash

    The worst Dow Jones Industrial Average performers in the first-quarter include Boeing, Dow, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and United Technologies, while the overall index is on track for its worst Q1 ever. The Dow Jones aerospace giant spent 2019 reeling from the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets after two deadly crashes. The troubled aircraft has been grounded for over a year with hopes that deliveries will start in May. But Boeing is now grappling with evaporating air-travel demand, which has forced airlines to slash routes during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • What you need to do to get your government stimulus check
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    What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

    The money will be directly deposited in your bank account if the government has that information from your tax return. If you haven't filed your 2019 taxes, the government will use information from your 2018 taxes to calculate your payment and determine where to send it. It can use your Social Security benefit statement as well.