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Factset Research (FDS) 1Q Earnings Rise 9.3 Pct; Guides 2Q

 December 18, 2012 09:15 AM

(By Balaseshan) FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE: FDS), a provider of financial information and analytical applications, reported a 9.3% growth in quarterly earnings as sales rose. Earnings came in-line with market expectations, while revenue missed consensus.

Earnings per share (EPS) increased 12.1 percent to $1.11 and net income grew 9.3 percent to $49.77 million.

Revenue rose 7.5 percent to $211.09 million for the first quarter ended November 30.

Wall Street analysts, on average, expected FDS to earn $1.11 per share on revenue of $212.26 million for the first quarter.

As at November 30, annual subscription value (ASV) was $847 million, up 7 percent from the same period of last year. Client count was 2,401, with 9 clients adding during the first quarter.

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Looking ahead for the second quarter of 2013, the company expects GAAP EPS in the range of $1.11 to $1.13 and revenue between $212 million and $215 million. Analysts expect EPS of $1.13 on revenue of $216.27 million.

FDS expects operating margin between 33.5 percent and 34.0 percent for the second quarter, versus 33.7 percent reported for the first quarter.

FDS ended Monday's regular trading session at $96.39. The stock has been trading in the 52-week range between $85.38 and $109.20.

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