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Preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2012

10 May 2012

Experian, the global information services company, today issues its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2012.

Highlights

  • Total revenue from continuing activities up 16%. At constant exchange rates, revenue from continuing activities up 15%. Organic revenue growth was 10% (excluding discontinued operations). Total Group revenue of US$4.5bn (2011: US$3.9bn).
  • Good margin progression. EBIT margin from continuing activities up 50 basis points to 26.2%.
  • Total EBIT from continuing operations of US$1,175m up 19%. At constant exchange rates, EBIT from continuing activities up 18%.
  • Profit before tax from continuing operations of US$689m (2011: US$656m). Benchmark profit before tax of US$1,128m, up 23%.
  • Basic EPS from continuing operations of 66.8 US cents (2011: 49.4 US cents). Benchmark EPS of 78.9 US cents, up 18%.
  • Net debt of US$1,818m at 31 March 2012.
  • 96% conversion of EBIT into operating cash flow.
  • Second interim dividend of 21.75 US cents per ordinary share, to give full-year dividend of 32.00 US cents per ordinary share, up 14%.

In these results, the comparison shopping and lead generation businesses that are held for sale have been treated as discontinued operations and have therefore been excluded (please refer to separate divestment announcement). See Appendix 7 for a comparison of revenue and EBIT growth rates.

Sir John Peace, Chairman, commented:
“In the five years since demerger Experian has delivered significant shareholder value. The business today is strongly positioned, more diverse by geography and by industry vertical and is pursuing numerous growth initiatives. Looking ahead, I am confident Experian can build on this success for all its stakeholders.”

Don Robert, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“Experian delivered premium growth in FY12. We met or exceeded our financial objectives, our growth programme is gaining pace and, through the agreement to divest certain non-core activities, we have further sharpened our strategic focus on data and analytics. For the year ahead, we expect to continue to deliver high quality growth, consistent with our core financial objectives to deliver mid-high single-digit organic revenue growth, maintain or improve margin and deliver cash flow conversion of over 90%.”

Contacts

Experian
Don Robert Chief Executive Officer +44 (0)20 3042 4215
Nadia Ridout-Jamieson Director of Investor Relations
James Russell Communications Director, UK&I and EMEA

RLM Finsbury
Rollo Head +44 (0)20 7251 3801
Don Hunter

There will be a presentation today at 9.30am (UK time) to analysts and investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ. The presentation can be viewed live on the Experian website at www.experianplc.com and can also be accessed live via a dial-in facility on +44 (0)20 3037 9164. The supporting slides and an indexed replay will be available on the website later in the day.

Experian will update on first quarter trading on 13 July 2012, when it will issue an Interim Management Statement.

See Appendix 2 for definition of non-GAAP measures used throughout this announcement.

Roundings
Certain financial data have been rounded within this announcement. As a result of this rounding, the totals of data presented may vary slightly from the actual arithmetic totals of such data.

Forward looking statements
Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward looking statements.

Company website
Neither the content of the Company’s website, nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company’s website (or any other website), is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2012 was US$4.5 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 44 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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