General highlights

  • 5% organic revenue growth; in line with our target range
  • Strong organic growth in Credit Services and Decision Analytics, improving trends in Marketing Services
  • Free consumer propositions launched in our three largest credit services markets
  • Acquisition of CSIdentity Corporation completed  Commencing a divestment process for the email/cross-channel marketing business
  • Benchmark EBIT from ongoing activities was US$574m, up 5% at constant exchange rates, Benchmark EBIT margin from ongoing activities was 25.7% (2015: 25.8%)
  • First interim dividend per share of 13.0 US cents, up 4%

Financial Highlights

Statutory financial highlights



Total growth
Revenue 2,236 2,239 -
Operating Profit 510 556 (8)
Profit Before Tax 520 458 14
Basic EPS US40.6c US34.3c 18


Benchmark financial highlights1



Constant rates growth
Revenue1 2,236 2,179 5
Benchmark EBIT 574 576 2
Benchmark PBT 539 541 2
Benchmark EPS US42.3c US42.0c 3

1 Revenue from ongoing activities. See Appendix 1 on page 16 and note 5 to the financial statements on pages 25-26 for definitions of nonGAAP measures. 

Brian Cassin, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We have started the year well, delivering good growth with particular strength in our core Credit Services and Decision Analytics businesses. Our investments in innovation and new product development are beginning to benefit clients and consumers across our businesses, and provide a strong base for sustainable growth.

“A key part of our strategy over the past two years has been to deliver sustained growth, optimise use of capital and to focus the Experian portfolio, a process which has resulted in a number of divestments and enhanced returns to shareholders. Following a review of strategic options, we are today announcing commencement of a divestment process for the email/cross-channel marketing business.

“Looking ahead, at a Group level and at constant currencies, we expect organic revenue growth in the mid-single digit range and to deliver stable margins as we invest for growth. We also continue to expect further progress in Benchmark earnings per share.”

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Contacts Experian

Brian Cassin Chief Executive Officer +44 (0)20 3042 4215
Lloyd Pitchford Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Simms Head of Investor Relations
Gerry Tschopp Senior VP, Group Communications

Rollo Head +44 (0)20 7251 3801
Jenny Davey

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 via the link from the Experian website at and can also be accessed live via a telephone dial-in facility on +44 1296 311600 with access code 43914602. The supporting slides and an indexed replay will be available on the website later in the day.

Experian will update on third quarter trading on 18 January 2017.

The Board of Experian plc has appointed Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as financial advisor for the process relating to the email/cross-channel marketing business.


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. See page 15 for further information on risks and uncertainties facing Experian.

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About Experian

We are the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to our clients around the world. We help businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. We also help people to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft. In 2016, for the third year running, we were named one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Forbes magazine.

We employ approximately 17,000 people in 37 countries and our corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

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 2016, was US$4.6 billion.

To find out more about our company, please visit or watch our documentary, ‘Inside Experian’.