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Acxiom Posts Third Quarter Results [Manufacturing Close - Up]
[February 06, 2013]

Acxiom Posts Third Quarter Results [Manufacturing Close - Up]

(Manufacturing Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Acxiom Corp., a company focusing on marketing services and technology, announced financial results for its third quarter ended December 31.

In a release dated January 30, the company noted that the revenue from continuing operations was $273 million, down 3 percent compared to $281 million for the prior-year period. Income from continuing operations increased 73 percent to $27 million in the current quarter, compared to $16 million in the prior year. Excluding unusual items, operating income for the quarter decreased 13 percent as compared to $31 million in the prior year. Marketing and data services revenue increased slightly to $190 million, compared to $187 million; U.S. marketing and data services revenue increased 4 percent to $160 million, compared to $155 million. As expected, IT infrastructure management revenue decreased 9 percent to $70 million in the current quarter compared to $77 million. Earnings per diluted share attributable to Acxiom stockholders were up 90 percent in the current quarter to $0.19, compared to diluted earnings per share in the prior-year quarter of $0.10. Diluted earnings per share decreased 14 percent as compared to $0.22, excluding unusual items in the prior-year quarter.

Operating cash flow was $132 million for the trailing twelve months, compared to $215 million for the comparable period a year ago. Free cash flow to equity increased slightly to $117 million for the trailing twelve months, compared to $115 million for the comparable period. Free cash flow to equity for the trailing twelve months included $73 million in proceeds from the sale of the company's background screening business. Both operating cash flow and free cash flow to equity were down as a result of higher working capital and increased tax payments. Free cash flow available to equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation to the comparable GAAP measure, operating cash flow, is attached.

"Revenue from our top 100 U.S. marketing and data services customers was up over 7 percent this quarter and up over 9 percent year to date," said Acxiom CEO Scott Howe. "While we are pleased with this performance, we also recognize we have work to do in order to further expand our client base and reignite growth with our small and mid-tier customers." The company also noted third quarter highlights: -Acxiom continues to invest in its new digital products suite. During the quarter, the company released the following new products: InfoBase data for major ad platforms and over 1,500 predictive models for 10 major industry verticals. The company intends to hold a product briefing with investors on March 6 in New York City. The briefing will be presented by Dr. Phil Mui, key members of the engineering team and Nada Stirratt, the company's Chief Revenue Officer.

-Acxiom repurchased 1,040,000 shares for $18.3 million during the quarter. Since inception of the share repurchase program in August 2011, the company has repurchased 9.9 million shares, or approximately 12 percent of the outstanding common stock, for $131 million. The company has remaining capacity of approximately $19 million out of the total stock repurchase authorization of $150 million.

-Acxiom announced its annual invitation-only client forum known as Engage to be held on March 6-8 in New York City. Over 200 top clients and prospects are registered to attend the conference which provides the opportunity for the world's largest marketers to discuss case studies and new technologies. President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address and statistician Nate Silver will also be featured.

-Acxiom appointed Dana Hayes, Jr. as Group VP of Partner Development. Hayes will lead efforts to build strategic partnerships and distribution relationships for global data driven marketing and advertising. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital media and marketing in leadership roles with companies such as and Tribune Company.

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