Revenue for Tax & Accounting Professional segment rose to $182 million for the second quarter ended June 30, an increase of 3 percent over $176 million a year ago, Thomson Reuters said this month. The company said revenue for small, mid and large accounting firms, 80 percent of the total, grew by 4 percent.

The Tax & Accounting total was, up 6 percent in constant currency. The global portion of the business rose 27 percent, with Latin America the primary element in that growth The government segment, which comprises 6 percent the unit’s revenue, was down by 11 percent.  Tax & Accounting’s adjusted EBITDA jumped to $153 million for the. quarter, an increase of 26 percent a year ago. The total was up 29 percent in constant currency

Company-wide, revenue rose 9 percent to $1.42 billion for the most recently ended period, compared to $1.31 billion a year ago. Net earnings dropped to $189 million, down from $657 million in last year’s corresponding period.

Operating profit rose to $447 million, more than double the year-ago $204 million. That was impacted by the recent announcement that Blackstone and Thomson have agreed to sell Refinitiv to the London Stock Exchange Group. Thomson holds a 45 percent stake in Refinitiv, its former financial services and risk business. If the deal is approved, Thomson will own about 15 percent. The news caused Thomson to revalue  warrants that the company holds in Refinitiv, which contributing to the rise in operating profit.

CEO James Smith pointed to three acquisitions during last eight months as supporting growth in the rest of 2019. Those are Integration Point, now part of the Corporate segment; Confirmation, in the Tax & Accounting Professionals business, and HighQ 2, which is  described as a collaboration platform for the legal and regulatory market

The acquired businesses are  expected to generate about $135 million in annualized revenues this year and register an aggregate growth rate of  about 25 percent.. The Confirmation and High Q 2 deals were made only two weeks prior to the webcast.

Smith said the company intends to continue making acquisitions. Since the spinoff of Refinitiv that means using an investment fund of  $2 billion from proceeds of that deal  primarily “to strengthen our positions in Legal, Tax & Accounting businesses by pursuing cloud-based software businesses. “ The company has used about half the fund in the three purchases.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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