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Interactive Data Reports Second-Quarter 2011 Results

Interactive Data Corporation today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Interactive Data’s second-quarter 2011 revenue increased 11.5% to $216.3 million from $194.0 million in the second quarter of 2010. This marks the highest quarterly revenue in the Company’s history. Second-quarter 2011 revenue was reduced by $0.3 million due to the purchase accounting for the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue. Excluding this adjustment and the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Interactive Data’s organic (non-GAAP) revenue grew 8.2% from the second quarter in 2010.

Interactive Data’s second-quarter 2011 income from operations was $20.2 million, compared with income from operations of $35.5 million in the same period one year ago. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (which excludes items that are either not part of the Company’s ongoing core operations, or do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course) for the second quarter of 2011 increased 18.9% to $81.7 million from $68.7 million in the same period one year ago. All non-GAAP financial measures with applicable reconciliations are set forth on the pages following the financial tables of this press release.

“Our strong second-quarter 2011 performance is further validation of the progress we have made across our operations in the year since Interactive Data was acquired,” stated Mason Slaine, Interactive Data’s president and chief executive officer. “We are seeing customers worldwide respond favorably to a number of key initiatives across our range of products and services. As our revenue growth helps drive higher adjusted EBITDA, we are continuing to make important investments in our technology and related technical infrastructure that we believe will help us effectively and efficiently address the evolving needs of our customers around the world over the long term.”

Segment Reporting and Related Operating Highlights

Institutional Services Segment:

  • Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data reported second-quarter 2011 revenue of $139.3 million, an 11.4% increase over the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the reduction in revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment and the effects of foreign exchange, second-quarter 2011 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business increased by 8.7% from the same period last year — the sixth consecutive quarter of higher quarterly organic revenue growth for this business. Organic revenue for this business in each of the Company’s primary geographic regions continued to strengthen due in part to a combination of new sales, healthy customer retention and solid usage revenue trends. The Pricing and Reference Data business continued to make progress toward expanding and enhancing its valuation services across a range of asset classes. In addition, this business made progress with the development of its new Vantage(SM) portal that will provide clients with extensive data and transparency into the fixed income market and the Company’s evaluations.

  • Interactive Data Real-Time Services generated second-quarter 2011 revenue of $48.7 million, which is 20.4% higher than the same quarter last year. Excluding the reduction in revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment and the effects of foreign exchange, second-quarter 2011 organic (non-GAAP) revenue for this business increased 13.7%. The organic revenue growth for this business primarily reflects rapid growth in the Interactive Data 7ticks business and improved revenue for its real-time feeds product area. During the second quarter of 2011, Interactive Data Real-Time Services continued to add new customers for its Interactive Data 7ticks services, and expand the market coverage for PlusFeed(SM).

  • BondEdge Solutions, which was rebranded in July 2011 and was formerly known as Interactive Data Fixed Income Analytics, reported revenue for the second quarter of 2011 of $8.5 million, which was essentially unchanged from the 2010 second quarter on both a GAAP and organic (non-GAAP) basis.

Active Trader Services Segment:

  • Interactive Data’s Desktop Solutions business reported second-quarter 2011 revenue of $19.9 million, a decrease of 0.6% from the same period last year. Excluding the reduction in revenue associated with the acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment and the effects of foreign exchange, second-quarter 2011 organic revenue decreased by 2.8%, from the second quarter of 2010 primarily as a result of 3.7% decrease in total subscribers. As of June 30, 2011, Desktop Solutions reported approximately 57,600 total subscribers as continued subscriber growth in the Market-Q platform was more than offset by lower subscriptions within its various active trader platforms.

Other Second-Quarter 2011 Financial and Operating Highlights

Effects of Foreign Exchange:

  • Interactive Data’s second-quarter 2011 revenue was favorably impacted by $6.7 million due to the effects of foreign exchange primarily resulting from a weaker US dollar against the GBP and the Euro in comparison with the second quarter of 2010. Total costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2011 were unfavorably impacted by $6.3 million as a result of the effects of foreign exchange.

Balance Sheet Highlights:

  • As of June 30, 2011, Interactive Data had cash and cash equivalents of $188.0 million, a $51.6 million increase over first-quarter 2011 levels. The Company’s total debt outstanding as of June 30, 2011, was $2.0 billion.

Exchange Offer:

  • On July 11, 2011, Interactive Data announced that the Company successfully completed its offer to exchange up to $700,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding unregistered 10 ¼% senior notes due 2018 that were issued on July 29, 2010, for an equal principal amount of 10 ¼% senior notes due 2018 that have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 with 100% of outstanding notes exchanged.

First-Half 2011 Results

  • For the first six months ended June 30, 2011, Interactive Data reported revenue of $427.8 million, an increase of $36.9 million, or 9.5%, from $390.9 million in the same period last year. Excluding the effects of foreign exchange and the reduction in revenue associated with the deferred revenue adjustment, organic revenue grew by 7.5% during the first half of 2011.

  • Interactive Data’s first-half 2011 income from operations was $37.7 million, compared with income from operations of $80.0 million in the same period one year ago. For the first half of 2011, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (which excludes items that are not part of the Company’s ongoing core operations, or do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course) increased 14.6% to $158.5 million from $138.4 million in the same period one year ago.

Conference Call Information

Interactive Data Corporation will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s second-quarter 2011 results on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number for the conference call is (785) 424-1057 and the related access code is 7IDCQ211. For those who cannot listen to this broadcast, a replay of the call will be available from July 29 at 12:00 p.m. until Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., and it can be accessed by dialing (402) 220-1397 or (800) 695-0671 (no access code is required).

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to presenting our results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we also disclose the following non-GAAP information:

  • Management includes information regarding organic revenue. Organic revenue excludes the contribution of businesses recently acquired (and related intercompany eliminations) if applicable, the effects of foreign currency exchange rates, and adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue. Management believes reporting organic revenue facilitates period-to-period comparisons, and provides a better understanding of underlying business trends and our future revenue growth prospects. In particular, management believes that the effects of foreign exchange or the contributions from an acquisition have the potential to impact period-to-period analyses and underlying business trends.

  • Management includes organic revenue for our Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data, Interactive Data Real-Time Services, BondEdge Solutions (formerly Interactive Data Fixed Income Analytics) and Interactive Data Desktop Solutions businesses because management believes this additional level of detail provides further insight into underlying trends and how the individual business areas are performing. In addition, since we have historically reported revenue for these businesses to the investment community as part of our reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, we believe that continuing to offer such information provides consistency in our financial reporting.

  • Management includes information regarding earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). We also include information regarding adjusted EBITDA, which we define as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges and benefits, adjustments related to the amortization of acquisition-related deferred revenue, and other non-cash, non-operational or non-recurring items. In addition, management also includes information regarding pro forma adjusted EBITDA. We define this metric as earnings, excluding all of the above factors as well as other adjustments permitted under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. Management considers these measures to be important indicators of the Company’s operational profitability and cash generation strength and a good measure of the Company’s historical operating trend because it eliminates items that are either not part of the Company’s ongoing core operations, do not require a cash outlay, or are not otherwise expected to recur in the ordinary course of business. In addition, the Company’s pro forma adjusted EBITDA measure is based on the definition of EBITDA set forth in the agreements governing the Company’s senior secured credit facilities.

  • Management includes information regarding free cash flow, which we define as adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures. Management considers free cash flow as another important measure of the Company’s cash generation strength that supports the Company’s ability to repay its debt obligations and invest in future growth through new business development activities or acquisitions.

  • Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring the Company’s core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. Such measures are also used by management in their financial and operating decision-making, and for forecasting and planning purposes. In addition, management also considers pro forma adjusted EBITDA to be an important indicator which can be used for the purpose of analyzing covenant compliance under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities.

  • The non-GAAP financial measures of the Company’s results of operations included in this press release should not be considered in isolation from comparable measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the Company’s results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the accompanying tables. The non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements

The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements and include our statements discussing our goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans, future financial conditions, future challenges and opportunities, including our statements that we are continuing to make important investments in our technology and related technical infrastructure that we believe will help us effectively and efficiently address the evolving needs of our customers around the world over the long term. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, under the caption “Risk Factors,” which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available in the “Investors” section of our Website under the heading “SEC Filings.” Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: (i) the implementation of strategies designed to improve core revenue and profit growth; (ii) the impact of cost-cutting pressures across the industries we serve; (iii) general worldwide economic conditions and related uncertainties; (iv) consolidation of financial services companies, within and across industries, or the failure of financial institutions; (v) decline in activity levels in the securities markets, weak or declining financial performance of market participants or the failure of market participants; (vi) the intensity of competition we face; (vii) a prolonged outage at one of our data centers or other major disruptions of our computer operations or those of our suppliers; (viii) our ability to maintain relationships with our key suppliers and providers of market data; (ix) our ability to maintain our relationships with service bureaus and custodian banks and our other customers; (x) the need to develop new products and adapt to legal, regulatory, technology or other change; (xi) our cost-savings plans may not be effective or yield the expected efficiencies or may take longer than anticipated; (xii) risks related to our substantial leverage, including our ability to raise additional capital to fund operations or react to changes in the economy or our industry, and our exposure to interest rate risk due to the extent of our variable rate debt (to the extent the risk is not mitigated by our interest rate hedge and cap arrangements that may be in place and as amended from time to time); (xiii) our ability to negotiate and enter into strategic acquisitions or alliances on favorable terms, if at all; (xiv) our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from any strategic acquisitions or alliances that we enter into; (xv) we are subject to regulatory oversight and we provide services to financial institutions that are subject to regulatory oversight; (xvi) certain of our subsidiaries are subject to complex regulations and licensing requirements; (xvii) the risks of doing business internationally; (xviii) intellectual property related risks, including any allegations that we infringe the intellectual property rights of others; and (xix) our ability to attract and retain a qualified management and other key personnel. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change and, therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.

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