Nielsen Revenues, Income Up For Fourth Quarter 2014
February 12, 2015 at 4:26 AM (PT)
NIELSEN N.V. fourth-quarter 2014 revenues rose 1.4% (5.4% on a constant currency basis) to $1,633 million (up 0.1% or 4.4% on a constant currency basis excluding revenue from the ARBITRON and HARRIS acquisitions).
Revenues in the Watch segment increased 2.4% (4% constant currency basis) to $725 million (up 3.5%/5.5% constant currency excluding ARBITRON). Revenues in the Buy segment rose 0.6% (6.4% constant currency basis) to $908 million (up 3.8% on a constant currency basis excluding HARRIS). Adjusted net income jumped 12.8% (18% constant currency basis) to $309 million (81 cents/diluted share).
CEO MITCH BARNS said, “2014 was marked by solid revenue growth, compelling margin expansion, and strong free cash flow generation enabling us to both invest in key growth opportunities and return over $800 million to our shareholders. We are encouraged by the market’s response to strategic wins like our partnerships with ADOBE, ALIBABA, and INTAGE; the successful integration of ARBITRON; and the impact of our global presence covering over 90% of world population and GDP. We are well positioned to drive incremental shareholder value as we lead the media industry toward Total Audience measurement, continue our expansion in emerging markets, and execute on our previously announced plans to deliver close to $1.6 billion back to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks by mid-2016.”