With an adjusted operating margin of 19.2% and an underlying growth rate of 11%, RELX Group’s LexisNexis expects strong profit growth based on stable revenue for 2018. 83% of reported revenue comes from electronic and face-to-face. Print revenue continues to decline.
Source: RELX Group’s LexisNexis
Underlying revenue growth for Legal in 2017 was in line with the prior year, with continued efficiency gains driving strong underlying operating profit growth.
Underlying revenue growth was +2%. The difference between the reported and underlying growth rates reflects the impact of exchange rate movements and portfolio changes including the acquisition of Ravel Law, the disposal of several print and services assets, and the final exit from the Martindale Hubbell joint venture.
Underlying adjusted operating profit growth was +11%. The increase in operating profit margin reflects ongoing organic process improvement and decommissioning of systems which, together with currency movements, more than offset a lower profit contribution from joint ventures and other portfolio effects.
Electronic revenues saw continued growth, partially offset by print declines. The roll-out of new platform releases across our US and international markets continued, with broader datasets and the continued expansion of early stage legal analytics. The usage migration of US legal customers onto Lexis Advance is now substantially complete.
US and European markets remained stable. Other international markets continued to grow well.
2018 outlook: Trends in our major customer markets are unchanged, continuing to limit the scope for underlying revenue growth. We expect underlying profit growth to remain strong.
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