RELX PLC 20-F 2012
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Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV conduct their business through two jointly owned companies, Reed Elsevier Group plc and Elsevier Reed Finance BV. Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV have retained their separate legal and national identities. Reed Elsevier is not a legal entity but a collective reference to the separate legal entities of Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Reed Elsevier Group plc and Elsevier Reed Finance BV and their respective subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures. The businesses of all of the entities comprising Reed Elsevier are collectively referred to in this annual report as Reed Elsevier, and the financial statements of the combined businesses are referred to as the combined financial statements. In this annual report, references to we, our, or us are to all of the entities comprising Reed Elsevier.
In this annual report, references to US dollars, $ and ¢ are to US currency; references to sterling, £, pence or p are to UK currency; references to euro and are to the currency of the European Economic and Monetary Union.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This document contains or incorporates by reference a number of forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act 1934, as amended, with respect to:
We consider any statements that are not historical facts to be forward looking statements. These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of our businesses and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ from those expressed in any forward looking statement. These differences could be material; therefore, you should evaluate forward looking statements in light of various important factors, including those set forth or incorporated by reference in this annual report.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or forecasts contained in the forward looking statements include, among others:
The terms estimate, project, plan, intend, expect, should be, will be, believe and similar expressions identify forward looking statements. These forward looking statements are found at various places throughout this annual report and the other documents incorporated by reference in this annual report (see Item 19: Exhibits on page S-3 of this annual report).
You should not place undue reliance on these forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this annual report. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this annual report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
ITEM 3: KEY INFORMATION
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The selected combined financial data for Reed Elsevier should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified by, the combined financial statements included in this annual report. In addition, as separate legal entities, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV prepare separate consolidated financial statements which reflect their respective shareholders economic interests in Reed Elsevier accounted for on an equity basis.
All of the selected financial data for Reed Elsevier set out below has been extracted or derived from the audited combined financial statements.
Combined Income Statement Data(1)
Combined Statement of Financial Position Data(1)
REED ELSEVIER PLC
The selected financial data for Reed Elsevier PLC should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified by, the consolidated financial statements of Reed Elsevier PLC included in this annual report. The results and financial position of Reed Elsevier PLC reflect the 52.9% economic interest of Reed Elsevier PLCs shareholders in Reed Elsevier, after taking account of results arising in Reed Elsevier PLC and its subsidiaries. These interests have been accounted for on an equity basis.
All of the selected consolidated financial data for Reed Elsevier PLC set out below has been extracted or derived from the audited financial statements of Reed Elsevier PLC.
REED ELSEVIER NV
The selected financial data for Reed Elsevier NV should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified by, the consolidated financial statements of Reed Elsevier NV included in this annual report. The results and financial position of Reed Elsevier NV reflect the 50% economic interest of Reed Elsevier NVs shareholders in Reed Elsevier. These interests are accounted for on an equity basis.
All of the selected financial data for Reed Elsevier NV set out below has been extracted or derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of Reed Elsevier NV.
For a discussion of the impact of currency fluctuations on Reed Elseviers combined results of operations and combined financial position, see Item 5: Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.
The following tables illustrate, for the periods and dates indicated, certain information concerning the Noon Buying Rate for pounds sterling expressed in US dollars per £1.00 and for the euro expressed in US dollars per 1.00. The exchange rate on February 15, 2012 was £1.00 = $1.57 and 1.00 = $1.31
US dollars per £1.00 Noon Buying Rates
US dollars per 1.00 Noon Buying Rates
Noon Buying Rates have not been used in the preparation of the Reed Elsevier combined financial statements, the Reed Elsevier PLC consolidated financial statements or the Reed Elsevier NV consolidated financial statements but have been used for certain convenience translations where indicated.
The key material risks to our business are included below. Additional risks not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business.
We operate in a highly competitive environment that is subject to rapid change.
Our businesses operate in highly competitive markets. These markets continue to change in response to technological innovations, changing legislation, regulatory changes, the entrance of new competitors, and other factors. We cannot predict with certainty the changes that may occur and the effect of those changes on the competitiveness of our businesses. In particular, the means of delivering our products and services, and the products and services themselves, may be subject to rapid technological and other changes. We cannot predict whether technological innovations, changing legislation or other factors will, in the future, make some of our products wholly or partially obsolete or less profitable. Failure to anticipate market trends could impact the competitiveness of our products and services and consequently adversely affect our revenue and profit.
We cannot assure you that there will be continued demand for our products and services.
Our businesses are dependent on the continued acceptance by our customers of our products and services and the value placed on them. We cannot predict whether there will be changes in the future, either in the market demand or from the actions of competitors, which will affect the acceptability of products, services and prices to our customers.
Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect our reported results.
Our financial statements are expressed in pounds sterling and euros and are, therefore, subject to movements in exchange rates on the translation of the financial information of businesses whose operational currencies are other than our reporting currencies. The United States is our most important market and, accordingly, significant fluctuations in US dollar exchange rates can significantly affect our reported results and financial position from year to year. In addition, in some of our businesses we incur costs in currencies other than those in which revenues are earned. The relative movements between the exchange rates in the currencies in which costs are incurred and the currencies in which revenues are earned can significantly affect the results of those businesses.
Current and future economic, political and market forces, and dislocations beyond our control may adversely affect demand for our products and services.
The demand for our products and services may be impacted by factors that are beyond our control, including macro economic, political and market conditions, the availability of short term and long term funding and capital and the level of volatility of interest rates, currency exchange rates and inflation. The United States, Europe and other major economies have recently undergone a period of severe economic turbulence, and the global economic environment has recently been less favourable than in prior years and this may continue into the future. Any one or more of these factors may contribute to reduced activity by our customers, may result in a reduction of demand for our products and services, and may adversely affect suppliers and third parties to whom we have outsourced business activities. Further disruption to global credit markets, which has significantly contributed to the recent economic turbulence described above, could have further disruptive consequences for global economic growth and customer demand.
Changes in tax laws or uncertainty over their application and interpretation may adversely affect our reported results.
Our businesses operate worldwide and our earnings are subject to taxation in many differing jurisdictions and at differing rates. We seek to organise our affairs in a tax efficient manner, taking account of the jurisdictions in which we operate. However, tax laws that apply to our businesses may be amended or interpreted differently by the relevant authorities, which could adversely affect our reported results. In addition, disputes arise from time to time with tax authorities regarding the application of tax laws to our businesses.
Changes in regulation of information collection and use could adversely affect our revenues and our costs.
Legal regulation relating to internet communications, data protection, e-commerce, direct marketing, credit scoring and digital advertising, privacy, information governance and use of public records is becoming more prevalent. Existing and proposed legislation and regulations, including changes in the manner in which such legislation and regulations are interpreted by courts, in the United States, the European Union and other jurisdictions may impose limits on our collection and use of certain kinds of information about individuals and our ability to communicate such information effectively with our customers. For example, the background screening report businesses offered by LexisNexis Risk Solutions are governed by the US Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 and analogous state laws requiring that consumers be provided the contents of
background reports and allowed to have any inaccuracies in the reports corrected. It further provides for statutory penalties and attorney fees for non-compliance. We are unable to predict in what form laws and regulations will be adopted or modified or how they will be construed by the courts, or the extent to which any such laws or interpretation changes might adversely affect our business.
Changes in provision of third party information to us could adversely affect our businesses.
A number of our businesses rely extensively upon content and data from external sources to maintain our databases. Data is obtained from public records, governmental authorities, customers and other information companies, including competitors. In the case of public records, including social security number data which are obtained from public authorities, our access is governed by law. We also obtain the credit header data in our databases from consumer credit reporting agencies. The disruption or loss of data sources in the future, because of changes in the law or because data suppliers decide not to supply them, could adversely affect our businesses if we were unable to arrange for substitute sources in a timely manner or at all.
Our business, operations and reputation could be adversely affected by a failure to comply with FTC Settlement Orders.
Through our LexisNexis Risk Solutions business, we are party to two consent orders and two subsequent related supplemental orders (the FTC Settlement Orders) embodying settlements with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that resolved FTC investigations into our compliance with federal laws governing consumer information security and related issues, including certain fraudulent data access incidents. We also entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance and Discontinuance (AVC) with the Attorneys General of 43 states and the District of Columbia in connection with one such FTC investigation. The FTC Settlement Orders and the AVC require us to institute and maintain information security, verification, credentialing, audit and compliance, and reporting and record retention programmes and to obtain an assessment from a qualified, independent third party every two years for twenty years (with the FTC having the right to extend such twenty-year period by up to two additional biennial assessment periods) to ensure that our performance under these information security programmes complies with the FTC Settlement Orders. Failure to comply with the FTC Settlement Orders and the AVC could result in civil penalties and adversely affect our business, operations and reputation.
Breaches of our data security systems or other unauthorised access to our databases could adversely affect our business and operations.
Our businesses provide customers with access to database information such as case law, treatises, journals, and publications as well as other data. Our LexisNexis Risk Solutions business also provides authorised customers with access to public records and other information on US individuals made available in accordance with applicable privacy laws and regulations. There are persons who try to breach our data security systems or gain other unauthorised access to our databases in order to misappropriate such information for potentially fraudulent purposes and we have previously disclosed incidents of such unauthorised access. Because the techniques used by such persons change frequently, we may be unable to anticipate or protect against the threat of breaches of data security or other unauthorised access. Breaches of our data security systems or other unauthorised access to our databases could damage our reputation and expose us to a risk of loss or litigation and possible liability, as well as increase the likelihood of more extensive governmental regulation of these activities in a way that could adversely affect this aspect of our business.
Changes in government funding of, or spending by, academic institutions may adversely affect demand for the products and services of our science and medical businesses.
The principal customers for the information products and services offered by our science and medical publishing businesses are academic institutions, which fund purchases of these products and services from limited budgets that may be sensitive to changes in private and governmental sources of funding. Accordingly, any decreases in budgets of academic institutions or changes in the spending patterns of academic institutions could negatively impact our businesses.
Our intellectual property rights may not be adequately protected under current laws in some jurisdictions, which may adversely affect our results and our ability to grow.
Our products and services are largely comprised of intellectual property content delivered through a variety of media, including journals, books, compact discs, and online, including the internet. We rely on trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property laws to establish and protect our proprietary rights in these products and services. However, we cannot assure you that our proprietary rights will not be challenged, limited, invalidated or circumvented. Despite trademark and copyright protection and similar intellectual property protection laws, third parties may be able to copy, infringe or otherwise profit from our proprietary rights without our authorisation. These unauthorised activities may be facilitated by the internet.
In addition, whilst there is now certain internet-specific copyright legislation in the United States and in the European Union, there remains significant uncertainty as to the date from which such legislation will be enforced and the form copyright law regulating digital content may ultimately take. In several jurisdictions, including the United States, Australia and the European Union, copyright laws are increasingly coming under legal review. These factors create additional challenges for us in protecting our proprietary rights in content delivered through the internet and electronic platforms. Moreover, whilst non-copyrightable databases are protected in many circumstances by law in the European Union, there is no equivalent legal protection in the United States.
We may be unable to implement and execute our strategic and business plans if we cannot maintain high quality management.
The implementation and execution of our strategic and business plans depend on the availability of high quality management resources across all our businesses. We cannot predict that in the future such resources will be available.
We may not realize all of the anticipated benefits of potential future acquisitions.
We acquire businesses to reshape and strengthen our portfolio. Whilst our acquisitions are made within the framework of our overall strategy, we cannot assure you we will be able to generate the anticipated benefits such as revenue growth, synergies and/or cost savings associated with these acquisitions. Failure to realize the anticipated benefits of potential future acquisitions could adversely affect our business.
We cannot assure you whether our substantial investment in electronic product and platform initiatives will produce satisfactory, long term returns.
We are investing significant amounts to develop and promote electronic products and platforms. The provision of electronic products and services is very competitive and we may experience difficulties developing this aspect of our business due to a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control. These factors may include competition from comparable and new technologies and changes in regulation.
Our businesses may be adversely affected if their electronic delivery platforms, networks or distribution systems experience a significant failure or interruption.
Our businesses are increasingly dependent on electronic platforms and distribution systems, primarily the internet, for delivery of their products and services. From time to time we have experienced verifiable attacks on our platforms and systems by unauthorised parties. To date such attacks have not resulted in any material damage to us, however, our businesses could be adversely affected if their electronic delivery platforms and networks experience a significant failure, interruption or security breach.
Our businesses may be adversely affected by the failure of third parties to whom we have outsourced business activities.
We engage in outsourcing and offshoring activities such as IT, production and development engineering. Poor performance or the failure of third parties to whom we have outsourced business functions could adversely affect our business performance, reputation and financial condition.
Our scientific, technical and medical primary publications could be adversely affected by changes in the market.
Our scientific, technical and medical (STM) primary publications, like those of most of our competitors, are published on a paid subscription basis. There is continuous debate in government, academic and library communities, which are the principal customers for our STM publications, regarding whether such publications should be free and funded instead through fees charged to authors and from governmental and other subsidies or made freely available after a period following publication. If these methods of STM publishing are widely adopted or mandated, it could adversely affect our revenue from our paid subscription publications.
Spending by companies on advertising and other marketing activities, which comprises a significant portion of our revenue, has historically been cyclical.
Approximately 7% of our revenue in 2011 was derived from advertising and 12% from exhibitions. In Reed Business Information, 38% of revenue was derived from advertising in 2011 compared with 41% in 2010. Total advertising revenues for our businesses in 2011 were £437 million compared with £491 million in the prior year.
Traditionally, spending by companies on advertising and other marketing activities has been cyclical, with companies spending significantly less on advertising in times of economic slowdown or turbulence. In addition, there has been a structural shift of advertising and lead generation to Google and other search engines.
The exhibitions business is similarly affected by cyclical pressures on spending by companies. Additionally, participation and attendance at exhibitions is affected by the availability of exhibition venues and the propensity of exhibitors and attendees to travel. Our results could be adversely affected if the availability of venues or the demand from exhibitors and attendees were reduced, for example due to international security or public health concerns or acts of terrorism or war.
Changes in the market values of defined benefit pension scheme assets and in the assumptions used to value defined benefit pension scheme obligations may adversely affect our businesses.
We operate a number of pension schemes around the world, the largest schemes being of the defined benefit type in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands. The assets and obligations associated with defined benefit pension schemes are particularly sensitive to changes in the market values of assets and the market related assumptions used to value scheme liabilities. In particular, a decrease in the discount rate used to value scheme liabilities, an increase in life expectancy of scheme members, an increase in the rate of inflation or a decline in the market value of investments held by the defined benefit pension schemes (absent any change in their expected long term rate of return) could adversely affect the reported results and financial position of the combined businesses.
Our impairment analysis of goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets incorporates various assumptions which are highly judgemental. If these assumptions are not realised, we may be required to recognise a charge in the future for impairment.
As at December 31, 2011, goodwill on the combined statement of financial position amounted to £4,729 million and intangible assets with an indefinite life amounted to £370 million. We conduct an impairment test at least annually, which involves a comparison of the carrying value of goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets by cash generating unit with estimated values in use based on latest management cash flow projections. The assumptions used in the estimation of value in use are, by their very nature, highly judgemental, and include profit growth of the business over a five year forecast period, the long term growth rate of the business thereafter, and related discount rates. There is no guarantee that our businesses will be able to achieve the forecasted results which have been included in the impairment tests and impairment charges may be required in future periods if we are unable to meet these assumptions.
Our borrowing costs and access to capital may be adversely affected if the credit ratings assigned to our debt are downgraded.
Our outstanding debt instruments are, and any of our future debt instruments may be, publicly rated by independent rating agencies such as Moodys Investors Service Inc., Standard & Poors Rating Services and Fitch Ratings. A rating is based upon information furnished by us or obtained by the relevant rating agency from its own sources and is subject to revision, suspension or withdrawal by the rating agency at any time. Rating agencies may review the assigned ratings due to developments that are beyond our control. Factors cited as a basis for a ratings downgrade or an assignment of a negative outlook could include the macro economic environment and the level of our indebtedness as a consequence of an acquisition. If the ratings of our debt are downgraded in the future, our borrowing costs and access to capital may be adversely affected.
Breaches of generally accepted ethical business standards or applicable statutes concerning bribery could adversely affect our reputation and financial condition.
As a leading global provider of professional information solutions to the Science, Medical, Risk, Legal and Business sectors, we are expected to adhere to high standards of independence and ethical conduct. Whilst our employees are expected to abide by the Reed Elsevier Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, employees may still fail to abide by its guidelines relating to anti-bribery and principled business conduct. Similarly, whilst our major suppliers are expected to abide by our Supplier Code of Conduct, suppliers may still fail to abide by its guideline relating to anti-bribery and principled business conduct. A breach of generally accepted principled business standards or applicable statues concerning bribery by our employees or our suppliers could adversely affect our business performance, reputation and financial condition.
Failure to manage our environmental impact could adversely affect our businesses.
Our businesses have an impact on the environment, principally through the use of energy and water, waste generation and, in our supply chain, through our paper use and print and production technologies. Whilst we are committed to reducing these impacts by limiting resource use and by efficiently employing sustainable materials and technologies, we cannot assure you that these efforts and expenditures incurred by us in order to comply with either new environmental legislation and regulations, new interpretations or existing laws and regulations or more rigorous enforcement of such laws and regulations will not adversely impact on our businesses or reputation.
ITEM 4: INFORMATION ON REED ELSEVIER
HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT
Reed Elsevier came into existence in January 1993, when Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV contributed their respective businesses to two jointly-owned companies, Reed Elsevier Group plc, a UK registered company which owns the publishing and information businesses, and Elsevier Reed Finance BV, a Dutch registered company which owns the financing activities. Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV have retained their separate legal and national identities and are publicly held companies. Reed Elsevier PLCs securities are listed in London and New York, and Reed Elsevier NVs securities are listed in Amsterdam and New York.
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV each hold a 50% interest in Reed Elsevier Group plc. Reed Elsevier PLC holds a 39% interest in Elsevier Reed Finance BV, with Reed Elsevier NV holding a 61% interest. Reed Elsevier PLC additionally holds a 5.8% indirect equity interest in Reed Elsevier NV, reflecting the arrangements entered into between the two companies at the time of the merger, which determined the equalisation ratio whereby one Reed Elsevier NV ordinary share is, in broad terms, intended to confer equivalent economic interests to 1.538 Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary shares. The equalisation ratio is subject to change to reflect share splits and similar events that affect the number of outstanding ordinary shares of either Reed Elsevier PLC or Reed Elsevier NV.
Under the equalisation arrangements, Reed Elsevier PLC shareholders have a 52.9% economic interest in Reed Elsevier, and Reed Elsevier NV shareholders (other than Reed Elsevier PLC) have a 47.1% economic interest in Reed Elsevier. Holders of ordinary shares in Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV enjoy substantially equivalent dividend and capital rights with respect to their ordinary shares.
The Boards of both Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV have agreed, other than in special circumstances, to recommend equivalent gross dividends (including, with respect to the dividend on Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary shares, the associated UK tax credit), based on the equalisation ratio. A Reed Elsevier PLC ordinary share pays dividends in sterling and is subject to UK tax law with respect to dividend and capital rights. A Reed Elsevier NV ordinary share pays dividends in euros and is subject to Dutch tax law with respect to dividend and capital rights.
The principal assets of Reed Elsevier PLC comprise its 50% interest in Reed Elsevier Group plc, its 39% interest in Elsevier Reed Finance BV, its indirect equity interest in Reed Elsevier NV and certain amounts receivable from subsidiaries of Reed Elsevier Group plc. The principal assets of Reed Elsevier NV comprise its 50% interest in Reed Elsevier Group plc, its 61% interest in Elsevier Reed Finance BV and certain amounts receivable from subsidiaries of Reed Elsevier Group plc and Elsevier Reed Finance BV. Reed Elsevier NV also owns shares, carrying special dividend rights, in Reed Elsevier Overseas BV, a Dutch registered subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Group plc. These shares enable Reed Elsevier NV to receive dividends from companies within its tax jurisdiction, thereby mitigating Reed Elseviers potential tax costs.
Material acquisitions and disposals
Total acquisition expenditure in the three years ended December 31, 2011, including the buy out of non controlling interests, was £594 million, net of cash acquired. During 2011 a number of acquisitions, including the buy out of non controlling interests, were made for total consideration of £540 million, net of cash acquired of £24 million. The most significant of these was Accuity Inc., a leading provider of data in credit risk, regulatory compliance and online payment systems, acquired in November 2011 for cash consideration of £331 million, net of cash acquired. During 2010 a number of small acquisitions were made for a total consideration of £43 million. During 2009 a number of small acquisitions were made for a total consideration of £11 million.
In February 2008 we announced a major restructuring plan to further consolidate and streamline operational activities and back office support. In 2009, having identified further restructuring and consolidation opportunities, we announced an expansion of this programme and a major restructuring in Reed Business Information. Restructuring costs incurred in 2011 were nil (2010: £57 million; 2009: £182 million; 2008: £152 million).
Capital expenditure on property, plant, equipment and internally developed intangible assets principally relates to investment in systems infrastructure to support electronic publishing activities, computer equipment and office facilities. Total such capital expenditure, which is financed from operating cash flows, amounted to £350 million in 2011 (2010: £311 million; 2009: £242 million) of the combined businesses. In 2011 there was continued investment in new product and related infrastructure, particularly in LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Further information on capital expenditure is given in notes 16 and 18 to the combined financial statements.
Principal Executive Offices
The principal executive offices of Reed Elsevier PLC are located at 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5JR, England. Tel: +44 20 7930 7077. The principal executive offices of Reed Elsevier NV are located at Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Tel: +31 20 485 2222. The principal executive office located in the United States is at 125 Park Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, New York, 10017. Tel +1 212 309 5498. Our internet address is www.reedelsevier.com. The information on our website is not incorporated by reference into this report.
Reed Elsevier is a world leading provider of professional information solutions organised in 2011 as five business segments: Elsevier, providing scientific, technical and medical information solutions; LexisNexis Risk Solutions, providing risk information and analytics to business and government customers; LexisNexis Legal & Professional, providing legal, tax, regulatory and business information solutions to professionals, business and government customers; Reed Exhibitions, organising trade exhibitions and conferences; and Reed Business Information, providing information and marketing solutions to business professionals.
With effect from 1 January 2011 LexisNexis was reorganised as two separate businesses, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which are accordingly now presented separately.
Our principal operations are in North America and Europe. For the year ended December 31, 2011 we had total revenue of approximately £6.0 billion and an average of approximately 30,600 employees. As at December 31, 2011 we had approximately 30,500 employees. In 2011, North America represented our largest single geographic market, based on revenue by destination, contributing 54% of our total revenue.
Revenue is derived principally from subscriptions, circulation and transactional sales, advertising sales and exhibition fees. In 2011, 47% of Reed Elseviers revenue was derived from subscriptions; 27% from circulation and transactional sales; 12% from exhibition fees; 7% from advertising sales; and 7% from other sources. An increasing proportion of revenue is derived from electronic information products, principally internet based. In 2011, 63% of our revenue was derived from such sources, including 96% of LexisNexis Risk Solutions revenue, 75% of LexisNexis Legal & Professional revenue, 63% of Elsevier revenue, 51% of Reed Business Information revenue, and 2% of Reed Exhibitions revenue.
Subscription sales are defined as revenue derived from the periodic distribution or update of a product or from the provision of access to online services, which is often prepaid. Circulation and transactional sales include all other revenue from the distribution of a product and transactional sales of online services, usually on cash or credit terms. The level of publishing related advertising sales and exhibition fees has historically been tied closely to the economic and business investment cycle with changes in the profit performance of advertisers, business confidence and other economic factors having a high correlation with changes in the size of the market. Subscription sales and circulation and transactional sales have tended to be more stable than advertising sales through economic cycles.
Revenue is recognised for the various categories as follows: subscriptions on periodic despatch of subscribed product or rateably over the period of the subscription where performance is not measurable by despatch; circulation and transactional on despatch or occurrence of the transaction; advertising on publication or period of online display; and exhibitions on occurrence of the exhibition. Where sales consist of two or more independent components whose value can be reliably measured, revenue is recognised on each component as it is completed by performance, based on the attribution of relative value.
Certain of our businesses are seasonal in nature. In Elsevier, a significant proportion of annual revenue is derived from calendar year based journal subscriptions, with the substantial majority of annual cash inflow from these arising in the fourth quarter of each financial year. The majority of medical publishing and sales arise in the second half of the year. This, together with the phasing of other subscription receipts and exhibition deposits, results in significant cash flow seasonality whereby the substantial majority of annual operating cash inflows normally arise in the second half of the year.
Our businesses compete for subscription, circulation and transaction, and marketing expenditures in scientific and medical, risk, legal and business sectors. The bases of competition include, for readers and users of the information, the quality and variety of the editorial content and data, the quality of the software to derive added value from the information, the timeliness and the price of the products and, for advertisers, the quality and the size of the audiences targeted.
Elsevier is a leading provider of scientific and medical information and serves scientists, health professionals and students worldwide. Its objective is to help its customers advance science and improve healthcare by providing world class information and innovative solutions that enable customers to make critical decisions, enhance productivity and improve outcomes.
Elsevier is a global business with principal operations in Amsterdam, Beijing, Boston, Chennai, Delhi, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oxford, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, St. Louis, San Diego, Singapore and Tokyo. Elsevier has 6,900 employees.
Elsevier is organised around two market-facing businesses: Science & Technology, which serves the scientific and technology communities, and Health Sciences, which serves the health community. Both of these businesses are supported by a global shared services organisation which provides integrated editorial systems and production services, product platforms, distribution, and other support functions.
Science & Technology
Science & Technology is a leading scientific information provider. It delivers a wide array of information and workflow tools that help researchers generate valuable insights in the advancement of scientific discovery and improve the productivity of research. Its customers are scientists, academic institutions, research leaders and administrators, corporations and governments which rely on Elsevier to: provide high quality content; review, publish, disseminate and preserve research findings; and create innovative tools to help focus research strategies and improve their effectiveness.
The Science & Technology division contributed 52% of the total Elsevier revenue in 2011. Of this revenue, 77% came from research (journals), 9% from reference education (books) and 14% from databases and tools. Approximately 34% of Science & Technology revenue in 2011 was derived from North America, 34% from Europe and the remaining 32% from the rest of the world.
Elsevier publishes over 240,000 new science & technology research articles each year through some 1,250 journals, many of which are the foremost publications in their field and a primary point of reference for new research. The vast majority of customers receive these journals through ScienceDirect, a database of scientific and medical research, providing access to over 10 million scientific and medical journal articles, used by over 7 million researchers each year.
Elsevier also publishes over 700 new English language science & technology book titles annually, supporting bibliographic data, indexes and abstracts, and review and reference works. 15,000 online books are available on ScienceDirect, with over 1,000 online books added each year.
Other major products include Scopus and Reaxys. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature in the world, with abstracts and bibliographic information on more than 45 million scientific research articles from 19,000 peer reviewed journals and over 5,000 international publishers. Scopus also has data on more than 24 million patents. Reaxys is a leading solution for synthetic chemists that integrates chemical reaction and compound data searching with synthesis planning.
In December 2011, Elsevier acquired Ariadne Genomics a provider of pathway analysis tools and semantic technologies for life science researchers which will complement Elseviers efforts to serve the needs of researchers in the pharma biotech sector.
A major challenge facing researchers and institutions is the ever growing amount of research and related information with the limited time to identify and analyse what is most relevant. To address this challenge, Elsevier has been developing a suite of new products that significantly improve the speed at which researchers are able to find the most relevant information and analyse this information using the most innovative applications. SciVerse Hub provides a single search interface for accessing ScienceDirect, Scopus and scientific web content. In addition, SciVerse Application Marketplace & Developer Network enables researchers and third party developers to build customised applications on top of Elseviers information and other data and analytics enhancing the utility of the underlying content.
Following a successful collaboration since 2007, Elsevier acquired QUOSA in January 2012. QUOSAs technological capabilities will raise the efficiency of the search and discovery process and will also allow researchers to manage information more efficiently.
Elsevier is continuing to develop the SciVal suite of products that help academic and government institutions evaluate their research performance, determine research strategies and increase institutional efficiencies. Leveraging bibliometric data, such as citations from Scopus, SciVal Spotlight helps institutions and governments to identify their distinctive research strengths, evaluate performance and increase the focus of their research and development (R&D) investments. SciVal Funding assists researchers and institutions in identifying grants that are most relevant in their research areas. SciVal Experts enables researchers to establish a directory of experts in their area of interest, while SciVal Strata facilitates performance benchmarking by research teams.
Health Sciences is a leading medical information provider. Through its medical journals, books, major reference works, databases and online information tools, Elsevier provides critical information and analysis on which its customers rely to base their decisions, to improve medical outcomes and enhance the efficiency of healthcare. Health Sciences serves medical researchers, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and students, as well as hospitals, research institutions, health insurers, managed healthcare organisations and pharmaceutical companies.
Health Sciences contributed approximately 48% of the total Elsevier revenue in 2011. This revenue came from five sectors: global medical research; clinical reference/clinical decision support; nursing/health professional education; global pharma promotion; and international (other), each of which contribute approximately 20% to revenue. Approximately 52% of Health Sciences revenue by destination in 2011 was derived from North America, 27% from Europe and the remaining 21% from the rest of the world.
Elsevier publishes over 700 health sciences journals, including on behalf of learned societies, and, in 2011, 1,500 new health sciences book titles and clinical reference works were published both in print and through ScienceDirect and other electronic platforms such as MD Consult. MD Consult is a leading online clinical information service with more than 2,400 institutional customers. Flagship titles include market leading medical journals such as The Lancet, and major medical reference works such as Grays Anatomy, Nelsons Pediatrics and Netters Atlas of Human Anatomy. In addition to its local language publishing in many countries across the world, Health Sciences leverages its content and solutions into new markets through local language versioning. In November 2011, ClinicalKey was launched in beta allowing physicians to access the leading reference and evidence-based medicine in a single, fully-integrated site built to accommodate their clinical information workflows.
Elsevier is a leader in medical education and training resources, particularly to the nursing and allied health professions. From print and electronic books to virtual clinical patient care, Health Sciences supports students, teaching faculties and healthcare organisations in education and practice. A strong focus is on the further development of innovative electronic services: the Evolve portal provides a rich resource to support faculty and students and now has 3 million registered users; Evolve Reach (Health Education Systems Inc.) provides online review and testing tools for nursing and the allied health professionals; Evolve Teach provides online resources and solutions to support faculty.
A growing area of focus is clinical decision support, providing online information and analytics to deliver patient-specific solutions at the point of care to improve patient outcomes. Gold Standard provides critical information on drug interactions to assist effective treatment; CPM Resource Center provides a data driven framework to support nurses in undertaking procedures; Nursing Consult provides nursing care guidelines in trauma and disease management; MEDai uses patient data and analytics to help identify areas for improvement in clinical practice within hospitals and lower costs for the payers of healthcare through preventative interventions. In February 2011, Elsevier entered the emerging clinical decision support market in China through the acquisition of Datong, a leading online provider of drug information that helps Chinese hospitals to improve quality of care through better drug usage.
Elsevier also provides services to the pharmaceutical industry through advertising and sponsored communications to the specialist community it serves. In 2011, Elsevier continued the restructuring of this business focusing more on the services which leverage Health Sciences core information and distribution platform.
The shared service functions provide production, information technology, customer service, fulfilment and distribution for both the Science & Technology and Health Sciences divisions. Much of the pre-press production for journals and books is outsourced.
The science and medical information markets have good long term demand growth characteristics. The importance of research and development to economic performance and competitive positioning is well understood by governments, academic institutions and corporations. This is reflected in the long term growth in R&D spend and in the number of researchers worldwide, leading to greater research output and publishing. Additionally, there is growing demand for tools that allow research to better target and improve the spend and efficiency of the research process.
In health, market growth is also supported by demographic trends, with ageing populations that require more healthcare, rising prosperity in developing economies with increasing expectations of better healthcare provision, and the increasing focus on improving medical outcomes and efficiency.
Given that a significant portion of scientific research and healthcare is funded directly or indirectly by governments, spending is influenced by governmental budgetary considerations. The commitment to research and health provision does however generally remain high, even in more difficult budgetary environments.
Elseviers strategic goal is to make valued contributions to the communities it serves in advancing science, improving medical outcomes and enhancing productivity. To achieve this, Elsevier is focused on: building world-class content; deepening its customer engagement to identify how better to help them achieve their desired outcomes more efficiently and effectively; delivering tools which link, analyse and illuminate content and data to help customers make critical decisions and improve their productivity; increasing its investment in high-growth markets and disciplines; and continuously improving organisational efficiency.
In Science & Technology, priorities are to continually enhance the quality and relevance of research and reference content and expand data sets, while adding greater functionality and utility to SciVerse, ScienceDirect, Scopus and new tools to assist researcher productivity. The SciVal suite of performance and planning tools will continue to be expanded to help academic and government institutions target their research spend and improve research efficiency and economic outcomes.
In Health Sciences, priorities are to continue to enhance the quality and relevance of its content and actively manage the ongoing format shift from print to electronic information consumption by developing improved electronic solutions that add more value to its users and customers. Additionally, Health Sciences continues to build out clinical decision support services to meet customer demand for tools that deliver better medical outcomes and lowers costs for payers, physicians and hospitals. Elsevier is also focused on increasing growth in emerging markets through expansion of local publishing and versioning of content and electronic services.
Business Model, Distribution Channels and Competition
Science and medical research is principally disseminated on a paid subscription basis to the research facilities of academic institutions, government and corporations, and, in the case of medical and healthcare journals, also to individual practitioners and medical society members. Advertising and promotional revenues are derived from pharmaceutical and other companies. Electronic products, such as ScienceDirect, Scopus and MD Consult, are generally sold direct to customers through a dedicated sales force that has offices around the world. Subscription agents facilitate the sales and administrative process for print journals. Books are sold through traditional and online book stores, wholesalers and, particularly in medical and healthcare markets, directly to end users. Competition within science and medical publishing is generally on a title by title and product by product basis. Competing journals, books and databases are typically published by learned societies and other professional publishers. Workflow tools face similar competition as well as from software companies and internal solutions developed by customers.
Elsevier is the master brand used for both the Science & Technology and Health Sciences businesses.
Elseviers major brands include: Cell, a life sciences journal in cell biology; and The Lancet, one of the leading medical journals since 1823. Many other products and journals are major brands in their fields, including: Scopus, a scientific abstract and citation database; SciVal, a suite of funding intelligence and research performance tools for academic institutions; Reaxys®, a web-based chemical reaction workflow solution for industrial chemists; pharmapendium, access to history of drug development through a unique online platform; MDConsult, an online clinical information service, including reference works, journals and drug information; Mosbys Nursing Consult, online evidence-based content to inform nursing clinical decisions at the point of care; Evolve, integrated, online resources that complement Elseviers nursing textbook content; and MEDai, a clinical decision support tool to identify areas for improvement in medical practice.
LEXISNEXIS RISK SOLUTIONS
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is a leading provider of solutions that combine proprietary, public and third-party information, analytics and advanced technology. These solutions assist customers in evaluating, predicting and managing risk and improving operational effectiveness, predominantly in the US.
With effect from 1 January 2011 LexisNexis was reorganised as two separate businesses, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which are accordingly now presented separately.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and has principal operations in Georgia, Florida and Ohio, and has 4,000 employees.
In 2011, approximately 85% of LexisNexis Risk Solutions revenue came from circulation and transactional sales, 12% from subscription sales, and the remaining 3% from other sources. 96% of LexisNexis Risk Solutions revenue is delivered electronically.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is organised around market facing industry/sector groups: insurance, government, screening, and business services (including the receivables management, financial services and corporate groups), of which insurance is the most significant. These groups are supported by a shared infrastructure providing technology operations, data management, and other support functions including compliance and marketing. A number of transactional support activities, including some financial processes, are provided from a shared services organisation managed by the LexisNexis Legal & Professional business. The LexisNexis Legal & Professional business also distributes LexisNexis Risk Solutions products into legal markets in the US and internationally.
Insurance Solutions provides the most comprehensive combination of data and analytics to property and casualty (P&C) personal and commercial insurance carriers in the US to improve critical aspects of their business, from customer acquisition and underwriting to policy servicing and claims handling. Information solutions, including the USs most comprehensive personal loss history database C.L.U.E., help insurers assess risks and provide important inputs to underwriting policy. Recently introduced products include Data PreFill, which provides accurate information directly into the insurance workflow on customers, potential customers and their auto ownership, and Current Carrier, which identifies current or previous insurance as well as any lapses in coverage.
Business Services provides financial institutions with risk management, identity verification, fraud detection, credit risk management, and compliance solutions. These include know your customer and anti-money laundering products. The business provides risk and identity management solutions for corporate customers in retail, telecommunications and utilities sectors. Receivables management solutions helps debt recovery professionals in the segmentation, management and collection of consumer and business debt. The LexisNexis Risk Solutions business also provides identity verification and risk related information to the legal industry.
Government solutions provides investigative solutions to US federal, state and local law enforcement and government agencies to help solve criminal and intelligence cases and to identify fraud, waste and abuse in government programmes.
Screening Solutions focuses on employment-related, resident and volunteer screening, with the largest segment being pre-employment screening services offered across a number of industries including retail, recruitment, banking, and professional services.
During 2011, LexisNexis Risk Solutions sharpened its focus on its data and analytics activities with the sale of the insurance software business, while Reed Elseviers acquisition of Accuity complements and enhances LexisNexis Risk Solutions offerings in anti-money laundering. There has also been a continued focus on developing a pipeline of new solutions for selected adjacent markets, sectors and geographies.
The identity verification and risk evaluation solutions provided by LexisNexis Risk Solutions utilise a comprehensive database of public records and proprietary information, which is the largest database of its kind in the US market today. LexisNexis Accurint is the flagship identity verification product, powered by the High Performance Cluster Computing (HPCC) technology. This technology enables Risk Solutions to provide its customers with highly relevant search results swiftly and to create new, low-cost solutions quickly and efficiently. In 2011, LexisNexis Risk Solutions launched an open-source initiative called HPCC Systems to broaden usage, tap the innovation of the development community and to more fully compete in the big data market. Response to date has been positive, with press articles, website traffic, speaking invitations, and source code downloads all ahead of expectations.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions operates in markets with strong long term underlying growth drivers: insurance underwriting transactions; insurance, healthcare and entitlement fraud; credit defaults and financial fraud; regulatory compliance and due diligence requirements surrounding customer enrolment and employment; and security considerations.
In the insurance segment, growth is supported by increasing transactional activity in the auto and property insurance markets and the increasing adoption by insurance carriers of more sophisticated data and analytics in the prospecting, underwriting and claims evaluation processes, to determine appropriate risk pricing, increase competitiveness and improve operating cost efficiency. Transactional activity is driven by the levels of insurance quoting and switching as consumers seek better policy terms, stimulated by increasing competition between insurance companies, high levels of carrier advertising, and rising levels of internet quoting and policy binding.
In screening, demand is driven mainly by employer hiring activity and, in receivables management, by levels of consumer debt and the prospects of recovering those debts. Both of these markets are linked to employment conditions in the US. A number of factors support growth for LexisNexis Risk Solutions in the financial services market, including new credit originations, continued high fraud losses, stringent regulatory compliance requirements and increasing anti-money laundering fines. In corporate markets, demand is supported by growth in online retail sales and continued high levels of credit card fraud. Growth in government markets is driven by the increasing use of data and analytics to combat criminal activity and fraud, and to address security issues. The level and timing of demand in this market is influenced by government funding considerations.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions strategic goal is to make businesses and government more effective, through a better understanding of the risks associated with individuals, other businesses and transactions and by providing the tools to help manage those risks. To achieve this, LexisNexis Risk Solutions is focused on: expanding the range of products across customer workflows; leveraging our advanced technology capabilities; delivering innovative new products and expanding the range of risk management solutions across adjacent markets; and addressing international opportunities in selected markets to meet local risk management needs.
Business Model, Distribution Channels and Competition
LexisNexis Risk Solutions products are predominantly sold on a transactional basis directly to insurance carriers and corporations, and primarily on a subscription basis to government entities. LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Verisk sell data and analytics solutions to insurance carriers but largely address different activities. LexisNexis Risk Solutions principal competitors in commercial and government sectors include Thomson Reuters and major credit bureaus. Major competitors in pre-employment screening are Altegrity and First Advantage.
LexisNexis is the master brand used by LexisNexis Risk Solutions.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions major brands include: C.L.U.E.®, a comprehensive US personal insurance claims database; LexisNexis®Data Prefill, a tool to automate the insurance application process providing critical information insurers need to quote and underwrite a policy; LexisNexis® Insurance Exchange, a platform for sharing of customer application data designed to improve and enhance flow of application data and documents; Accurint® for Collections, a US solution to help locate debtors quickly and accurately; Accurint® LE Plus, an integrated suite of tools for US law enforcement investigators; LexisNexis® Identity Management, a range of solutions to help clients verify that an identity exists and authenticate individuals; LexisNexis® Anti-Money Laundering Solutions, content and information for anti-money laundering compliance, risk mitigation and enhanced due diligence; LexisNexis® Employment Screening, a US provider of pre-employment screening solutions; and LexisNexis® Resident Screening, a comprehensive US multi-family housing screening and collections service.
LEXISNEXIS LEGAL & PROFESSIONAL
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading provider of content and information solutions for legal and other corporate markets. Serving customers in more than 100 countries, LexisNexis Legal & Professional provides resources and services that inform decisions, increase productivity, and drive new business.
With effect from 1 January 2011 LexisNexis was reorganised as two separate businesses, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which are accordingly now presented separately.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is headquartered in New York and has principal operations in Ohio and New Jersey in the United States, in London and Paris in Europe, Canada, and in several other countries in Africa and Asia Pacific. It has 10,300 employees worldwide.
In 2011, approximately 70% of LexisNexis Legal & Professionals revenue came from subscription sales, 8% from transactional sales, 6% from advertising, including directory listings, and the remaining 16% from other sources. Approximately 68% of Legal & Professionals revenue by destination in 2011 was derived from North America, 21% from Europe and the remaining 11% from the rest of the world. 75% of LexisNexis Legal & Professionals revenues were delivered electronically.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is organised through market facing businesses, the most significant of which are Research & Litigation Solutions and Business Solutions in the US and LexisNexis Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australasia and LexisNexis Asia (together reported as International) outside the US. These are supported by global shared services organisations providing platform and product development, operational and distribution services, and other support functions.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading provider of legal and business information and analysis to law firms, corporations and government throughout the US. Electronic information solutions and innovative workflow tools, developed through close collaboration with customers, help law firms and other legal and business professionals make better informed decisions in the practice of law and in managing their businesses.
In Research & Litigation Solutions, the flagship products for legal research are Lexis.com and Lexis Advance, which provide federal and state statutes and case law, together with analysis and expert commentaries from sources such as Matthew Bender and Michie and the leading citation service Shepards, which advises on the continuing relevance of case law precedents. Through its suite of litigation services, LexisNexis Legal & Professional additionally provides lawyers with tools for electronic discovery, evidence management, case analysis, court docket tracking, e-filing, expert witness identification and legal document preparation. LexisNexis Legal & Professional also partners with law schools to provide services to students as part of their training.
In December 2011, LexisNexis Legal & Professional released in the US the next iteration of Lexis Advance, an innovative web application designed to transform how legal professionals conduct research. Built on an advanced technology platform, Lexis Advance allows primary researchers within legal and professional organisations to find highly relevant information more easily and efficiently, helping them to drive better outcomes. The release is the next step in a series of Lexis Advance launches with future releases continuing to expand available content and add new innovative tools. LexisNexis Legal & Professional employs lawyers and trained editors with professional legal backgrounds who review, annotate and update the legal content to help ensure each document in its collection is current and linked to other related documents. This domain expertise combined with the application of Reed Elseviers big data HPCC technology means LexisNexis Legal & Professional is able to update its entire legal collection faster and more efficiently, while also identifying and linking content, thereby uncovering previously undiscovered relationships between documents.
In the US in 2011, LexisNexis Legal & Professional launched LexisNexis Firm Manager, an online legal practice management application for solo practitioners and small law practices. Among other product releases, LexisNexis Legal & Professional also released Early Data Analyzer which provides lawyers with early insight into the size and scope of discovery and an updated version of Lexis for Microsoft Office which enables lawyers to conduct their Lexis searches within Microsoft applications such as Word and Outlook.
In 2011, LexisNexis Legal & Professional rationalised its electronic discovery offerings and divested the Applied Discovery business.
Business Solutions provides law firms with practice management solutions, including time and billing systems, case management, cost recovery and document management services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional assists law firms in their client development through Lawyers.com, showcasing the qualifications and credentials of more than one million lawyers and law firms in the US and internationally, and providing law firms with website development, search engine optimisation and other web marketing services.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional also provides its legal and information services to US government, corporate and academic customers, including news and business information and public records. In addition to research and litigation services, capabilities for these customers include specialist products for corporate counsel focused on regulatory compliance, intellectual property management, and management of external counsel.
In International markets outside the United States, LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves legal, corporate, government and academic markets in Europe, Canada, Africa and Asia Pacific with local and international legal, tax, regulatory and business information. The most significant businesses are in the UK, France, Australia and Canada.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is focused across all its geographies on leveraging best in class content and its market leading international online product platform to deliver innovative electronic information services and workflow tools to help legal and business professionals make better informed decisions more efficiently. Penetration of online information services is growing and print based products now account for less than 40% of LexisNexis Legal & Professional total revenues outside the US.
In the UK, LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading legal information provider in its market. It delivers a wide array of content and services, comprising an unrivalled collection of primary and secondary legislation, case law, expert commentary, and forms and precedents. Its extensive portfolio includes Halsburys Laws of England, Simons Taxes and Butterworths Company Law Service delivered through the UKs flagship online product LexisLibrary and in print. Other electronic products include Lexis Legal Intelligence, a resource on legal practice for lawyers, and media monitoring and reputation management tools for the corporate market such as the NexisDirect research tool. Additionally, LexisNexis Legal & Professional provides law firms with practice management solutions.
In France, LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a provider of information to lawyers, notaries and courts with JurisClasseur and La Semaine Juridique being the principal publications, delivered through lexisnexis.fr and in print. These content sources are, as in the UK, being combined with new content and innovative workflow tools to develop practical guidance and practice management solutions.
In international markets in 2011, LexisNexis Legal & Professional continued to roll out Legal Intelligence. Designed to match the way lawyers work, Lexis Legal Intelligence provides primary law, practical guidance, learning and productivity tools in one place. It reduces the time it takes to get the answers and documents lawyers need, helping to make practice more effective. In the UK, the practical guidance service LexisPSL now has 13 practice areas including company, commercial, corporate, banking and finance, and will expand again in 2012. A similar service has been launched in Australia, with five practice areas in 2011. In France, LexisNexis Legal & Professional is completing the development of Lexis360, an innovative solution for legal professionals that combines semantic and federated search capabilities with practical guidance, legal concept navigation and brand-leading JurisClasseur content.
In 2011, LexisNexis Legal & Professional strengthened its position in key emerging markets including India. LexisNexis Legal & Professional released an initial version of Lexis India, an online legal research platform created specifically for the legal professionals and practitioners, corporate counsels, legal researchers, academics and government institutions in India.
Longer term growth in legal and regulatory markets worldwide is driven by increasing levels of legislation, regulation, regulatory complexity and litigation, and an increasing number of lawyers. Additional market opportunities are presented by the increasing demand for online information solutions and practice management tools that improve the quality and productivity of research, deliver better legal outcomes, and improve business performance. Notwithstanding this, legal activity and legal information markets are also influenced by economic conditions and corporate activity, as has been seen most recently with the dampening impact on demand of the recent global recession and the somewhat subdued environment that has followed in North America and in Europe.
LexisNexis Legal & Professionals strategic goal is to enable better legal outcomes and be the leading provider of productivity enhancing information and information-based workflow solutions in its markets. To achieve this LexisNexis is focused on: building world class content; developing next generation product platforms, tools and infrastructure to deliver best-in-class outcomes for legal and business professionals with greater speed and efficiency; building client development and practice management tools enabling customers to be more successful in their markets; international expansion and growth of online products and solutions; increasing LexisNexis Legal & Professionals presence in emerging markets; and improving operational efficiency.
In the US, the focus is on the continuing development of the next generation of legal research and practice solutions as well as a major upgrade in operations infrastructure and customer service and support platforms to provide an integrated and superior customer experience across US legal research, litigation services, practice management and client development. Progressive product introductions, often based on the Lexis Advance platform, over the next few years will combine advanced technology with enriched content, sophisticated analytics and applications to enable LexisNexis Legal & Professionals customers to make better legal decisions and drive better outcomes for their organizations and clients.
Outside the US, LexisNexis Legal & Professional is focused on growing online services and developing further high quality actionable content and workflow tools, including the development of practical guidance and practice management applications. Additionally, LexisNexis is focusing on the expansion of its activities in emerging markets.
Business Model, Distribution Channels and Competition
LexisNexis Legal & Professional products and services are generally sold directly to law firms and to corporate, government and academic customers on a paid subscription basis, with subscriptions with law firms often under multi-year contracts. Principal competitors for LexisNexis in US legal markets are West (Thomson Reuters), CCH (Wolters Kluwer) and Bloomberg, and Bloomberg and Factiva (News Corporation) in news and business information. Competitors in litigation solutions also include software companies. Major international competitors include Thomson Reuters, Wolters Kluwer and Factiva.
LexisNexis is the master brand used by LexisNexis Legal & Professional.
LexisNexis Legal & Professionals major brands include: Lexis®, legal, news and public records content for legal professionals; Nexis®, news and business content for legal and other professionals; Matthew Bender®, critical legal analysis, checklists, forms, and practice guides authored by industry experts covering 50 major practice areas; CaseMap®, software allowing litigators to assess and analyse case information; Lexis® for Microsoft® Office, an integration of LexisNexis content, open Web search and Microsoft Office; LexisNexis® Verdict & Settlement Analyzer®, an early case assessment tool for researching and evaluating the risk and opportunity associated with a case; lawyers.comSM, a website for consumers seeking legal information and counsel; Lexis®Library, LexisNexis UK flagship legal online product; Lexis®PSL, LexisNexis UK legal practical guidance service; and JurisClasseur, an authoritative online legal resource in France.
Reed Exhibitions portfolio of exhibitions and conferences serves 44 industry sectors across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2011 Reed Exhibitions brought together over six million event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business for its customers.
Reed Exhibitions is a global business headquartered in London and has principal offices in Paris, Vienna, Norwalk (Connecticut), Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and São Paulo. Reed Exhibitions has 2,800 employees worldwide.
Over 70% of Reed Exhibitions revenue is derived from exhibitor participation fees, with the balance primarily comprising of conference fees, advertising in exhibition guides, sponsorship fees and admission charges. In 2011, approximately 18% of Reed Exhibitions revenue came from North America, 52% from Europe and the remaining 30% from the rest of the world on an event location basis.
Reed Exhibitions organises market leading events that are relevant to industry needs, where participants from around the world come together to do business, network and learn. Its exhibitions and conferences encompass a wide range of sectors, including: broadcasting, TV, music & entertainment; building & construction; electronics & electrical engineering; alternative energy, oil & gas; engineering, manufacturing & processing; gifts; interior design; IT & telecoms; jewellery; life sciences & pharmaceuticals; marketing; property & real estate; sports & recreation; and travel.
In January 2012 Reed Exhibitions took full ownership of our joint venture Alcantara Machado, Brazils leading exhibition organiser.
Growth in the exhibitions market is correlated to business to business marketing spend, historically driven by levels of corporate profitability, which itself has followed overall growth in gross domestic product (GDP), and business investment. Emerging markets and growth industries provide additional opportunities. As some events are held other than annually, growth in any one year is affected by the cycle of non-annual exhibitions.
Reed Exhibitions strategic goal is to provide market leading events in growth sectors, especially in higher growth geographies, that enable businesses to target and reach new customers quickly and cost effectively and to provide a platform for industry participants to do business, network and learn. To achieve this, Reed Exhibitions is focused on: driving organic growth by leveraging global sector groups and technology platforms, developing the portfolio through a combination of new launches, strategic partnerships and selective acquisitions in high growth sectors and geographies; and further developing websites, analytics and other online tools to enhance the exhibition experience and add to customer return on investment in event participation.
In 2011, at a portfolio level, this strategy delivered 43 new events in high growth sectors such as the gift and home industry in China, incentive travel in the USA, and smart grids in Japan and Singapore, as well as further acquisitions to build out our position in Brazil, enter Mexico and Morocco and increase our exposure to the renewable energy industry in the UK. In terms of systems and customer experience, Reed Exhibitions has continued to invest in developing its event web platform which is now used by more than 70% of events.
Business Model, Distribution Channels and Competition
The substantial majority of Reed Exhibitions revenues are from sales of exhibition space. The balance includes conference fees, advertising in exhibition guides, sponsorship fees and, for some shows, admission charges. Exhibition space is sold directly or through local agents where applicable. Reed Exhibitions often works in collaboration with trade associations, which use the events to promote access for members to domestic and export markets, and with governments, for whom events can provide important support to stimulate foreign investment and promote regional and national enterprise.
Reed Exhibitions operates in a fragmented industry, holding less than a 10% global market share. Other international exhibition organisers include UBM, Informa IIR and some of the larger German Messe, including Messe Frankfurt, Messe Dusseldorf and Messe Munich. Competition also comes from industry trade associations and convention centre and exhibition hall owners.
Reed Exhibitions major brands include: Mipcom, a leading entertainment content market; World Travel Market, a global event for the travel industry; Mipim, a global event for the property industry; Mecanica, an international machinery trade fair; JCK Las Vegas, a North American jewellery industry trade event; World Future Energy Summit, a platform for sustainable future energy solutions; Equiphotel Paris, an event for the restaurant, hotel, café and catering industries; In-cosmetics, an international exhibition for personal care ingredients; and Gifts & Home, a leading business gifts & home fair in China.
REED BUSINESS INFORMATION
Reed Business Information (RBI) provides data services, information and marketing solutions to business professionals in the UK, the US, Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. It produces industry critical data services and lead generation tools, online community and job sites as well as business magazines with market leading positions in many sectors.
Approximately 24% of RBI revenue in 2011 came from North America, 23% from the United Kingdom, 39% from Continental Europe and 14% from the rest of the world.
RBI is a global business headquartered in Sutton in the UK and has principal operations in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Boston, Los Angeles, Skokie (Illinois) and Norcross (Georgia) in the US as well as Paris, Milan, Madrid, Bilbao, Sydney and Shanghai. RBI has 5,600 employees worldwide.
RBIs data services enable businesses and professionals to enhance productivity through quicker and easier access to insightful and comprehensive industry information. Online marketing solutions, business to business magazines, online lead generation services and community websites provide effective marketing channels for advertisers to reach target audiences and for industry professionals to access valued information.
RBIs market leading data services include: ICIS, a global information and pricing service for the petrochemicals and energy sector; BankersAccuity (previously Bankers Almanac and Accuity), a leading provider of reference data on the banking industry; XpertHR, an online service providing human resources data, regulatory guidance, best practices and tools for HR professionals; and Reed Construction Data, a provider of online construction data to the North American construction industry. The major online marketing solutions include: totaljobs.com, a major UK online recruitment site; and Hotfrog, a global online business directory. Premier publishing brands include Variety in the US, New Scientist in the UK and the Elsevier magazine in the Netherlands.
In 2011, RBI continued to significantly reshape its portfolio, addressing continued growth opportunities in data services and the accelerated migration of customer marketing spend to web media while managing value from the remaining print businesses. During the year RBI expanded the data services businesses with three significant acquisitions. In January 2011, RBI completed the transaction to take majority ownership of CBI China, a market leading petrochemical and energy information service in China, bringing unrivalled coverage of the important and growing Chinese and Asian chemicals and energy markets, strengthening ICISs global position. In June 2011, RBI acquired Ascend, a provider of online fleet data and
valuations to the aviation industry, complementing RBIs existing data and content services and the aerospace platform, Flightglobal. In November 2011, RBI completed the acquisition of Accuity Inc. for a total cost of £331 million, net of cash acquired. Accuity is a US provider of online subscription-based data solutions for the financial services industry which enable customers to maximise the accuracy of their banking and payment transactions, and to minimise the risk of non-compliance with government regulations in these transactions. Accuity is being integrated with RBIs Bankers Almanac, to form BankersAccuity, establishing a global standard for payment efficiency and compliance solutions.
RBI continued to create value from its existing magazine brands, while exiting a number of titles including those in the computing, social care and road transport markets in the UK and the construction market in the Netherlands. RBI also sold the UK QSS magazine subscription fulfilment business during the course of the year.
The growing need for authoritative industry data and information is driving demand for online subscription data services and providing new opportunities. Business to business marketing spend has historically been driven by levels of corporate profitability, which itself has followed GDP growth, and business investment.
RBIs strategic goal is to help business professionals achieve better outcomes with information and decision support in its individual markets. Its areas of strategic focus are: further growing the data services businesses; restructuring the business magazines and advertising driven portfolio, to develop online services in key markets and support print franchises through brand extensions and redesign; and to realign the cost base with revenue expectations and drive further organisational effectiveness.
Business Model, Distribution Channels and Competition
Across the RBI portfolio, user and subscription revenues now account for 62% of the total business with the remaining 38% derived from print and online advertising and lead generation. RBI electronic revenue streams now account for 51% of total revenue.
Data services are typically sold directly on a subscription or transactional basis. Business magazines are distributed on a paid or controlled circulation basis. Advertising and lead generation revenues are sold directly or through agents.
RBIs data services and titles compete with a number of publishers on a service and title by title basis including: UBM, McGraw Hill and Wolters Kluwer as well as many niche and privately owned competitors. RBI competes for online advertising with other business to business websites as well as Monster, Google and other search engines.
RBIs major brands include: ICIS, a global provider of news and pricing data to the chemical and energy industries; BankersAccuity, a supplier of banking intelligence to the global financial industry; XpertHR, an HR legal compliance and good practice toolkit; Ascend, online aircraft and engine data; totaljobs.com, a UK generalist website attracting over 3.7 million jobseekers and carrying over 125,000 jobs every month; Reed Construction Data, construction data, building product information, cost data, market analysis and advertising channels to construction industry professionals; Variety, the premier source of entertainment business news and analysis since 1905; Elsevier, a news and opinion magazine in the Netherlands; and New Scientist, a leading science and technology media brand.
ELSEVIER REED FINANCE BV
Elsevier Reed Finance BV, the Dutch parent company of the Elsevier Reed Finance BV group (ERF), is directly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. ERF provides treasury, finance, intellectual property and reinsurance services to the Reed Elsevier Group plc businesses through its subsidiaries in Switzerland: Elsevier Finance SA (EFSA), Elsevier Properties SA (EPSA) and Elsevier Risks SA (ERSA). These three Swiss companies are organised under one Swiss holding company, which is in turn owned by Elsevier Reed Finance BV.
EFSA is the principal treasury centre for the Reed Elsevier combined businesses. It is responsible for all aspects of treasury advice and support for Reed Elsevier Group plcs businesses operating in Continental Europe, Latin America, the Pacific Rim, India, China and certain other territories, and undertakes foreign exchange and derivatives dealing services for the whole of Reed Elsevier. EFSA also arranges or directly provides Reed Elsevier Group plc businesses with financing for acquisitions, product development and other general requirements and manages cash pools, investments and debt programmes on their behalf.
EPSA actively manages intellectual property assets including trademarks such as The Lancet and databases such as Reaxys and PharmaPendium. In 2011 it continued to strengthen its position as a centre of excellence in the management and development of intellectual property assets. ERSA is responsible for reinsurance activities for Reed Elsevier.
In 2011, EFSA was active in arranging the financing and foreign currency contracts for Reed Elsevier Group plc companies related to cross border dividends and acquisitions. It negotiated and advised Reed Elsevier Group plc companies on a number of banking and cash management arrangements in Continental Europe and Asia and continued to advise on treasury matters, including interest rate, foreign currency and certain other financial exposures.
The average balance of cash under management by EFSA in 2011, on behalf of Reed Elsevier Group plc and its parent companies, was approximately $0.8 billion (2010: $0.8 billion).
At December 31, 2011, 91% (2010: 84%) of ERFs gross assets were held in US dollars and 9% (2010: 15%) in euros, including $8.6 billion (2010: $8.7 billion) and 0.6 billion (2010: 0.6 billion) in loans to Reed Elsevier Group plc subsidiaries. Loans made to Reed Elsevier Group plc businesses are funded from equity, long term debt of $2 billion and short term debt of $0.5 billion backed by committed bank facilities. Sources of long term debt include Swiss domestic public bonds, bilateral term loans, private placements and syndicated bank facilities. Short term debt is primarily derived from euro and US commercial paper programmes.
Certain of our businesses provide authorised customers with products and services such as access to public records and other information on US individuals. Our businesses that provide such products and services are subject to applicable privacy and consumer information laws and US federal and state and EU and member state regulation. Our compliance obligations vary from regulator to regulator, and include, among other things, strict data security programs, submissions of regulatory reports, providing consumers with certain notices and correcting inaccuracies in applicable reports. We are also subject to the terms of consent decrees and other settlements with certain regulators in the U.S. See Item 8: Financial Information Legal Proceedings on page 70.
A description of the corporate structure is included under History and Development on page 11. A list of significant subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures and business units is included as an exhibit, see Item 19: Exhibits on page S-3.
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
We own or lease approximately 280 properties around the world, the majority of leased space being in the United States. The table below identifies the principal owned and leased properties which we use in our business.
All of the above properties are substantially occupied by Reed Elsevier businesses with the exception of the New York and Colorado Springs properties, where Reed Elsevier occupies less than half of the floor space.
No property owned or leased by Reed Elsevier which is considered material to Reed Elsevier taken as a whole is presently subject to liabilities relating to environmental regulations and none has major encumbrances.
ITEM 5: OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW AND PROSPECTS
OPERATING RESULTS REED ELSEVIER
The following discussion is based on the combined financial statements of Reed Elsevier for the three years ended December 31, 2011 which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
The following discussion should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified by reference to, the combined financial statements.
Reed Elsevier derives its revenue principally from subscriptions, circulation and transactional sales, advertising sales and exhibition fees.
Revenue by type
Year ended December 31,
Revenue by geographic market
Year ended December 31,
The cost profile of individual businesses within Reed Elsevier varies widely and costs are controlled on an individual business unit basis. The most significant cost item for Reed Elsevier as a whole is staff costs of £1,797 million (2010: £1,838 million; 2009: £1,852 million).
The following tables show revenue, operating profit and adjusted operating profit for each of Reed Elseviers business segments in each of the three years ended December 31, 2011 together with the percentage change in 2011 and 2010 at both actual and constant exchange rates. Adjusted operating profit is a measure included on the basis that it is a key financial measure used by management to evaluate performance and allocate resources to the business segments, as reported under IFRS 8: Operating Segments in note 3 to the combined financial statements. Adjusted operating profit represents operating profit before amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs, the share of profit on disposal in joint ventures and is grossed up to exclude the equity share of taxes in joint ventures. Restructuring costs in 2010 related only to the restructuring of the Reed Business Information business and in 2009 relate to the exceptional restructuring programmes across Reed Elsevier. Exceptional restructuring costs principally comprise severance, outsourcing migration and associated property costs. A reconciliation of operating profit to adjusted operating profit is included below. Operating profit by business segment is provided as supplementary information.
With effect from 1 January 2011 LexisNexis was reorganised as two separate businesses, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which are accordingly now presented separately. Comparative profit figures for 2010 have been restated on a proforma basis as if the businesses had operated separately in that year. Proforma profit information for 2009 is not available and the cost to develop it would be excessive.
Adjusted operating profit for Reed Elsevier is a non-GAAP measure included on the basis that it is a key financial measure used by management to evaluate performance and allocate resources, and is derived from operating profit as follows:
Underlying revenue growth is a non-GAAP measure included on the basis that it is a key financial measure used by management to evaluate performance. References to underlying performance are calculated to exclude the results of all acquisitions and disposals made in the current and prior year, assets held for sale and currency translation effects. A reconciliation of reported revenues and adjusted operating profit year-on-year is presented below:
In the commentary below, percentage movements are at actual exchange rates unless otherwise stated. Percentage movements at constant exchange rates are calculated using the average and hedge exchange rates for the previous financial year. Percentage movements at both actual rates and constant rates are shown in tables on pages 26 and 27. The effect of currency movements on the 2011 results is further described separately below (see Effect of Currency Translation on pages 33 and 34). References to operating profit relate to operating profit including joint ventures. Adjusted operating margin and underlying growth are defined in the glossary on pages S-1 and S-2.
Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2010
Revenues at £6,002 million (2010: £6,055 million) were down 1% compared with 2010. At constant exchange rates, revenue was flat compared with the prior year. Underlying revenue growth was 2%, or 3% excluding the net cycling out of biennial exhibitions. This compares with underlying revenue growth in the prior year of 2%, or 1% excluding the biennial exhibition cycling. The underlying revenue performance reflects the continued portfolio development, new product introduction, expanded sales & marketing, and other actions taken to improve the business.
Reported operating profit was £1,205 million (2010: £1,090 million). The increase reflects improved trading performance and no exceptional restructuring costs.
Adjusted operating profit was £1,626m (2010: £1,555m), up 5%. At constant currencies, adjusted operating profits were up 4%. Underlying growth in adjusted operating profits was 5%. The overall adjusted operating margin at 27.1% was 1.4 percentage points higher than last year. This included a 0.4 percentage point benefit to margin of the multi year subscription currency hedging programme and other currency translation effects. Underlying costs were flat against the prior year, despite business growth and additional spending on new product development and sales & marketing, reflecting the continued focus on process efficiency and procurement savings, and the benefit of prior year restructuring.
The amortisation charge in respect of acquired intangible assets, including the share of amortisation in joint ventures, amounted to £359 million (2010: £349 million).
Exceptional restructuring costs were nil (2010: £57 million, in respect of the restructuring of RBI). Acquisition related costs amounted to £52 million (2010: £50 million) most significantly in respect of technology integration within LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Disposals and other non operating losses were £22 million (2010: £46 million), including the share of disposal profits in joint venues.
Net finance costs were lower at £235 million (2010: £276 million), reflecting the benefit of free cash flow, term debt redemptions and the expiry of interest rate swaps.
The reported profit before tax was £948 million (2010: £768 million). The reported tax charge was £181 million (2010: £120 million). The application of tax law and practice is subject to some uncertainty and amounts have been provided in respect of this. Issues are raised during the course of regular tax audits and discussions with the Internal Revenue Service including on the deductibility of interest in the US on cross-border financing are ongoing. Although the outcome of open items cannot be predicted, no material impact on results is expected from such issues.
Profit attributable to parent companies shareholders was £760 million, up from £642 million in 2010, reflecting the higher profit before tax partly offset by the higher tax charge.
Increasing global scientific and medical research activity supported growth in research information and online tools. Health Sciences saw continued pressure on print book sales to individuals and European pharmaceutical promotion, but achieved growth in global medical research and clinical decision support.
Revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 1% and 3% respectively at constant currencies. Underlying revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 2% and 4% respectively.
Science & Technology generated underlying revenue growth of 4%. Global research activity has continued to grow broadly in line with long term historic trends, and Elsevier generated growth in the volume of articles submitted and published in the year, and improved the quality of articles relative to other publishers as measured by citation share.
Health Sciences underlying revenues were flat. Our global medical research business benefited from similar drivers to those in the Science & Technology research business, and online clinical decision support achieved double digit growth as healthcare customers look to achieve improved medical outcomes and increased efficiency. Across Health Sciences, online solution and electronic products grew well and now account for nearly 40% of revenues. European pharma promotions declines have continued, and print book sales to individuals came under increasing pressure, reflecting the format shift to online, and pressure on enrolment in US nursing and health profession career schools. Our business in emerging markets, most notably India, China and Latin America, performed well.
Underlying cost growth was 1%, reflecting ongoing emphasis on process efficiencies and procurement savings offsetting business growth and spending on new product development and sales & marketing initiatives.
Since January 1, 2011, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional have been operating as separate businesses. In aggregate, revenue decreased by 3% to £2,542 million (2010: £2,618 million) and adjusted operating profits were flat at £591 million (2010: £592 million). The results of each business are presented separately below.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk solutions reported growth in insurance data & analytics and business services reflecting demand for core products and the extension of the range of services that are provided. Screening revenues slowed in the second half reflecting US hiring trends, and federal government markets remained under pressure.
Revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 1% and 6% respectively at constant currencies. Underlying revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 4% and 12% respectively.
The insurance data & analytics business generated revenue growth of 7%, driven by the increasing adoption of solutions across the insurance workflow from marketing through to claims handling that improve underwriting economics and operational efficiency. In November, LexisNexis Risk Solutions completed the sale of its infrastructure software business, focusing the insurance business on high value data and analytics.
Business services achieved growth of 4%, reflecting growth in credit scoring and anti-money laundering for the financial services industry and e-commerce for corporate markets, moderated by the effect of a softening in the US real estate market on the mortgage-related business.
Screening solutions grew 3%, with growth slowing over the course of the year as operational improvements in sales force effectiveness and increased penetration of the mid-size corporate market were offset by a US hiring environment that weakened as the year progressed. Government solutions revenues declined as the wind down of some lower margin one-off federal sales were only partly offset by growth in state and local revenues, driven by increased focus on fraud, waste and abuse.
Underlying costs declined by 1% despite the business growth and new product investment, reflecting cost savings, notably in technology, and from the completion of the ChoicePoint integration. The adjusted operating margin increased by 1.7 percentage points to 39.9%.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional
LexisNexis Legal & Professional revenues returned to underlying revenue growth in 2011, and adjusted operating margins were broadly flat, as expected. Most legal markets have stabilized, and new products were launched.
Revenues and adjusted operating profits were down 2% and 4% respectively at constant currencies. Underlying revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 1% and down 2% respectively.
US research & litigation revenues returned to slight growth, benefiting from a stabilisation in legal industry activity. Growth was achieved in lexis.com searches and in new sales of research and litigation tools and services to law firms, government and corporate legal customers. Growth in practice management tools was offset by continued but moderating declines in news & business information to corporate customers, and in web based listings.
International markets outside of the US also returned to growth. Electronic revenues grew 7% reflecting demand for legal tools and solutions, although this was largely offset by further print declines as format transition continued. Print base products now account for less than 40% of revenue.
Underlying cost growth was 1% reflecting continued investment in the next generation legal offerings and sales & marketing, offset by continued cost initiatives. The adjusted operating margin was broadly flat at 14.0%.
The net cycling out of biennial shows held back growth in 2011. Excluding biennial cycling, underlying revenue growth was 10%, with growth across all geographies. New launch activity was accelerated in 2011, and a number of selective acquisitions were made which have increased the business presence in high growth markets.
Revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 1% and 4% respectively at constant currencies. Underlying revenues and adjusted operating profits were flat and up 2% respectively.
In Europe, underlying revenue grew 6% excluding biennial cycling, with Mipcom and Mapic performing well. Mipim, Reed Exhibitions largest individual show, returned to growth after experiencing a decline in 2010. In North America underlying revenues grew 16% excluding cycling. Outside Europe and North America underlying revenue growth was 13% excluding biennial events, including growth in China, Brazil, Russia and the Middle East.
Underlying costs were down 1%, reflecting cost control, while funding the significantly increased launch programme and build out of global industry groups and information technology capabilities. The adjusted operating margin was 0.8 percentage points higher than in 2010 at 23.6%.
Reed Business Information
RBI returned to underlying revenue growth, with growth in data services mostly offset by continued weakness in print advertising. Significant further progress on portfolio realignment was made with acquisitions in data services and disposals of print magazine titles. The majority of the margin increase reflects organic development, supported by exits from low margin businesses.
Revenues were down 4% and adjusted operating profits up at 22% at constant currencies. Underlying revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 1% and 15% respectively.
The major data services businesses, which accounted for 25% of RBI revenues in 2011, delivered underlying revenue growth of 9%, including growth in ICIS, Bankers Almanac and XpertHR, partially offset by Reed Construction Data serving the challenged US construction industry. Online marketing solutions grew 2%, driven largely by Totaljobs in the UK online recruitment market, offset by weakness in lead generation businesses, BuyerZone and Hotfrog. Leading brands saw stable revenues, with online growth compensating for print advertising declines. Other business magazines and communities saw an underlying revenue decline of 5% reflecting continued print advertising market weakness.
Underlying costs were down 2%, reflecting continuing measures taken to realign the cost base. Adjusted operating margins increased 3.4 percentage points to 15.8%.
Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2010
Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2009
Revenue was £6,055 million (2009: £6,071 million), flat on the prior year and down 1% at constant exchange rates. Underlying revenues were 2% higher.
Operating profits of £1,090 million were up 39%, or up 37% at constant exchange rates, compared with £787 million in 2009. The significant increase principally reflects no intangible asset and goodwill impairment and lower exceptional restructuring charges.
The amortisation charge in respect of acquired intangible assets, including the share of amortisation in joint ventures, was £349 million (2009: £368 million), down £19 million as a result of disposals and prior year impairments. Charges for impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill were nil (2009: £177 million, principally relating to the RBI US business).
Exceptional restructuring costs, which in 2010 relate only to the restructuring of RBI, amounted to £57 million (2009: £182 million relating to major restructuring programmes across Reed Elsevier announced in February 2008 and 2009) and included severance and vacant property costs. Acquisition related costs amounted to £50 million (2009: £48 million) principally in respect of the integration within LexisNexis of the ChoicePoint business acquired in September 2008.
Excluding amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill of £349 million (2009: £545 million), exceptional restructuring costs of £57 million (2009: £182 million), acquisition related costs of £50 million (2009: £48 million), and tax charges in respect of joint ventures of £9 million (2009: £8 million), operating profits would have been down 1% at £1,555 million (2009: £1,570 million), or down 2% at constant exchange rates, and down 1% on an underlying basis.
Operating margin, including amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs, and the equity share of taxes in joint ventures was 18.0% (2009: 13.0%). Excluding these items, the adjusted margin would have been 25.7%, 0.2 percentage points lower than the prior year and, excluding cost reduction from asset disposals and closures, which had a 0.5 percentage points benefit to this margin, costs increased by 3% on an underlying basis. Increased spending on new product development, infrastructure, and sales & marketing, particularly in the legal businesses, has been offset by cost actions across the business, including incremental savings from the earlier exceptional restructuring programmes.
Disposals and other non operating losses of £46 million (2009: £61 million) principally relate to asset sales and related closures in RBIs US businesses.
Net finance costs were £276 million (2009: £291 million), with the benefit of cash flow and the July 2009 share placings being partly offset by the impact of higher coupon term debt issued in 2009 to repay certain of the ChoicePoint acquisition facility loans.
Profit before tax, including amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs, disposals and other non operating items, was £768 million (2009: £435 million).
The tax charge was higher at £120 million (2009: £40 million) reflecting the increase in profit before tax and prior year tax credits on disposals. The application of tax law and practice is subject to some uncertainty and provisions are held in respect of this. Issues are raised during the course of regular tax audits and discussions with the Internal Revenue Service including on the deductibility of interest in the US on cross-border financing are ongoing. Although the outcome of open items cannot be predicted, no material impact on results is expected from such issues.
Profit attributable to shareholders was £642 million, up from £391 million in 2009, reflecting the higher profit before tax partly offset by the higher tax charge.
Elsevier saw growth in a constrained customer budget environment. Revenues and adjusted operating profits increased by 2% and 4% respectively at constant currencies, with the improvement in adjusted operating margin reflecting increased cost efficiency.
Science & Technology saw 3% revenue growth at constant currencies. ScienceDirect and other journal subscription revenues developed as expected in a difficult academic budget environment. Content quantity, quality and usage continued to grow, reflecting the growth in research activity worldwide. The Scopus abstract and indexing database performed well with a significant increase in subscriptions. New content sets and product features were added and Scopus saw a 30% increase in customer searches. Other specialist databases also grew well as the development of new features and content continued. In reference and education, in a smaller frontlist publishing year, electronic sales grew and print revenue decline stabilised.
In Health Sciences, revenues were flat at constant currencies, or up 1% underlying before taking account of small acquisitions and disposals. Modest growth was seen in medical research journal subscriptions revenues, reflecting the same academic budget pressures seen in Science & Technology. Subscriptions to integrated online solutions and other electronic product sales grew well in nursing and health professional education, clinical reference and in the majority of clinical decision support. Growth was tempered by constrained budgets, pending US healthcare reform and moderating enrolment, as career schools adjust to expected legislation affecting student funding. Pharma promotion and other advertising revenues were lower, with continuing weakness in Europe. Emerging markets grew well due to the continued expansion of local publishing to meet the increasing demand for medical education and clinical reference products.
Underlying cost growth, excluding amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs was 1%, with increased spend on new product development, sales and marketing offset by additional cost savings in offshore production, procurement and the streamlining of operations and support services.
In 2010 and 2009 LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional operated in one LexisNexis business.
LexisNexis returned to revenue growth, driven by growth in the risk business. Subscription revenues in the legal business continued to reflect the lower levels of law firm activity and employment. Adjusted operating margin was lower due to the weaker revenues and increased spending in the legal business on new product development, related infrastructure and sales & marketing.
LexisNexis revenues increased by 1% and adjusted operating profits declined 12% at constant currencies, both before and after small acquisitions and disposals.
The adjusted operating margin declined 3.4% due to the revenue decline in the legal businesses combined with increases in spend on new legal product development, related infrastructure, sales & marketing, and restructuring costs. This was in part mitigated by continuing cost actions, including further outsourcing of production and engineering activities, supply chain management and operational streamlining in the legal businesses and the further integration within risk solutions. Underlying cost growth, excluding amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs was 6%.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions grew revenues 6% at constant currencies, with the insurance segment continuing to grow and the more cyclical markets, most notably employment screening, returning to growth. The insurance solutions business saw revenue growth of 8% driven by high transactional activity in the auto and property insurance markets and increasing sales of data and analytics products. The transactional activity growth reflects increasing levels of insurance quoting as consumers seek better policy terms stimulated by sustained promotion by insurance companies and the growth of internet quoting and policy binding. The more cyclical businesses returned to growth as the US economy recovered. The employment screening business grew 12%, compared to a decline of 22% in the prior year, as major retailers and other employers increased hiring activity. Business services saw growth in the financial services segment with increasing demand for anti-money laundering and fraud prevention products. Demand growth in government markets for identity verification and authentication information and analytics was however held back by longer sales cycles reflecting the uncertainty over government budgets.
The LexisNexis Legal & Professional business saw a revenue decline of 2% at constant currencies reflecting the impact on renewals and print product of the low levels of law firm activity and employment. Corporate, government and academic markets were lower. US revenues declined 2% at constant currencies, or 1% underlying before the net effect of small disposals and acquisitions. This compares to a decline of 6% in the prior year. The decline was largely driven by the continued contraction in corporate, government and academic markets which saw revenues 5% lower in a challenging budgetary environment for customers, impacting in particular sales of the news & business information databases to corporate customers, which were down 13%. US law firm revenues were up 2% or down 2% before last years change in revenue allocation in Martindale-Hubbell. Law firm subscription, print and transactional revenues remained under pressure as contract renewals reflected the lower levels of law firm activity and lawyer employment than was the case when they were last agreed, typically two to three years ago. Aside from this late cycle impact on renewals, 2010 saw legal markets in the US stabilise and growth was seen in new sales. Growth continued in litigation solutions, practice management and other services for law firms. In December 2010, LexisNexis acquired StateNet, a publisher of information on the progress of prospective legislation through the US legislative process. Outside the US, International revenues declined 2% at constant currencies. Online legal solutions saw revenues up 6% as a result of demand for technology enabled content and new workflow tools. Market penetration of these services continues to increase across all geographies. Print sales declined, particularly in the UK as law firms cut back on spending and place increasing reliance on online services. Electronic revenues now account for more than 50% of the International business.
Reed Exhibitions saw revenue growth with the net cycling in of biennial exhibitions and a significantly moderated decline in annual show revenues.
Revenues and adjusted operating profits were up 9% and 4% respectively at constant currencies, or 8% and 4% before acquisitions.
Underlying revenues, excluding the effect of biennial show cycling, declined by 3% compared with a 6% decline in the first half, with stable performance or modest growth in all major markets in the second half as conditions progressively improved. The 2010 shows have seen growing attendances at the majority of annual events and exhibitor numbers up 4% in the top 50 annual shows. In the largest market, Europe, underlying revenues excluding cycling were lower by 4% compared with a 16% decline in the prior year. The US also saw moderated declines with revenues down by 5% compared to 15% in 2009. By contrast, the shows in China, Russia, the Middle East and Brazil grew although some of these are joint ventures and are therefore not included in the revenues. Reed Exhibitions now operates nearly 100 shows in emerging markets with approximately 40 shows in each of Brazil and China.
The decline in adjusted operating margin primarily reflects the revenue decline in annual shows and increased spend, including on the development of websites, analytics and other innovative online tools to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of events for both exhibitors and attendees, partly mitigated through cost savings.
Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information saw growth in data services and online marketing solutions and moderated declines in advertising markets. The portfolio was reshaped through disposals and closures and costs were reduced.
Revenues were down 20% and adjusted operating profits flat at constant currencies. Excluding portfolio changes, underlying revenues were down 2% and adjusted operating profits increased by 4%.
In 2010, Reed Business Information (RBI) was significantly restructured and refocused. The sale and closure of the US controlled circulation magazines and certain other titles were completed, together with the sale of RBI Germany and clusters of magazine titles in the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Asia. The business was redefined by asset groups, and clear and distinct value creation plans were developed for each group.
The major data services businesses, which account for approximately 20% of RBI revenues, were up 4% with growth in ICIS, Bankers Almanac and XpertHR, tempered by weakness in RCD serving the US construction markets. The major online marketing solutions businesses, accounting for approximately 12% of RBI revenues, were up 10%, with a recovery in Totaljobs online recruitment services and continuing growth in the Hotfrog web search business. Business magazines and related services, accounting for approximately 68% of RBI revenues, saw underlying revenues 6% lower driven by print advertising declines which more than offset online growth.
The 2.4% increase in adjusted operating margin reflects the significant restructuring of the business, with the disposal or closure of unprofitable assets and excluding amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs a 3% reduction in costs of the continuing business, with consolidation of operations, procurement savings and tight cost control.
Critical Accounting Policies
The accounting policies of the Reed Elsevier combined businesses under IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and as adopted by the European Union are described in note 2 to the combined financial statements. The most critical accounting policies and estimates used in determining the financial condition and results of the combined businesses, and those requiring the most subjective or complex judgments, relate to the valuation of goodwill and intangible assets, pensions, share based remuneration, litigation, taxation and property provisioning.
The Audit Committees of Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV and Reed Elsevier Group plc have reviewed the development and selection of critical accounting estimates, and the disclosure of critical accounting policies in this annual report.
Effect of Currency Translation
The combined financial statements are expressed in sterling and are therefore subject to the impact of movements in exchange rates on the translation of the financial information of individual businesses whose operational currencies are other than sterling. The principal exposures in relation to the results reported in sterling are to the US dollar and the euro, reflecting Reed Elseviers business exposure to the United States and the Euro Zone, its most important markets outside the United Kingdom.
The currency profile of Reed Elseviers revenue, operating profit and adjusted operating profit for 2011 is set forth below.
Revenue, operating profit and adjusted operating profit in each currency as a percentage of total revenue,
operating profit and adjusted operating profit respectively
Individual businesses within Reed Elsevier Group plc and ERF are subject to foreign exchange transaction exposures caused by the effect of exchange rate movements on their revenue and operating costs, to the extent that such revenue and costs are not denominated in their functional currencies. Individual businesses are required to hedge their exposures at market rates with the centralised treasury department within ERF. Hedging of foreign exchange transaction exposure is the only hedging activity undertaken by the individual businesses. For further details see note 19 to the combined financial statements.
Currency differences decreased Reed Elseviers revenue by £31 million in 2011 compared to 2010. Excluding amortisation of acquired intangible assets, currency differences increased operating profits by £15 million in 2011 compared to 2010. Acquired intangible assets and goodwill are predominantly denominated in US dollars and, after charging amortisation, currency differences increased operating profits by £25 million in 2011 compared to 2010. Borrowings are predominantly denominated in US dollars and, after charging net finance costs, currency differences increased profit before tax by £29 million in 2011 compared to 2010.
To help protect Reed Elsevier PLCs and Reed Elsevier NVs shareholders equity from the effect of currency movements, Reed Elsevier will, as deemed appropriate, hedge foreign exchange translation exposures by borrowing in those currencies where significant translation exposure exists or sell forward surplus cash flow in anticipation of dividend or capital repatriation. Hedging of foreign exchange translation exposure is undertaken only by the regional centralised treasury departments and under policies agreed by the Boards of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Borrowing in the functional currency of individual businesses provides a structural hedge for the assets in those markets and for the income realised from those assets.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements are set out in note 2 to the combined financial statements.
Reed Elseviers cash generated from operations in 2011 amounted to £1,735 million (2010: £1,649 million; 2009: £1,604 million). Included in these net cash inflows are cash outflows of £90 million (2010: £150 million; 2009: £169 million) relating to exceptional restructuring and acquisition related costs. Reed Elsevier generates significant cash inflows as its principal businesses do not generally require major fixed or working capital investments. A substantial proportion of revenue is received through subscription and similar advanced receipts, principally for scientific and medical journals and exhibition fees. At December 31, 2011 subscriptions and other revenues in advance totalled £1,412 million (2010: £1,308 million; 2009: £1,220 million).
Reed Elseviers cash outflow on the purchase of property, plant and equipment in 2011 was £85 million (2010: £83 million; 2009: £78 million), while proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment amounted to £7 million (2010: £7 million; 2009: £4 million). The cash outflow on internally developed intangible assets in 2011 was £265 million (2010: £228 million; 2009: £164 million), reflecting increased investment in new products and infrastructure, particularly in the LexisNexis Legal & Professional business.
During 2011, Reed Elsevier paid a total of £529 million (2010: £50 million; 2009: £94 million) for acquisitions, including the buy out of non controlling interests and deferred consideration payable on past acquisitions, after taking account of net cash acquired of £24 million (2010: nil; 2009: £3 million). Net proceeds from the sale of equity investments and businesses were £80 million (2010: £6 million proceeds; 2009: £2 million costs). During 2011, Reed Elsevier paid tax of £218 million (2010: £9 million; 2009: £120 million).
During 2011, Reed Elsevier paid ordinary dividends totalling £497 million to the shareholders of the parent companies (2010: £483 million; 2009: £457 million). No share repurchases were made by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV in 2011 (2010: nil; 2009: nil) and no payments (2010: nil; 2009: nil) were made by the Reed Elsevier Group plc Employee Benefit Trust to purchase Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV shares to meet commitments under the Reed Elsevier share option and conditional share schemes. Dividend payments and share repurchases are funded by the operating cash flow of the business after capital spend. Proceeds, net of expenses, from share placings by the parent companies in July 2009 were £829 million.
Net borrowings, a key indebtedness measure used in assessing Reed Elseviers financial position, at December 31, 2011 were £3,433 million (2010: £3,455 million; 2009: £3,931 million), comprising gross borrowings of £4,282 million, less £123 million of related derivative financial instrument assets and cash and cash equivalents of £726 million. Excluding currency effects, net borrowings increased by £2 million with acquisitions funded from free cash flow and disposals.
The directors of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV, having made appropriate enquiries, consider that adequate resources exist for the combined businesses to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.
The contractual obligations of Reed Elsevier relating to debt finance and operating leases at December 31, 2011 analysed by when payments are due, are summarised below.
Information on retirement benefit obligations is set out in note 7 to the combined financial statements.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
At December 31, 2011 Reed Elsevier had outstanding guarantees in respect of property leases. The maximum amount guaranteed as at December 31, 2011 is £15 million for certain property leases up to 2024. These guarantees, which would crystallise in the event that existing lessees default on payment of their lease commitments, are unrelated to the ongoing business.
Save as disclosed above and under contractual obligations, Reed Elsevier has no off-balance sheet arrangements that currently have or are reasonably likely to have a material effect on the combined businesses financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditure or capital resources.
The Boards of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV have requested that Reed Elsevier Group plc and Elsevier Reed Finance BV have due regard to the best interests of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV shareholders in the formulation of treasury policies. Financial instruments are used to finance the Reed Elsevier businesses and to hedge transactions. Reed Elseviers businesses do not enter into speculative transactions. The main treasury risks faced by Reed Elsevier are liquidity risk, interest rate risk, foreign currency risk and credit risk. The Boards of the parent companies agree overall policy guidelines for managing each of these risks and the Boards of Reed Elsevier Group plc and Elsevier Finance SA agree policies (in line with parent company guidelines) for their respective business and treasury centres. These policies are summarised below.
Interest Rate Exposure Management
Reed Elseviers interest rate exposure management policy is aimed at reducing the exposure of the combined businesses to changes in interest rates. The proportion of interest expense that is fixed on net debt is determined by reference to the level of net interest cover. Reed Elsevier uses fixed rate term debt, interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements and interest rate options to manage the exposure. Interest rate derivatives are used only to hedge an underlying risk and no net market positions are held.
After taking into account interest rate and currency derivatives, at December 31, 2011 interest expense was fixed on an average of £2.4 billion of forecast debt for the next 12 months. This fixed rate debt reduces to £2.0 billion by the end of 2013 and reduces further thereafter with all but £0.4 billion of fixed rate term debt (not swapped to floating rate) having matured by the end of 2019.
At December 31, 2011, fixed rate term debt (not swapped to floating rate) amounted to £2.4 billion (2010: £2.5 billion) and had a weighted average life remaining of 5.7 years (2010: 6.4 years) and a weighted average interest rate of 6.5% (2010: 6.4%). Interest rate derivatives in place at December 31, 2011, which fix the interest cost on an additional £0.6 billion (2010: £0.6 billion) of variable rate debt, have a weighted average maturity of 0.8 years (2010: 1.1 years) and a weighted average interest rate of 3.2% (2010: 4.2%).
Foreign Currency Exposure Management
Translation exposures arise on the earnings and net assets of business operations in countries other than those of each parent company. These exposures are hedged, to a significant extent, by a policy of denominating borrowings in currencies where significant translation exposures exist, most notably US dollars.
Currency exposures on transactions denominated in a foreign currency are required to be hedged using forward contracts. In addition, recurring transactions and future investment exposures may be hedged, in advance of becoming contractual. The precise policy differs according to the specific circumstances of the individual businesses. Highly predictable future cash flows may be covered for transactions expected to occur during the next 24 months (50 months for Elsevier science and medical subscription businesses) within limits defined according to the period before the transaction is expected to become contractual. Cover takes the form of foreign exchange forward contracts.
As at December 31, 2011, the amount of outstanding foreign exchange cover against future transactions was £1.3 billion (2010: £1.1 billion).
Reed Elsevier has a credit exposure for the full principal amount of cash and cash equivalents held with individual counterparties. In addition, it has a credit risk from the potential non performance by counterparties to financial instruments; this credit risk normally being restricted to the amounts of any hedge gain and not the full principal amount being hedged. Credit risks are controlled by monitoring the credit quality of counterparties, principally licensed commercial banks and investment banks with strong long term credit ratings, and the amounts outstanding with each of them.
Reed Elsevier has treasury policies in place which do not allow concentrations of risk with individual counterparties and do not allow significant treasury exposures with counterparties which are rated lower than A/A2 by Standard & Poors, Moodys or Fitch. At December 31, 2011, cash and cash equivalents totalled £726 million, of which 98% was held with banks rated A/A2 or better. Further information on credit risk is set out on page F-42.
Capital and Liquidity Management
The capital structure is managed to support Reed Elseviers objective of maximising long term shareholder value through appropriate security of funding, ready access to debt and capital markets, cost effective borrowing and flexibility to fund business and acquisition opportunities whilst maintaining appropriate leverage to optimise the cost of capital.
Over the long term Reed Elsevier targets cash flow conversion (the proportion of adjusted operating profits converted into cash) and credit metrics that are consistent with a solid investment grade credit rating. Levels of net debt should not exceed those consistent with such a rating other than for relatively short periods of time, for instance following an acquisition. The principal metrics utilised are free cash flow (after interest, tax and dividends) to net debt, net debt to adjusted ebitda (adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation) and adjusted ebitda to net interest. These metrics are monitored and reported to senior management and board representatives on a quarterly basis. Adjusted ebitda is derived from net profit as follows:
Cash flow conversion of 90% or higher is consistent with the rating target. The cash flow conversion in 2011 was 93% and as at December 31, 2011 net debt to adjusted ebitda was 2.3x (2010: 2.5x) on a pensions and lease adjusted basis.
Reed Elseviers use of cash over the longer term reflects these objectives through a progressive dividend policy, selective acquisitions and, from time to time when conditions suggest, share repurchases whilst retaining the balance sheet strength to maintain access to the most cost effective sources of borrowing and to support Reed Elseviers strategic ambition in evolving publishing and information markets.
The balance of long term debt, short term debt and committed bank facilities is managed to provide security of funding, taking into account the cash generation of the business and the uncertain size and timing of acquisition spend. Reed Elsevier maintains a range of borrowing facilities and debt programmes from a variety of sources to fund its requirements at short notice and at competitive rates. The significance of Reed Elsevier Group plcs US operations means that the majority of debt is denominated in US dollars. Policy requires that no more than US$1.5 billion of term debt issues should mature in any 12 month period and no more than US$3.0 billion in any 36 month period. In addition, minimum levels of borrowings with maturities over three and five years are specified, depending on the level of net debt and free cash flow. From time to time, Reed Elsevier may redeem term debt early or repurchase outstanding debt in the open market depending on market conditions.
There were no changes to Reed Elseviers long term approach to capital management during the year.
Short Term Borrowings
The main treasury centres within Reed Elsevier operate commercial paper programmes to provide flexibility for funding operational requirements of the combined businesses on a daily basis, at short notice and at competitive rates. Commercial paper is issued under both US and Euro programmes and guaranteed by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. In addition, short term borrowing facilities are established with local banks to support the daily requirements of businesses operating in certain countries where there may be restrictions on borrowing from affiliates or from lenders in a foreign jurisdiction. Other loans comprise term loans with an original maturity of greater than one year and which mature within
12 months of the reporting date. These short term borrowings were backed up at December 31, 2011 by a $2,000 million committed bank facility maturing in June 2014 which was undrawn. The short term borrowing programmes are run in conjunction with term debt programmes which comprise the majority of Reed Elseviers debt and provide the combined businesses with security of funding.
The average amount and the average interest rate during the year have been calculated by taking the average of the amounts outstanding at each month end (translated to sterling at the respective month end rate) and the average of the interest rate applicable at each month end. Commercial paper issuance reached a maximum level of £659 million in July 2011 as a result of trading flows and other loans reached a maximum of £493 million in June 2011 as the maturity of the $450 million term debt issue expiring in June 2012 fell below 12 months.