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THOMSON REUTERS PLC /ADR/ 6-K 2009
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Exhibit 99.1
 

INTELLIGENT
INFORMATION
 
 
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

 
 

 
 
         
         
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1      Letter to Shareholders
4      Financial Overview
6      Intelligent Information
18    Investment Profile and Financial Priorities
19    Integration and Savings Programs
20    Our People
22    Senior Management
24    Board of Directors
26    Corporate Responsibility
28    Summary Financial Information
33    Revenue Profile
34    Division Performance
36    Corporate Information
 
Information in this annual review is provided as of March 20, 2009, unless otherwise indicated.
 
This document includes summary financial information and should not be considered a substitute for our full financial statements, including footnotes, management/auditors’ reports, and related management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A). You can access our 2008 audited financial statements, MD&A and other annual disclosures in the Investor Relations section of our website, www.thomsonreuters.com, as well as in our filings with securities regulatory authorities.
 
We believe that pro forma financial information provides more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of our 2008 performance because Reuters results prior to the April 17, 2008 acquisition closing date are not included in our Canadian GAAP results. Our pro forma results have been prepared as if the acquisition had closed on January 1, 2007. Pro forma financial information is for informational purposes only and is unaudited. For more information regarding how we prepare pro forma financial information, please see our MD&A.
 
We also use certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as revenue and operating profit from ongoing businesses, free cash flow and underlying free cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable Canadian GAAP measures in our MD&A. We use these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental indicators of our operating performance and financial position. These measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by Canadian GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies, and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with Canadian GAAP.
 

 
 

 
 
TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS
 
 
If one set out to design the ideal information company for the 21st century from scratch, we think it would look like Thomson Reuters. Must-have content and software delivered electronically by a trusted source to demanding professionals around the world. With offices in 300 cities, operations in 140 countries and customers in every commercial center, Thomson Reuters is in tune with a world which is professionalizing. United by a powerful and consistent business model, our businesses have the ability to achieve long-term sustainable growth at attractive margins while generating large, dependable free cash flows to reinvest for growth and provide returns to shareholders.

ONE COMPANY

In April 2008, The Thomson Corporation acquired Reuters Group PLC and created the largest professional information company in the world. The fit and complementarity between the two businesses, cultures and staffs were tailor-made, and we were able to start leveraging our scale almost immediately – for example, by incorporating Reuters News into products from our Legal and Science units. What was new was the Thomson Reuters brand, which was soon ranked 44th among BusinessWeek’s 100 Best Global Brands.

Although some may think of Thomson Reuters as a new company, our move to the leading position in the industry lies on an arc of strategic intent that has been decades in the making...the result of foresight, diligent acquisition and expansion, careful growth and a patient capital strategy.

Thomson’s acquisition of Reuters, like the acquisition of West a dozen years earlier, was an important step along a strategic continuum. It combined Thomson’s leading positions in legal, finance, tax, accounting, healthcare and science in North America with Reuters strength in financial services and media in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to produce a company that is strong and balanced, both by geography and market.
 
 
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Thomson Reuters global footprint is a critical element of our growth strategy. It helps us appeal to and meet the needs of an increasingly global class of customers, and positions us to tap into the higher growth rates available in emerging and professionalizing markets. To each market we bring in-depth understanding of our customers’ needs, agile technology platforms, proprietary content and scale.

Our customers are professionals in key sectors of the global economy. We supply them with the intelligent information they need to succeed in fields that are vital to developed and emerging economies alike.

Our customers rely on our information because we hold it to the same standards of accuracy, objectivity and independence that have long been exemplified by Reuters News coverage. These standards are codified in the Reuters Trust Principles, which we have adopted across the company.

The intelligent information we provide to these professionals is “must have,” not discretionary. It is central to their ability to do their jobs, and a source of competitive advantage. Intelligent information is a synthesis of highly relevant content and software which derives its competitive value from human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology. It helps our clients add value to their own enterprises by enabling them to make better decisions faster. It is knowledge to act.

We serve a wide variety of customers with a single, tested business model. It is the same business model in our Markets division as in our Professional division, and the same in Asia as in North America. Its power comes from its basis in the sale of electronic content and services to professionals, primarily on a subscription basis. Over the years it has proven to be capital-efficient and cash-flow generative, and it has enabled us to maintain leading and scalable positions in our chosen markets.

While our business model is unified, our portfolio is diverse. Even in a recession as deep and widespread as the one we are experiencing today, there are parts of our business, such as Healthcare and Tax & Accounting, which can continue to grow at attractive rates while we invest for an eventual recovery in financial services. Similarly, our Asian businesses continued to grow in the second half of 2008 as markets in the U.S. and U.K. began to falter.

Woodbridge, as our principal shareholder, provides Thomson Reuters with another, very real competitive advantage. The investment company of the Thomson family for many years, Woodbridge is committed to building sustainable value for all shareholders. With billions of dollars invested in Thomson Reuters, it is highly focused on core issues such as strategic direction, capital strategy, performance metrics and governance, and it brings to these issues a stable, long-term view that is completely aligned with the type of shareholder Thomson Reuters seeks to attract and retain.

STRONG PERFORMANCE

We were very pleased with the performance of Thomson Reuters in 2008. Despite the most challenging economic environment in decades, the company grew revenues 8% – at the top of the 6–8% growth range that we had forecast in calmer markets when we completed the Reuters acquisition. Both divisions contributed strongly to this growth, with the Professional division growing revenues 8% and the Markets division up 7%. Our 2008 revenues reflected global balance as well, with 58% coming from the Americas; 32% from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and 10% from Asia.

Good flow-through from topline growth, enhanced by integrationrelated savings, led to a 19% increase in underlying operating profit for the year. And the strength of our business model was certainly in evidence as we delivered $2.3 billion in underlying free cash flow. 
 
 
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We made excellent progress on integrating Reuters and Thomson Financial as our new Markets division, improving service to our customers and continuing positive net sales. In executing our integration plan we also found new opportunities for savings, raising our target from $750 million to $1 billion in annualized cost savings by the end of 2011. 

We have now begun the second phase of the acquisition integration: retiring legacy products and systems to simplify the business and help make it more agile, responsive and profitable. This year we are starting to roll out new strategic products, consolidate data centers and capture revenue synergies. We continuously review and adjust our organizational structure to better leverage resources and align our operations with global opportunities. At the beginning of the year we combined our five former operating units in the Professional division into three global businesses: Legal, Tax & Accounting, and Healthcare and Science. We also created a new unit within Legal to pursue an attractive global opportunity in information and services for professionals who create, manage and transact in all forms of intellectual property. 

While we anticipate that market conditions will remain very challenging in 2009, we are confident that our strong balance sheet, proven business model and well balanced portfolio will continue to perform through the current economic cycle. 

WITH GRATITUDE 

A year like the one we experienced in 2008 – our first as Thomson Reuters – requires the grit and grace of many. We owe gratitude to our more than 50,000 employees around the world, from our innovative product development teams to our energetic sales force to the courageous journalists who bring the great stories of our time to Thomson Reuters customers. Many of our employees have been working two jobs – their own and the task of becoming one company in one year. That they have succeeded is a testament to their extraordinary commitment and ability. 

We are also indebted to our customers, for their loyalty to our products and their patience with our progress, for being both the reason for our performance and the standard to which we must continuously rise. 

When the acquisition closed last April, six directors from Reuters joined our board. We are grateful both to those members of the Thomson and Reuters boards who took the opportunity of a mission accomplished to retire and to the current members of our board for their guidance and vigilance through this extraordinary period. 

In closing, we would like to invite all our stakeholders to visit www.thomsonreuters.com and view the online version of this document. 

Sincerely,

  /s/ DAVID THOMSON    /s/ TOM GLOCER>  
         
 
 
 
 
DAVID THOMSON 
Chairman of the Board
 
TOM GLOCER
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
 
 
Thomson Reuters Pro Forma Results
 
Thomson Reuters Canadian GAAP Results
     
 


Millions of U.S. dollars except per share amounts.
For additional financial information, please see pages 28–35.
 
 
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Cash Flow from Operations
 
Earnings Per Share (EPS)
from Continuing Operations
 
Dividends Per Share
         
   
 
 
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WHAT MAKES INFORMATION INTELLIGENT?
 
 


 
Across the world 15 petabytes of new data are created every day: case law reports, medical records, patent applications, regulatory information, news, video, audio and other unstructured data from myriad sources. That’s eight times more information than is contained in all the libraries in the United States. Routine information technology problems like inventory management and systems automation are giving way to multi-dimensional problems of analysis like genomic pharmaceutical research or deciphering global trade patterns from foreign exchange flows. 
 
The acceleration of technological change and the constant proliferation of new types of data create a growing need for information systems that not only help us to find and sort information, but also help us to make precise and urgent judgments about its meaning and relevance.
 
At Thomson Reuters we already provide vital decision-support data, vetted by experts, delivered online and accompanied by analytical tools and other software. But now we are making that information increasingly intelligent: self-describing, self-organizing and capable of both action and interaction. We are building digital platforms that enable global collaboration, real-time data exchange, dynamic modeling of user behavior and context-aware applications. 
 
Intelligent information is self-aware: it understands what it is about, whom it is for, where it came from and what it’s meant to do. It knows how to communicate these things about itself to others, whether those others are human beings or other intelligent agents. 
 
Intelligent information isn’t science fiction. For the businesses and professions we serve, it‘s a necessity. We bring together human expertise, rich data and the technologies of the semantic web to deliver information you can trust. Intelligent information from Thomson Reuters – it provides the knowledge to act. 
 
 
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WHO KEEPS WATCH OVER A MARKET THAT NEVER SLEEPS?
 
 
Commerce relies on currencies in motion. Foreign exchange (FX) is the 24-hour global marketplace that moves dollars and dinars, pounds and pesos, rupees and rials across time and borders.
 
With over US$3 trillion trading on peak days, FX is now the world’s most-traded and fastest growing asset class, attracting new players all the time. After 25 years of innovation, Thomson Reuters is at the very heart of the FX markets, bringing together more than 100,000 professionals in 128 countries.
 
We are a trusted connection – creating transparency, providing solutions and insight, enabling decisions, and putting intelligent information to work.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WHO NAVIGATES THE LABYRINTH OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
 
 
Ideas are powerful but need protection. Innovation is not only about the race against time and competition. It is also about originality and clear ownership of the results of the significant investment enterprises make in developing intellectual property (IP).
 
As the world’s leading provider of patent and trademark information, we provide rich and deep research and management capabilities, as well as relevant legal and regulatory information to develop and extract value from IP assets. A database of trademark registrations in more than 200 countries. Over 72 million unique patent documents and nearly 60 million unique inventions across all sources. Increasing depth and breadth covering the explosive growth of IP activity in Asia. Thomson Innovation enables users to simultaneously search global patents, scientific literature, and business and news content through an award-winning, integrated, robust platform used across the IP lifecycle.
 
Intelligent information provides the knowledge to act, driving innovation and value creation for our IP customers by providing the tools to develop their ideas, protect their assets – and to profit commercially from their work.
 
 
 
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WHO TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND GLOBAL BUSINESS?
 
The Islamic Finance Initiative (IFI) has considerable potential for Thomson Reuters, bringing culture and commerce into coherence for clients around the world who work within one of the three most prevalent legal systems of the world, alongside common law and civil law.
 
Bringing together assets from our Markets division and Legal businesses to facilitate Sharia-compliant commercial activity, contracts and transactions, the IFI will operate in the international hubs of Islamic finance: Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London, and other centers around the world.
 
From project finance to high-value negotiations, transactions of unusual complexity require the proper balancing of up-to-date regulatory information with nuanced Sharia interpretation.
 
Intelligent information is both global and local. It understands that business and professionals act within legal frameworks, both ancient and modern, but without borders. That the human dimension of commerce is always part of a cultural tradition.
 
 
 
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WHO REPORTS THE LOCAL NEWS TO THE GLOBAL VILLAGE?
 
 
More than 2,500 Reuters journalists report from 197 bureaus across the globe. They deliver fast, accurate, objective and insightful coverage of important international and domestic news in multiple languages to more than a billion people every day.
 
Business, politics, sports. Health, science, conflict. Disaster, religion, technology. If it’s happening, Reuters is covering it in online, print and broadcast formats, through award-winning text, graphics, photographs and video.
 
On the ground, in the know, experienced and expert reportage on the events of the day. Every day. Real-time and 24/7, knowledge that informs the world.
 
 
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WHO? THOMSON REUTERS. RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.
 
Information is global. Ubiquitous. While it may begin with data, it no longer ends there. We have an unmatched capability to gather it. Verify it. Transform it. And deliver it.
 
Who are we?
 
A company with more than 50,000 employees in over 90 countries, serving an equally global community of professional decision makers in law, finance, tax, accounting, science, healthcare and media.
 
We provide the information they need to succeed in fields that are vital to developed and emerging economies alike. Information that is accurate, objective and independent. That is central to their ability to do their jobs, and a source of competitive advantage.
 
Information that is a synthesis of highly relevant content and software; that derives its singular value from human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology; and that enables our customers to make better decisions faster.
 
Information that is the knowledge to act.
 
Who are we? Thomson Reuters: the leading provider of intelligent information.
 
 
 
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INVESTMENT PROFILE AND FINANCIAL PRIORITIES
 
 
INVESTMENT PROFILE

 
Industry Leadership
 
Operational Leadership
 
Financial Leadership
         
#1 or #2 in chosen sectors

Strong brands

Deep and broad industry knowledge and expertise in each segment

Must-have tailored products and services targeted to professionals

Global presence
 
Multiple revenue streams from geographic areas and a wide range of customers provide balance and diversity

Business model and technology platform built for a global marketplace

Electronic, software and services were 90% of pro forma revenues in 2008
 
High renewal rates – 86% of our pro forma 2008 revenues were recurring

Strong focus on free cash flow generation

History of annual dividend increases

Prudent use of share repurchases

Robust balance sheet
         
Our ability to continually reframe our markets allows us to develop tailored solutions that meet our customers’ daily needs and increase their productivity.
 
Through targeted investment, we have built a company with strong technology and operating platforms that serve the global marketplace. The diverse revenue streams from our portfolio of businesses have provided stability and growth.
 
Our business, which generates strong free cash flow, and our prudent approach to capital management position us well for both short and long term, enabling us to invest in growth and deliver attractive returns to our shareholders.
         

 
FINANCIAL PRIORITIES

No. 1
Invest to drive long-term growth and returns
 
No. 2
Focus on free cash flow
 
No. 3
Support business objectives with a robust capital strategy
         
Capital expenditure management process
Acquisition process and metrics
Portfolio optimization process
Drives shareholder value through:
 
Ÿ  Deploying capital toward most attractive opportunities
 
Ÿ  Linking capital allocation decisions to operating performance
 
Ÿ Exiting underperforming and/or non-strategic businesses
 
Disciplined capital spending
Working capital management
Performance improvement included in management incentives
Drives shareholder value through:
 
Ÿ  Attractive and growing return of capital to shareholders (dividends and stock buybacks) balanced with re-investment in the business (capital expenditures and acquisitions)
 
Ÿ  Alignment of management and shareholder incentives
 
Target net debt/EBITDA ratio of 2.0x
Access to capital markets
Focus on balancing investments and returns
Drives shareholder value through:
 
Ÿ Optimal financial flexibility to support business/strategic objectives
 
Ÿ Ability to stretch if/when required for the right opportunities
         
         
 
 
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INTEGRATION AND SAVINGS PROGRAMS
 
 
As we progressed with the execution of our integration plan for the acquired Reuters businesses, we identified significant additional opportunities for cost savings. We now expect $1 billion in annualized cost savings from integration programs by the end of 2011, up from $750 million of savings projected in May 2008. This raises the overall savings target (including legacy efficiency programs) to $1.4 billion.

Across all integration and legacy efficiency programs, we achieved combined run-rate savings of $750 million as of December 31, 2008. The 2008 pro forma cost required to achieve these savings through December 31 was approximately $362 million.

While cost savings were generated by a variety of functions across our entire organization, the following six areas currently contribute the majority of expected savings:

Ÿ
product development
Ÿ
sales and support
Ÿ
technology
Ÿ
corporate functions
Ÿ
content
Ÿ
real estate
 
We are now beginning the second phase of the acquisition integration, which includes retiring legacy products and systems to simplify the business and help make it more agile, responsive and profitable. In 2009, we will roll out new strategic products, consolidate data centers and capture revenue synergies.
 


 
 
* Estimated
 
 
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OUR PEOPLE
 
 
A key strategic goal of the Reuters integration was to create one company in one year. This means one team, one combined management structure, one mission, one set of values and one way of doing business across our organization. The adaptability, flexibility and focus demonstrated by our staff to meet this goal have allowed the company to perform strongly through this period.

As a knowledge business, our professional workforce is a major strategic asset. We have a highly talented and diverse employee base, with more than 110 nationalities represented in more than 90 countries. We have a unique perspective across multiple customer segments and geographic areas, reflecting the different markets, cultures and countries in which we operate. This also allows us to apply a range of different approaches to best meet our customers’ needs.

In 2008, we focused on maintaining a high degree of employee commitment and ensuring that our employees were energized about our purpose and strategy. Results of the first joint Thomson Reuters employee survey were very positive, despite the major changes resulting from the integration and the external backdrop of extraordinary economic turmoil. Employee engagement has improved significantly (see graphic below). Additionally, the survey results show powerful assets for the company, including a very high degree of discretionary effort by employees and a high level of passion among our staff for the work that they do. We will continue to benchmark these results against a high-performing company norm. 

Improved Level of Engagement

During periods of major change, companies often see engagement scores dip, but the level of engagement across
our employee base increased by 5% compared to 2007. 


Employee Engagement1

 
More Global Workforce

A substantially changed geographic footprint means that Thomson Reuters now has a significantly more international presence, with nearly half of the workforce outside the Americas. 2008 also saw our workforce balance tip toward Asia – we now have more people in Asia than in Europe. 
 
 
Employees by Region
Americas                             53%
Asia                                     24%
Europe, Middle East
and Africa                       23%
 
 

 
1
Employee engagement is measured through a survey of all Thomson Reuters employees, which is conducted by Towers Perrin/ISR using its Engagement Index.
 
 
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SENIOR MANAGEMENT


Tom Glocer
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
Robert D. Daleo
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         
 
         
         
Stephen G. Dando
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
 
Deirdre Stanley
 
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
         
 

 
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James C. Smith
 
Chief Executive Officer, Professional Division
 
Devin N. Wenig
 
Chief Executive Officer, Markets Division
         
 
         
         
Gus Carlson
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing &
Communications Officer
 
James Powell
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
         
 
James Powell> is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Thomson Reuters, a position that he has held since July 2008. Previously, he was CTO of Thomson Reuters Markets division. In his 15 years with Reuters, Mr. Powell held a number of senior leadership positions including CTO of its Enterprise division and Global Head of Product Development. 
     
     
   
Information regarding the compensation of our senior executive officers is provided in our 2009 management information circular, which has been prepared in connection with our upcoming annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 13, 2009. 
 
 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


David Thomson
 
Chairman, Thomson Reuters
 
Chairman, The Woodbridge
Company Limited
 
W. Geoffrey Beattie
 
Deputy Chairman, Thomson Reuters
 
President, The Woodbridge Company Limited
 
Member of Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committees
         
         
Manvinder S. Banga
 
President, Foods, Home & Personal Care, Unilever
 
Member of Human Resources Committee
 
Mary Cirillo
 
Corporate Director
 
Member of Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committees
         
         
Roger L. Martin
 
Dean, Joseph L. Rotman
School of Management,
University of Toronto
 
Member of Audit Committee
 
Sir Deryck Maughan
 
Partner, Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts & Co.
 
Member of Corporate Governance Committee
         
         
John M. Thompson
 
Chairman of the Board,
The Toronto-Dominion Bank
 
Member of Audit and Corporate
Governance Committees
 
Peter J. Thomson
 
Chairman, The Woodbridge
Company Limited

 
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Niall FitzGerald, KBE
 
Deputy Chairman,
Thomson Reuters
 
Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee and Member of Human Resources Committee
 
Tom Glocer
 
Chief Executive Officer,
Thomson Reuters
         
         
Steven A. Denning
 
Chairman,
General Atlantic LLC
 
Chairman of Human Resources Committee
 
Lawton Fitt
 
Corporate Director
 
Member of Audit Committee
         
         
Ken Olisa
 
Founder & Chairman,
Restoration Partners Limited
 
Member of Audit Committee
 
Vance K. Opperman
 
President & Chief Executive
Officer, Key Investment, Inc.
 
Chairman of Audit Committee
         
         
John A.Tory
 
Director, The Woodbridge
Company Limited
 
Member of Human Resources Committee
 
Additional information regarding the members of our board of directors, including their biographies and ownership of securities of our company as well as our corporate governance and compensation practices, is provided in our 2009 management information circular, which has been prepared in connection with our upcoming annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 13, 2009. 
 
 
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CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY


At Thomson Reuters, Corporate Responsibility (CR) is an integral part of the way we do business. As we integrate the Reuters businesses, we draw upon the heritage of both The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group PLC to define our CR efforts.

Our executive committee approved our CR policy in 2008, establishing how we will manage our relationships with stakeholders in four areas: our workplace (employees), the community (the places and societies in which we operate), the marketplace (customers, suppliers and investors) and the environment. By articulating focus areas, we are able to define our response to global standards and charters in ways that are meaningful and relevant to our business.

Our immediate CR priorities are diversity, community impact, responsible sourcing and the environment. Additionally, in 2008 we launched our new Code of Business Conduct and Ethics to all staff.

During 2009, we will launch our implementation plans for these priorities, including measurement, reporting and governance. Against each commitment, we will assign a business owner and a performance target in order to meet legislative requirements, specific quantitative goals or our own CR ambitions. Our targets will be reviewed at least annually.

Our CR program is embedded in the way we do business, and thus we do not produce a stand-alone report. The following discussion highlights two of our priority areas.

Community Impact

We are committed to using our specialized knowledge, information, technology and other resources to develop great programs to help individuals, families and communities reach their full potential. These programs will be delivered through our more than 50,000 employees and by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, our U.K. and U.S. registered charity.

In 2008, our executive committee approved a community support policy, which sets out key programs that include volunteering and matched funding, as well as our approach to causes that we do and do not support. We also introduced the Thomson Reuters Community Champions Award program across the organization, through which 50 grants totaling $150,000 were awarded to staff-nominated not-for-profit organizations. A global volunteering policy for employees will be implemented as a way of supporting the communities in which we work, allowing each of our employees to spend a minimum of one paid day each year volunteering time to a local charity or community initiative. The Markets division and Legal employees, for example, each contributed approximately 1,800 volunteer days in 2008 to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions in their communities.

Also in 2008, Thomson Reuters gave $1.7 million in general funding to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and an additional $200,000 to the Foundation’s AIDFund program to support local relief efforts in the wake of the Myanmar cyclone and the earthquake in southwest China. 
 
 
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Environment

Consistent with our business model, our strategy is to move paper information to digital, which saves trees in printing and fossil fuel in shipping, and to run central data centers as efficiently as possible using the latest technologies. We have installed videoconference units in our largest locations to reduce travel. We use 100% recycled paper for our annual review and are offering our shareholders the option to receive information online.

However, our data centers, properties and staff have environmental impacts. In 2009, we will create a new data-gathering system to provide a more comprehensive understanding of our global resource consumption baseline, concentrating on relevant indicators such as energy, water, waste and paper consumption. This system will help us to track the progress of resource-saving initiatives as well as to prepare for the U.K. Carbon Reduction Commitment.

One additional way we address global environmental challenges is through the information we provide to customers and the public. Through Reuters Media we provide news on these topics, and encourage debate and increased awareness via dedicated environment-focused blogs and video channels.

Our Eagan, Minn., campus has been a member of Minnesota Waste Wise since the early 1990s, collaborating with other member companies on ways to reduce waste, conserve energy and adopt sustainable practices that save money and protect the environment. Additionally, the Eagan team applied for and won the Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award in 2008, the third time we have been so recognized.

More than 11,200 tons of waste were recycled internally at the Eagan campus last year. We estimate that approximately 50% of all paper used in our manufacturing has recycled content, and all paper suppliers used by this location are Forest Stewardship Council certified. 

The Trust Principles

Thomson Reuters is dedicated to upholding the Reuters Trust Principles and to preserving our independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news.

THE REUTERS TRUST PRINCIPLES ARE:

That Thomson Reuters shall at no time pass into the hands of any one interest, group or faction;

 That the integrity, independence and freedom from bias of Thomson Reuters shall at all times be fully preserved;

That Thomson Reuters shall supply unbiased and reliable news services to newspapers, news agencies, broadcasters and other media subscribers and to businesses, governments, institutions, individuals and others with whom Thomson Reuters has or may have contracts;

 That Thomson Reuters shall pay due regard to the many interests which it serves in addition to those of the media; and

That no effort shall be spared to expand, develop and adapt the news and other services and products of Thomson Reuters so as to maintain its leading position in the international news and information business.

 
The Reuters Founders Share Company (RFSC) exists to safeguard the Reuters Trust Principles. The directors of the RFSC have a duty to ensure, insofar as they are able to do, that the Reuters Trust Principles are complied with.
 
 
THOMSON REUTERS
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008
 
 
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PRO FORMA DIVISION AND BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
 
 
   
Year ended December 31
             
(millions of U.S. dollars, unaudited)
 
2008
   
2007
   
Change
   
Organic
 
Pro forma revenues
                       
Legal
  $ 3,531     $ 3,318       6 %     6 %
Tax & Accounting
    861       705       22 %     10 %
Scientific
    604       565       7 %     4 %
Healthcare
    468       452       4 %     4 %
Professional division
    5,464       5,040       8 %     6 %
Sales & Trading
    3,828       3,640       5 %     4 %
Investment & Advisory
    2,371       2,207       7 %     7 %
Enterprise
    1,295       1,139       14 %     13 %
Media
    450       432       4 %     0 %
Markets division
    7,944       7,418       7 %     6 %
Intercompany eliminations
    (9 )     (16 )                
Pro forma revenues – ongoing businesses1
    13,399       12,442       8 %     6 %
Purchase accounting difference
          (86 )                
Disposals2
    42       86                  
Pro forma revenues
  $ 13,441     $ 12,442       8 %        
Pro forma operating profit
                               
Legal
  $ 1,135     $ 1,044       9 %        
Tax & Accounting
    219       184       19 %        
Scientific
    171       164       4 %        
Healthcare
    85       85       0 %        
Professional division
    1,610       1,477       9 %        
Markets division
    1,406       1,117       26 %        
Corporate and Other
    (502 )     (424 )                
Amortization
    (511 )     (524 )                
Pro forma operating profit – ongoing businesses1
    2,003       1,646       22 %        
Purchase accounting difference1
          (86 )                
Disposals2
    5       11                  
Impairment of assets held for sale
    (72 )                      
Pro forma operating profit
  $ 1,936     $ 1,571       23 %        
 
1
Pro forma revenues from ongoing businesses and pro forma operating profit from ongoing businesses exclude the results of disposals (see note 2 below). These revenues exclude the initial one-time purchase accounting adjustment related to acquired revenue. Pro forma operating profit has been restated to reflect purchase accounting adjustments based on the final valuation of net assets acquired.
 
2
Disposals include the results of businesses sold or held for sale that do not qualify as discontinued operations.
 
 
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ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

 
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RECONCILIATIONS
 
 
   
Year ended December 31
       
(millions of U.S. dollars, unaudited)
 
2008
   
2007
   
Change
 
Pro forma operating profit
  $ 1,936     $ 1,571       23 %
Adjustments:
                       
Amortization
    511       524          
Purchase accounting difference
          86          
Disposals
    (5 )     (11 )        
Impairment of assets held for sale
    72                
Fair value adjustments
    (103 )     48          
Integration and synergy costs
    362       153          
Pension
          (34 )        
  $ 2,773     $ 2,337       19 %
    20.7 %     18.8 %        


   
Year ended December 31
 
(millions of U.S. dollars except per share data, unaudited)
 
2008
 
  $ 2,773  
Integration and synergy costs
    (362 )
Net interest expense2
    (434 )
Income taxes3
    (367 )
Tradeweb ownership interests
    (17 ) 
Dividends declared on preference shares
    (5 )
Pro forma adjusted earnings – ongoing businesses>4
  $ 1,588  
Pro forma adjusted basic earnings per share – ongoing businesses
  $ 1.92  
Pro forma adjusted diluted earnings per share – ongoing businesses
  $ 1.91  
Pro forma basic weighted average common and ordinary shares5
    828.6  
Pro forma diluted weighted average common and ordinary shares6
    833.0  
 
 
1
Pro forma underlying operating profit excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, fair value adjustments, the impairment of assets held for sale, costs associated with integration and synergy programs, and other items affecting comparability. Pro forma underlying operating profit excludes the results of disposals as well as the initial one-time purchase accounting adjustments related to acquired revenue. Pro forma underlying operating profit margin is the pro forma underlying operating profit expressed as a percentage of pro forma ongoing revenues.
 
2
Pro forma net interest expense represents a pro rata portion of full year pro forma interest expense of $450 million through June 2008 plus actual net interest expense for the six months ended December 31, 2008.
 
3
Pro forma income taxes are calculated using an effective tax rate of 25%.
 
4
Pro forma adjusted earnings from ongoing operations and pro forma adjusted earnings per share from ongoing operations include costs associated with the integration and synergy programs, but exclude non-recurring items, discontinued operations, the results of disposals (see note 2 in Pro Forma Division and Business Segment Information) and other items affecting comparability. Pro forma adjusted earnings per share from ongoing operations does not represent actual earnings per share attributable to shareholders.
 
5
Pro forma basic weighted average common and ordinary shares includes approximately 194.1 million Thomson Reuters PLC shares issued to former Reuters Group PLC shareholders on April 17, 2008 as if the shares were outstanding from January 1, 2008, the beginning of the period presented.
 
6
Pro forma diluted weighted average common and ordinary shares includes the effect of Reuters Group PLC options and other awards assumed in the acquisition from January 1, 2008, the beginning of the period presented.
 
 
THOMSON REUTERS
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008
 
 
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET


   
December 31
 
(millions of U.S. dollars)
 
2008
   
2007
 
ASSETS
           
Cash and cash equivalents
    841       7,497  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $124 million (2007 – $81 million)
    1,780       1,565  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    952       512  
Deferred income taxes
    100       104  
Current assets
    3,673       9,678  
Computer hardware and other property, net
    1,555       731  
Computer software, net
    1,298       721  
Identifiable intangible assets, net
    8,596       3,438  
Goodwill
    19,348       6,935  
Other non-current assets
    1,550       1,328  
Total assets
    36,020       22,831  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
Liabilities
               
Short-term indebtedness
    13       183  
Accounts payable and accruals
    2,710       1,536  
Deferred revenue
    1,196       1,108  
Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations
    672       412  
Current liabilities
    4,591       3,239  
Long-term debt and finance lease obligations
    6,834       4,264  
Other non-current liabilities
    1,723       783  
Deferred income taxes
    2,674       974  
Minority interest in equity of consolidated affiliate
    72        
Shareholders’ equity
               
Capital
    11,135       2,932  
Retained earnings
    10,969       10,355  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income
    (1,978 )     284  
Total shareholders’ equity
    20,126       13,571  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
    36,020       22,831  
 
 
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ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOW


   
                       Year ended December 31
 
(millions of U.S. dollars)
 
2008
   
2007
   
2006
 
Cash provided by (used in):
                 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
                 
Net earnings
    1,405       4,004       1,120  
Remove earnings from discontinued operations
          (2,908 )     (208 )
Add back (deduct) items not involving cash:
                       
Depreciation
    831       468       438  
Amortization
    411       256       240  
Net gains on disposals of businesses and investments
    (35 )     (8 )     (47 )
Impairment of assets held for sale
    72              
Deferred income taxes
    32       (124 )     (121 )
Other, net
    (125 )     258       204  
Changes in working capital and other items
    192       (136 )     (73 )
Cash (used in) provided by operating activities – discontinued operations
    (22 )     6       572  
Net cash provided by operating activities
    2,761       1,816       2,125  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
                       
Acquisitions, less cash acquired of $473 million (2007 – $19 million, 2006 – $11 million)
    (8,502 )     (488 )     (744 )
(Payments for) proceeds from disposals of discontinued operations, net of income taxes paid
    (65 )     7,151       81  
Proceeds from other disposals, net of income taxes paid
    244       18       88  
Capital expenditures, less proceeds from disposals of $36 million (2007 – $3 million, 2006 – $3 million)
    (906 )     (608 )     (452 )
Other investing activities
    (26 )     (37 )     (26 )
Capital expenditures of discontinued operations
          (97 )     (185 )
Other investing activities of discontinued operations
    (7 )     (2 )     (17 )
Acquisitions by discontinued operations
          (54 )     (35 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities
    (9,262 )     5,883       (1,290 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
                       
Proceeds from debt
    7,600       794        
Repayments of debt
    (5,487 )     (249 )     (88 )
Net (repayments) borrowings under short-term loan facilities
    (1,065 )     (180 )     108  
Purchase of sterling call options
          (76 )      
Repurchase of common and ordinary shares
    (522 )     (168 )     (412 )
Dividends paid on preference shares
    (5 )     (6 )     (5 )
Dividends paid on common and ordinary shares
    (596 )     (612 )     (553 )
Dividend payable assumed from Reuters Group PLC
    (246 )            
Other financing activities, net
    207       33       38  
Net cash used in financing activities
    (114 )     (464 )     (912 )
Translation adjustments
    (41 )     (72 )     4  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
    (6,656 )     7,163       (73 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    7,497       334       407  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
    841       7,497       334  
 
 
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ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

 
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RECONCILIATION


   
Year ended December 31
 
(millions of U.S. dollars, unaudited)
 
2008
   
2007
 
Net cash provided by operating activities
    2,761       1,816  
Capital expenditures
    (906 )     (608 )
Other investing activities
    (26 )     (37 )
Capital expenditures of discontinued operations
          (97 )
Other investing activities of discontinued operations
    (7 )     (2 )
Dividends paid on preference shares
    (5 )     (6 )
Free cash flow1
    1,817       1,066  

 
1Free cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, other investing activities and dividends paid on preference shares. Thomson Reuters uses free cash flow as a performance measure because it represents cash available to repay debt, pay dividends and fund new acquisitions.

In 2008, free cash flow was affected by certain unusual items. The following analysis removes these items to derive our underlying free cash flow:

   
Year ended December 31
 
   
2008
 
Free cash flow
    1,817  
One-time Reuters acquisition, integration and synergy costs
    518  
Underlying free cash flow a)
    2,335  
Adjustments for certain items b)
    (450 )
      1,885  

a)
Underlying free cash flow is free cash flow excluding one-time cash costs related to the Reuters acquisition and costs associated with integration and synergy programs.
 
b)
To provide a more normalized 2008 underlying free cash flow number we adjust for two timing-related items:

 
Ÿ
Interest costs which were substantially lower in 2008 since we benefited from having interest income and only a partial year of interest expense related to the Reuters acquisition debt.

 
Ÿ
The 2008 amount does not include what is traditionally negative free cash flow from the Reuters business in the first quarter of the year, which will be reflected in 2009.
 
 
THOMSON REUTERS
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008
 
 
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REVENUE PROFILE


Pro Forma Revenue Profiles

Revenue by Media

Electronic, Software and Services
Print
90%
10%
 
 
Revenue by Region

Americas
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Asia
58%
32%
10%
 
 
Revenue by Type

Recurring
Non-recurring
86%
14%
 
 
 
THOMSON REUTERS
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008
 
 
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DIVISION
PERFORMANCE
 
 
Our Structure

Thomson Reuters is comprised of two divisions.


 
 
THOMSON REUTERS
ANNUAL REVIEW 2008
 
 
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Markets Division 2008 Pro Forma Performance
 
Professional Division 2008 Performance
     
         
Revenue by Region
 
Americas                             39%
Europe, Middle East
and Africa                       46%
Asia                                     15%
 
 
Revenue by Region
 
Americas                             86%
Europe, Middle East
and Africa                      11%
Asia                                      3%
 
         
         
Revenue by Type
 
Recurring                             89%
Non-recurring                     11%
 
Revenue by Type
 
Recurring                            82%
Non-recurring                    18%
 
         
         
Revenue by Media
 
Electronic, Software
and Services                   99%
Print                                       1%
 
Revenue by Media
 
Electronic, Software
and Services                   77%
Print                                     23%
         
 
 
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ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

 
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CREDITS
             
                 
                 
         
                 
 
The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York glows after it is lit for the first time in the season. 30/11/2006
 
© REUTERS/Eric Thayer
 
 
Paper lanterns fill the sky over the Andaman Sea in remembrance of tsunami victims in Khao Lak. A Reuters News Pictures Service Picture of the Year 2005. 26/12/2005
 
© REUTERS/Adrees Latif
 
Stockbrokers trade at their terminals during special trading on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Diwali at the BSE in Mumbai. 09/11/2007
 
© REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe
 
A worker hangs lanterns in preparation for the upcoming Lantern Festival at a park in Tianjin municipality. 19/02/2008
 
© REUTERS/Vincent Du
 
                 
                 
         
                 
 
Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria
 
© Visuals Unlimited/Corbis
 
 
Close-up of contract
 
© MedioImages/Corbis
 
 
Ampoules containing medium for stem cell storage are displayed at UK Stem Cell Bank in north London. 19/05/2004
 
© REUTERS/Peter MacDiarmid
 
 
Fog rolls by early in the morning, near the Dubai Marina construction and residential zone. A Reuters News Pictures Service Image of the Year 2007. 03/12/2007
 
© REUTERS/Steve Crisp
 
 
                 
                 
         
                 
 
Stacks of Islamic books are seen in a library for Islamic studies in Tehran, Iran. 20/06/2005
 
© Ramin Talaie/Corbis
 
 
A bank teller counts renminbi notes at a Bank of China branch in Hong Kong. 25/02/2004
 
© REUTERS/Kin Cheung
 
 
Telecommunication satellite dishes surround a church in Raisting near Munich. 10/02/2006
 
© REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
 
 
Reuters Iraqi photographer Ceerwan Aziz shoots a soccer match during the Olympic games in Beijing. 18/08/2008
 
© REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
 
 
                 
                 
         
                 
 
Photographers take pictures of Israeli troops just outside the northern Gaza Strip. 07/01/2009
 
© REUTERS/Amir Cohen
 
 
Pigeons fly against the backdrop of the historic Charminar monument in Hyderabad. 26/08/2007
 
© REUTERS/Stringer India
 
 
City workers make phone calls outside the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square in the City of London. 01/10/2008
 
© REUTERS/Toby Melville
 
 
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© REUTERS/Seth Wenig
 
 
                 
                 
 
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