By Elena Vardon
Experian, the leading credit-reporting agency, has announced its financial results for the first half of the fiscal year, reporting a significant increase in pretax profit and revenue growth across all regions.
Strong Financial Performance
Experian posted a pretax profit of $763 million for the six months ended September 30, compared to $517 million during the same period last year. This represents a remarkable on-year increase. The company’s total revenue also showed positive growth, reaching $3.42 billion, up from $3.25 billion. Experian’s performance aligns with its expectations, as both total revenue and organic revenue growth at constant exchange rates were recorded at 5% for the half-year.
Experiencing growth in every region, Experian demonstrates its strength in both B2B and Consumer Services. The North America business, accounting for two-thirds of total revenue, achieved an organic revenue growth of 4% at constant exchange rates. Meanwhile, the company recorded a 1% growth in the U.K. and Ireland, an 8% growth in EMEA and Asia Pacific, and an impressive 11% growth in Latin America, which contributes 15% of revenue.
Outlook and Dividend Declaration
Experian confirms its commitment to organic revenue growth, targeting a range of 4% to 6% at constant exchange rates while striving for modest margin improvement. Consensus estimates compiled by the company project a growth rate of 5.3% for the period. The company also declared an interim dividend of 18.0 cents per share, indicating a slight increase compared to the previous year’s payout.
These results further solidify Experian’s position as a global leader in credit reporting services and showcase its continued growth and profitability.