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Experian Plc Reports Strong First-Quarter Growth

Shares in Experian (LSE: EXPN) fell by 2% in early trade this morning following the release of its largely positive interim management statement for the first quarter.

The credit-check company revealed total revenue growth of 7% at constant exchange rates for the three months to 30 June, with organic growth matching that figure.

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Strong growth in Latin America helped boost the figure, with notable performances from Colombia, Peru and Brazil, despite economic difficulties in the latter.

Closer to home, the UK and Ireland also saw decent returns, with revenue growth of 7%, as email marketing business and data services performed well, helping to offset slight moderation in contact data management.

Chief executive officer Don Robert commented:

“We are pleased with performance in the first quarter, which benefited from on-going execution of our growth strategy, enabling us to outpace economic growth in the main regions in which we operate.

“As we look ahead, we continue to expect the strength and balance of our portfolio to support premium growth, notwithstanding recent civil unrest in Brazil which has affected some consumer-facing sectors. For the full year, we continue to expect mid-to-high single-digit organic revenue growth, modestly improved margins (at constant currency) and cash flow conversion of at least 90%.”

Experian’s shares have had a bit of a roller-coaster year, peaking and troughing, but generally outpacing the FTSE All-Share. At today’s price, they have risen 25% over the last year, while offering a consensus yield of 1.9%.

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> Sam does not own shares in Experian.

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