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Aon Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

LONDON, July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Second Quarter Key Metrics as Reported under U.S. GAAP (1)

  • Total revenue increased 8% to $2.6 billion, including a decrease of $36 million, or 2%, related to the FASB's new revenue recognition standard
  • Operating margin increased 480 basis points to (0.6)%, including a decrease of 180 basis points related to the FASB's new revenue recognition standard
  • EPS increased 195% to $0.19, including a decrease of $0.14 related to the FASB's new revenue recognition standard

Second Quarter Key Metrics as Comparable to Pro Forma Financials and Highlights(1)

  • Total revenue increased 10% to $2.6 billion, including 5% organic revenue growth
  • Operating margin increased to (0.6)%, and operating margin, adjusted for certain items, increased 130 basis points to 22.0%
  • EPS increased to $0.19, and EPS, adjusted for certain items, increased 31% to $1.71
  • For the first six months of 2018, cash flow from operations decreased 5% to $413 million, and adjusted free cash flow increased 17% to $580 million, when excluding certain near-term impacts related to the divestiture of the outsourcing business
  • Repurchased 2.8 million Class A Ordinary Shares for approximately $400 million
  • Announced an 11% increase to the quarterly cash dividend
  • Took further steps to unite the firm including the appointment of Eric Andersen and Michael O'Connor as Co-Presidents to further align the leadership team, as well as the move to a single brand to increase consistency and reinforce focus on long-term growth
  • Launched our Intellectual Property Solutions Group with the acquisition of 601West providing increased industry knowledge for clients working to protect and maximize their most valuable asset in today's business world – intellectual property

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) today reported results for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Aon shareholders on a reported basis was $47 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to $(52) million, or $(0.20) per share, in the prior year period, which includes $(36) million, or $(0.14) per share, of unfavorable impact from adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Net income per share from continuing operations on a comparable basis, adjusted for certain items and the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard, increased 31% to $1.71, compared to $1.31 in the prior year period. Certain items that impacted second quarter results and comparisons with the prior year period are detailed in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance - Operating Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 11 of this press release.

"Our second quarter results reflect continued momentum toward our mission with positive performance across each of our key financial metrics; including strong organic revenue growth of 5% overall and substantial operational improvement reflected in 17% operating income growth and +130 basis points of operating margin expansion. During the quarter, we took specific steps to strengthen our client-serving capabilities and create greater long-term operating leverage," said Greg Case, Chief Executive Officer. "We enter the second half of the year with momentum, operating from a position of strength and on track to deliver our near-term target of exceeding $7.97 adjusted earnings per share for the full year 2018. More important, we believe these further steps toward our mission to unite the firm will help deliver our potential for clients and colleagues and will unlock significant shareholder value creation through double-digit free cash flow growth over the long-term."

SECOND QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL SUMMARY
The second quarter 2018 financial results discussed herein represent performance from continuing operations unless otherwise noted. Adoption of the FASB's new revenue recognition standard on January 1, 2018 is not reflected in reported 2017 financials. A comparable year-over-year view of reported 2018 results to unaudited pro forma 2017 results incorporating the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard is provided in detail on pages 10-15 of this press release.

Total revenue in the second quarter increased 8% to $2.6 billion on a reported basis compared to the prior year period, including a decrease of $36 million, or 2%, related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Excluding this impact, comparable revenue increased $229 million, or 10%, compared to the prior year period driven by 5% organic revenue growth, a 3% increase related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, and a 2% favorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter increased 3% to $2.6 billion on a reported basis compared to the prior year period, including an increase of $4 million related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Excluding this impact, comparable expenses increased $79 million, or 3%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to $103 million of expense related to legacy litigation, a $72 million increase in operating expenses related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, a $44 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, a $40 million increase in restructuring charges, and an increase in expenses associated with 5% organic revenue growth, partially offset by a $204 million net decrease in impairment charges, $40 million of incremental savings related to restructuring and other operational improvement initiatives, and a $34 million decrease in costs related to regulatory and compliance matters.

Restructuring expenses were $195 million in the second quarter, primarily driven by costs associated with restructuring and separation initiatives and workforce reductions. As previously announced, the Company expects to invest $1,175 million in total cash over a three-year period and incur $50 million of non-cash charges in driving one operating model across the firm. This includes an estimated investment of $975 million of cash restructuring charges and $200 million of capital expenditures. The Company has incurred $766 million, or 75%, of the total estimated restructuring charges. An analysis of restructuring and related costs by type is detailed on page 18 of this press release.

Restructuring savings in the second quarter related to restructuring and other operational improvement initiatives are estimated at $84 million before any reinvestment, an increase of $40 million compared to the prior year period. Before any potential reinvestment of savings, restructuring and other operational improvement initiatives are expected to deliver run-rate savings of $450 million annually in 2019. The Company has achieved $257 million, or 57%, of the total estimated annualized savings, before any potential reinvestment.

Foreign currency exchange rates in the second quarter had a $1 million, or immaterial per share, unfavorable impact on reported net income if the Company were to translate prior year quarter results at current quarter foreign exchange rates. On a comparable basis, there was an immaterial impact from foreign currency translation on net income adjusted for certain items and the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. If currency were to remain stable at today's rates, given U.S. Dollar strengthening primarily against Latin American currencies, we would expect an unfavorable impact of approximately -$0.03 per share in each of the third and fourth quarter of 2018.

Effective tax rate reflected in the reported financial statements in the second quarter was 165.5%, compared to 76.9% in the prior year period. After adjusting for the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard and to exclude the applicable tax impact associated with certain non-GAAP adjustments, the adjusted effective tax rate on a comparable basis for the second quarter of 2018 decreased to 14.7% compared to 16.1% in the prior year quarter, primarily driven by changes in the geographical distribution of income. In addition, the adjusted effective tax rate in both periods includes a net favorable impact from certain discrete items. Certain items that impacted second quarter results and comparisons with the prior year period are detailed in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance - Operating Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 11 of this press release. As a result of changes to current assumptions of the geographical distribution of income, we believe the best estimate for our non-GAAP full year 2018 global effective tax rate to be approximately 18%.

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 247.4 million in the second quarter compared to 262.4 million in the prior year period. The Company repurchased 2.8 million Class A Ordinary Shares for approximately $400 million in the quarter.  As of June 30, 2018, the Company had $4.5 billion of remaining authorization under its share repurchase program.

SECOND QUARTER 2018 CASH FLOW SUMMARY
Cash flow from operations for the first six months of 2018 decreased 5%, or $23 million, to $413 million compared to the prior year period, primarily reflecting $150 million of cash restructuring charges, partially offset by operational improvement.

Free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, decreased 15%, or $52 million, to $302 million for the first six months of 2018 compared to the prior year quarter, reflecting a $29 million increase in capital expenditures, including investments in our operating model, and a decrease in cash flow from operations.

Adjusted free cash flow, defined as free cash flow excluding certain near-term impacts resulting from the divestiture of the outsourcing businesses, including restructuring initiatives, increased $83 million, or 17%, to $580 million compared to the prior year period. A reconciliation of free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow to cash flow from operations can be found in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue and Free Cash Flow" on page 10 of this press release.

SECOND QUARTER 2018 REVENUE REVIEW
The second quarter revenue reviews provided below include supplemental information related to organic revenue, which is a non-GAAP measure that is described in detail in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue and Free Cash Flow" on page 10 of this press release.   

   

Three Months Ended

                       

(millions)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

%
Change

 

Revenue
Recognition

 

Less:
Currency
Impact

 

Less:
Fiduciary
Investment
Income

 

Less:
Acquisitions,
Divestitures
& Other

 

Organic
Revenue
Growth

Revenue

                               

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

1,166

 

$

1,042

 

12%

 

—%

 

2%

 

—%

 

4%

 

6%

Reinsurance Solutions

 

380

 

344

 

10

 

 

2

 

1

 

(1)

 

8

Retirement Solutions

 

431

 

389

 

11

 

 

3

 

 

5

 

3

Health Solutions

 

309

 

312

 

(1)

 

(11)

 

1

 

 

2

 

7

Data & Analytic Services

 

277

 

285

 

(3)

 

(2)

 

1

 

 

2

 

(4)

Elimination

 

(2)

 

(4)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

   Total revenue

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,368

 

8%

 

(2)%

 

2%

 

—%

 

3%

 

5%

Total revenue increased 8%, or $193 million, on a reported basis, including a decrease of $36 million, or 2%, related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Excluding this impact, revenue on a comparable basis increased $229 million, or 10%, compared to the prior year period, including organic revenue of 5% primarily driven by strong new business generation and retention globally across our core portfolio, as well as double-digit growth in specific areas of continued investment; including cyber solutions, transaction liability, and voluntary benefits.

Commercial Risk Solutions organic revenue increased 6% compared to the prior year period driven by growth across every major geography, highlighted by strength across North America, the UK, and Australia.  Results reflect strong global new business generation and management of the renewal book portfolio. In North America, double-digit new business generation was highlighted by strength in our transaction liability business in the U.S. and our construction business in Canada.

Reinsurance Solutions organic revenue increased 8% compared to the prior year period driven by net new business generation globally in treaty and strong growth in facultative placements, partially offset by a modest decline in capital markets transactions. The prior year quarter benefited from record catastrophe bond issuance during the mid-year renewal season.  Market impact was modestly unfavorable on results in the second quarter, as modest upward pressure in loss-exposed geographies was more than offset by record levels of capital.

Retirement Solutions organic revenue increased 3% compared to the prior year period driven by solid growth in core actuarial retirement driven by an increase in volume and rates across North America and the EMEA region, as well as solid growth in our talent practice for assessment services and in our rewards practice for data-driven services.  In investment consulting, double-digit growth in our core delegated investment management business was more than offset by an unfavorable impact from the timing of certain performance-based fees earned in the prior year quarter.

Health Solutions organic revenue increased 7% compared to the prior year period driven by growth across every major geography, highlighted by particular strength in the U.S. and double-digit growth in both Latin America and Asia.  Strength in the U.S. was highlighted by another quarter of strong growth in voluntary benefits, an area where we have seen increasing client demand.

Data & Analytic Services organic revenue decreased 4% compared to the prior year period driven by the anticipated near-term unfavorable impact from changes in certain client contracts, most notably the transition of a certain government contract in our flood business, partially offset by solid growth internationally in our core Affinity business.

 SECOND QUARTER 2018 EXPENSE REVIEW

   

Three Months Ended

       

(millions)

 

Jun 30, 2018

 

Jun 30, 2017

 

$
Change

 

%
Change

Expenses

               

Compensation and benefits

 

$

1,494

 

$

1,466

 

$

28

 

2%

Information technology

 

123

 

98

 

25

 

26

Premises

 

96

 

86

 

10

 

12

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

47

 

54

 

(7)

 

(13)

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

 

282

 

460

 

(178)

 

(39)

Other general expenses

 

535

 

331

 

204

 

62

Total operating expenses

 

$

2,577

 

$

2,495

 

$

82

 

3%

Compensation and benefits expense increased $28 million, or 2%, on a reported basis, including $5 million related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Excluding this impact, compensation and benefits expense on a comparable basis increased $23 million, or 2%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to a $55 million increase in expenses related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, a $32 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, and an increase in expense associated with 5% organic revenue growth, partially offset by a $69 million decrease in restructuring costs and $44 million of incremental savings related to restructuring and other operational improvement initiatives.

Information technology expense increased $25 million, or 26%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to a $13 million increase in investments supporting growth initiatives and GDPR compliance, a $5 million increase in expenses related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, and a $2 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Premises expense increased $10 million, or 12%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to a $9 million increase in restructuring costs and a $3 million increase related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, partially offset by $1 million of incremental savings related to restructuring and other operational improvement initiatives.

Depreciation of fixed assets decreased $7 million, or 13%, compared to the prior year period primarily due to a decrease in overall expense as we continue to optimize our IT and Real Estate portfolios.

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets decreased $178 million, or 39%, compared to the prior year period primarily due to a $204 million net decrease in impairment charges, partially offset by a $19 million increase in accelerated amortization related to tradenames as we move to a single brand.

Other general expenses increased $204 million, or 62%, on a reported basis, including a $1 million decrease related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Excluding this impact, other general expenses on a comparable basis increased $205 million, or 62%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to a $103 million increase in expense related to legacy litigation, a $102 million increase in restructuring costs, and an increase in expense associated with 5% organic revenue growth, partially offset by a $34 million decrease of costs related to regulatory and compliance matters.

SECOND QUARTER 2018 INCOME SUMMARY
The second quarter 2018 financial results discussed herein represent performance from continuing operations unless otherwise noted. Adoption of the FASB's new revenue recognition standard on January 1, 2018 is not reflected in reported 2017 financials. A comparable year-over-year view of reported 2018 results to unaudited pro forma 2017 results incorporating the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard is provided in detail on pages 10-15 of this press release. In addition, certain noteworthy items impacted adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margins in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, which are also described in detail in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance - Operating Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 11 of this press release.

AS REPORTED

   

Three Months Ended

   

(millions)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

%
Change

Revenue

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,368

 

8%

Expenses

 

2,577

 

2,495

 

3

Operating income - as reported

 

$

(16)

 

$

(127)

 

(87)%

Operating margin - as reported

 

(0.6)%

 

(5.4)%

   

Operating income increased $111 million, or 87%, on a reported basis compared to the prior year period, including a decrease of $40 million, or 31%, related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Operating margin increased 480 basis points on a reported basis compared to the prior year period, including a decrease of 180 basis points related to adoption of the new revenue recognition standard.

AS COMPARABLE TO 2017 UNAUDITED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS

   

Three Months Ended

   
       

(Pro Forma)

   

(millions)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

%

 Change

Revenue

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,332

 

10%

Expenses

 

2,577

 

2,499

 

3

Operating income - as reported

 

$

(16)

 

$

(167)

 

(90)%

Operating margin - as reported

 

(0.6)%

 

(7.2)%

   

Operating income - as adjusted

 

$

564

 

$

482

 

17%

Operating margin - as adjusted

 

22.0%

 

20.7%

   

Adjusting for certain items and the impact of adoption of the new revenue recognition standard detailed on page 11 of this press release, adjusted operating income on a comparable basis increased $82 million, or 17%, and adjusted operating margin on a comparable basis increased 130 basis points to 22.0%, each compared to the prior year period. The increase in adjusted operating margin on a comparable basis was primarily driven by strong organic growth, including strong growth in areas of continued investment across the portfolio, and $40 million, or 160 basis points, of incremental savings from restructuring and other operational initiatives, partially offset by a -30 basis points unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Interest income decreased $7 million to $1 million as the prior year period included additional income earned on the proceeds of the sale of the outsourcing businesses. Interest expense decreased $2 million to $69 million compared to the prior year period reflecting lower outstanding term debt, partially offset by an increase in commercial paper borrowings. Other pension income (expense) was $(7) million, including $9 million of pension income, partially offset by $(16) million of non-cash expenses related to pension settlements. Excluding the non-cash expenses related to pension settlements, pension income of $9 million is similar to the prior year period. Other income was $4 million, including $8 million of net gains due to the favorable impact of exchange rates on the remeasurement of assets and liabilities in non-functional currencies, partially offset by $5 million of losses primarily related to certain company-owned life insurance plans. The prior year period included $5 million of losses related to the unfavorable impact of exchange rates on the remeasurement of assets and liabilities in non-functional currencies.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
Net income from discontinued operations on a reported basis was $1 million, or  an insignificant impact per share, compared to net income of $821 million, or $3.13 per share, in the prior year period.

Conference Call, Presentation Slides and Webcast Details
The Company will host a conference call on Friday, 7/27/18 at 7:30 a.m., central time.  The Company will provide management's prepared conference call remarks in the investor presentation prior to the beginning of the conference call in order to provide more time for discussion with the investment community.  Interested parties can listen to the conference call via a live audio webcast, read management's prepared remarks, and view the presentation slides at www.aon.com.

About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

Safe Harbor Statement
This communication contains certain statements related to future results, or states our intentions, beliefs and expectations or predictions for the future which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from either historical or anticipated results depending on a variety of factors. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our operations. All statements, other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate may occur in the future, including such things as our outlook, future capital expenditures, growth in commissions and fees, changes to the composition or level of our revenues, cash flow and liquidity, expected tax rates, business strategies, competitive strengths, goals, the benefits of new initiatives, growth of our business and operations, plans and references to future successes, are forward-looking statements. Also, when we use the words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "probably", "potential", "looking forward", or similar expressions, we are making forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward looking statements:  general economic and political conditions in different countries in which Aon does business around the world; changes in the competitive environment; fluctuations in exchange and interest rates that could influence revenue and expense; changes in global equity and fixed income markets that could affect the return on invested assets; changes in the funding status of Aon's various defined benefit pension plans and the impact of any increased pension funding resulting from those changes; the level of Aon's debt limiting financial flexibility; rating agency actions that could affect Aon's ability to borrow funds; the effect of the change in global headquarters and jurisdiction of incorporation, including differences in the anticipated benefits; changes in estimates or assumptions on our financial statements; limits on Aon's subsidiaries to make dividend and other payments to Aon; the impact of lawsuits and other contingent liabilities and loss contingencies arising from errors and omissions and other claims against Aon; the impact of, and potential challenges in complying with, legislation and regulation in the jurisdictions in which Aon operates, particularly given the global scope of Aon's  businesses and the possibility of conflicting regulatory requirements across jurisdictions in which Aon does business; the impact of any investigations brought by regulatory authorities in the U.S., U.K. and other countries; the impact of any inquiries relating to compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and non-U.S. anti-corruption laws and with U.S. and non-U.S. trade sanctions regimes; failure to protect intellectual property rights or allegations that we infringe on the intellectual property rights of others; the effects of English law on our operating flexibility and the enforcement of judgments against Aon; the failure to retain and attract qualified personnel; international risks associated with Aon's global operations; the effect or natural or man-made disasters; the potential of a system or network breach or disruption resulting in operational interruption or improper disclosure of personal data; Aon's ability to develop and implement new technology; the damage to our reputation among clients, markets or third parties; the actions taken by third parties that preform aspects of our business operations and client services;  the extent to which Aon manages certain risks created in connection with the various services, including fiduciary and investments and other advisory services and business process outsourcing services, among others, that Aon currently provides, or will provide in the future, to clients; Aon's ability to grow, develop and integrate companies that it acquires or new lines of business; changes in commercial property and casualty markets, commercial premium rates or methods of compensation; changes in the health care system or our relationships with insurance carriers; and Aon's ability to implement initiatives intended to yield cost savings, and the ability to achieve those cost savings.

Any or all of Aon's forward-looking statements may turn out to be inaccurate, and there are no guarantees about Aon's performance.  The factors identified above are not exhaustive.  Aon and its subsidiaries operate in a dynamic business environment in which new risks may emerge frequently.  Further information concerning Aon and its businesses, including factors that potentially could materially affect Aon's financial results, is contained in Aon's filings with the SEC. See Aon's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018 for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to Aon's businesses. These factors may be revised or supplemented in subsequent reports.  Aon is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update or alter any forward-looking statement that it may make from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures
This communication includes supplemental information related to organic revenue, free cash flow, adjusted free cash flow, adjusted operating margin, and adjusted earnings per share for continuing operations that exclude the effects of intangible asset amortization, capital expenditures, and certain other noteworthy items that affected results for the comparable periods.   Organic revenue includes the impact of intercompany activity and excludes the impact of foreign exchange rate changes, acquisitions, divestitures, transfers between business units, and fiduciary investment income.  The impact of foreign exchange is determined by translating last year's revenue, expense or net income at this year's foreign exchange rates.  Reconciliations are provided in the attached appendices.  Supplemental organic revenue information and additional measures that exclude the effects of certain items noted above that do not affect net income or any other U.S. GAAP reported amounts.  Free cash flow is cash flow from operating activity less capital expenditures. Adjusted free cash flow is free cash flow excluding certain near-term impacts resulting from the divestiture of the outsourcing businesses, including restructuring initiatives. The effective tax rate, as adjusted, excludes the applicable tax impact associated with expenses for estimated restructuring expenses, accelerated tradename amortization, impairment charges, regulatory and compliance provisions, and non-cash pension settlement related charges. Management believes that these measures are important to make meaningful period-to-period comparisons and that this supplemental information is helpful to investors.  They should be viewed in addition to, not in lieu of, the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements.  Industry peers provide similar supplemental information regarding their performance, although they may not make identical adjustments.

(1) For additional information regarding the reconciliation of non-GAAP pro forma financials refer to pages 10-15 of this press release

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Media Contact:

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Aon plc

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended

     

Six Months Ended

   

(millions, except per share data)

 

Jun 30, 
 2018

 

Jun 30, 
 2017

 

%
Change

 

Jun 30, 
 2018

 

Jun 30, 
 2017

 

%
Change

Revenue

                       

Total revenue

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,368

 

8%

 

$

5,651

 

$

4,749

 

19%

Expenses

                       

Compensation and benefits

 

1,494

 

1,466

 

2%

 

3,110

 

2,935

 

6%

Information technology

 

123

 

98

 

26%

 

238

 

186

 

28%

Premises

 

96

 

86

 

12%

 

189

 

170

 

11%

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

47

 

54

 

(13)%

 

86

 

108

 

(20)%

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

 

282

 

460

 

(39)%

 

392

 

503

 

(22)%

Other general expenses

 

535

 

331

 

62%

 

853

 

639

 

33%

Total operating expenses

 

2,577

 

2,495

 

3%

 

4,868

 

4,541

 

7%

Operating income (loss)

 

(16)

 

(127)

 

(87)%

 

783

 

208

 

276%

Interest income

 

1

 

8

 

(88)%

 

5

 

10

 

(50)%

Interest expense

 

(69)

 

(71)

 

(3)%

 

(139)

 

(141)

 

(1)%

Other income (expense)

 

(3)

 

4

 

(175)%

 

(18)

 

2

 

nm*

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

 

(87)

 

(186)

 

(53)%

 

631

 

79

 

699%

Income taxes (1)

 

(144)

 

(143)

 

1%

 

(30)

 

(143)

 

(79)%

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

 

57

 

(43)

 

(233)%

 

661

 

222

 

198%

Net income from discontinued operations

 

1

 

821

 

(100)%

 

7

 

861

 

(99)%

Net income

 

58

 

778

 

(93)%

 

668

 

1,083

 

(38)%

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

10

 

9

 

11%

 

26

 

23

 

13%

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders

 

$

48

 

$

769

 

(94)%

 

$

642

 

$

1,060

 

(39)%

                         

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Aon shareholders

                       

Continuing operations

 

$

0.19

 

$

(0.20)

 

(195)%

 

$

2.57

 

$

0.75

 

243%

Discontinued operations

 

0.01

 

3.13

 

(100)%

 

0.03

 

3.27

 

(99)%

Net income

 

$

0.20

 

$

2.93

 

(93)%

 

$

2.60

 

$

4.02

 

(35)%

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Aon shareholders

                       

Continuing operations

 

$

0.19

 

$

(0.20)

 

(195)%

 

$

2.55

 

$

0.75

 

240%

Discontinued operations (2)

 

 

3.13

 

(100)%

 

0.03

 

3.24

 

(99)%

Net income

 

$

0.19

 

$

2.93

 

(94)%

 

$

2.58

 

$

3.99

 

(35)%

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - basic

 

246.0

 

262.4

 

(6)%

 

247.2

 

263.6

 

(6)%

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

 

247.4

 

262.4

 

(6)%

 

248.8

 

265.7

 

(6)%

   

*

not meaningful

   

(1)

The effective tax rate was 165.5% and 76.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and (4.8)% and (181.0)% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

(2)

Upon triggering held for sale criteria in February 2017, Aon ceased depreciating and amortizing all long-lived assets included in discontinued operations. Total operating expenses for 2017 include $8 million of depreciation of fixed assets and $11 million of intangible asset amortization.

 

Aon plc

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue Growth and Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)

Organic Revenue Growth From Continuing Operations (Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended

                       

(millions)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

%
Change

 

Revenue
Recognition (1)

 

Less:
Currency
Impact (2)

 

Less:
Fiduciary
Investment
Income (3)

 

Less:
Acquisitions,
Divestitures
& Other

 

Organic
Revenue
Growth (4)

Revenue

                               

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

1,166

 

$

1,042

 

12%

 

—%

 

2%

 

—%

 

4%

 

6%

Reinsurance Solutions

 

380

 

344

 

10

 

 

2

 

1

 

(1)

 

8

Retirement Solutions

 

431

 

389

 

11

 

 

3

 

 

5

 

3

Health Solutions

 

309

 

312

 

(1)

 

(11)

 

1

 

 

2

 

7

Data & Analytic Services

 

277

 

285

 

(3)

 

(2)

 

1

 

 

2

 

(4)

Elimination

 

(2)

 

(4)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total revenue

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,368

 

8%

 

(2)%

 

2%

 

—%

 

3%

 

5%

 
   

Six Months Ended

                       

(millions)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

%
Change

 

Revenue
Recognition (1)

 

Less:
Currency
Impact (2)

 

Less:
Fiduciary
Investment
Income (3)

 

Less:
Acquisitions,
Divestitures
& Other

 

Organic
Revenue
Growth (4)

Revenue

                               

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

2,350

 

$

2,026

 

16%

 

—%

 

4%

 

—%

 

7%

 

5%

Reinsurance Solutions

 

1,122

 

715

 

57

 

47

 

3

 

 

1

 

6

Retirement Solutions

 

855

 

775

 

10

 

(1)

 

4

 

 

6

 

1

Health Solutions

 

760

 

684

 

11

 

4

 

3

 

 

2

 

2

Data & Analytic Services

 

571

 

553

 

3

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

(1)

Elimination

 

(7)

 

(4)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total revenue

 

$

5,651

 

$

4,749

 

19%

 

8%

 

4%

 

—%

 

3%

 

4%

   

(1)

Revenue Recognition represents the impact of Aon's adoption of new revenue recognition standard that became effective for Aon on the January 1, 2018.

(2)

Currency impact is determined by translating last year's revenue at this year's foreign exchange rates.

(3)

Fiduciary Investment Income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 was $12 million and $7 million, respectively. Fiduciary Investment Income for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 was $22 million and $13 million, respectively.

(4)

Organic revenue growth includes the impact of intercompany activity and excludes the impact of the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard, changes in foreign exchange rates, acquisitions, divestitures, transfers between revenue lines, and fiduciary investment income.

 

Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations (Unaudited)

 
   

Six Months Ended

   

(millions)

 

Jun 30, 2018

 

Jun 30, 2017

 

Percent
Change

Cash Provided by Continuing Operating Activities

 

$

413

 

$

436

 

(5)%

Capital Expenditures Used for Continuing Operations

 

(111)

 

(82)

 

35

Free Cash Flow Provided by Continuing Operations (1)

 

$

302

 

$

354

 

(15)%

             

Adjustments:

           

Transaction Costs Associated with the Divested Business

 

 

44

 

(100)%

Restructuring Plan Initiatives (2)

 

278

 

99

 

181%

Free Cash Flow Provided by Continuing Operations - as adjusted (3)

 

$

580

 

$

497

 

17%

   

(1)

Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. This non-GAAP measure does not imply or represent a precise calculation of residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. 

(2)

Restructuring plan cash payments include cash used to settle restructuring liabilities as well as payments made on capital expenditures under the program.

(3)

Certain noteworthy items impacting free cash flow from operating activities in 2018 and 2017 are described in this schedule. This non-GAAP measure does not imply or represent a precise calculation of residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

 

Aon plc

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance - Operating Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings Per Share (Unaudited) (1)

 
   

Three Months Ended

     

Six Months Ended

   

(millions, except percentages)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017 (2)

 

Percent
Change

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017 (2)

 

Percent
Change

Revenue from continuing operations

 

$

2,561

 

$

2,332

 

10%

 

$

5,651

 

$

5,078

 

11%

                         

Operating income from continuing operations

 

$

(16)

 

$

(167)

 

(90)%

 

$

783

 

$

455

 

72%

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets (3)

 

282

 

460

     

392

 

503

   

Restructuring

 

195

 

155

     

269

 

299

   

Legacy Litigation

 

103

 

     

103

 

   

Regulatory and Compliance Matters

 

 

34

     

 

34

   

Operating income from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

564

 

$

482

 

17%

 

$

1,547

 

$

1,291

 

20%

Operating margin from continuing operations

 

(0.6)%

 

(7.2)%

     

13.9%

 

9.0%

   

Operating margin from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

22.0%

 

20.7%

     

27.4%

 

25.4%

   
 
   

Three Months Ended

     

Six Months Ended

   

(millions, except percentages)

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017 (2)

 

Percent
Change

 

Jun 30,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2017 (2)

 

Percent
Change

Operating income from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

564

 

$

482

 

17%

 

$

1,547

 

$

1,291

 

20%

Interest income

 

1

 

8

 

(88)%

 

5

 

10

 

(50)%

Interest expense

 

(69)

 

(71)

 

(3)%

 

(139)

 

(141)

 

(1)%

Other income (expense):

                       

Other income (expense) - pensions - as adjusted (4)

 

9

 

9

 

—%

 

18

 

17

 

6%

Other income (expense) - other

 

4

 

(5)

 

(180)%

 

(13)

 

(15)

 

(13)%

Total Other income (expense) - as adjusted (4)

 

13

 

4

 

225%

 

5

 

2

 

150%

Income before income taxes from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

509

 

423

 

20%

 

1,418

 

1,162

 

22%

Income taxes expense (5)

 

75

 

68

 

10%

 

225

 

166

 

36%

Net income from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

434

 

355

 

22%

 

1,193

 

996

 

20%

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

10

 

9

 

11%

 

26

 

23

 

13%

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

424

 

346

 

23%

 

1,167

 

973

 

20%

Net income (loss) from discontinued operation - as adjusted (6)

 

 

22

 

(100)%

 

(2)

 

70

 

(103)%

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

$

424

 

$

368

 

15%

 

$

1,165

 

$

1,043

 

12%

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Aon shareholders

                       

Continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

1.71

 

$

1.31

 

31%

 

$

4.69

 

$

3.66

 

28%

Discontinued operations - as adjusted

 

 

0.08

 

(100)%

 

(0.01)

 

0.26

 

(104)%

Net income - as adjusted

 

$

1.71

 

$

1.39

 

23%

 

$

4.68

 

$

3.93

 

19%

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

 

247.4

 

264.3

 

(6)%

 

248.8

 

265.7

 

(6)%

Effective Tax Rates (4)

                       

Continuing Operations - U.S. GAAP

 

165.5%

 

76.9%

     

(4.8)%

 

(181.0)%

   

Continuing Operations - Non-GAAP

 

14.7%

 

16.1%

     

15.9%

 

14.3%

   

Discontinued Operations - U.S. GAAP

 

1.7%

 

59.0%

     

14.7%

 

58.1%

   

Discontinued Operations - Non-GAAP (6)

 

63.7%

 

16.2%

     

49.3%

 

25.9%

   
   

(1)

Certain noteworthy items impacting operating income in 2018 and 2017 are described in this schedule. The items shown with the caption "as adjusted" are non-GAAP measures. In the first quarter of 2018, Aon adopted new accounting guidance related to the treatment of revenue from contracts with customers that was applied prospectively on its U.S. GAAP financial statements in accordance with FASB standards, and therefore comparable prior periods were not restated.  On pages 11 through 15 of this press release, the Company has included unaudited pro forma consolidated results that present the retrospective impact of the new standard as if it were in effect for the comparable periods ended June 30, 2017.  We use this supplemental information to help us and our investors evaluate business growth from core operations.  Please see the U.S. GAAP financial statements included as Exhibit 99.2 to the Company's Form 8-K filed on July 27, 2018 for a reconciliation in accordance with FASB standards.

(2)

The historical period presented above has been adjusted retrospectively to reflect changes in accounting guidance related to revenue recognition, effective for Aon in the first quarter of 2018.

(3)

Included in the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 was a $176 million non-cash impairment charges taken on certain assets and liabilities held for sale.  Included in the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 was a $380 million non-cash impairment charge taken on indefinite-lived tradenames.

(4)

Adjusted Other income (expense) excludes Pension settlement charges of $16 million and $23 million for three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively.

(5)

Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with estimated restructuring plan expenses, legacy litigation, accelerated tradename amortization, impairment charges, and non-cash pension settlement charges, which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate.  In addition, tax expense excludes the tax impacts of the anticipated sale of the disposal group as well as adjustments to the provisional estimates of the impact of US Tax Reform recorded pursuant to SAB 118.

(6)

Adjusted income from discontinued operations, net of tax, excludes the gain on sale of discontinued operations of $1 million and $9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 , respectively.  Adjusted income from discontinued operations, net of tax, excludes the gain on sale of discontinued operations of $798 million and $798 million and $0 million and $11 million of intangible asset amortization for the three and six  months ended June 30, 2017, respectively. The effective tax rate was further adjusted for the applicable tax impact associated with the gain on sale and intangible asset amortization, as applicable.

 

Aon plc

Pro Forma Historical Reconciliation of Reported Non-GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance (Unaudited)

 

Operating Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings Per Share (Unaudited) (1)(2)

 
   

Three months ended June 30, 2017

 

Six months ended June 30, 2017

(millions, except per share data)

 

As Reported(3)

Revenue

Recognition

Pro Forma

 

As Reported(3)

Revenue

Recognition

Pro Forma

Revenue

               

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

1,042

$

(1)

$

1,041

 

$

2,026

$

4

$

2,030

Reinsurance Solutions

 

344

1

345

 

715

301

1,016

Retirement Solutions

 

389

(1)

388

 

775

(2)

773

Health Solutions

 

312

(31)

281

 

684

25

709

Data & Analytic Services

 

285

(4)

281

 

553

1

554

Elimination

 

(4)

(4)

 

(4)

(4)

Total revenue

 

$

2,368

$

(36)

$

2,332

 

$

4,749

$

329

$

5,078

Expenses

               

Compensation and benefits

 

1,466

5

1,471

 

2,935

84

3,019

Information technology

 

98

98

 

186

186

Premises

 

86

86

 

170

170

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

54

54

 

108

108

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

 

460

460

 

503

503

Other general expenses

 

331

(1)

330

 

639

(2)

637

Total operating expenses

 

2,495

4

2,499

 

4,541

82

4,623

Operating income

 

(127)

(40)

(167)

 

208

247

455

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

 

460

460

 

503

503

Restructuring

 

155

155

 

299

299

Regulatory and compliance matters

 

34

34

 

34

34

Operating income - as adjusted

 

522

(40)

482

 

1,044

247

1,291

Operating margin from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

22.0%

 

20.7%

 

22.0%

 

25.4%

Interest income

 

8

8

 

10

10

Interest expense

 

(71)

(71)

 

(141)

(141)

Other income (expense):

               

Other income (expense) - pensions

 

9

9

 

17

17

Other income (expense) - other (4)

 

(5)

(5)

 

(15)

(15)

Total Other income (expense)

 

4

4

 

2

2

Income before income taxes from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

463

(40)

423

 

915

247

1,162

Income taxes - as adjusted (5)

 

72

(4)

68

 

122

44

166

Income from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

391

(36)

355

 

793

203

996

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

9

9

 

23

23

Net income from continuing operations attributable to Aon shareholders - as adjusted

 

$

382

$

(36)

$

346

 

$

770

$

203

$

973

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

1.45

$

(0.14)

$

1.31

 

$

2.90

$

0.76

$

3.66

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

 

264.3

264.3

264.3

 

265.7

265.7

265.7

   

(1)

Certain noteworthy items impacting operating income in 2017 are described in this schedule. The items shown with the caption "as adjusted" are non-GAAP measures.

(2)

The historical period presented above have been adjusted retrospectively to reflect Aon's adoption of new revenue recognition standard in the first quarter of 2018.  

(3)

Reported results above reflect the retrospective adoption of the new pension accounting guidance effective for Aon in the first quarter of 2018.

(4)

For illustrative purposes, the impact of the total foreign currency related to the new revenue accounting guidance is excluded from the Pro Forma financial statements.  Had the Company included it, Other income (expense) in the Revenue Recognition column would have been $(4) million and $(6) million, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

(5)

The non-GAAP effective tax rate reported was 15.6% and 13.3%, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.  Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with estimated restructuring charges, accelerated tradename amortization, impairment charges, regulatory and compliance provisions, and non-cash pension settlement charges, which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate. In addition, tax expense excludes the provisional estimates of the impact of US Tax Reform recorded pursuant to SAB 118.  The non-GAAP effective tax rate for continuing operations, adjusted for the change in accounting guidance was 16.1% and 14.3%, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

 

Organic Revenue Growth From Continuing Operations (Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended

                   

(millions)

 

Jun 30, 
 2017

 

Jun 30, 
 2016

 

%

Change

 

Less:

Currency

Impact (1)

 

Less: Fiduciary
Investment
Income(2)

 

Less:
Acquisitions,

Divestitures &
Other

 

Organic

Revenue

Growth (3)

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

1,041

 

$

990

 

5%

 

(1)%

 

—%

 

4%

 

2%

Reinsurance Solutions

 

345

 

335

 

3%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

(1)%

 

6%

Retirement Solutions

 

388

 

405

 

(4)%

 

(3)%

 

—%

 

(2)%

 

1%

Health Solutions

 

281

 

253

 

11%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

9%

 

4%

Data & Analytic Services

 

281

 

271

 

4%

 

(1)%

 

—%

 

1%

 

4%

Elimination

 

(4)

 

(1)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total revenue

 

$

2,332

 

$

2,253

 

4%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

4%

 

2%

 
   

Six Months Ended

                   

(millions)

 

Jun 30, 
 2017

 

Jun 30, 
 2016

 

%

Change

 

Less:

Currency

Impact (1)

 

Less: Fiduciary
Investment
Income(2)

 

Less:
Acquisitions,

Divestitures &
Other

 

Organic

Revenue

Growth (3)

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

2,030

 

$

1,959

 

4%

 

(1)%

 

—%

 

4%

 

1%

Reinsurance Solutions

 

1,016

 

1,002

 

1%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

(1)%

 

4%

Retirement Solutions

 

773

 

801

 

(3)%

 

(4)%

 

—%

 

(1)%

 

2%

Health Solutions

 

709

 

591

 

20%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

12%

 

10%

Data & Analytic Services

 

554

 

534

 

4%

 

(1)%

 

—%

 

1%

 

4%

Elimination

 

(4)

 

(3)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total revenue

 

$

5,078

 

$

4,884

 

4%

 

(2)%

 

—%

 

3%

 

3%

   

(1)

Currency impact is determined by translating last year's revenue at the subsequent year's foreign exchange rates.

(2)

Fiduciary Investment Income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, was $7 million and $5 million. Fiduciary Investment Income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, was $13 million and $10 million.

(3)

Organic revenue growth includes the impact of intercompany activity and excludes the impact of foreign exchange rate changes, acquisitions, divestitures, transfers between business units, and fiduciary investment income.

 

Aon plc

Pro Forma Historical Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations as Adjusted for Changes in Accounting Guidance (Unaudited) (1)(2)

 
   

Pro Forma Periods

 

Reported Period

   

Three Months Ended (5)

     

Three Months Ended (6)

 

Full

 

Three Months Ended (7)

(millions, except per share data)

 

Mar 31,
2016

 

Jun 30,
2016

 

Sep 30,
2016

 

Dec 31,
2016

 

Full Year

2016 (5)

 

Mar 31,
2017

 

Jun 30,
2017

 

Sep 30,
2017

 

Dec 31,
2017

 

Year

2017 (6)

 

Mar 31,
2018

 

Jun 30,
2018

Revenue

                                               

Commercial Risk Solutions

 

$

969

 

$

990

 

$

884

 

$

1,088

 

$

3,931

 

$

989

 

$

1,041

 

$

915

 

$

1,218

 

$

4,163

 

$

1,184

 

$

1,166

Reinsurance Solutions

 

667

 

335

 

234

 

131

 

1,367

 

671

 

345

 

257

 

153

 

1,426

 

742

 

380

Retirement Solutions

 

396

 

405

 

465

 

441

 

1,707

 

385

 

388

 

492

 

489

 

1,754

 

424

 

431

Health Solutions

 

338

 

253

 

245

 

522

 

1,358

 

428

 

281

 

277

 

526

 

1,512

 

451

 

309

Data & Analytic Services

 

263

 

271

 

260

 

256

 

1,050

 

273

 

281

 

287

 

299

 

1,140

 

294

 

277

Elimination

 

(2)

 

(1)

 

(3)

 

(2)

 

(8)

 

 

(4)

 

(5)

 

(1)

 

(10)

 

(5)

 

(2)

Total revenue

 

$

2,631

 

$

2,253

 

$

2,085

 

$

2,436

 

$

9,405

 

$

2,746

 

$

2,332

 

$

2,223

 

$

2,684

 

$

9,985

 

$

3,090

 

$

2,561

Expenses

                                               

Compensation and benefits

 

1,444

 

1,372

 

1,293

 

1,417

 

5,526

 

1,548

 

1,471

 

1,420

 

1,568

 

6,007

 

1,616

 

1,494

Information technology

 

83

 

99

 

99

 

105

 

386

 

88

 

98

 

109

 

124

 

419

 

115

 

123

Premises

 

82

 

89

 

86

 

86

 

343

 

84

 

86

 

89

 

89

 

348

 

93

 

96

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

38

 

41

 

39

 

44

 

162

 

54

 

54

 

40

 

39

 

187

 

39

 

47

Amortization of intangible assets

 

37

 

38

 

42

 

40

 

157

 

43

 

460

 

101

 

100

 

704

 

110

 

282

Other general expenses

 

270

 

230

 

257

 

279

 

1,036

 

307

 

330

 

307

 

328

 

1,272

 

318

 

535

Total operating expenses

 

1,954

 

1,869

 

1,816

 

1,971

 

7,610

 

2,124

 

2,499

 

2,066

 

2,248

 

8,937

 

2,291

 

2,577

Operating income

 

677

 

384

 

269

 

465

 

1,795

 

622

 

(167)

 

157

 

436

 

1,048

 

799

 

(16)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

37

 

38

 

42

 

40

 

157

 

43

 

460

 

101

 

100

 

704

 

110

 

282

Restructuring

 

 

 

 

 

 

144

 

155

 

102

 

96

 

497

 

74

 

195

Legacy Litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

103

Regulatory and compliance matters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

 

8

 

(14)

 

28

 

 

Transaction costs

 

 

 

 

15

 

15

 

 

 

     

 

 

Operating income - as adjusted

 

714

 

422

 

311

 

520

 

1,967

 

809

 

482

 

368

 

618

 

2,277

 

983

 

564

Operating margin from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

27.1%

 

18.7%

 

14.9%

 

21.3%

 

20.9%

 

29.5%

 

20.7%

 

16.6%

 

23.0%

 

22.8%

 

31.8%

 

22.0%

Interest income

 

2

 

3

 

1

 

3

 

9

 

2

 

8

 

10

 

7

 

27

 

4

 

1

Interest expense

 

(69)

 

(73)

 

(70)

 

(70)

 

(282)

 

(70)

 

(71)

 

(70)

 

(71)

 

(282)

 

(70)

 

(69)

Other income (expense):

                                                 

Other income (expense) - pensions - as adjusted (3)

 

11

 

11

 

12

 

13

 

47

 

8

 

9

 

9

 

16

 

42

 

9

 

9

Other income (expense) - other - as adjusted (4)

 

18

 

(1)

 

10

 

9

 

36

 

(10)

 

(5)

 

(5)

 

(19)

 

(39)

 

(17)

 

4

Total Other income (expense) - as adjusted (3)(4)

 

29

 

10

 

22

 

22

 

83

 

(2)

 

4

 

4

 

(3)

 

3

 

(8)

 

13

Income before income taxes from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

676

 

362

 

264

 

475

 

1,777

 

739

 

423

 

312

 

551

 

2,025

 

909

 

509

Income taxes

 

107

 

53

 

35

 

49

 

244

 

98

 

68

 

54

 

81

 

301

 

150

 

75

Income from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

569

 

309

 

229

 

426

 

1,533

 

641

 

355

 

258

 

470

 

1,724

 

759

 

434

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

12

 

8

 

7

 

7

 

34

 

14

 

9

 

7

 

7

 

37

 

16

 

10

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

557

 

$

301

 

$

222

 

$

419

 

$

1,499

 

$

627

 

$

346

 

$

251

 

$

463

 

$

1,687

 

$

743

 

$

424

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations - as adjusted

 

$

2.04

 

$

1.12

 

$

0.82

 

$

1.56

 

$

5.55

 

$

2.35

 

$

1.31

 

$

0.98

 

$

1.82

 

$

6.47

 

$

2.97

 

$

1.71

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

 

273.7

 

269.8

 

269.6

 

268.3

 

270.3

 

267.0

 

264.3

 

257.3

 

254.5

 

260.7

 

250.2

 

247.4

 

Notes

(1)

Certain noteworthy items impacting operating income in 2016 and 2017 are described in this schedule. The items shown with the caption "as adjusted" are non-GAAP measures.

(2)

The historical period presented above have been adjusted retrospectively to reflect Aon's adoption of new revenue recognition standard in the first quarter of 2018.  For a complete reconciliation of prior period reported balances to the pro forma adjusted balances above, please refer to our press release issued on February 2, 2018.

(3)

Adjusted Other income (expense) excludes pension settlement charges taken within each respective period.  Pension settlement charges were $62 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, and $158 million and $220 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively.  Pension settlement charges were $128 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017.  Pension settlement chargers were $7 million and $16 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018 and $23 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

(4)

For illustrative purposes, the impact of the total foreign currency related to the new revenue accounting guidance is excluded from the Pro Forma financial statements.  The impact on Other income (expense) of foreign currency due to this new guidance was $(3) million, $5 million, $1 million, and $4 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016, and December 31, 2016 and $7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  The impact on Other income (expense) of foreign currency due to this new guidance was $(2) million, $(4) million, $(6) million, and $1 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and $(11) million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

(5)

The non-GAAP effective tax rates reported were 15.7%, 14.9%, 14.2%, and 12.0%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016, and December 31, 2016 and 13.9% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with non-cash pension settlements and transaction costs which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate.  The non-GAAP effective tax rates for continuing operations, adjusted for the change in accounting guidance were 15.8%, 14.6%, 13.3%, and 10.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016, and December 31, 2016, and 13.7% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

(6)

The non-GAAP effective tax rates reported were 11.1%, 15.6%, 17.5%, and 15.5%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and 14.9% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.  Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with estimated restructuring expenses, accelerated tradename amortization, impairment charges, regulatory and compliance provisions, and non-cash pension settlements, which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate.  In addition, tax expense excludes the provisional estimates of the impact of U.S. Tax Reform recorded pursuant to SAB 118.  The non-GAAP effective tax rates for continuing operations, adjusted for the change in accounting guidance were 13.3%, 16.1%, 17.3%, and 14.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and 14.9% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

(7)

The non-GAAP effective tax rates reported were 16.5% and 14.7%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018, and 15.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with estimated restructuring expenses, legacy litigation, accelerated tradename amortization, impairment charges, and non-cash pension settlement charges, which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate.  In addition, tax expense excludes the tax impacts of the anticipated sale of the disposal group as well as adjustments to the provisional estimates of the impact of US Tax Reform recorded pursuant to SAB 118.

 

Aon plc

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)

 
   

As of

(millions)

 

June 30,
2018

 

December 31,
2017

ASSETS

       

Current assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

487

 

$

756

Short-term investments

 

173

 

529

Receivables, net

 

2,992

 

2,478

Fiduciary assets (1)

 

10,476

 

9,625

Other current assets

 

732

 

289

Total current assets

 

14,860

 

13,677

Goodwill

 

8,291

 

8,358

Intangible assets, net

 

1,363

 

1,733

Fixed assets, net

 

575

 

564

Deferred tax assets

 

452

 

389

Prepaid pension

 

1,272

 

1,060

Other non-current assets

 

404

 

307

Total assets

 

$

27,217

 

$

26,088

         

Liabilities and equity

       

Liabilities

       

Current liabilities

       

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

1,447

 

$

1,961

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

 

799

 

299

Fiduciary liabilities

 

10,476

 

9,625

Other current liabilities

 

1,121

 

870

Total current liabilities

 

13,843

 

12,755

Long-term debt

 

5,659

 

5,667

Deferred tax liabilities

 

294

 

127

Pension, other postretirement, and postemployment liabilities

 

1,715

 

1,789

Other non-current liabilities

 

1,088

 

1,102

Total liabilities

 

22,599

 

21,440

         

Equity

       

Ordinary shares - $0.01 nominal value

 

2

 

2

Additional paid-in capital

 

5,772

 

5,775

Retained earnings

 

2,295

 

2,302

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(3,524)

 

(3,496)

Total Aon shareholders' equity

 

4,545

 

4,583

Noncontrolling interests

 

73

 

65

Total equity

 

4,618

 

4,648

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

27,217

 

$

26,088

   

(1)

Includes cash and short-term investments of $3,839 million and $3,743 million for the periods ended June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

 

Aon plc

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

 
   

Six Months Ended

(millions)

 

June 30, 2018

 

June 30, 2017

Cash flows from operating activities

       

Net income

 

$

668

 

$

1,083

Less: Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 

7

 

861

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

       

Loss from sales of businesses, net

 

1

 

3

Depreciation of fixed assets

 

86

 

108

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

 

392

 

503

Share-based compensation expense

 

147

 

148

Deferred income taxes

 

(93)

 

(227)

Change in assets and liabilities:

       

Fiduciary receivables

 

(883)

 

10

Short-term investments — funds held on behalf of clients

 

(154)

 

(286)

Fiduciary liabilities

 

1,037

 

275

Receivables, net

 

(371)

 

(25)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

(495)

 

(377)

Restructuring reserves

 

12

 

178

Current income taxes

 

(144)

 

(25)

Pension, other postretirement and other postemployment liabilities

 

(84)

 

(101)

Other assets and liabilities

 

301

 

30

Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations

 

413

 

436

Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations

 

 

64

Cash provided by operating activities

 

413

 

500

         

Cash flows from investing activities

       

Proceeds from investments

 

23

 

29

Payments for investments

 

(36)

 

(32)

Net sale of short-term investments — non-fiduciary

 

352

 

(2,451)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

(50)

 

(149)

Sale of businesses, net of cash sold

 

1

 

4,193

Capital expenditures

 

(111)

 

(82)

Net cash provided by investing activities - continuing operations

 

179

 

1,508

Net cash used for investing activities - discontinued operations

 

 

(19)

Cash provided by investing activities

 

179

 

1,489

         

Cash flows from financing activities

       

Share repurchase

 

(971)

 

(1,100)

Issuance of shares for employee benefit plans

 

(150)

 

(139)

Issuance of debt

 

2,552

 

1,651

Repayment of debt

 

(2,027)

 

(1,990)

Cash dividends to shareholders

 

(187)

 

(182)

Noncontrolling interests and other financing activities

 

(15)

 

(10)

Net cash provided by financing activities - continuing operations

 

(798)

 

(1,770)

Net cash provided by financing activities - discontinued operations

 

 

Cash used for financing activities

 

(798)

 

(1,770)

         

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 

(63)

 

34

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(269)

 

253

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

756

 

431

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

487

 

$

684

 

Aon plc

Restructuring Plan (Unaudited) (1)

 
   

Three months ended
June 30, 2018

 

Six months ended
June 30, 2018

 

Inception to
Date

 

Estimated
Remaining Costs

 

Estimated
Total Cost (2)

Workforce reduction

 

$

33

 

$

66

 

$

365

 

$

55

 

$

420

Technology rationalization

 

8

 

18

 

51

 

79

 

130

Lease consolidation

 

10

 

13

 

21

 

39

 

60

Asset impairments

 

8

 

9

 

35

 

5

 

40

Other costs associated with restructuring and separation (3)

 

136

 

163

 

294

 

81

 

375

Total restructuring and related expenses

 

$

195

 

$

269

 

766

 

$

259

 

$

1,025

   

(1)

In the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, workforce reductions are included in "Compensation and benefits," IT rationalization is included in "Information technology," lease consolidations are included in "Premises,"  asset impairments are included in "Depreciation of fixed assets," and other costs associated with restructuring are included in "Other general expenses" depending on the nature of the expense.

(2)

Actual costs, when incurred, may vary due to changes in the assumptions built into this plan.  Significant assumptions that may change when plans are finalized and implemented include, but are not limited to, changes in severance calculations, changes in the assumptions underlying sublease loss calculations due to changing market conditions, and changes in the overall analysis that might cause the Company to add or cancel component initiatives.  Estimated allocations between expense categories may be revised in future periods as these assumptions are updated.

(3)

Other costs associated with the Restructuring Plan include those to separate the Divested Business, as well as moving costs and consulting and legal fees.  These costs are generally recognized when incurred.

 

SOURCE Aon plc



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