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Thomson Reuters eyes multiple purchases after Blackstone deal

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By Matt Scuffham

TORONTO (Reuters) - Corp is looking to make multiple acquisitions to boost its Legal and units after selling a majority stake in its financial terminal business, said on Tuesday.

The and information provider has set aside $2 billion for deals, Smith told in an interview, after raising $17 billion from the sale of a 55 percent stake in its Financial & Risk (F&R) unit to private equity firm Blackstone Group LP.

"We are interested in bigger, more substantive deals," Smith said. "I wouldn't expect a string of small, bolt-on acquisitions. We'd rather spend that $2 billion on a handful of deals rather than spread across a couple of dozen."

The company had previously indicated that it wanted to use the funds to bolster its Legal and businesses, which are its two biggest units after the F&R deal. Last month, it agreed to buy Integration Point, a business, for an undisclosed fee.

The F&R unit now operates as a standalone business named


Smith said the company was on track for a solid 2018 and a better performance in 2019. The company reiterated its forecast, originally given in May, for low single-digit revenue growth in 2018.

Its shares were unchanged in pre-market trading.

The company said it now expects adjusted earnings before interest, tax, (EBITDA) of $1.3 billion for the year, having previously said it expected $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion. The year ago figure was $1.6 billion. Smith said he expected underlying profit to improve next year.

For the third quarter, reported a smaller-than-expected fall in profit. Earnings per share were 11 cents, adjusted for one-time items, down from 27 cents a year ago, hurt by higher tax expense. That beat Wall Street's average estimate of 3 cents, according to IBES data from

Overall revenue rose 3 percent, excluding the effect of fluctuating exchange rates, to $1.29 billion. Analysts had expected revenue of $1.32 billion, on average.

Excluding exchange rate effects, revenue at the company's Legal business rose 4 percent, revenue rose 3 percent and revenue from fell 4 percent.

fell 21 percent, excluding the effect of exchange rates, to $302 million, due to the higher income tax expense from the company's continuing operations, offsetting higher earnings from its discontinued operations.

(Reporting by in Toronto; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:42 IST