REL: Reed Elsevier: Interim Management Statement

  REL: Reed Elsevier: Interim Management Statement

UK Regulatory Announcement

LONDON

                                                                  7.00am (BST)
                                                                 24 April 2013

Reed Elsevier, the professional information company, has issued a statement
reporting on the trading performance for the first quarter of 2013 and
reaffirming the outlook for the full year.

Reed Elsevier

  *First quarter underlying revenue growth, excluding biennial exhibition
    cycling and timing, was in line with full year 2012.
  *In 2013 we have continued to make good progress on our strategy to
    systematically transform our business into a professional information
    solutions provider and to improve the quality of our earnings, primarily
    through organic development.
  *We have also continued to evolve our portfolio through selective small
    acquisitions of content and data assets, and through the completion of
    several disposals so far this year, including Screening, RBI Australia and
    a number of smaller assets across southern Europe.
  *In February we announced our intention to mitigate the dilution associated
    with disposals by deploying a total of £400m on share buybacks in 2013, of
    which £181m has been completed year to date, leaving a further £219m to be
    deployed by the end of the year.
  *Reed Elsevier’s financial position remains strong with good cash
    generation. Since the February results announcement we have issued a
    further $389m of 3.125% term debt maturing in 2022. Related to this
    transaction, we have retired $309m of high coupon term debt due in 2019.
  *Full year outlook: The outlook for the macro environment, and its impact
    on our customer markets, remains mixed, and 2013 is a cycling out year for
    our exhibitions business. However, the positive momentum with which we
    entered the year has been maintained, and we continue to expect 2013 to be
    another year of underlying revenue, profit, and earnings growth.

Trading performance and full year outlook by business area:

Scientific, Technical & Medical

  *First quarter growth in research continued to be driven by solid growth in
    journal subscription revenue across the scientific, technical and medical
    segments.
  *Good growth continued in scientific databases & tools and electronic
    clinical reference & decision support, driven by strong new sales and new
    product roll outs. Sales of print books to individuals and pharma
    promotion revenues continued to decline.
  *Full year outlook: The scientific, technical & medical business is on
    track to deliver another year of modest underlying revenue growth in 2013.

Risk Solutions

  *Positive revenue momentum was maintained in the first quarter overall.
    Insurance growth reflected increasing volumes in the core business and
    good take up of new products. Business Services growth was driven by
    strong demand for anti-money laundering, identity verification and credit
    decisioning solutions in the financial services and corporate segments.
  *In the Government segment good revenue momentum in tax and revenue
    products in the state & local sector was maintained, and federal
    government revenues returned to growth.
  *Full year outlook: We continue to expect good growth in the Insurance and
    Business Services segments, while some uncertainty remains in the outlook
    for government markets.

Business Information

  *Underlying revenue growth was maintained in the first quarter reflecting
    strong demand for data & analytics across most markets, although print and
    advertising revenues remained weak.
  *Growth was primarily driven by Major Data Services, with strong growth in
    both ICIS and BankersAccuity.
  *Full year outlook: We continue to expect good growth in Major Data
    Services, stable Leading Brands, and further benefits from portfolio
    reshaping.

Legal

  *First quarter underlying revenue trends were similar to 2012, with legal
    markets in the US and Europe remaining subdued. In the US, growth in
    online research and litigation services continued despite challenging
    market conditions, with on-going declines in print revenues. Outside the
    US, growth in online revenues was largely offset by print declines.
  *During the first quarter we made good progress on the introduction and
    roll out of new products, with 55% of our US customer base now having been
    activated on the New Lexis platform.
  *Full year outlook: Our customer markets remain subdued, limiting the scope
    for growth.

Exhibitions

  *In the first quarter underlying revenue growth rates were maintained at
    levels similar to the second half of last year (excluding biennial
    exhibition cycling and timing).
  *While growth in Europe was modest, the US, Brazil, Japan and emerging
    markets all performed well.
  *Full year outlook: We continue to expect growth to be good in the US and
    Japan, limited in Europe, and strong in other markets. However 2013 is a
    cycling out year, reducing underlying revenue growth by 5-6 percentage
    points.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Interim Management Statement contains forward-looking statements within
the meaning of Section 27A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
Section 21E of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These
statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those currently being
anticipated. The terms “estimate”, “project”, “plan”, “intend”, “expect”,
“should be”, “will be”, “believe” and similar expressions identify
forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause future outcomes to differ
from those foreseen in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited
to, competitive factors in the industries in which Reed Elsevier operates;
demand for Reed Elsevier’s products and services; exchange rate fluctuations;
general economic and business conditions; legislative, fiscal, tax and
regulatory developments and political risks; the availability of third party
content and data; breaches of our data security systems and interruptions in
our information technology systems; changes in law and legal interpretations
affecting Reed Elsevier’s intellectual property rights and other risks
referenced from time to time in the filings of Reed Elsevier with the US
Securities and Exchange Commission.

Notes to editors

About Reed Elsevier Group plc

Reed Elsevier Group plc is a world leading provider of professional
information solutions. The group employs approximately 30,000 people of whom
half are in North America. Reed Elsevier Group PLC is owned equally by two
parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV; the combined market
capitalisation of the two parent companies is approximately £17bn/€19bn. Their
shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using
the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and
ENL.

          Issued on behalf of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV

Reed Elsevier
Enquiries
Paul Abrahams (Media)
Tel: +44 20 7166 5724
Colin Tennant (Investors)
Tel: +44 20 7166 5751

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