Dun & Bradstreet Q4 Misses Estimates; Dividend Raised

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB  ) has reported its Q4 and 2012 results. For the quarter, the company netted $96 million ($2.20 per diluted share), according to GAAP standards, a slight increase from the $93 million ($1.93) it posted in Q4 2011. Revenue was $463 million, a 7% year-over-year drop.

Analysts had been projecting EPS of $2.41 and a top line of $474 million.

For the full year, net profit came in at $295 million ($6.43 diluted EPS), against 2011's $260 million ($5.28). Revenue was down by 5% to $1.7 billion.

The company also maintained its guidance for fiscal 2013. The company expects year-over-year core revenue growth of 0%-3%, and anticipates diluted EPS will rise 8%-11% before non-core gains and charges.

Despite the lower net and revenue figures, Dun & Bradstreet increased its quarterly dividend. The company is now to pay $0.40 per share on March 14 to stockholders of record as of Feb. 27. Its payout for each of the four quarters of 2012 was $0.38.

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