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Broadridge Financial Solutions Q2 2023 Earnings Call Transcript


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Participants

Corporate Executives

  • Edings Thibault
    Head of Investor Relations
  • Tim Gokey
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Edmund Reese
    Chief Financial Officer

Presentation

Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Broadridge fiscal second quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Edings Thibault, Head of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Edings Thibault
Head of Investor Relations at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Thank you, Alison, and good morning everybody, and welcome to Broadridge's Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 earnings call. Our earnings release and the slides that accompany this call may be found on the Investor Relations section of broadridge.com. Joining me on the call this morning are Tim Gokey, our CEO; and our CFO, Edmund Reese. Before I turn the call over to Tim, a few standard reminders. One, we will be making forward-looking statements on today's call regarding Broadridge that involve risks. A summary of these risks can be found on the second page of the slides and a more complete description on our annual report on Form 10-K. Two, we'll also be referring to several non-GAAP measures which we believe provide investors with a more complete understanding of Broadridge's underlying operating results. An explanation of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to the comparable GAAP measures can be found in the earnings release and presentation. With that done, let me now turn the call over to Tim Gokey. Tim?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Thanks, Edings. Good morning, and thank you for joining us. I'm pleased to be here to review our strong second quarter performance. I'll start with a quick summary of our results and key headlines followed by a review of our business. I'll close with some thoughts on why my recent client meetings have given me even more confidence that Broadridge remains well-positioned to grow even in an uncertain market. First. On slide three, Broadridge delivered another strong quarter. Recurring revenues rose 8% on a constant-currency basis with strong growth across both our segments. Adjusted EPS rose 11%, driven by the combination of strong growth and disciplined expense management. Second, this performance highlights the strength and resilience of our business. Clearly, the market drop -- backdrop remains uneven. Equity markets rose slightly in the quarter, capping off a year of strongly negative returns. Rates continue to rise. Volatility remained high. Asset managers pulled back on discretionary expenditures. And the dollar remained very strong. In the face of this uncertainty, Broadridge's resilient business model with 93% recurring fee revenues continued to perform. Moreover, our long-term business drivers remain healthy. We're benefiting from a strong sales backlog, robust investor participation, and significant demand for our digital solutions, which along with disciplined cost management are enabling us to drive top and bottom-line growth.

Third, investor participation in particular remains at very healthy levels. Broadridge benefited from mid-to-high single-digit position growth across both funds and equities, and we expect to see further growth ahead in the second-half. Fourth, we are executing on our long-term growth initiatives. We're innovating in Governance including pass-through voting. tailored shareholder reports, and digital communications. And we continued our strong momentum in capital markets. Fifth and finally, we are reaffirming our guidance for the full year. We continue to expect to deliver 6% to 9% recurring revenue growth constant-currency, expanding margins, and 7% to 11% adjusted EPS growth.

Now let's turn to slide four for a review of our results, beginning with our Governance or ICS business, which reported another strong quarter. The biggest driver of our 10% growth in ICS continues to be new sales and our fund solutions and customer communications businesses. Equity position growth remained strong, driven by double-digit growth in managed accounts and mid-single-digit growth in non managed accounts. On position growth, while still healthy, slowed to 6% as investors rotated away from the traditional active strategies into ETFs and passives. Looking ahead to the seasonally larger second-half of the year, we expect further growth across both equities and funds.

Demand for our innovative solutions remains strong, as evidenced by significant interest amongst our asset manager clients to offer their investors, both institutional and retail, choice on how their underlying shares are voted. Just yesterday, we launched a new pilot for individual investors with another leading act -- passive asset manager, and we're in discussions with a number of other fund complexes. We're also continuing to work with our fund clients to develop our future roadmap for tailored shareholder reports which will fill a critical need for the industry.

Beyond our regulatory products, we're seeing strong demand for digital communications with a second major client signing for our wealth and focus platform during the quarter. This omnichannel product suite offers enhanced investor engagement while delivering near-term cost-savings through increased digitization of critical communications. That has proven to be a compelling combination for our customer communications clients. We've been investing steadily in building these capabilities over the past few years, and I'm pleased to see that investment now turning into meaningful revenue with key clients.

Turning to capital markets. Recurring revenues rose 12%, driven in-part by the continued strong performance of Broadridge Trading and Connectivity Solutions or BTCS, where our market-share gains are driving growth. I was also pleased to see cross-selling start to contribute to new sales as well. As we won a new client in the quarter that has long been targeted by BTCS and that made the decision to switch now based on their trust in Broadridge. Our other capital markets products also performed well as our themes are simplifying globally, front-to-back and within the front-office, are resonating with clients.

We also continue to see progress in digital ledger Repo, with a strong pipeline of discussions with new institutions. Wealth and Investment Management declined year-over-year as positive core growth was offset by lower license revenue. We continue to hit key wealth management platform milestones. UBS advisors are transitioning onto the latest generation of our workstation with continued very positive feedback. We've now completed development on all 29 platform areas and testing for 26 to 29. We are working closely with the new management at UBS as they refine their approach to rolling out the remainder of the platform, and we continue to expect to begin to recognize revenue in mid calendar '23. Our sales pipeline is strong. And as Edmund will discuss, our investment levels have decreased as we shift into this new phase. Moving to Closed sales. Year-to-date closed sales were $94 million. Client engagement around our next-generation technology remains high and our pipeline entering calendar '23 is stronger than it ever has been. As a result, our sales expectations for fiscal '23 are unchanged.

I'll close my remarks on Slide five. Over the past several weeks, I've met with more than 30 CEO and CC clients in North-America and Europe. The message from them is clear. They are continuing to push on next-generation technology. They are looking for long-term partners that invest in their business. And they like a component ties approach that creates value along the way. These critical needs are strongly aligned with our strategy and direction, and I'm confident that Broadridge is well-positioned for growth in a market that remains uncertain. That confidence starts with our strong market positions across all three of our franchises based on the mission-critical infrastructure we provide that enables corporate governance and power trading and investing and is coupled with our strong track-record of innovation in client service. We have invested to bring more value to clients and to meet their need for next-generation technology by building or acquiring critical solutions and adding talent and technology. These investments are playing a key role in driving the strong revenue growth we reported today and we expect to see over the balance of the year. Importantly, we're innovating.

As we talked about today, we're continuing to deliver new Governance solutions. Our digital communications capabilities are gaining traction in the market. Our BTCS business is helping to drive the growth of our Capital Markets franchise, and we continue to progress wealth and Investment Management. By aligning with the long-term needs of our clients, we're attacking a $60 billion-dollar market opportunity and we're scaling into a global Fintech leader. In an uncertain market, our resilient business model, driven by recurring revenue, client focus and a long track-record of disciplined expense management gives us the visibility and confidence to deliver for shareholders. As a result, we are reaffirming our full-year guidance for 6% to 9% constant-currency recurring revenue growth and 7% to 11% adjusted EPS growth. And in turn, we expect to deliver at or above the higher-end of our three-year objectives. When we do that, it will be the fourth consecutive three-year period in which we have delivered on our objectives. Finally, we're past the peak investment period and our platform solutions, positioning us to begin to return to a more historical strong free-cash flow conversion, and giving us additional flexibility to drive returns for our shareholders. In sum, Broadridge is delivering on the growth plan we shared at our last Investor Day.

I want to close by thanking our associates. The work Broadridge does is important, and makes a difference for millions of investors. None of it will be possible without our associates' talent, knowledge and effort, which enabled us to deliver exceptional products and service at-scale for our clients and for our clients' clients. So, thank you. Now I turn the call over to Edmond for review of our financials.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Thank you, Tim, and good morning everyone. I'm pleased to share the results from another strong quarter where recurring revenue growth and continued disciplined expense management drove double-digit adjusted EPS growth even in a challenging macroeconomic environment. We continue to see organic recurring revenue growth from converting our sales backlog to revenue and healthy position growth. This performance in Q2 and the continued execution of our strategy gives us the confidence to reaffirm our fiscal '23 guidance.

As you can see from the financial summary on slide six, recurring revenues rose to $840 million, up 8% on a constant-currency basis, all organic. Adjusted operating income increased 23% as we lapped elevated investment in fiscal '22 and realized the benefit from targeted cost actions that we initiated in Q4 '22, both of which more than offset the impact of the lower event-driven revenue. AOI margins of 13.4% expanded 220 basis-points and adjusted EPS rose 11% to $0.91. Finally, we delivered Closed sales of $65 million. I'll note that the operating income growth is being offset by lower discrete tax items in Q2 '23 and interest rates. On taxes, we continue to project an overall tax-rate of 21% for fiscal '23. And I'll remind you that while higher interest expense partially offsets operating income growth, the interest-rate impact at the Broadridge level is fully offset by higher float income and our ICS segment.

Let's get into the details of Q2 results, starting with recurring revenue on slide seven. Recurring revenue grew 8% to $840 million in Q2 '23, marking a second consecutive quarter near the higher-end of our full-year guidance range of 6 to 9%. Our recurring revenue growth was all organic, again, keeping us on-track to exceed our 5% to 7% three-year growth objective. Let's turn now to slide eight to look at the growth across our ICS and GTO segments. We continue to see growth in both of our segments. ICS recurring revenues grew 10%, all organic to $467 million, with regulatory at 9% and double-digit growth across all other product lines. The 9% increase to $181 million in regulatory revenue was driven by continued growth in equity and fund positions. Data-driven fund solutions revenue grew 11% to $96 million, propelled by revenue from sales in our data and analytics products and higher float revenue in our mutual fund trade processing units.

Our issuer business revenue increased 12% to $27 million, led by growth in our registered shareholders solutions. Finally, we continue to benefit from strong demand in our customer communications business where recurring revenues rose 11% to $163 million, driven by new client wins in print and growth in our higher-margin digital business. Turning to GTO, recurring revenues grew to $373 million or 6%, driven by new sales and continued strength in our capital markets including BTCS. Capital markets revenues grew 12% to $235 million, again, propelled by strong growth from BTCS new sales and higher fixed-income trading volumes.

Wealth and Investment Management revenues declined by 3% to $138 million. Growth from sales was offset by a decline in license revenue as we grew over a large client renewal from Q2 '22. As a reminder, license revenues can impact quarterly revenue growth and we expect to grow over impact in Q3 for capital markets and in Q4 for wealth management. Looking forward, we expect GTO full-year organic growth to be within our targeted 5% to 7% range.

Now let's turn to Slide nine for a closer look at volume trends. We had solid position growth for both equities and funds. As you can see by our results, investor participation in financial markets has remained steady despite market volatility, and we continue to be encouraged by this long-term tailwind. Equity position growth of 9% was driven by continued double-digit growth in managed accounts. Looking to the seasonally larger second-half, our testing continues to show mid-single-digit growth, and with those results we continue to expect equity position growth in the mid-to-high single-digit range for the full-year. Mutual fund position growth moderated from Q1 '23 levels, but still grew 6%, largely driven by the growth in passive funds. We expect to see continued mid-single-digit growth in the second-half.

Turning now to trade volumes on the bottom of the slide. Trade volumes grew 5% on a blended basis in Q2, driven by double-digit fixed-income volume growth and modest equity volume growth as continued higher trading by institutional investors more than offset the lower activity at our retail Wealth Management clients. As we lap a strong Q4 '22 we continue to expect full-year trading volume growth to be essentially flat for the year.

Let's now move to slide 10 where we summarize the drivers of recurring revenue growth. Recurring revenue growth of 8% was all organic and this organic growth was balanced between net-new business and internal growth. Revenue from closed sales and our continued high retention from existing customers contributed four points. In internal growth primarily position growth and trading volumes also contributed four points. Foreign-exchange impacted recurring revenue by two points with the bulk of that impact coming in our GTO business as you can see in the table on the bottom of the slide.

I'll finish the discussion on revenue with a view of total revenue on slide 11. Total revenue grew 3% in Q2 to $1.3 billion, with recurring revenue being the largest contributor driving four points of growth. Event-driven revenue was down $27 million from the prior year and was a headwind of two points as mutual fund proxy activity slowed to a historically low-level. The lower mutual fund proxy activity is driven by the timing of fund and ETF Board elections as funds reacted to the combination of weaker markets and record withdrawals. Board elections for these funds may be pushed back from time-to-time, but they are not an optional activity and over the long-term event-driven revenue will grow in line with fund and ETF position growth.

Looking ahead to the second-half of fiscal '23, we expect the combination of higher contest activity, and lower mutual fund activity will have us trending towards the low-end of the $240 million to $260 million range that we've seen in recent years. Low to no margin distribution revenues increased by 3% and contributed one point to total revenue growth as the higher volumes in customer communications and the impact of the July postal rate increases offset lower event-driven activity. We continue to expect double-digit distribution revenue growth for the full-year. And I'll reiterate that the elevated distribution revenue from July and January postal rate increases and higher customer communications volumes have a dilutive impact on our reported adjusted operating income margin.

Turning now to margins on slide 12. Adjusted operating income margin for Q2 '23 was 13.4%, a 220 basis-points improvement over Q2 '22, driven by the operating leverage in our business, higher float income, continued disciplined expense management and the impact of targeted cost actions that we initiated at the end of Q4 '22. Our progress to Q2 gives us increased confidence that we will be able to offset inflation and FX impacts and deliver on our margin expansion objectives of approximately 50 basis-points for fiscal '23.

Let's move ahead to Closed sales on Slide 13. Second-quarter Closed sales of $65 million, which brings our year-to-date total to $94 million, at 16% off of H1 '22. Strong ICS sales in the quarter were powered by the large digital wealth and focused sales that Tim mentioned earlier. As a reminder, Closed sales are historically weighted towards the fourth-quarter. And given our robust pipeline, we remain on track to achieve our full-year Closed sales guidance of between $270 million to $310 million.

I'll turn now to cash-flow and capital allocation on Slide 14. I'll start with a reminder that Broadridge's cash-flow generation is typically negative in the fiscal first-quarter and strengthens over the course of the year. And we're seeing that trend play-out again this year. Q2 '23 free-cash flow improved to $104 million, up 276% from $28 million last year. Free cash flow conversion calculated as free-cash flow over adjusted net earnings was up 10 points over last year to 51%, driven by operating cash-flow improvement. This improvement was the product of higher earnings, strong working capital management and most notably a year-over-year and sequential decline in the level of client platform spend as we expected. Total client platforms spend for Q2 '23 was $78 million, a reduction from last year's $154 million and less than half of the Q1 '23 level of $163 million.

The wealth platform accounted for the majority of the investment in the quarter and the lower spend is a strong indicator of our progress in completing the development of that project. As we remain on track to recognize revenue on the wealth platform in mid calendar '23, we expect client platform's spending to continue to be lower than last year, keeping us on-track to deliver free-cash flow conversion that is higher than fiscal '22. We remain confident that we will return to more historical levels of free-cash flow conversion in fiscal year '24. On slide 15, you see that the client platform's spend is our most significant use of cash and that we continue to return capital to our shareholders through the dividend.

Let's turn now to slide 16 to review our fiscal year '23 guidance, followed by some final thoughts on the second-quarter results. We are reaffirming our full-year guidance on all of our key financial metrics. We continue to expect 6% to 9% constant-currency recurring revenue growth driven by healthy growth across ICS and GTO, approximately 50 basis-points of adjusted operating income margin expansion, and adjusted EPS growth in the 7% to 11% range, and Closed sales between $270 million to $310 million.

And before I move on from guidance, let me briefly discuss our second-half outlook, which is embedded in that full-year guidance. We expect Q3 adjusted EPS growth to be in the low-to-mid-single-digit range as the impact of continued recurring revenue growth is partially offset by lower capital markets license revenue. We expect adjusted EPS growth to be higher in the seasonally larger fourth-quarter as we recognize the benefit of growth in our proxy business and the timing of investments.

Finally, let me reiterate my key messages. Broadridge delivered strong Q2 financial results. Demand for our mission-critical technology is strong and our testing is showing continued equity and fund position growth in a seasonally larger second-half of the fiscal year. We are now past the peak period of investment and again driving strong free cash flow in Q2 '23 and we continue to expect our client platforms spend to be lower than last year, resulting in improved free cash flow conversion in fiscal '23 and a return to a more historical conversion level in fiscal '24. We have a resilient business and financial model with a proven track-record of performance through the economic cycle, and we are reaffirming our fiscal year '23 guidance. With that, let's take your questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers

Operator

Thank you. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And our first question today will come from David Togut of Evercore ISI. Please go ahead.

David Togut
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Good morning, I'll ask my question and follow-up together upfront. First, both Tim and Edmund, you reiterated your view that you'll recognize revenue from the UBS contract in mid calendar 023, what does the annualized revenue and profit run-rate look like from that contract kind of once you're up and running?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

I'm sorry, was that the follow-up as well, David?

David Togut
Analyst at Evercore ISI

No, that's the first question. The second question is really the guide to decelerating stock record growth in the second-half to mid-single-digit from 9%. What's behind the deceleration in stock record growth in the back-half?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Okay, perfect.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, I'll start with the first question and -- good morning, David, and thanks for the question. I mentioned on our last call in Q1 for Q1 2003 in November that we expected the annualized revenue on the existing and in-flight contracts that we're working on to be roughly $100 million and the amortization associated with all of the build and conversion costs to be roughly about $65 million. We continue as I said in my prepared remarks to expect to recognize revenue in mid calendar '23. This will not be at the full annualized amount that I just mentioned and that we shared in November. Fiscal '24 specific amount will be subject to the rollout approach that UBS has and will have a more definitive view of what those near-term economics are when we finalize those plans. And as we previously mentioned, I'll go on to say that we do expect it to be dilutive to margins but we can offset that and continue to deliver margin expansion. I think the important thing, as we mentioned -- we both mentioned in our prepared remarks is that we're now past that peak period of investment and expect to return to more historical free cash flow and be able to deliver on our long-term financial objectives. Tim, I'll maybe turn it to you for the second component.

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah. And I think I just -- just to reiterate I think Edmunds said was right and David, really for us this is something we continue to be really excited about in terms of the broader $16 billion-dollar opportunity in Wealth Management and how this positions us. And as we look at the components that we've created for UBS and how we are now able to show those to other clients as live software, that makes a real difference in the other sales discussions, which is why we're seeing a building sales pipeline, not for other transformational deals but for a series of components. So we feel good about that.

Turning to the second part of your question or the follow-up question on our guide for the second-half of the year in terms of stock record growth. I think clearly, we have been at quite elevated levels of stock record growth over the past couple of years well-above historic sort of mid-single-digit norms. And last year really despite a 20% decline in the market investor participation remained very healthy with very good growth. So we can't really predict the market but given its ups and downs, our best indicator is really our forward testing, and that really gives us very good visibility into Q3 and pretty solid visibility into Q4. And really, it's based on that testing that we expect to see mid to-high single-digit growth in the second-half of the year, little bit stronger for equities, then for funds, but I think collectively, call it mid to-high single-digits. And we do think the fact that it's not sort of going back to levels of a couple of years ago, sort of not the growth rate but the overall level really underscores a fundamental lift that has taken place driven by free trading, at base investing, younger investors being involved in the market, and that sort of one-time effect is then building on the continued growth driven by longer-term trends, including growth in managed accounts and more recently direct indexing.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

And David, I'd just add to Tim's point, again, equity position growth of 9% is flat to last year and the testing that Tim just mentioned continues to be in line with what our expectations were in our original guidance and what we have as well at that mid- to high single-digit level. So we are reaffirming our guidance and outlook on that. And again, the same thing with the fund position growth as well. You saw a little bit of a deceleration sequentially in that. But again, we said mid-to high single digits, and we still expect that level to play out.

David Togut
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Understood. Thanks for that.

Operator

And our next question today will come from Peter Heckmann of DA Davidson. Please go ahead.

Peter Heckmann
Analyst at DA Davidson

Hey, good morning everyone, thanks for taking my question. I wanted to see if you had any thoughts about where we are in the process of moving to direct indexing. It still seems fairly early. But conceptually, could we see managed accounts and direct indexing continue to generate really interesting growth that leads to strong growth in equity positions, but potentially fund positions continuing to slow down and if you -- if that could be the case, how do you think about the -- any relative change in economics due to mix shift?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yes, thanks, Peter. It's Tim. I do think that this is one of those things it's the latest in a long series of investment product innovations that have helped drive sort of the broad trend that we call the democratization of investors on top of things we're all familiar with like 401(k)s and IRAs and ETFs and managed accounts. It's pretty early days. I think it is even too early to really sort of pick it up in the numbers, you sort of begin to see it as a sort of like the barest of breezes if you're trying to sort of talk about tailwinds. And I do think it's one of those things that could gain traction. There's a lot of benefits for investors in it relative to tax efficiency. So not a big driver today. I think of it as not necessarily something that is going to lead to a -- I'd like to be here telling you it's going to lead to some sort of fundamental change in the growth trajectory. I think it is something that just really supports the long-term trends that we've seen. And if we see it begin to have a real measurable effect then we'll begin to talk about it and break it out. But we're not seeing it really as an independent thing yet, but we are seeing it as one of the things that gives us confidence in the long term.

Peter Heckmann
Analyst at DA Davidson

Okay, that's fair. And then just on the Secure 2.0 legislation. Can you just remind us that the portions of the business related to retirement plans at Broadridge and how you see that potentially being a tailwind for continued growth in retirement plan participants?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, I'll let Edmund add on to this, but Retirement is not a huge direct part of our business. We do serve all of the retirement record keepers in their client onboarding. And then we serve a lot of the 401(k) market in our mutual fund trade processing. So we have a couple of our smaller businesses that directly serve. And then obviously, it's a big factor for all of our wealth management clients. It's a big portion of wealth management. So we don't see a -- I'm not sure that we're going to be sitting here a year from now saying we have a significant change in growth because of this, but it is something that is going to put more money directly into investing, help our clients, help their ability to invest, and I think will be generally a tailwind for a couple of our smaller businesses.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, and the only thing I'll add to what Tim said is that we do have in our mutual fund trade processing unit economics driven by assets under administration and retirement accounts. And if this legislation goes through and we see the increase in the amount of retirement accounts and assets, then we should expect to see some uptick in those assets as well. So overall, I think while small right now, this is generally a tailwind for us, and we'll be more specific about the economics as it plays out.

Peter Heckmann
Analyst at DA Davidson

Great, that's helpful. Appreciate it.

Operator

Our next question today will come from Darrin Peller of Wolfe Research. Please go ahead.

Darrin Peller
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Hey, guys. How are you? I wanted to touch base on -- we always have this seasonal pickup in the second half for bookings for closed sales that we have to prepare for, which is honestly sort of to be expected. I think you guys were around 20% to 20% -- maybe 21%, 22% of your budgeted bookings in this quarter, which is, again, seasonally normal. So maybe just make sure we get a little more color on what the actual drivers are of your conviction on the pipeline and what parts of the business they're coming from for the second half of the year to meet those targets that you guys have for the full year. And just as a part of that, how much conviction do you have now? And are you seeing any of those numbers flow through to the wealth side coming out of -- again, I know the UBS contract will be up and running and -- but it's not going to be very profitable. So it's really relying on other contracts and other revenues to complement that platform. Are you seeing any evidence of that yet? Thanks, guys.

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yes, Darren. I'll start and Edmund can add on. I think as you say, where we are right now is seasonally at a very normal place. And when we look at our pipeline and then sort of the stages of deals in the pipeline for the second half, it is very similar to previous years in terms of the coverage of deals in -- for the second half and their stage of maturity. So as we reiterate today, that's really what we're looking at. Specifically on the wealth side, we said in the call last time that our pipeline is up 25% year-over-year. It's not to the stage where we're beginning to see it in the sales numbers as much as it is sort of in the pipeline build. So that's sort of where that stands. But I think the quality of the conversations gives us a lot of good feeling. And then I just want to come back to I discussed this in my prepared remarks, but the 30-plus meetings that I've had with CEOs and other C-suite executives over the past month. And just in those conversations, there's a continued focus on next-generation technology, a lot of energy around modernization, digitization and at the same time, management teams have a lot on their plates, which is why they like the componentized approach that delivers things and delivers value along the way. And so there's a lot of positivity around us as a partner. And those, I think, are the things that have led to our pipeline being really at an all-time high. And that then combined with sort of the stages of where those things are in the pipeline is what allows us to feel confident about the rest of the year.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

And Tim, I'll add one important point. And Darren, I know you know this, the closed sales that Tim has just been discussing here, the in-year close sales have --aren't as impactful on our full year recurring revenue. It's the revenue backlog of what we've already closed which is now 12% of recurring revenue that's the big driver of our growth. So I think everything Tim said is correct, but the revenue backlog is what gives us the confidence in our ability to be able to hit the guidance this year.

Darrin Peller
Analyst at Wolfe Research

And just on the wealth side, just as a quick reminder of where that's -- how much evidence you're seeing that you're going to be able to take advantage of the platform, the UBS platform you built out?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, I think that comes back to the -- anecdotally, when I think about the specific conversations that I'm involved in and enthusiasm as people see those components and see them live. And then numerically, it really comes back to the pipeline and comparing that year-over-year, which there is a substantial increase. So I think this is more of a topic that we don't have the news on the actual sales, but we have the news on the pipeline and that will be an ongoing tower.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

We have the news on the pipeline and what we said in Q1 was that we expect incremental sales of $20 million to $30 million in that wealth and all that Tim is saying I think gives us confidence in that number which again, we feel good about and reaffirms our belief in the business case and the overall return for the company here.

Darrin Peller
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Guys, just one quick follow-up is on the position side. Obviously, position growth and equity in mutual fund is really out of your control. It's a market dynamic. But there's -- clearly there's some correlation to what people have in their savings accounts and what they can do in stocks or anything else in that matter in terms of investing. And so I guess just looking forward maybe into '24 and beyond and I know it's early, but if you do see a change in the patterns of position growth rates, I mean, is this company do you feel that the drivers outside of that are strong enough to sustain the medium-term type targets you've been showing? It seems like there's a lot of wood in the fire that provide for sources of growth, but I'd just love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, I think, Darren, when we look sort of at the -- it's true that in past times when there have been significant dislocations like 1999 and 2008, in those extreme times, position growth went to zero, didn't go negative, went to zero. If you look at the growth of our ICS -- GTO is clearly just driven by pure technology sales not related to position growth. And then if you look at the growth of our ICS business, it's been about half and half in the past couple of years in terms of revenue from new sales versus internal growth from positions. So clearly, if position growth were to go all the way to zero, that would reduce our overall growth rate. But that has never -- has not happened for an extended period. So I think we wouldn't have any reason right now to think that our medium-term growth plans wouldn't be the same.

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, and again, I'll just add to Tim's point, position growth -- we have a very diversified business. Position growth drives 20% of our overall recurring revenue. So I'll point that out. But just reiterating a point that Tim made, you won't be surprised. We look six months out and have confidence in that information, and we come and share that with you. You won't be surprised, we won't be surprised and we have the flexibility in our model make adjustments and ensure that we're still online with our growth objectives and guidance that we give if we see anything like that.

Darrin Peller
Analyst at Wolfe Research

It's fair. All right, thanks guys.

Operator

Our next question today will come from James Faucette of Morgan Stanley. Please go ahead.

James Faucette
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Thanks very much. Just wanted to follow up on questions around the rollout of the wealth platform with UBS and the leverage that potentially you get with other customers. I think it makes sense that as those start to go live, it should improve sales cycles, et cetera. But what about from an implementation perspective. Are there things that you're learning in this process with UBS that should allow you to make commitments to potential customers in terms of their own new implementations even if it's just for specific pieces or modules? And how should we think about that on a go-forward basis in creating that flywheel?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, sure. And first of all, James, welcome to the call. Great to have you -- great to have you on.

James Faucette
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Thank you,

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

And I do think -- look, there have been lots of lessons learned in the work with UBS. I think in the future, we would break things like this into smaller pieces and do them a little bit differently. So that's definitely a learning. But moreover, we have built a lot of muscle as we have gone through this in terms of our project management, technology tracking, the level of our ability now to look at -- we've converted all to Agile. Where we are in the agile sprint? The number of story points left, the velocity and the story points. Where when you get into the testing, what are the expected defects, what are the defects on the defects when they're retested. How do you model all that out from a capacity standpoint. And we've built a whole platform around that, which we're now using, rolling out to the rest of the company. And so it's been a pretty incredible maturation as well as just becoming much, much more mature on leveraging AWS. A lot of this new technology for UPS is all based in the cloud. And our maturation around that and around the development productivity that we're seeing is something that I'm very, very excited about. So we've talked about how this work is really driving the technology transformation of Broadridge to be the true SaaS company in the future. And I think that piece is really playing out well. So thank you for the question.

James Faucette
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Great. And then just wanted to ask a question related to headlines that we started to get some inquiries from investors on, and that's related to tailored shareholder reports. And given the pending SEC regulation on shareholder reports, can you provide some color on how Broadridge is becoming involved or the opportunity to be involved in the creation and production of these reports to help offset some of the admittedly small headwinds associated with notice and access fees.

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yes. Absolutely. So tailored shareholder reports, as a reminder to everyone, what -- for the annual and semiannual reports that people get around fund communications, it's two communications a year instead of getting either a link to or a notice of a very long report that's difficult to read, people will receive, investors will receive a two-page to three-page summary, just like some [Indecipherable] perspectives years ago. And we are -- we think this is very positive for investors. All the testing shows that it is much, much clear for investors to see. It is more cost effective for funds and the long-term report is much more digestible to be e-delivered and we're big fans of e-delivery. So a lot of positives all around. For us, as we said on the last call, there is the slight flying that we get paid right now for these notices. I think we said $30-some million and that will go away. In the meantime, as we talk to our fund clients, this change while it sounds simple, creates some real complexities for them. The reports are -- the mandate is the reports come to investors not with a sort of generalized expense table that pertains to many different share classes, but it is tailored specifically to the share class that that investor has. And so in talking to our fund clients, we talked to one fund complex who today does 200 different reports. In the future, they're going to need to do 1,200 different reports. So the scale of the work on them in terms of even though the reports are short, creating them in a very tailored way specific to each investor, there's a lot of complexity there. And that's all around data management. Converting that data and composing it digitally and being able to send that, that's something that's a real strength of ours. And so we think that there is an opportunity for us to really help the industry. We've had a couple of webinars, one with Ignites, one with [Indecipherable] among the best attended webinars for those groups over the past year because there's a lot of interest in the fund industry about how do they meet this mandate, which on one hand, is sort of -- it sounds like it makes sense from an investor standpoint, but if you're the one having to actually deliver it, it's tough. And so we are definitely working with fund clients. We definitely think we can help be part of that solution.

James Faucette
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

That's great, thank you so much.

Operator

Our next question is from Puneet Jain of JPMorgan. Please go ahead.

Puneet Jain
Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Hey, thanks for taking my question. I know like you talked about that the stock record growth can slow down to mid-single digits in the back half of the year. Can you disaggregate that 5% or so growth into benefit from secular tailwinds like Zero commission, direct indexing and any potential macro headwinds there?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Puneet, it's Tim, and I'll let Edmund add on this. It is -- what we have is very specific testing where we're able to measure right now, how many positions are there in these funds, which allows us to say when we -- and how does that compare to where it was last year, and that's where we get the growth numbers from. We don't have specific data on macro versus tailwinds. What we do know is things like the positions in managed accounts, we're growing at double-digit rate. The positions on non-managed accounts, we're growing more mid-single digits. So we can see that differentiation, you could do some math on that. So that's where -- when we talk about the tailwind, we can incrementally measure that and that's maybe [Indecipherable] you. And then broadly, it's driven by the macro with these additions, but I'm going to see if Edmund can have the math...

Edmund Reese
Chief Financial Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, you hit on many of the points that I was just going to hit on. The one thing I'd do first, Puneet, is just to be clear, we were saying mid- to-high single-digit growth. So that 5% would be sort of at the low end of what we expect here. So I just want to be clear on what's been in our guidance and continues to be what we're reaffirming here. And as Tim said, it's very hard to disaggregate between macro and other, but we've talked previously about broad-based growth in online and full brokers and large accounts and midsize and small accounts as well and managed accounts and self-directed accounts. And we continue to see solid growth across each of those areas. And that, I think, seeing that broad-based growth is what continues to give us the confidence in the guidance here.

Puneet Jain
Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Got it. And it was good to know that the pipeline is strong, but are you seeing any changes in client behavior over the last few quarters in terms of maybe delays in decision-making or flow deals through the pipeline, and any changes in client preferences for outsourcing versus in-sourcing given the macro pressure that they might be facing right now?

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Yeah, I would say clients are definitely busy. They -- our banking clients do have money. And it's an interesting one we do best when they have money and sort of just enough money. So if they have too much money, then they like to build it in-house, and don't have any money that it's hard for them to fund the project. So he has to be sort of just right as a sweet spot for our sales. So I do think that the conversations there's a lot of thought before people go forward. There's a lot of work to get these over the goal line. And we certainly feel like that -- feel that, I'm sure you're hearing that from others. At the same time, we're moving in. We got a lot of stuff done in the month of December. As for the preferences for in-house versus third party, I think if I go back 12 months ago, people had a lot of money, and you could sort of feel some of the conversations flowing a little bit more towards, well, maybe I should build this, maybe I should build that. And I think when you look at where things are now, I don't know if it's money, I think it's as much all the regulatory change that is coming. There are so many things that people are having to address coming in from the SEC and others that they have a lot on their plate and getting help is very useful. So it's -- and you have to segment that a little bit by size of institution. Certainly, all the Tier 2 institutions are strongly looking for help.

Puneet Jain
Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Okay, thank you.

Operator

At this time we will conclude our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to management for any closing remarks.

Tim Gokey
Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Thank you. This is Tim, I'll just close things off. I want to thank everyone for joining us this morning. I hope that what came through is how pleased we were with our second quarter performance and our outlook for the full year, that our growth drivers remain healthy, our business is resilient and that with our investment cycle increasingly behind us, our free cash flow is strengthening. So thank you very much. We look forward to continuing the conversation next quarter.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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