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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 20-F

(Mark One)

 

 

 

o

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) or (g) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

OR

 

 

 

þ

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

 

 

 

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007

OR

 

 

 

o

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

OR

 

 

 

o

 

SHELL COMPANY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission file number: 333-08354

THOMSON REUTERS PLC

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

England and Wales

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

3 Times Square

New York, New York 10036

(Address of principal executive offices)

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.

 

 

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Ordinary shares of £10 each

 

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act.

None

Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act.

None

Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report. 

 

 

 

Ordinary Shares of £10*

 

 

Reuters Founders Share of £1 1

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

Yes þ     No o

If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Yes o     No þ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes þ     No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer þ     Accelerated filer o     Non-accelerated filer o

Indicate by check mark which financial statement item the registrant has elected to follow:

Item 17 o     Item 18 þ

If this is an annual report, indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes o     No þ

 

 

 

 

*

 

The Registrant issued 194,107,278 Thomson Reuters PLC ordinary shares to Reuters Group PLC shareholders on completion of the Transaction (as defined below). At December 31, 2007, Reuters Group PLC had 1,401,838,175 of its ordinary shares of 25p each outstanding and 1 Reuters Founders Share of £1 outstanding.

 

 

 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

 

1

 

USE OF CERTAIN TERMS

 

 

3

 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

 

10

 

PART I

 

 

 

 

ITEM 1. IDENTITY OF DIRECTORS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND ADVISERS

 

 

12

 

ITEM 2. OFFER STATISTICS AND EXPECTED TIMETABLE

 

 

12

 

ITEM 3. KEY INFORMATION

 

 

12

 

ITEM 3A. Selected Financial Data

 

 

12

 

ITEM 3B. Capitalization and Indebtedness

 

 

42

 

ITEM 3C. Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds

 

 

42

 

ITEM 3D. Risk Factors

 

 

42

 

ITEM 4. INFORMATION ON THE COMPANY

 

 

51

 

ITEM 4A. History and Development of the Company

 

 

51

 

ITEM 4B. Business Overview

 

 

70

 

ITEM 4C. Organizational Structure

 

 

110

 

ITEM 4D. Property, Plants and Equipment

 

 

111

 

ITEM 4A. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

 

111

 

ITEM 5. OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW AND PROSPECTS

 

 

111

 

ITEM 5A. Operating Results

 

 

111

 

ITEM 5B. Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

 

147

 

ITEM 5C. Research and Development, Patents and Licenses, etc.

 

 

147

 

ITEM 5D. Trend Information

 

 

150

 

ITEM 5E. Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

 

151

 

ITEM 5F. Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations

 

 

151

 

ITEM 5G. Safe Harbor

 

 

152

 

ITEM 6. DIRECTORS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES

 

 

152

 

ITEM 6A. Directors and Senior Management

 

 

152

 

ITEM 6B. Compensation

 

 

163

 

ITEM 6C. Board Practices

 

 

174

 

ITEM 6D. Employees

 

 

181

 

ITEM 6E. Share Ownership

 

 

181

 

ITEM 7. MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

 

182

 

ITEM 7A. Major Shareholders

 

 

182

 

ITEM 7B. Related Party Transactions

 

 

184

 

ITEM 7C. Interests of Experts and Counsel

 

 

185

 
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