Thursday, March 22, 2007

Scholastic Earnings

A big day for earnings reports today and first up is Scholastic which is reporting 3rd Quarter results today. They have narrowed their loss versus the same period last year but they are cutting their full year outlook. Watch the stock price later in the day. The company's year ends in May and the last Harry Potter book is due in July. (Reuters)

Here is the full press release and an excerpt:

Results in the third quarter were generally positive. Strong sales in the core clubs and improved efficiencies sustained an impressive profit turnaround in School Book Clubs and drove higher margins in the Children's Book Publishing and Distribution segment. Robust technology sales also improved results and margins in Educational Publishing. In addition, the Company's cost reduction efforts remained on plan," commented Richard Robinson, Chairman, CEO and President. "While customer acquisition through the Internet remained strong in Continuities, higher bad debt and promotion amortization hurt the quarter's results and have caused us to reduce our outlook for the fourth quarter and full year.

Results for the quarter:

  • Company now expects full year earnings in the range of $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share on revenues of $2.1 to $2.2 billion
  • Free cash flow for the fiscal year is now expected to be between $50 and $70 million
  • Childrens segment revenues in the third quarter of fiscal 2007 were $280.1 million, up 3% from $270.9 million in the prior year period
  • Educational segment revenue increased slightly to $74.6 million from $73.5 million in the prior year period, and operating results improved to a loss of $3.0 million from a loss of $3.5 million in the year-ago period.
  • International segment revenue rose 5% (or 1% in local currencies) to $101.5 million from $96.9 million in the prior year period and operating profit improved to $3.5 million from $2.3 million a year ago, primarily as a result of higher export profits.
  • Media, Licensing and Advertising revenue in the segment declined 12% to $40.8 million from $46.4 million in the prior year period.
  • Corporate Overhead declined 20% to $15.7 million from $19.7 million in the prior year period.

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