Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Simon & Schuster Report Strong Revenue Growth

They don't get a lot of play in the press release, but operating results for S&S were up sharply against the same period last year. For the first half, revenues were up 20% to $429mm and operating income was up 169% to $44mm.

For the quarter:
Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2007 increased 14% to$200.3 million from $176.0 million for the same prior-year period,principally reflecting higher sales from best-selling titles, including Blaze by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. OIBDA increased to $20.1 million from $10.6 million and operating income increased to $18.1 million from $8.2 million, reflecting the revenue increase partially offset by higher production and royalty costs.Publishing results included stock-based compensation of $.9 million and $.5million for the second quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Press Release

It may be no secret why the S&S results are so good. Assuming Bryne's book continues to sell into the third and fourth quarter and with the addition of ancillary titles, then S&S executives at S&S should be in line for nice bonuses this year.

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