Revenue in the second quarter was $746.2 million compared to $735.5 million in the prior year period, and net profit was $75.6 million versus $75.1 million. Earnings per diluted share rose to $1.93 from $1.75 in the prior year period, primarily reflecting accretion from the previously announced $200 million accelerated share repurchase. In the quarter, Direct-to-Home Continuities contributed revenue of $33.2 million and resulted in a pro forma net loss of $6.1 million or $0.16 per diluted share, based on the Company's normal effective tax rate of 37.0%; this is compared to revenue of $38.1 million and a pro forma net loss of $2.8 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2007.
"In the second quarter, Scholastic's businesses, excluding Direct-to-Home, performed on plan, and the Company's operating income and margin improved year-over-year," commented Richard Robinson, Chairman, CEO and President. "Profits from School Book Fairs, Clubs and Trade Publishing all rose, while Scholastic Education made progress investing in a reorganized sales force, increased technical support and consulting services, and new technology products. In addition our International segment recorded double-digit revenue and profit growth."
The company has retained Greenhill & Co. and has begun the sales process and will also report direct to home as discontinued operations.
The company maintains their full year revenue forecast of $2.3 to $2.5 billion and earnings per diluted share of $2.35 to $2.85, noting that they expect the solid performance in their core businesses to offset the lower than expected results from Continuities. Full year net income may be impacted by write-downs associated with the sale of the business unit but there is no expectation that cash flow will be adversely impacted. The company also announced a modest stock repurchase plan and is authorized to purchase $20mm of its common stock.
- Harry Potter's boxed set helped the consumer segment to achieve flat revenue and profit
- In education, revenues were flat with prior but operating income was lower due to planned investments
- Large gains in international revenues and profits offset declines in other segments.
- Revenues were up 13% and profit up $4.5mm (22%)