Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wiley Post Large Gain

From the John Wiley conference call (transcript) yesterday, CEO Will Pesce summarized their results as follows:

Year-to-date revenue of $1.2 billion increased 47% over prior year. Excluding Blackwell year-to-date revenue increased 6% or 4% excluding favorable foreign exchange. EPS for the nine months of $2, exceeded prior year by 36%, excluding certain one-time tax benefits and Blackwell, adjusted EPS increased 9% for the nine months. The Blackwell acquisition contributed revenue of $115 million in the quarter and $347 million in the year-to-date period. The acquisition was accretive to EPS by $0.9 per share in the quarter and $0.18 per share in the year-to-date period excluding certain tax benefits. Wiley's top line growth continues to be driven primarily by Blackwell, Professional/Trade revenue increased modestly in the quarter, but year-to-date results remain well ahead prior year and industry performance. US scientific, technical and medical revenue increased slightly in the quarter while global revenue advanced 5%. Higher Education showed signs of recovery in the quarter, bringing year-to-date revenue essentially on par with prior year.


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